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Valentine’s Day inspiration – Stay & dine in Mid Wales

If St Dwynwen’s Day passed you by, it’s not too late to make Valentine’s Day one to remember this year.

MWT Cymru | Mid Wales Tourism has put together the following round-up for inspiration.

In Powys

Gregynog, near Newtown https://www.gregynog.org/

Do something different this Valentine’s Day and treat your loved one to a delicious dinner in Gregynog’s Music Room. Chefs have created a special menu for Valentine’s evening diners.

Choose from Welsh rump of lamb, baked salmon fillet or goat’s cheese squash and mushroom pithivier all served with seasonal vegetables. For dessert, there’s sour cherry brownies and lemon posset.

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Dinner costs £37.50 per person and includes a glass of prosecco on arrival and coffee and tea to follow. You can also select from a wine list to accompany your meal.

Make a night of it and stay in one of Gregynog’s beautiful heritage bedrooms.

Call to book on 01686 650224 or email [email protected]

Mellington Hall Country House Hotel and Holiday Home Park near Churchstoke https://mellingtonhall.co.uk/    

Mellington Hall has panoramic views overlooking 270 acres of parkland, plenty of woodland walks, wildlife, fabulous food, fine wines and real ale on tap. Check out their valentine’s menu here: https://mellingtonhall.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Valentines-Day-Menu-2024.pdf 

Choose from a variety of dishes on a special Valentine’s Day menu, two or three courses including chicken supreme in a red wine and wild mushroom sauce with crushed new potatoes and tender stem broccoli, or fillet of pork served with fondant potato, green vegetables and a rich port jus.

If you have a sweet tooth, there’s a host of desserts – chocolate orange brownie, lemon posset, crème patisserie filled profiteroles served with a raspberry sauce and more. 

Three courses are £45 per person or add a glass of prosecco for £50. Two courses cost £40 per person or £45 with a glass of prosecco. You can even add a red rose for your guest to complete your evening. 

Rooms are available if you wish to extend your stay, including a romantic suite consisting of a four-poster bed and a jacuzzi for two. 

Chartists 1770 at The Trewythen, Llanidloes
https://www.trewythenhotel.wales/menus/valentines-menu/

The Trewythen Arms Hotel Llanidloes. Picture by Phil Blagg Photography. PB016-2021

Chartists 1770 at The Trewythen is serving a Valentine’s Menu on February 14 including Sammy’s miso butter with toasted sourdough, leek and laverbread mosaic, Rosie’s cottage pie, National Chef of Wales 2024 lamb, and more. £65 per person with a wine flight option available.

If you wish to stay overnight, The Great Oak room features an impressive fireplace and a beautiful four poster bed. Other rooms are also available, visit https://www.trewythenhotel.wales/ to book.

Notably, Commis chefs Gabbi Wilson and Rosie Koffer, workmates at Chartists 1770 at The Trewythen, Llanidloes, are the first winners of the Green Chef Challenge, sponsored by Compass Cymru.

The pair both won gold medals for Gabbi’s three-course vegetarian menu with judges scoring their dishes at 90 per cent or over. The dishes are now on the Chartists 1770 menu.

Also in Llanidloes, a special Valentine’s event this year: Coco Live is hosting a Valentine’s Chocolate Truffles Workshop on Saturday, February 10 from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Make your own chocolate creations to either eat yourself or gift to a loved one, all at the company’s factory on Parc Derwen Fawr.

Make three sets of chocolate truffle flavours, decorated beautifully and packaged ready for you to take home. Lots of opportunities for tasting on the day too!

Book your slot here: https://www.coco-live.co.uk/product/valentines-chocolate-truffle10feb24/?fbclid=IwAR37RZz8oKLZFKcsnFKC5PFpXUub7xzj5KnMgEsNcs5WIaiHMDcwO3U8omk

The Metropole Hotel & Spa, Llandrindod Wells
https://www.metropole.co.uk/offers/valentines-weekend-break/

How about a romantic Valentine break on February 17? An overnight stay on Saturday gives you the perfect romantic package with a special candlelit Valentine’s Dinner and Dance. 

Enjoy a full Welsh breakfast and then spend the day relaxing in the leisure spa and enjoying the hotel facilities or explore the Mid Wales countryside. Stay two or three nights at a discounted rate to make your experience even more memorable.

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, Llanwddyn
https://www.lakevyrnwy.com/offers-and-packages/

Available Sunday to Thursday, Lake Vyrnwy’s signature spa escape is perfect for couples. It includes a one-night stay with breakfast, £35 pp allowance towards dinner in their award-winning Tower Restaurant, a bottle of prosecco in your room on arrival, two hours’ access to the spa facilities followed by a choice of a 25 minute treatment each or a mud rasul to share. One night from £290 (based on two people sharing a double / twin room).

Picture romantic lake side walks, watching the sunset over the mountains. Lake Vyrnwy is a perfect location for spending quality time with a loved one in the heart of Wales. 

Macdonald Plas Talgarth Resort, Machynllethhttps://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/plas-talgarth/food-and-drink
Enjoy a perfect Valentine’s Day evening on February 14 at Ty Blasu restaurant at Plas Talgarth Resort, with chef Noorie’s Indian signature dishes. Limited tables availablem so secure your spot quickly by calling Raj on 01341 401205 or 07545 181070.

A stay at Plas Talgarth in Eryri National Park (Snowdonia) gives you the opportunity to experience some of Mid Wales’ most spectacular landscapes, with easy access to unspoiled beaches and hidden coves, picturesque coastal trails, dramatic hill walks and striking mountain backdrops.

For a sea view this Valentine’s Day –

In Southern Snowdonia:

The Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdovey (Aberdyfi)

https://www.trefwales.com/

At The Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdovey, choose between a sea view or hill view room, both of which are beautiful. Unwind in the indoor swimming pool and spa bath before indulging in a five-course dinner. Bro Dysynni Male Voice Choir will be performing for Valentine’s Day, and returning to celebrate Saint David’s Day on March 1, if you’re unable to make it on February 14.   

Portmeirion, Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd

https://portmeirion.wales/stay/offers/bubbles

Looking for a sea view? Enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast with a complimentary glass of bubbles at Portmeirion in Southern Snowdonia. Portmeirion Village has hotels, cottages, a spa treatment room, shops, restaurants and cafes, woodland gardens and estuary views.

Stay between February 1 and March 21 – ideal if you can’t get away on Valentine’s Day itself. Package price including dinner, bed and breakfast and a glass of sparkling wine from £229 based on two people in a standard village double room. Evening meals available at the Hotel or Castell.

On the Ceredigion coast –

The Richmond Hotel, The Promenade, 44/45 Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth
https://www.richmondhotel.wales/
The Richmond stands at the heart of the Victorian promenade with the finest views of Cardigan Bay. This Merchant house, built in the 1840s, retains many of its original features. The evening restaurant is open from Monday to Thursday, but reservations are essential, so get in touch to book your table.

Gwesty Cymru, 19 Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
https://gwestycymru.com/

Gwesty Cymru Hotel is a colourful and luxurious, small, boutique hotel located on the seafront. Each room is centred around a colour and a theme relating to the local area. Platters with a selection of artisan meats, cheeses and fish are served daily from 1pm until 6pm – perfect for sharing with your loved one.

If you’re staying in Aberystwyth for Valentine’s Day this year, you can bring extra laughter to your evening with New Welsh Wave Comedy at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. A night of the very best of Welsh comedy and incredible home-grown talent, featuring comedians you know and love, and some you may not know you love yet! Book tickets for £14 at: https://aberystwythartscentre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/1173638459

Find more escapes for couples in Mid Wales, from hotels and romantic B&Bs, to cosy cottages and glamping for two, at:https://www.visitmidwales.co.uk/plan-and-inspire/whos-visiting/couples-escapes

All the businesses included in this article are members of MWT Cymru, the regional tourism trade organisation for Mid Wales which represents nearly 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Powys, Ceredigion and Southern Snowdonia.

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