Traditional Georgian style and on-trend luxury go hand-in-hand, to create a seaside-Scandinavian vibe.
The famous pastel-painted architecture, sparkling harbour and burgeoning artisan food scene make Aberaeron a must-see. For over a decade The Hive Bar and Kitchen, owned by energetic brothers Rhys and Rhodri, boasts one of the very best locations on the quayside, and some of the very best honey ice cream in Wales. Now, they also offer some of the very best spaces to stay in, too.
Just over the road from the cheerful dining room and bar, where breakfast is served, is the three-storey corner plot of the brand-new Townhouse – a stylish renovation of an historic building into six modern suites with double aspect views over the waterfront.
Traditional Georgian style and on-trend luxury go hand-in-hand, to create a seaside-Scandinavian vibe. Luxe velvet headboards nestle against exposed stone walls and the marble vanity units sit well next to local artist Lola Champan’s contemporary artwork.
High-end fabrics in soft shades reflect the calming coastal light in all six rooms. For that special treat, try and book Cadwgan on the ground floor. The rich green velvety textures coupled with some clever indirect lighting add warmth to the exposed stone and compliment the slate of the toasty fireplace.
All room names give a nod to the town’s maritime and shipbuilding heritage. Vulcan, the top-floor, corner suite showstopper, not only has a quirky en-suite with monsoon shower, but also features a stunning copper roll-top bath with views over the harbour. The combination of hand-made furniture, a complimentary mini-bar that includes some of their legendary ice-cream, and a dreamy king-size bed, make this a space that’s hard to leave.
Buzzing eateries abound in and around the harbour, but the consistently excellent sister business, The Hive, is curated by the brothers and boasts the same attention to detail. The cocktails are to die for, critically acclaimed Cardigan Bay shellfish features daily and there’s a cracking wine list, so there’s no need to stray too far afield.