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“Pleasantly different & very dog friendly”
4 of 5 stars
We had the pleasure of staying here for 3 nights at the end of February, taking advantage of the off peak offer of £200 B&B, which we thought reasonable,in addition to no extra charges for our little dog which is a welcome change from being ripped off.

This Castle truly is dog friendly in every respect & the numerous dogs there were clearly enjoying themselves as much as their owners.

The castle itself has a wealth of history & is set in a spectacular location, our large room ( AB 35 ) was simply furnished, but with all one would expect & more. It should be taken into account that this Castle is very much a work in progress & it's clearly an on going project, although this didn't affect us at all.

We ate in the evening every night & found the menu to be varied & the food to be of high quality, the hot buffet breakfasts were equally good with plenty of choice & all credit to the staff for coping with a power cut on our last day which affected the kitchens.

We found all the staff we encountered to be very professional & friendly - they are a credit to the Castle/

We will certainly return to this very special & unique Castle.

“Great Setting, Dog Highlight”
4 of 5 stars
We came for 3 nights to review a further stay with our 3 dogs. Very interesting place in a fantastic setting. Local area behind hotel great for Dog walking and forms part of Brecons Way. Room we had was excellent, Food very good and plentiful. All the bars and communal rooms where very cosy and friendly all having Log Burner stoves too keep them warm. Staff themselves where all very friendly and welcoming. We will definitely return again in the future thoroughly enjoyed our stay. If you wish to use your Laptop etc then you will need an ethernet lead as the Wifi does not work in the rooms and you can only connect via lines

Stayed February 2015, travelled as a couple

“Interesting, Comfortable and Value for money.......out of the norm which is good”
4 of 5 stars
I brought my mom here for a mini break on a groupon deal 25th 26th Feb along with my little yorkie Bella.....We had great time.

Building - Amazing place extremely comfortable and welcoming, all public places were warm and cosy and most relaxing, It rained but no problem we enjoyed the Jacuzzi and we had a giggle in the gym. I wasso shocked that they get no funding from the government to help with the restoration considering they hold Adelina Patti a national treasure as of her belongings. I find this so sad and when you read the information about the hotel the struggle that the owner has had to keep it going with huge bills just to restore the actual building not including the hotel. "a labour of love" please keep up the good work. This is a 3 * hotel and I felt was good value for money, yes agree with some other reviews that it does need upgrading in some areas but I liked the atmosphere and the quirkiness. Its so refreshing from the bland cosmopolitan hotels that all very much the same.

Room - we had room 11 which was extremely comfortable and warm. The bathroom did flood more than a wet room should have (we notified staff and was sorted no problems and all wet towels removed immediately. I don't blame the hotel if only the previous occupants had mentioned it, it only needed unblocking, it would have helped after all staff don't shower in there). It was large, quiet and decorated lovely. No complaints at all.

Food - OMG we loved the food and the chef (very friendly) we ate here on the first night included in our deal, we returned the 2nd night due to the fact the food was so good and also we wanted to support the hotel with our custom (every little helps) Breakfast was also very good, freshly cooked and bella enjoyed her own special breakfast a lovely sausage such a nice touch for dog owners.

Staff - So So welcoming if I had to holiday alone I would defo return here they made you feel like an old friend. Nicola the lady who did the history tour was so passionate about her subject it was infectious (some very good ideas as well for raising funds for restoration). We did the history tour however we DID have a very spooky moment under the theatre stage I think even the guide was a little spooked. The history tour was so fascinating well worth the hour or so it takes. It also makes you appreciate how much work has actually been done.

Dog friendly OH YES..............if your a dog owner its a must. So nice you can have them with you all the time even when you eat. Bella loved it trotting around as if she lived there. We even loved Fluff the resident cat (who doesn't bother with the dogs btw)

If I had one very small criticism was the breakfast service on the morning of the 26th. The waitress did appear to rush everyone. As soon as we walked in she asked if we wanted a full breakfast which was great, however she brought it out before we had finished our cereal and placed it on our table so when we got to eat it, it was cool. I think she should have paid more attention to her customers and what stage they were at - after all you would not present a main course if the customer was still eating a starter. We felt very rushed and did not have such a relaxing breakfast as we had the previous morning with a different waitress.

Would we return - MOST DEFINITALY and are now looking at dates to take our other half's to enjoy. The surrounding gardens/parks/walks are outstanding too.

Stayed February 2015, travelled as a couple

“Mid-week break - two nights for price of one”
5 of 5 stars
Just had a second stay at Craig-y-Nos. After our enjoyable break there in the summer we really wanted to try it in a different season. Bedrooms and public rooms were warm and inviting - it would be squandering money to try to keep corridors etc equally warm in such a vast building, so didn't mind the brisk walks from bedroom to bar. Staff were lovely, bar staff, waitresses, even the chef (after his shift), were friendly and happy to chat when they had a moment, usually when loading wood into the huge log burners.

The food was as good as we remembered, especially the fillet steak.

We would recommend Craig-y-Nos to anyone who likes to take their dog away with them as part of the family. One can dine in the large reception room which contains the bar with one's dog, so no need to leave an animal in the car or room while eating, as in many other places

Next time must remember my swim suit so I can make use of the spa pool (no extra charge). There is also use of a gym.included in the price of accommodation, I believe.

Stayed February 2015, travelled as a couple

“Amazing break”
5 of 5 stars
We wanted a dog friendly hotel for a last minute break, Craig-Y-Nos had an excellent weekend deal, couldn't resist and we weren't disappointed. We loved it, excellent location next to the country park, the castle staff were so friendly and the food was amazing. We will definitely be going back soon. You must give it a try. Intriguing place with loads of history.

Stayed February 2015, travelled as a couple

“Full of history”
5 of 5 stars
We went to stay with our 2 labradors for 3 nights. The staff in the hotel are brilliant. The hotel is in a great location for dogs and is very dog friendly. A must to visit and make sure you do the history tour.

Stayed February 2015, travelled as a couple

“Dog Friendly Hotel Brecon Beacons”
5 of 5 stars
Found this place through Groupon and booked because dogs are allowed. It is a proper dog friendly place with lovely grounds and right next door to a country park. The visit was a real experience with an interesting history tour included. The building itself is beautiful, credit to the owners for the never ending restoration work. Meals and breakfast were tasty and you can eat with the dogs. One of the biggest assets was the staff all were friendly and talkative, they made time for you and nothing was too much trouble.

Room Tip: We stayed in AB28 which was not great for the dogs, there are a few steps and fire doors to get out.

Loved it”
5 of 5 stars
So my girlfriend and I went to stay at Craig Y Nos, along with our German Shepherd, for my birthday and we weren't disappointed!

The staff were so polite and helpful, and there was nothing they wouldn't do for us. They were absolutely brilliant with our dog as well.

The location is stunning, and if you're after country walks and dog walks then you are literally spoiled for choice.

The 'terrible' reviews make me laugh... There are several areas where you can enjoy complete peace and quiet, and if you book to stay in an old castle-like building then surely you're not going to expect radiators and electric heaters everywhere?? If you're cold do what we did and jump in front of the log burner with a bottle of Red and a chessboard.

Loved our stay and will be back again for sure.

Stayed January 2015, travelled as a couple

“A special place for dog lovers and historians”
5 of 5 stars
We arrived in the snow which made this Castle even more magical. My husband and I wanted a few days away with our two lurcher dogs, and this was ideal. we were positioned in a room which was close to the outside staircase so that if we needed to take the dogs out in the night we did not disturb other guests. We enjoyed all our meals in the bar with the company of our dogs, who were provided with a bed to lie on and sausages for breakfast. The dogs were made to feel very welcome by the staff, as were we. The food was excellent. We had intended to go out to eat in other restaurants, but after enjoying such a great meal when we arrived we decided not to go elsewhere for the whole of our stay. The proximity of the Country park meant there were some lovely walks, enjoyable for those with or without dogs. We enjoyed the tour of the castle with Nicole, who is very passionate about the history of the castle, which we found fascinating.The building is under constant renovation, being so old so some floors are out of bounds,but where we stayed was comfortable, and the bathroom was very nicely done. The theatre of Adelina Patti was beautiful, and full of potential for progressing this business. An all round great place to stay,good value for money and a fantastic business opportunity.We will definitely return and have recommended it to our friends

Room Tip: Dog friendly rooms that are near the back staircase and come out on to the courtyard

“Clean and friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 30 January 2015
Visited Craig Y Nos with my mum, the rooms were clean, our bathroom was beautiful. The Castle was stunning, you can really tell a lot of effort is going into the refurbishments. The staff were so friendly and couldn't do enough for you.
We had a 3 course meal, which was delicious, plus full English in the morning, definitely great value for money. Even better, it was pooch friendly, so get your doggies down here and take them on a walk around the beautiful country park surrounding the Castle. We will definitely be coming back. Thank you for a lovely stay.

“A dog friendly castle in glorious grounds and countryside!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 21 January 2015
we booked a three night B&B stay in mid January because it was a dog friendly hotel.. Wow what surprise when we turned up to this wonderful castle with lovely grounds and walks.. Not forgetting its wonderful location in the Brecon Beacons..
Staff were very helpful and very polite, always someone around to answer any questions.
We particularly liked it because it was dog friendly and there's no shortage of walks in this area.. On our visit we had some snow and it was very cold, but within the castle there seemed to be a wood burner in every room that you can light and put more logs on as you wish. The bar and adjacent rooms are cosy and very warm, just what you need when out walking..
Breakfast and evening meals were excellent , the chef was very chatty and asked if the food was ok or anything else he could help with. There are also a couple of nice pubs just down the road that serve good food too. Our room was on the ground floor with the front door straight out onto a courtyard, this was ideal when you have a dog.. Room was very spacious with a living room, bathroom and separate bedroom..

“Wonderful place, wonderful staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 12 January 2015 
We've just returned from a three night stay at Craig-y-Nos and we had such a wonderful time! Perfect location and the staff really make this place. So welcoming and friendly. On our first night we were the only ones in the bar, chef and Lauren made us feel so welcome both coming out to us to chat. The food was amazing each night we ate in the hotel and chef came out every night to chat, really nice guy. Very dog friendly with a sausage each morning and a dog bed in the lounge, frank our french bulldog loved it!!! All the girls came out to fuss frank each night, which he loved and all were so nice. Lauren and anne-marie really looked after us. The castle has such a wonderful history and would recommend the tour even just to see the derelict upper floors of the castle. The country park is right on the doorstep with stunning views across the mountains. We will definitely be returning!

Stayed January 2015, travelled with family

“New Years Day Break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 January 2015
Great relaxing stay. Ideally situated on the doorstep of Craig Y Nos Country Park.
Dogs and human guests made to feel very welcome. Roaring log fires, settees set around them. Great place for a coffee and a good book.
Good choice of evening meal, food tasty, staff very welcoming and accommodating.
Buffet breakfast, selection of full English or continental style. Staff decorated table with birthday table cloth and banners.
Family room was very spacious and warm. Beds comfy and plenty of hot water in the large en-suite bathroom.

Room Tip: Family room slept 6. Very spacious.

“Christmas Break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 27 December 2014
Fabulous place to stay for Christmas especially if you are a dog lover, stress free and exceptionally friendly staff makes this very special Castle an excellent place to stay to get away from it all. Loved the power shower in the room. Quaint and full of history, so glad we went on the tour of all the rooms. Due credit to the owner refurbishing the Castle and keeping all the history of the castle alive.
Fabulous walks for the dogs, food home cooked and delicious, nothing too much trouble for the staff. Dogs enjoyed their sausages for breakfast. Will be booking again for Next Christmas.

Stayed December 2014, travelled as a couple

“Very dog friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 26 December 2014
Had a lovely overnight stay here with my husband and our dog. We were all made to feel very welcome. Loving the building and furnishings in public areas. Room ok. Shower needs regrouting.
Food lets it down a touch, expensive for the very average quality. Breakfast good.
But would definite stay again.

Stayed December 2014, travelled as a couple

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 17 December 2014
Quirky & authentic.
Dog friendly with stunning 380° scenery bang smack in the heart of Brecons.
A wonderful labour of love in progress. Stayed here for a family wedding so unable to comment on restaurant, however the wedding catering was lovely.
Just hoping that the renovations dont sanitise the character out of the hotel. The theatre is intriguing.
Had been eyeing this hotel for some time and was delighted that it lived up to expectation.
Stayed October 2014, travelled as a couple

Do not miss this opportunity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 17 December 2014
A bit cold perhaps but a wonderful, wonderful place. Right on the edge of the Brecon Country Park, a real paradise for walkers and dog owners. Immerse yourself in the fabulous history of Adelina Patti and do the tour.

Room Tip: Dogs are welcome and some rooms open direct to the gardens, and literally yards from the country park

“top class dog friendly accommodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 10 December 2014
We stayed at the castle in late October and had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of nights. The staff were very welcoming and service in the bar and restaurant was excellent. The food was very well prepared and presented and much appreciated. The bedroom was clean, warm and afforded very good value for money. It was especially good to be able to stay in decent accommodation with our dog. The adjacent country park provided really good walking opportunities and the location was ideal for us to visit the waterfalls and take in walks at Pontneddfechan. Overall, a very enjoyable and top value experience. We shall certainly return.

Stayed October 2014, travelled as a couple

Beautiful area, perfect for dogs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 December 2014
Friendly staff, very relaxed and enjoyable stay with out dog. Beautiful area for walks and perfect to come back and relax in front of the log burners after a cold winters walk. Also very interesting tour around the castle.

“Fabulous Pet friendly venue steeped in History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 10 November 2014
I booked a one night stay at Craig Y Nos for my husband and I for our Anniversay. I was thrilled to know I could bring our labrador along with us. I think my dog enjoyed it the most! He got to sit with us in the bar/restaurant during evening meal and breakfast and was supplied with his own bed at the table by the staff. The food was excellent, as were the waiting staff. We stayed up chatting to the bar staff once the restaurant had closed and they were very friendly and knowledgable about the bulding.
There are plenty of stunning walks to do in the immediate vicinity as well as the surrounding areas.
We stayed in the old servant quaters and the room was clean and modern. I did experience spooky goings on in the room but that wouldnt put me off going again. Thankyou for an enjoyable experience!

Room Tip: Very little mobile phone reception but each room has a landline.

“Fascinating Brecon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 23 October 2014
We stayed at Craig Y Nos for 3 nights and found it a quirky, interesting, comfortable and very dog friendly with enthusiastic staff. We have a dog and found the ground floor room in the courtyard ideal. We could take the dog to the nearby grassed area as necessary without tramping all through the hotel. They have a number of ground floor rooms which are ideal for doggy holidays. The history attached to the hotel especially its early days and transition to a 'castle' by opera singer Adelina Patti was fascinating. The hotel is slowly updating its rooms and still requires a lot of restoration particulary on the upper floors but these are not being used at the moment. However, they do feature in a fascinating tour given by a most enthusiastic young lady.

Room Tip: For dog owners there are several ground floor rooms with easy access to the outside.

“A 3 star castle a must do! Please do!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 14 October 2014
This is a lovely old castle... and for three stars it is perfect. The walks and Breacon Beacons surrounding this stunningly dilapidated and lovingly nutured Victorian Gothis residence. The ambiance is eerie anddripping with odes to Adelina Patti, the opera star who extended and revitalized the property. It feels and smells musty and stony..exactly as an authentic castle should.
If you want pure luxury book and pay for a five star castle.
Other wise , relax, enjoy the other guests dogs, resident cat and charming staff who will treat you as well as you treat them.
We stayed three nights in room 15, a three room with one bathroom apartment ( for want of better term) It was hygienic and made the beast of the available space. The beds were comfy and this space could have accommodated five adults easily. There was a double bedroom, a room with two queens and a couch bed room. Bathroom has a separate shower and bath and the bath was decent and deep. Request extra towels and if you want your rooms cleaned every day, leave the key with reception.
The castle tour is interesting and a little spooky. Definitely worthy of the fearless ghost hunter.
We enjoyed a hearty breakfast and smiling waitresses guided by the super efficient and apparently bi-locating Nicola , a delight and part of the charm of the castle. I may have had a ghostly experience but am too much of a skeptic to believe my own eyes and ears.
The bar is not open late so bring your own liquor,or order prior to closing and vacate to an adjoining room provided for shenanigans till the wee hours.
Fellow Canadians you will love this experience and the prices are reasonable. Bring walking boots and raincoats, cameras and a healthy sense of humour and this will be a fabulous experience! Theres a lovely river running through the grounds.
Just go and soak up the ghostly, operatic ambience of Wales. I loved it and would happily return. Anyone with a spare 10 million pounds could easily pour it into this building too! Its a great venue for Weddings , very romantic and the chef can turn out a surprising array of delicacies.
Bring the dog..its heaven for them.
WiFi is only available in the bar.

Room Tip: Check their website and you can see exactly what you book.

“Mid week break with dogs”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 14 October 2014
Excellent warm friendly welcome when we arrived. Rooms very clean and tidy and not a hint of any dog hairs or smell from previous occupants.

The tour of the castle was very interesting and I would love to see if (when?) the castle is completely renovated and restored to it's former glory.

Full marks to the owners for keeping it as original as possible.

Already booked our return visit for next year.

Room Tip: We were in AB16 which is a ground floor room with access from an enclosed courtyard.

“Lovely break”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 13 October 2014
I wanted to take my dog on his first holiday and he loved it. If I were to stay again I would ask for a bigger room but the bedroom was clean (when we arrived at least), the bathroom was lovely and modern, and the views were good. The weather was wetter than wet but we still managed several long walks in the country park. Apologies for the muddy paw-prints on the bedcover but my dog is young and boisterous and still hasn't learnt bedroom etiquette! The breakfasts were amazing for human and dog consumption, and the evening meals (although a little repetitive - same menu for 3 nights) were cooked to perfection. My chap would have liked the choice of a curry, spag bol, pie perhaps but you can't please everyone...I was particularly impressed by the bar-staff and waitresses who were a credit. Only on the last morning (Saturday) did we find 2 girls a bit disinterested (we hadn't seen them before then). All in all worth a visit as long as you bear in mind it is an on-going project but definitely value for money. We may re-visit in Spring...does it stop raining then?

Room Tip: The Theatre Loft is compact and you had better be fit to climb the stairs

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 12 October 2014
My daughter and I stayed with our two dogs and we were greeted so warmly and welcoming.
The dogs even get sausages cooked for them !!
The place is steeped in history and the staff are only too happy to share it with you,
They are all so friendly and nothing is too much trouble for them.
The area and views are outstanding.
We loved it so much that I have purchased all the books about the castle and have booked to stay over the Christmas period with of course our dogs Diesel and Bailey.
Well done and thank you. I just hope the owner appreciates the hard work you all do

Room Tip: all rooms are good and quite due to the thickness of the castle walls

5 of 5 starsReviewed 9 October 2014
Have to say this is a place worth a visit. The staff are lovely. The food is good. The rooms are tidy and generally big. Loits to do close by. The caves well worth a visit. A country park jnext door. Top real ale pub the ancient Britain just down the road. Breakfast, eat as much as you like. Nice bar with a real ale. Do the house tour if you have time. Lots of history all around. And ghosts too. In expensive. Ring them. Overall a good place for a break. Oh if you have a doggie then this place is for you. Mister Wooftie loved it. Thanks Craig Y Nos. Liked ....

Stayed September 2014, travelled as a couple

“Great food, friendly staff and pet friendly.”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 October 2014
We stayed for one night in the bridal suite with our dog. The staff were very friendly and made us feel very welcome. Great choice of walks. The evening meal and breakfast were both very nice and we could have our dog with us in the patti bar. The room was very nice and the bed very comfortable. The bathroom had a walk in shower and roll top bath. We wish we could have stayed longer!

Stayed October 2014

“Craig y nos,it was the dogs..........!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 29 September 2014
We chose this place after a neighbour with dogs stayed there last year and recommended it. What a great place for dogs and their owners it is too,in fact,when we were there I reckon there were more with than without. Our room was actually one with facilities for the disabled so we enjoyed a bigger room, and it was very clean with everything we needed for our four night stay. There were a couple of minor things that could do with attention when the opportunity arises but the place doesn't sell itself as a luxury hotel and neither does it charge high end prices,it does though, give a good value taster of staying in a grand house.
We went on the tour of this impressive looking building which gave us a good insight to its history,thanks to Nicole for her knowledge of this and keeping us safe all the way up on to the roof! What a great view we had on that lovely sunny day. The tour also helped us appreciate what a mammoth ongoing project it is,but also had us, and other guests,imagining its future potential. The grounds and parkland were beautiful and our golden retriever loved exploring the different areas and cooling off in the clean clear water of the river,it was a safe and tranquil area with poo bins located up near the castle.
The breakfasts were lovely,buffet style and with plenty to choose from,it set us up nicely for the day and all the dogs there seemed to enjoy their free sausage too! We had dinner on a couple of evenings and found the food to be very good and promptly served by the friendly efficient waitresses,the beef with whiskey sauce was particularly gorgeous! It was so nice to be able to have our dog with us in the Patti bar at meal times and when we relaxed on the sofa after with a drink and chatted with other guests and the staff when they weren't busy,we have to say,they were ALL very friendly and welcoming. So,congratulations on providing us with the ideal place to go for a relaxing break, with our dog being TRUELY welcome! We will definitely be back,for us,it was the dogs....! Wish there were more places like this.(would love to experience it in the snow with the real fires and cosy atmosphere).

“Doggy friendly hotel”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 27 September 2014
Stayed here for 3 nights with my 2 white German shepards Sophie and Heidi and what a fantastic place for dogs. I went on my own with the dogs and was the first time l had ever been anywhere with just the dogs so was a bit apprehensive about it. I needn't have worried about it at all.
We were made very welcome from start to finish. Our room was basic but what do you expect when you can have your dogs with you. Food was fantastic and the girls were allowed to be with me at meal times, they were allowed anywhere apart from the main dining room,which is fair enough as not everyone had dogs with them.
There was plenty of walking, we also went to Oxwich beach which was outstanding, we walked for more than 4 hours on the beach.
Would certainly recommend a stay here and will certainly be back for a visit.

“Doggy paradise in a quirky setting....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 26 September 2014
Craig y Nos advertises itself as 'dog friendly hotel in Wales' and if you have a dog - or indeed dogs - this is a wonderful place to stay. Dogs are truly welcome, with owners able to eat with their pets in the bar area, take their dogs in most areas of the hotel and spoil them with fantastic walks in the hotel's grounds and nearby country park. The food at the hotel is excellent and the staff very friendly and eager to please. However the hotel is, as described, elsewhere, very much a 'work in progress' as it is based in a historic home (mock castle) and frankly, the staff ( and owner) are unable to keep up with what needs doing to fix things( which inevitably, break in rooms) and indeed to make the place really special. Consequently much of the castle is at best tatty and at worst a ruin. However where restoration has taken place it is beautifully done and enhances the ambience and history of the castle.
The hotel is very well worth a visit and is excellent value for money especially if you have dogs. However it falls between several stools, trying to provide, on the same site, a wedding venue, budget accommodation for schools, dog- friendly accommodation, historic tours and ghost tours too. I have already recommended it to dog owner friends, with the caveat that I am not so sure everyone also wants to stay at one of the 'spookiest venues in Britain' possibly alongside a party of school children.

Room Tip: Some rooms have Sky TV or a DVD facility. Some rooms have no TV at all.
Stayed September 2014, travelled as a couple

“Fantastic stay with our dogs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 25 September 2014
We have had a wonderful 5 night stay at the castle . The castle is steeped in history and is an ongoing restoration project . There is much to do , much has been done already and to a very high standard .
The staff are fun , friendly and helpful !always a warm welcome awaits at the castle . The food is beautifully cooked and presented ... If you have a favourite dish .. Ask Alan the Chef he will cook it for you !
The hotel is clean and homely , the owners have retained many of the original features which add to the castles homely feel . The walks in the grounds and country park take you through outstanding beauty ! The dogs loved it !!!
We cannot wait to return . An extra special thanks to Alan and Aeron our chefs , and the girls Nicole , Ann-Marie ,Emily ,Lauren and Katie . you have all made our stay extra special .. Thank you . You all work so hard and still have a smile and joke for everyone .hope to see you all again soon x x x x

Stayed September 2014, travelled with family

“Excellent Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 23 September 2014
Just back from a 2 night stay in the castle. Had a Fab time and would def go back again met some lovely people who was also enjoying their stay. We took our 2 dogs with us and they was allowed everywhere apart from the restaurant but you could have a table in the bar to eat lunch and breakfast. Food was very nice and you got plenty. Bar prices very reasonable, staff very friendly and helpfull reception printed off dog friendly walks for us. The grounds are lovely to walk through dogs can be off the lead and enjoy the stream and run around as it is all fenced and walled in. Rooms nice and clean bit dated but it does go with the theme of being in a castle, bed comfy, tea coffee kettle supplied also hairdryer, bathroom very nice and had complimentary shampoo shower gel and soap. Gym and Jacuzzi for all guests to use also and plenty of parking. We definitely will visit again.

Stayed September 2014, travelled as a couple

“Dogs Holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 21 September 2014
We stayed for 4 nights here they were 4 of us with 2 dogs (Rosie and Jim) had a great time, lovely place all the staff very friendly ,beautiful grounds great for the dogs to run round ,we went on the castle tour with Nicole which was very interesting a lot of work as gone into restoring it ,rooms were very nice ,bed comfy, plenty of storage space ,bath and shower very good and plenty of hot water and i mean HOT we were in room 35 so if you have children don't let them turn hot tap on its boiling !! We stayed bed and breakfast and it was excellent ,dogs even got sausage ! plenty to choose from if this was nearer to where we live would certainly come back ,yes it smells a bit old and damp in some parts but that adds to the atmosphere of the place its beautiful inside and lots of lovely old furniture ,We had an evening meal the first night we stayed and I'm sorry to say this was the only draw back we had ,food was nice but didn't quite hit the mark for the price it was only just warm, yes we should of said something but it was our friends wedding anniversary so didn't want to spoil the night, other than that we had an excellent time so don't be put off by this there are other places to eat 5 mins away ,if the price was lower and food hotter we would of eaten here (breakfast was excellent )

Room Tip: Room 35 large enough if your taking a dog, very comfy lovely furniture

“Fabulous holiday venue with your kids and dogs!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 16 September 2014
We went to Craig y Nos castle for a 3night 4 day break. We had our dog with us. The Castle was amazing, unique. Our room was great, no. 16, it was on the ground floor, great for the dog and consisted of bedroom, shower room and small sitting room!! Very old antique heavy furniture, not my taste, but suited the castle perfectly, there was a sofa in the sitting room with a supplied 'throw' in case of disobedient dogs! We always take a large cage with us so that we can leave our dog in the room while dining in the Restaurant/Bar, knowing she wont let us down and end up on the white sheets or sofa. However, I put the throw over the leather armed sofa, just in case! The Restaurant is large and airy and the staff were so very friendly, coming over to talk to us about our holiday and suggesting places/things etc. to do. The food was lovely, well presented and of good quality. We didnt spend over £50.for the meal any night and I had fillet steak in sauce one night and we both had beer/wine etc., and starters. The vegetables/salad/chips/new potatoes were all presented well and tasted good. We always had too much. Although we dined in the sumptuous restaurant overlooked by a painting of Madame Patti herself, we could have dined (with our dog) in the bar, which has several tables (with cloths) and where you can have your dog by your side all the while! The bar is cozy and amenable, giving you the opportunity to chat to fellow guests. There is a big fireplace in both rooms and I can imagine a winter break there, with the fire roaring and a hum of chatter and dogs nestled around the leather sofas. The Castle is right at the edge of the Brecon Beacon National Park, if you have dogs, you can walk straight out of the castle grounds into the Park, along the riverside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. The castle has its own Gardens where you can enjoy an outside drink if the weather is good. We were lucky and sat outside on several occasions.
There is a jacuzzi and well equipped gym, which doesnt appear to be used much. I feel that an indoor swimming pool would greatly enhance the place and make the gym more useable. The Castle is owned privately so is not part of a great conglomerate which makes it much more homely and unique. There is a castle tour which you can take which gives the history and 'ghost' stories and also, unusually, takes you around the parts of the castle that have not been renovated yet. Wow what possibilities lie still to be plumbed!! Such an experience to see rooms that have hardly changed (still with original beds) since the NHS used the Castle as a hospital for Polio and Tuberculosis patients at different times in its past. Also to be allowed to go up on the Castellated roof and take photos from this supreme vantage point. We will certainly return to the Castle for its total uniqueness, its fascinating history, its fabulously friendly and helpful staff and its wonderful geographical position. A real treat!!!

Stayed September 2014, travelled as a couple

“Really lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 9 September 2014
I booked to stay here for the night (31-08-2014) for my husband's birthday and was excited to bring the dogs along too. We stayed in room 23 and it was beautiful with a large and clean bathroom. We were made to feel so welcome and staff had huge knowledge about the building and it's history. The staff also extended their warmth and hospitality to our two dogs, lennie and lily. They were given sausages for breakfast and treated kindly...v important for dog loving owners. As I am quite evidently pregnant I was offered decaf. coffee at breakfast and other nice things without asking.
The building is being restored and I believe that the two wings have been done, with the middle part of the building (above ground floor) awaiting restoration. It is evident from speaking to the staff who work here that they all have given a piece of their heart to the building and it's history and this is what made our stay even more special. It isn't a building with clean cut corners and hugely modern fittings, but that isn't why I wanted to visit - a Premier Inn would be for this purpose. We stayed to enjoy that charm, character, history and beautiful location and would not hesitate to stay again.

Thank you being wonderful hosts to my little family, including furries.

Room Tip: Stayed in room 23 which overlooked the car park and front, could get busy when functions are on.

“dog paradise, charming and peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 September 2014
Just returned home after a short 3 night break here, the breakfasts are satisfying and evening meals are quality.
It's a lovely place full of character and set in wonderful tree filled grounds on the banks of the river Tawe, you can literally have a different doggy adventure every day.
The night before I set off i read the previous 2 negative comments so I had the long drive down full of trepidation about the place. I can't begin to tell you how wrong these 2 poor comments are, the nursing block is basic, but that is how it is advertised. Some people will always find something to complain about, it's how they live their lives trying to fund a life style they probably can't afford so attempt to gain financial reward from their moaning.
Don't get me wrong, everyone can find fault somewhere along the line, it is important to remember that the building is over 160 years old with an ongoing expensive refurbishment. This is part of the character of the place, but every effort is made by the staff to help as I seen when a wheelchair bound guest had access difficulties.
Staff were very helpful and accommodating with a special mention for the attentive Nicole, she was very professional and was very enthusiastic for her job.
Would I travel 5 hours for another visit, a big fat YES, and a big fat yes from Boris with special thanks for his breakfast sausages lol

Room Tip: We had a family room, number 31. It is on 2 levels with a double and 2 singles upstairs and a living room.

“Fantastic place for Dogs and their Owners”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 September 2014
Archie (dog & head of household) my wife (second in charge) and I spent a midweek two night break at Craig Y Nos Castle during the third week in August-14
We had no idea what to expect and had never stayed at a dog friendly establishment before. Our drive from Shropshire was beautiful and the Brecon Beacons outstanding. Arriving at the Castle much earlier than expected, around 12.30pm, we were mindful that the official check-in was 3.00pm, I enquired at reception and a very helpful lady informed me that this was not a problem and our room was ready for us immediately. Off we all went to the room which we found to be comfortable and clean, if I’m being ultra-honest I would also say that it was also a little tired and no doubt in the future benefit from a refresh of paint. However, the Castle is work in progress and for what we were being charged, including an evening meal I have no reason to complain, the Castle at the stage it is to my mind have the balance of accommodation offer and charge rates about right.
It is fair to say that both of us are mad about our dog Archie and it can be difficult for others to understand, this can cause an element of stress when taking your dog away with you. Not the case at the Castle, we all, including Archie were made to feel very welcome, indeed I have fond memories of the first evening meal and going to the bar restaurant to be greeted with a number of other guests enjoying their meals all with an eclectic mix of dogs on dog beds, some with toys, next to the tables. Everyone was well behaved, and absolutely no fighting took place whatsoever, plus the dogs were all well behaved as well. Strange thing is that if I was a guest without a dog I would have felt slightly awkward in the bar restaurant area, one could say that the tables have turned for dog owners which does not happen often. Fact is that anyone who takes their dog away with them will be responsible owners who make sure they are trained when in the company of others.
Food and service was excellent and crucial for us was cleanliness together with the care taken in presentation of the food. My wife and I have been to much more expensive restaurants with no dogs allowed where we have experienced unsatisfactory standards with hygiene.
Our two night, three day break left us feeling that we had been away much longer due to the relaxed atmosphere, good food, good sleep, rest and fun that we had. This is a walkers dream and walkers tend to own dogs, so well done Craig Y Nos Castle you have identified a market including the weddings and we wish you every success for the future. Lastly, expect to hear from us soon to book another break with you.
Archie, Mags & Paul H

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple

“Great place for Dog Lovers”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 September 2014
A superb Hotel the staff were brilliant in all aspects of service, The communication prior to our visit was excellent. On arrival the Reception staff were very proficient and had a friendly demeanour and we were immediately escorted to our Duplex apartment.The accommodation was roomy and well appointed the bathroom was small but adequate, as dog owners we have become used to substandard rooms but this was definitely not the case here!the downstairs area was well furnished and upstairs was large open and roomy. the bar area is cosy and dogs are allowed free rein the staff are very attentive

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family

“Absolutely brilliant!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 30 August 2014
My wife and I with our little dog Robin spent 4 nights last week in this dated but charming castle hotel and how fortunate we were to have found this gem, nestling in the beautiful wooded River Tawe valley, in the dodfriendly website. We were fortunate enough to have been allocated room 11, in the quiet courtyard,a very large comfortable room perfect if a dog is accompanying you. We had booked in B&B only (special rate £250 for 4 nights) but having sampled the fare on the first night, which really was excellent, we ventured no further for the remainder of our stay. To say that the hotel is dog friendly is really putting it mildly, our dog was made to feel welcome and made a fuss of by all the staff, a sausage was reserved for her at each breakfast and a mat provided for her beside our table from where she could eye up and sniff the other pets around the bar, all on their relaxed and best behaviour. There are many varied walks both in the castle grounds and in the hills around and round trip drives throughout the Brekon Beacons.A visit to this charming hostelry is highly recommended, with or without a dog.

Room Tip: Room 11 large and comfortable, fitted our for disabled use

“A unique, historical and very dog-friendly place to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 19 August 2014
My partner and myself just returned from a wonderful three night stay at Craig-y-Nos (Aug. 10th- 13th), with our two dogs. We just loved it! Fascinating history (which I won't spoil for those of you who haven't been yet...) explained to us during an informative castle tour. Our room was huge, with a separate lounge area and the most amazing shower I have had in my life:0) A big bonus for us was how dog-friendly the place is- we were all made truly welcome. The castle is adjacent to the country park which is perfect for dog walks and there are plenty of other walking routes to explore further afield. A long walk was necessary to burn off some of the delicious and very plentiful breakfast we were served each morning!
Each room has so much character and unique appeal- we can't wait to go back an see how the restorations are progressing.... Thank you to all the staff at Craig-y-Nos for a superb break.

Room Tip: Large downstairs room in the courtyard is excellent for dogs.

“Once you've stayed here you'll for sure want to return”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 16 August 2014
We were a family of four, boys aged 7 & 11 and our 2 dogs visiting this beautiful dog friendly castle.

Fabulous location for kids & dogs. Members of staff very helpful & friendly. Great food!

We for sure plan on returning

Stayed August 2014
“Dog friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 12 August 2014
My brother Marley and I stayed for two nights with mum and dad. They booked on a dinner B&B basis and was not disappointed. They thoroughly enjoyed dinner on both nights and the breakfast was also very good. We were allowed sausages ourselves for breakfast and we had dog beds supplied in the bar so we could snooze while they ate. We made friends in the bar with others dogs. We were not allowed in the separate restaurant but it didn't matter. The castle is built on a hillside and each morning we ran down the terraced paths to a river. We could run around without our leads on. There were no cars and no sheep. Our favourite holiday so far. Lots of running around the bridges, woodland and open grassland. Wuff Wuff Love from Archie.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family

“Doggy heaven!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 12 August 2014
So refreshing to come to such a warm and welcoming haven in the mountains- this is our second stay and the whole family absolutely adore it here! The staff are wonderful and couldn't do more. There are dog beds in the bar, so you can 'dine with your best friend' without having to worry- the dogs even get a complimentary sausage for breakfast! Would highly recommend.

Stayed August 2014

“Don't knock it - it does interestingly what it says on the tin”
4 of 5 starsReviewed 12 August 2014
This accommodation is just what you would expect from a place that has an intriguing history as a country house, turned by opera's biggest star into a chateau with its own theatre, and landscaped grounds, and then left to be a TB hospital, knocked about by the medicos, who neglected the finer points of external and internal architecture and decor for years. It was finally re-sold to the private sector when someone decided to have a go at transforming it after years of neglect into a hotel with amazing facilities. Despite all the reviews here which knock it, nitpickingly, we thought this was a great venue for a wedding, with good chefs, and an amazing mix of rooms, many of which are not far away from complete restoration. The limited numbers of staff manage to keep it going really well, and there is no faulting their charm and courtesy and helpfulness; and they do not in their publicity offer more than they can deliver. Restoration to pristine beauty will take a little longer. In the meanwhile it's great that you can take the dog(s), and even eat in a room with them, Being able to socialize with other dog owners, even on the occasions when you leave them in your room, adds a pleasant dimension to a holiday break. We stayed in one of the theatre's former changing rooms, giving onto a lawn through a french door, close to the pass down into the country park, excellent for those night-time interruptions. The shower was astonishingly modern. The room was cleaned on request and we accepted that they simply couldn't do it automatically every day. Of course it is a hotel and more than a B&B, it serves good meals at night except on wedding days, and it has ample rooms for relaxation. Everyone could undoubtedly think of added refinements that will eventually make this go into a higher category, but for me, this worked well as a place for a few day's break, with the pooch and in a glorious location. Wedding guests who don't like dogs should not have any problem. Really interesting place to stay. You might enjoy it more if you knew a bit about Adelina Pattti, the diva soprano who was the chatelaine early in the 20th century

Room Tip: Study the website carefully, the descriptions are accurate enough. There is a huge variety of types.

“Dog friendly beauty in Brecon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 11 August 2014
What a gem of a place.
Beautiful, characteristic, good food, dog friendly in all areas, nice bar, fantastic history.
Allegedly haunted, but make your own mind up, we saw nothing!
Set in the Brecons with fields and forest walks very near by. We took our daughter (in a wheelchair) through the forest while walking the dogs. Forest has good solid paths for the more unstable or wheelchair users - or go for the woods if able.
The staff can take you on a free tour of the castle if you wish. Very interesting. Still being renovated, but if they continue the work they have already done, this will be a paradise in a year or two.
Had the most powerful shower I have ever had, amazing. We stayed in AB16 which was very spacious.
Wi-fi in the fully stocked bar area but not in the rooms which was nice, we actually conversed as a family!
The food was great too, we ended up eating there all 3 nights as the food was so good on the first night.
Breakfast was a buffet, plenty of it and as much as you liked. Everything you would expect from a top hotel. Fruit, tea, coffee, croissants, cereals, Welsh Cakes......I definitely gained weight!
The gym had a good selection of equipment and a superb Spa.
4 stars as it is being renovated, but that gives it character and doesn't detract from us going again, I'll help them paint next time if they ask!
We can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: From listening to others, all the rooms seemed to be good

“Excellent Dog friendly hotel” 
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 9 August 2014
Craig y Nos Castle is very dog friendly, they serve excellent food in the Patti Bar and it is no problem to have your dog with you whilst you eat there at dinner or breakfast. They have various dog beds available to the side of the bar for your dog's comfort.
The rooms are very clean, we stayed in AB21 which probably has the best bathroom, fantastic bath and floor tiles. The bedroom was quite small but fine for us.
You can walk straight into the country park next door from the castle, there are lovely walks by the river and you can also get up onto the Brecon way from there. We will definitely be visiting again.

Room Tip: AB21 has a great bathroom. Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple

5 of 5 stars Reviewed 31 July 2014
Just spent 3 nights here and could have stayed for another 3! The best dog friendly hotel I have ever stayed in. The staff are all so friendly and helpful, the food is very good and the breakfast sets you up for a good day walking. The Castle renovations are a work in progress, I have never felt so comfortable anywhere else with my dog, very informal and friendly, A walk through the gardens takes you straight into the Brecon Beacons National Park, which is lovely, also helped by the lovely weather we had while we were there.

Also lovely streams so when we did have a day out with our cocker spaniel Jack at the beach, he could wash all the sand and salt water off him in the streams, which left his coat lovely and shiny and silky .

We stayed in room AB16 which was fabulous, clean with plenty of room and I have to mention the shower, after having a power shower at home I have never before found one in a hotel to match up to it...this one did!!

Full marks to all the owners and staff at the hotel, you do a brilliant job and we will be back there soon.

“Doggie Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 26 July 2014
A beautiful location,excellent service at all times by very helpful and friendly staff.
Dogs are made very welcome at all times , given beds to lye on and sausages at breakfast .
The castle has much history and the tour is very interesting lasting around 1 1/2 hours .
The owners are working hard to restore the castle to its original splendour and are doing an amazing job.
Will definitely be returning , a stay of at least 3 nights is recommended as there is so many beautiful walks to fit in.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends

“A perfect short break”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 July 2014
We selected Craig y nos castle as we were looking for a dog friendly hotel and we were not disappointed, the best genuinely dog friendly hotel we have ever stayed in. The staff were really friendly and welcoming to us and our two dogs. The quality and choice of food was excellent together with excellent service. We loved the style and quirkiness of the castle, beautiful location, views and walks. Fantastic short break that surpassed our expectations, we will definitely be returning.

Room Tip: Rooms are all very different so do look at their website to request a room that matches your requirements.

“If you want to take your dog on holiday this is an excellent choice!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 28 June 2014
Firstly the only negative and the reason this review does not have 5 stars - If you want a quiet holiday please check that a hen night or wedding is not taking place when you are staying as it can be very noisy into the early hours of the morning.
Other than that this is in a beautiful setting, you and your dogs will be made extremely welcome, the food is lovely and plentiful, the working staff are very welcoming and the ambiance is generally peaceful and slightly quirky. Walks easily accessed and plentiful ..... we will definitely return.

Room Tip: AB21 is a small bedroom but has a beautiful bathroom with roll top bath and power shower 

“holiday with dog”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 27 June 2014
The hotel really welcomed us and Kia, nothing was too much trouble for them, Kia even got a sausage every morning when we got our breakfast. The food was excellent and plenty of it, in fact we couldn't eat everything at our evening meal. The hotel is situated right next to a country park so plenty of walks with a river running through it so dogs will be in heaven.

It was so peaceful and the weather was good to us, so there was plenty of sightseeing. Lots of walks for everyone whatever level.

I would certainly go back again. Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple

“Very special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 27 June 2014
My sister & I visited last week, with 2 of our dogs , making it our 5th stay between us. Our room, theatre left is quite small, but perfect for us with 2 miniature poodles. Pretty views over the side gardens, French door to let the dogs onto the lawn, a little table & chairs for our use just outside.
We were 30 seconds from the back gate giving direct access to the Brecon Park and river Tawe.

Over the past 2 or 3 years, my sisters & I have used several of the rooms, all different, varying greatly in size and shape, on line descriptions being very honest. It's an old quirky building, which is gradually being tastefully renovated, thankfully without losing it's charm and individuality. What has remained constant is the standard of cleanliness, the warm welcome and the willingness of the staff to ensure that your stay is everything you want it to be. If you're not a doggie person, don't worry - there is no evidence of their previous presence in any of the rooms or gardens.

Last year my brother in law with Parkinson's enjoyed an elegant disability adapted room, comfortable and accessible lounges at his disposal, terraces with stunning views and pretty gardens to walk around. If you need to discuss your needs, just ring the staff, they will do anything to help you.
We came to Wales this time to visit a friend in a nearby town who has been poorly. We needed to bring our dogs, and B&B at Craig-y-nos was the cheapest in the area, and cheaper than most self catering.

Every visit we have had has been different due to it's unique location. The Brecon Park, drives over the mountains, nature reserve and waterfalls all provide plenty to enjoy. The highlight for us this time was a guided tour of the house, which as residents was free. Martin's knowledge of the castle and local characters was impressive and entertaining. As well as visiting the stunning bridal suite, once Adelina Patti's private chapel ,and some of the recently completed suites, we saw areas upstairs, usually frequented by Ghost Hunters. We learnt the history of each room including the ones currently under renovation like the old farrier's yard.

Breakfast was good, and Nicole looked after us well. Every receptionist enquired how we were enjoying our stay and were really interested in us as individuals. Because we were visiting friends nearby, we were usually too stuffed for dinner, but we met Alan the chef at breakfast and he was more than willing to provide anything we fancied for the evening meal if we had wanted it.

You can relax at Craig -y-nos. It might be a castle, but you can feel at home there and your stay can be whatever you want it to be. Some , or all of us will be back later in the year.
Thank you

“a little gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 June 2014
Having needed a short break which would be ' dog friendly' we had booked in for 3 days bed and breakfast and were taking our dog, Ernie, for his first holiday. We had been worried how the dog would be accommodated. We need not have given it a second thought. The staff were fabulous with us and Ernie was greeted with plenty strokes and ear pulling which he loved. The food was outstanding, if fact the best we've tasted for a long time, and as world wide travellers that is high praise indeed. Even Ernie got a sausage each morning at breakfast which he ate with great gusto. The castles location is fabulous and we had lots of beautiful walks and the dog loved to splash in the river which was safe and shallow for him. The castle is an ' on-going renovation' project and we loved its character and its resident cat Fluffy. We would certainly do a return trip.

paul , val and ernie, wigan.

Room Tip: we stayed in room 14. ( ground floor on suite in the converted stables block) which was ideal

“mid-week stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 24 May 2014
What a wonderful find... we booked AB16 for a 3 night stay in May with our Springer Spaniel hoping for a comfortable dog-friendly base to explore the Beacons. This certainly ticked all the boxes..

Our accommodation was styled in keeping with the Castle and had a useful lounge for relaxing between activities.

There are numerous walks that can start from the Castle (all superbly detailed on the website) and a fabulous country park on the door-step. Our Springer loves water and spent a lot of time in the Tawe, which runs alongside the Castle.

The Castle has plenty of history - we took advantage of the tour, which was delivered by a very enthusiatic owner and was both interesting and entertaining. Don't miss out on this if it is available (there was no problem in taking our dog along).

We found the accommodation and guest areas to be clean and quirky with a few modern touches (lovely shower, wi-fi in Pattis Bar)...this is a Victorian building with a few maintenance challenges (explained on our tour), and these just add to its character.

The staff were brilliant - especially our chef and waitresses. They couldn't do enough to ensure we had a great time. We ate in Patti's Bar and our dog was allowed to be with us - a dog bed being provided. The food was cooked to a high standard with quality ingredients and the chef checked in with us - even offering to go off-menu if we wanted something different. Breakfast included a sausage for our dog and set us up for the day (we didn't need any lunch for each of our 3 days there).

The atmosphere was informal, which is quite an achievement when you consider the grandeur of the place. This made for a very relaxed stay and we definitely hope to return.

Room Tip: No swimming pool but a really good looking gym & jacuzzi - which we did not use. 

“2 night b,b and d stay for 2 adults and a large dog”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 28 April 2014
Our stay at the castle was totally relaxing, the staff were very ,friendly considerate and helpful and all the rooms were spacious and comfortable. It was really nice to stay somewhere where dogs are so readily welcomed. It was very good value for money and we will certainly be returning very soon.

Room Tip: We had a ground floor room which was excellent for the dog. We had a large sitting room with a tv.

“craig-y-nos castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 26 April 2014
well what can I say it was our 3rd year to stay at the castle . accommodation brilliant staff were brilliant again and food brilliant ,and even the dog ( wiley had a fab time walking the grounds ) but I would like to say a big thank you to paul Williams our ghost walkers tour its our third vist to the castle and our third ghost walkers tour didn't disappoint us again we had a fab time thank you paul,and anybody wishing to do this ghost walkers tour make sure you get in touch with paul Williams you wont be disappointed , big thank you again to all the staff who are friendly and help full thanks again all for another fab stay at craig-y-nos castle see you all next year keep up the good work :)

Room Tip: witch ever room you stay in you wont be disappointed

“What a fantastic place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 April 2014
My wife and our two Westies have just had the pleasure of stopping here for 3 x nights and, if asked to sum up in one word - EXCELLENT.

We arrived Sunday night and we were made instantly welcome by all the staff members who had clearly had a very busy Mother's day. We stopped in Room AB21 ( the one with the ornate bathroom floor on the website ) and it was excellent for us. We were the only people stopping at the Hotel but the level of staff friendliness and local knowledge was first class. The entire building is very well presented and immaculately clean. Rooms are well appointed and perfectly sized.

The Castle itself is a superb place to stay and I will have no hesitation in either returning or recommending it to anyone - absolutely top drawer location and such friendly staff. Credit to the team for restoring this beautiful place and all the best for the future too. Ideally located for exploring South Wales and some excellent local walks. A proper dog friendly (and people friendly) Hotel.

Breakfast was freshly cooked and beautifully presented every morning by wonderful staff. Even our 2 x Westies were given a sausage each.

Many, many thanks for a wonderful stay.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple

“Perfect Christmas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 28 December 2013
This was our first Christmas away from home and could not have been better
My husband and I, together with our two cocker spaniels arrived Christmas eve for our three night break to the perfect scene of log fire, stacked satsumas and plates of Christmas chocolates. The atmosphere was more of a select house party than hotel
Our room (11) was warm and welcoming, true enough there was no wifi connection in the room but to be honest its no hardship to sit by the fire in the bar instead.
We had all our meals at the castle including Christmas lunch and the food was wonderful, and extremely reasonably priced. As previously stated the dining room was cold but it certainly did not lack atmosphere. The dogs had a wonderful time exploring the country park and grounds and it was refreshing to find that they were welcome in both the lounge and bar meaning they did not have to be locked in our bedroom. What could be better than sitting by the fire with everyone's dogs snoozing at your feet swapping tales over a glass or two?
Thanks to Martin and all his staff for their hard work and making this a memorable Christmas

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple.

Fascinating & Dog Friendly”

5 of 5 stars
We stayed here Mid December for a few nights, so perhaps was not the best time of year to appreciate everything. The Building was fascinating and full of interest and the grounds lovely. Our room was ideal for dogs having a bay window (with views to the hills on 3 sides) with direct access to the gardens and country park. Most of the ground floor public rooms had a majestic feel to them and the Theatre/Opera room adding a bit of eccentric uniqueness. We also have a B&B in an Ancient building so I appreciate what they are trying to do in terms of renovation and wish them the best of luck with it.
Close by there are some good places to eat & drink. I would recommend the Ancient Britain for it's real ale and hospitality and the Penycae for marvellous food. (I pays to drive as the road has no footpaths.)
There were one or two very minor points of customer service that could be improved (Breakfast was serviced by 3 different sets of people all slightly differently, Our room had a very elaborate computer shower that really needed a bit of explanation on check-in, although we did figure it out in the end). In general the staff were friendly and very helpful.
Overall though I would recommend it and will definitely go again Next year.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple

“Can't wait to return.”

5 of 5 stars  Reviewed 28 November 2013
We stayed here back in September and love it. The place was lovely and clean and comfortable. One of the most dog friendly places we have every stayed (and we have stayed in at lot of places). Being a vegetarian the food was lovely and plentiful. The staff were so friendly and made you feel so welcome. So recommend this lovely amazing place. Only down side we didn't stay longer but can't wait to return.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple

A fairytale setting that markets as dog friendly, and actually is!”

4 of 5 starsReviewed 31 October 2013
Wasn't really sure what to expect, partly as we've never stayed in a castle before, and partly as all other 'dog friendly' accommodation stayed in has been quite poor. When I informed the reception staff on booking I had three dogs, they just said 'ah you'll need a bigger room then', without any qualms and at no extra cost. There are parts of the castle that are a bit tatty round the edges, but our room (No 28) was more than adequate for our needs and the bathroom lovely (though the kettle needs replacing!) Staff were warm, friendly and helpful and the breakfast was lovely! Didn't eat dinner there but other residents said the food was good. The grounds are just stunning and we would like to go back soon and continue exploring! The dogs loved it too!

Stayed October 2013

“Just lovely”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile
We first came to the hotel in June of this year, after a week walking in Snowdon we were definitely ready to relax, (and relax we did) we fell in love with the hotel and the surroundings and our white boxer Lilah was so welcomed. As soon as we returned home we booked again. We came for four nights the last week in September and once again the hotel didn't disappoint. We have stayed in a few hotels that accept dogs but never in a hotel that positively embraces them, our dog Lilah is part of our family and we want to be able to take her everywhere and at Craig y Nos this is possible. The atmosphere created by the staff here is warm, friendly and relaxing where nothing is too much trouble. The breakfast is superb including Lilahs morning sausage and the evening menu is so good and varied we ate in the hotel every night I cannot recommend this hotel enough not just to dog owners but anyone who just wants to kick back and chill out for a few days, we certainly did and we will again as soon as we can. Craig y Nos is a rare gem of a hotel in a beautiful part of the country.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple

“The love affair continues”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 October 2013
We have just returned from our third visit of the year to the castle through the last week of September.

As always, the welcome is warm, the food is great and the surroundings are breathtaking.

I have seen some criticisms of the hotel in some recent reviews. I can only say that it is renowned as a dog friendly hotel, which is exactly why we go there. There are dog free areas for eating if you so prefer, but the informal bar area is a perfect place to eat with your pooch curled up at your feet (enjoying a breakfast sausage perhaps!).

We have high standards and expectations for our money, and the castle and staff never fail to disappoint. Having already stayed there three times this year, two further bookings for next year have already been made. Surely that says it all really.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple

“Two adults and two lively dogs go to Wales”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 19 September 2013
Searched for 'Dog friendly hotels in Wales' First up came 'Craig-y-nos' castle.
The website was massive and some would say confusing - I say interesting, great fun going off on various links to who knows where. We were not sure what to expect as the website clearly states the whole place is a work in progress. very friendly staff upon arrival, Great room with fantastic power shower, excellent evening meal, great sleep.
Breakfast was also excellent with the full fry-up or Kippers, poached eggs on toast etc or the continental type with fruit, cereal, croissants.
Walking - Wow! Straight out back of the hotel the Brecon country park goes on forever.
Dogs - Not just accepted but almost treated as paying guests. The lady in charge of the breakfasts slipped us two sausages for the dogs on the first morning.
Wi-Fi available in the bar area but the rest of the Castle is no phone signal (you might just get one bar at the gate) Just drive up the road a mile and they work.
Loads of historical information in the room file and of course 'Ghost Tours' If you are into that sort of thing. And not forgetting the theatre....See picture.
We will most definitely be returning with the Mutts!

Room Tip: Our room was in a newer part close to the road which was easier for taking the dogs out first thing.

“Superb Castle stay!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 15 September 2013
It is funny to see how different people can rate a hotel. For every negative review there will be a raving one as well. Ours is of the latter type. We had a perfect three-night stay from 3-5 Sept. The staff was friendly, the food fantastic and the ambiance great. Dogs being allowed gives the place a nice and relaxed feel and the castle cats (especially the long haired, old lady in the reception area) add to that as well. Yes, not everything is brand new, but for us that is part of the charm. Speaking about brand new ... do your health a favour and spend some time in the gym, it is the nicest gym we have had on our three week holiday, shiny new equipment, of high quality and a fantastic view on top of that!
We can definitely recommend Craig-y-Nos to anyone and may very well return ourselves. There is a lot more walking to do in the area!

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple

“Unusual place”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 13 September 2013
You know, when you book a cheap hotel and it turns out to be a half restored neo gothic mansion featured in most haunted with a theatre built by the lady of the house, diva adelina patti in the 1800s. Did I mention being greeted by a hissing black cat? A farm cat, not the resident one which is lovely. Or the use of the building as a sanatorium? It has quite an atmosphere! Like anything so distinct one will either love it or hate it. My cute little room (14) accessed direct from the courtyard was all very portmeirion. The room was basic although the shower room was very posh! A couple of times I had to wait for a shower as there was no hot water. The hot tub is nice too. The food was good and priced reasonably but not cheaply. Importantly this is a pet friendly venue, so if you don't like dogs and cats don't go here! I love that you can take your dog in the bar dining room! There are no pets allowed in the main dining room. I wouldn't say Craig y nos is pristine or sophisticated, it's much more fun than that.
Sneaky tip - the café at the neighbouring country park does real food (homemade pies, actual veg and potato) cheap - two people, two courses £10

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple

“What a Fantasic Venue for a Break with the dogs.”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 9 September 2013
Second time that we have stayed at Craig-y-Nos Castle. We were not disappointed by our choice to stay there, the atmosphere, all the Staff, including the Manager, were excellent as per our previous visit. The meal quality was very good with enough choices. The Castle and surrounding area are stunning. It was a great base for touring around the different locations. Very "dog friendly", even to the point that your dog can go into the "Patti" Bar with you at meal times. The guided tour is well worth while as you see places in the Castle not normally open to the public, plus you learn the history of the Castle. The Country Park is only a few minutes walk away, the dogs remembered the walk, tracks etc. from last year and sulked all the way home at the end of our stay. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff to meet our needs. We plan a third visit, with the dogs of course!

Room Tip: Ask for a ground floor room if you have an elderly dog when booking.

“Beautiful, memorable castle stay - already planning next trip!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 14 August 2013
Just arrived back from a 2 night stay at this castle with my other half and dog. Ive never written a hotel review before but this castle stay deserves to be rated as excellent! I'm over the moon with my stay here I cant find anything to complain about at all. The room was lovely our boxer dog had plenty of room and her own entrance right out to the castle grounds! Excellent when she needed to pop out to the loo at night time! There are so many beautiful walks right outside the Castle through to the Brecon Beacons and nearby rivers for our dog to plunge into she was in doggy heaven! The staff were wonderful, genuinely so helpful. Our dog was spoilt with sausage at breaky and meat at dinner! It was great to dine in the bar of a beautiful castle with our dog lying next to us. The staff even gave her a memory form bed so she could snuggle up! The evening meal was great value, so much choice and generous portions. Although the hotel allows dogs you would never know its very clean and tidy and dogs stay in the bar area away from the main dining room. Ive stayed in many big chain hotels previously when picking accommodation for a short break and although they maybe nice in terms of décor, they are all the same. Nothing memorable about the stay, staff are robotic, food is average. This castle was different, quirky, beautiful and very memorable. It exceeded my expectations! Already planning our next stay :)

Room Tip: We stayed in Theatre Room Right which was perfect as ground floor and separate opening door
(to garden).

“Dog Dreams!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 10 August 2013
Just come back from a 3 night dinner, bed & breakfast break at the castle, and we're already checking availability for next month! Our 2 dogs had the time of their lives...we've visited a few places that were "dog friendly" but none like this! They had their own bed by the dining table, sausages for breakfast and best of all, acres and acres of parkland to run around on! (the castle cat did take an instant dislike to our overly exuberant German Shepherd tho!!) The staff were all very friendly and helpful and the food.....well the food, particularly the evening meal, was exceptional! The room was very clean and ideal for what we wanted.
The castle isnt immaculate, but if you want a quirky, truly dog friendly break, id recommend Craig y nos castle to anyone!

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple

“quirky - but cool!”

4 of 5 starsReviewed 9 August 2013
This place is very much a "one off"!
Don't stay here if you like your hotels perfectly decorated, bland and modern - but do come here if you like unusual and grand rooms, friendly staff and good food.
The castle has had a fortune poured into renovation, but there's still a fortune needing to be spent to finish it off. It's in a lovely spot, with the craig y nos country park literally on the doorstep, and great views from the rooms. The castle is a huge neogothic pile, partly restored. It looks impressive, and has immense potential. The staff were friendly, helpful, and seemed to love dogs - great as we brought our cheeky 5 month old puppy to stay with us. You probably wouldn't want to stay here if you don't like dogs, as most guests seemed to have at least one.
The food was decent quality, and good value - in fact the whole thing was good value, as we stayed half board as a family of 4, for less than £50 per person per night.
Our apartment was the gatehouse - perfect for us as it had it's own entrance, 3 bedrooms (one had low ceilings and was only suitable for kids) a bathroom and a living room with sky TV. No wifi in the rooms, but available for free in the living areas of the castle itself. The bar was reasonably well stocked, the lounge areas comfortable, and the grounds well maintained. To give you an idea of the "quirkiness", our bathroom had a door straight into a hotel corridor, the shower head was held together with gaffer tape, and the door frames were obviously made of 2 separate parts. Oh, and the bathroom window wasn't frosted and looked out onto the main road - but there were curtains so it didn't matter.
Personally we loved this place and will definitely return - but as previously mentioned, be prepared for the unexpected and don't don't come expecting bland sleek modern furnishings!

Room Tip: the gatehouse is perfect for families - like having a holiday cottage to yourself

“Doggie Holiday”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 August 2013
Easily the most welcoming place for dogs we've ever stayed at. Fantastic value for a 4 night dinner bed and breakfast deal. We've stayed in "dog friendly" hotels before which were more "dogs tolerated" but this was the real thing. It's not everywhere that brings your dog a cooked breakfast along with yours. Nice large fenced in grounds for morning and evening walks and 40 acres of secure country park right outside the gates where your dog can run off the lead and play in the river. Great days out in the Brecon Beacons or nearby. The castle is a work in progress and was a little rough around the edges but everything that is being done is to a high standard. The rooms were clean and a good size, the food was good and the menu changed every day. It felt more like staying in some huge old family estate that belongs to a friend of a friend, than a hotel, and that's the charm of this place. We will be back (with insect repellant!)

Room Tip: Trust the hotel staff to look after you when you book.

“Rustic Retreat from the City!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 August 2013
This is a rustic retreat from city bustle. Great staff, and a great place to stay. Fascinating building with character and truly a "spirit" you can feel during your stay ;) Great value for your dollar.

I am a gardener, and for me the grounds were a highlight. Rustic and OLD. Some of the trees there must have been imported from their native lands during the time it was built. We walked the extensive trails on the grounds a number of times. Look for the Magnolia walkway. Some of the oldest I've seen, and a unique tunnel training. Also some of the largest evergreens in the area along a beautiful trout stream. Sheep in the hills and horses in the pastures in the valley. "Briton-Zen" I would call it :)

Lots to do near by - but it is the country side, so some driving may be required. Hiking everywhere, country pubs, small towns nearby to explore, an absolutely unique cave park, and an easy day's drive to and back from the Gower Peninsula. You may even find yourself having a conversation with a sheep at some point in the highlands....

Having the dogs around is great. At one point two dogs walked into the pub room as though they were looking for a drink. Probably a good joke there somewhere. You inevitably end up chatting with the other guests over a drink or a dog pet.

If you are going to this area stay here for a unique, rustic, eccentric, and fun experience

“A perfect break”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 29 July 2013
Myself my wife & three dogs spent a most enjoyable time at the castle where we stayed for four days. Our room was in the courtyard & had double door disabled access at ground floor level & easy access to the main building, The room was really comfortable with flat screen tv, tea & coffee making facilities a fantastic disabled shower room & even a bed cover for the dogs to sleep on.
Our first nights evening meal was superb, in fact it was so good we ate there for the next three nights & the breakfasts we of a really high standard as well. The staff we really nice & helpful & nothing was to much trouble for them. I would make a return visit in the future to explore this nice part of south wales, Many thanks to all the staff for making our holiday perfect in this quirky hotel.

Room Tip: room number 11

“Lovely dog friendly break”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 26 July 2013
Just had a lovely 3 night break with our st Bernard cross. Staff were very friendly. Food was good.
Walks from the castle are stunning with a clean stream for the dog to play in close by. Will definitely be back in the spring.

Room Tip: We had room 16 which opened onto a courtyard

“Ignore the negative wingers”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 26 July 2013
I felt compelled to take the time to post a review after returning from a wonderful 3 night B&B stay at the castle. I have read a few of the negative reviews and it makes my blood boil. For those wanting a 5 star luxury experience then spend the extra and find a bland hotel chain. For those wanting a fantastic break with some wonderful touches and amazing staff then come to the Craig Y Nos Castle. The hotel is clearly a labour of love for Michael the owner who has clearly invested not only a lot of money but a whole lot of time into making this place unique. I have stayed in many different hotels in my time and found the quality of staff at the Castle to be up there with the best of them. We stayed in a lovely on-suite wwith our 2 dogs. I note that some reviewers have quiestioned the decor but i liked the wardrobes and beds. The bed was comfy and the bathroom was lovely. It was spacious enough for us and our dogs. I certainly did not find the castle to be dirty and the bar area and restuarant was fantastic. The cooked breakfast was also very nice and the evening meals we had were amazing. The scenery was out of this world and the castle grounds were lovely. Everyone we spoke to also thought the hotel was fab. All the guests were very friendly and our dogs felt very welcome throughout the hotel.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple

“Barkleys first holiday”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 20 July 2013
From the moment we arrived we were all made to feel very welcome by the staff, and the feel and atmosphere of the castle made us certain we had made the right choice. The room was very nice, small but perfect for us and our small dog and has an amazing shower. The staff obviously love their jobs and they love the dogs just as much. Everything we needed for a relaxing holiday with our dog was right there, great scenery and walks, nice and cool in the woodland which is just as well as the temperature was in the 30's. in future we will take insect repellant though as there were midges and horse flies by the river (there's always a downside to the hot weather lol). We stayed for 3 nights b&b and had dinner at the castle too and the food was excellent, Barkley even had his own sausages!

Room Tip: We had AB 14 which opens onto a courtyard, no stairs, plenty big enough for us and our small dog.

“Doggie Heaven”

4 of 5 starsReviewed 19 July 2013
If you are looking for a truly dog friendly hotel in a stunning setting, then Craig y Nos Castle is the place to stay. The accommodation is wonderfully quirky, the staff are friendly and welcoming and the grounds and adjacent Country Park are heaven. We had some glorious walks and swims and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Ellie, our slightly bonkers young labrador, was in heaven. The food was of a good standard and the service was lovely. Wines and other drinks were very reasonably priced. We thought the Dinner, B&B rate was very good value for money. We'll certainly be staying again!
Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple

“Recommended for dogs and their owners”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 19 July 2013
On a bit of a whim, we booked 2 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast at Craig y Nos at short notice and did not regret our decision to stay here with our lively collie Meg. We were allocated room 34 which, although it was upstairs, was down a private corridor accessible from the rear courtyard. This made it easy for us to go in and out with Meg, fortunately the weather was already beginning to get dry and warm which helped as well.
We could not fully open the windows in the room because Meg tried to jump out (!) but our request for a fan was dealt with quickly and efficiently. The room was clean, comfortable and in a peaceful location with a beautiful view of the mountains - the roof of the conservatory below did not detract from this in any way in our opinion.

All the staff were friendly and helpful and the food was excellent. Meg particularly enjoyed the sausage for breakfast. Dinners were a real treat, beautifully cooked and generous portions. It was good to be able to have the dog in the bar with us without worrying about how other guests or staff would react.

The location of Craig-y-Nos is perfect, with woody, shaded areas, open spaces and of course the river. Meg had a great time - freaked out at the white stag statues at the rear of the house (just the once) - but overall really enjoyed all the new experiences and slept soundly in her basket all night. We also took her to the Gower (Oxwich Bay) which she loved. We could have done with another day to explore more of the local hill walking but unfortunately we had to go home!
In summary, we had an excellent short break in this charismatic castle. Our needs and those of our dog were cared for calmly and efficiently by friendly, helpful staff. We would love to return soon and fully recommend Craig y Nos for dog owners looking to keep their furry friends happy. Could not fault it.

Room Tip: AB34 has a nice outlook and a quiet location. Fine if your dog doesn't jump out of windows!

“A great time was had by all!!!”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 19 July 2013
My partner and I were delighted to find The Castle in the internet. We have 2 Springer Spaniels that we love dearly but not all hotels feel the same about dogs.
The first view of The Castle is breathtaking, a wonderful view as your drive into the car park. Reception was efficient and friendly, the staff on duty showed us to our room, number 14 I believe, the room was maybe a little smaller than we had hoped for but it was completely adequate for our needs. The room and bathroom were clean and well presented, no complaint so far. We had booked a B&B stay but decided to have dinner at The Castle, a good decision, we found the food was of a good standard and very tasty! Breakfast again was just what was needed to prepare for a day of busy sightseeing. The dogs enjoyed their breakfast of complimentary sausages.
The countrypark was a mega delight for both my partner and myself and the dogs, the dog friendly Castle and the countrypark was ideal for us, we hope to return in the near future.
I would like to comment on several of the reviews for The Castle and indeed some of the other hotels reviewed, the Castle offers quality accommodation, you get what you pay for, why do some people think the opportunity to leave a review is an invitation to be unpleasant and mega critical.

“wonderful dog friendly accomodation”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 16 July 2013
my husband and I and our 2 springer spaniels have had a fantastic time, the hospitality , the accommodation and food were excellent. The location was outstanding, the dogs really enjoyed their walks and swimming in the river, especially as it was so hot. I would recommend Craig y Nos and hope to return

Room Tip: We stayed in room 11, it was a disabled room and had plenty of space for us and our 2 dogs

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple

“Wonderful retreat for dogs & owners”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile
Enjoyed our 2 night stay with two very naughty terriers staff were great setting was perfect for walks castle is historical quirky and an obvious labour of love for the owners room was traditionally furnished very comfy which we loved the whole atmosphere is enchanting we will be coming back again - we thought the full English was superb but should be 'full welsh'!

Stayed July 2013

Perfect retreat for dogs and their owners

Reviewed 7 July 2013 NEW
What a fantastic venue the castle is with all the National Park at your fingertips. The accommodation itself was clean and tidy. The food was superb and the staff topped it all with their hospitality, they were very friendly to us and our dogs Molly and Alfie. We really enjoyed our short stay.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple


Quirky and great

Reviewed 5 July 2013 NEW via mobile
My wife and I stayed in 2005 and thoroughly enjoyed our time here. It was only recently that we were able to return again with our 2 border terriers and it was nice to see a lot of enhancements without the loss of the quirky charm of this hotel. Don't expect the Ritz but do expect comfortable, clean, comfortable, great value rooms in a fantastic and interesting castle setting. The public areas of the bar/lounges and dining/billiard room are a great plus point as they are places you can just sit with a book and a pint after a long walk in the Brecons and they have lovely views from the windows. We
didn't try the food this time round (we went to a couple of the local pubs) but can vouch that the cooked breakfast was very good and added to the many generous offerings of this hotel. It is emphasised that it is a work in progress (most of the closed and derelict areas you can't see anyway unless you go on the ghost tours), but the success they have in the wedding market shows that this does not detract from what a great place this is. I hope they carry on the gradual enhancements and hope to return sooner than in 8 years!

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family


A perfect place to recharge and refind that smile

Reviewed 3 July 2013 NEW
What a wonderful experience. I was relaxed and feeling mellow within an hour of arriving, and that after a 4 hour drive! Where to begin? Our room (annexe 11), the food, the setting, the grounds AND the wonderful staff. I think our dog Buddy thought he was in dog heaven, which meant my wife was happy!

Everything exceeded my expectations, and that in itself is unusual.

Yes, as has been said by others, it IS a work in progress. which is clearly pointed out by the owner, but it in no way distracts from all the guests enjoyment or comfort. I would DEFINITELY come here again. All the very best to all the staff and good luck for the future.

Room Tip: If bringing a dog ask for ground floor, although staff give very good advice anyway.


Doggie heaven, and pretty good for doggies "mums & dads" too!

Reviewed 23 June 2013
Agree with all that has been said by others. If our Alice could speak she would re-book asap, not surprisingly after sausage for breakfast on her own cushion! Not been to a hotel that was so pet oriented, there was even a cat on a lead there enjoying a mini break. Fantastic walks right on the doorstep, and others not far by car. And as an aside the local pub the Ancient Briton had the best selection of real ales outside of a festival IMHO. The Castle staff were extremely friendly, and all power to the owners for the future.


If you've got dogs this is the place for you

Reviewed 18 June 2013
The castle and views are probably the best you can get. My wife, our two dogs and I stayed for four nights and wished we had booked for longer. The staff at the hotel really excelled themselves and made the stay, so much more enjoyable. Nothing was too much trouble and the way the dogs were looked after at breakfast and during evening meals, made it feel like home from home. The room we stayed in was very impressive, with all the amenities you would expect from a normal hotel and the bathroom was amazing, this room was about the same size as the bedroom, with free standing bath, large powerful shower and plenty of room for the dogs to lie down, on the beautiful tiled floor.

To walk the dogs, we just opened the gate at the rear of the castle and away you go, in the castle grounds and then into the national park. The river and the country side took our breath away. The owners of the castle left a folder in our room, which showed all of the walks they had been on with their dogs, with pictures, really good directions and what you could expect if you decided to go on one. This was very useful and the beach and the waterfall walks were well worthwhile. The cost of our stay was very reasonable, considering it included breakfast and our two dogs. We will be visiting again soon. If you’ve got dogs and you want to take them on holiday, then you can’t go wrong with Craig-Y-nos Castle.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple


Had such a lovely weekend away

Reviewed 12 June 2013
it took our breath away when we turned into the court yard ,we had such a wonderful time- our room was spotless and the size of the bathroom was all new , clean and huge, the food was excellent and the breakfasts consisted of every thing you wanted. all staff were lovely and welcoming, and made visitors with dogs very welcome the whole castle and grounds were so picturesque with the lovely country park , with streams and lakes on your door step,which kept our dog lola, amused for hours, take your camera or you will miss out on some stunning scenery, perfect for your wedding or that perfect relaxing break, we have recommended it to all our friends and will be back ourselves but will book in with a ghost tour next time.. Julie and roger, lola. from lampeter, west wales.

Room Tip: go onto the craig y nos website to view.


Our puppy's 1st birthday treat!

Reviewed 8 June 2013
We just got back from this amazing place! I wanted to take my puppy somewhere special for his very 1st birthday...3rd June 2013. I googled dog holiday's and sorted through at least 50 different places. Craig Y Nos Castle had such a good write up and loads of information on their website about how dog friendly this place is, so that's why i chose it...as it was our puppy's treat (not ours) my 1st impressions were WOW!!!!!!! Benji (puppy) had a yummy sausage for his breakfast every morning, Loads of fuss, miles and miles of countryside walks with streams to drink from and not too far from Oxwich beach. When we got home he wouldn't get out of the car!!! It was his first time away from home and he was soooooooo good bless him. We ate in the breakfast room the 1st morning but because Benji is 5 and half stone and very hyperactive we ate outside every morning after that ha ha! He just can't sit still and anybody that met him will most certainly remember him! I've recommended this place to everyone i know with a dog (although such a beautiful place without a dog too!) We will definately be returning in the next few months as Benji absolutely loved it...so did we! Thankyou to everyone involved in making Benji's 1st birthday so very special and one he'll always remember.xxx

Room Tip: Room AB11 is where we stayed. There were me and my partner and our big puppy. It's a disabled ro


Lovely, picturesque, relaxing and dog friendly!!

Reviewed 28 May 2013
We have just had 5 nights at the castle and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've never been anywhere where your pets are made as welcome as you and we took 3 of them! Our room was lovely, everywhere was spotless and plenty of tea and coffee in the room. The castle grounds and country park were a pleasure to wander round, lovely after a good breakfast. Patti's bar was lovely to sit in on an evening in front of the fire. We didn't always feel like a full meal so a bar snack menu would have been a welcome addition. All the staff were pleasant,and welcoming nothing was too much trouble. We will certainly be returning again and have already recommended the castle to everyone I've spoken to since our return. Angie and Stuart - Yorkshire

Room Tip: We stayed in the atrium which was ideal as we had a door directly outside so it was handy


A stunning dog friendly castle

Reviewed 27 May 2013
We had a wonderful 3 night break in the castle with our terrier Mr Burt. The hotel is very old, however it was very clean. The staff were extremely helpful & friendly & the food was really lovely.
Dogs are made very welcome & it's lovely to relax in the bar or lounge of an evening.

There is so much to see & do within walking distance of the castle. The castle grounds & country park are beautiful. A short drive to Swansea & then onto the Gower is a must for beautiful beaches. We will definitely be returning.
Kerry & Mark - Shropshire

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple


Dog walkers paradise

Reviewed 22 May 2013
Stayed on the three night special, what a treat. The staff where brill, they where all Welsh. At times we thought we were in a sketch from Gavin and Stacie. They were all faultless and the breakfast and dinners were to die for. The room we had was ideal, very clean and plenty of condiments, perfect for the two of us plus dog. The grounds of the castle are amazing and you can spend all day meandering around the place, just around the corner are the famous Brecon caves. (footnote) You can tell that the owners and staff at the castle are very passionate about the place and are trying to restore it to it's former glory. We wish them every success in their endeavours. We will return!!!

Room Tip: If you have a dog ask for a courtyard room.


Our first doggy holiday

Reviewed 21 May 2013
My Uncle had his wedding here and we found out that you can take your dog for no extra charge so we thought we would make a little holiday out of it. We have a large nervous German shepherd and this was his first holiday with us so we were naturally a little nervous.

We went to our room late on the Friday night and went to our room from the gardens, which were beautiful and perfect for mid-night doggy needs :) The room was clean and basic, which we expected being in a room for dogs. The television had 5 channels, with occasional loss of signal, but we weren’t there to sit in the room watching TV! The bathroom was lovely, decent size with the most amazing spa shower ever! It took a little while to understand, but they had instructions for us and by the end of the 4 days we were masters at the water jets!

The room itself was a little small as we found our dog did get under our feet a lot, however this was not a problem for 4 days and like I said our dog is a BIG German Shepherd so I suppose it would be perfect for a couple with a smaller dog

We got to the castle late and thought we would go for some food in the Patti Bar, we saw the menu (which looked amazing) however didn’t fancy a full meal, so the waitress asked us if the Chef could make us something specific, which was so thoughtful

We then took our dog into the bar area (everywhere in the castle is dog friendly) and he loved the employees, they were so good with him

The breakfast the next morning was brilliant! Full Welsh breakfast with all the trimmings, or you could order anything you wanted and they would make it :) the chef also cooked our dog a sausage too, which he loved!

The wedding itself was so amazing, the Theatre was beautiful and the reception was brilliant, with such lovely food, the bar was also open as late as we wanted, which was perfect for a few tequila nightcaps

The area itself is quiet, and the walks in the country park (literally on the doorstep of the castle) were beautiful! It was HUGE and so well looked after, and there were lots of paths that were reasonably flat so very easy for us beginners to walk:
Our dog loved the amazing stream running through the woods, which was so clean.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely return to the castle

Thank you for making my Uncle's wedding so special and our first doggy holiday so memorable


It doesn't get much better than this!

Reviewed 21 May 2013
We stayed at the Castle from Monday to Friday on a four night special dinner bed and breakfast deal. The decision to book there was based on it being dog friendly and looking like an amazing place in a fabulous setting. What a great decision it was.

The Castle is a wonderful old building, and well worth exploring. Then there are the grounds and the setting. Simply breathtaking! The Castle grounds merge seamlessly into the Craig Y Nos Country Park and thence out into the Brecon Beacons. You can just keep walking forever. It was great to be able to safely leave our dog off the lead for so much of the time.

On the subject of our dog, some places say they are dog friendly and really only pay lip service to it. Not so at Craig Y Nos. They love dogs and have a pack of their own which we met whilst out walking one day. Our little girl was welcomed everywhere and was even treated to a plate of chicken on our first night down at dinner.

The food is good with generous portions, and the staff and friendly and helpful.

The Castle forms a great base for exploring the Brecon Beacons and for visiting attractions in the area. We also spent a wonderful day on a deserted beach on the Gower Penninsula, within easy travelling distance from the Castle.

The Castle is old, with a lot of character, and as such is not in perfect 'plastic' condition. If you want the latter, then go stay at a travel lodge or similar. We stayed in room 21, which has the most amazing bathroom. The accommodation is of a good standard.

In summary, we had a great time and enjoyed our stay so much that we booked another break on the spot.


Perfect mini break with the dogs

Reviewed 17 May 2013 via mobile

Just got back from a 2 night stay and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the castle to people looking to get away with the dogs for long walks and relaxing.

All the staff were lovely, thanks especially for the little touches like sausages at breakfast for the dogs and their favourite dog bed waiting by our table for every meal. We had breakfast and dinner in the castle, all lovely.

The country park was beautiful to walk round, we also went to henryd falls (may have spelt that wrong!) and oxwich bay on the way home which was stunning and almost completely empty.

The castle was beautiful, room and bathroom modern and clean, no complaints. We also had a tour of the castle and it was really interesting to find out all the history of the castle, and bloody terrifying going ghost hunting in the children's ward in the dark!!!!!

Would also recommend the penycae which welcomes dogs and was great food and service, just up the road.

Thanks to everyone at the castle, I'm sure we will be back!

Stayed May 2013


Highly recommended

Reviewed 14 May 2013
We stayed at Craig y nos Tuesday until Friday on a 3 night special deal .
A totally enjoyable much needed break , in stunning surroundings , and we really enjoyed the atmosphere . To be able to bring our lovely little german pointer pup Ella (7 months old ! ) was a complete bonus . The staff were absolutely fantastic .nothing was too much trouble. In fact on our final evening as the restaurant was not open we had bought some snacks back to the castle with us .A member of staff opened up a cosy sitting room, lit a roaring fire in the log burner and put on the tv for us to dine in comfort !! On the evening we did dine at the castle the food was fantastic with puds to die for, being right next to the brecon beacon national park was great, we were all exhausted including Ella,Great place Brilliant deal We will be back Pete ,Jo and Ella from wiltshire

Room Tip: For dog owners the theatre rooms have direct access to a safe enclosed garden for your for your kids


Talk About Chilled!

Reviewed 14 May 2013
We stayed at the castle for two nights last week and can honestly say that if you want to get away from it all and totally relax - this is the place for you! We had a lovely clean modern room (22) and weren't bothered about poor TV signal or mobile/laptop signal - we wanted a holiday AWAY from all that. Our dog Jake had a fabulous time and we were all treated with such friendliness and attentiveness that I just cannot think of a single negative thing to say! Wonderful place, food, staff, countryside etc etc etc. Will definitely go back again - hopefully very soon.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple


a dogfriendly break

Reviewed 11 May 2013
We recently spent 2 nights here and loved it. Ours dogs were allowed to stay in the lovely spacious room with us and even joined us for breakfast where a bed was provided for them. There were walks right from the door around the adjacent country park. Unfortunately, because we were staying at a quiet time (which in one way was brilliant!), no evening meals were available at the hotel but a short drive to the nearest town gave us plenty of takeaway choice although after the enormous, tasty breakfast, we didn't need much! There are more local pubs with food available but they were reluctant to take on our 3 dogs (unlike the hotel who welcomed them with open arms and a tasty looking cat!).

Our room was very clean, warm and cosy and we felt very at home and relaxed. There was wifi but this was hit and miss in our room due to the thickness of the walls but a short walk to the bar was all it took for it to work. Alternatively, if we had taken a laptop, we could have connected to the in room phone but other half suffered the hardship of having a beer whilst using his tablet in the bar!

The staff were very freindly and helpful and catered well for vegetarian needs at breakfast.

The Castle itself is interesting and the history provided in the room made walking around the building a well informed tour. The building is still a work in progress but this didn't spoil our stay.

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple


Dog friendly honeymoon

Reviewed 7 May 2013
Have just returned from our (postponed) honeymoon/1st anniversary at the castle.

The staff were lovely and very helpful through out our stay and even more so after a slight accident (off site horse riding accident) offering to arrange doctor's appointments etc. In the end a trip to the hot tub worked miracles for the sore muscles. The staff even printed off directions to a beach we wanted to visit.

The room was perfect for us, we had two very large dogs with us and we had enough space for their crates, all of their essentials (bowls, towels, toys) as well as our own belongings without feeling cramped.

The castle is perfectly located for exploring, with lots of activities to do in the area. The grounds were perfect for our two dogs, who enjoyed running around and jumping in the river and getting all muddy and wet. They were still welcome to join us in the lounge and bar despite their less than prisitne appearance.

The food was also very good (I thoroughly recomend the chef's home made Chicken Madras and had it twice in one week!). The breakfast set us up for a long day and the evening meal was the perfect way to unwind. The bar was very reasonably priced (our final bill was a nice surprise).

If staying for more than a few nights, I suggest taking some cat treats for the castle cat, Fluffy.

Had a very enjoyable time and already planning our return trip.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple


doggy long weekend

Reviewed 5 May 2013
Very friendly and completely dog friendly.Excellent all round.highly recommended for you and your dog.Excellent food even catering for vegetarian and gluten free diets.Great walks in the grounds and adjoining country park,
or a short drive away are mountain and reservoir hikes.


Little Slice of Peace & Quiet

Review 24/02/2013

Just got back from this lovely peaceful Castle.

We took our Jack Russell Mazy Friday-Sunday to get away from phones, work and the general craziness of life and we've come home absolutely tired but relaxed.

We arrived on Friday afternoon, check in is at 3pm, we were taken to our room - theatre ground left.

We had a lovely warm cosy room with a door that lead out onto the terrace/garden which was great for Mazy as it was fenced in and she could go and enjoy all the lovely smells. The views from the room were stunning yet so peaceful.

After a blast in the state of the art shower which lit up with jet blasts it was off to the bar for dinner with Mazy in tow. The bar has a great big fire and cosy sofas and chairs.

We were looked after all weekend by Beth who is so down to earth and friendly and absolutely loves dogs, taking time to talk to us and Mazy.

Now this is where this place excels, we booked in on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, we didn't realise this was a 3 course evening meal and each course was 5* melt in your mouth goodness, you could have a sirloin steak, chicken, salmon for main course, pancakes stuffed with mushrooms or asparagus and other items for starters and the desserts just tipped me over the edge, I had chocolate mousse one night and chocolate torte the next, but we walked it off.

On Saturday morning it was down to breakfast in the bar where you go and help yourself to coffee/juice toast then Beth takes your order for a cooked breakfast and if you ask they will bring you sausages for your dog - wow!
We decided to go for a walk and Beth said that the Henrhyd waterfalls were a good place to go, she got us directions and off we went, this was a 10 mile round walk and took us 3.5 hours and boy did it wear us out, we were fit to drop when we got back.

The castle grounds and surrounding areas are beautiful, if you go this time of year take your thermals and a comfortable pair of walking shoes.It is pretty cold in the castle so take a warm jumper and you'll be fine.

A lot of people go to Craig-Y-Nos for the haunted element, you can have a ghost tour or go to a fright night. Out of curiousity we asked Marie from reception to show us the upstairs of the castle where we saw Madame Patti's beaudoir and the childrens ward of the old TB hospital-interesting if that's your thing.

To sum up, Craig-Y-Nos is a work in progress as they state in the welcome pack but you will be welcomed with open arms by a lovely friendly staff, you will eat amazing food, you can take in the local scenery and truly be able to relax, along with your dog who is welcomed as much as anyone else.

We will definitely be going back in a few months when the time comes to get away from it all.

Thanks Beth and all your staff for letting us enjoy Craig-Y-Nos.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple


A weekend to remember

What a wonderful valentine weekend we had at Craig y Nos Castle. We were a little apprehensive to say the least, as we had never been away with our two Border Terriers before, but we need not have worried. The staff made us very welcome, the food was fantastic, the castle grounds and surrounding area is perfect for walking and sightseeing. Our room was lovely, really warm and cosy, couldn't find fault at all. Our "girls" had a great time meeting their new friends as we sat chatting with the other guests by a roaring log fire. Will definitely return next year. In fact we can't wait.

Stayed February 2013


One not to be missed. Boris loved it !!!!!! Oh and so did we

Having not really having much time to go away all together with work etc we always include Boris in our holiday plans.
Well I found a rare and precious gem in the form of Caid-y-nos castle. Staff amazing (I know this adjective is used willy nilly but they truely are !!!!!!!!). Many thanks to Simon, Beth and the lovely ladies on reception. Food was out of this world and we are all struggling to do our clothes up. Including Boris who came home with enough lamb shank bones for at least a year.
Every last detail was catered for and nothing was ever too much trouble. Thanks Beth for the tour of the attic before we left it was outstanding and a little bit creepy.
I absolutely cant wait to come back it was an experience that must be done at least yearly.
Boris is missing you all and quite subdued now without his friends to play with.
Thanks again

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple


Doggi heaven

We. have all just come back from doggy heaven,and are all shattered but very happy
We stayed with our moms and dads for 2 nights , we really loved our sausages at breakfast ,on the house !!! We slept in a lovely warm room and as it was a courtyard we could go in and out at our leisure .. At night we all went into the bar and could pick a doggy bed to lie on . I choose the one with paw prints on ,my sister had the fluffy one because she's a princess
After dinner we all went into the big lounge and sat by a log fire.
The castle is surrounded by fantastic woodland walks not muddy and Beautiful clear streams where we all went in and paddled of course I showed them all the way ( I love water),we also walked round the reservoir 10 mins away lovely and flat for my sisters who are not so athletic as myself.
All in all I can honestly say "paw on heart "we will be dreaming of Craig y nos castle and all of our new friends ESP little goral terriers for a long time to come woof woof sunnybear,furybear gypsy lowrey . :-)

Room Tip: Courtyard rooms open out good for dogs
See more room tips
Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends


“Craig Y Nos”

Reviewed February 18, 2013

Have just returned from a second two night break (with friends & three dogs) If anything it was even better than the first visit and we loved that one !! There can be few places more welcoming than this wonderful dog friendly hotel. Simon, the chef, and his wife Beth offer a service that would grace a much higher rated establishment and together with Claire on reception, do their very best to make their guests (and dogs) feel as comfortable as possible. Their committment to the hotel, and to the needs of their guests is most appreciated and highly recommended.

The Dog Friendly Hotels In Wales website tells you all you need to know about rooms, walks etc. and is very accurate.

If you are looking for a mid week break, with a dog or two (or three) in a beautiful part of Wales, Craig Y Nos Castle is as good as it gets.

We are already planning our next visit.

Room Tip: The Courtyard rooms are ideal for dog owners.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends


“Charming dilapidated castle in Welsh Hills”

Reviewed January 10, 2013

First impressions are wow! Big looming castle, clock tower, HUGE grounds. Half the castle is habitable and the other half is being lovingly restored (with no help from Welsh tourism) to its former glory. The big lounge areas are full of oxblood leather chairs to slop about on and wood burners. Very informal and welcoming. It makes for an interesting walk round the interior of the castle, especially the opera theatre. Bits of it are in a right state, but the bits that guests use are lovely.

We've got a labrador and were looking for a quiet getaway we could enjoy walking in the Brecons where our hound was welcome. We were so happy to see that dogs are indeed part of the family and very welcome. The owner has some of his own. We enjoyed our dog being in our room, and the walks in the grounds are simply stunning. Forestry, lakes, big open fields. perfect for kids too and we'll be back in spring.
Initially we thought the food was a bit pub typical and unimaginative but we LOVED the food. The meat was tender, veggies perfectly al dente and the flavours were fresh. It is hearty fayre too - big portions.

The staff were friendly and helpful and even though our room leaked and we had to be moved, it was all dealt with in a very calm, peaceful way.

Its not the ritz but if you can bag on of their frequent deals, its a great family/dog weekender.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple


Favourite retreat”

Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed here once again between Christmas and the New Year with our dog. Very friendly and helpful staff, made us feel very welcome. Food was absolutely excellent. Ideal for someone who doesn't want a run of the mill hotel chain experience, as the building is very gradually being restored, but bags of character and a great atmosphere. Had a lovely time and will be back soon!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple


“Dog Friendly Holiday”

Reviewed December 25, 2012

Just had a fantastic 3 night stay @ Craig Y Nos...........most of all the dogs loved it (all 3!!)
We stayed in room 28 which was recommended and was exactly as described by the reception team (Claire & Melanie?) when we initially booked. I could list all the best bits but to be honest it was all 100%.
The staff were brilliant and so helpful and friendly and especially the chef for cooking 'off the menu' food which was fabulous - looking forward to maybe a summer break with less rain!!
Impact of restoration was 0% despite warnings.

Room Tip: for owners with elderly / less mobile dogs request a downstairs room - stairs to room 28 was quite s


“Wonderful three day visit”

Reviewed October 2, 2012

My husband and I visited this castle for a couple of days break. The cost of B&B was £200 for three nights, which we found very reasonable. The dogs went free (what a bonus). On arrival we were made very welcome, and shown to our room,(very unusual). Our room was small and basic, but with dogs we did not expect anything more. We were on the ground floor with a door leading to a garden which was fenced in, great for our " little darlings", and for my husband who is a smoker, so he could just go into the garden for a smoke. The grounds for walking were fabulous. My hounds loved every minute of it. It had been raining alot so the ground was quite wet, but again that was to be expected, so we allowed for it. The staff were very friendly, and nothing was too much trouble. We were able to have breakfast in our room, which is not always possible in some hotels. Our dogs jumped on the bed and covered the sheets & pillows in mud, very sheepishly I appologised to the staff, and was told not a problem we will change the sheets. Most hotels would have given me a right mouthfull. Yes the facilities were quite basic, but when you have a dog with you, you are not going to have Chippendale furniture. In our room we had a co
nvector heater, which was great, nice and warm, but we felt with dogs or children this was possibly not the best of heating, as it got quite hot. But all in all the stay was great, and my dogs were made very very welcome. Yes I would return, we are planning for Christmas.

Room Tip: Do not expect the wow factor room wise. We had a small room to the side of the castle, very quiet

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple


“Fantastic break at Craig y Nos”

Reviewed October 1, 2012

My husband booked this break as a suprise at very last minute and it lived up to everything the website said and more!! We paid £150 bed and breakfast for 2 nights including our dog!! We were made very welcome upon arrival and shown to our accommodation, first floor ensuite double room which had lovely views! The room was cosy with tea/coffee facilities and heating!!! We had dinner in the bar on the first night, where you are allowed to eat with your dog, the only place dogs are not allowed is the main dining room understandably. The menu was varied and the food was delicious. The staff are friendly and chatty and couldn't do enough for us. Breakfast was again in the bar as we had our dog, window seating with lovely views and not rushed on both mornings. A good selection of items, flowing tea/coffee and a hot cooked breakfast cooked to your liking, plus sausages for ben each morning was a lovely surprise and was greatly recieved. The castle is an ongoing project as anyone can see, it oozes charm and is/has been restored sympathetically by the owners. There was a wedding there on the Saturday but this did not detract from the service we had from the staff at all. The wedding party were so friendly as well which was really nice. All in all, we had a lovely relaxing couple of days with our dog Ben, which is just what we needed. Fabulos place to take your dog and feel at home as they welcome them as much as you. There were lots of dogs on holiday there but they all were we'll behaved and you hardly knew they were there!!! Many thanks to the staff at Craig y nos for a lovely weekend. We will return happily!!!

Room Tip: Room ab32 was a lovely sunny room and quiet with a shower. (Owner adds: AB32 is one of the smaller rooms and so not ideal for dog owners - see recommended rooms for dog owners with larger floor areas)

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple


Photos of Craig-y-Nos Castle, Penycae
This photo of Craig-y-Nos Castle is courtesy of TripAdvisor

“Fantastic Dog Friendly Hotel”
Reviewed 16 September 2012

We travel with our dog and we found a link to Craig-y-Nos Castle from a dog friendly website. The link took us directly to their dog friendly website page. The page was so cleverly written from a dog’s point of view that we decided this was the place for us. We were not disappointed.

The castle is beautiful. The staff was very friendly. We stayed in room 28. The room was large and the bathroom was fantastic. I had the most wonderful soak in the beautiful modern deep claw foot tub. The grounds were gorgeous with walking trails, fields and a lovely river.


The castle is very dog friendly. Dogs are allowed every where except the restaurant. They are allowed in the rooms and they can join you in the bar area. The bar area serves meals. We had the best time and so did our dog!

Room Tip: En-suite room 28
has a wonderful modern deep claw foot bath and a lovely view of the front of the castle.


“A Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed 14 September 2012

What an amazing place to stay in and the staff were excellent, so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We stayed with our elderley dog who was made most welcome. The food was great, the rooms are beautiful although most rooms are an ongoing project, a cosy bar with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. Only downside for us was a very creaking floor in the bedroom - we were concerned about the noise we were making walking around!. We had a totally relaxing midweek break and will definately go back there again.

Room Tip: If you have large or elderley dogs, we suggest you ask to book a room on the ground floor

OWNER RECOMMENDS: AB26 has a nice view over the courtyard but does have absurdly creaky floorboards. It is the only bedroom that has this problem. Floorboards have loosened because they were nailed down originally, rather than screwed down. Until we lift up the fitted carpet and replace all the nails with screws (something we had to do in the corridors to solve the same problem), there are more suitable rooms you can choose.  

Most suitable ground floor rooms to consider are AB15, AB16, TGL and disabled room AB11: see dog friendly bedrooms


“I hope to go back soon!”
Reviewed 8 September 2012

Me and my hubby together with 2 dogs stayed at Craig Y Nos last night and the night before and I have to admit, we loved it there!!

All of the staff over our 2 day stay portrayed excellent hospitality skills, made us feel welcome and were very friendly.

Everybody was so pleased to meet our dogs and that meant a great deal to us.

The room (no 16) was comfy, spacious & spotless and the food was outstanding, we were allowed to take the dogs into the one bar while we ate our meals while guests without dogs ate in a different area. The Chef here cooks a beautiful meal, and the waitresses are all very helpful and friendly. Reception can't do enough to help you along with the rest of the staff.

The gardens and surrounding areas are beautiful and are well kept with plenty of walks for everyone, especially those with dogs. Ok, the building inside is old and there are areas which will need updating, but considering the amount of hard work, love and attention has gone into this building by it's current owners, it will obviously take time and a LOT of money to get things plush... but to be honest, the building is so old the odd area and piece of furniture that looks a little old just adds to the ambience of it all. It's perfect!

The cost for the 2 night stay was well worth it and the cost of the evening meals was without a shadow of doubt worth it.

We hope to go back there again before we move to Canada, but if we don't, we will remember our great stay there for years to come.

Room Tip: people with dogs, you may want to consider en-suite room number 16
if it's available, it's bigger


“Well Worth a visit”

Reviewed 6 August 2012

Have just returned from a 2 night break (Wed/Thurs 1st-2nd August)

Craig-y-Nos Castle is an important and historic house in need of further renovation. It is situated in wonderful countryside with magnificent views (and walks) all around. The accomodation on offer is very good, being both comfortable and well equipped.

The small staff, without exception, are excellent - friendly, welcoming, and efficient.

The food, both breakfast (full) and dinner is very good and the desserts exceptional. Simon & Beth who run the resturant are a credit to their employers.

For dog owners it is perfect. Dogs are not only welcomed, they are encouraged !! Meals can be served in the "bar" allowing the dog to join its owners. A breakfast sausage for "Gypsy" was provided and appreciated. With or without a dog, the bar area is the place to eat, a wonderful room with outstanding views.

Weekends are mostly taken up with weddings and for a quiet break may not work so well. (Owner adds: see available weekends
for dates when there is no event on and you can organise a two night discount B&B break over a weekend).

The ongoing renovations had no impact on our stay whatsoever as these seem to be taking place in areas not yet open to the public.

The house is quirky, and there is much work to do but for a midweek break with (or without) a dog it can only be highly recommended. We loved it and will certainly be back

Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple

OWNER RECOMMENDS: B&B stays at weekends when weddings are on are not advised - we are just so busy with the wedding party and have to devote our attention to the Bride & Groom. Most weddings now take the Castle Exclusive under our Special Wedding Deal
. This requires the Bride to fill all the en-suites with her guests in return for which she gets the venue for free. Hence we rarely have any vacancies on a wedding night and if there are any rooms left empty, the bride pays for them anyway under her contract. This means we separate all B&B stayers from the Events side of the business. B&B guests are encouraged to stay when the castle is quiet and peaceful.

So it it is a peaceful relaxing break you're after, come when there is no event on - see weekend dates that are available here
- or stay when it is peaceful and quiet in the mid-week!


“The best dog friendly place ever”

Reviewed 2 July 2012

Its so difficult to find anywhere that is truly dog friendly, but this Castle really fits the bill.

A beautiful location in mid Wales,and the castles history is so interesting,as it was once the home of a World famous opera singer,Adeline Patti....

The restoration of the Castle is an ongoing thing,but the accommodation on offer so far is very very good,and our room was off a courtyard ,on the ground floor ,which was great for our 2 little pupsters.

It was a huge room with a huge bathroom,and the heating was still on ,even though it was end of June (yes the weather was still chilly).

Pets are welcome everywhere except the dining room,but a great many guests took their meals in the bar so their dogs could be there.

There are wonderful walks and places of interest nearby.

We met some great people, and the meals in the castle were excellent,and plenty of it too.

Room Tip: we were in room 11,on the ground floor.


“If you're a dog lover this is the place for you.”

Reviewed 25 June 2012

My wife and I like to take a week every year away with our dog, and as such need to either book a cottage that allows dogs or a hotel if possible. When I saw that the Craig-y-nos Castle hotel allowed dogs I thought it would be like most hotels that take dogs, confined to the room only. Well was we in for a pleasent surprise, when this hotel says it is pet friendly it means it.

We were allowed into the bar, the TV room
and most of the hotel with the dog. The only place he was not allowed was into the main dining room. This was not a problem as the hotel set up dining tables in the bar so you could eat your meals without locking the dog in a strange hotel room.

We booked in for DB&B and the standard of the catering was excellent. The staff were friendly and even went out of there way to ensure the dog did not miss out on someting special to eat. The rooms were clean and tidy and big enough that we did not feel cramped even with a very big dog roaming around. Walk out of the hotel and your into a 40 acre country park which as long as you keep your dog under control allows you to let them off the lead and get some serious exercise in the woods and the river if like my dog they like to swim.

From the country park you can also walk along the Brecon trail which takes in some fantastic views.

Yes there was things we could of complained about but these were very small and to be truthfull these things did not distract from a wonderful 4 day break. Even though the drive from Leeds to the hotel took forever (the rain did not help) I will book again.

Room Tip: Be aware that the sound proofing in the rooms within the Atrium could be better.

OWNER RECOMMENDS: Certain rooms may be quieter than others. All mid-week breaks are low occupancy anyway and as we tend to space guests with dogs around the castle (certain rooms are better for dogs than others) this means people should not get noise from other guests. Theatre En-suite bedroom Ground Floor Left
(good for dogs) is pretty much off on its own, its only neighbour being Theatre Ground Right, which we rarely use as it is small. Of the other dog suitable rooms, AB11, 31and AB25 should not get any sound from other rooms because they are on their own at ends of a block. However AB35 and 36, both dog friendly rooms, may get bathroom fan noise from the neighbouring room if someone leaves the light on in their bathroom.  

However I know AB35 and AB36 can hear each other's bathroom fans if the lights are left on in the bathroom. We don't often get complaints so long as people turn off the bathroom lights!

AB15 and AB16 may get the occasional sound from people walking along the corridor to the rooms above, but on the plus side is their sheer size and being on the ground floor means they're good for dogs.

Four of the AB20's may get some noise between rooms, though in most cases we have positioned the bathrooms between the rooms to avoid noise from bedroom to bedroom. Exceptions are AB26 and 27 and 21 and 22 which have only an internal wall separating the bedrooms from each other and so may be noisier. However as mid-week B&B occupancy is normally low at 8 - 10 guests, peace and quiet is the norm.


“Wish we could have stayed longer!”

Reviewed 5 March 2012

Myself and my best friend stayed for one night on Sat 3rd March. Our room was of a good size, with wardrobe, hairdryer, tea, coffee etc etc, but the highlight was the bathroom - it was HUGE! Actually bigger than our room! It had a double shower cubicle, toilet, sink and a large stand only bath, very suited to the style of the castle, with a sundial on the floor which added to the features. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful, the food was faultless - we ate dinner and breakfast in the hotel and found all to be delicious, cooked to order and hot and very tasty.

We also appreciated the guide folder in the room that we took the time to read through, and would highly recommend anyone stopping to do so, as the author (who i think is the manager) has taken the time to be quite honest and upfront about the refurbishment works carried out at the Castle over the last 12 years, as well as giving in depth history of the Castle and its prior owners, which I have never come across at any guest house/hotel/B&B before.

I would definitely recommend a stay at the Castle, especially if you are a walker as you are inside the Brecon Beacons and also if you have dogs as the castle allows dogs to stay at no extra charge.

The village nearby is lovely with 3 pubs within 2-5 miles, although we didn't visit them due to preferring to stay at the Castle for drinks and food as the weather was very wet, and of course we were glad we did!

On the way back home we stopped off at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary which was small but well worth a trip. Would definitely consider a trip back and staying longer in order to visit more of the area.

OWNER RECOMMENDS: Bathroom referred to is AB21, which is exceptional. However the bedroom is considered too small for large dogs or anyone with more than one dog. If you have a single small dog, it will be OK.

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