Good Hotel Guide Review
On the slopes of Pydew mountain, with views to Conwy Castle and the Snowdonia mountains, a 17th-century mansion in parkland and Arts and Crafts gardens, extended over centuries, is today a luxury hotel and spa. Owned by the National Trust, it is part of the Historic House Hotels group (see Hartwell House, Aylesbury, and Middlethorpe Hall & Spa, York). In comfy public rooms you will find blazing fires, ‘plenty of seating, nooks and crannies’, antiques and ancestral portraits. Some bedrooms have a four-poster. All have home-made biscuits and posh toiletries. If you bring your dog, go for one in the stone cottages above the parterre. ‘The grounds are lovely, with good walks along the terrace and up to an obelisk.’ Abdalla El Shershaby has now been promoted to head chef. In the beautiful dining room, his menus include dishes such as slow-cooked loin of Welsh lamb, herb gnocchi, broccoli, cream, Madeira sauce; herb risotto, glazed estate carrots, baby leek and asparagus. After a Welsh breakfast with local sausages, or a Loch Fyne kipper, you can zip down the Royal Welsh Way to Victorian Llandudno for a breath of sea air. (AB)
31. 16 in cottages, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant closed weekday lunch, house parties at Christmas, New Year.
hall, drawing room, library, bar, dining room (vegetarian/vegan menus), in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 220-acre park, spa (swimming pool), EV charging, ground floor wheelchair accessible.
no under-6s in hotel, or under-8s in spa.
allowed in some cottages by request (no charge).
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £225, singles from £200. Set-price menu £54.60–£69.30. 1-night bookings refused bank holidays.