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Hotels in Mid-Wales

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Mid-Wales Introduction

Rugged mountains reaching skywards, crowned with snow in the colder months; green valleys threaded through with splashing rivers; steam trains whistling as they chug along tracks through the jaw-droppingly beautiful countryside; peaceful farms and long stretches of wild coast: Mid-Wales is all this and more. Stretching from the Brecon Beacons to Snowdonia and including much of the long sweep of Cardigan Bay, this region is one of the least populated – and most spectacular – in mainland Britain.

Hotels in Mid-Wales

Hotels in Mid-Wales tend to be small-scale with a more personal touch. Family-run bed and breakfasts, small hotels and rustic inns are strewn across the landscape in tiny villages nestled between the slopes and vales. Complimentary breakfast is common, and on-site parking is standard. For on-site dining and bars, you’ll need to look at larger establishments. If you want to experience Mid-Wales in luxury, accommodation with 3- and 4-star ratings are available, often in grand country houses, though you’ll need to look closely for more modern amenities like fitness centres and pools.

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Where to stay

Most Mid-Wales hotels are scattered in the small towns and villages of the region. Accommodation in these establishments is sure to be warm, welcoming and with spectacular views: perfect for nature addicts, outdoor adventurers and anyone looking for a secluded getaway. Fans of the spoken and written word should seriously consider the market town of Hay on Wye, known as the town of books and host to the annual Hay Literary Festival. The long coastline of Cardigan Bay has plenty of options for lovers of the sea, including the historic and university city of Aberystwyth.

Things to see

Mid-Wales is a wonder for lovers of the natural world and outdoor activities. Go dolphin watching in the Irish Sea from Cardigan Bay and, while you’re there, try out any number of different water sports. If you prefer to keep your feet on terra firma, check out the Dyfi (or Dovey) Biosphere UNESCO-listed nature reserve. The salt marshes and river estuary are full of rare species, including birds and plants. As night draws in, venture into the dark sky reserve of the Cambrian Mountains and gaze up at stars and planets that are so often obscured by city lights. If you prefer to sit and admire the view rather than hike through it, the Heart of Wales train line runs through some of the most scenic landscapes in the region. Don’t miss the castles that stand in testimony to Wales’ turbulent history, including Cardigan Castle overlooking the River Teifi.

How to get to Mid-Wales

For all its reputed remoteness, getting to Mid-Wales is not difficult. By road, you can turn off the motorway at Chester, Telford or Worcester: The drive takes about 3.5 hours from London and 1.5 from Birmingham. International airports in Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham are all within a couple of hours’ drive. If you’re arriving by sea, ferries come into Fishguard, Holyhead and Swansea – about an hour away. If you don’t want to bring your car, you can travel in Mid-Wales on local trains and buses heading where the train lines don’t reach.

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