10. Glyndwr Vineyard - The Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Peaceful, beautiful, simple.
Glyndwr Vineyard, Wales' largest and oldest vineyard (and arguably best), just outside of the busy Welsh town of Cowbridge, is an ideal location to base yourself when exploring the wonderful, and very much underrated, South Wales coast and hinterland. The simple cottage accommodation has everything you need during your stay in Glamorgan, with a fully equipped kitchenette, modern bathroom, double bed, couch, dining table and chairs. The owners will give you all the privacy you need during your stay, and the feeling upon arrival is one immediately of relaxation.
The small hamlet of Llanblethian lays between the vineyard and Cowbridge just a few minutes away by car and is also easily walkable .... should the weather allow. The village pub is literally at the entrance to Glyndwr Vineyard should you fancy a pint of Welsh beer or a pub meal. The food is simple fare but it certainly provides you with a decent option, but having a pub on your doorstep helps, not only with the general ambience of the location, but also as an easy option on those lazy, do nothing days. A word of warning though; the locals are friendly and inquisitive but they might try and get you drunk and 'locked in' if you are overly friendly yourself. This is usually a good thing of course, .... until you have to wake early the following morning.
Within the grounds of the vineyard, there is also a delightful function room overlooking the vineyard itself, which is an ideal venue for a rural and picturesque wedding. By the way, the Glyndwr wine itself is excellent.
It's lovely setting, the owners are friendly and warm, the location is excellent and the accommodation is compact, clean and simple. The only small criticism I do have is with the turn over of fresh towels ...... but, I'm not going to let that deter me from returning to stay when next in the area.
Vale Of Glamorgan
Telephone: 01446 624759