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Area Guide - Miskin Manor Country Hotel
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Recommended by Condé Nast Johansens
Our inspector loved "The Oak Room, perfect for a small private dinner party."
Each of the 43 en-suite rooms are individually designed and decorated and are imbued with the same sense of personality and charm that permeates throughout the rest of the Hotel. From cosy, quaint cottage twin rooms to sumptuous, elegant four-poster suites, there is a room for everyone to enjoy. Each room is furnished to the highest standard and includes all the facilities one would expect from a hotel of this calibre, including; free Wi-Fi, digital TV, complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, trouser press and hairdryer.
No visit to Miskin Manor would be complete without first sampling the culinary wonders of the two rosette-awarded Meisgyn Restaurant. Serving freshly prepared, locally sourced Welsh produce in a menu that encompasses modern British and rustic cuisine, the food is innovative yet classically scrumptious. The restaurant itself is located in the main manor house and boasts luxurious surroundings coupled with scenic views of the magnificently maintained grounds.
The illustrious Miskin Manor Hotel is steeped in local history and intrigue. A great deal of care has been taken to ensure that the original charm and character of this Grade II listed building has been lovingly restored and maintained. From the delightful galleries in the Minstrel Hall to the effervescent beauty of the gardens and grounds, the atmosphere is rich with the romanticism of a bygone era. At Miskin Manor Hotel, comfort and relaxation are the cornerstones of their ethos. The superb health club offers an indoor heated pool, an extensive selection of gym equipment, a sauna and a beauty spa. For those that prefer more natural surroundings, the sublimely cultivated gardens offer a vibrant expanse of exquisite blooms, secluded glens and shady woodlands.
As a privately owned hotel, the team take great pride in offering an attentive and personable service. Such exceptional commitment to customer care has contributed greatly to their enviable reputation for hosting events. With the facilities and flexibility to cater to any company's needs and requirements, the hotel is the perfect place for corporate delegates. There are several diverse function rooms available, ranging from small, more intimate rooms to large high ceilinged venues with sweeping views. It's not all business though, from anniversaries and birthday celebrations, to gala dinners and staff parties, the hotel offers an extensive range of service options that guarantee a unique, personal experience. Whatever the event, the professional staff and the fantastic events co-ordinator will be on hand to ensure every detail runs smoothly. The Hotel's wedding facilities are particularly impressive. From glittering champagne receptions and elegant banquets, to the photogenic beauty of the stunning gardens and the timeless elegance of their reception rooms, it is the perfect venue for that most special of days.
Despite cultivating a sense of idyllic seclusion, the hotel is only a 5 minute drive from Junction 34 off the M4 and, with free parking, is easily accessible. The city of Cardiff is just a 20 minute drive away and it is 40 minutes to Swansea. Cardiff Central Rail Station provides transport links to most major destinations across the UK and there is a local station at Pontyclun, an 11 minute taxi journey from the Hotel. If flying in, the nearest international airport is over an hour's drive away in Bristol, whereas the local Cardiff-Wales Airport is only 35 minutes. The Hotel also offers free helipad use.
The nearby local area provides visitors with a wealth of exciting attractions to explore. Only a 12 minute drive away is St Fagans National History Museum, Wales' most popular heritage attraction. Standing in the grounds of the grandiose St Fagans Castle, a late 16th Century manor house, this open-air museum is a true celebration of Welsh culture and tradition. From galleries and exhibitions to live craft displays and activities, it offers a spectacularly vivid representation of Wales through the ages. Less than half an hour away is Rhondda Heritage Park, a former coal mine, offering fully guided underground tours and a reconstructed period village street. Golf lovers will be especially keen to visit the famous Vale of Glamorgan Golf and Country Club. With world class facilities, two well-established championship golf courses and an array of top industry accolades, it is required viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in the game.
With an ever-increasing choice of attractions, coupled with its' close proximity to the coast and mountains, the city of Cardiff truly has something for everyone to enjoy. From charming Edwardian and Victorian arcades to ultra-modern shopping centres, quaint cafes and restaurants to stylish bars and vibrant clubs, it offers a wide spectrum of retail choices. Culture lovers will be sure to visit the National Museum Cardiff, home to one of the finest Impressionist galleries outside Paris, featuring works by Monet, Picasso and Renoir. In Cardiff Bay the Wales Millennium Centre stands next to the Grade 1 listed Pierhead building, offering a varied programme of opera, dance, theatre and comedy. The Norwegian Church, where children's author Roald Dahl was christened, is now an arts centre and cafe with a Nordic flavour.
A Guide to Cardiff
Cardiff has developed much in recent years, becoming an excellent place to visit. Cardiff is home to many visitor attractions and new businesses, meaning that whether you are travelling for business or leisure you will definitely find something to suit you.
Getting There and Away
Cardiff Airport is situated in Rhoose, 12 miles (19km) from the centre.
To and from the Airport:
Hourly between Rhoose and Cardiff Centre.
All coaches and buses (both local and national) arrive at the Central bus station located next to Cardiff Central Station.
There are a wide range of tickets available:
The Bay Express can be used for getting to the Bay:
Pedal-Powered Taxis :
Cardiff is full of many exciting and interesting tourist attractions that are not to be missed.
Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 3RB
March to October 09:30-18:00
Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2LA
It is advisable to check in advance before visiting by calling +44 (0) 2920 564 554.
Cardiff Bay Visitors Centre
Cardiff, Cardiff CF5 6XB
Monday to Friday 09:30-17:00
Saint Fagan's National History Museum
Canongate, Royal Mile, Cardiff EH8 8DX
National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00
Also open Bank Holiday Mondays
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF99 1NA
Pierhead Exhibition Centre is open:
Stuart Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW
Monday to Friday 09:30-16:30
Where to Stay
LateRooms.com can offer a great variety of Cardiff hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses to suit any budget.
Cardiff has a wide range of accommodation to offer, and due to the size of the city, wherever you chose to stay you will not be too far from the big attractions.
The Bay, due to extensive redevelopment and regeneration, has established itself as a thriving hotel base with lots of new hotels emerging. Only a 30 minute walk from the centre and easily reached by bus and train, the Bay is well worth considering.
For your accommodation needs, LateRooms.com has many fantastic hotel deals available to suit any budget, both in the centre, Cardiff Bay and the outlying areas.
Where to Eat
Cardiff has something to suit everyone, with a varied range of flavours from all over the world. Take a look at our restaurant guide which offers a sample of places to eat to suit a range of budgets.
In and around the Centre
97 Wyeverne Rd, Cardiff CF24 4BG
9 Park Lane, Cardiff CF4 7PF
Taurus Steak House
55 Saint Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1FE
61 Saint Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1FE
The Big Windsor, Stewart Street,Cardiff CF10 5BW
Pilotage Building, Wood Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW
Izakaya Japanese Tavern
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BW
Bosphorus Turkish Restaurant
Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5BZ
Cardiff has considerable nightlife, the hub of it based around the West End district, which includes Mary Street, Mill Lane, Café Quarter and Brewery Quarter.
The Yard Bar and Kitchen
4243 Saint Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AD
25 Saint Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AA
4 Wharton Street, Cardiff CF10 1AG
7 Mill Lane, Cardiff CF10 1FL
The area around Queen Street and Greyfriars Road is also home to a wide variety of pubs and bars.
The Friary, Cardiff CF10 3FA
Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3DP
Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2WT
Henry's Café Bar
816 Park Chambers, Cardiff CF10 3DN
Cardiff Bay offers a wide variety of pubs and bars, based largely around the Atlantic Wharf Leisure Village, Bute Street and Mermaid Quay.
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BW
Schooner Way, Cardiff CF10 4EU
Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4JY
Theatre & Entertainment
Cardiff features a fair amount of theatre and entertainment across the city. The largest venue is the Millennium Stadium (Westgate Street, CF10 1NS), which hosts large concerts and big sporting events, and is also home to Welsh Rugby Union.
Other theatre and concert venues are:
Cardiff International Arena
Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2EQ
Hosts a range of concerts.
Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3LN
Hosts a wide range of theatre performances and musicals, including many well known shows.
Saint David's Hall
The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1SH
Home to the Welsh Proms Cardiff, and holds many classical concerts.
Wales Millennium Centre
Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL
Offers a good choice of theatre, musicals and comedy.
If you are looking for comedy, then you might want to try:
The Cardiff Festival is also worth considering if you are visiting between the end of June and the first two weeks in August. It incorporates theatre, dance, music and art. Most of the activities and events on offer are free.
For the Kids
Cardiff has plenty to do if you are planning to go with children. Most of the major tourist attractions provide child-orientated activities including:
There is also an annual Children's Festival: Located on Cooper's Field (just behind Cardiff Castle). This usually takes place in late July. Tickets are required for entry and cost £3.50 each (under 1s free). A family ticket can also be obtained for £12 (up to 4 persons including parents and children).
Every winter from the end of November to the beginning of January, the front lawn of Cardiff City Hall is transformed into a Winter Wonderland with a skating rink and lots of other attractions for the children.
Cardiff's main shopping streets are Queen Street and Saint Mary Street. There are also 4 covered shopping complexes to explore:
Located around the centre are also numerous little arcades, e.g. Castle Arcade and the Morgan Arcade, which consist of individual shops and small boutiques. Some of these are over 100 years old and contain original features.
Gay & Lesbian
Cardiff's gay and lesbian scene is quite well developed despite the small size of the city.
Cardiff's main gay scene is concentrated around Mill Lane, Charles Street and Hayes Bridge Road. There are a fair amount of pubs and bars including the King's Cross (25 Caroline Street, CF10 1FF), the oldest gay pub in Cardiff.
The Main gay clubs are:
Cardiff also hosts an annual Mardi Gras every year. For further information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.