César award in 2003

‘An old rectory in an Arcadian setting in a beautiful valley’, Miles and Audrey Hunter’s small country hotel is close to the border with Wales. ‘A pleasant place with character’, the silver-stone former Georgian rectory stands in ‘enchanting’ gardens. Most of the ‘immaculate’ bedrooms have the view: ‘Our room had a lovely double-aspect outlook over the garden and valley; it had too much furniture as did the whole hotel.’ Four rooms in a converted coach house have a private stone-walled patio with outdoor seating. ‘Ours, in elegant contemporary style, was well equipped; the bathroom was state of the art.’ Tea and cake can be taken on the hotel’s terrace or, on cold days, in front of a log fire in the public rooms. ‘Little vases of sweet peas on the table were a nice touch’ in the restaurant, where ‘tables are tightly packed’. Chef David Morris cooks ‘lovely food’ on a daily-changing four-course menu which might include medallion of rare breed pork loin, Shropshire Blue cheese sauce, quince jelly. (David Birnie, Francine and Ian Walsh, Tara Varco)
  • This is a lovely hotel, where one is treated like a welcome guest. There are plenty of comfortable places to sit; but whenever the weather allows one would choose to sit on the terrace or in the beautiful gardens, looking across the valley into Wales. Our room was small, as we had been warned when we booked, but we had plenty of storage space, a well-stocked hospitality tray and a thoughtfully planned bathroom. The dinners are imaginative and varied. Breakfast buffets were inviting and the cooked dishes were excellent. We enjoyed reading the accompanying morning newsletter, with its suggestions for daily activities.

    Mary Hewson, 25/04/2016

  • We were pleasantly surprised by the nicely decorated, airy Coach House bedroom with great views and a whirlpool bath. Most of the towels were a little worn. Our bed was very comfortable. The meals were a clear highlight. They obviously have a talented chef. The food was generally delicious. Rump of Welsh veal with wild mushroom risotto and red wine jus was a delight. The selection of fruit at breakfast was one of the best we've ever seen. Cooked breakfasts were well cooked and tasty. Staff were always charming and very helpful. However on several occasions, they disappeared a few minutes before the end of the breakfast period which made it difficult get anything further. Evening meals were served quite quickly after ordering.

    Steven Hur, 02/11/2015

  • 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

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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


Rhydycroesau OSWESTRY Shropshire England SY10 7JD


01691 653700

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Further Information


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


all year except Christmas.


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

Background music

'quiet' light classical or pop in 1 lounge, restaurant in evening.


not under 3.


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

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[2015] per person B&B £66–£97, D,B&B £95–£130. Set dinner £40. 1-night bookings occasionally refused Sat.

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