Set amongst the Brecon Beacons National Park, in the Usk Valley and overlooking the river Usk, Gliffaes Country House Hotel (www.gliffaeshotel.com) is the perfect location for anybody wanting to get involved in some eco-friendly, two-wheeled fun.
Located between the towns of Abergavenny and Brecon, three miles west of Crickhowell, Gliffaes is the only four-star hotel in the whole of the Brecon Beacon National Park. Although you’re guaranteed to eat, drink and sleep well here, the hotel is perhaps most renowned for its fabulous landscape, particularly well-suited for cycling. Bike hire and storage is available for guests, and the owner, James Suter, is on hand to share his in-depth local cycling knowledge. He insists that he can send guests on anything from a 10-mile fairly flat ride to a 70-mile hilly nemesis. And if you’re nice to him, he’ll even lend you the hotel’s tandem bike for free.
If you would rather be on the water than the roads, Gliffaes also offers access to some of the best fishing spots in Wales. Not only is the hotel just 150 metres above the river, but they’ve been looking after fishermen since 1948, offering fly fishing courses and three day fishing breaks. Once you’re happy with your catch, you can dive in for a spot of wild swimming, go for a walk or play some tennis on the hotel court before refuelling with some delicious, wholesome local produce at the Gliffaes restaurant. Particularly popular with guests is the home-reared pig, local welsh lamb and home-grown vegetables, which (weather permitting) you can enjoy al-fresco on the terrace.
After that, head back to one of the hotel’s 23 individually designed rooms – all are different sizes and have different views, so suit various budgets, although rooms 2 and 6 are the best – to sleep and get ready for the next day’s adventure.