My wife and I decided to book a long weekend at Pen-y-Dyffryn and it turned out to be an inspired choice.Having driven out of Oswestry on a long straight climb, reaching the brow of the hill we were suddenly plunged into Wales. It was almost like we had entered another world. The relatively flat and ordered countryside of England was abruptly replaced by deep valleys, narrow winding lanes, sheep and trees; a stunning transformation.The hotel was nestled in a quiet valley barely five minutes from Oswestry, with stunning views of the open countryside. The building was full of old world charm with a pleasant ambience. Our room was neat and tidy with all the usual accoutrements you would expect, including flat panel TV, Tea & Coffee, Telephone etc. Although quite small (we only booked a standard double) they had managed to cleverly squeeze a corner bath/shower into the en-suite. The bed was comfy, if a little soft for my liking, and the peace and quiet almost palpable.The food was superb too. We had opted for a half-board package, and we were not disappointed. Evening meals started with an aperitif in the cosy bar whilst perusing the menu. Selections are changed daily and there was a good choice. Moving into the small restaurant, we were offered an appetiser to whet the pallet and complimentary water served in rather attractive blue glasses. The starter, main course, and dessert that followed were all prepared to perfection, and we then retired to the bar again to finish off with coffee and petits fours.Breakfast was again superb, with a good choice of cereals and juices, as well as a superb selection of cooked foods. We had the full English breakfast, which was succulent and ample enough to last a full day of exploring. The hotel added a nice touch of providing a daily ‘newsletter’ with breakfast, with the daily weather forecast and suggestions for places to visit and walks to take which, if you do not know the area, is very useful.The hotel’s location makes it ideal for exploring. For walkers there are lots of routes to explore literally from the front door. We decided to go a little further afield and take up on some of the suggestions in the newsletter, such as Chirk Castle and Lake Vyrnwy, both utterly wonderful.All in all it was a wonderful stay and we were sorry to leave. The staff were so attentive and we always felt at home. We would definitely like to return.“So, any negatives at all then?” you ask. Well, not really. The only challenge (and outside the control of the hotel) was a lack of O2 cell phone signal in the valley, but I guess we should have anticipated that. However, the hotel made up for that with a free WiFi service in the bar, so smartphone and iPad users could use the internet instead, and the hotel did have a PC for public use too.
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