The Lake

César award in 1992

In a 'beautiful' rural setting by a lake on the River Irfon, Jean-Pierre Mifsud's country house hotel has a traditional ambience. Built as a sporting lodge, the half-timbered building became the only barium spa resort outside Germany. Kaiser Wilhelm II visited in 1912 (his signature is in the visitors' book). The owner is often found greeting guests in the evening; 'the staff are always welcoming,' said one visitor. Bedrooms in the main house are decorated in country house style with rich patterned fabrics; twelve suites in a new wing, each with an open-plan sitting area, have a more modern look; a room for wheelchair-users has been 'thoughtfully designed'. The three large lounges have plenty of seating, and are furnished with antiques, a grand piano, log fires, fresh floral decorations. In the formal restaurant, Darren Tattersall is now the chef; he serves a four-course dinner menu of modern dishes which might include Jerusalem artichoke bavarois; pork fillet, smoked belly, black pudding, creamed cabbage. A variety of treatments is available in the spa, which has a swimming pool and an outdoor hot tub. The Lake is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.
  • 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, 23/04/2015

  • 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, 02/03/2012

  • We enjoyed it. Good food. Nice rooms. We had some long walks.

    Andrey & Sara Kidel, 17/01/2012

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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

The Lake



01591 620202

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Further Information


31, 12 suites in adjacent lodge, 7 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


ramps, 3 lounges, orangery, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, spa (15-metre swimming pool), civil wedding licence, 50-acre grounds (tennis).

Background music



all ages welcomed.


allowed (£10 charge), not in public rooms.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £125-£260, D,B&B £195-£310. Set dinner £45. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.