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Five of the Best Small Hotels in Wales

Bijou, bespoke and boutique -- all the words you want to hear when you're looking for the perfect hotel to stay in on a blissful weekend break.
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Bijou, bespoke and boutique -- all the words you want to hear when you're looking for the perfect hotel to stay in on a blissful weekend break. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Welsh countryside, these are the small hotels that fit all the 'Bs' in Wales...

1) Harbourmaster Hotel, Aberaeron

Quintessentially Welsh, Harbourmaster Hotel is made up of three characterful converted buildings in a pretty Regency town with a view of the quay. Bright bedrooms characterise the original building, the converted grain store and historic cottage, while staff are wonderfully friendly and the whole place has a delightfully warm seaside vibe.

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2) Ye Olde Bulls Head, Beaumaris

Under ancient timbers and surrounded by antique furniture and historic artefacts, Ye Olde Bulls Head has been welcoming travellers since the 15th century. Accommodation is in the main house, a converted hayloft and an updated 16th century building around 100 yards away, while bedrooms are lavish and the food is hearty - we are particularly fond of the home made shortbread biscuits.

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3) Ty Mawr, Brechfa

A small country hotel in a 16th century farmhouse on the edge of the forest, Ty Mawr has a rustic atmosphere thanks to exposed stone walls, fireplaces, local pottery and the beautiful garden that's perfect for an alfresco afternoon tea in the summer time. Pre dinner drinks and canapes are served on the patio in the evening, and the restaurant is informal and warming after a day exploring the surroundings.

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4) Pentre Mawr, Denbighshire

A 400-year-old farmstead with excellent accommodation and glamping options for those who want something a little different, Pentre Mawr is all about warm welcomes, excellent taste and a hint of safari in the heart of Wales. There are a host of four legged residents including dogs and Shetland ponies, and the home made food is a delight worth travelling for.

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5) The Bell at Skenfrith, Skenfrith

By a bridge over the River Monnow, The Bell at Skenfrith is a refurbished 17th century coaching inn with flagstone floors, solid beams, and an inglenook fireplace. Rooms are named after trout fishing flies and have traditional Welsh wool blankets as well as neat hospitality trays with teas and coffees. The restaurant serves seasonal fare, and the location is a walker's paradise with routes across farmland and by the river.