“Perfect wedding day in stunning Brecon”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 13 October 2015
Although i've already thanked the castle staff face to face for our wonderful wedding day I feel compelled to write a review here too.
Before our wedding day I was extremely upset and disheartened at reading some of the negative comments left by guests of previous weddings on trip advisor. If writing this review allays the concerns of one bride or groom then it will have been worth it. (Review in question is included lower down - together with management response - Ed).
We ensured that our guests knew which room was reserved for them and how much it would cost months in advance, allowing them plenty of time to book or make alternative arrangements if they chose to do so. We also gave guests the option of utilising the nurses quarters, this prevented any confusion and suited a range of budgets and worked very well for us.
In the lead up to the wedding we were assisted by Donna, who was always friendly and down to earth. She provided helpful advice, always answered our questions and made us feel very relaxed. I had planned everything in fine detail and Donna was more than happy to listen to our requests and saw that everything was just right.
The welcome at Craig Y Nos on our wedding day was great, and we loved seeing all our guests milling around the beautiful courtyard with their welcome drinks.
When we walked into the conservatory for our wedding breakfast the scenery was breathtaking. The food was great, tasty meat, a thick hot soup to start, vegetables and gravy were plentiful too.
We found the staff to be relaxed, friendly and helpful. They went about their clearing duties without interfering with our speeches too (which was quite difficult seeing as we had so many!)
As for the evening party, we had a fantastic time. The pork baps went down a storm (although there could have been more salad and pasta provided). Everyone enjoyed the relaxed party atmosphere. All of Craig Y Nos' recommended suppliers were fantastic, especially the DJ who kept the party going. The bar staff were great too, although another member of staff at busy times wouldn't go amiss.
The rooms were great and we filled the whole castle, which was so lovely to be able to have all of our friends and family stay. Breakfast in the morning was amazing, good quality, hot and plentiful. We thought the welsh cakes were a fab touch! I didn't expect the dining room to be laid out so well for breakfast, it was beautiful, that was a really nice surprise.
As with any place small improvements could be made, but don't let these put you off. For instance we preferred to have paper towels in the bathrooms as opposed to towels for people to dry their hands, so we brought our own. To us the most important part of the wedding was the ambience of the venue and the people there.
At the end of the day Craig Y Nos is a castle, if you want 5 star luxury and fine dining then this may not be the place for you. But if you want somewhere with bags of welsh character, and a fun, relaxed wedding with exclusive use of a magnificent castle in stunning surroundings then look no further.
As noted by others, the castle is a work in progress and I for one can't wait to come back in the future to see the progress (I hope the toilets near the theatre are the next thing to be renovated to the same standard as the ones near the conservatory).
Our wedding day was everything we hoped it would be, we only wish we could do it all over again!
I really hope the castle continues to thrive so we may visit for years to come.
Stayed August 2015
4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 October 2015
Attended a wedding at this venue-was a magical day beautiful setting,we sat outside a lot as the weather was beautiful, the Wedding ceremony was conducted by a lovely man who spoke in Welsh and English a lovely touch, the wedding breakfast was in the conservatory it was amazing, staff were lovely food was excellent, the evening party was set up in the big function room - would recommend this venue to anyone thinking of a place to get married
Stayed October 2015
“Wedding of our Dreams (13/09/2015)”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 25 September 2015
My husband and I got married at Craig y Nos Castle on Sunday 13 September 2015. It was easily the best day of our lives and that was down to a number of factors; one of which was definitely choosing the perfect venue.
We had booked exactly 1 year before with Donna and she was a constant source of help throughout. She was always available to answer any of my questions and I definitely felt that we were given the possibility to have our wedding exactly as we wanted it.
We had already stayed at the Castle for 2 nights in January 2015, so we were aware of the lovely rooms, great food and wonderful staff, which was all reflected in our wedding.
I stayed at the castle the night before with my bridal party in the nurses block when another wedding was on in the main part of the castle and it was a fun way to begin the wedding excitement. The nurses block is a great space for groups. The one proviso I will add for readers is that there is not great signal at the castle and unfortunately the wifi is not great. But that is because it is a castle in the middle of no where! Whilst it was not great for some people (especially my 12 year old brother and sister) after a while it was kind of nice (plus the wifi is better when less people as there).
On the day of the wedding, Donna made sure everything was exactly how we planned. The day ran very smoothly and everyone was very happy. We were blessed to have glorious weather in the afternoon and as a result, have the most beautiful pictures on the grounds. I must stress however, that the inside of the castle is so beautiful that if it had been raining (as it did later on!) we knew we still would have had lovely photos.
The staff were lovely and helpful throughout and everyone commented on how good the food was. My husband and I stayed a second night and enjoyed another lovely meal with our friends and were well looked after by Wendy. We had a fantastic 2 night stay in the bridal suite which is a majestic room and were even gifted a bottle of bubbly by the castle (which did not go unappreciated).
I literally cannot stress enough how brilliant the castle is, both as a hotel and a wedding venue. Yes, it is an old castle and not a new-build 5 star hotel, but it has so much character and fantastic staff who genuinely care and are very friendly. The castle's cat Fluffy is also another reason why it is simply the best place we have ever stayed in (if you can find her!)
We hope to stay at the castle again very soon and will visit every year to relieve the happiest day of our lives. (gush)
Room Tip: the bridal suite is amazing!
Stayed September 2015
5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 September 2015
My daughter got married here and the whole family stayed here the place was lovely the rooms were nice all different clean,tidy and a nice size we had a room in a court yard which comprised of 2 large rooms one with double bed and one room with sofa bed TV tea and coffee. The grounds are really nice and a great base for walks around Brecon Beacons wish we had stayed longer to explore the area more. Staff worked very hard to make our stay and the wedding day really special would highly recommend this venue very good value and a lovely place.
Room Tip: Some rooms had nice roll top baths others only a shower
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Stayed September 2015
4 of 5 starsReviewed 24 August 2015
Attended for a friends wedding last week, we stayed overnight -room was fabulous - theatre loft, all very clean, tea and coffee available, the food was amazing -sit down wedding breakfast, evening buffet and lovely cooked and continental breakfast and the staff were excellent -very helpful and friendly -will certainly be booking to go back, feels like a family run business.
Stayed August 2015
5 of 5 starsReviewed 21 August 2015
We were in a party of about 60 people and I can honestly say that the experience was magical. The ceremony was wonderful in the little theatre and the conservatory setting for the wedding breakfast was light, roomy and had stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Although the weather was cloudy and wet, the mists added to the romantic atmosphere. This venue is quirky and full of character. Please take time to read the book about the history and the renovations, which describe the huge effort put in to renovating a truly character building. Our bedroom was large, very clean and modern. We appreciated the roomy bathroom with a great shower. All the meals we had were excellent and the staff worked hard to make us comfortable and welcome. All-round - amazing!
Room Tip: There is a big one with disabled facilities on the ground floor and a self catering apartment that o...
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Stayed August 2015
“Amazing wedding! July 2015”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 19 August 2015
We celebrated our wedding at the castle in July 2015. From the moment we booked the wedding (just over a year before the date) our wedding planner, Donna, was fantastic - answering my endless bridezilla questions quickly and patiently. On the big day, she ensured the whole day ran super smoothly, although her presence was never intrusive. The day was completely stress free, as Donna and her team handled everything so efficiently, like for example, transferring props and flowers from one room to the next as the day progressed.
Nearly half of our guests stayed at the castle both the night before and the night of our wedding. We had so many positive comments about the venue and the food - with the exception of one, who has already written a review - although these guests did not stay at the castle on either nights.
The food at the wedding breakfast was lovely and service was very good. Likewise, the evening buffet and morning breakfasts were also very good and plentiful.
The rooms that we and our families stayed in, were very nice - certainly not 5 star, but the castle doesn't profess itself to be. For our guests who stayed for the 2 nights (Thursday and Friday) the rates were very reasonable - £150 (I think!!) bed and breakfast for 2 nights.
The only small negative about the venue, is the poor internet/phone coverage. This resulted in my hairdresser being unable to call and therefore find me on the morning of the wedding for nearly an hour, as no-one was at reception when she arrived. Clearly the internet/phone reception is not in the castle's control, but it may like to consider having a member of staff available a little earlier when they are hosting a wedding.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Craig Y Nos as a wedding venue. We had an amazing day and the part that the venue and the castle's staff played in that, was significant. Thank you Donna and your team!
Stayed July 2015
“My Daughter's Wedding.”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 8 August 2015
We held the wedding reception for my youngest daughter in Craig y Nos on August 7th 2015. We live only 20 minutes away, so were quite well acquainted with the location anyway. Donna, the Wedding Co-ordinator, is a gem - my wife wanted to arrange things so-so, as all "Mothers of the Bride" do, and anything my wife asked for, or wanted to do, was met with the fullest aid and co-operation by Donna and her staff. The meal was excellent, the service beyond criticism, the environment of course on a sunny day (and ours, thankfully, was!) is perfect for outdoor photography. We cannot express our gratitude enough for the way in which our reception was handled. It was an example to all who run such events. And to cap it all, when we visited next day to tidy up, Donna told us that the tab which we had left behind the bar hadn't all been used, so we have credit there! - That's the cream on the coffee! - Oh, nearly forgot - had breakfast next morning - buffet style, plenty of everything for a "Hungry Horse" like myself. Again, only praise.
Stayed August 2015, travelled with family
5 of 5 stars Value
5 of 5 starsReviewed 31 July 2015
First went to look at this place in 2014 as a wedding venue. We liked it because it is quirky and unique and is in a lovely location. The rooms are lovely and most have been renovated and there was ample room for guests to stay.
We couldn't have picked a better place forvthecwedding which took place in July this year as the service, reception and evening reception were all in one place and you have exclusivity of the whole castle.
The place has a lot of history and is stunning for photographs as you also have access to the country park.
The staff are very accommodating especially Donna who went out of her way to make the day go as smooth as possible.
The breakfast the following morning was exceptional and lots of choice.
If you want to stay in a place away from your normal run of the mill hotel then this will definitely suit you - whether it be as a wedding venue or a short break to get away from it all. Ideally located for walks in the Brecon Beacons and stunning views.
Room Tip: The bridal suite is lovely and spacious with a great bathroom and room 21 has a lovely bathroom.
Stayed July 2015
“ENJOYABLE HISTORIC BREAK”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 16 July 2015
Arriving at Craig Y Nos Castle considerably earlier than expected for a family wedding, we made our way to reception where we were surprised and delighted that a room would become available for us within the hour. We had expected the room to be available three or four hours later in the day, so this earlier availability was hugely appreciated.
Check in was efficient and pleasant. Our allocated room was ideal. Clean, spacious and fully fitted with a safe, walk in shower suited for those of us with mobility issues and other disabilities. The room offered tea and coffee making facilities and two comfortable beds, one double and the other a single. Furnished with period like chairs and chest it suited the atmosphere and complimented the modern room. A large screen TV is positioned on an upper wall, ideal for watching TV in bed.
The wedding was excellent with a great opera theatre used for the wedding ceremony itself and then a conservatory type room for the sit down meal. All went very well with nice surroundings appropriate for the atmosphere, with the added bonus of enjoying the occasion in a historic building like this and with wonderful views over the adjoining grounds and park.
Later in the evening there was live music and a buffet which took place in the bar area and adjoining function room. Once again this all went very well, staff was pleasant and helpful during the wedding lunch and the evening buffet.
The following morning, breakfast was very good with a choice of traditional cooked breakfast with the lighter Continental breakfast also available.
Mobile phone signal is next to impossible in the castle and surrounding grounds. Wi Fi is not offered in rooms or public areas at the time of this visit.
Within the castle grounds you can enjoy pleasant walks and take in the national park which all adds to the enjoyment of staying at Craig Y Nos Castle.
It is worth remembering that this is an old and historic building, it is ornate and different to the norm. With a number of interesting features this is something different and special. The owners are restoring the castle and this is an on-going project, this never bothered us and it wasn’t inconvenient for us but others appear to have found it a surprise that the castle is not a concrete holiday inn type hotel. It is a big, spacious castle, furnished appropriately for that purpose.
Room Tip: Ground floor rooms for those with mobility issues.
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Stayed July 2015