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Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rhydycroesau | Oswestry, Oswestry SY10 7JD, England   |  
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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“A treat.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

My wife and I stayed for two nights and we were not disappointed. The location in the snow covered valley was almost unreal. The staff were excellent; very friendly and coped very well with a full hotel. Just sit back, relax, enjoy the food and sample a very substantial wine list. The breakfasts certainly enabled a full day to be undertaken. It was the whole experience of the evening meals that excelled - well done to all the chefs who undoubtedly used wonderful local ingredients. My wife particularly liked our comfortable room with it scenic views. I enjoyed the log fires accompanied by a fine malt. It is the little things that matter and the owners have not neglected them.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fife, Scotland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is an excellent quiet rural location with comfortable rooms. The dining room feels cramped but the food is generally very good, well presented and beautifully cooked. The only difficulty is the serving staff who were coldly efficient to the point of noisily starting to set the tables for breakfast while we were still half way through our main course. With very good food being served it's a pity for it to be spoiled by feeling so rushed.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This was our second stay at Pen-y-Dyffryn. Once again, we were bowled over by the food. This hotel award of 2 rosettes is thoroughly justified. We stayed in the Champagne room which was exquisite. Well recommended. The reason that this hotel didn't get 5 stars from me was that it was never really very warm and the front lounge fire belched out coal smoke which made the whole hotel smell of smoke. I understand this is a temporary issue. To be fair, we visited when temperatures were about -5 at night with a bitter strong north easterly wind blowing so given that it is a very old building (may even be listed) and only single glazed windows, it is hardly surprising that we occasionally felt a bit cool especially when we were sat by the windows.
The walking is outstanding with several walks having written guides. The walk to Llansilin is well worth it but check that the Wynnstay pub is open - when we were there, is was only open for lunch at weekends - much to our chagrin.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Penydyffryn, Owner at Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Thank you for the kind comments. The issue about laying up for breakfast during dinner has been addressed and staff are now under instruction to delay laying up as long as reasonably possible.
MIles Hunter
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Haywards Heath
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at Pen-y-Dyffryn, 2 nights were spent in the Rectors Room, and our final night we moved to the Rose room (we knew we were going to have to move when we booked, so no problem).
The Hotel's website gives a very good impression of the layout etc, and both lounges and the dining room were delightful. The weather was cold, but cheerful fires in both lounges kept them warm and snug.
The Rectors room and Rose room are both of the same grade, and are quite similar. The Rectors room is a little smaller, but is double aspect with lovely views over the garden and the Welsh hills. The room was lovely and warm on arrival, as was the bathroom - something I really appreciate, as I hate being cold in a hotel! The Rose room is a little bigger, as is the bed .It is also a lovely room but was only just warm enough (the bathroom was fine).The problem is that the single radiator is obstructed by a large chest of drawers - lovely warm furniture, but cool room!!! Mentioned this at checkout, and the very polite young lady promised that she'd pass my comment on. It should be an easy problem to solve.
So in the summer I'd rate both rooms about equal, but when it's cold I'd go for the Rector's room.
The food was fantastic, menu changes completely every night, and all our selections were delicious. Breakfast is great too with a lovely selection of fruits, cereals etc. Cooked is freshly prepared to order, and the bacon was about the best I've ever tasted ..
Finally the staff were all polite, friendly and obviously well trained.
I'd heartily recommend Pen-y-Dyffryn to anybody.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We really enjoyed our evening at Pen-y-Dyffryn. The service was excellent, the staff were friendly and helpful. We couldn't ask for more! It is set in a beautiful location. The food was fantastic. Overall it was a lovely experience. We look forward to going again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Midlands
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We have visited this hotel many times over the last five years, as usual we were met with a warm wlecome from Emma and Kate. The Champagne room has a new superb bathroom with a large spa bath, this together with the comfortable sleigh bed and view over the garden makes for a lovely stay.
The food was excellent and the dining room service second to none. The beautiful setting adds to the whole positive experience.
It was nice to see that the hotel was busy even during February. The owners and their excellent staff deserve continued success.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely stay here. The staff were all very friendly. Especially a young lady called Katie who was superb. What an assert she was. Coach house room was nicely appointed and bathroom spotless and well fitted. Not quite as I expected size wise from photos seen. But beautifully warm despite the snow and freezing weather. The communal rooms are quirky and what you would expect for a country manor. Lovely open fires. Just starting to look a little tired but very comfy. Fab walk recommended to us and it was a wonderful day out in the snowy countryside. The only disappointment was the food. Evening meal menu promised so much, but did not deliver at all. This was one of the main reasons we chose this hotel because of the great food reviews. So sad that it left us feeling very let down. Honestly am hoping it was just a one off but was aware that other guests were not happy also. This would not stop us staying again thanks to the great location and helpful knowledgeable team.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Penydyffryn, Owner at Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Thanks for the good comments. We have a second-chef in training at the moment and I think he must have had a bit of a wobbly. Food is the main reason given by our guests for returning so often, so we'll do better next time.
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Address: Rhydycroesau | Oswestry, Oswestry SY10 7JD, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Oswestry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Oswestry
#3 Family Hotel in Oswestry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Midway between Shrewsbury and Chester this beautiful silver-stone Georgian rectory is set in stunning hill scenery. In five acres of grounds, the Hotel offers unobtrusive hospitality, first-class food and an easy-going atmosphere guaranteeing that "away-from-it-all" feeling. Some bedrooms have private patios others have spa baths. Good Hotel Guide Country Hotel of the Year and Johansens Best Value Award. Two AA Food Rosettes. Great walking from the front door &€“ close Powis Castle and Erdigg (N.T.) ... more   less 
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