For instant city thrills, I can’t say this will satisfy. However, if you’re after something more secluded, different, romantic or simply more peaceful, then I can happily recommend Manor Parc. The centre is still well within reach thanks to 20 minute bus or taxi ride and the endless sea of green fields and mountains nearby makes up for any lack of amenities.
There’s a warm, cosy traditional flavour to each of the hotel’s 21 rooms. Mauve, red and yellow schemes take precedent throughout and the furniture is shipped in especially from the owner’s Italian homeland.
All rooms are well equipped, roomy and armed with big beds and reasonable bathrooms, but if you’re looking to treat yourself then head for the Cromwell Suite. Recessed onto its own level, you step down into utter luxury thanks to the portly four poster bed and comfy, well-spaced furniture. With regular weddings taking place across the hotel’s pretty grounds, this is always snapped up by the lucky bride and groom. Legend has it even Oliver Cromwell snapped it up 400 years ago!
The entire ground floor and surrounding gardens have that instant ‘feel-at-home’ effect thanks, largely, to the hotel’s family-run nature. Beyond the reception is my favourite area; a welcoming sitting room splashed with old paintings and a wonderful medley of cosy chairs. The lengthy bar can be split for separate functions and a grand terrace that leads off the dining room offers incredible views of the mountains.
Eating and drinking
Manor Parc’s Orangerie restaurant takes place daily in the great dining room. Not just a welcome offer to their guests, it’s also a well known eatery amongst the local Cardiff neighbours with the Sunday roasts regularly filling the entire room. Three courses will cost you £24.50 and they come via a menu that changes to suit the season but always boasts a scrumptious range of hearty traditional dishes.
Their outdoor tennis court is a nice touch and a walk around their leafy grounds or the mountains behind will certainly blow away a few cobwebs.
Warm and welcoming, the family work well together and seem to really enjoy taking care of you.
Who stays there
Business in the week and a mix of quiet leisure seekers and wedding guests in the weekend.
Unlike many Cardiff hotels, Manor Parc refuse to hike their prices on match days, booking in advance will reward discounts and all rooms come complete with continental breakfast and free parking.
- High-Speed Internet
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- A reliable restaurant with a changing range of dishes
- Flexible for all forms of functions and conferences
- Blissfully peaceful
- Tastefully traditional
- The location might not suit some
- The rattle and hum of the M4 does taint the terrace view