The Lake

‘It’s like going home,’ writes a regular Guide reader this year, who considers Jean-Pierre Mifsud’s country house hotel ‘a regular haunt’. More

Contact details

The Lake
Llangammarch Wells
Powys
LD4 4BS
Wales
01591 620202
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

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

Open

all year.

Facilities

3 lounges, orangery, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, spa (15-metre swimming pool, restricted hours for under-16s), civil wedding licence, 50-acre grounds (tennis).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, no under-8s in spa.

Dogs

allowed (£10 charge).

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £195–£260. Set dinner £45.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘It’s like going home,’ writes a regular Guide reader this year, who considers Jean-Pierre Mifsud’s country house hotel ‘a regular haunt’. The 19th-century hunting and fishing lodge stands in extensive lawns stretching down to a lake on the River Irfon. Inside, find inviting sofas and armchairs amid antiques, paintings and original features. The ‘comfortable’ grand lounge, with fresh flowers, up-to-date magazines and views across the lawns, is just right for bara brith at afternoon tea. Fans praise the ‘superb’ staff: ‘The young team are great fun and all very pleasant.’ Choose among traditionally styled bedrooms (up a ‘creaky old staircase’) in the main house, and more contemporary accommodation in the purpose-built lodge. In the evening, settle into the ‘first-class’ dining room for new chef Stephen Crichton’s modern Welsh menus, perhaps mushroom risotto, Parmesan, hazelnut cream; fillet of mackerel, beetroot, oyster. A ‘good’ breakfast is served in the modern orangery: smoked fish, a selection of cereals, a full Welsh with laver bread. Northcote Manor, Burrington, England (see entry), is under the same ownership. (Richard Morgan-Price, Michael and Pauline Bastick). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

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Special offers

Escape plus champagne

Two night stay in a luxurious suite. Indulge in a four-course dinner each night followed by a Welsh breakfast each morning. You will receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne in your room. The package is priced at £450. Break excludes Valentine’s weekend, Royal Welsh Show Week, Christmas and New Year.
To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide.

10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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The Lake
Llangammarch Wells
Powys
LD4 4BS

Guest comments

'A pleasant place with comfortable public rooms and very obliging staff. Our bedroom was in an annex about 40 yards from the main house across a courtyard. It was a decent size and well appointed. The bathroom was also large. It was quiet and reasonably dark at night. One plus for me was that they provided blankets rather than a duvet. The food was very good. There was a choice of four each of starters, main dishes and desserts. Service at table was a bit slow (maybe too many staff were off for the Christmas holidays). The dining room was pleasant and breakfast was good. ' - Dr Antony Griew - December 2015
'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 - January 2012

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