THROUGH A MISTY VALLEY, past an elegant Victorian viaduct, and beyond to the rugged Welsh coast – that’s the kind of hand-in-hand stroll you’ll be able to take from Egerton Grey, the address picked by Charles and Camilla as a royal base for their 2007 Welsh tour.
Your hosts Richard and Huw certainly believe in attention to detail. This one-time Victorian rectory is replete with old oak panelling, polished brass, open fireplaces, art and ornaments. Impeccable taste shines from every room – and of course Richard and Huw’s vintage Rolls Royce adds to the feeling of extravagance.
Egerton Grey's seven acres of lush gardens bloom with old-fashioned elegance, from the croquet lawn to the giant copper beech and pastel-hued flowerbeds. Sun pours through the high windows and your time here is marked by the gentle ticking and musical chimes of a collection of antique clocks – and it’s sure to fly by, even though the owners love their guests to do as little as possible.
Hit the spot
Next to the rugged Glamorgan coast.
The Blue room has a great bathroom and pretty views.
It's hard to believe you're just a hop from Cardiff Wales Airport.
Charles and Camilla certainly were – they stayed here.
One of the two master bedrooms has a fancy Victorian four-poster, while some have clawfoot baths. You’ll dine in the former billiard room on classic home-grown or locally sourced ingredients prepared with care (champagne cocktails in the Edwardian drawing room add an extra zest before dinner). Breakfast is extra special here, and well worth getting dressed for.
Walk down through the gardens, and you'll have the breeze in your hair watching waves crash onto the rocky beach at Porthkerry in a couple of minutes. If you’ve had enough of country-house languor, the attractions of happening Cardiff Bay are just a 30-minute drive the other way. You can also discover the charms of the Vale of Glamorgan, with its pretty villages, pubs and coastline.
This is a favourite among couples looking for an intimate wedding venue, or – if you're flying from nearby Cardiff Wales Airport – a stylish first night. Your hosts will be happy to arrange transfers to whisk you to and from your flight.
Egerton Grey was reviewed for Room for Romance by Mike North
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A complimentary half-bottle of champagne.
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