Good Hotel Guide Review
Set in 220 acres of parkland, this antique-filled Elizabethan mansion has plenty to impress, from the oak-panelled hall and 13th-century tower to the modern spa and ‘lovely’ gardens. ‘We much enjoyed the splendidly furnished public rooms, the hall, lounge and library with bound volumes of Punch,’ write trusted readers. ‘The view from the dining room to Snowdonia is remarkable.’ As you would expect in a Grade I listed building, there is no lift to the country-style bedrooms, some with a four-poster. ‘Our superior double was reached by 34 steps, and was huge, with an enormous bed. The bathroom, down a flight of steps, had all one might reasonably desire.’ Some rooms are in cottages overlooking the 17th-century parterre, and in converted outbuildings. Food service was slow even at breakfast, though it brought ‘ultimately admirable kippers’, and ‘the staff were universally friendly’. When booking a package, be sure you know what is offered. ‘The £50 dinner allowance covered two courses but not three.’ The cooking is ambitious, but at the time of writing a change of chef is imminent, so we await reports. (Anthony Bradbury, and others). This hotel is a member of Pride of Britain.
The Royal Welsh Way
31. 16 in cottages, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant closed Mon and Tues lunch.
hall, drawing room, library, bar, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 220-acre park (gardens, croquet, tennis), spa (swimming pool), ground floor wheelchair accessible.
no under-6s in hotel, or under-8s in spa.
allowed in some cottages by prior arrangement.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £190–£450, double £215–£510, D,B&B double £290–£600. À la carte £66. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.