Beautiful Coastline, Enchanting Walks & History
Looking for a taste of wild Wales with the best of modern hospitality? An authentic experience of Britain without the sky high bill at the end? ‘Staycation’ is a relatively new word combining the words 'stay' and 'vacation' to describe holidaying locally due to the tough economic climate. The Staycation has become the trend over recent times as budgets tighten and families feel the squeeze. But, that doesn’t have to mean boring holidays!
Although the UK is relatively small, we have an extremely diverse and interesting country and for anyone looking for holidays in Britain, Wales has much to offer. It’s a great place for family holidays, romantic escapes and activity based short breaks alike.
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast
Right on our doorstep, this area in particular boasts stunning beaches and breathtaking landscapes, not to mention a wealth of picturesque Welsh castles and ruins. The whole region is fantastic to explore however, dotted with hidden villages and country lanes, including some of the best and most unsung places to see in Wales
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast is a 14 mile stretch of coastal path walks and particularly outstanding beauty between Aberthaw in the Vale of Glamorgan and Porthcawl. Dramatic cliffs, secluded coves, golden sands and stunning views make it a must for walkers, cyclists or anyone with a love of the countryside. Beyond the pretty views, however, the area is also steeped in a history spanning many centuries.
The ruins of Dunraven Castle stand upon the headland at Dunraven Bay. More a large fortified house than a castle, it had its own kitchen gardens and landing stage in the bay. It was lived in right up until the 1940’s but was demolished in 1963 as it was crumbling and considered unsafe.
There are many legends of smuggling and shipwrecking associated with this dramatic spot in times gone by but today it is more noted for the spectacular sandstone cliffs and for Southerndown Beach which is an excellent swimming and recreational area.
Ogmore-by-Sea is another popular destination for a great day out, with amazing views along the coast and across the estuary to Merthyr Mawr and Porthcawl. Discover the many caves and explore the flora and fauna of the rock pools (but always taking heed of the ever-changing tides).
Here too stands the extensive ruin of a castle - by the River Ewenny and the Stepping Stones over to Merthyr Mawr.
Ogmore Castle guards a major fording place into southern Wales, and sits on flat land rather than atop a ridge-crest where nature would have provided extra defence. From Ogmore, Welsh access to this Norman lordship was effectively barred.
Take your time here, relax a while and refresh yourself in one of the tea rooms by the river or enjoy a cool drink in one of the traditional local pubs. Or, should you wish to venture further, halfway along the heritage coast on a promontory with precipitous cliffs on the west stands the medieval St. Donat's Castle. In the 13th century St Donats was held by the de Haweys family who also had estates in Somerset and Dorset. In 1925 the Castle was sold to the newspaper millionaire William Randolph Hearst and it was commandeered for training of army officers during the war. Then in 1960 was taken over by an international school called Atlantic College, which is still thriving there today.
Court Colman Manor is the ideal place to stay and enjoy exploring the unique places of the region. And if you are looking for an ideal base for exploring such scenery then look no further than Court Colman Manor. Situated just outside of Bridgend, South Wales you can lose yourself in the calm tranquillity of the breathtaking landscape and many charms of this striking Georgian Country Manor House.
In spite of being just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the M4 motorway, Court Colman Manor Hotel feels a million miles away from hectic streets of Cardiff, the Nation’s Capital City, which makes our little piece of heaven in South Wales even easier to escape to for short breaks.