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Escape the winter blues with a unique stay in South Wales

As winter nights draw in, many of us begin searching for our long-haul summer getaways and start planning for family trips near and far.

But why wait until the summer holidays to unwind?

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life this winter, with an adventure far closer to home. The Dramatic Heart of Wales is the perfect place to recharge your batteries – with cosy accommodation, picturesque winter walks and adrenaline-filled activities. Here along the South Wales coastline, we promise you a warm welcome and relaxing stay.

Here are four places to stay, all offering a distinct experience in the Dramatic Heart of Wales:


Plas Cilybebyll Manor House: A beautiful 14th Century retreat in Swansea Valley

Discover the 14th century Plas Cilybebyll Manor House, offering a grand French chateau style property in the beautiful Welsh countryside of Cilybebyll. The secluded location offers a retreat from urban life, brimming with peace and tranquillity. There’s plenty of things to keep you busy with an indoor heated swimming pool, a library, a tennis court, and a secret walled garden with lily pond. The facilities available don’t stop there: there’s over 100 acres of private countryside which includes a bluebell woodland, mountain streams and hillside pastures with panoramic views of the Welsh countryside for you to explore.


The Afan Lodge: Family-friendly adventure base in the Afan Forest

For a taste of frosty forests and luscious greenery this winter, why not book your stay at Afan Lodge. Afan Lodge offers family suites, spacious rooms, and pet-friendly accommodation – perfect for those families or groups looking for a tranquil winter escape. Situated on the well-known Afan mountain bike trails, it’s a stone’s throw from countless winter walk trails, sandy beaches, and historic and heritage sites such as Margam Park. There is something for all the family.


Blanco’s Hotel & Restaurant: convenience meets charm in Port Talbot

Blanco’s Hotel & Restaurant is situated in the heart of Port Talbot, just minutes away from the M4 and only 15 minutes from Swansea city centre. Its convenient location makes it the perfect base to explore the seaside, countryside, and the industrial history in the Dramatic Heart of Wales. All 62 rooms are tastefully decorated, and with heavenly beds to ensure ultimate relaxation. Their generous bathrooms with fluffy towels all combine to create a real feeling of a luxurious home from home. If you also feel like putting your dancing shoes on, they offer a variety of fantastic shows and entertainment too!


Rose Cotterill Cabins: Canadian log cabin experience

Nestled in an acre and a half of scenic countryside, Rose Cotterill Cabins is a family-run retreat that promises a unique and warm stay. The self-catering Canadian log cabins have a modern finish, sleep up to five and have their very own private hot tubs – the perfect place to unwind. They are family and couple friendly, as well as being pet friendly with a safe outdoor space and play area. Located between Bryncoch village and Neath town, it is the perfect balance between peaceful countryside and convenient access to amenities and activities. An ideal getaway for families and couples to relax and to discover the Dramatic Heart of Wales.

Looking for a truly unique stay? Try the cosy cottage of Ty Hiraeth in the Afan Forest, which welcomes four adults and up to three dogs. For outdoor adventurers, Willow Springs Campsite offers rustic charm in the form of shepherd’s huts nestled in Glyncorrwg, and Bryn Bettws Log Cabins offer five-person lodges, or an 18-person bunkhouse.

The Dramatic Heart of Wales offers a range of accommodation to suit everyone looking to escape this winter – search by area and accommodation type to design your perfect winter visit here.

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