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“Excellent Stay” 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
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
“Excellent Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

Just returned from a two night stay and had to write a review. The hotel is simply brilliant. We loved the detail of the decor which made us feel like we were staying in Kath and Dave's home rather than a generic hotel. Kath and Dave are so welcoming that it is impossible for you to not feel welcome during your stay. The food was fantastic and nothing was too much trouble. We are already looking forward to our next visit. If you are in the area then this hotel is a must stay.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Thank you for your lovely review and it was great having you to stay, you were very easy guests and it is like home from home but with staff and a gin bar. Hope to see you again soon Regards Kathryn and David
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

We stayed here for the royal welsh show. The food is fabulous, worthy of any city restaurant. The hospitality is second to none and the feel is home from home ( with great decor, food and service) even the toiletries are clarins! Just go visit :)

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Clare H
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 26 August 2014
Thank you for your lovely review and it was great having you to stay and it is good for us to get up to do early breakfasts. The gin bar is great as you can taste without having to buy the bottle which saves you money really.Hope to see you again soon Regards Kathryn and David
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

And so for my third visit to The New White Lion......this time for a week with my 18 year old son with emphasis on walking The Gower Peninsula. Luckily this was a glorious week in terms of weather. Llandovery looked glorious with the sun bringing out the best of everyone. Such a friendly town and so nice to sit outside cafés and relax. The Gower Peninsula is a good hour's drive from The NWL but I prefer to stay at a hotel and town of known quality rather than take risks. Also I had quizzed David prior to booking and his great knowledge of the Peninsula was to be invaluable. I'm beginning to take Kath and David's warm welcome for granted and this visit was no exception......almost like old friends. Beautiful and clean rooms, excellent food and one of the most relaxing living rooms with an honesty bar to shame most pubs. My son is vegetarian and was imaginatively catered for. The emphasis of this trip was on the walking and thank David so much for his help planning our days out. He even insisted on setting our sat nav ensuring everything went to plan. Wonderful to return exhausted each evening after challenging walks on such a beautiful stretch of Coast. Thank you Kath and David you certainly deserve your numerous five star reviews.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank nhawkwind
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 20 August 2014
Thank you for your great review. It is always great when guests come back to visit, like old friends coming for the weekend. Hope to see you again soon Regards Kathryn and David
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Mullingar, Ireland
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49 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

....a bit off the beaten track in a fairly featureless town, whatever is lacking in the foregoing is certainly made up for in the quality of this property and the welcome from it's fantastic and fascinating hosts. Pull up a chair, open a cold beer and relax and enjoy this gem...

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank JohnnyGdotie
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 8 August 2014
Llandovery may not be a jumping joint but the natives are friendly and we really enjoyed having you to stay. Come and see us again soon Regards Kathryn and David
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130 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Kath & David are the perfect hosts. They manage to tread that fine line between making you feel like long lost family without being overbearing. For example, instead of a welcome cup of tea David served Pimms. He joined us for a chat before leaving us to enjoy the beautiful lounge. We felt immediately at home.
The rooms are superb, very stylish but comfortable and the Clarins toiletries were divine.
David is an accomplished chef and we had a memorable meal.
The honesty bar is a very nice touch too, the free mixers were generous. It adds to the overall feeling of being very welcome. If you are a gin or vodka lover, you will be spoilt for choice with a great array of local and international spirits.
We left reluctantly after an amazing breakfast, but not without a complementary box of David's home made Granola.
It is worth coming to Llandovery just to experience the New White Lion. We will be back.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank PixieE69
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 8 August 2014
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and all the extras that we feel makes it like home but with staff. Hope to see you again one day soon Regards Kathryn and David
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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

I can't really fault The New White Lion, it is just a great little hotel. It is stylishly decorated throughout and the lounge is especially comfortable. The food is very good and the honesty bar would put quite a few bars to shame. The owners David and Kathryn are wonderful and nothing is too much trouble for them. It's the perfect place for a couple of days (or longer) rest and relaxation.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank mancr13
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 5 July 2014
Thank you for your lovely review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, it does help when the sun is shining which believe it or not it does quite often. Hope to see you again soon Regards Kathryn and David
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here for two nights from the 27th of June. We both left wishing we could have stayed for a week and we're already trying to book another trip! We've both travelled around a lot and stayed in a lot of hotels but this was miles better than anywhere we've ever stayed anywhere in the world. We couldn't fault a single thing.
David and Kathryn were easily the best thing about the hotel. We'd just come in the door and they'd taken our bags, given us a hugely warm welcome and had us sitting down with a drink in our hands. We felt chilled out and at home immediately and left feeling really refreshed and happy. They were really attentive and friendly and it was just lovely to sit down and have a chat and a drink with them. They have thought of *everything*.
As lots of other reviews have said, the Honesty Bar is perfect and adds to a really, really relaxing stay. There is wifi there if you need it but we both avoided phones for the weekend and relished being remote and having no reception!
We ate here both nights during our stay because the food was so good, and absolutely amazing value for money. We could have gone out but I doubt we would have gotten anything half as good anywhere else.
The decor was stunning - very charming and romantic and every room was comfortable and had character. If you're looking for somewhere remote and relaxing I can't recommend it highly enough - we've stayed on the Welsh coast a lot, which is always lovely of course but I think given the choice we'd come back here ten times over. The place is a real gem.
David helped us find lots of walks in the area. If you don't mind driving a little bit you're right on the edge of a lot of stunning, rugged Welsh treks. In fact you're spoilt for choice - I think you'd need to make several trips to see them all.
Overall, the stay was perfect. I doubt we'll stop raving about it for quite a while and we'll be back as soon as possible!
Ellen & Marcus

Room Tip: We stayed in the Physicians of Myddfai room and it was beautiful.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Emc C
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NewWhiteLion, Owner at The New White Lion, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
It was great having you to stay and thanks for the glowing review. It was great that you took full advantage of the house to chill out but also managed a walk or two and then you certainly deserved a glass from the bar. When we have time, it is lovely to sit and talk to guests even though David may go on a bit about Sensible Dave Granola. I do hope that you can visit again soon and thank you again 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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The New White Lion Llandovery, Wales

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