The collection – with properties accommodating from 2 to 18 people – includes barn conversions, traditional miners’ cottages, converted watermills, windmills and grand country houses.
The selection options on the website allows the user to quickly identify specific requirements for a property, for example; a swimming pool or hot tub, child friendliness, coastal or rural location, historical importance, pets welcome, and local gastronomy, to name just some.
The programme also has a section on things to do in Wales, including details for walking, cycling and fishing, plus a listing of food festivals taking place throughout the year.
Rare Hideaways is the latest venture from Welsh Rarebits*, established over 25 years ago and now widely regarded as the quintessential guide to the best hotels in Wales with quality, hospitality, gastronomy and value for money at its core.
Comments Emyr Griffiths, Founder of Welsh Rarebits: “We were asked several years ago why we didn’t include upmarket self-catering properties in the Rarebits family and the answer back then was that they simply weren’t good enough.
“But in recent years standards have risen dramatically in the Welsh tourism market and we have travelled the country visiting hundreds of properties before settling on this priceless collection of gems.
“And self-catering needn’t mean picking up the key from under the doormat and being left to your own devices; that vital all-important element of hospitality that plays such a part in Welsh Rarebits continuing success – is also present in Rare Hideaways, with owners going that extra mile to look after their guests – a chef and catering staff can even be brought in if you’re planning a special event. We hope you enjoy discovering them as much as we did.”
Here are some examples of some special Rare Hideaways:
The Windmill (http://www.rarehideaways.co.uk/
Historic, Grade II Star-listed Llanfendigaid Estate (http://www.rarehideaways.co.uk/
Hall Farm Barn (http://www.rarehideaways.co.uk/
To receive a free copy of the new Rare Hideaways brochure visit www.rarehideaways.co.uk.
*The Rarebits collection also includes Great Little Places, a collection of smaller hotels, inns and guest houses. Continuing the theme that has proven so successful, Welsh Rarebits launched an online shop in 2012 – www.gourmetwales.co.uk (http://www.gourmetwales.co.uk/)