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5 of 5 bubbles Review of The New White Lion

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The New White Lion
Ranked #4 of 13 Llandovery B&B and Inns
Mumbles
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“Will be going back very soon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

Have just got back from a one night stay at The New White Lion. It is not often that we agree with every facet on reviews previously written about hotels. But WOW this place has it with bells on. It's difficult to know what to say as previous reviewers have said it all. One word of warning....if you have plans for the following day keep away from the house red as it is so moreish you will just keep going as we did. We never did get to the Antique Fair in Builth Wells, which we had planned for the next day! The ambience generally encourages guests to socialise. Definitely a place to revisit. Thanks to David and Lizzie for making our stay so enjoyable.

Room Tip: We stayed in The Lady of the Lake, which was lovely. It only has a shower but that was what we wante...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 22 September 2013
Thank you for your lovely review and so glad you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us - was great to have you! You are correct, the house red is very moreish and often has alot to answer for at breakfast the next morning - I just hope your grand daughter was understanding about the stamps..Hope you come and visit see us again soon. Kind Regards Kathryn and David
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trace1804
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Our stay at The New White Lion couldn't have been more lovelier.

Having arrived late in the evening after a long drive from London, we were welcomed by David who, after showing us to our room, had kindly kept the kitchen open for us so we could have some late dinner. The B & B also runs an (extremely well stocked) honesty bar in their lounge (which is perfect for chilling in) I need to pay a return visit just to sample the endless bottles of gin available!

Our room, was super cute with lots of lovely touches. Huge bed, amazing shower & round spa bath but still maintaining the boutique country vibe. From the Clarins products to the toffees by the bed, everything had been thought of. David also went to the trouble of putting our own champagne on ice in the room along with some truffles, nothing was too much trouble for him.

Breakfast was equally as lovely with so much choice, I highly recommend the secret sticky sausage sarnie :) We never felt rushed or in the way during our whole stay and David was pretty much the perfect host.

My only complaint is that we couldn't have stayed longer :)

Thanks so much for making the start of our week in Wales so bloody lovely David, our best wishes to you & to Kath.

Tracey & Phil x

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. It is so great when guests notice and enjoy the little touches we add to try and make The New White Lion that little bit extra special. Really hope you come back and visit us again soon and hopefully stay a little longer - we may even have a few more Gins waiting for you to sample. Kind regards Kathryn and David
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

I seriously mean that, I've been lucky enough to stay in some very nice places but this ranks up there with the best. It was an all in great experience from start to finish. This weekend was our mini-moon having got married a week prior, on arrival our host David had left us a bottle of champagne to celebrate, a really nice touch. We arrived late on a Friday night and he accomodated us with a truly amazing dinner, an amazing cook. If you stay here do not eat anywhere else as I enjoyed the food here as much, if not more than anywhere else I've eaten while away on holiday. The room (Vicar Pritchard was lovely and really nicely furnished. Also the lounge area was so nice we sat there trying to steal ideas to furnish our own own, the honesty bar is a nice way relax and unwind. A must stay place, top marks.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you chose to spend your special break with us and that you enjoyed your stay so much! David is so very passionate about his cooking and it is great when guests thoroughly enjoy it - so lovely when he is asked for the recipe or two so guest can relive the food again when you get home. Really hope you will come to visit us again soon - David may even have a few new recipes for you to try! Kind Regards Kathryn and David
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

We stayed for a one off night at the New White Lion at the last minute to break up the trip from West Wales to the Cotswolds. I found the New White Lion on Mr and Mrs Smith and we were delighted with our experience there.
David is a superb host and found just the right balance between welcome conversation and allowing us the space we needed to enjoy the lovely hotel.
Our room was decorated beautifully (we stayed in William Williams) and plenty of nice touches made us feel really at home there (a jar of rhubarb and custard sweeties and plenty of Clarins goodies) although we spent most of our time in the lounge area where we enjoyed plenty of house wine from the honesty bar and gorgeous chocs, to boot.
Although we didn't dine with David, we did enjoy an amazing - and plentiful - breakfast so if this is anything to go by I'm sure that dinner will be an experience!
Some lovely touches (Jo Malone room sprays and candles) dotted around make this is a beautiful, relaxing retreat. Would definitely recommend.
Thank you for your hospitality and our very best wishes to you and Kath.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Thank you for your lovely review and it makes us so pleased when guests really enjoy the extra little touches we make. Hope you had a great time in the Cotswolds and that you stop in and visit us again when you are on your travels in the future. Kind Regards Kathryn and David
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

.....then go to the New White Lion.

I could go on and on about the welcoming hosts, the fabulous food, the beautiful room ( we stayed in Lady of the Lake), the great honesty bar, the cosy sitting room which gives you that 'at home' vibe the moment you walk through the door, the other lovely guests you get to meet who appreciate quirky luxury .... but I won't do that - it wouldn't do justice to the New White Lion.

Don't ponder. Just go, enjoy the vibe, the excellent service and the quaintness of Llandovery. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. It is great when guests really get exactly what the New While Lion is about - quirky Luxury is a brilliant way to describe it! So sorry that the weather wasn't better for you but glad it didn't dampen your stay - hopefully you'll come and see us again soon and the sun will be shining (although don't hold me to that!). Kind Regards Kathryn and David
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Matlock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

We booked to stay at the New White Lion as it was recommended by my son who had recently stayed and was very impressed with the accommodation and fantastic food and we were looking for a quite break.
I have to say we were not disappointed our room was tastefully decorated and very comfortable
Our hosts Kath and David were great and made us feel welcome as soon as we arrived
We had a fantastic evening meal cooked by David who I must say is a top chef and a late night drink in the lounge (they operate a honest bar) were you our trusted to pay for your drinks a very nice gesture indeed.
Breakfast was excellent with fresh fruit yogurt followed by a very tasty full English or should I say Welsh breakfast.
The village itself is small and at the time of our stay midweek very quite the local pub was friendly and the views of the area were stunning
Highly recommend to anyone looking for a luxury quite break

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 31 August 2013
Thank you for your lovely review and it makes me feel very good whenguests 'get' what is The New White Lion, I accept that we do get a little help from Jo Malone but the cooking smells are all due to David. It was an absolute pleasure having you to stay, just like having family but you paid you bill Regards Kathryn and David
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

....and I've stayed in a few! We came to the New White Lion for a couple of nights at the start of a week away in Wales and I cannot praise it highly enough.
The room (Lady of the Lake) at the top of the house was lovely, all floorboards and shabby chic decor - the bathroom was snug but very clean and fully stocked with lovely shampoos etc. All round the house were Jo Malone candles and room sprays (nice touch for me, I LOVE Jo Malone!)
We ate there both nights and the food was sublime - David is a culinary genius! Also lovely honesty bar with a great selection of drinks.
We used our days to go walking in the Brecons and unfortunately we were pretty unlucky with the weather - but Kath met us on our return with a cup of tea and aired out our sodden socks on the radiator...above and beyond given the state of us....
All in all it was the loveliest stay - we were so impressed and would like to thank Kath and David for making our trip fantastic and looking after us so well.
Charlie and Owen x

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 6 September 2013
Thank you for your lovely review. It is great when guests eat with us and really appreciate David's cooking. Such a shame about the weather but luckily you didn't let it put you off exploring the beautiful Brecon Beacons - helping guest to dry out and recover after a wet walk in Wales is all part of the service and just glad we could be if help! Hopefully you will come back and visit us again soon - we will even put a request in for some sunshine (no promises though...) Kind regards Kathryn and David
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Property: The New White Lion
Address: 43 Stone Street, Llandovery SA20 0BZ, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Carmarthenshire > Llandovery
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Llandovery
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NOW BACK UNDER PREVIOUS MANAGEMENT ( MAY 2016) The New White Lion at Llandovery continues the long tradition of giving warmth, friendliness, comfort and tasty sustenance to travelers passing through. The six en-suite-bedroomed family guest house has been lovingly restored giving it a traditional feel with a contemporary twist. The bedrooms have all been influenced in design by local folklore with stylish materials, finishes, furnishings and props all being carefully hand-selected to convey an individual essence to each room and help heighten guests enjoyment and appreciation of the local area itself.a stylish guest house that provides great comfort, delicious homemade food, considerable style and local historical insight all in equal measure.Refresh and re-invigorate yourself with the great Welsh outdoors or simply indulge in our comfortable, homely surroundings.a little luxury... in the heart of Wales. ... more   less 
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