We launched Welsh Rarebits, now acknowledged as Wales’s leading collection of quality hotels, back in 1985. It took another nine years before we realised that we were missing a trick. There was a definite gap in the market for smaller properties – B&Bs, farmhouses, inns, guest houses and small hotels – so we set about filling it with Great Little Places (GLP).
It wasn’t reinventing the wheel. We took the same underlying philosophy we’d used with Rarebits and applied it to smaller establishments. So GLP, like its big brother, became the byword for quality, welcome, character, warmth and hosts who go the extra mile for their guests.But we’re running ahead of ourselves. Our first brochure contained 30 properties. By today’s standards, it was a fairly straightforward affair – a listing of our members with a very brief run-down of major events in Wales on the inside back cover.
Nowadays, GLP has over 50 members. What’s more, we also feature over 20 foodie places throughout Wales that offer everything from honest-to-goodness home cooking to fine dining, traditional afternoon teas to buzzy bistro menus. What’s more, the guide has an expanded events lists plus information on food festivals, woollen mills and art galleries. We like to think it’s a complete hospitality package, aimed at travellers who prefer to think small when it comes to accommodation but have a large appetite for exploring all that Wales has to offer.
Like most respected guidebooks, the contents of GLP represent a personal selection. Membership of the scheme is by invitation only. If you think along the same lines as us, you’ll love Great Little Places.
So what do we look for when we selected our members? We looked for hosts with personality, enthusiasm and uncompromising informed awareness of the needs of today’s more discriminating travellers. We looked for characterful buildings, beautiful locations, houses with a sense of history, warm welcomes and relaxing atmospheres. We looked for comfortable accommodation and superior standards without snobbery or strained formality.
We appreciate attention to detail and those little touches – the fresh flowers, the fluffy towels, the log fires, the well-stocked libraries – that separate the best from the rest. Another great strength of the scheme is its variety, for with Little Places you’ll find quality in farmhouses or restaurants with rooms, country inns or coastal hideaways, B&Bs or guest houses.
If you would like to enquire about joining GLP contact Joanna Williams at our head office:
01570 470854 / 07572 590357 / firstname.lastname@example.org