The Lake

Cocooned in ‘lovely, peaceful grounds in glorious countryside’, Jean-Pierre Mifsud’s ‘welcoming’ Victorian country house hotel continues to offer an enjoyable bucolic break. More

Contact details

The Lake
Llangammarch Wells
Powys
LD4 4BS
Wales
01591 620 202

Hotel information

Bedrooms

32. 12 suites in adjacent lodge, 7 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 24-26 Dec.

Facilities

lounge, bar, restaurant, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), spa (15-metre swimming pool, restricted hours for under-16s, no under-8s), civil wedding licence, 50-acre grounds (tennis, trout lake, 9-hole, par-3 golf course).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, no under-8s in spa.

Dogs

allowed (£15 charge per dog), not in main lounge or dining room.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £205-£260, D,B&B (min. 2 nights) £245-£340. Set dinner £45.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Cocooned in ‘lovely, peaceful grounds in glorious countryside’, Jean-Pierre Mifsud’s ‘welcoming’ Victorian country house hotel continues to offer an enjoyable bucolic break. In 2018, readers highlighted the ‘pleasant service, and staff who could not have been more friendly and enthusiastic’, although a ‘little more professionalism wouldn’t go amiss’ (no help was offered with luggage, turn-down missed). Rooms with ‘typical country house furnishings’ were ‘spacious and attractively decorated’, with ‘lovely views and large fluffy towels’; less popular was the ‘disappointing polyester duvet’. The spa was ‘very good with a large pool’ and, should you venture outside in your robe, the extra health dividend of a sometimes bracing stroll to its door. New chef Mike Evans’s contemporary Celtic cuisine, served among gilt-framed portraits and sash curtains, includes such dishes as rump of Welsh lamb, dauphinoise potatoes, creamed leeks, carrots and jus. ‘It’s good, accurately cooked fish and meat’, if sometimes a little ‘overcomplicated’. Breakfast could have laid deeper foundations ‘but at least we had plenty of tea’. Northcote Manor, Burrington, Devon (see Shortlist), is under the same ownership. (David Hampshire, and others)

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The Lake
Llangammarch Wells
Powys
LD4 4BS

Guest comments

'Very nice. Almost exactly as detailed in your description except for the comment about not enough breakfast. It is possible to have as much as anyone could eat for breakfast from the buffet, and this is followed by a cooked meal if required (also very nice). I did think that the main course at dinner was sometimes a bit small but everything was beautifully cooked and prepared and we did have some extra bread rolls to fill up. ' - Paul Hogarth - June, 2018
'Beautiful setting. Attractive house. Good-sized rooms. Some updating would be beneficial. Very good spa. The staff could not have been more enthusiastic. The food is reasonable but suffered from some over complication. Worth returning for location and ambience. ' - David Hampshire - January, 2018
'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 - December, 2015

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Tourist 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.