Welsh Charm Shines in Top 25 Waterfront Stays – Chainbridge Hotel Bags 6th Spot

The Sunday Times has unveiled a list of the best places to stay by the water in the UK, showcasing some remarkable locations for water enthusiasts.


Topping the list is the luxurious coastal house, Hambleton Hall, situated in Rutland, East Midlands.

Hambleton Hall, Oakham, Rutland

The number one spot on the list belongs to Hambleton Hall, an opulent coastal house located in Oakham, Rutland.

With its prime position and stunning views, this elegant property promises an unforgettable stay for guests seeking a water-centric experience.

In addition to the English jewels on the list, Wales boasts its own aquatic gems, with two exceptional locations securing spots among the top 25.


One of these is the historic Chainbridge Hotel in Llangollen, Denbighshire.

Chainbridge Hotel, Llangollen, Denbighshire

The Chainbridge Hotel claims an impressive sixth place on the list, thanks to its captivating Victorian heritage and idyllic riverside setting alongside the River Dee.

Guests are treated to breathtaking views from their balconies, overlooking the fast-flowing and rapid-filled waters on one side or the serene Llangollen Canal on the other.

Having undergone extensive restoration and reopening its doors in 2015, the Chainbridge Hotel proudly holds the title of possibly the world’s oldest chain bridge.

From the comfort of their rooms, guests can enjoy panoramic views of several fascinating bridges, showcasing the area’s historical charm.


To add to the ambiance, steam trains occasionally chug past the hotel, creating a delightful nod to the Industrial Revolution era. Of the 33 rooms available, 20 are equipped with balconies, inviting guests to fully immerse themselves in the picturesque waterside setting.

Water-based activities, such as canoeing, abound in the vicinity, offering ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to revel in the aquatic wonders of the area.

The hotel’s restaurant, aptly named “the Chainbridge,” serves up hearty portions to sate the appetites of discerning travelers.

For those eager to experience the charms of Chainbridge Hotel themselves, room bookings start from £120 and can be made at chainbridgehotel.com.

A Canal Holiday: Monmouthshire and Brecon Canals

For travelers who find it hard to choose just one favorite waterside location, the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal network offers a delightful solution.


This charming waterway secures the nineteenth spot on the list, offering a unique holiday experience where accommodation floats upon the water itself, taking guests to multiple picturesque locations.

The newest narrowboats navigating the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal run on rechargeable lithium batteries, ensuring a serene and eco-friendly journey through the small towns and villages nestled in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

As guests meander through the waterways, they are treated to the soothing purr of electric propulsion, surrounded by the beauty of kingfishers, dragonflies, and red kites soaring above.

Charging stations are conveniently located throughout the canal’s route, guaranteeing a seamless and enjoyable journey.

For those enticed by this extraordinary aquatic adventure, self-catering stays for four can be booked for seven nights at a starting price of £1,211. For more details, visit castlenarrowboats.co.uk.



The UK’s diverse landscape is studded with exceptional places to stay by the water, offering travelers a range of enticing options to immerse themselves in the beauty of rivers, canals, and coastal vistas.

Whether guests seek the grandeur of coastal luxury or the tranquility of floating canal accommodation, these top-rated destinations promise unforgettable experiences, where the waterside becomes the perfect backdrop for cherished memories.

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