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5 ways to be romantic

Congratulations to those happy people who received marriage proposals over Christmas and the New Year, and said ‘yes’. Their heads are now probably full of wedding plans and romantic honeymoons.

Of course, romance isn’t just for newly-weds. At this time of year, there are Valentine’s Day cards everywhere, and restaurants are doing their best to get couples to dine out on 14th February. But did you know the Welsh patron saint of love is Santes Dwynwen, and she is remembered on 25th January, when red roses are still relatively inexpensive!

So, with St. Dwynwen’s Day and St. Valentines’ Day in mind, we thought we’d offer some dreamy ideas for couples looking for a romantic break at any time of year. All in the Brecon Beacons, of course!

1.    Avoid the crowds

Sometimes you need to escape from your usual surroundings and do something different. Take time to be a couple alone, rather than socialising with your usual group of friends. In the Brecon Beacons it’s easy to get away from the crowds. Try the Llanthony Valley for solitude, inspirational art courses, super walks, horse-riding and the romantic ruins of Llanthony Priory (as painted by JMW Turner).


2.    Eat, drink and be merry

There is no shortage of amazing places to share a romantic meal. Some big names have their restaurants near Abergavenny, including Shaun Hill’s The Walnut Tree and Steven Terry’s The Hardwick. Other delightful places include GliffaesThe Bell at Skenfrith, The Felin Fach GriffinThe White Swan. And Afternoon Tea at The Angel Hotel is unforgettable!


3.    Indulge yourselves

It’s easy to relax and do your own thing in the Brecon Beacons... whether that’s trying out something new like astronomy or dry stone walling, or finding an idyllic spot and losing yourself in a good book. For the ultimate pamper sessions choose the luxurious Celtic Manor Resort, just 25 minutes away from Abergavenny, which offers relaxing spa days and a collection of indulgent body treatments for both men and women. Or simply book our luxury narrowboat Owl and you can relax in your very own hot-tub and four-poster bed whenever you fancy! (Image: Good Day Out & Will Lewis)


4.    See the bright lights                    

The sights and sounds of Wales’ capital city are just a short drive away, or catch a train from Abergavenny and be there in under 40 minutes. It’s one of the greenest cities in the UK with, it is claimed, more parkland per head of population in Cardiff than any other city in Europe. It’s not to be missed if you’re a fan of shopping, opera, rugby, white water rafting or concerts and shows, or Dr Who. And just outside the city is the fairytale Castell Coch. (Image: Visit Wales)

5.    Bring your dog with you

If one of your best friends is your dog, why not bring him/her along? It’s often easier than booking a stay at the kennels or arranging for a friend to dog-sit. We think your pooch will love the Brecon Beacons as much as you.... fresh air, plenty to explore and a welcoming wood-burning stove to relax in front of at the end of the day. And if you choose one of our cottages or narrow boats, there’s no charge for your dog.