The Lake

César award in 1992

Built as a hunting lodge, later remodelled as a barium resort (the only one outside Germany), this half-timbered building stands in extensive parkland with a lake by the River Irfon. It is run by the owner, Jean-Pierre Mifsud, as a country house and spa retreat. He is 'very much in evidence in the drawing room and dining room in the evening', says a visitor this year, who 'warmed to the experience'. The decor and manner of service is traditional: there are three lounges, with antiques and paintings, sofas and armchairs. 'We enjoyed pre-dinner drinks in a very pleasant sitting room, which had interesting furniture.' The chef, Russell Stach, cooks modern British dishes, perhaps potted brown shrimp and Aberaeron white crab, caper mayonnaise; casserole of Brecon venison, rustic Swedish mash, game chips. 'Dinner could not be faulted.' The bedrooms in the main house have a country house decor ('but no hospitality tray or fruit - and only one armchair by the television'). Twelve more contemporary suites are in an adjacent lodge; they have an open-plan sitting room. The Lake is a member of Pride of Britain Hotels. (BW, and others)
  • The staff are always very welcoming, the rooms are fabulously comfortable, and if possible they will upgrade you. The food is generally very good and the service highly efficient whilst still remaining friendly. The situation is beautiful and walk round the lake and down along the river is a gem.

    Annabel Thomas, 02/03/2012

  • We enjoyed it. Good food. Nice rooms. We had some long walks.

    Andrey & Sara Kidel, 17/01/2012

  • We have stayed here about 12 times over the past four years. Consistently good. Fabulous setting in lovely grounds with great walks around the lake, along the riverside and through the woods. Small nine-hole golf course which is fun, plus tennis, crouquet and fishing. Spa with a hot tub overlooking the lake, and lovely treatments. Good food and friendly, efficient staff. Comfortable rooms - a lot of which have been refurbished recently to a very high standard.

    AV, 30/05/2010

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Local attractions

Powis Castle
This castle was originally built in the 12th century, and now has well-established gardens and parklands surrounding it.
Attingham Park
A mansion house with an atmospheric dining room set for an evening banquet, reflecting the Regency splendour of the original occupants.

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Contact Details

The Lake



01591 620202

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


30, 12 suites in adjacent lodge, 7 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


ramps, 3 lounges, orangery, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, spa (15-metre swimming pool), civil wedding licence, 50-acre grounds (tennis).

Background music



all ages welcomed.


allowed (£10 charge), not in public rooms.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £195-£260, D,B&B £245-£310. Set dinner £38.50.

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