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Places to Stay in Cardiff If you want to relax, unwind and forget about the stresses of every day life then head out into the Welsh countryside and make the most of the vast choice of country houses on offer.

Situated in 17 acres of woodland overlooking the Vale of Glamorgan is the aptly named Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel [map], which means 'Whispering Wood' in English. For those feeling a little energetic there is an outdoor heated swimming pool, all-weather tennis court, nine-hole golf course and plenty of woodland to explore. The luxury bedrooms, which are individually decorated and furnished, come complete with a mini-bar, television and tea and coffee making facilities, while the award-winning restaurant serves a good range of modern cuisine.

If you’re looking for a rural retreat in lavish surroundings, then try the New House Country Hotel [map], a Grade II listed building dating back to 1795. Set on the outskirts of Cardiff with views over the Vale of Glamorgan, the hotel has been wonderfully restored to offer a mixture of old-world elegance and modern comfort. The city centre is only 15 minutes away, and with both golf and fishing available near the hotel, it is the perfect place for those who want to combine countryside pursuits with city entertainment.

For a relaxing golfing break why not head to the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel, Golf and Country Club [map] in the Hensol Park area. Once part of a 17th century country estate, this stylish hotel set in 280 acres of private parkland and is just 20 minutes drive from Cardiff city centre. With 18 and nine-hole courses, the hotel specialises in golfing holidays but there are plenty of other leisure facilities too, including tennis, squash, swimming pool and a gym to keep non-golfers happy.

If a lakeside setting is what you’re after then check into the Copthorne Cardiff hotel [map], which has stunning scenery to help provide a peaceful escape from the bustle of the city centre. Rooms are spacious with great facilities as well as bathrobes, luxury toiletries, complimentary reading material, chocolates, satellite TV and in-house movies. The hotel also boasts a fitness club, pool, bar, childcare facilities, 24-hour room service and parking, making it easy for guests to relax and recharge their batteries.

Built in 1998, the Village Leisure Hotel [map], four miles from Cardiff city centre, is part of a new chain that combines luxury hotel facilities with a health and leisure club. A 25-metre pool takes pride of place in the hotel, but there is also a cycle and jogging track and a golf course to keep you busy during your stay. The hotel also boasts a restaurant, 24-hour room service, fitness club, sauna, whirlpool, jacuzzi, and beauty salon.

For something a little different head to the Greendown Inn Hotel [map], a charming 15th century pub with huge bay windows, exposed beams and stonework set in leafy, rural location in the Vale of Glamorgan. Cardiff city centre is only ten minutes away and all the rooms have en suite facilities TV, phone and tea and coffee making facilities.

Other top country getaways include St Mellons Hotel [map], west of the city centre, which offers the ideal setting for a relaxing break, for business and leisure visitors alike. There is also the Egerton Grey Country Hotel [map], a former 19th century rectory set in seven acres of private gardens that opened as a luxury hotel in 1988. This hotel is beautifully furnished with a wealth of antiques and paintings, while the bedrooms feature Edwardian bathrooms and open fireplaces.

You could also try Manor Park [map] in the picturesque Thornhill area, which has proved a big hit with both business and leisure visitors. The hotel's grounds include a hard tennis court, while all rooms have en suite facilities, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a telephone.

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