As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to Gower, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of places to stay in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in south Wales.
Conjure up your perfect weekend on the coast. Do you want to stay in a fairytale house, a shepherd's hut, a converted barn, an old farmhouse? No problem, it's all on offer in Gower.
A warm welcome comes as standard on the peninsula, especially at our pick of the best hotels, B&Bs and self-catered properties. After all, you're going to need a good night's sleep and a big breakfast with all that exploring to do.
Worm's Head Hotel, Gower, Wales
A beautiful view over Rhossili Bay and every bedroom faces the sea.
There’s one standout reason to stay at the Worm’s Head Hotel, and that’s the insanely beautiful view out over Rhossili Bay. The sweeping beach, sunlit hills and the wreck of the HMS Helvetia stranded on shore will captivate you. Luckily there’s no need to fight for a room with a view, as all the accommodation here faces the lovely bay. Rooms are simply furnished but comfortable and there’s a pleasant restaurant, cosy bar and terrace downstairs. thewormshead.co.uk
King Arthur Hotel, Gower, Wales
The location of the King Arthur, in chilled-out Reynoldston with the moorland and the sea both a walk away, makes it a wonderful choice for a relaxed weekend away. kingarthurhotel.co.uk
Oxwich Bay Hotel, Gower, Wales
The wonderful restaurant is a real highlight, as are the friendly, smiling staff. The little details, from vintage radios to toiletries in the rooms, are well thought-out. oxwichbayhotel.co.uk
Parc le Breos House, Gower, Wales
The comfy, sumptuously kitted out rooms and the friendly yet luxurious common rooms make the whole experience like spending a weekend at someone's country retreat. parc-le-breos.co.uk
Tallizmand Guest House, Gower, Wales
A cosy and friendly atmosphere reins supreme and owners David and Anne can send you off with a packed lunch. gowerholidays.com
King's Head Inn, Gower, Wales
A 17th-century inn that is dog-friendly and serves homecooked food. Underfloor heating soothes walk-weary feet and your evening meal is only a few steps away. kingsheadgower.co.uk
Tir-Cethin Farm, Gower, Wales
A pair of luxury self-catering barn conversions surrounded by the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A perfect example of eco-luxury, this is also a fantastic base for everything from walking and pony-trekking to kite surfing. tircethinfarm.co.uk
Slade Barn, Gower, Wales
A woodburning stove and lots of oak features keep it cosy, whilst modern marble and granite make it feel sleek and contemporary. sladebarngower.co.uk
Hillside Farm, Gower Peninsula, South Wales
The Hillside Farm (Country Retreat) tents are sited in an orchard close by the farmhouse. Views stretch back across the AONB Gower Peninsular taking in scattered hamlets and rocky outcrops with 15 miles of glorious coastline to explore, dogs welcome. featherdown.co.uk
Pitton Cross Caravan and Camping Park, Gower, Wales
If you fancy a campsite stay but aren't too keen on sleeping under canvas there are pretty shepherds huts also available to hire. pittoncross.co.uk
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