As we all look forward to lockdown restrictions gradually being relaxed, we can begin to make plans to welcome visitors into and around Bridgend County.
So what better time to plan a visit to explore the beaches, dunes, towns and valleys that make Bridgend County one of Wales’ top visitor destinations.
To make sure that visitors will be able to enjoy Bridgend County safely, many of our businesses are officially ‘Good To Go’ – this means they’ve achieved the UK mark to signal that they have worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and have processes in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
Here’s an insight into just some of the Bridgend County businesses that have already become part of the ‘Good To Go’ family:
Camping and touring sites
- Brodawel Camping & Caravan Park - A peaceful family park set in beautiful open countryside within a mile of the beautiful and quite dramatic Glamorgan Heritage Coast. On the edge of the ancient village of Nottage, it is perfect for walkers and cyclists, surfers and families.
- Our Welsh Caravan & Camping - Nestled at the river’s edge on a working sheep farm surrounded by Welsh woodland, this site offers standard, serviced and family pitches. Easy access to many mountain bike trails and also the Sustrans Celtic Trail.
- Pentre farm - A listed farmhouse set upon the Welsh hillside. Peacefully tucked away within the fringe of a historic village, lovingly restored with a mix of exposed stone and original beams enhancing its character and warmth. Pentre Farm is just a short distance from Maesteg an archetypal valleys town, alive with the traditions of music and mining history and now a playground for thrill seekers.
- Ty Tanglwyst Holiday Cottages - Four cosy self-catering holiday cottages located on a 120-acre working dairy farm. Enjoy fresh farm produce, help feed the young calves and enjoy beautiful walks through the 25-acre ancient woodland just south of the farm.
- Stay Wales - Penyfai Lodge is a beautiful well decorated spacious property on the Welsh coastline of South Wales.
- 19 Mary Street - A modern, fresh and fuss free accommodation right in the heart of Porthcawl. Singles, doubles, family room and deluxe studio, all just a short walk from Porthcawl’s shops, restaurants, pubs and beautiful coastline.
- Ballas Farm Country Guest House - A modern guesthouse, set in the countryside, yet within easy reach of J37 M4 and the A48. We have 4 rooms all with en-suite facilities, one is a large family room which accommodates up to 4 people and has a large bath room, with separate shower and roll top bath.
- Best Western Heronston hotel and Spa - This modern hotel boasts a range of rooms including standard and superior rooms and suites, has leisure facilities with indoor heated pool, sauna, spa pool, steam room, gym and a Hotel Spa and is situated only minutes away from the Glamorganshire Heritage Coastline.
- Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel - Idyllically nestled amongst flourishing Welsh woodland, The Coed-Y-Mwstwr Country Hotel in Bridgend is the kind of escape weekday desk-huggers spend their days dreaming about. Fill your lungs with clean air without sacrificing any luxurious home comforts as we strike a perfect balance between town & country.
- Court Colman Manor - Nestled at the foot of the Garw Valley, but just a few minutes’ drive from the M4, Court Colman Manor is a peaceful retreat offering stunning period features, award-winning Bokhara Brasserie (officially the best curry restaurant in Wales)
- Hazelwood Guest House - Hazelwood offers six en-suite bedrooms, a discrete dining room and lounge area housed in a conservatory. Residents also have access to the carefully tended garden which is set in 2.5 acres of natural parkland alongside the river, where licenses are available to fish the Ogwr. The guest house area has been designed to be completely separate from the home, so whilst you can expect a friendly welcome, you will also be afforded the privacy and freedom you would expect from a small hotel
- Olivia House - Offering exclusive and stylish accommodation in a unique recently refurbished Edwardian townhouse, Olivia House is just a short walk from the picturesque Porthcawl promenade and its numerous cafes, bars and restaurants.
- Rose and Crown - Nestled at the heart of Nottage village, The Rose and Crown is housed within a beautiful, traditional stone built inn. You’ll enjoy stunning views of the village green and beyond, as you relax in our rooms which have been furnished with comfort in mind. Luxury beds, well-appointed bathrooms and rooms packed full of the charm and character you would expect of a historic village Inn. Many of the 11 bedrooms enjoy spectacular views of the green.
- Seabank Hotel - On Porthcawl’s seafront, the Seabank Hotel is an AA 3-star rated property on the south Wales coast. Its en suite rooms are joined by a bar & restaurant, with rooms offering beautiful views out across to the Devon and Somerset coast.
- The Great House Hotel & Restaurant - A beautifully restored historic hotel that was a gift from Queen Elizabeth I to the Earl of Leicester. Award-winning Leicester's Restaurant holds two coveted AA Rosettes and was twice named Country Restaurant of the Year.
- Adventures Activities - Try our centre based activities here in Porthcawl. We can offer family staycation mini breaks suitable for a wide age range from 7 upwards, and with activity prices ranging from £20.00 pp There is something for everyone.
- Bushcraft Adventures - Established in 2013, Bushcraft Adventures offers female-led activities such as firelighting, shelter building and their own take on Bushtucker trials. You can also test your aim with outdoor archery or even try your hand at axe throwing.
- Cressey’s Surf Academy - South African pro and former Welsh National surf coach Ingemar Cressey and his team offer a variety of beginner, improver and advanced sessions for locations in Bridgend County and across South Wales.
- Porthcawl Surf School - Operating out of Rest Bay’s striking new water sports centre, Porthcawl Surf School are regarded as one of the best in the UK. Beginner lessons start at £30 and include tuition, wetsuit and surfboard.
- Quest Adventure Activities - Outdoor activity specialists offering bush craft & survival, Gorge Walking, Mountain Trekking and Orienteering, Rock Climbing and Abseiling, Kayaking, Surfing, Multi activity days, Hen & stag and Corporate Events.
- Rest Bay Bike Hire - Located at the Rest Bay Watersports Centre, Rest Bay Bike Hire offers adult and child mountain bikes to help you explore the local area on two wheels, or you can rent fat bikes and head out onto the surrounding beaches and dunes.
- Wild Spirit Bushcraft - Wild Spirit offers a wide range of bushcraft and woodlore courses, varying from a day-long introduction, to the more demanding four day bushcraft survival. Visitors can also try woodland and coastal foraging.
- Bryngarw Country Park - Set in over 100 acres of glorious parklands, Bryngarw Country Park offers wildlife, native woodlands, formal gardens and a wide range of fun activities and facilities for the whole family to enjoy.
- Parc Slip Nature Centre - Parc Slip Nature Reserve itself is an area of 300 acres containing a fantastic mix of habitats such as grassland, woodland and wetlands, restored from its previous status as an opencast coal mine.
- Ewenny Pottery - A small pottery that has been in the same family for over eight generations. They continue to make beautiful hand thrown pottery for use in the home. Visitors are welcome, the family can be viewed practising their craft.
- Coney Beach Amusements - Spend a traditional day at the funfair next to the sea overlooking the spectacular Heritage Coast. Funfair rides, slot machines, rides, fish and chips... in fact everything for a fun filled day out.
- Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club - Glorious views and historic associations adorn this undulating course with its natural hazard of hillocks, valleys and towering dunes. However serious the game, time must be made to appreciate the panoramic views. The Bristol Channel, the Gower Peninsula, Sker House and the magnificent Welsh Mountains can all be seen from various points.
- The Grove - Porthcawl's parkland course boasts spectacular views across the Bristol channel. A challenging course for golfers of all abilities, with the lake coming into play across three fairways.