Its cliff top location provides perfect seclusion and leads down to Penarth’s pretty Victorian pier. No, this isn’t ideal for the city centre’s instantly gratifying attractions, but I very much doubt Holm House’s guests are seeking that particular pleasure. Past guests include a whole list of famous bands who escape the city’s eyes after a headline show. Anonymity guaranteed... Although they did admit to taking care of The Pet Shop Boys last year!
There are 12 in total: each one unabashed, boasting their own completely distinctive, often sexy, characteristics... Some even boast a fantastically antiquated copper bedroom bathtub. The ground floor offers two accessible dwellings, one for longer stays that comes with its own separate entrance, and the king suite is one you’ll never want to leave. Decadent cosiness is a running theme with plump furnishing and bedding and underfloor heating in all rooms. Espresso machines, Bang & Olufsen TVs, DVD players and access to the hotel’s DVD library are a welcome touch.
The Art Deco-style curved furniture and striking purple and dark wood theme and relaxed atmosphere of the bar are captivating, comfortable and could capture your presence for hours. The spacious cliff top garden just beyond makes a great location for afternoon tea.
Eating and drinking
Neale’s Restaurant and private dining room are decorated with the same understated taste as the bar and, just like the bedrooms, the furniture is expertly selected and placed so you don’t feel like you’re eating from someone else’s lap. The sea-facing windows woo the sunlight in perfectly during the day, and the locally-influenced menu weighs in at a very humble £23.50 for three courses. Save some space for the cheese board if you can, the homemade apple and raisin chutney is stuff of legend.
Both forms of leisure are catered for here... For luxury indulgence head to the spa where you’ll be spoilt for treatment choices – the 'Hedonistic’ package even offers Champagne on arrival. Those looking for more gruelling activities should aim for the gym and gorgeous black slate swimming pool. It’s on the small side but the powerful swim jet makes for a wholesome, vigorous swim.
Holm House staff know they’ve got one of the best hotels in the city but never let pride turn into arrogance. Helpful, friendly and most accommodating.
Who stays there
Honeymooners and pleasure seekers who aren’t afraid of the bill are their main guests. Its location outside Cardiff means for less business travellers... Unless you include the famous bands who stop there post-gig.
Mid week is cheapest. Ask about their two for one deals where your second night is free if you buy dinner.
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Great health and leisure activities
- Beautiful seafront location
- Elegant, secluded and luxurious decor and surroundings
- There are only 12 rooms so think ahead if you’re after a weekend treat
- Not close to Cardiff’s main sights