Finding love is closer than you think. In Wales you can discover the original Love Island and one of the most enduring love stories. St Dwynwen’s Day celebrates Britain’s only patron saint of love. It is celebrated each year on the 25th of January, Wales’ very own Valentine’s Day.
So in honour of St Dwynwen, here are some wonderfully Welsh romantic breaks that will cause all the feels…
Discover Britain’s oldest love story in Anglesey on St Dwynwen’s Day
The ruins of St Dwynwen’s chapel are located on the mythical, tidal Ynys Llanddwyn island in Anglesey. An area of Wales home to stunning natural beauty, rare wildlife and some of the UK’s most remote landscapes. St Dwynwen’s chapel can only be reached via the Wales Coast Path, with walkers passing stunning scenery as they trace the steps of the Welsh patron saint of lovers.
… and stay in a fairytale Château
Nestled on the picturesque Isle of Anglesey, this Grade ll-listed, North Wales Château shares the idyllic home of Wales’ patron saint of lovers. Château Rhianfa, meaning ladies abode, was given as a gift by Baronet of Bodelwyddan for his wife Lady Sarah, and is perfectly positioned to overlook the waters below.
The hotel offers a romantic weekend along the Wales Coast Path with views stretching out across the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.
Weekend Getaway Break from £194.50pp (based on 2 people sharing) for a 2-night stay in a Château Standard Room including a Welsh breakfast and 3-course evening meal on your first night. https://chateaurhianfa.com | www.walescoastpath.gov.uk
Plan the ultimate romantic break to the Hotel of the Year for Wales
At the gateway to the dramatic landscapes of the Brecon Beacons National Park, The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny has recently been named Hotel of the Year for Wales 2020. There’s no better place for a romantic Welsh getaway this St Dwynwen’s Day.
Or, the Angel’s exclusive Valentine’s Break package includes overnight accommodation in an executive room, a glass of champagne on arrival and a red rose waiting in your room, dinner for two from the set Valentine’s menu in The Oak Room Restaurant and a buffet or a la carte breakfast. Combine this with a romantic walk out into the national park. Try a gentle stroll along the nearby canals or challenge yourselves to reach the peak of Sugarloaf mountain. You’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Beacons. Valentine’s Day Break from £273.00 for one night stay in an Executive Room (based on 2 people sharing) | www.angelabergavenny.com/valentines-break
Find love amongst Europe’s tallest sand dunes
Find love amongst some of Europe’s tallest sand dunes with a coastal weekend in Porthcawl, South Wales. Unleash your partner’s adventurous side on the mighty Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, some of the tallest in northern Europe. Once you’re done adventuring, enjoy your dinner with a seaview at Porthcawl’s Harbour Bar and Kitchen or simply return to rest at the Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel. Their ‘Romantic Package’ includes a three course meal, bottle of fizz, complimentary chocolates and a bouquet of flowers for that special someone.
Rooms from £88 | Townandcountrycollective.co.uk
Escape to a luxury woodland hideaway in South Wales
The Hide at St Donats is the perfect place for a romantic break. It offers a little slice of luxury with the beautiful seaside scenery of the 870-mile Wales Coast Path on your doorstep.
Head to the 7.5 acre arboretum Tresilian Wood just outside of St Donats village. For a secluded and cosy getaway, celebrate the Welsh patron saint of lovers. Choose from one of the snug Cabans and snuggle up amongst nature. Each features uninterrupted sea views, a wood burner and furnishings by local artists.
Explore the rugged wild Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Hike along the seafront from St Donats either east towards Cardiff or west towards Nash Point lighthouse.
Cabans start from £130 per night | www.hide.wales/cabans/
Share a Welsh tipple along the breathtaking Ceredigion coastline
Raise a glass to love and sip craft gin overlooking Cardigan Bay at In The Welsh Wind Distillery. Along the Wales Coast Path in Ceredigion find secret coves, dramatic cliffs and plenty of bespoke gin.
After founders Alex and Ellen left the pressures of everyday life behind and walked the length of the 870-mile Wales Coast Path, Wales’ stunning coastal scenery became the inspiration for establishing a distillery that celebrates small batch, craft gin created using local botanicals.
Treat your gin-loving partner to a Tasting Experience at In The Welsh Wind Distillery. Widen your knowledge and sample a variety of house-distilled and guest gins. End the day with a sundowner watching the sunset across the West Wales coastline. Gin Tasting Experience £25pp | www.inthewelshwind.co.uk