Release the country bumpkin in you and connect with all creatures great and small; Sutton Mawr is a working farm so don’t be surprised if a piglet, chicken or cute little sausage dog are the first to greet you. Situated just between St Nicholas and Barry, it’s just outside Cardiff but it’s so peaceful you’d never guess the hectic pleasures of the city are less than a 20-minute drive away.
Each room is a farm building conversion, even the beautifully rustic gypsy-style sheds which offer the ultimate in back-to-basics cosiness like you’d find on a barge or in a campervan. The main double rooms are sumptuously appointed with thick fluffy carpets and sinfully soft cotton bedding, there’s a self-contained cottage and a fully accessible family suite that can happily sleep a group of six.
The main living/dining area is an instant hit for me. A grand loft conversion with inviting settees, a pinball machine, pool table and huge table for meals, Sutton Mawr have managed to combine traditional farmhouse charm with cool and quirky and it really works. The whole farm is a public area so be sure to enjoy a walk around the grounds and say hello to their mini Dexter breed cows!
Eating and drinking
Sutton Mawr actually call themselves a bed and breakfast, but they also offer dinners with an advance menu, you just need to tell them in advance. The breakfasts – free continental and £5 for full English – are legendary and include a whole range of their own ham, bacon, jams and honey (they even have their own bees). The proprietor Victoria is known to bake cakes for visitors in the afternoons, and if you have friends visiting they’ll even cook for your group.
There’s a modestly equipped dry gym on offer, but why use that when there’s a tennis court and a collection of great bikes to ride around the countryside? And if bikes aren’t your thing then take a walk instead; a whole array of public walks can be found from the farm’s doorstep.
The happily hectic family who run Sutton Mawr couldn’t be more inviting. Nothing seems like too much trouble.
Who stays there
Sutton Mawr is mainly home to international tourists, families and occasionally business travellers if they’re holding their conference at the farm.
No discounts are available directly from the farm but it’s worth every penny.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Sporty types
- Travellers with pets
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Chilling out
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Close to the airport
- Great for animal lovers
- Idyllic countryside retreat
- Not too close to Cardiff’s main attractions
- Sleeps 20 in total... So book early.