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Winter Trading - our service during Winter Months

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Winter mid-week breaks and Winter Trading

  • This is our Dog Friendly B&B Winter Trading Page. For other Accommodation Information see our Accommodation in the Castle Index here, or scroll to the bottom of this page.

Winter Mid-Week Breaks B&B Only, £60/ night on 2nd & each subsequent night
Jan Feb March 2020

During the social distancing restrictions of Coronavirus, we are not offering B&B breaks to non-event guests

Our Winter Mid-Week Breaks Package is for minimum stays of 4 nights

Normal Tariff for an en-suite is £140/ night B&B for two sharing an en-suite. This is reduced to £60 / night on the 2nd and each subsequent night of a four or five night stay.

5 nights midweek winter break: £380 B&B
based on two sharing an en-suite (£38 PPPN)

  • On 5 nights, first night is at normal tariff £140/ night, the next four nights reduce to £60/ night B&B (saves £80/ night) for two sharing an en-suite. £380 for a 5 night midweek break. Includes breakfast. Total saved: £320.

4 nights midweek winter break: £320 B&B
based on two sharing an en-suite (£40 PPPN)

  • On 4 nights, first night is at £140/ night, the next three nights reduce to £60/ night B &B. £320 for a 4 night midweek break. Includes breakfast. Total saved £240.

Book in for an evening meal on Thursdays, at £25 per head - see sample bar menu here - and confirm we are serving.

The Castle History tour is included on one morning of your stay - tours run most mornings.

For what to do on a week long stay, see our Holiday Itinerary Suggestions here.

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clocktower covered in snow at Craig y Nos Castle South Wales


Winter Trading = B&B Only Days, Sunday to Wednesday
January to March 2020


The minimum number of evening meals we serve is 10 covers. As we have low midweek occupancy in winter, and not everyone staying with us wants to eat in every night, the minimum diners level is not met.

Most guests will want to sample a few of the five local restaurants/ pubs. So inWinter, we do not routinely open for evening meals mid-week unless we have a large advance booking. We open as a B&B only.
Winter trading B&B only days are Sunday to Wednesday inclusive. Winter Trading Months are any very empty days in January, February and March. April may also have occasional 'winter trading' days if it is quiet midweek.

An exception is made when we have high occupancy or an advance dinner booking above 10.

Excellent evening meals are always available at our two 'partner pubs'. These are the Ancient Briton which is dog friendly and great for real ale, more pubby standard relaxed dining - a little under 2 miles from the castle. Just one mile south of the castle, there is the Penycae Inn. This is a gastro pub, fine dining, consistently good quality. Dogs here remain on the ground floor only, which has stone floors, so we suggest you bring soft dog bed.

On some Thursdays we may sometimes put on 'Thursday Specials', such as Gourmet Evenings, Curry Evenings or Wedding Meal Taster Dinners.

Dog Friendly Wales Craig y Nos Country Park in winter snow viewed from Castle

We do suggest you pre-book dinner in the castle on the Thursday evening of your midweek break, upon confirming your room booking. It is helpful to know numbers in advance.

The Castle is graded 'three star guesthouse'. The key difference between a guesthouse and a hotel, is that a guesthouse trades as a B&B (open for bed and breakfast only) with no evening meals or occasional evening meals. A 'hotel' offers evening meals seven days a week, has a full time restaurant, and 24 hour staffing including night porter or on-call night staff, and is fully open 365 days a year. So at Craig y Nos Castle we are a 'hotel' in summer and at weekends, and a B&B on winter midweeks.
Dog Friendly B&B Hotel Craig y Nos Castle Winter Breaks
Dog Friendly B&B Hotel Craig y Nos Castle Winter Breaks


Advantages of staying in winter


1) Great mid-week B&B deals at half price or less per night - see both our midweek B&B break deals for stays of 2-3 days or more in the summer and our Winter Mid-Week Breaks for stays of 4-5 days mid-week in the winter.

2) It is very peaceful and quiet and you have a substantial castle with large sitting rooms more or less to yourself. If you like solitude, peace and quiet, you will enjoy time away from the madding crowds in our glorious countryside!

3) You'll meet fellow dog-walkers as dog owners love our excellent local dog walks and our great value midweek breaks.

3) There is plenty of fine dining and pub dining locally, because we have five pubs within two miles of the castle, all of whom will welcome winter trade.

4) Unlike a B&B which you often have to vacate during the day, you can still use the castle dog friendly public areas that are open, all day. The Nicolini and Breakfast room lounges are open by day and the Breakfast room lounge with log fire and Sky TV is open in the evenings. Both are dog friendly areas where dogs are welcome. Drinks are available over the bar on request from reception, during reception opening hours (9am to 9pm).

See here for more information on what to do in the area during your stay.

See local dog walks and scroll from one page to the next, and also see extra dogs days out.

See more useful walks links and things to do in answer to the question "Where can I go out dog walking with my dogs".

Dog Friendly B&B Hotel Craig y Nos Castle Winter Breaks
Dog Friendly B&B Hotel Craig y Nos Castle Winter Breaks


What parts of the castle are open on winter trading days?


1) Reception 9am-9 pm - occasional evenings may close at 6 pm.

3) TV Lounge/ Breakfast room day and evenings. This has full Sky TV and a wood burning stove so can be kept nice and warm provided you keep the wood burning stove stoked up with logs.

4) Patti Bar for teas coffees and drinks whenever Reception is open (9-9) and on busier nights, later.

5) Breakfast may be served in the Patti Bar rather than the main dining room, when numbers are below ten guests staying.

Craig y Nos Country Park Boating Lake and Boathouse in winter snow and ice
Craig y Nos Country Park snow covered trees and paths beside the large lake
Craig y Nos Country Park Board Walk in deep snow, Golden Retriever walking
Craig y Nos Country Park boating lake in winter snow and ice


What's on in the winter?

It can snow, which is very beautiful. See our wedding site pictures of the Castle in snow and for dogs, the Country Park in Winter.

Also see the lower gardens in winter and further pictures of the castle in snow.

Also, check out the haunted castle G.H.O.S.T. tour. We nominate one day a month for a tour we run for singles and couples to join.

Dog Friendly B&B Hotel Craig y Nos Castle Winter Breaks

Winter Mid-week B&B Breaks
Terms & Conditions

1. Must be a 4 or 5 night stay on midweek days Sunday to Thursday only, does not include any Fridays and Saturdays that have a wedding on.

2. Subject to availability - see availability calendar

3. Function rooms and public areas may on occasion be exclusively booked by a wedding - see wedding dates on the availability calendar

4. Must stay in the same room for duration of stay

5. Rooms are not serviced, cleaned or re-stocked during your stay, so any replacements / items you need during your stay need to be requested at reception

6. It is preferred, but not obligatory, that you dine in at the castle on Thursday (if staying on Thursday night)

7. Only available in the following periods, when we offer a B&B only service - January, February, March 2020.
Country Park arched trees in covered in deep snow Craig y Nos in Wales
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue in snow for a Winter Wedding

Dog Friendly B&B Hotel Craig y Nos Castle Winter Breaks
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