Recommended Accommodation

As I travel around taking the many photographs which feature on this web site I have stayed at a variety of hotels. With an interest in history I always ensure that hotel accommodation used is in its own right historic. 

I am sharing my list of accommodation venues in recognition of these establishments  providing me with nothing less than very good and often  outstanding experiences on two or more occasions. Listing here is a personal endorsement by myself backed up in most cases by Trip Advisor reports which I have written for the venues. I have used two of the providers listed here for 25 years. 

All establishments  are  conveniently located in relation  to the many historic sites, railways etc  featured on this web site. I have provided a suggested list of some of the historic sites, heritage transport facilities etc that are within easy driving times which are shown - please note these are approximate.       

All venues are shown in alphabetical order with no preference indicated - they are all good for different reasons. Notes on beer availability are also included as are direct links to the hotel web site.   

These are all great holiday / short break venues worthy of support particularly as we emerge again from another Covid 19 lockdown.                                 

John H. Luxton

August 02, 2021

Bedford Hotel - Tavistock - Devon

Tavistock, Bedford Hotel  - October 29, 2006

The historic grade II Bedford Hotel was constructed on the site of Tavistock Abbey. The east end of the building is circa 1725 and the west end Mid C19 on the site of the monastic buildings south of the cloisters of Tavistock Abbey. The east end was built as a dwelling house by Jacob Saunders known as Abbey House. The building was converted into a hotel in the 1822 it is in the ownership of Warm Welcome Hotels who are proprietors of the Two Bridge Hotel a few miles away. Offers comfortable bedrooms with an historic feel, antique furniture, real ales produced by an associated company and outstanding west country food sourced from suppliers in Devon and Cornwall. The hotel is dog friendly.  [Website Click Here]

Beer: Real Ales from associated Dartmoor Brewery.

Public Transport: a few minutes walk from Tavistock Bus Station

Ideal for visiting:

* Dartmoor - open moor locations from just a few minutes drive

* Tamar Valley Railway - 10 minutes drive to Gunnislake Station

* Morwellham Quay - Historic Port  - 10 minutes

* South Devon Railway - 55 minutes

* Buckfast Abbey - 55  minutes

* Dart Valley Railway - Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company 1:15 hour drive

* Cornish and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site -  Tavistock is part of it!

* Plymouth, ferries and  steamer excursions  - 45  minutes drive.

* Exeter - Historic City and Cathedral -   1 hour. 

* Launceston Steam Railway - 30 minutes.

* Bodmin and Wenford Railway - 50 minutes.

* Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - under 2 hours. 

* Various National Trust and English Heritage sites near by including Cotehele House, Launceston and Okehampton Castles, Buckland Abbey etc are within easy driving distance.

Britannia Inn - Llangollen - Denbighshire - Wales

Llangollen & District, Clywd, Wales - 2013

The 14th century Britannia Inn is located at Pentredwr on the A542 road which runs over the Horseshoe Pass. The Britannia is an historic inn with connections to the Valle Crucis Abbey the ruins of which lie further down the valley. Excellent, plentiful food, cosy accommodation and friendly staff. Curries and Sunday Roasts are particularly good here. [Website - Click Here]

Public Transport: None - taxi service from Llangollen

Beer: Brain's / Marston's and other real ales - one or two depending on season

ideal for visiting: 

* Valley Crucis Abbey - 2 minutes.

* Llangollen Railway - 5 minutes.

* Llangollen Canal - 5 minutes.

* Horseshoe Pass - 5 minutes.

* Minera Lead Mines - 30 minutes.

* Poncysyllte Aqueduct - 15 minutes.

* North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways - most are within 1 hour's drive of the Britannia Inn.

* Severn Valley Railway and Ironbridge Gorge Museums (Shropshire) are also easily accessible for day trips.

The Harp - Letterston - Pembrokeshire - Wales

Letterston, Pembrokeshire, Wales - August 15, 2019

The Harp was originally a 16th century farm which also traded as a bar and inn. In recent years the former farm outbuildings have been converted into six bedrooms each with their own front door located cross a courtyard from the inn itself. An extensive menu featuring local produce, in particular seafood, is offered. [Website - Click Here]

Public Transport: Bus service passes hotel

Beers: Up to three real ales - including local Gwaun Valley Brewery ales

Ideal for visiting:

* St David's Cathedral, Bishop's Castle and other historic features - under 30 minutes drive

* Preseli Hills - 15 minutes.

* Aberheiddi and Porthgain - historic industrial sites and port - 30 minutes.

* Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre and Irish Ferries for trips to Rosslare - 45 minutes.

* Fishguard Port - Stena Line trips to Rosslare, Ireland - 10 minutes.

* Gwili Railway - 1 hour.

* Vale of Rheidol and Constitution Hill Railways at Aberystwyth - under two hours.

The Wild Hare Hotel (formerly The Royal George) - Tintern - Monmouthshire - Wales

Tintern, Monmouthshire, Wales - December 29, 2018

The Wild Hare Hotel (formerly the Royal George - renamed April 2021) at Tintern changed ownership in 2018 and has been extensively refurbished. The main building is a listed former Ironmaster's House which was later converted into a hotel. Accommodation is mainly in garden chalets to the rear each.  Food is innovative, an outside pizza oven operates in the garden on selected days during the season, excellent friendly staff. The hotel welcomes dogs. [Website - Click Here]

Beer: Up to 5 real ales from Wales and West Country e.g.  Wye Valley / Kingstone Breweries

Public Transport: Chepstow - Monmouth bus service stops outside. 

Ideal for visiting:

* Wye Valley Railway Greenway Tintern access point - 1 minute walk

* Tintern Abbey  - 5 minute walk

* Tintern Station heritage centre - 5 minutes.

* Dean Forest Railway / Hopewell Colliery - 30 minute.

* Bristol Historic Docks, SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge etc - 45 minutes.

* Blaenafon Ironworks / Big Pit Mining Museum / Pontypool & Blaenafon Railway - 50 minutes.

* St Fagan's Welsh National History Museum - 50 minutes.

* Steam: Museum of the Great Western Railway - Swindon  1 hour. 

* Brecon Mountain Railway - 1 hour.

* Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway - just over 1 hour.

* Cadw and English Heritage historic sites - many are close or under one hour drive such as Chepstow, Raglan, Goodrich Castles etc.

Sefton Hotel - Douglas - Isle of Man

Sefton Hotel, Douglsa, Isle of Man - August 03, 2016

The Sefton Hotel is a large Victorian seaside hotel which also boasts and Atrium Water Garden which was completed in 1999. All atrium rooms have balconies overlooking the water garden whilst front facing rooms have extensive views across Douglas Bay and to Douglas Harbour from which shipping can be seen to arrive and depart. Real ale and good food available with a particularly good breakfast buffet. [Website - Click Here]

Public Transport: Bus and tram stops outside, stations 10 t0 15 minutes walk.

Beer: Real ales from Okells - sometimes Bushy's / Doom Bar

Easy access to public transport and the Isle of Man's Historic Railways - horse trams pass close by during the summer season.

All Isle of Man Heritage sites are within easy driving distance or access by public transport. 

Sea Terminal offering year round sailings to Heysham and Liverpool and seasonal sailings to Dublin and Belfast) is around 10 minutes walk.

Hotel Portmeirion - Gwynedd - Wales

Portmeirion, Gwynedd - August 09,  2018

Hotel Portmeirion / Castell Deudreath are part of the architectural masterpiece that is Portmeirion Village developed by Sir Clough Williams Ellis from the 1920s through to the late 1970s accommodation is provided in the hotel, at Castell Deudreath and in numerous self catering and village rooms and suites located around the village. There are two first class restaurants, several cafes, an open air swimming pool. There are panoramic views across the tidal Dwyryd Estuary. The village was made famous by the 1960s cult TV series The Prisoner starring Patrick McGoohan. There are extensive coastal woodland walks in the estate grounds. [Website - click here]

Beer: Brains, Wrexham / Snowdon Lagers, range of locally produced own branded bottled beer.

Public Transport: Minffordd Station (FWHR TfW) and bus service about 15 - 20 minutes walk. Minibus service provided for guests. 

Ideal for visiting: 

* Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways - Minffordd Station - 5 minutes.

* Cambrian Coast Railway - Minffordd Station - 5 minutes.  

* Welsh Highland Heritage Railway - 10 minutes.

+ Nantgwrtheryn Heritage and Welsh Language Centre - 45 minutes.

* Tal-y-llyn Railway / Fairbourne Railway / Corris Railway / Bala Lake Railway - 50 minutes.

* Llanberis Lake Railway / Snowdon Mountain Railway - 50 minutes.

* National Slate Museum - 50 minutes.

* Various CADW - Historic Wales site can be accessed easily from here. 

Two Bridges Hotel - Dartmoor - Devon - England

Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor, Devon - April 11, 2019

The Two Bridges Hotel is an historic inn located in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, Devon within 30 minutes drive of Plymouth and 20 minutes drive of Cornwall. Princetown is one mile from the hotel. Two Bridges offers comfortable bedrooms with an historic feel, antique furniture, real ales produced by an associated company and outstanding west country food sourced from suppliers in Devon and Cornwall. The friendly and helpful staff are supported by  a resident gaggle of geese. The hotel welcomes dogs. The Bedford Hotel in nearby Tavistock is also operated by the same proprietors.   [Website - Click Here]

Beer: Real Ales from associated Dartmoor Brewery.

Public Transport: Infrequent bus service passes hotel - more frequent service from Princetown approximately 1 mile walk. 

ideal for visiting:

* Dartmoor - outside the front door!

* South Devon Railway - 40 minutes drive

* Dart Valley Railway - Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company under 1 hour drive

* Buckfast Abbey - 35 minutes drive

* Cornish and West Devon Mining World Heritage site - nearest around 15 minutes furthest just over 2 hours drive.

* Plymouth, Ferries and  steamer excursions  - 30 minutes drive.

* Exeter - Historic City and Cathedral - 45 minutes drive. 

* Launceston Steam Railway - 45 minutes drive.

* Bodmin and Wenford Railway - 1 hour drive

* Lynton and Barnstaple Railway - under 2 hours drive. 

* English Heritage & National Trust such as Launceston Castle, Cotehele, Okehampton Castle, Lydford Gorge are within easy drives.