A major perk of blogging is being invited to stay in hotels and write about them. I’ve been fortunate enough to experience some fantastic hotels this year so when the Coed-y-Mwstwr got in touch, I couldn’t wait to find out what they had to offer!
A tranquil getaway
The Coed-y-Mwstwr is a privately-owned Victorian country house set in 17 acres of beautiful woodland. Perched on a Welsh hillside, it provides a cosy and secluded hideaway overlooking the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan. It’s just the thing if you’re looking for peace and quiet!
But don’t worry if you’re the energetic sort, the hotel boasts a gym, sauna, steam room, tennis court and adjacent golf course. However, Phil and I were happy to chill out as we’re always on the go!
As for accommodation, the hotel has 35 en-suite bedrooms, which are distinctly decorated and filled with thoughtful extras. My favourite detail was a stuffed toy dog on the bed! As a dog-lover, I absolutely loved walking into the bedroom to to find a little furry friend. What a simple but sweet touch!
On the first night, we stayed in the Bridal Suite which was super spacious with a boudoir feel. Think sleek black walls and ornate gold details. Just check out the glamorous headboard and mirror!
For dinner, we dined at the Eliot Restaurant where the award-winning chefs have prepared menus with fresh Welsh produce. To start, I chose the roast king scallops (my fave!) with ravioli, leeks and rich seafood sauce while Phil had the platter with chicken & mushroom consommé, tomato & goats curd salad, garlic king prawns and home-made ham. Delish!
Next, Phil went for the Welsh Lamb Rump with pea pancetta, new potatoes and rich thyme sauce. I opted for the roast scampi monkfish with charred baby gem lettuce, warm tartare sauce and triple cooked chips. Both dishes were scrumptious!
To finish, I had the Peach & Passion Fruit Melba with poached peach, Madagascan vanilla parfait, toasted almonds, frozen raspberries and passionfruit coulis. Phil chose a chocolatey dessert which I can’t remember the name of but it was on the special menu.
It was a beautiful dinner and the perfect way to relax before enjoying our room for the evening. It’s safe to say that we slept like babies in the huge bed!
The next day, we woke up refreshed and were treated to a wonderful breakfast. There was lots of choice but I fancied something light but nourishing before a busy day of shooting. This was the result – how gorgeous does this fruit platter look?!
There was a wedding taking place in the hotel that day so I was lucky enough to get some photos of the setup. The hotel hosts one wedding per day and with a choice of three function suites, it’s ideal for an intimate gathering or grand celebration.
After the taking some wedding snaps, Phil and I made use of the grounds and took some outfit shots. Although I prefer urban settings for fashion shoots, it makes a nice change to get some greenery in now and again.
Later that day, we had afternoon tea in the sunshine. As you may know, I’m a huge fan of afternoon tea and this one certainly didn’t disappoint! The selection of cakes was to die for!
On the second evening, we stayed in the Coach House, which was nothing short of heavenly! When it comes to interiors, I adore the rustic, cabin style look and this room definitely felt more ‘me’ than the Bridal Suite. If you’re looking for a cosy retreat, I’d highly recommend booking this room if you can!
Overall, our experience at Coed-y-Mwstwr was exceptional. Everything from the rooms, to the food to the service was spot on and I would jump at the chance to visit again!