Take your lead from the locals beating a path to the door of this ‘handsomely refurbished’ 19th-century coaching inn: there are ‘very good scones, elegantly served on pretty china’ at the renowned afternoon tea, say trusted reporters this year.
Approached via quiet lanes bordered by hedgerows and dark-limbed trees, Jean-Pierre Mifsud’s Victorian hunting lodge-turned-country house hotel stands in extensive grounds stretching to a lake on the River Irfon.
At the end of a mile-long drive through ‘lovely surroundings’ of rolling pastureland, Chris and Lisa Hutton lay on an ‘absolutely perfect’ welcome at their ‘striking Victorian pile’ in ‘handsome’ landscaped gardens.
Built over 50 years, from 1925, by Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion, the Italianate village, grew up behind this Victorian mansion, now a hotel that ‘combines old-world touches with stylish modernity’.
Across the park and the River Taff from Cardiff Castle, the service guests receive at this stylishly refurbished Victorian town house hotel is positively royal: a butler, personal chef and chauffeur-driven vintage Rolls-Royce are at the ready.
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