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Dog Friendly Wales Craig y Nos Castle B&B Reviews 2016


Dog Owners' Reviews - 2016
Craig y Nos Castle Dog Friendly B&B
“Perfect dog and owner heaven”
Reviewed 30 December 2016 - 5 stars
This place is far from the madding crowd set in the beautiful Brecon Beacons. We have never been away before at Christmas time as we have dogs and then we found this gem of a place. Staff were welcoming friendly and very helpful. The food was excellent along with the whole atmosphere with log burners and comfy sofas. I will be going back again and again cannot fault it.
Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple

“My two dogs needed an Xmas break ”
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
I found the Craig y Nos Castle on Face Book or somewhere similar - the prospect of a Castle set in fantastic countryside where I could take the dogs to walk all day then conclude proceedings with a pint or two in the bar with the dogs curled up in front of an open fire sounded like just what we needed and it was! If like me this type of dog friendly option interests you then let me explain a little more. The facility has had a huge investment in its restoration but as the owner openly admits, it still needs more and in the current climate, this is going to take time so your first impressions may feel a little unsure - it's fair to say it's a work in progress. Anyway, get there lunchtime and straight out with the dogs in the Craig y Nos country park - simply outstanding - great little cafe in the park highly recommended for a hot chocolate then check in a hotel - no fuss, when I asked about the "do's & dont's" with the dogs - response was a pleasant "common sense can prevail " happy days!  Anyway nice room so quick spruce up and down to the bar, we had booked our meal slot so we found a table where we were served by a really polite young waitress and served at the bar in similar style, menu choice consisted of a choice of four starters & four mains - one again simple but really well prepared and served splendidly. As soon as we could we took up pole position in front of the log burner and totally chilled out in the friendly surroundings - there were maybe another four couples in the bar excluding a large wedding party - the atmosphere was spot on for us and nobody had any stress with their dogs. Great nights sleep, nice freshly cooked breakfast in the morning and then off for another walk this time a good four hour round trip to the Hendryn water fall - courtesy of the route map supplied by the hotel. This place isn't the Ritz but let's be honest are you really going to get the experience I've described in a 5 star hotel for the £'s?  Quite simply - no you are not!
My recommendation is to give it a whirl, dog owner or just somebody who appreciates the great outdoors and accepting the place for what it is and staff who are genuine and want to make you feel welcome
Stayed December 2016, travelled with family

“Perfect Christmas”
Reviewed 29 December 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
Yet another perfect Christmas at the castle. Check in, sit back and do nothing, what more could you want. More dogs than people this year but that's not a complaint (we had three ourselves) Everyone (incl the dogs) are made to feel welcome, more like friends than guests. Nothing is too much trouble. Staff are wonderful, esp considering they have to work throughout the holidays. A special shout out to Leanne and Kathy who both went that extra mile
Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple

“A home from home - a real jewel”
Reviewed 28 December 2016 - 5 stars
We have just come back from spending Chirstmas weekend at the Castle and it was wonderful. We went because it was dog friendly and nearly everybody there had doggies with them and the majority of them were repeat visitors, which says a lot about the place. Very homely and the staff could not do enough for us - even phoning round to see what churches in the area were offering a midnight mass service on Christmas Eve! Very quirky and old and as such a little frayed around the edges, but all this adds to the charm - you are staying in a castle and the history of the place is just great - take a few minutes out to do the tour - the theatre is fabulous and super spooky!! Food was great and Christmas Day lunch was super, with an appearance from Santa and a special gift of a beautiful handmade glass star for our Christmas tree - all lovely touches. The atmosphere there was lovely, with so many dog lovers there and the grounds are stunning with some fabulous walking, which all made for a great break. Would we go there again - definitely....
Stayed December 2016, travelled as a couple

“Amazing castle, very dog friendly and fantastic food”
Reviewed 28 November 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
This was a pleasant few days' stay with my husband and our Labrador. The castle is stunning and the park around it is great for walks. The countryside in the area is also beautiful. The staff was extremely friendly and the food in the castle second to none. The only drawback was that our room (AB11) was a little cold. The bad weather didn't help, but a little more heating would have helped a lot. Will consider going back there in the summer though. Room Tip: Ours was AB11 and was a little on the cold side. Nice size though.
Stayed November 2016, travelled as a couple

“Dog Friendly Accomodation”
Reviewed 26 November 2016 - 5 stars
My sister and I and my dog Angel stayed at Craig-y-Nos Castle for three nights in November 2016. It is the most dog friendly place I have ever stayed in. The staff were very friendly & obviously love dogs. All the dogs get a chopped up sausage for breakfast and can sit with you in the dining room for breakfast & evening meal. Our room was very comfortable & we had French windows which opened straight into the garden. Also lots of walking for the dog and ourselves. We will definitely be going back in the Spring. Room Tip: Ground floor if you take your dog
Stayed November 2016, travelled with family

“The best place to be in the rain! ”
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
If it's raining in the Brecons there cannot be a friendlier, cosier and more comforting a place to be- and this is a haunted, rambling castle! The wood burning fires and chesterfield sofas, and warm and friendly staff just made you feel so at home. And maybe best of all is that they really are dog friendly! Charlie had the time of his life being force fed sausages at breakfast! The history of the place is fascinating. Thanks to all the staff for making our much needed break such a lovely one. We will be back !
Stayed November 2016, travelled as a couple

“Doggy holiday ”
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
Just had a most wonderful break with our beajun freiz Jack The staff couldn't do enough for us even a sausage for Jack at breakfast Thankfully we didn't find out about the ghost until we were leaving I probably wouldnt have slept so well We went for lovely walks in the huge country park by the river with Jack running free wonderful times to remember will definitely be back for of this most beautiful part of the world
Stayed November 2016, travelled with friends

“Second visit as good as the first”
Reviewed 9 November 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
Idyllic location, friendly staff, excellent food and traditional interior. Enjoyed another stay and will return. Very dog friendly. They can join you for food if you eat in the bar. The dog especially enjoyed her sausage with breakfast. The restaurant doesn't allow dogs to cater for people without them. Enjoyable break.
Stayed November 2016, travelled as a couple

“Fabulous dog friendly place”
Reviewed 1 November 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
We visited in half term week. The staff were extremely helpful and polite. The room (34) overlooked the beautiful country park was very clean and ample space. The food was extremely good, on the first night we had fillet steak and it was the best I had eaten in a long time. The hotel has its little quirks but overall was very good and an extremely good time was had by all and Brady the dog loved his sausage for breakfast. Would definitely return.
Stayed October 2016, travelled with friends

“Fabulous place”
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
A friend treated me to a break at Craig Y Nos Castle for my 50th. Super dog friendly. The staff were wonderful and nothing was too much trouble. They even light the fire for us. The Castle is being restored, and its apparent that much more money is needed. Though, to be honest it adds to the uniqueness and quirky nature of the place, just loved it. The room was compact and immaculate, views were stunning. The place is steeped in history and has a lovely feel to it. There are wonderful walks literally on your doorstep. The spectacular caves are a gentle 10min stroll from the castle, so no driving. Don't miss out on the tour of the castle, very informative and interesting. My dog was made very welcome. And, don't expect dog hairs all over the place because of it being dog friendly. The whole place is kept immaculate. We ate in the bar area where dogs are allowed. I actually preferred this to the main hall. Lovely views and informal. We had two evening meals which were excellent, the fillet steak was amazing. I would highly recommend this place, be it a break away from it all or wedding venue. Many thanks to all the staff, you all work so hard and do a fabulous job.
Stayed October 2016, travelled with friends

“wonderful peaceful place”
Reviewed 30 October 2016 - 5 stars
stayed 3 nights in June 2016 with my husband and the dog. If you want a TV and WiFi in your bedroom then this is not for you, however if you want a wonderful friendly place to stay in a gorgeous location, good food, amazing staff and even a sausage for the dog in the morning, then book now. The wonderful old mock Tudor Castle is beautiful, the rooms are spotlessly clean and our bathroom was amazing, although I think they are all different. I would not hesitate to book again.
Stayed June 2016, travelled as a couple

“Lovely mid week stay”
Reviewed 28 October 2016 - 5 stars
We visited during half term, my husband, myself, 4 month old baby and over enthusiastic labrador. It was the first time we had taken either the baby or dog away and we were a little anxious. We needn't have worried. The staff were lovely and friendly. We were all made to feel very welcome. We stayed in the theatre loft room as we booked late and it was the only available room. It was lovely. It was incredibly clean, especially considering it was muddy outside and a dog friendly hotel! The bathroom had clearly been recently done. It was cosy and warm. There was enough floor space for a 42' crate for the dog. It was easy to nip downstairs and let her have a mooch in the theatre gardens and then just out the gate into the park grounds. The park was all easy access so easy for the pram too. It was easy to take her to breakfast with us and she was eve given her own sausage. Staff were just as friendly with the baby too. Location was excellent. We ate at the hotel on the second night and the lamb was gorgeous. We are hoping to go back during the easter holidays with our older children and other dog.
Stayed October 2016, travelled as a couple

"the best dry (Dog?) friendly holiday you could wish for!”
Reviewed 24 October 2016 - 5 stars
We were never troubled by any ghosts but my dog certainly loved it! A sausage for breakfast every morning (in her case a few extra too!) lovely views, Incredible staff! A totally relaxed atmosphere. When you arrive take a bit of time to have a wander so you don't get lost later! Explore the grounds & park (leave car in hotel). Visiting the craft shop at the N end is a must (crafts from the valley) a lovely little treasure trove of handmade stuff. Breakfast & dinner are very relaxed! Get a bed for your doggie! No matter how well behaved, always have a lead to hand!
I was made to feel the it was my own home! word of warning! Drive past slowly or you WlLL miss it! Don't leave it till night to find it for the first time or you'll miss it! Even after a week l still almost missed the entrance at night! And read the info leaflet! It may save your bacon the first time you get back late, or full asleep in the lounge!
Stayed October 2016, travelled solo

“Doggy Holiday Heaven”
Reviewed 20 October 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
Just returned after a 2 night midweek break to Craig Y Nos. Had a lovely time with 2 pooches who were allowed access all areas. We all ate together in Patti Bar , lovely food if a bit pricey so budget for that . The waitresses were lovely , very obliging and made a fuss of all the doggies who joined us in the bar . Sausage breakfast was served for all pooches , Very impressed with how friendly everyone was. Room A12 was an accessible room that was on the small side. We didn't ask for an accessible room but the wet room with a shower came in handy for showering muddy paws. Big double bed and a single bed ( not needed only 2 of us ) sadly no table to make our drink on except the one with a TV on with limited space and no chair in the room other than a dining room style chair. So we sat on the bed if we were in the room any length of time. Bed linen and towels were sparkling white, Blind behind the big double bed could only be reached if we knelt on the bed and reached over the headboard to close it a night, Although the room was very basic , it was only used to sleep in so we accepted what it was and just 'got on with it ' . If we had been there a week I would have asked to be moved . Basic didn't mean cheap either so I guess I expected more. We had a lovely break with the doggies who loved it and it was great to share this holiday with them by our side .
Stayed October 2016, travelled as a couple

“A wonderful mini break in a dog friendly Hotel”
Reviewed 20 October 2016 - 5 stars
A friend spotted an advert for this Hotel on the Internet and encouraged us to go there with our two dogs. We were not disappointed! The Castle itself is impressive and is being steadily refurbished and improved by the current owners. We had a really nice, comfortable bedroom and small lounge in a block outside the main hotel, with mainly dog owning neighbours. Dogs are made welcome and can join their owners at meal times in the bar or main restaurant. We chose to leave our two in the car, as they are both large dogs! The Castle was originally the home in Victorian times of a very famous, extremely wealthy opera singer, Adelina Patti, but after her death was also used as a Hospital. As we are both interested in history, we opted to join the morning tour of the Castle and were really delighted. We explored the Castle from top to bottom and learned all about its history, including many details of Adelina's life. The high point of the visit was probably the amazing theatre but it was all fascinating. We can't praise the hotel staff highly enough. Without exception they were friendly and helpful. Our dogs, Grace and Ben, are elderly but there are plenty of good walks for younger dogs either at the Castle or in the neighbouring Country Park. We have brought back a souvenir of us and the dogs in a framed photograph, taken in the Park by Bob, the resident photographer. You don't have to have dogs to enjoy a stay at the Castle but we are going to recommend the Hotel to our dog owning friends and hope to return there ourselves before long. Room Tip: Check which are the best rooms for dog owners.
Stayed October 2016, travelled as a couple

"Craig y Nos revisited.”
Reviewed 19 October 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
We have just spent another two days at Craig y Nos and once again we had a good time. My partner is recovering from an operation and spent most of the time resting, which allowed me to explore the surrounding countryside with our two golden retrievers. They had a truly great time, little realising that i had got lost and walked for twelve miles instead of four. We all ate together in the Patti bar and once again the staff were superb, not only looking after us but but also the dogs. We met two friends and their dog for a walk in the the adjoining Country Park and they stayed for dinner on one of the nights and were very impressed with the food and the surroundings. So, well done again Craig y Nos, we will all be back in the spring.
Stayed October 2016, travelled as a couple

“Brilliant brilliant brilliant!!!”
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
I was in my element...wanted to keep this a secret but feel i should share this wonderful place.....
Just returned from a 3 night break at this amazing place. friendly is an understatement! The staff loved not only our 2 pooches but everyone with 4 paws! Majestic building and staff went out of their way to make our stay the best possible.
The food was amazing...thanks to the chef who cooked me chicken when it wasnt even on the menu! The breakfast was yummy witj all you could desire. The dogs soon learnt that breakfast included them too with a sausage!! We stayed in room 28 and the bath was fabulous and had a loo with a view! No ghosts although one pooch decided to grumble and bark a few times for no apparent reason?! If there were a ghost it was friendly as didnt bother us. The bed linen was crisp and comfy. Fabulous to be with like minded Dog people. We got to know everyone as it is such a comfortable and friendly place. It truly is like going to a friends house. (some house!) oh and the hot tub....bliss!! The views from anywhere are stunning. The walks are out of this world. CANT WAIT TO GO BACK!!!!
Stayed October 2016, travelled as a couple

“Great place for me and my dogs!”
Reviewed 12 October 2016 - 5 stars
I have visited the castle 6 times in the last three years with my dogs and different friends, it has a very interesting history, lot's of great places to walk local to the Castle and a bit further away, including trips to the beach. I have stayed in various different rooms, all clean and serviced well. The food is good, everyone at the Castle works hard to make your stay enjoyable. The dogs have got so used to the sausages at breakfast that they wouldn't let me settle after their walk this morning until we went for breakfast!!!!! I really do recommend this place for a visit, I will be back again soon! Stayed October 2016, travelled with friends

“2 Day break with dog.”
Reviewed 10 October 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
I booked this hotel for my husbands birthday mainly because we could take the dog with us, a large golden retriever. The location is amazing right next to the country park, so Bert the dog had an amazing time and came home tired. The hotel is old and quirky but perfectly acceptable. It is not a 5 star hotel but the staff are incredibly helpful and friendly, especially to Bert who ate his body weight in sausages! The room was nice and spacious and clean, slight musty smell but nothing too bad. The only down side from my point of view was the walk to take Bert out for a comfort break. But not really an issue. The breakfast was very nice and plentiful and the evening meal was very good. We all had steak which was excellent. The waitresses were all very obliging to us even bringing out my husbands birthday cake singing! Water is very hot which was a pleasant surprise for an older hotel. We will definitely be back and would recommend this for anyone wanting a break especially with a dog. Room Tip: Ground floor may be easier if you have a dog. AB35 was large and spacious.
Stayed October 2016, travelled as a couple

“Dog friendly ”
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile - 4 out of 5 stars
We stayed B&B for two nights. The hotel is under constant refurbishment and the hotel management/ owners are very honest that things could be better. This however didn't detract from the fact that the welcome we got was great and our dog was made equally so. There was a wedding on while we were there that meant that we couldn't use the bar and restaurant on our second night but they were helpful in helping us to find another local pub that would take us and our dog. On our first night we did eat in the bar and the food was great. There were dog beds to make all four legged friends very comfortable. Our room was spotless and the bathroom huge. Lovely walks in the area without having to get back in your car until it's time to leave. We will be going back.
Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple

“Brilliant place to stay with your dogs.”
Reviewed 7 October 2016 - 5 stars
Graig y Nos is set in a beautiful location in the national park within the surrounding brecon hills.The rooms are clean and tidy with a good size bathroom and all the staff are really attentive and could not do enough for us. Every morning our three dogs got a sausage for their breakfast,then enjoyed a good walk around the park.We had a very interesting tour of the castle with a good insight the history of how it became what it is today ,if you have dogs you could not go wrong by booking a few days away.
Stayed September 2016, travelled with friends

“Lovely place, drenched in history”
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
My wife and I stayed here for a few days so we could explore the area and climb the black Mountain range, dogs are welcome which is a plus for us, we enjoyed our stay and many of the locals told us to try the tafarn y garreg up the road after the long Hill climb which we did.
we found the staff polite and very helpful and the food was great to,we will be visiting the area and castle again.
Stayed October 2016, travelled as a couple

“4 night B & B”
Reviewed 6 October 2016 - 5 stars
Wow... gets me every time. The dogs and I really enjoyed this Castle. We didn't think it could get any more dog friendly on our last visit...but it did. My wife and I ate with our dogs and many others in the main dining hall Where we were served promptly and happily by the lovely staff who all showed genuine affection for the pooches and owners. Due to our late booking, we may have got the smallest doggy room but it was comfortable and a delight to open the doors into the garden. There was a powerful shower with every sort of control spray nozzle which was in a warm and cosy bathroom. It is worth noting that the castle is attached to a beautiful country park where you can stroll early in the morning and late at night with your dogs (a torch in the dark evenings is essential). With so many hairy friends you would have thought there would be evidence of them everywhere - all credit to the cleaning staff - there was not. If you get the chance and you love your doggies, then this is the place to come. Pen y fan and the Black mountain are only 20 miles away in each direction (which is nothing in this lovely countryside) so you can get a hearty breakfast, take a days hike and come back to good food and drink. love it. Room Tip: There are some doggy rooms attached to the hotel as well as integral. Best to get a ground floor one...
Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple

“Mid week break with dogs!!”
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
If you travel with dogs and like them to enjoy a break as much as you do then look no further. The Castle is a genuine dog friendly place to stay - not just dog tolerant. Everywhere is impeccably clean. Quite how they keep on top of all the cleanliness is somewhat of a miracle given the fact that when we were there almost every other guest had at least two four pawed companions and the weather was wet wet wet!! We had a super spacious room and with a large en suite bathroom. The hotel's lounge was just as generous. We ate in the bar area where our dogs could accompany us with the luxury of a mattress to make sure they could be comfy and settled. Initially we thought the dinner menu was a little over priced, however, when you take into account that a supplement is not charged for dogs, the upkeep of the sprawling castle and the reasonable bar prices we have reconsidered and accept that it's pretty fair. The staff were very attentive and the hotel offers a visitor a quirky slightly Fawlty Towers (in the best possible way) type of stay with the added luxury of stunning grounds and an adjacent country park which is safe for any early morning or late at night exercising of doggy companions. The restoration of the building is 'work in progress' which is why we intend to return in the future to see what has changed. Yes, parts of it need a touch of paint internally but the grounds are very well maintained and the history of the place makes it a somewhat unusual location to stay. A mid week break is really excellent value for money and it was lovely to be sharing the place with likeminded guests all of whom loved the eccentricity of the Castle and who were forgiving of it's shortfalls. Well worth top marks for the sheer hell of 'being different'. We loved it.
Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple

“5th but not last”
Reviewed 19 September 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
Time for another review! This was our fifth visit, second this year and I am pleased to report that generally nothing has changed too much. The same ethos and good feel of previous stays had been retained, the country park on the doorstep is fabulous for dog owners like us,so beautiful and well kept with hardly any rubbish and there are poo bins up at the back of the castle. We have stayed in a different room each time and found them to be consistently clean. We ended up in the gatehouse this time which is the most space we've had, a little dark in there but liked the stable door and big bathroom, starting to look a bit worn though downstairs and the ground floor bedroom window wouldn't shut,not a problem with the weather we had but may be uncomfortable as it gets colder. One of the lovely things for us is being able to go to breakfast and dinner without leaving the dog in the car or the room. All the dogs enjoy a sausage at breakfast too which is a nice touch and most of them were very well behaved. All the staff are always very friendly and helpful,especially when they modified a meal for us to take back to the room for my wife's mother who wasn't able to get to to dinner one evening. The service is very good as long as it's not too busy but the hardworking staff seem to be stretched a bit at times. Food is good and appeared more reasonably priced this time although we sometimes struggled to choose a main meal,but on the first night we had the best chips we've ever had! I always look forward to the breakfasts, pretty much all you need is available and it is buffet style unless the guest numbers are low, when the hot food is cooked to order. It is always nice to relax and chat with other guests in the bar area, where stories and visits to places of interest get shared. So overall another fantastic stay for us and nice to catch up again with the long standing members of staff. If you aren't worried about perfect accommodation or decoration but enjoy great scenery, peaceful surroundings and friendly people and especially if you enjoy taking your four legged friend, then give it a go,i wish there were more places like this!! We will definitely go again.
Room Tip: Be prepared to hear the clock every 15 minutes, something to bear in mind if you are a light sleeper  (Owner adds: Clock ceases chiming at midnight, then starts again 08.00 hrs)
Stayed September 2016, travelled with family

“A quiet retreat from the world of WiFi where waggy tails are welcome”
Reviewed 19 September 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
We stayed in a family room which could sleep upto 6 people and had its own little lounge. It was directly on the road but the walls are so thick you didn't hear the traffic. It was clean, well furnished and cosy and it felt like our own little flat within the castle. The main castle was similar, had a cosy friendly feel with leather armchairs and nice little areas to sit and relax. It's clearly a work in progress but this isn't noticed as the atmosphere is warm and welcoming with homely touches. The food was lovely and I loved the fact my four legged friend was welcome in almost all areas.
The staff were fabulous and couldn't do enough for us. When they found out my dog couldn't eat the complimentary sausage at breakfast they went out of their way to find a treat she could have so she didn't miss out! And when I commented I'd never had liver and wasn't sure if to order it they arranged for a small taster to be cooked for me to try. These small things really made me feel valued and welcomed. The history tour is a must if you're interested in the history, though with the ghosts I'm glad I did it on the morning I was leaving as it was a bit spooky!
The grounds are beautiful with lots of walks available and again the staff were happy to advise on routes and print maps and directions if required. A lovely quiet retreat to switch off from the world (literally in a lot of ways as theres only one spot phones and WiFi work!) Room Tip: The rooms facing the road do get a bit of road noise there's no mobile or WiFi except in the bar...
Stayed September 2016, travelled with friends

Reviewed 19 September 2016 - 5 stars
Not only are you surrounded by beautiful scenery, but the staff are warm and friendly, extremely helpful and accomodating. I took my dog who felt it was home from home and enjoyed his sausage at breakfast every morning. The country park is easy access from the castle. The breacon beacons are lovely to walk around. You are only an hours drive from Oxwich bay, which is a beautiful beach and lovely coastal walk. Loved every minute and will definitely go back.
Stayed September 2016, travelled solo

“Wonderful ”
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
Great hotel. Lovely location . Dog friendly. Easy parking. Recommend the hotel tour which is free. We stayed in room 16 last year which is superb and great for ground floor access. This time we had room 21 which is on the 1st floor. Not so easy with dogs but the bathroom is awesome.

“Loved this peaceful retreat”
Reviewed 17 September 2016 - 5 stars
Wonderful stay here last week. Dog loved it. Surprised by all the dogs around Staff were great and helpful made sure other people had seating away from dogs if needed. Printed out maps for us of walks and places to visit. The setting for the castle is amazing food was really good too. enjoyed our holiday here, large room and nice and clean. Going home nice and relaxed defiantly will be back.
Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple

“Unique, Dog friendly castle with a great country park”
Reviewed 16 September 2016 - 5 stars
After a short stay at the castle in september we have fallen in love with the place. Lovely sized clean room's in a place with lots of history. Great staff, good food and dogs were treated like royalty. We will be back for sure.
Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple

“Unique, dog friendly castle with country park!”
Reviewed 10 September 2016 - 5 stars
We had 2 generous sized rooms & bathroom in the annex. Lovely grounds, excellent food and really really friendly staff who were lovely & this is absolutely a dog friendly place to stay. Jack (our JRT) was treated each day to his own sausage breakfast & a huge fuss from the staff - a truly dog friendly place. Brilliant too to have the whole country park to walk in & enjoy. Also lots to do in the immediate area & a good base for exploring the Brecon Beacons & South Wales - the whole area seemed to welcome dogs. Would definitely recommend & go again.
Stayed August 2016, travelled as a couple

“Dog friendly and people friendly too!”
Reviewed 8 September 2016 - 5 stars
OK it's shabby / scruffy, but to be fair if was fully restored it would loose some of its charm and push the prices up. The staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful, the room was large and light, the restaurant food was really good as was the breakfast and our dogs were treated as guests too, we're greeted by name and got a sausage each each breakfast time. Would I stay again - yes, would I recommend it - yes,
Room Tip: Some rooms have doors direct to courtyard or garden, helpful for dogs

“Great hotel, great time, will definitely be back!”
Reviewed 6 September 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
We had a wonderful stay here and it's a brilliant base to explore the Brecon Beacons. The area around the castle is especially beautiful and there's several days good walking to be had from the castle and nearby. The staff especially were wonderful, even when our dog was being particularly anti-social and I managed to set fire to the menu! They bought breakfast out for the dogs and little treats which was a really nice touch. One waitress in particular (I didn't get her name sadly!) was incredibly attentive and made us feel very welcome and at home. The room was better than I was expecting with a very modern bathroom. It was overall very comfortable and I enjoyed the stay in the room. There wasn't Wi-Fi but frankly it's an old building with incredibly thick walls so I kind of expected this! There was an internet connection everywhere else which was fine. It's very important to appreciate that you're not staying in a fully completed hotel and castle here, it's much more of a living, breathing restoration project so make sure you pack your sense of humour! There will be little quirks and surprises during your visit and not everything may be totally modern and perfect but if you can appreciate this for the restoration project that it is you'll have a wonderful stay. I think the hotel could do very well be letting potential visitors know that they're supporting a wonderful restoration attempt as part of their stay. We'll definitely be returning as there's clearly a lot more of the Beacons to explore and I can't think of a better place to do it from!
Stayed August 2016, travelled as a couple

“A great doggy friendly base to explore the Brecon Becons”
Reviewed 2 September 2016 - 5 stars
Enjoyed three night stay with my partner and our dog - overall we had no complaints and have already agreed that we will be back! It's worth noting that the castle itself, whilst a beautiful building in a wonderful setting, is very much an ongoing restorative work in progress, but I feel they are very open and honest about this and so the wear and tear was neither a surprise nor a disappointment to us. Our room was basic but very clean and comfortable - room itself felt a little tired but beautiful modern ensuite bathroom! There are wonderful walking opportunities around some of which can be accessed directly from the castle. This was our first time to travel with our dog and the staff made every effort to welcome her, offering sausage breakfast each morning and always taking a moment to say hello. Thanks for a lovely time and we look forward to a return visit!
Stayed September 2016, travelled as a couple

“Wonderful dog friendly hotel.”
Reviewed 2 September 2016 - 5 stars
We stayed for two nights with our three dogs on the 6th and 7th of August 2016. We were given a small double room that had a door that opened out onto a lovely grasses area which was perfect for us. They ask you to bring the dogs beds and bowls. The bed linen was all a pristine white so I was glad I had taken our own duvet cover and sheet. I didn't want to be responsible for paw prints, although they are pretty laid back about it. Dogs are welcome in the bar area, where you can eat your meals.They are not allowed in the dining room. At breakfast the dogs are served with their own plate with a cut up sausage each. What a treat! The staff are lovely, very friendly, and they make a fuss of the dogs and remember their names. The castle is set on the edge of the fabulous National Park which has wonderful walks. Just a few hundred yards from the castle is a lovely river and a huge meadow to play in and wooded walks. What a fabulous place. The Castle is a work in progress. It was once owned by a famous Victorian opera singer, Adelina Patti, and still has the theatre she installed with many original features. Since then it has been a hospital for many years and was left to sadly deteriorate. The present owners have repaired the roof and are working slowly to restore all the rooms. The upper rooms can be viewed on a tour which is fascinating. This is the nearest thing to doggy heaven I can think of. We had a fabulous time and will definitely go back. Oh and the dogs go for FREE. Really! Amazing!!
Room Tip: They try to give dogs easy access to outside. Let them know what you need. They are super helpful.

Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
I stayed in the castle for one night with family and friends just for a short break away and I had a fantastic time! We were all very impressed with the room we were staying In, we couldn't fault it. Very clean, and I think lots of authentic furniture which added to the experience. The dog enjoyed and also had a great time, and very much enjoyed her doggy breakfast sausage which was included. The dogs were definitely not left out. The staff were friendly and happy! And this of course adds to the atmosphere both in the daytime and evening. The food in the evening was very tasty and it was very nice to be allowed the company with our dog aswell as not many places allow dogs! Breakfast was also very nice although not much choice but mainly our fault as we arrived late to the table! But what we had was lovely. I also made use of the hot tub and gym in the morning and it was amazing! Very relaxing! The views from the Windows were outstanding and the sun was shining throughout our stay. We attended the history tour in the morning and a very happy guide took us to see everything in the caste, very interesting and factual! The untouched rooms upstairs would be a shame to change or renovate they are amazing and give a little feel of how it was years ago. I can really understand why people would want to get married here and visit, as it is a beautiful castle and grounds around to take leisurely walks especially if you have a very exited dog with you! We will definitely be visiting again and we had an amazing time staying! We will be back, definitely a five star!
Stayed August 2016, travelled with family

“Historical stay”
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile - 4 out of 5 stars
Just stayed for one night and what a great night to remember, the staff " from checking in to checkout " were brilliant the castel/hotel is amazing, a chance to get info on the history of the building and the project Martin has ahead of him. Also the dog's getting the best of all good luck to all the team

“Will go back. A great original friendly place to stay!”
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
I love this place. Relaxing and interesting. Staff are so lovely and treat you like a friend rather than just a visitor like so many places......... Nothing was to much trouble for them. This place has so much charm and history. Food was really good, not loads of choice but a good range for all. My dog Lou Lou loved every minute of her stay to and was treated like royalty!!  Place needs a lot of work but what can you expect with such a massive restoration job. Keep up the hard work guys and we will surley be back to see you very soon.
Stayed August 2016, travelled with family

“Amazing & my owners loved it too !”
Reviewed 17 August 2016 - 5 stars
This is a superb place for dogs & owners alike, fantastic location green fields all around for me to run & chase rabbits. We all ate together in the bar, I got a juicy sausage for my breakfast. The service & staff were brilliant nothing was too much trouble. my owners have promised to take me back soon, Woofs from Honey (cocker spaniel). The History Tour is a must & very informative.
Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple

“Dog family get together”
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile -  5 stars
We spent 2 nights at the castle with friends & we all own Old English Sheepdogs who are all related - mother, father & 4 sons. We had the most fantastic time! The rooms, castle facilities, meals, and beautiful surroundings were absolutely first class & we will DEFFINATELY be returning! The staff were superb - could not do enough & were so accommodating of our, sometimes noisy, dogs! Absolutely recommend this wonderful place!
Stayed August 2016, travelled with friends

“Amazing time at Craig y Nos Castle ”
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile -  5 stars
We've recently stayed here at the castle my partner and I and our 1 year old labradoodle. Our stay was lovely, we stayed in room a33 lovely room with bathroom with a view of the courtyard. We had the b&b option and we could take the dog into the bar area for breakfast and he even got given his own breakfast a yummy sausage. The walks around the grounds were fab with lovely scenery and plenty of space. Overall a great stay and we can not wait to return.
Stayed August 2016, travelled as a couple

“Wonderful Dog Friendly Holiday”
Reviewed 1 August 2016 -  5 stars
This is an absolutely stunning castle in a beautiful location. Extremely friendly and welcoming staff and such beautiful grounds for dog walking and exploration. The castle is located very near to other outstanding attractions, such as the National Show Caves for Wales and is itself set in stunning surroundings. I would fully recommend this castle venue to anyone and can't wait to return in future! Excellent value for money with a mammoth breakfast to start the day!
Stayed July 2016, travelled with family

Reviewed 29 July 2016 - 5 stars
We've stayed at the castle now a few times as we couldn't believe how amazing it was the first time, just to be even more impressed the next times. We would definitely recommend to stay here, especially with dogs. Our dog is anxious on holidays but here he absolutely loves it every time and feels at home with both the accommodation and with the staff. The staff are beyond impressive; always having the time of day for either conversations, giving information or just to say hello to our dogs. I know that we will definitely be staying here again and I boast to everyone of what inviting yet intriguing hotel with its exquisite and historic main building, its modern following the planned renovations and lovely rooms not forgetting the adoring national park backing the garden. Don't forget during your stay to drop into the new gym and hot tube to enjoy it's fantastic views and relaxation.
Stayed May 2016, travelled with family

“Our First Dog Friendly Holiday”
Reviewed 28 July 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
We have just returned home from a few days break with our two dogs. This hotel is a work in progress, being lovingly undertaken, so don't expect four star or higher accommodation. But, it is a hotel full of character and history, surrounded by beautiful countryside to explore. What you can expect is:- a pleasant, relaxing stay with the reassurance that you and your dogs will be treated as one of their family. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and will go the extra mile, nothing is too much trouble. The food was excellent and very good value for money, the dogs were treated to sausages for their breakfast. We loved it, we met some lovely people and can't wait to go back
Stayed July 2016, travelled with family

Reviewed 24 July 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
The in-room blurb states "some people love the castle, some people hate it .... Some are forgiving of its faults and quirks, some vow never to return in their current lifetime." I can quite see why! It is the only place where at breakfast I have been asked "with dog or without?" Clearly a dog friendly place and there were quite a lot, but surprisingly (amazingly?) they were uniformly well behaved, and were no trouble at all. We participated in the free tour of the castle and it is indeed a remarkable place, from the full size Theatre with rising floor etc now used for weddings to the nooks and crannies of the parts of the castle currently being renovated. I can see how it could be used for seances!

We had two dinners here - the menu was small but the food of excellent quality and varied by day. The service was very good and especially friendly - almost a family feeling. We booked at the last moment and our room was rather on the small side, but all rooms are different and larger ones available. The toilet shower was also small but functional. The views were good (see photo). The hotel had a surprisingly well equipped gym overlooking a wooded valley, with glimpses of the river below and birds overhead, and an adjacent hot tub. A large conservatory-like conference hall doubles as a wedding reception area. The adjacent country park has a cafe and shop and the area is excellent for both gentle perambulation (around the adjacent park) and long walks in wild countryside - there is horse riding opposite and caves just down the road. This is clearly a "work in progress" project being lovingly undertaken. We loved it and will return.
Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple

“Best place we've ever been with our dogs ”
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
We had a lovely stay with our 4 rescue dogs. Beautiful location with lots of walks to explore the dogs thoroughly enjoyed it . The staff were all very friendly and welcoming . The food was excellent and very good value for money. We were sad to leave and can't wait to come back

“our dogs first holiday!”
Reviewed 22 July 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
With this review I would like to start by asking you three questions -
1) Are you a lover of dogs? if not then Craig Y Nos is not for you
2) Do you require four star or higher accommodation ? if so then Craig Y Nos is also not for you
3) do you need an internet connection and a strong phone signal? If yes then again Craig Y Nos is not for you

However if you are a dog lover who wants to take their four footed friend/s with them and if you love history and love an establishment where the staff make you feel like you are the only people they have to care for then Craig Y Nos is for you. I would like to "shout this from the topmost point of Craig Y Nos " is how amazing , caring and professional all the staff were and how much they cared for us all and that includes the dogs - actually I think the dogs might have been more spoilt than we were and they were usually spoken to first. The first mention I had of Craig Y Nos was, when trying to find somewhere for a quick break where we could take our two dogs, was via the dog friendly site run by Steve Bennett. When I was having issues with my computer log in , necessitating my speaking to Steve personally, he said Craig Y Nos was one of the top places to stay with dogs and he was so so right!

As we had dogs with us, and one of them we have only had for a few weeks we had breakfast in the bar area - this was fine - the dogs loved being offered sausages each morning - and by the end of visit were waiting for it .We were asked if this ok the first day and agreed. One morning I went to breakfast earlier than the others and with one dog and Wendy was so so lovely and helpful - I was worried how would get on but no problem at all. My husband's requirement of a vegetarian breakfast was meet each day with a smile and he had the same choice of number of dishes as I did. Craig Y Nos do not serve meals at lunch time but we had three evening meals - served in the bar area as we were with the dogs - the food was very nice but the choice was limited - it appeared that the menu was not changed each day when we visited but I think this may since have changed - my husband is vegetarian and this meant he had a very restricted choice- it might be a good idea to ask re this when booking especially if you have a vegetarian with you the service given by the waitresses was brilliant - they felt like friends very soon rather than waitresses - we were served by Wendy, Catherine and one other lady whose name I forget( if I even knew) - she made me a lovely Sambuca and she flamed it - which many people wont do now( health and safety!) Please do not miss the History tour - I just cannot praise Nicole enough for this tour - we had learnt a little about the history of Craig Y Nos whilst staying but nothing prepared us for the 2 hour amazing time we had and I am so sad Adelaine Patti is not remembered more and that the hotel is struggling to get funding for this amazing theatre and location -- I want to learn more Adelaine Patti . We were taken on the tour by the lovely Nicole who is so passionate and learned about Adelaine Patti .

We stayed in the courtyard in a family suite - this had originally been the staff quarters . Our rooms were functional and adequate - the furniture was Victorian to fit the ambience of the castle - sadly we didn't see much sun on our visit so on one occasion I had to ask if the heating could be put on - it was although not for the whole day. One lovely touch was that throws were provided for the dogs so they didn't mark the bedding. our dogs loved the walks we were able to access - around Craig Y Nos castle itself and then in the country park next door - and then we also visited the café Changing Seasons café where the dogs were again welcomed - it seemed that north wales welcomes dogs - maybe the weather might be a bit dryer please. I do so hope we will be able to return here soon- maybe the dogs will carry wallets and purses and will pay all the bills for us !
Room Tip: if you have a dog you may ask for a garden room - access to garden
Stayed July 2016, travelled with family

“Superb dog friendly hotel”
Reviewed 20 July 2016 - 5 stars
Stayed for four nights with our Cocker Spaniel Buddy. Had a wonderful time the castle setting is beautiful. The hotel is really nice. Very dog focused and as all the staff fuss the dogs. Dog friendly doesn't do it justice. For example They will store any food you need refrigerated for the dogs, at breakfast they cut up sausages etc The service is good but not always slick. It doesn't matter though as it is always very personal. The castle has 40 acres of enclosed grounds where you can walk your dogs. We have a room that has a living room, shower room and bedroom. The carpets are a little bit old but it's all clean. There is some condensation in the shower room but nothing too bad. They are by their own admission constantly under a state of repair but none of the work is intrusive and again the staff are great. From here we went to Rhossili Bay and Tenby both just over an hour but with dog friendly beaches. We also climbed Pen y Fan.
Highly recommend the castle and you don't need to have a dog to have a good time. If you don't like dogs however .............
Stayed July 2016

“Doggy Holiday Paradise”
Reviewed 16 July 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
From the moment we arrived we were welcomed by the very friendly staff - there were several dogs & owners staying over at the castle and all got on so well. This was our first break with our dog and thought that meal times could be carnage - how wrong were we! Dinner was served in the Bar and our dog stayed with us - they all behaved so well. Breakfast was the same - they even provide a sausage for each dog as it's their holiday too. The food was lovely.
The Castle is in a beautiful location and the walks and grounds are superb - we didn't want to leave and will most certainly will go back. The room we had was a little tired but we didn't mind as it was in keeping with the rest of the castle - however we did have access straight out to the garden which was great for a morning and evening comfort break for the dog - obviously.
Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple

“Doggie Paradise at its best!”
Reviewed 14 July 2016 - 5 stars
We had booked this after seeing the midweek offer on facebook - £380 for 4 nights, including breakfast. We brought our lab, Rosie, with us, and we were made to feel welcome from the start. We were given the Gatehouse, which was actually supposed to be for a family of 6 people, so we felt really impressed, as we could just walk across the car park to let Rosie our in the gated garden. The castle tour was very informative about the history, which explained by this castle is a work in progress, and is actually a work of love. Although the buildings are old, which is understandable, it accounts for the atmosphere of the place. Extremely convenient for walks to the Country Park (just behind the castle), and some neighbouring walks further out. The bed is extremely comfy indeed, though a little small (husband is 6 ft 3!)

Dogs and humans are treated like royalty here, and you can tell that the staff really love dogs here, unlike many other places we have been to, which are just about dog-tolerant. Breakfast at the castle is sumptuous, and dogs can have a sausage breakfast if they wish, which it seems like they usually get served first before the humans! Dinner, on the other hand, is tasty, but pricey and quantity of food can appear insufficient. One issue was the internet - apparently wifi is difficult to pass through concrete old castle walls, so the room has a phone. Our room didn't have one, and we had to ask a few times before a lovely man came to fix the problem. As there is only one Ethernet connection to get internet, it was quite tricky as we had 2 laptops and 2 tabs to connect with. Nevertheless, the main castle has wifi if required.
All in all, 5 stars for this place - we will definitely be back with our dog!
Stayed June 2016, travelled with family

“Dog Heaven”
Reviewed 13 July 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
Just enjoyed a 2 night stay in this very characterful castle with my partner & Tibetan Terrier, Dylan. The history of this building is very interesting & it's admirable how the present owner is committed to improving & restoring the building without any help in the way of funding.
Dogs as well as the guests are made to feel very welcome, even at meal times & the resident cat has great fun sitting in the doorway sticking it's 2 claws up to those dogs straining at the leash to give chase. The food is delicious. The castle itself has bags of atmosphere, especially the theatre where the energy is tangible. I would dearly love to do a 'ghost' tour here as I felt only benevolent & uplifting energy, which would be indicative of it's former owner Adelina Patti, a kind & considerate woman. The surroundings are beautiful & had the weather been kinder, we would have enjoyed them to the fullest. We still however, enjoyed several walks in the bordering Country Park. Our stay was short this time, but we hope to go back before too long & enjoy the experience all over again.
Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple

“Morgan and Louie's adventure”
Reviewed 13 July 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
We took our humans for a couple of days break at the Castle as we had heard that they liked dogs and as we are golden retrievers, they were sure to like us. Wow what a place we were allowed in to the bar where our humans ate dinner and then stayed up late while they had some drinks. We met Dave, the new chef who promised Mummy her favourite breakfast of eggy bread, with crispy bacon and maple syrup for the next day. Everyone made a fuss of us and made us feel very welcome. We had a lie in the next day while our humans had breakfast but a lovely lady called Vicky, sent us some sausages. Louie tried to eat them all but I made him share them. We then went for a long walk in the country park directly behind the Castle, lots of places for us to run with a river and ponds to swim in, doggy heaven. When we left everyone said goodbye to us, Louie wanted to take Nicole with him because she was so nice but Daddy wouldnt let him. We were very sad to leave but we are saving up our pawket money so we can go back soon to see our friends.
Love Morgan and Louie.
Room Tip: Ground floor with lawn access if you have dogs with you
Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple

Wonderful Craig Y Nos.”
Reviewed 10 July 2016 - 5 stars
My wife and I together with our dog Roly have just returned from our second stay at this hotel, six days this time. We have been to several dog friendly places in our time but Craig Y Nos beats them all, clean adequate rooms, great food, friendly staff and stunning walks literally out of the back door. I’m sure the current owner would be financially better off by a million or two had he not purchased this old building and slowly brought it back to life, I’m just very grateful that he has, allowing us to share the magic of this fascinating old place steeped in history.
We will be back.
Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple

“So relaxed”
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
Just returned from our first visit and we will definitely be going back. 3 night stay wasn't long enough. Stunning location, exceptionally friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. It is more than dog friendly, it's a holiday that for your dogs too. The park is a lovely place to explore with some hard paths making it wheelchair friendly. The hotel is quirky and is being tastefully updated. The history tour was very interesting and we were free to wander around virtually everywhere. Homely, unpretentious atmosphere. Great food. Friendly staff. Thanks to Vicky, Wendy and Nicole for making us feel so comfortable and welcome.
Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple

“Two night break ”
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
Just came back from an absolutely beautiful stay at this castle. Cannot fault the treatment that we received there. Staff were superb and really went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and looked after. We choose this place after going there back in January when we used a Groupon deal and we didn't realise how dog friendly it was, so this time we brought out beloved pooch. The staff were amazing with him. The room was spotless and we had the most amazing bathroom with roll top bath... Bliss! Food was outstanding. Our compliments to the chef!
I've noticed that some people moan about the Castle needing to be updated and refurbished but I don't think these people realise the sheer amount of money, time and effort that has gone into bringing (and still bringing) this beautiful place back to its former glory instead of just leaving it rot for no one to enjoy. If they toke the time to read the info packs in their rooms they would know the hard work and money that has been spent on the castle by the owner. Personally I quite like the fact that it's an ongoing project and that yes, in parts, it might need some work but that adds to the history of the castle and my gosh, it has loads of history. I love that it's an ongoing project and that every time we stay, we can see something different being worked on. Plus the fact we can take our dog is a massive bonus! I'm missing our little "Welsh castle in the valleys" tonight and I'm sure our dog Kc is going to miss his "sausages" tomorrow morning from our fab waitress. Thank you to the owner for allowing us to enjoy this beautiful place that is full of history.
Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple

"Wonderful getaway with our three dogs”
Reviewed 27 June 2016 - 5 stars
Great place to bring the dogs for a short break. Staff so friendly and welcoming, particularly towards the dogs. Stayed B&B and breakfast buffet and cooked breakfasts were very good especially for dogs who got their own sausages every morning. We were relatively lucky with the weather so walked at the country park every day. Staff were extremely helpful and even changed our room when the older dog started to struggle with the stairs. Will definitely go back.
Stayed June 2016, travelled as a couple

“Character castle with friendly and helpful staff, and so welcoming to us and especially our dog”
Reviewed 19 June 2016 - 5 stars
The setting is amazing surrounded by the country park, and beyond the fantastic Brecon Beacons. Couldn't wait to get up every morning and walk Sally our Springer around the country park before breakfast, seemed like we had the whole place to ourselves. Well located for all the walking routes which the reception staff have full details of. Accommodation very comfortable, and meals great. Room Tip: Lovely views from around the hotel, especially over the countryside.
Stayed June 2016, travelled as a couple

“Wedding anniversary”
Reviewed 31 May 2016 - 5 stars
Fantastic location, friendly staff, lovely walks dog friendly. At breakfast your dog is given his own sausage. The room was clean and spacious, but tv could have been bigger. It would have been nice if bar open during the day.
Room Tip: Request it when booking.

“Fab weekend”
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
We've just come back from a fabulous weekend here. The hotel staff simply couldn't do enough. It was not only dog friendly, when eating in the area where dogs were allowed, they brought them a bed to lie on and sausage to eat. The food was lovely , the hotel was being constantly cleaned, the history tour was extremely interesting. Vicky advised us of the best places to go. We re definitely coming back. Thank you Martin the owner and your staff for making it such a special place.
Stayed May 2016, travelled as a couple

“amazing place for dogs”
Reviewed 19 May 2016 - 5 stars
what an amazing place to stay. Our dog loved it. So vey dog friendly. Our room was quite small but for the amount of time we spent in it it was fine. Weather was glorious. The staff were great and nothing was too much trouble for any of them. they treated our dog so well. She had a sausage each morning for breakfast. Room Tip: we had an ideal room with having a dog but it would have been better had the room been a little bigg...
Stayed May 2016, travelled with family

Great place to visit and really dog friendly”
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
My husband and I along with our black Labrador Bella stayed overnight on a Groupon deal. What a brilliant place to stay. The staff were so welcoming to us and our dog Bella in particular. The food was excellent and although the castle is undergoing restoration work we were pleased with our room. Bella really loved it and there was lots of lovely walks and places to explore nearby. Unfortunately due to my husband recovering from leg surgery we were limited to how far he could walk. We will be returning later in the year to explore more. Would highly recommend especially if you want to take your dog away with you.
Stayed May 2016, travelled as a couple

“Fantastic doggy hotel that allows well behaved humans too”
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
What a superb hotel this is! It's hard enough to find accommodation that is doggy friendly but to find such a beautiful building with equally beautiful surroundings is a delight. All the staff were friendly and helpful, even bringing our pup his own plate of sausage during breakfast! The food was excellent and I would certainly recommend that people include dinner with their stay. We were lucky with the weather but regardless we would have had an amazing time. The only downside is the lack of Internet in the rooms but this is to be expected given the age of the building, as it would be almost impossible for a signal to get through. This is also a positive thing too, as it means you put down your phone and actually appreciate your surroundings! Thank you all. Anna
Stayed May 2016, travelled with family

“Totally unexpected gem - a true treasure a Wales !”
Reviewed 10 May 2016 - 5 stars
Both my wife and I have been to far off distant places and stayed in very swanky places from New York to Beijing, however our stay at Craig-y-nos was so welcoming and friendly. The staff were totally excellent and our room was brilliant. Excellent grounds and surroundings. Lots to do in either direction of the road outside as well. I have been reliably informed by my wife that we are going back again and - almost forgot the most important part of our stay - a cooked sausage for each of our dogs for breakfast every morning!  Room Tip: afaik all rooms are superb !
Stayed May 2016, travelled as a couple

“Super Dog Friendly”
Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
Such a beautiful place, friendly and helpful staff. Clean rooms, everything you need to hand. Lovely bar area and delicious food. Stunning decor, some of which is original (with great stories behind them). Very dog friendly, all dogs greeted with a smile and even a sausage during breakfast! Beautiful surroundings and fantastic dog walks in the country park which is right next door! We went on the history tour which is highly recommended (and free of charge) it was so interesting to learn all about the history of this place. It certainly isn't your average B&B. Highly recommended, especially if you have a dog! But even if you don't, it's still a brilliant place to stay. No complaints at all and no bumps in the night :p

Stayed May 2016, travelled with friends

Amazing place”
Reviewed 8 May 2016 - 5 stars
We stayed 2 nights and enjoyed every second of our stay. Many hotels claim to be dog friendly when in fact they only tolerate dogs but not this hotel! Dogs are welcome everywhere in the hotel.The hotel is an amazing looking place in an splendid location. For those who like a modern looking hotel , this isn't the place for you. Work in progress sums it exactly but it makes for an interesting stay. The staff are very friendly , a special mention to Cath and Wendy who made such a fuss of our dog it really made a difference to our stay. At breakfast our dog was given a sausage , already chopped up and on a plate ! The food at the hotel was extremely good and to be honest a lot better than we expected. Can't find much to complain about, we will come back !
Stayed May 2016, travelled as a couple

Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
We arrived home from our stay at the Castle just a few hours ago and what can I say. Having just returned home 3 days into a disastrous weeks holiday in the Lake District, we were keen to find something nice to make up for things going wrong. I had looked at Craig Y Nos a few times over the last couple of years and liked the dog friendly attitude, as such we decided on giving it a go. What a fantastic decision it turned out to be and within an hour of being there, we managed to extend our stay by an extra night (4nights in total).

Before raving on about how good it was, there are a cpl of less positive comments so I will get them out of the way first starting with the uncomfortable bed / mattress. I can honestly say that neither of us got a good nights sleep, I wouldn't describe it as a "too hard or indeed too soft mattress", it just didn't feel like a good quality mattress. Now in all fairness, I do have rheumatoid arthritis so I'm very prone to pain, on the other hand, my body tends to recognise and appreciate a good mattress better than fitter people. Such a shame as you can't put a price on a good nights sleep, especially on holiday. The pillows too were uncomfortable and although we had to. Pillows each, they were limp and thin. (Owner adds: a number of mattresses were replaced in 2016 and we can provide replacement pillows if required). The only other negative comment that I have is in respect of the evening meals though this is only a negative due to my own personal preference. We ate in the Patti Bar on the night of our arrival and there was a choice of 4 main meals, none of which was simple or traditional.. after a long drive and then a long walk, what I wouldn't have given for cod and chips or even sausage and mash. I ended up choosing Hake that was priced at £15.50 and the price I was served must have weighed 2 or 3 ounces and it was accompanied by butter beans in a creamy sauce.. no, that kind of food is just not for me!

Now on to the rest. The rooms were everything you would expect, flat screen TV, plenty of tea and coffee and s lovely bathroom with walk in shower. Bedding was absolutely spotless and staff were only too happy to provide us with an extra thin cover as we knew we would struggle to keep The dog off the bed. If you have a dog and get fed up looking for a warm welcome with them then Craig Y Nos is an absolute gem. We have Maggie who is a crazy 18 month old cockapoo and it was so lovely being with her in this little patch of doggie paradise. She came with us for breakfast and quickly got used to the waitress bringing her a sausage for her breakfast, she also came with us for our evening meal and to the bar for a drink. The staff are all so lovely and would take the time to make a fuss of her every time we walked in. During the day, it was absolutely fantastic watching her running around off her lead in the amazing grounds; walking in the wooded areas, playing ball on the grass and her first ever play in the river.. absolutely perfect. The Castle itself is a really interesting building and clearly a labour of love for the owners. It's fantastic that they are happy to share this beautiful place with members of the public and those with four legs! This is such a lovely lovely place to be with your dog or indeed if you don't have a dog. One thing is for sure, we will make a return visit in the future. If you are looking to book something like this, then go ahead and do it.. you really won't be sorry!!
Stayed May 2016, travelled as a couple

“Dog friendly with loads of character”
Reviewed 7 May 2016 - 5 stars
Friendly staff, excellent breakfast. Ideal place for dog owners. The room was basic but ideal with the dog as we had doors opening out onto the lawns, .It would cost millions to bring this old castle up to date. So if you are looking for a place with character I'd recommend you to stay here. . The Chef does a great job with a reduced menu. Well cooked and well presented. All the staff are excellent - thank you for an enjoyable 3 days. And do take the morning guided tour of the castle - the history is absolutely fascinating.
The gardens adjoin the country park which is also excellent - doggy heaven!! Room Tip.
If you have a dog - ground floor is handy

“Dog Paradise”
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile - 4 out of 5 stars
This is a splendid location with good food and fantastic, helpful and friendly staff. It made for a very tiring ( loads of walking), restful and relaxing break all in one. Dog friendly is underplaying it. The dinner menu was a very pleasant surprise and worth going just for a meal. It is a mammoth project the owners have undertaken and we wish them every success.
Stayed May 2016, travelled as a couple

“Mrs S Pettit”
Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
just back from Craigynos castle where my husband and our dog Leo spent four days. It was doggy heaven for Leo and not bad for humans either staff were brilliant and could not do enough for us great food too.Enjoyed so much are going back for another visit in May.Had a great room leading right out on to the gardens.Can recommend it to dog and non dog owners alike.
Stayed April 2016, travelled as a couple

“Fabulous dog friendly stay”
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile - 4 out of 5 stars
Return visit just as good if not better. We did bed breakfast evening meal . It was good to a change of menu mid week with good choice. Very accommodating. If you are Gluten Free. Sausages for dogs in morning go down a treat. All staff very friendly and helpful especially. Wendy and Vicky front of house nothing to much trouble. It's a mammoth task maintaining this castle but staff are working tirelessly to achieve this. We live this place it's so relaxing we will return. Stayed April 2016, travelled as a couple

“The real meaning of dog-friendly”
Reviewed 26 April 2016 - 5 stars
What an amazing experience! Forget the hotel chains and the sterility of their cloned rooms - try this place instead! This is somewhere for those who enjoy quirky surroundings,who don't mind squeaky floorboards (the ghosts, perhaps?) and can overlook the minor faults.
And the staff are wonderful! Everyone seems genuinely pleased to see you and goes out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. We stayed for 3 nights with two dogs and our experience was as good as previous reviewers have found. Dogs are genuinely welcomed so there's no nagging worry that they might cause bother. One morning, there were 11 dogs - all shapes and sizes - at breakfast and there wasn't a moment's problem (maybe because of the sausages?) For our dogs the highlight was the access straight from the hotel grounds into Craig y Nos park. There are walks to suit all levels of activity, rivers and lakes to plunge into and, joy of joy, rabbits! If you're looking for somewhere to stay with your dog, do go - I'm sure you won't regret it.
Stayed April 2016, travelled with friends

“Impossible to categorize.”
Reviewed 25 April 2016 - 4 out of  5 stars
It is almost impossible to categorize Craig y nos. The owner describes it as three star bed and breakfast with wedding venue. If it's that then it has to be the most glamorous and ornate one in the UK. If however you are fooled by the photographs into thinking that it is a four star country hotel then think again as it is very much a project in progress and certainly not ready for any higher accolades in the hotel industry. What it most certainly does do is live up to its reputation as the UK's leading dog friendly hotel. Where local pubs and other hotels boast about being 'Dog Friendly', so often they are merely 'Dog Tolerant'. Craig y nose is truly canine Valhalla. The staff are without exception dog lovers who truly go out of their way to ensure that you and your pet are welcomed, cared for and that you enjoy your stay. You can have your pet with you at all times including breakfast, evening meal and of course in your room. A segregation policy works in the evening to ensure that those guests without dogs dine separately so on some nights the main dining room is given over to dog owners and the others eat in the Patti bar, other nights the reverse. The system works well.

We took a three night package including dinner and at £390 found it to be excellent value. The food was simple but thoughtfully prepared and well presented, occasionally lacking in quantity but compensated by being full of flavour. If paying separately for dinner the menu might be considered overpriced and you might want to consider some nearby dog friendly pubs that offer cheaper fare. The hotel lists a few in the room literature. The wine list was not extensive but everything was reasonably priced as were the bar drinks. Mention has been made of breakfast, and indeed before you can get milk on your corn flakes your dog will be presented with a saucer of sliced sausage by one of the staff. Problems of interaction between animals that were not fond of each other over the previous evening's dinner seemed to diminish rapidly around breakfast. (See photo)

Several of the rooms for dog owners are in the outer wings of the hotel and involve a short walk into the main building for meals. We asked for an internal room of good size and we were pleased with what we got. Furniture though was to say the least 'eclectic' with a fine antique wardrobe and seats being complimented by a plywood table and metal catering chair! The bedding was excellent though with only a minor complaint being that the duvet was so tightly tucked in that getting it to cover ones shoulders at night meant wriggling down the bed and bringing the pillows with you. Our bathroom was clearly advertised as not having been renovated, and therefore basic. In practise this meant that our shower head, which had been fitted with an oversized replacement, was too heavy for its mount and merely hung down vertically. Realizing that this was unlikely to be fixed quickly we resorted to some mechanical ingenuity with a spare dog lead and remedied the problem ourselves. (See photo) On the plus side however I have never stayed in a hotel that provided such plentiful amounts of scolding hot water. A long luxurious soak in the bath after tackling the beacons should not be a problem.

The hotel tour (which you are not able to bring your dog along to due to unsuitable walkways and dark areas) was very worthwhile and informative. Knowing the history of the house and how it grew into its current form enhanced the stay and appreciation of how unique Craig-y-nos is. All in all we enjoyed our stay immensely and look forward to returning, as does our dog! Room Tip: Hotel fronts main road. Take care unloading dogs. Best dog waste facilities are provided on the East...
Stayed April 2016, travelled as a couple

Reviewed 20 April 2016 - 4 out of  5 stars
This was a return visit to Craig y Nos for us, on our first visit we didn't have a dog but this time we have and Rocco came along too. This lovely historic building situated in the most wonderful picturesque countryside is the perfect place to wind down and "get away from it all." It must be the most dog friendly hotel in the country and I urge everyone reading this with a dog to book up without delay!! The breakfasts are great with a sausage for the dog too. We also had an evening meal and that was absolutely delicious. Our room was spotless too. The staff are very welcoming and helpful with Wendy and Vicky going the "extra mile". We are looking forward to a return visit soon.
Stayed April 2016, travelled as a couple

“Great building, great location, great value”
Reviewed 20 April 2016 - 4 out of  5 stars
Just returned last week from a 3 night stay at the Craig-y-Nos castle... it's a really unusual & quirky old Gothic mansion with an old world charm. Excellent location in a beautiful valley next to a country park with lake and river - lots of walks very near especially if you like waterfalls which are aplenty in this area. Also close enough to drive to the higher Beacons in the east and less than an hour to Mumbles & Gower. Really welcoming & helpful staff and the most dog friendly place I have been - we took our 2 yr old rescue dog and he could accompany us everywhere in the buildings/bar (apart from the main restaurant which was no problem as we ate in the main bar area with views over the valley and river). We stayed in the atrium area in room 14 which was very clean, warm and comfortable... plenty of hot water and old style cast iron radiators kept it toasty inside. Ok in places it's still a work in progress (a labour of love I'm sure) but the owners are obviously reinvesting in the property and facilities and we wish them well in their efforts - keep up the good work! Would love to visit again and we will be recommending to friends & family especially those with dogs.
Stayed April 2016, travelled as a couple

“Best dog friendly hotel ever!”
Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights with our 1 year old boxer for our 10 th wedding anniversary in April. After my initial disappointment that it isn't really a castle we were welcomed by very helpful and friendly receptionist. Once checked in she took us to our room,which was in the atrium. It was a 2 room apartment, which was a pleasant surprise, very roomy, TV, hairdryer, coffee and tea, everything you need. The bed was comfortable but the best thing for me was the shower, no dribble here, a full on blast, perfect! The hotel is cracking, proper old world charm. You have to be mindful this is an ongoing renovation project, which for us just added to the atmosphere. The drinks are reasonably priced and the food is delicious, no lunch though, just breakfast and dinner. The chef is a gem. The area surrounding the hotel is peaceful and relaxing, perfect for a romantic stroll or dog walking. So I've saved the best till last, the staff! These people are wonderful, nothing is too much trouble, always got time for you, always with a smile on their faces and made a big fuss of the dog! Would I go back? In a heartbeat, definitely, loved the place!
Stayed April 2016, travelled as a couple

“Perfect away from it all break for you and your dog”
Reviewed 16 April 2016 - 5 stars
We have just returned from a four day break at Craig-Y-Nos castle. It was exactly as their website says. The building is a nearly two hundred year old gothic styled castle. Although the renovations are on going all the accomodation and public areas are finished to a high standard. If you want modern blandness perhaps you should look elsewhere but if you appreciate old world charm coupled with excellent food, clean comfortable rooms and excellent service from all the staff Craig-Y-Nos is for you.
If you happen to be a dog owner or dog lover or someone who likes the stunning scenery, it is a definite must. In short the staff are very friendly to you and your dog. The food is superb and the setting is breathtaking.
Stayed April 2016, travelled as a couple

“Excellent dog friendly holiday ”
Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
We had a wonderful stay here in January . The room we had for ourselves and our two spaniels was more than adequate . A throw is supplied so your dogs can sit on the sofa with you, which I thought was really thoughtful . We loved the fact that the dogs had their own sausage for breakfast and could stay with us for our meals. The staff were wonderful, very friendly towards our dogs as well as us. Very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with great walks around. Great place for peace and quiet. Thank you to all at Craig -y-Nos Castle
Stayed January 2016, travelled as a couple

“The most dog friendly hotel we have stayed with great walks on the doorstep”
Reviewed 5 April 2016 - 5 stars
The history of this castle is beyond belief, and a restoration project which the current owner and staff deserve huge credit. We enjoyed a three night stay with our dog Barkley who's tail never stopped waging on the lovely woodland walks down by the beautiful river. Our room no 12 in the courtyard perfect for large dog owners was clean and comfortable with a large enough en-suite to accommodate walking boots,wet weather gear, and all dog accessories.Well done Chef the food both Breakfast and evening meals were delightful, good quality and perfect portions and the added advantage of eating with the dog (only in the bar area) makes for a great atmosphere where the attentive Vikki looks after the Real Ales to perfection. All the staff deserve great recognition for their attention to making our stay so memorable,a big thank you to Andrew and Wendy for been so friendly and helpful. Staying for one night is a waste please enjoy all the amenities the hot tub after long walks so relaxing it's a must. Take advantage of the guided tour truly amazing and you will learn so much about the History of this gorgeous Castle.We and Barkley will definitly visit again Room Tip: Courtyard rooms best after dirty dog walks the main Castle is locked at night may be difficult
Stayed March 2016, travelled with family

Lovely historical dog friendly hotel with hot tub and gym in beautiful grounds”
Reviewed 28 March 2016  - 5 stars
Enjoyed a two night stay in this lovely historical hotel, where dogs are made very welcome. Our room was clean, comfortable with ensuite. The grounds are amazing and fantastic for dogs, where you can walk down to the river and through woods. It's peaceful and beautiful, The staff are friendly and helpful. The one amazing feature is a well equipped gym and a hot tub, where we could unwind after a hard days walking. I would highly recommend this well priced hotel, particularly for those with dogs, as I truly haven't found anywhere that is that dog friendly before. This place has fascinated me so much that I am now reading up on its history.
Stayed March 2016, travelled as a couple

Short break with the dogs”
Reviewed 23 March 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
The hotel was everything we were hoping for.The staff were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The atmospher was welcoming we felt very at home. Our room was very clean and comfortable. Our dogs got so much fuss they made he selves at home in the bar while we ate. They loved their sausage at breakfast. A truly dog friendly break. We will visit again later in the year
Stayed March 2016, travelled as a couple

“So relaxing”
Reviewed 23 March 2016 - 5 stars
Booked a groupon break, unfortunately couldn't make it due to a family member taken seriously ill. Kindly they allowed us to rebook and so pleased they did. We stayed in a large 2 bedroom room in the grounds as we took Ziggy our dog with us. From the moment we checked in nothing was to much trouble for the staff.mall were friendly, informative and always smiling. Food was excellent so decided to eat there on our second night, couldn't fault it compliments to the chef. As there were quite a few larger dogs staying (all friendly) we didn't take our dog in at breakfast or dinner, but brought her in after breakfast to use the wifi, one if the staff made the effort and treated her to a sausage, it's touches like that that make all the difference. Grounds are beautiful and plenty of walks around the area. Will definitely be returning
Stayed March 2016, travelled as a couple

Wonderful stay and fab location”
Reviewed 19 March 2016 - 5 stars
We stayed here for two nights in the February half term. We had a large family room for 4 and were able to take our dog. The castle was located in beautiful grounds, perfect for us and we were blessed with dry and sunny weather so were able to go for a very long walk on the 2nd day. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the food was great, excellent service particularly in the bar and restaurant area. We loved the castle tour and history/story if the place. The current owners have done an amazing job and have great plans for further renovation. A lovely stay!
Stayed February 2016, travelled with family

“Amazing holiday!”
Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
I was recommended to come here by a friend. I booked it as a surprise weekend away for my partner. We were not disappointed. It was better than expected. The location, grounds, castle, staff, atmosphere and food were brilliant. The staff couldn't do more for you, everyone was friendly and very helpful. We loved the castle tour, it really gave a good history of the building and occupants, which added to the atmosphere of the castle. Very interesting past!! ...the theatre is AMAZING. Although we didn't have a dog, it was nice meeting other people's around and about, the resident cat "fluffy" kept my knee warm and warned off any dogs from her spot by the fire. The gym and hot tub are a nice added bonus too, with great views. Lots of great walks, especially waterfalls near by and next time I'm going to go for a horse ride as the stables are only across the road. Can't recommend this place enough!!
Stayed March 2016, travelled as a couple

Very dog friendly castle - with bags of character”
Reviewed 16 March 2016
This is a fascinating castle - the tour is an absolute must (included in the price for B&B guests). Our two (well behaved, I hope) dogs were royally treated and we were all welcomed by the friendly staff. Nothing was too much trouble.
As you will be made aware in short order, the castle was bought and became the home of Adellina Patti, 100 years ago. Altogether fascinating. If you are looking for luxury and first class cuisine you will be disappointed. But if you want roaring fires, fantastic scenery (if the weather permits), friendly staff, comfortable rooms in a quirky and historical surroundings, you'll have a ball!  Room Tip: Most rooms in the old servants quarters are spacious if rather basic. New phones and TV in (all?) roomd...
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Stayed March 2016, travelled as a couple

“Great break. Very quirky.”
Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
Forgive the owner it's faults. He has a big mountain to climb. Not the best rooms or value for money but you'll talk about it forever. Really dog friendly and the staff make all the difference. Food was fantastic even if the supplements were a little steep. Think of it as making a contribution for a worthwhile renovation and you'll see through those rough edges. Everyone makes the effort for you to have a great weekend. The history tour is well worth it. Who the he'll ever heard of Adellina Patti anyway. The Posh and Becks of their days ... Then step outside into the most beautiful surroundings and if the weather is kind you couldn't have asked for more. Go on. Give it a try. One of the best weekends we've had with the dogs.
Stayed March 2016, travelled as a couple

“Craig y nos castle”
Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile  - 4 out of 5 stars
Very nice welcome from Julia on reception, and lady behind bar ( sorry forget her name, but husband worked there too) in fact all staff at the castle we very welcoming and friendly nothing is too much trouble for them. Castle is very old and grand, but it's all part of the charm. Craig the chef cooked some tasty meals for us, very impressed. beer cheap, roaring fires, very relaxing, our dog loved it, water bowls everywhere, a sausage in morning for his breakfast. Brecon beacons outside your front door for bear (spaniel) to run wild. Room was nice. All in all a nice stay, you've got to look past the castles run down and scruffy bits ( the owners are slowly renovating) but that's easy ,when the atmosphere is so friendly and welcoming, good food and beer and extremely dog friendly. Four stars for the experience.
Stayed February 2016, travelled as a couple

“Weekend stay with our dog Bertie”
Reviewed 5 March 2016 - 5 stars
Very friendly staff, food excellent. Very pet friendly, our dog was allowed to be with us during our meals in the bar area he even had a sausage for breakfast every morning. Dogs are allowed everywhere except the main restaurant. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a holiday with their dog. There is also plenty of walks for all abilities. Room Tip: the website has pictures of all the rooms for you to choose, especially if you need a little more space
Stayed February 2016, travelled as a couple

“Lovely ”
Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile  - 4 out of 5 stars
Have just returned from a couple of night's away with our dog Elsa, had a wonderful time, staff were excellent and made us and Elsa very welcome. Would highly recommend anyone holidaying with a dog to give it a try!!!!

"Winston 1st Holiday”
Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
Booking a hotel in my pooches name was strange, but having visited I understand why. The staff were very friendly and every single one loved having dogs around. They were brought a nice bowl of water on arrival and breakfast in the morning, they even had a room directly onto the closed off garden for the last minute run around before bed! We humans were also catered for greatly!!  The rooms were comfortable and the shower was amazing!! I have to say I've never been so clean. The history of the hotel was super to read about and listen to from the staff, but getting out and about was not hard as the castle is set in some of the most stunning surroundings. The National Park is right on the doorstep and within minutes you can be walking in some of the most amazing woodland and walkways I've been along in years.  Highly recommend for those with / without pets. Romantic for couples, friendly for friends and lovely for those families that don't want to leave their pets at home.
Stayed February 2016, travelled with friends

“'Well I never knew that kinda trip'”
Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile  - 4 out of 5 stars
A Groupon winter break treat from hubby for myself and a friend. We travelled from the Midlands into Wales to the south of the beautifully scenic Brecon Beacons and were warmly welcomed at the hotel. The key thing to say about expectations of this venue is that if you take the free residents tour it puts everything about the good and not so good current state of the building into perspective. So the ideal would be to have the guided tour on arrival, but in fairness the opportunity to join it at 10.30 every morning offers those staying overnight or longer plenty of scope to hear the intriguing back story to what we learnt is a massive part of the local areas social and economic history. If you plan to visit / stay look up the 19th century opera singer Adelina Patti as it's fascinating to understand how she built her fortune and developed the Craig y Nos estate. Back to current day, the hotel absolutely does its best with the resource available to its private owner, both in the ambition to bring back the magical days of Patti's occupancy and to cater for modern day weddings etc. It's a slow work in progress so don't book if you're expecting wall to wall 4 star plus luxury.
Do book if you want good food, good service, great walking country and are looking for a dog friendly place to enjoy the Welsh air.
Stayed February 2016, travelled with friends

“Fantastic castle with an abundance of history”
Reviewed 21 February 2016 - 5 stars
Just returned after a 2 night stay with my husband and our yellow Labrador, we all had a fantastic time. We were greeted at reception by a very helpful receptionist and was quickly booked in to out basic, but, comfortable room. There was plenty of tea and coffee and the room was heated before we arrived. The bed was comfortable, Bathroom was spacious, and clean with towels, shampoos and shower gel provided. (AB14) The fact that we were able to take our fur baby on a short break was initially what drew us into staying here. However, after the first night (Friday 19th Feb) it was clear that the castle holds an abundance of historical stories which are displayed within the rooms of the castle walls. We were informed that there was a free tour of the castle on the Saturday morning (highly recommended) the tour takes you through the castles hidden areas and upper floors, which I found fascinating and enhanced our experience of staying at Craig y nos. I hope the restoration of the upper floors can continue as we look forward to seeing the transformations in future years to come. (Yes, we will be back )

Breakfast was plenty with a selection of cereals, fruit, along with a full cooked breakfast. Even a sausage for the dog went down a treat. Our evening meal was just as good and beautifully presented. I can only thank the hard working kitchen staff and waitresses who work long hours to ensure we were well looked after. It was clear to see that the staffs dedication to Craig y nos adds to the success of the castle. We were also able to walk through the grounds of the castle where our dog was able to play freely with other dogs. The grounds boast some amazing views which we are looking forward to seeing in the summer. So in a nut shell, I would recommend staying at Craig y nos castle, definitely do the tour and if your feeling brave do the ghost tour at night. Keep up the good work and Thank you for a making our short stay a memorable one.
Stayed February 2016, travelled as a couple

“The most dog friendly place we've ever stayed .... and it's a castle!”
Reviewed 21 February 2016 - 5 stars
Just come back from a 2 night stay at Craig y Nos castle near the Brecon Beacons and can't recommend it highly enough for dog owners! It's by far the most dog friendly place we've ever stayed. Dogs can go everywhere except the main dining room (which was almost empty as there were so many dogs & owners happily eating in the bar area) The food was delicious, the staff are all dog owners and love having dogs around - at breakfast time all the dogs (that are not on special diets) are brought a sausage chopped up and served on a plate! Dogs are welcome to go offlead in the garden area, and the castle adjoins 40 acres of National Trust woodlands, fields, ponds and the River Tawe. Our spaniel, Dylan was in heaven! At the National Trust car park there is also a fantastic cafe where dogs are welcome.
As for humans, well we loved it too! We got a fantastic deal, 2 nights bed, breakfast & evening meal during half term week, with a fascinating 1 and a half hour castle tour included, all for £260. What a bargain! The food was absolutely delicious (though it's not a vast menu so you need to let them know in advance if you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements), the staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and although the corridors were chilly (it's a castle!) the bedroom were lovely and warm and the bars and sitting rooms had fabulous roaring fires. I wouldn't say the room we stayed in was plush (but no complaints for the price!), but it was very spacious, had some lovely furniture, the bed was comfy, the water was hot and there were lovely big towels. In places you can see that it's still undergoing long term renovation, but we loved it and to be honest we felt that it added to the charm - you don't expect, or want a castle to look too modern!
Room Tip: Some of the rooms on the ground floor open directly onto the garden, which is particularly good if y...
Stayed February 2016, travelled as a couple

“Stunning place”
Reviewed 20 February 2016 - 5 stars
As soon as you arrive you are amazed by the sight that greets you, a stunning Gothic style castle, a most imposing if somewhat spooky looking building!
We stayed in room 28 which had view of the outside of the castle and magnificent rolling hills. The room was warm and comfortable (we had the option to turn on additional heating and did so because it was so cold at the time we stayed) the bathroom was utterly magnificent with a French Slipper bath. Big thick fluffy white bath towel were kept permanently warm on a heated towel rail for us. We took our little dog with us who was made so welcome by the staff, they were genuinely pleased to see her. When I see "dog friendly" I am sceptical because it usually means paying lip service to get more people in, definitely not the case here, yes she was served her own cut up on a plate sausage every single meal time too!
The dinner menu was impressive fine dining (well it was in my humble opinion) with particularly stunning starters. Personally I prefer vegetarian food or fish rather than meat but I found the menu somewhat lacking in this area- not a criticism, just personal preference. I think it's a little dated to have to ask what the vegetarian options are rather than have them printed on the menu. My husband was in his element with the choice of meals being a big meat eater. Breakfast was ridiculously, amazingly fabulous. Wow! A choice of everything from a full English to yogurts, fruits and croissants. It's a running, help yourself buffet where you can fill up for the day ahead. Just wonderful and something the hotel clearly take a great pride in Having said all of this I have to say that the real jewel in the hotels crown has to be the staff, we came into contact with many staff all of whom were super friendly, polite and helpful. We were lucky enough to bump into the cleaning lady several times, what a beautiful, kind soul she is, happy to stand and chat despite what must be a big work load, she also made a big fuss of our little dog which went down very well
The waiting staff were super efficient and nothing was too much trouble for them

The one member of staff who really stood out was the blonde lady who ran the bar whilst we were there, alas I didn't catch her name but my goodness Craig Y Nos Castle, hang on to her, she's amazing and so lovely. She even made the time to come and say good bye to us when we left.
You are to be commended on your fabulous staff Is the place haunted? I really couldn't say-except to say that even though our TV was turned off it came on at 3am for a about 15 seconds, no standby light on, no picture, just sound. This happened again the next night at around 11pm just after I had turned the lights out. It certainly made me think! Try room 28 and see what happens to you Thank you Craig Y Nos Castle, a wonderful stay
Stayed February 2016

“Warm welcome, especially for dogs!”
Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile - 4 out of 5 stars
We stayed for 3 nights in February. We originally booked for December but unfortunately had to rebook twice due to personal circumstances. Each time the reception staff were understanding & courteous. The hotel is in need of refurbishment and there were a lot of areas damaged by recent heavy rains. However the friendliness & helpfulness of the staff far outweighed any issues with the decor. Everyone was very welcoming & went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable & made appropriate fuss of our cocker spaniel who was treated as a valued guest.
We ate at the hotel on the first evening & the food was delicious & far better than the food we were served when we dined out the following 2 evenings. The breakfast was lovely & plenty to choose from.
The hotel grounds and adjacent country park are lovely to walk the dog in. We had a tour of the castle which was very interesting & enjoyed using the hottub in the gym, which we were fortunate to have all to ourselves. We stayed in room 14 in the atrium which was ideal for the dog. The room itself was pleasant & a nice size. It was right next to the road so we could hear the traffic but this wasn't a problem for us as it wasn't too early each morning and didn't continue late into the evening.
A very enjoyable stay. We will recommend this hotel to anyone travelling with a dog.
Stayed February 2016, travelled as a couple

“Magical stay in a beautiful castle”
Reviewed 9 February 2016 - 5 stars
Myself and my partner stayed here after booking a online deal. We have passed the castle on occasion and have often said how we would love to stay, and we were not disappointed! From the moment we arrived we were made to feel very welcome, we were early but still allowed to check in. The room was cosy and warm with a very large bathroom and was spotlessly clean. As it was out of season the weren't many staff working but nothing was too much trouble if you asked for anything, with all staff seeming to do lots of jobs at once. We had dinner booked the first night which was excellent so much so that we decided to have dinner the second night also. The gym although not used looked to have great equipment and the hot tub was a very welcome after a long walk! Yes the castle is a work in progress and in places is a little run down and tired but it has so much charm and beauty I don't think you could stay anywhere more magical, we will definitely be back. Hopefully when more rooms in the main castle are complete as I would love to stop in one of those. My only disappointment was with myself for not bringing our dog along, when the website said dog friendly I didn't expect the castle to be so dog friendly, with dogs being allowed in most areas of the castle and getting lots of fuss and attention from all the staff (except Fluffy the cat). He will be joining us next time.
Stayed January 2016, travelled as a couple

“Brilliant Romantic Getaway”
Reviewed 31 January 2016 - 5 stars
Went to Craig-y-nos castle with my husband for a night to celebrate our ten year anniversary. Stayed in room 21, lovely ensuite bathroom with a standalone shower, which is very powerful and a lovely big bath, which was deep enough to have a proper soak, can't say that about many baths now a days. The room was lovely and clean and laid out nicely. The castle is large, but it has the feel of a family run B&B in that it is so friendly. We didn't take our two children (5yrs and 2 years) but are in no doubt they will be very welcomed if we go back and take them (which we plan to). There was a family there with two young kids whilst we were there and the staff were very accommodating. It is also a dog friendly hotel. I personally love dogs, so was lovely to see them all. The staff were just so helpful and friendly, I can't fault them at all. The food was of great quality. We had a dinner, bed and breakfast deal. All the food is locally sourced and is delicious. I had a soup to start, pork medalions with rosti potatoes for main and then a chocolate sundae for dessert. In the morning there is a full English selection plus fruit, cereal and some bakery items plus a range of juices. Again, all of brilliant quality. Didn't get to explore lots of the area, but went to the country park next door and was very pretty surroundings. Didn't want to leave!
Stayed January 2016, travelled as a couple

“We'll keep a welcome in the hillside (if you can actually see them!)”
Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
Having two dogs, "a few days away" usually means staying somewhere that requires emptying the chemical toilet every morning. However, for my partners 50th birthday it was decreed that we would stay somewhere with even more luxurious facilities than the camper van and in a location to rival even the finest of campsites. By the power of t'internet and Googling (other search engines are available....) "Dog Friendly Accommodation" we happened across Craig-y-Nos Castle and two nights in January were duly booked. The drive up from the M4 was done in beautiful sunshine, the Brecon Beacons looking fantastic in the late afternoon light and we were both looking forward to taking the dogs out into the mountains the following day.

When you arrive the place seems very familiar as it looks exactly like the opening titles for "Scooby Doo, Where are You?" The building itself is in the Gothic revival style, if it was located on Royal Deeside I guess you would call "Scottish Baronial". It was previously the home of Adeline Patti, a kind of Victorian Charlotte Church, who adapted the original building and added a theatre in 1891. After checking in we were shown to our "room", although "suite" would probably be more accurate. It consisted of a large well furnished sitting room, a similarly sized bedroom with a good sized bathroom between the two. It was more than adequate for the two of us and the dogs and after dog proofing the furniture we settled in for a well needed glass of Prosecco.

We had booked in for the 50th birthday meal at 7.30, the four of us, my partner, myself, Holly, the mild mannered Golden Retriever and Barkley the ASBO dog. After announcing his arrival to the gathered throng we kind of got him settled down and looked at the menu. Things didn't start well. I soon discovered that if you accidentally put a paper napkin on top of a tea light it catches fire. Quite spectacularly in fact. All credit to the young waitress who managed to carry said item into the kitchen to extinguish the flames without having to trouble the local fire brigade. As one of those pesky Vegetarians I asked what the choices were. Both sounded rather splendid, a rarity in many similar establishments. I plumped for mozzarella sticks with chilli sauce, which was very good, followed by Thai Green Curry, which was creamy and tasty with a good balance of heat and taste. Kay wanted the lemon sole for a starter, which was, unfortunately, unavailable, but was offered a small plate of scampi as an alternative which looked very good and was, apparently, also excellent. Her main course was pork medallions with apple in a cream and Calvados sauce. When this arrived it looked fantastic, even to a vegetarian, and the appreciative noises coming from the other side of the table suggested it was as good as it looked. Having signed up for the Birthday Club we were also given a complimentary bottle of fizz which staff were more than happy for us to take this back to the room.

Thursday morning dawned, kind of. Letting the dogs out first thing it was apparent that the fog was unlikely to lift. The Scots would have said it was "Dreich". Going in to breakfast we sat at a window table and could almost see the just trees outside. Breakfast was well cooked and hot, standard hotel fair, continental and cooked, but better than many establishments I have been in. They did me veggie sausages especially and the four legged guests got sausages of their very own, cut into small bite size pieces, although, to be honest, anything smaller than a Shetland Pony is considered pretty much bite size by Barkley. After breakfast we ventured out into the Black Mountains to look at the fog, which didn't lift all day. Unfortunately, this being Wales in January, there is precious little else to do if the weather doesn't want to play ball. Dinner on the second night was of a similar quality, with Kay's lamb medallions in red wine jus being the stand out dish. The beer is of a good, if fairly standard quality, and I would recommend the Tomos Watkin's local ales over the draft Worthingtons every day of the week.
All in all a fantastic 50th birthday was had by all and we will definitely be back. Just not in January.
Stayed January 2016, travelled with family

“Amazing weekend I couldn't fault our stay”
Reviewed 21 January 2016 - 5 stars
Firstly I think it's important to say I have never written a review on any hotel I have stayed in before. Myself, my partner and our dog misty stayed at the Craig y nos castle Last weekend and from the moment we arrived we knew we would be in for a good stay, the staff were excellent, so friendly from the reception staff, to the bar staff, the chef and the cleaners. They made an immediate fuss of our 5 month old puppy misty we thought she had more of a holiday than we did. Our room was ample for our stay, a bit dated but at the end of the day it's an old castle so fully met out needs and was very warm and clean. If I had one small criticism this was the room was on the second floor which meant we had a bit of a trek to get all our kit in the room and our dog is to small to climb the stairs so we had to carry her up and down the stair. However I'm sure if we would have asked to change rooms to a ground floor we would have been accommodated. We ate in the hotel on both nights of our stay and the quality of food was exceptional and very reasonable priced. The breakfast is self service and basically you take and eat as much as you like, also the dog gets a sausage from the staff for her breakfast too.The castle is set on the edge of the national park so lots of great walks to enjoy on the door step of the hotel. All in all we had a fantastic time and would recommend this hotel to anyone with or without a dog. We will definitely be looking to stay again very soon.
Room Tip: I would suggest if you have a small dog with you ask for a ground floor room
Stayed January 2016, travelled as a couple

Reviewed 20 January 2016 - 5 stars
we have just returned from a 4 day break in Craig Y Nos on the edge of the Brecon beacons, the hotel, which is only classed as 3 star B&B was the best place we have ever stayed, it was so wonderful, the location was breath taking, the views of the hills and mountains were stunning, the country park was next door, which was really handy for dog walking, the hotel was dog friendly, there were water bowls everywhere and dog beds, the dog could even come down to breakfast, you could also go through to the main dinning room if you didn't wish to be in with the dogs, there were comfy leather chairs everywhere with open fires, the bar was always open and the people on both reception and the bar and waitressing were just so friendly, nothing was too much trouble, they made you feel so welcome, the whole atmosphere was very relaxed and easy going, the food was lovely and the portion size was fab, breakfast was self service which consisted of all the normal fruit and yogurts and cereal, but also a full cooked breakfast, which was delicious, you could have as much as you liked, the room we were in was really clean and comfortable with a large on suite with a brilliant shower, again, everything you could possible want.

One evening we didn't want to have dinner as we hadn't eaten lunch until 4ish, so at 8.45pm I went down to the dinning room and asked if there was anything light we could have, the waitress said that the cook had now gone but she was happy to rustle something up for us, which she did, a lovely cheese board along with grapes and strawberries and some little welsh cakes, which I took back to our room, it was simply marvellous, we have never stayed anywhere so welcoming EVER, I have very high standards as far as food quality and cleanliness, the Castle was faultless on both counts, the actual Castle has all kinds of different accommodation to suit all types of families from couples to large families. they even have a farm house, we are definitely going back, hopefully new year, also and lastly, the cost was so good, it was real value for money. The whole experience was AMAZING
Room Tip: Just ring and ask the staff, they will give you the best information possible, there is no noise

“Perfect Dog Friendly Break, Friendly Staff, Beautiful Setting, Our 2nd Trip & Will Return Again”
Reviewed 14 January 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
My husband has written an earlier, brief, review. We have just stayed at Craig Y Nos for a three night break, as part of a Groupon deal, with our two dogs.Upon arrival after our long journey up from Plymouth we were shown to our room - a beautiful double room with a truly stunningly beautiful, large bathroom. We stayed last year and were put into a room in the courtyard area which was more suitable. We approached Reception - feeling bad to ask to move from the stunning double room this time - we hate to be those 'annoying guests' so we rarely ask for anything if we can help it - but Claire on Reception was very polite and accommodated our request. She could see we were tired after our long journey and that we had patiently waited whilst she tended to people making enquiries as part of the Wedding Fair that was going on at the time.
Claire was fantastic and made us feel like we weren't being difficult, immediately we were put into the same room (in the courtyard) as last year. It was like returning home! We were very grateful.

We ate every day at breakfast & evening in the hotel. The breakfasts & service from Wendy were fantastic. She's a credit to the hotel. She's such a warm, lovely lady who was genuinely interested in us (& our dogs!). She really made our stay feel extra special and she clearly works very hard. The evening meals were super - we tried most dishes from the menu, we really enjoyed all of them. Especially the puddings! We loved sitting by the fire with the dogs and a bottle of wine, the perfect way to unwind on a winter's evening. I used the free wifi in the bar area to check my work Emails & the online press. Yes the castle isn't perfect - it's an old building absolutely packed with character. It's history is fascinating. It should be appreciated as a historic building in a stunning setting. We walked every day in the grounds of the castle and in the country park - absolutely perfect for the dogs. What a setting! We used the gym and the hot tub - perfect after being out in the cold all day. The gym & hot tub areas are well equipped and so clean. The changing room was fantastic - warm, clean and modern. Really good facilities to have at such a place. The hot tub is a real luxury! We had a fantastic stay. Very relaxing and the perfect getaway. We have very busy jobs and wanted a break that would give us quality time in a nice setting with our dogs - that's exactly what we got.

We felt looked after by the staff and like we were a million miles from the hullaballoo of normal hectic life. Thank You Craig Y Nos and all staff, especially Wendy who looked after us and kept us well fed everyday! Keep up the good work. We look forward to returning again to your gorgeous hotel. Paul & Nat Henderson (& Summer & Dougie too!)
Stayed January 2016, travelled as a couple

"New year break”
Reviewed 11 January 2016  - 5 stars
A lovely atmospheric castle, staff very helpful and lovely walks if you have a dog. Great base for us to visit family will be back there soon. Sat by a lovely roaring fire in eve after meal in big arm chairs very relaxing with a glass of vino

“A little gem nestled in the Welsh Countryside”
Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
We booked last minute to stay at Craig Y Nos Castle for two nights, Fri and Sat. I initially looked into the place after seeing it a couple of times on Facebook and noticing it was a dog friendly venue. We were looking for a get away for a couple of days, wanting to take the dogs with us, and this seemed ideal.I am an avid trip advisor follower so read many reviews of the place before finally booking, noting the negative points and any important information needed. The castle looks magnificent on first glance. We arrived quite late (reception closes at 9pm) and during our journey down the hotel rang to ask our estimated arrival time to make sure someone would be there to meet us (we arrived just after 9pm). The whole place is a maze, lots of corridors, doors and many ways to get from one place to another. We were met by a lovely lady (Vicky) who showed us to our room. Our room was number 34, with a double bed, dressing table and a wardrobe. A large window looked out over the beautiful hills behind the castle and the castle grounds. The bed was a good size, comfortable, although there was a small damp patch on the outer duvet cover near the foot of the bed. There was an additional electric heater in the room which was definitely needed with the cold temperatures. The bathroom had a large spacious shower which was perfect after a long walk in the rain!

The castle is, as is stated by the owner, a work in progress. There has obviously been a lot of time, money and effort put into the building already which shows but there are still aspects of the castle that require more love and attention. However, I feel that the slightly shabby, old feel in parts of the building were fantastic. It works, and works well as a guest house (please note this is not a true hotel if that's what you are looking for) and the added bonus of being surrounded by history was great. What a lady Adelina Patti was, a lady with true vision way beyond her time. The theatre was amazing. We missed out on the tour of the house (going to catch it next time!) but the lovely Vicky took time out to give us a run round and we really appreciate the effort and knowledge she provided. There is a lovely gym with some seriously good equipment in it and a hot tub. The changing facilities and the gym area is finished to a high standard. There is a slightly creepy corridor to get to it at night (one of the old hospital corridors) but well worth it.

The flexibility of this venue is amazing. There are sections of the building that can be used for small parties staying together, including a self catering kitchen, a room out of the way, a lovely gothic style bridal suite and anything in the middle. The rooms are all different, all unique. Weddings, conferences, family get together, ask them and they will be able to accommodate you. Breakfast was amazing, what a spread! Full cooked breakfast and a good varied selection of continental breakfast too. Help yourself, eat as much or as little as you like just perfect. We also had an evening meal there, the meat was beautiful, the food delicious. My only criticism was the pate was served with a bread roll which I felt was too dense to be able to taste and enjoy the pate. I did also mention this to our lovely waitress at the time but that was my only criticism. I can also highly recommend the orange Jaffa cake for dessert! The grounds of the castle, even in the rain, are beautiful. We took full advantage and had a good stomp up the surrounding hills too. Our two dogs (springer and terrier) loved it. Lots of swimming pools for them and so much to sniff out. Both are shattered and will probably sleep for a week now!

Super dog friendly too. Lots of water bowls, all the staff are friendly to the dogs. You can eat in the bar area with them, sit in the lounge areas, they are very welcome here. The staff are all brilliant. They are the true heart of the place. Attentive, friendly, knowledgeable, hard working. Staff like this are hard to find and yet these guys are a great bunch. A big shout out to Vicky though who no doubt went above and beyond to accommodate us and make sure we had the best stay. She is an absolute asset to the house. What a gem! Overall, we loved the place! Quirky, unique, friendly, welcoming, we will definitely be returning as soon as possible.
Stayed January 2016, travelled as a couple

Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile - 5 stars
2nd time of visiting both via group on. Lovely start and a big thank you to Claire on reception to giving us the same room we had last time. Staff as lovely as ever, good this place. So dog friendly. Currently sat in front of a roaring fire with a bottle of wine, stuffed after having a lovely steak following a great walk in the country park
Stayed January 2016

“Another Perfect Christmas”
Reviewed 7 January 2016 - 5 stars
Rolled up Christmas eve, to roaring log fires, warm welcoming staff and excellent food, things did not change until we left. The best part of Craig y nos is the staff, you always leave feeling like you've stayed with friends. Things are not perfect as it is still a work in progress but it is a labour of love and I have yet to chat with any guest that does not love the place, infact more than half the guests this year were returning ones. You would hard pushed to find a more dog firendly hotel anywhere - the dogs are served sausages while the owners have to go to buffet counter for theirs. Rooms are great and varied, food superb and atmosphere amazing.
Stayed December 2015

“A dog's paradise”
Reviewed 6 January 2016 - 5 stars
1 night break 1/1/16 -2/1/16. Booked the family room with 2 dogs. Craig Yr Nos ideally situated next to Craig Yr Nos Country Park. A dog's paradise. Staff really friendly, dogs and children made to feel very welcome. We handed in helium balloons as it is childrens birthday on 2/1/16. No,problem at all and staff even added sparkly balloon weights and birthday sprinkles to the table. Dining room warm and welcoming with large log burner. A small selection on the menu for evening meal but the food was delicious. Breakfast is either cooked or continental and is a buffet style so you are able to eat as much as you want. Family room spacious with small living room and 2 good size bedrooms. Large family bathroom with bath and power shower. Free wifi in dining room and bar. Room Tip: Family room spacious.
Stayed January 2016, travelled with family

“Honest and unpretentious”
Reviewed 5 January 2016 - 5 stars
A two-night stay in wet January weather gave us an excellent break. The room was very comfortable and the bathroom excellent. Dinner and breakfast were both really well done and the service quick and attentive: reception rooms with log burners very pleasant and the bar very well stocked. All the staff did their very best to make us welcome: especially the dog, who also had a great time. This imposing place is a work in progress and it really deserves to be supported so that the development and updating can continue. Bravo to all those who are working so hard to make this happen.
Stayed January 2016, travelled as a couple

Had a lovely 2 night break at the castle - second visit for us.”
Reviewed 5 January 2016 - 5 stars
Room was great plenty of space for our dog Mollie, staff extremely friendly and helpful. The castle is fantastic and the gardens and country park next door a bonus. Plenty to choose from on the menu, unfortunately breakfast was self service would prefer waitress/waiter service as it was on our first visit. All in all a fantastic stay for a very relaxing break.
Stayed January 2016, travelled as a couple

True Welsh Hospitality”
Reviewed 5 January 2016 - 4 out of 5 stars
We visited for 3 days mid Dec 2015, with our dog. Great welcome, staying in Rm 16, very comfortable, food of a high standard, staff very friendly and our dog was made most welcome. The castle tour was informative and extensive, allowing a brief insight into the original splendor of this Victorian gem. The staff were enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the building and its previous occupants. The ground are extensive and a joy to explore. Thank You to All at Craig Y Nos. Room Tip: Room 16 is very comfortable
Stayed December 2015, travelled as a couple

“Great Christmas mini-break”
Reviewed 1 January 2016 - 5 stars
With all the festivities out of the way, off to the castle we went with our little dog Rogue on 27th December. Fantastic stay, sadly we were only here for one night. Great ground floor room, access to the garden for the dog and the mrs who smokes. Room very clean, comfortable, excellent power shower. Food was excellent with the groupon deal we got a main meal and a drink included along with Breakfast. Evening meal, great range of dishes to choose from. We both had steak and it was FAB, Loads of salad, chips and vegetables to accompany this dish. Breakfast was excellent and not to be missed, traditional full english breakfast, plus lots more. Welsh cakes/biscuits also on offer. Country park location next to the castle is a must do, great walks for the dogs and visit the cafe, food is excellent, very friendly staff. We shall be returning in 2016 with Rogue and a new addition to the gang, Harley our 10 week old Black Labrador.  Room Tip: Theatre ground floor
Stayed December 2015, travelled with family
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