Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

César award in 1988

A ‘beautiful house in pretty gardens’, this Grade I listed 17th-century mansion has a ‘stunning outlook’ over Snowdonia. It is managed by Matthew Johnson for Historic House Hotels, who run it for the National Trust. ‘The staff are extremely friendly,’ says a visitor in 2015. ‘We never had to wait to be served; room service was almost instantaneous.’ There is a ‘warren’ of public rooms which have oak panelling, portraits; ‘pretty fresh flowers’. Each of the sitting rooms has an open fire. In the dining room (‘simple, again an open fire’), ‘the food was superb’. John Williams has returned as head chef. The separate bistro is closed but is due to reopen in 2016. ‘Our smallish bedroom had a chintzy decor; excellent shower pressure in the spacious bathroom, which was up a few steps.’ A ‘lovely, large room with a four-poster bed’ had ‘a glorious view over the grounds’. Cottage suites cater for families (children must be over six). ‘Spa facilities are excellent: an unusually large swimming pool, and a full range of treatments’: pre-booking may be required. (Tanya Howes, Stephen and Pauline Glover). Bodysgallen Hall and Spa is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.
  • It has not changed one bit in the 20 years we have been going there and that is how I hope it stays. The rooms (we had a cottage suite this time) are immaculate, a tiny bit tired around the edges, but it’s like going to stay with a favourite relative. The bathrooms are a little dated, but functional and immaculate. The sofas are comfortable and the place is warm, quiet and peaceful. WIFI is intermittent depending on where in the room you stand (the building is ancient, with thick walls) but it worked. Some may find it a little formal, but we dressed up, dined in the super dining room for five nights (menu altered a bit which was kind), drank gallons of fair-priced wine. Loved it! The staff are super-riendly, super professional, immaculately turned out. Nicolette, the restaurant manageress has been there 35 years, and service is slick! Superb (not huge) pa.

    Richard Morgan-Price, 07/11/2015

  • We were upgraded to a lovely large room with four-poster bed and glorious view over the grounds at the back of the hall. No tea/coffee making facilities in the room, which we initially thought very unusual, but on reflection realised it was part of the traditional country house expectations: room service was very prompt, friendly and efficient - much appreciated first thing in the morning. Spa facilities are excellent, with an unusually large pool (50’) for a hotel, and a full range of spa treatments on offer for a thoroughly relaxing break. Wonderful peaceful gardens and views.

    Stephen & Pauline Glover, 16/01/2015

  • A place for a quiet luxury break. We found it impressive and hospitable. Helpful, friendly staff.

    Pauline and Stephen Glover, 12/03/2014

  • What a beautiful old house, so well maintained, ditto the gardens. Staff were friendly and efficient. We were upgraded to a large and well appointed room, with a bathroom down a short flight of stairs. Bed very comfortable. Food was good, we especially enjoyed our cream tea on the lawn in the sunshine, with a view.

    Robert and Shirley Lyne, 09/03/2013

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Local attractions

Snowdonia
The national park surrounding the highest mountain in Wales, covering 830 square miles of rugged scenery.
Conwy Castle
A dark stone, medieval fortress at the heart of a walled town.
Stratford-upon-Avon
Birthplace of Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Contact Details

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

The Royal Welsh Way LLANDUDNO Wales LL30 1RS

Telephone

01492 584466

Further Information

Bedrooms

31. 16 in cottages, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year, restaurant closed Mon lunch.

Facilities

hall, drawing room, library, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 220-acre park (gardens, tennis, croquet), spa (16-metre swimming pool).

Background music

none.

Children

no children under 6 in hotel, under 8 in spa (set swimming times).

Dogs

allowed by arrangement in some cottages, not in bedrooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £159–£195, double £179–£265. Dinner £49. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.