This night away was booked by my wonderful boyfriend as a surprise. A night away for his princess in a castle was just that. The hotel is an old castle with many little nooks and crannies. We played tennis in the snow, walked down to the river at the front of the castle grounds, played billiards in a traditional games room and sipped champagne in the hot tub whilst relaxing and were even able to see the lights over the river in the dark while we did so.
The bed would have fitted 4 of us, very comfortable with excellent linen, topper and an abundance of pillows. A traditional room with a beautiful crystal lampshade that sent out a subdued lighting, setting a romantic scene. The bathroom was totally modern, which was a huge contrast to the bedroom. Nevertheless, still lovely. Sadly we were not in a superior room, so no bath and no view but it was still enjoyable and relaxing.
Food for dinner was delicious, with some unusual combinations. Not too many choices, but what came was good. French onion soup was the best we had ever tasted. Smoked mackerel was cold, but still very tasty. The salmon was not quite filling enough for my boyfriend, however, my confit of duck a very large portion so enough to satisfy his hunger when I was finished. Cheese board each was our final course with a bottle of rose throughout and we were stuffed full.
Breakfast promised to be good, however, the speed of service was slow for the cooked dishes, welsh breakfasts and we watched ours be escorted round the room by a rather sullen waitress before realising she didn't know where she was going. She returned to the kitchen, only to bring them straight back out. They were missing black pudding and cold. She actually questioned us as to whether we had ordered black pudding; at this time the head waiter butted in and told her to go fetch some. We returned our cold meals, only to wait a good 20 minutes further. We did, however, then receive a fresh cooked breakfast each, which was delicious. We had to ask for more warm toast, but this didn't arrive until our last few mouth fulls, so no dipping :-(
A young waiter called Fran was absolutely delightful, checking on us at all times, topping up juice, tea, coffee, etc. and couldn't do enough for us. For both dinner and breakfast, we ate in the grand banquet room; this was a wonderful paneled, high ceilinged, small hall really, which I believe is where they serve wedding breakfasts. I can imagine that would be very grand.
All in all we had a wonderful time. Our room was 'Nant Bedroom, no.11.' We would like to return to stay in one of the superior rooms with the bath looking out over the river; however, try to get a deal as they are expensive.
For a romantic getaway, you can't go wrong with Plas Rhianfa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Château Rhianfa is an enchanting Grade II* listed Victorian home, modelled on the 16th-century French Renaissance château of Chenonceau, that stands amidst spectacular gardens on the Island of Anglesey with commanding views over the Menai Strait and towering peaks of Snowdonia. Close to the picture-postcard village of Beaumaris and just 12 miles from Snowdonia Park.A private home until 1955, the Château Rhianfa estate has undergone an extensive revamp in recent months, to both the house itself and surrounding grounds that comprise four acres and quayside. The Grand Hall, wood-panelled sitting rooms, Music Room, Drawing Room and Dining Room have all been carefully refurbished complete with Lady Sarah Hay-Williams' meticulously renovated painted ceilings. The opulent 42-foot Banqueting Hall at Château Rhianfa is a superb setting for lavish events with wooden flooring, panelled walls and breathtaking views of the Menai Strait that are sure to impress. Elsewhere, wine cellars and tasting rooms, vaulted spa rooms, a games room and lounge bar, as well as a private beach and tennis court are all available.The whole house has the feel of a regal hideaway making it an ideal location for weddings, business conferences, events, or your next product launch.There are also a number of cottages in the grounds, luxuriously furnished and available for hire on a self-catering basis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Rhianfa Island Of Anglesey/Menai Bridge, Wales