Pen-y-Dyffryn

In a ‘gorgeous’ setting, ‘blending into the hillside’ just yards from the Welsh border, Miles and Audrey Hunter have run their ‘lovely’ small hotel for nearly 30 years. More

Contact details

Pen-y-Dyffryn
Rhydycroesau
Oswestry
Shropshire
SY10 7JD
England
01691 653700
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Hotel 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, in-room TV (Sky), 5-acre grounds (summer house, dog-walking area), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in evening in bar and restaurant.

Children

not under 3.

Dogs

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

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per person B&B from £68, D,B&B from £97. Set dinner £41. 1-night bookings refused Sat.

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a ‘gorgeous’ setting, ‘blending into the hillside’ just yards from the Welsh border, Miles and Audrey Hunter have run their ‘lovely’ small hotel for nearly 30 years. ‘It’s the sort of place that attracts – and retains – loyal returning guests.’ Visitors praise the ‘charming’, ‘helpful’, ‘friendly’ staff and the ‘superb’ food. The 19th-century stone rectory is surrounded by a ‘beautifully kept’ garden; inside, newspapers, books, notes about local walks and a bowl of fruit are on hand in the ‘comfortable’ lounges. New arrivals are welcomed with cream tea on the terrace. Bedrooms vary in style and facilities. ‘We were pleasantly surprised by our airy, nicely decorated Coach House bedroom, which had great views and a whirlpool bath.’ ‘We slept soundly in our enormous bed.’ (One caveat: bedlinen and bedside lighting ‘could be improved’.) ‘Perfect canapés, imaginative starters and beautifully presented main courses’ – perhaps ‘delicious’ pan-fried scallops – please restaurant diners. ‘Tasty, well-cooked’ breakfasts are worth waking up for. (Carol Heaton, Mary Hewson, Steven Hur, F and IW)

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Pen-y-Dyffryn, Shropshire, Autumn Special Offer

Stay for dinner B&B for two or more nights between now and December 17th and obtain a 20% discount from our full rates, a four course dinner each night, and complimentary tea and scones on arrival. We are also running a 10% discount from our in-house spa treatments during this period. Prices start from £87.00 per person per night dinner B&B. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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Pen-y-Dyffryn
Rhydycroesau
Oswestry
Shropshire
SY10 7JD

Guest comments

'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 - April 2016
'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 - June 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 - June 2014
'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 - September 2015

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Tourist 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.