Once a 16-bedroom hotel: now a 6-bed luxury B&B
There’s space deluxe at Castell Malgwyn following its conversion from a large hotel to a spacious and luxurious B&B, halving its capacity and doubling its space.
Until recently Castell Malgwyn has been home to four generations of the same family, and now it’s open on a limited basis to a small number of guests. Only eight themed guest bedrooms are now in use, and only four at any one time. This gives everyone a huge amount of personal space.
The house itself is a treasure trove of pictures, sculptures and objet d’arts. Fun, quirky and unpredictable, people are invariably delighted by this unusual smaller stately home in Pembrokeshire.
Castell Malgwyn exudes warm family friendliness and hospitality. Your hosts do not use booking agencies as they value the personal touch. For that reason, no more than eight guests are invited to stay at any one time and this, in turn, preserves the atmosphere of a much-loved family home.
Guest rooms are in the North Wing and consist of two larger rooms with bathrooms and sitting areas, two smaller rooms with en-suite showers and a suite with a Jack and Jill bathroom and a children’s’ twin bedroom. The Wifi only extends to the communal areas, but all guest bedrooms have flat-screen TVs and hospitality trays.
Guests are welcome to use the music room, morning room, formal Georgian dining room and library and are invited to share a breakfast table with the hosts or dine in one of three separate spaces. Unlike many Wolsey Lodges, Castell Malgwyn does not go the full English breakfast route: breakfast here is a healthy range of Continental options, including warm croissants, pains au chocolate, brioches, toast, Danish pastries, charcuterie and cheese, jams, yoghurt, muesli, orange juice and fresh fruit with coffee or tea.
There is ample car parking space and a lovely forty-minute walk from the front door down the famous River Teifi to Cilgerran, with its romantic castle overlooking the gorge. JMW Turner painted this in 1798, and it hangs in the Tate.
The lawned gardens, listed in their own right, are a particular feature of Castell Malgwyn, which used to be the home of Miss Lily Gower, four-time winner of the All-England (sic!) Women’s Croquet Championship. She was one of only three women to have won the Open Championship (in 1905) and she would even now recognize her croquet lawn: it’s still used for the same purpose today. There are a further eight acres of formal gardens completing the grounds.
Your hosts are dog owners, so two of the rooms are dog friendly and have wooden floorboarding, all the others are close carpeted.
Photography by Heather Birnie.
Castell Malgwyn suggests:
Castell Malgwyn is no longer licensed. Guests are not just permitted to bring their own bottles, but actively encouraged to do just that.
- Building of Historical Interest
- Children by Arrangement
- Disabled Access
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Electric Vehicle Charger
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Packed Lunch
- Bird Watching
- National Park
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Places of Historical Interest
- Water Activities
- Wild Swimming
Price per room, per night based on two sharing, including Continental breakfast
Smaller rooms - £130
Larger rooms - £160
Suite £140 - £170 depending on occupancy
Dog charge £20 per visit for one or two dogs
Beautifully set on the River Teifi, Castell Malgwyn is in a wonderfully rural location. Cardigan, with its choice of places to eat, is only five minutes drive away and Poppit Sands, one of the most beautiful of all Wales' sandy beaches, is a few minutes further. It's perfectly placed to explore all of Pembrokeshire and the West coast of Wales, with castles and monuments galore, but many guests choose instead just to relax and enjoy their immediate environment.
"Fabulous house, beautiful location & amazing hosts. My best friend got married there at the weekend, and it was spot on from start to finish. The owners are fascinating & delightful, the staff great at their jobs and I left feeling much more relaxed and happy than when I arrived. Always the acid test for any experience. The icing on the cake was Chris's back story & exquisite life-time collection of art, that anyone can enjoy for free and includes an eccentric explanation by the curator himself - Chris. Try it, if you enjoy it as much as we did then it's a no-brainer!"
Many, but all dating back to its days as a hotel, including AA four star accommodation and 3 Rosette Dining Room (now closed).
Chris and Nicky Mason-Watts
- Bio : Your hosts at Castell Malgwyn are Chris and Nicky Mason-Watts, both lawyers, although Chris has now retired, and they have been welcoming guests to Castell Malgwyn since 2017. They moved to West Wales thirty years ago and have never regretted their decision, having brought up their four children and innumerable dogs in this beautiful unspoilt corner of Wales.