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Nanteos Mansion just outside Aberystwyth, Ceredigion has announced a new discovery package for guests to explore the local area.

2019 has been named as the Year of Discovery by Visit Wales, inviting travellers to discover Wales in a new light. There are a number of themes during the year including Journeys of Discovery, Discover Culture and Discover Landscape. From April to June the theme is Discover Adventure, which includes encouraging adventure outdoors, stargazing and nature trails, all of which can be found on the doorstep of Nanteos Mansion.

The package from Nanteos in the starts from £325 per couple and includes a two night stay, bike hire to explore the local area, a packed lunch to enjoy, a cream tea for two, breakfasts on both mornings and 25% off when dining at yrEos restaurant during the stay. The hotel has dog-friendly and family rooms for larger groups.

Ceredigion has a wealth of activities and places to visit. Guests can use the hotel’s bikes or bring their own to explore the Ystwyth Trail, a 21 mile bike route directly from the hotel which follows the old Aberystwyth to Cardiff decommissioned train line. The route takes in Strata Florida, a former Cistercian monastery. The Nanteos Cup, said to have been used at the Last Supper, came into the possession of the Powell family of Nanteos Mansion, passed to them by the monks from Strata Florida.

For wildlife fans Bwlch Nant yr Arian has been a red kite feeding station since 1999, established to protect the small number of red kites in the area. Since then, the numbers have increased significantly and visitors can see red kites being fed on a daily basis.

The Barcud Trail at Bwlch Nant yr Arian offers a gentle stroll around the lake and gives visitors stunning views of the birds, or there is a bird hide overlooking the feeding area. There can be up to 150 birds at any one time, sometimes far more during the winter months. These are mainly local birds from within a 10 mile radius of the Visitor Centre.

For night owls, the Nanteos estate is a perfect location for stargazing. The countryside location has very little light pollution and for those keen to experience dark skies, the Elan Valley in Ceredigion, a designated dark sky area is approximately a 70 minute drive from the hotel.

Built in 1738, Nanteos is a beautiful 22-bedroom Georgian house located on a 30-acre country estate, five minutes from Aberystwyth in Ceredigion. The location means that guests can choose to explore the coastal scenery or immerse themselves in the local unspoilt countryside either on the estate or surrounding the hotel. The 30 acres at Nanteos consist of woodland and private parkland, the remains of the original walled garden, a lake, nature trails and an unusual pet cemetery dating back several hundred years.

The hotel’s 22 bedrooms offer heritage and a luxurious value for money. All bedrooms are unique with elegant décor and impressive views of the grounds. Tastefully furnished, bedrooms have plush king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms, TVs and small sitting areas. Each room has complimentary WIFI, tea and coffee-making facilities, homemade biscuits, water and fresh milk.

The discovery break is available until 31st October 2019.

To book a stay at Nanteos Mansion on 01970 600522 or by email at info@nanteos.com. Alternatively visit the hotel website at www.nanteos.com

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Notes to Editors:

Nanteos is a country house that happens to be a hotel. The building sits on the site of a house that dated back to 11th century, which can still be found with front door and windows still intact, in the cellars below the house. The flooring dates back to the 11th century with flagstones worn from the steps of previous inhabitants.

The building of Nanteos as it is now known, began in 1739 under the direction of Thomas Powell, MP for Cardiganshire. It was funded by the wealth of his wife Mary Frederick, granddaughter of Sir John Frederick, Lord Mayor of London. In its heyday the estate covered 33,000 acres.

Nanteos is known for housing the Nanteos Cup – supposedly made from the true cross, with the ability to heal those who drink from it. The cup is now housed in the National Library of Wales and a replica is on display in the hotel reception. It was originally put on display in 1878 by George Powell, owner of the Nanteos estate.

The house is full of antiques, original art and memories of past inhabitants such as the worn flag stones leading to the breakfast room. Many of the original features remain. These include the original kitchen complete with the range which is now the breakfast room.

Nanteos can be booked for exclusive use parties and weddings.

The Grade II listed Stables is now the Mews House, a self-catering property, adjacent to the mansion.

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