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BLOG | January 21, 2020

The patron saint of Welsh lovers doesn’t wait for February

… she’s ready to rekindle romance just when we need it, in the heart of chilly January.  With Christmas long gone and Spring still in the future – Santes Dwynwen reminds us that we still have our true love to keep us warm.


But who was Santes Dwynwen? She was a beautiful fifth century princess from the Brecon Beacons, who having been denied her true love, Maelon, prayed to forget him. An angel gave Dwynwen a potion to forget and turned Maelon to ice! Dwynwen was given three wishes, with the first she thawed her true love, with the second asked that true lovers would achieve their dreams and with her third – that she herself would never marry. Her wishes were granted and in thanks Dwynwen founded a convent off the coast of North Wales.


We’ve got 5 perfect places to say ‘dwi’n dy garu di’ (I love you) three weeks before St Valentine’s gets around to it!

Wooden Heart – visit the Lovespoon Gallery in Mumbles and choose a uniquely Welsh way to say ‘I love you’, with a hand-carved wooden Lovespoon.




Romancing the StoneThe Gower Peninsula has some lovely moody and mysterious locations for a romantic stroll. Take your King Arthur or Guinevere for a country walk up to the mystical Arthur’s Stone.

Feed your Love – treat your love to a special St Dwynwen’s Day inspired dinner, with three Welsh-inspired courses created by the award winning chefs at the Oxwich Bay Hotel.





We Propose Rhossili – could wild and windswept Rhossili, be our most romantic spot? It’s certainly a popular spot to pop the question and as this is a leap year – why wait for 29th February? St Dwynwen would approve!

Melt their Heart – Wrap up warm for a winter stroll along the Gower Coast Path then cuddle up in a cosy café with a hot chocolate – don’t forget the whipped cream and marshmallows – it’s a special occasion after all!