A Warm Welcome at Peterstone Court Hotel

You’ll enjoy a warm welcome and relaxing stay when you visit the elegant Peterstone Court Hotel in South Wales.

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Behind this classic Georgian red door, you’ll find a luxury hotel which effortlessly combines period elegance with a relaxed atmosphere.

Peterstone Court is a Georgian manor house, set in a stunning location on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. It’s perfect for a romantic weekend, a relaxing spa break, or as a base for exploring the glorious countryside of South Wales.

And it’s also a dreamy location for a very special wedding!

The front aspect of Peterstone Court Country House Hotel & Spa, near Brecon in South Wales

I was invited to experience a stay at Peterstone Court last December, and it was a wonderful experience.

Staying at Peterstone Court will leave you with fond memories of a friendly welcome, elegant yet comfortable surroundings, and the most delicious food and drink.

How to find Peterstone Court

A small flock of white sheep in a field near Peterstone Court Hotel near Brecon in South Wales. They are looking inquisitively at the camera

Peterstone Court Country House and Spa lies around 4 miles east of Brecon, just off the A40.

The hotel is very easy to find using sat nav although if you drive through the Brecon Beacons, you may find coverage is patchy in areas.

If you are travelling from the direction of London, you’ll take the M4 and leave at Junction 24 before driving on A roads for the last 45 minutes of your journey. From the North or Midlands, you’ll take the M5 and M50, and the final 45 minutes of your journey will be on A roads.

If you’re travelling to Peterstone Court by train, the nearest station is Abergavenny which is 18 miles away. The hotel will be able to recommend a local taxi firm for this part of your journey.

I took the scenic route, driving to the hotel through the Shropshire hills and Brecon Beacons.

After lunch in Brecon, I drove over to the hotel mid-afternoon, and was greeted as I drove up the long driveway by the sheep you see above.

Once I’d taken my luggage into the hotel, I was taken up to my room.

Sleep in Comfort and Luxury at Peterstone Court

An elegant bedroom at Peterstone Court Hotel near Brecon in South Wales. The picture shows a large double bed, an antique wardrobe in the corner of the room, and a large mirror hanging over a white fireplace.

Peterstone Court has 12 rooms – eight within the manor house itself, and four in coverted loft spaces in The Stables. Each of the bedrooms is decorated beautifully and individually, with antique furniture and modern touches.

These range from the spacious and characterful Good Rooms, through to the impressive Master Suite with its lavish sleigh bed and views out over the Brecon Beacons and River Usk.

I was staying in one of the larger Deluxe rooms, and was impressed by the size, comfort and luxurious feel of the room.

Another view of a double bedroom at Peterstone Court, South Wales. The room contains a large double bed, an antique wardrobe and a large antique dressing table. A TV is in the corner of the room, near the white fireplace

Every room at Peterstone Court has comfortable beds with high quality bed-linen, a flat screen TV and DVD player and free WiFi.

And I loved the blend of antique furniture and modern touches like the vase which stood on the fireplace.

A large gold-framed mirror hangs over a white Georgian style fireplace at Peterstone Court Hotel near Brecon in South Wales. A chandelier is reflected in the glass of the mirror
A purple velvet sofa sits near a window in the corner of a bedroom at Peterstone Court Hotel & Spa, Brecon, South Wales. There are plump cushions on the sofa and also on the windowseat nearby

My room also had a comfy sofa and window seats where you can sit and gaze out over the surrounding countryside.

The hospitality tray in a bedroom at Peterstone Court, near Brecon, South Wales. The tray sits on an antique chest of drawers and there is a vintage style table lamp nearby.

Every room at Peterstone Court is provided with a hospitality tray, with a selection of tea, coffee and hot chocolate. And delicious home-made biscuits are delivered to your room every day.

Close up on the hospitality tray in a bedroom at Peterstone Court, near Brecon, South Wales.  A box contains tea and coffee, and there are two cups and saucers as well as a jar of home made cookies

The chocolate chip cookies were amazingly good – rich and crumbly with a hint of vanilla. I was seriously tempted to ask for the recipe before I left Peterstone to go home!

Two bottles of water and two glasses on a silver tray, sitting on the  antique dressing table in a bedroom at Peterstone Court, Brecon, Wales

And complimentary bottles of sparkly mineral water are also provided in every room at Peterstone Court.

A Deluxe En-suite Bathroom

A large ensuite bathroom at Peterstone Court hotel, Brecon, South Wales. The furniture and walls are white and there are cream stone tiles on the floor. Fluffy white towels hang on a heated towel rail.

Every room at Peterstone Court has a decent sized ensuite bathroom, and Deluxe bathrooms are a little larger than those found in the Good Rooms.

A large ensuite bathroom at Peterstone Court hotel, Brecon, South Wales. The furniture and walls are white and there are cream stone tiles on the floor. There is a shower over the bath, and a large mirror hangs over the sink

Fluffy towels, robes and slippers are provided, along with a selection of luxury Welsh toiletries.

A selection of complimentary toiletries in the ensuite bathroom at Peterstone Court hotel, Brecon, South Wales.

After I’d made myself comfortable in my room, I went downstairs to take a look around.

Take a Look around the Hotel

The Entrance Hall

The entrance hall of Peterstone Court near Brecon in South Wales. There are two large Christmas trees either side of the white Georgian style front door, and a christmas garland runs over the top of the doorway

The elegance and style of Peterstone Court is apparent as soon as you step through that beautiful red front door into the grand entrance hall

When I visited, the hotel was all decked out in its Christmas finery. But even without the festive flourishes, the period features in this house make it a spectacular place to stay.

High ceilings, coving and cornices can be seen throughout the hotel, and just look at that beautiful wood floor!

The entrance hall of Peterstone Court near Brecon in South Wales. There are Christmas garlands running up the bannister of the staircase, and around the large archway in the centre of the entrance hall

Georgian interior decor is known for its muted colour pallette. The current owners of Peterstone Court have taken care to ensure that the hotel’s design is in keeping with the building’s heritage.

The Library

The library at Peterstone Court Hotel and Spa, Brecon, South Wales. The walls are covered in wood panelling, and checked curtains hang at the windows. There is a large Christmas tree in the corner of the room, and garlands run around the picture rail at the top of the walls. A large mirror hangs above the elaborate fireplace, and there is a christmas garland on the mantelpiece

Walking into the Library at Peterstone Court made me feel like I had stepped into an old-fashioned Christmas card!

The room is dominated by the dramatic fireplace. When the fire is lit, you can snuggle up in front of it on sumptuous leather sofas.

The library at Peterstone Court Hotel and Spa, Brecon, South Wales. The walls are covered in wood panelling, and checked curtains hang at the windows. There is an oil painting hanging on one wall, and a large bookcase full of books on another, and garlands run around the picture rail at the top of the walls. Comfortable leather sofas are placed in the middle of the room

The library has wood panelling throughout, and a painting of Peterstone Court’s former owners hangs on one of the walls.

The library at Peterstone Court Hotel and Spa, Brecon, South Wales. The walls are covered in wood panelling, and checked curtains hang at the windows. There is a large Christmas tree in the corner of the room, and garlands run around the picture rail at the top of the walls. A large mirror hangs above the elaborate fireplace, and there is a christmas garland on the mantelpiece

The opulent Christmas decorations made this room feel extra special in December. But this would be a wonderful place to relax with drink and a good book at any time of the year!

The Bar

The bar at Peterstone Court Hotel & Spa, near Brecon in South Wales. The bar has glasses hanging above the bar, and shelves of bottles at the back of the room. An illuminated Christmas garland runs along the metal railing above the bar

Through a door in the Library, you pass into Peterstone Court’s chilled out bar and lounge area.

Unlike the traditional feel in the Library, the bar’s decor has an eclectic mix of period decor and modern furnishings.

The bar at Peterstone Court Hotel & Spa, near Brecon in South Wales. There are tables with chairs and sofas dotted around the room, and a large mirror hangs above the fireplace. Christmas lights and a garland are draped across the mantelpiece

The muted colours on the wall and dramatic period fireplace contrast against the modern furniture. It gives this room an relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

A table and chairs in the corner of the bar at Peterstone Court Hotel & Spa, near Brecon in South Wales.

This is the room to relax in with a drink after a walk in the Brecon Beacons. It’s also ideal for perusing the dinner menu with an aperitif – more of that later!

Other Facilities at Peterstone Court

Peterstone Court has its own gym, jacuzzi, heated outdoor swimming pool and sauna. Guests are free to use all of these at no extra charge.

If you fancy a little extra pampering, the hotel has its own spa situated downstairs in the cellar. You can book treatments using Dermalogica and Circaroma products, and there’s even a Moroccan styled relaxation room!

And if you think that Peterstone Court looks like the ideal setting for a wedding, you’d be absolutely right!

The hotel is a popular venue for weddings, click here for more information about the services available.

A Beautiful Rural Setting

The terrace at the rear of Peterstone Court Hotel, near Brecon in South Wales

After exploring the hotel, I headed out onto Peterstone Court’s terrace. It looks out over Pen y Fan and the River Usk, and would be a lovely place to sit in the warmer months.

And I also took a short walk in the hotel’s extensive gardens, which looked beautiful even in winter.

A stone archway over a pathway into the gardens at Peterstone Court, near Brecon in South Wales
Pink blossom on a tree in the gardens at Peterstone Court Country House and Spa near Brecon in South Wales
Sun sets over Pen y Fan, behind Peterstone Court near Brecon in South Wales

By now, the sun was setting over the Brecon Beacons. So I headed back into the hotel to relax in my room before dinner.

Dining at Peterstone Court

At Peterstone Court, the emphasis is on modern British food with big flavours, served in a relaxed and informal setting.

The hotel offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in the restasurant. And you can also take afternoon tea in the bar or outdoors on the terrace in warmer weather.

Dinner

The dining room at Peterstone Court, with Christmas decorations across the door frames and Mantlepiece

I started my evening in the hotel’s bar, while I made my selection from the restaurant’s dinner menu.

There’s something very relaxing about choosing your food over a drink, then only moving through to your table when your food is ready to eat!

Like the rest of the house, the dining room was bedecked with Christmas decorations. And a fire roared in the grate, making me feel utterly relaxed.

Mac and Cheese, topped with mushrooms, served as a starter at Peterstone Court, Brecon, South Wales

For my first course, I picked the Mac and Cheese. It seemed like an unusual dish to serve as a starter, but was exactly what I felt like eating on that chilly December day!

Other starters on the menu included a winter vegetable tagine, scorched mackerel, and a savoury panna cotta.

My starter was topped with wild mushrooms and crunchy shallots, while crisp, salty pieces of bacon cut through the richness of the three cheese sauce.

I did feel that the portion size was a little large for a starter, but it was comforting and incredibly moreish. With a crisp green salad, this would have made an excellent main dish!

As it was, I had a delicious selection of main courses to choose from. This included slow cooked pork belly, a savoury risotto cake, and a festive paupiette of turkey. The accompanying dishes all looked both varied and inventive, and my decision was not an easy one.

Roast pheasant breast, served with a braised leg of pheasant stuffing, Pommes Anna and a port sauce,  on a white china plate. This was a main course at Peterstone Court, Brecon, South Wales

In the end, my chosen main course was a delicious roast pheasant breast, served with a braised leg of pheasant stuffing. The meat was cooked well, and full of flavour, and I loved the rich stuffing.

Alongside there was a crisp-topped Pommes Anna, and a glossy port sauce. A sharp tangle of choucroute served as excellent contrast to the richness of the other elements of the dish.

I ordered a side dish of kale and tenderstem broccoli to go with my main course, and everything on the plate was beautifully cooked.

After all of that, I felt quite full, but I was determined to try out one of the scrumptious desserts on offer. I was very tempted by the Welsh cheese board, and the Chocolate Orange Truffle Torte with Grand Marnier oranges sounded fabulously festive.

Apple Tarte Tatin, served on a grey china plate. A scoop of calvados icecream melts over the top of the apples, and there is a yellow edible flower on top of the ice cream. This was a dessert served at Peterstone Court near Brecon in South Wales

But after some deliberation, I eventually settled on the Apple Tarte Tatin with calvados icecream.

The pudding itself was beautifully cooked, with rich caramelised apples on a soft, buttery pastry base. Meanwhile the calvados in the icecream gave it a fantastic flavour and a creamy soft consistency.

And a pretty edible flower sat a-top the finished dish!

I savoured every last mouthful, and it was a wonderful end to a totally delicious meal.

Feeling comfortably full, I headed past the twinkling lights on the decorated staircase. I was looking forward to an excellent night’s sleep.

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The staircase up to the bedrooms at Peterstone Court Hotel in South Wales. A Christmas tree stands in the corner of the hallway, and there is a garland draped along the bannister leading upstairs

Breakfast

The bright and cheery conservatory at Peterstone Court, decorated for Christmas

Next morning, the house was gently bustling as the new day started. I woke up feeling refreshed, and headed downstairs for breakfast.

The bright and cheery conservatory at Peterstone Court, decorated for Christmas with garlands and wreaths

Breakfast was being served in the conservatory, overlooking the terrace and garden. It’s a bright, airy, modern space, yet still in keeping with the style of the original house.

The continental breakfast buffet at Peterstone Court hotel, with a selection of fruits, cereals, and cold meats and cheeses

A pot of coffee was brought out to me while I chose my hot breakfast. The menu featured Welsh dishes like Welsh rarebit, and laverbread and cockles on sourdough bread, alongside breakfast classics like boiled egg and soldiers, porridge or a bacon sandwich.

After ordering a full Welsh breakfast, I went to take a look at the continental buffet. This included pastries, cereals, cold meat and cheese, and yoghurt with a selection of toppings to choose from.

The continental buffet at Peterstone Court Hotel. Bottles of juices and milk lie in a large champagne chiller, and there are croissants on a silver cake stand

Glass bottles containing milk and a selection of juices were presented in a large champagne cooler.

A full Welsh breakfast at Peterstone Court hotel. A white plate carrying bacon, sausage, black pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes and fried egg. A pot of coffee, coffee cup and small jars of jam are in the background

My breakfast arrived fairly quickly and it certainly looked good!

Thick slices of crisp, salty bacon sat alongside a meaty local sausage and generous slices of black pudding. My fried egg was cooked perfectly, with a beautifully runny yolk, and the plate was completed with roasted tomatoes and plenty of fried mushrooms.

It was a fantastic way to start the day, and would definitely set you up for a day of walking in the Brecon Beacons.

As it was, I just took a gentle stroll down to say goodbye to the sheep before heading home.

Things to Do in the Local Area

You might choose to spend your time at Peterstone Court just enjoying the facilities and beautiful surroundings. But there’s plenty to do in the surrounding area.

The town of Brecon is 10 minutes down the A40, and has a number of interesting museums to explore. The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh is worth checking out, as is the Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery. This is housed in the impressive Shire Hall and Assize Court buildings, and will reopen once a major refurbishment programme has been completed.

And of course the Brecon Beacons themselves are a wonderful location for walking, fishing and cycling holidays.

Further afield, the ‘book town’ of Hay-on-Wye is a 25 minute drive from Gliffaes. As well as a plethora of second hand book shops, there are also plenty of little antique shops to explore. It’s a lovely place to stop for lunch.

The village of Crickhowell lies around 10 miles south-east of Peterstone Court. There you’ll find a ruined castle, picturesque High Street and side roads full of pretty cottages.

The longest stone bridge in Wales crosses over the River Usk at Crickhowell. Crickhowell Bridge is over 300 years old, measures 128m long and is a Grade 1 listed structure.

And if you’re in the area for a few days, it’s worth taking time out to visit Tintern Abbey. It takes about an hour to get there from Peterstone, but if you love exploring historical ruins, this Cistercian Abbey is well worth a visit.

Peterstone Court: My Review

Peterstone Court is a charming hotel, full of Georgian period features and elegant furnishings. Surrounded by lush, green fields and in view of Pen y fan, this is an ideal place to get away from it all.

And the friendly service at the hotel adds another level of enjoyment to your visit. I felt completely at ease and welcome staying at Peterstone Court, it feels almost like you are staying overnight with friends.

Add all of that to delicious, locally sourced foods, and you soon realise that Peterstone Court is a very special place to stay.

I have very fond memories of Peterstone Court, and thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

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The Details…

Peterstone Court Hotel
Llanhamlach, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7YB

www.peterstonecourt.com
Tel: 01874 665387

Thank you to Peterstone Court Hotel for a truly wonderful visit!

8 thoughts on “A Warm Welcome at Peterstone Court Hotel

  1. Joanna says:

    I really like the classic decor of the hotel. It’s like stepping back in time, in the Victorian era. The surroundings are lovely as well, I can imagine is very peaceful walking around it.

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