Guest Houses

Negotiating the castle walls


Van Mansion also known as Castell y Fan or Y Fan is a 500-year-old mansion set on the outskirts of Caerphilly just north of Cardiff. Restoring a listed building doesn’t come without its snags. Bill Lumley speaks to Christine Tallon who tells of the switch from City rat race to luxury country dream

Rising to the challenge


No amount of hospitality experience can ever prove to be quite enough to absorb the initial shock of opening up your own B&B and welcoming in your first guests. Bill Lumley talks to Alex Johnson, co-owner of four-bedroom Crickhowell Ty Croeso