Pen-y-Dyffryn

César award in 2003

'The setting could not be better' at this silver-stone building with views of 'beautiful countryside' and the Welsh mountains. Once a Georgian rectory, the small country hotel, on a hillside 100 yards from the Welsh border, is owned by Miles and Audrey Hunter. 'The young, local staff are very helpful without being over-attentive,' says a visitor this year. There are fresh flowers in the public rooms, and a log fire on cold days; in good weather, tea and cake may be taken on the terrace. Most of the 'delightful' bedrooms - 'spotless' and simply decorated - have the views; those in the coach house have a private stone-walled patio with outdoor seating (ideal for dog owners). 'Our coach house room had a smart bathroom with a pleasant spa bath.' The restaurant has white linens, huge, south-facing sash windows. Long-serving chef David Morris's 'very good' daily-changing four-course menus have 'succulent, well-cooked' local lamb and beef. Special diets can be catered for. Breakfast has a generous buffet with pastries, meats, cheeses, fresh fruit; a 'perfectly poached' smoked haddock. 'Excellent local walks.' (Guy Dehn)
  • It's the sort of place that attracts - and retains - loyal returning guests. Qite difficult to find, but lovely: flowers everywhere, beautifully kept gardens surrounding an old stone rectory that blends into the hillside, peaceful countryside all around. New arrivals are welcomed with cream tea on the terrace. Inside there are two lounges with comfortable armchairs, newspapers and books, bowls of fruit marked 'please help yourself', notes about local walks - why would anyone want to leave? Our bedroom was fine, with an enormous,very comfortable bed, plenty of storage and a well-equipped bathroom with a spa bath. There were beautiful views across the valley into Wales, and across the gardens. Dinner was no disappointment - from the perfectly-flavoured canapés, through the amuse-bouche of asparagus velouté with truffle oil, to imaginative starters, beautifully presented main courses (the Welsh lamb is incredibly tender) and on to desserts which looked too good to eat. We slept soundly and enjoyed a very good breakfast - again, excellently served by attentive staff. The daily hotel newsletter was a pleasing touch. One of the nicest places we've stayed in.

    Mary Hewson, 22/07/2015

  • Highly recommended. We had the Garden Room, overlooking the lovely grounds.The views into Wales from the terraces are superb. The service in the lovely dining room is excellent, as is the food. Very relaxed, comfortable; very good value.

    Tara Varco, 29/08/2014

  • Our second visit in a couple of months - we enjoyed it so much the first time. Great food, excellent walking (plenty of information provided if you don't have your own map) straight from the hotel. We liked our room in the Coach House so much the first time that we asked for it again. The gardens around the hotel are superb. Thoughtful, friendly staff who have a good understanding of service.

    B.S., 30/06/2014

  • The setting could not be better. In our coach house room the bed was comfortable, the bathroom was smart and digital. There is an excellent selection of local walks. The young local staff are pleasant but not over attentive. The food was very good.

    Guy Dehn, 17/09/2013

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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

Pen-y-Dyffryn

Rhydycroesau OSWESTRY Shropshire England SY10 7JD

Telephone

01691 653700

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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

Bedrooms

12, 4, each with patio, in coach house, 1 on ground floor.

Open

all year except Christmas.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, 5-acre grounds (summer house, dog-walking area), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

light classical in evening.

Children

not under 3.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms, not in public rooms after 6 pm.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2014] per person B&B £65-£95, D,B&B £90-£130. Set dinner £39. 1-night bookings occasionally refused Sat.

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