The Great Inns of Britain has added four new members, taking it to a total of 20.

The new members, all in Wales, are The Bear Hotel, Crickhowell; Castle Hotel, Conwy; The West Arms, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog (near Wrexham) and Wolfscastle Country Hotel, Haverfordwest.

Simon Heaton, owner of Shibden Mill Inn and Chairman of The Great Inns of Britain, said: “Following the appointment of two new members in 2013/2014, The Victoria at Holkham and The White Horse & Griffin, Whitby, The Great Inns of Britain is delighted to announce four more new members for 2015, all of which are of an exceptionally high standard and come with big reputations – they’re great additions to the Great Inns collection.”

The Bear Hotel, located in the Brecon Beacons National Park, is a former coaching inn dating back to 1432 with over 30 rooms, located within the hotel and in the renovated courtyard.

Built on the site of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey, Castle Hotel is located in the UNESCO World Heritage walled town of Conwy. Former patrons of the 27-bedroom inn include William Wordsworth, Samuel Johnson and Charlotte Brontë – who honeymooned at the Castle.

The 15-bedroom West Arms is a 16th century Drovers’ Inn, in the village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, within the Ceiriog Valley, was once described by LLoyd George as “a little piece of heaven on earth.”

Wolfscastle Country Hotel occupies an historic site overlooking the Cleddau and Anghof rivers, and has 20 bedrooms with a brasserie and two AA Rossette restaurant Allt yr Afon (Wooded Hill by the River).

The Great Inns of Britain was first established in 1996 by Sir Thomas Ingilby, owner of The Boar’s Head in Ripley, North Yorkshire and the late Paul Whittome, who was the owner of The Hoste Arms at Burnham Market in Norfolk. The aim was, and remains, to bring together like-minded Inn Keepers with a strong commitment to upholding the best traditions of inn-keeping, and to continuous investment and improvement.

 

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