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Exciting, intriguing and fascinating, our collection of unique places to stay encompasses castles, chateaus, palaces, villas, monasteries, convents and more..
At Historic Hotels of Europe, our primary aim is to give our guests the very best experience during their stay. We operate to exacting standards of hospitality and service, offering fine dining and the very best in modern luxury.
But we also see ourselves as custodians of each of our 400 properties, spanning 11 countries. Each has been handpicked for their historical architecture - and the incomparable stories they encompass.
Run meticulously by those passionate about Europe´s historical heritage, our growing collection of hotels continues to provide unforgettable, authentic experiences.

Our Members

Our unique structure - we represent 11 member groups - means our properties remain independent, while operating to our shared vision of being guardians of the stories and places of the past, as well as hosts of the present.

Welsh Rarebits

Welsh Rarebits

My name is Emyr Griffith. Welsh Rarebits is no ordinary hotel collection. I make no apologies for the fact that the personal approach is the one that works for me. I am passionate about hotels which offer high standards, not just in food and surroundings, but in that all-important third dimension - that elusive quality variously defined as atmosphere, ambience or, best of all, Croeso, the Welsh word for welcome.

Welsh Rarebits is a collection of luxury hotels, boutique hotels and country house hotels in the stunning scenery of Wales. Whether you want a romantic short break, a golfing break or a walking holiday there is a unique and luxurious hotel for you here in Wales.

The 43 members of Welsh Rarebits are personally selected by me. There is a meeting of minds because they too specialise in the personal approach - the kind of personal service which the charm schools of the big corporate hotels find impossible to provide.

It's a rare quality, but if you look hard enough you can find it at many different types of accommodation - which explains why Welsh Rarebits members include historic inns as well as Wales's top country house hotels, restaurants with rooms together with stylish resort hotels. It's this variety that gives Welsh Rarebits its unique character - and presents you with an unrivalled choice. With the help of this website, you can pamper yourself for a few nights in luxurious surroundings, then choose a more modestly priced place safe in the knowledge that you can still look forward to that rare Rarebits welcome, not to mention a commitment to excellence.

Emyr Griffith

Contact info

Welsh Rarebits, Tyglyn Aeron, Lampeter, SA48 8DD, Wales, United Kingdom
Tel:+44 01570470785 Fax:+44 01570470790,
Email :

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has been elected for the period 2015 - 2017:
  Mrs. Barbara Avdis - Contact by email
  Founder of Yades Greek Historic Hotels, Greece
  Mr. Claes Livijn
  Chairman of Countryside Hotels, Sweden
  Mr. Kenneth Healy
  Hotel Owner and Board Member of Ireland´s Blue Book, Ireland  
  Mr. Mike Morgan
  Hotel Owner and Chairman of Welsh Rarebits, Wales

400 Independent Historic Hotels in 12 European Countries