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About us

The word ‘hotel’ does little justice to our unique collection of castles, palaces, villas, monasteries, convents and other ancient treasures. At Historic Hotels of Europe, we handpick dream properties in captivating destinations across the continent, all inspired by millennia of prosperity, charm, intrigue, romance and cultured creativity.

Choose from an eclectic range of more than 400 enticing stays, dotted across 11 incredible countries. You’ll find that each of our hotels provide exceptional standards of hospitality and service, boasting fine dining and the very best in modern luxury while championing Europe’s historical heritage. 

Our aim is to give you that ‘something special’, a genuine, one-of-a-kind experience. It could be living like a lord or lady at a 16th century manor, or a spa-based bliss on a Mediterranean island. You could crave a quaint townhouse among the cobbled paths of an old city, or dream of a grand hotel in the Alpine air. Explore our collections and discover the quirks, drama and fascinating stories behind these luxurious stays, both past and present. 

Our Members

We know how important a hotel’s independence is to you. Every one of the 11 member groups we represent shares our vision: being custodians of each historic property and guardians of the stories and places of the past. As well as authentic architecture and incomparable tales, our independently-spirited hotels are superb 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 : info@rarebits.co.uk
Website: www.rarebits.co.uk

Board of Directors

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

400 Independent Historic Hotels in 12 European Countries