In the midst of January, St. Dwynwen’s -Welsh Valentine’s weekend – is a breath of fresh air. It’s a chance to celebrate the most romantic date in the Welsh calendar and where better to do that but in a romantic setting such as the Faenol Fawr Country House Hotel. Whether you fancy a meal for two or a weekend away from it all, we’ll provide the perfect backdrop, menu and service!
St. Dwynwen was a 4th century Welsh princess who lived in what is now the Brecon Beacons National Park. Dwynwen was unlucky in love, so she became a nun and prayed that true lovers have better luck than she did.
Dwynwen was the prettiest of King Brychan Brycheiniog’s 24 daughters. She fell in love with a local lad called Maelon Dafodrill, but King Brychan had already arranged for her to marry another prince. Maelon took the news badly, so the distraught Dwynwen fled to the woods to weep, and begged God to help her. She was visited by an angel who gave her a sweet potion to help her forget Maelon, and turned him into a block of ice.
God then granted Dwynwen three wishes. Her first wish was that Maelon be thawed; second, that God help all true lovers; and third, that she should never marry. In gratitude, Dwynwen became a nun, setting up a convent on Llanddwyn Island, a beautiful little spot on Anglesey. Her name means, ‘she who leads a blessed life’.