Soar Chapel |
Luxury South Wales Guest House

Back in July, Sexy Hubby and I attended the Steelhouse Festival in Wales, headlined by Black Star Riders and Europe. We had the greatest of times and cherry on the icing, we managed to pick a fantastic B&B for our stay. Located in Beaufort (Ebbw Vale), Soar Chapel was formerly a Baptist Chapel, which has been beautifully turned into a luxury guest house.

Thanks to our Sat-Nav we easily found Soar Chapel and parked our rental car in the big car park leading to the rear entrance of the house. As soon as we turned the engine off, the door opened and we were warmly welcomed. Lovely first impression. We were then taken to our ground floor double bedroom. While not huge, there was more than enough space to circulate and for our luggage. I loved the unusual window over the bed; together with the other large window they made the room really bright. It was nicely decorated, with tea/coffee making facilities and bottled water, and to my delight we found a bedtime story on the duvet. The kind of attention to detail that makes a difference. The bathroom was spacious and modern, and prettily decorated too.

After settling in we made ourselves a cup of tea and headed for the little garden. We sat down on the wooden chairs and we must have been spotted from the kitchen window, as we were soon presented with freshly baked Welsh cakes. The perfect accompaniment to our cuppa; no doubt our two companions would agree!

We then explored the very large and airy guest lounge on the first floor, accessible via a grand wooden staircase. My photo only shows a small part of it, but everything was there to provide comfort and entertainment, from comfortable couches to a huge TV and magazines.

Breakfast was delicious and freshly cooked, with adjustment to various dietary requirements not a problem. In fact, I even received an email after booking our room covering that very subject. Sexy Hubby went for the full Welsh breakfast all three mornings and I have fond memories of the blueberry pancakes with vanilla sauce…

The owners were very friendly and always ready to help and answer any questions. In our case, giving us precise instructions on how to get to the nearest supermarket… Given the dismal weather forecast we had not brought sun cream and ended up having to buy some! I should also mention that WIFI is included. We had a bit of trouble with it, having to reconnect regularly for it to work.

Steelhouse Festival is already on our “to do” list for next year. Now we just have to make sure we book a room at Soar Chapel in time.
Soar Chapel Luxury South Wales Guest House - Welcome
Soar Chapel Luxury South Wales Guest House - Double Bedroom
Soar Chapel Luxury South Wales Guest House - Bedtime Story
Soar Chapel Luxury South Wales Guest House - Staircase
Soar Chapel Luxury South Wales Guest House - Guest Lounge
Soar Chapel Luxury South Wales Guest House - Sexy Hubby Tea In Garden
Soar Chapel Luxury South Wales Guest House - Katia Funkywellies Tea In Garden
Note: This is not a sponsored post. We truly enjoyed our stay at Soar Chapel and I therefore decided to write about it.




Summer |
Douceur De Vivre In France

It looks like summer is over… As I sit in my study typing this post, fat raindrops are crashing against the window and it feels as though the cold is seeping in. So much so that I have wrapped my cream-coloured pashmina around my neck.

Luckily, the memories of our fortnight in that little corner of the South of France that we love are still fresh, as we came back on Saturday night. Together with cups of chai tea, these reminders of a gentle way of life are warming me up…

 Restaurant La Voile Blanche - Plage des Ayguades - Gruissan

Our dinner on the beach, next to the inviting lounge area
and several imposing Buddha statues.


Cimetière marin de Notre Dame des Auzils Ange Chapelle de Notre Dame des Auzils

Another excursion to the poignant Notre-Dame des Auzils.


 Dubonnet advert in Gruissan

This very old advert for an aperitif, spotted during a date night
with Sexy Hubby. Funnily enough, the same advert was mentioned
in the book I was reading, set during the Second World War.


 Le Salin de l'Ile Saint-Martin - Gruissan

Le Salin de l’Ile Saint Martin, displaying the most fabulous
colours. More to come about this interesting place.


 Colourful open Jeep selection

We pondered whether or not to get one of those,
but it probably requires permanent residency in the south !


 Plage des Chalets - Gruissan - 37°2 Le Matin - Betty Blue

We went to the Plage des Chalets, where the French movie
37°2 Le Matin (Betty Blue) was filmed.


Medieval city of Carcassonne Old house in Carcassonne

We of course felt compelled to pay the fabulous
Cité de Carcassonne another visit and caught up
with the painter Zanda again.


 Barberousse Tower and Lagoon - Gruissan

On our way to the market or to dinner, Sexy Hubby
never missed the opportunity to tell us how much he would love
a home with a terrace offering views over the deep blue lagoon
and the mysterious Tour Barberousse.


 Sunrise over the sea

Always a highlight of the holidays for me…
The sun rising over the sea.


 Early morning beach walk with the dog

Cute Doggy and I are missing our early
morning walks on the beach. A lot.

What was your summer like?