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“Wedding anniversary weekend with friends and family ...” 5 of 5 stars
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Glandyfi, Machynlleth SY208SS, Wales   |  
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Ranked #1 of 12 Machynlleth B&B and Inns
Chester, United Kingdom
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“Wedding anniversary weekend with friends and family ...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I think trying to plan something special for a 40th wedding anniversary can be a bit daunting, that is if you haven't come across somewhere like Glandyfi Castle.
We were a group of fifteen adults and three little princesses of 3years, 4years and 7years in ages.
Little beds were put up to accommodate the girls, and evening meals set at an earlier time, they had their own little table, and their own colourful bowls and tons of juice, plus food to suit their tastes, job done, no hassle ,little ones fed , happy girls happy mums and dads.
Log fires were burning in the library and drawing rooms, Peter kept them going and the Castle is homely, comfortable, welcoming and warm.
The bedrooms are exquisite, comfortable beds, beautiful decor, brilliant bathrooms . There are teapots in the rooms, china cups, and a good selection of teas and coffees, and sweeties, chocolates that is, just some lovely touches that go such a long way to make somewhere like Glandyfi really special.
On the afternoon we arrived we had afternoon tea in the dining room, with its wood panelling and a table full of scones topped with cream and jam, light as a feather mince pies and teas and coffee all laid out and welcoming in a way that made you feel you were at home. My family and friends now beginning to realise that we really were somewhere very special, giving me knowing glances that said WOW, but not saying anything, lots of hugs and kisses, and in my heart I knew my anniversary was going to be even better than I could even have imagined, this was only the beginning, how lucky am I so far so good.

Pre dinner drinks in the drawing room, then through to the courtyard room for our evening meal. Everyone all relaxed, and ready to eat. The courtyard with its underfloor heating and glass roof is the perfect place to entertain our family and friends, and what a grand room !!! Candles lit the place, on the tables and dotted around the place, the atmosphere was beautiful, inviting, and now I was really really happy that I had booked Glandyfi everything just felt right, do you know what I mean? Anyway we were having a three course meal, the main was lamb shanks, and i swear I have never seen any as big as the ones we had that night. Maureen told us all the meat was sourced locally, and they were DELICIOUS, the meat just fell off the bone, there was loads of vegetables, and everything was hot, including the plates. Needless to say it was a great success , we retired to the drawing room after our meal for our coffees and after dinner mints. We sat and chatted in a lovely warm atmosphere, drinking our coffees and gradually sinking further and further into the sofas as the evening wore on, then unanimous vote off to bed as we were all exhausted after eating , drinking and enjoying ourselves, what a good way to end the day, happy.

Breakfast, just think about everything you would want and there you have it, all cooked beautifully, lots of toast, tea and coffee, all laid out beautifully in the courtyard. Nothing was too much trouble here, the staff were wonderful, Peter and Maureen were the perfect hosts , they were on hand if you needed them but also left us all to get on with enjoying their home, and we did, we all did.

Our group went out walking, and exploring the surrounding area, the gardens are lovely we took the girls out for a walk complete with wellies and of course sticks to poke things at along the way. The girls were quite happy to chill out in the drawing room watching a DVD for the rest if the afternoon, while Peter kept us going with drinks, and and loading the fires with logs.

On our second evening we all dressed up In Medieval costume, Peter and Maureen and the staff did as well, the courtyard was decorated in a Medieval manner, it all looked brilliant. We had such fun, the mood was set. We had fillet steak for our mains, every person had their steak cooked exactly as asked , they were all perfect, you can't ask for more than that, there were fifteen of us remember, how good is that.
The evening finished with games, dancing and lots of merriment, our time here was going to fast for me, tomorrow we were going home.

As you can gather we really did have not just a good time but a brilliant time at the Castle, the stay exceeded all my expectations, my family and friends were in awe of our stay and the hospitality we received. If I never have another party again in my life I won't care as this party and it's memories will keep me, my family, and my friends going for ever. The girls cried because they didn't want to go home, and because they wanted to take Sidney with them.

Maureen and Peter, and Sidney thank you , thank you thank you.
Elaine And Dave Furlong.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Julie & I shared the most special day of our lives at this superb venue. Maureen & Peter along with there staff were the perfect hosts for the perfect day. Canapes & Champagne on the lawn was the perfect start to our celebration, then dinner, dancing & more drinking. As forty somethings with a tight group of close friends we celebrated until the small hours & were looked after impeccably well . All of our guests have never stopped talking about their weekend in the welsh castle. Julie & I are eternally grateful to our hosts for making our day perfect, thank you x :) X

Room Tip: All rooms are perfect, catering for value & breath taking views across the Dyfi Estuary
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

The family stayed at the castle for a special event.
I'm local and it was still a fantastic experience for all the family.
Afternoon tea was very much appreciated by everyone - a wonderful range of sandwiches and homemade cakes - a meal in itself! Served with vintage tea service and a wonderful attention to detail ensuring that the occasion was extra special. An old fashioned tea in stunning surroundings.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the food - dinner and breakfast - altogether around a large table in what was in effect a conservatory areas created out of the old castle courtyard.

Bedrooms were well designed and extremely comfortable, each individually designed. We had the best - Osprey with fantastic views and a stunning bathroom. Again attention to detail was a feature.

The best thing about our stay - all the above and :
• location and the views looking over the Dyfi estuary and RSPB Reserve - wonderful weather on Sunday morning so we were able to go up one of the towers for brilliant views - Mid Wales at its very best!
• freedom to use the castle as we were the only guests - so take family or friends and book the 8 rooms and then the castle is for your exclusive use - that went down really well with our guests.
• decor and ambience - encouraged to be relaxed and informal in a grand environment
• last but not least - the hosts - Maureen and Peter- they have done a fantastic job in renovating the castle to create a small and exclusive place to stay. Wonderful service.
Would I like to go back ?– a big yes.

Room Tip: Osprey for that very special occasion
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We stayed here with a group of friends and everything was perfect- even the weather!
Breakfast was at the time of our choosing and cooked to order and the dinner we had in the castle on the Saturday night was wonderful.

All of our group plan to go back as soon as we can find a free weekend (this place gets booked up, especially at weekends, so book as far in advance as possible if you have a particular date) and one couple in our group have already booked the whole castle for a family celebration weekend. It says it all!
Maureen and Peter are wonderful hosts.

Room Tip: Osprey is wonderful (especially the huge bathroom and incredibly comfortable four-poster bed) but al...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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81 reviews 81 reviews
53 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

8 couples stayed here for a 60th birthday celebration. Had afternoon tea when we arrived - amazing. Then a wonderful 4 course evening meal with wine. No cooking or washing up or driving home - what more could you ask for. Stayed up until 1.30 am playing Articulate Game in one of the lounges we could use. The owners went to bed and left us to it. The younger ones stayed up until 4am! Up for late breakfast at 10 am followed by a climb up to the turret with the owner to take in the amazing views of the estuary. If the weather was nice it would be fantastic to sit outside. Our bedrooms were all individual and gorgeous with king sized beds. Everyone should find an occasion to rent this place. It is the most unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This hotel is stunning. No other way to describe it, myself and my wife stayed for our wedding anniversary Maureen, Peter & Sid all great hosts, thoroughly professional & friendly

We checked in around 3pm and were greeted by. Maureen & Sid where we were shown to our room, stunning it was too with a massive bathroom and a whirlpool bath

We then returned downstairs and sat in the library where my wife had a freshly brewed coffee and homemade scones and I relaxed with a cold bottle of beer in front of a roaring wood burner which was idyllic considering it was chucking it down outside!

Dinner was served in a separate room we had been given a menu of the evenings choice when we arrived, there was plenty of choice, Meat , Fish , vegetarian on the starters and main.

Brilliantly cooked and served by 2 pleasant members of staff from the local area.

Next morning after a beautiful breakfast we walked around the hotel grounds to take in some of the views.

I will be booking a return visit in the summer next year to take my wife back as we both enjoyed our stay so much

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This castle, built in the 19th century to a grand Gothic style, is certainly one of the most remarkable, comfortable and well-appointed small hotels you could ever experience. Without being over-the-top, the reception rooms are luxuriously appointed, with stuffed birds, quirky ornaments and curios adorning the walls and sideboards. You definitely expect Hercule Poirot to walk in and say "One of you in zis room is a murderer..."

The style is art-Deco and each bedroom has been individually decorated to a distinctive high standard. Our bed was very comfortable and we slept well. The views over the nearby river are beautiful - ask nicely and the owners will allow you to go up the tower and view the scenery from that vantage point. Food was to a very high standard. The gardens are beautiful and encourage a stroll around.

It would be hard to fault the place to be honest. If I were a contestant on 'Three In a Bed' and determined to win against Glandyfi Castle I might point out a couple of minor observations: bread-rolls not home-made, bit of dust on a dresser, no shoe cleaning materials: nothing too serious. There is no pool or health spa you might get in a large hotel. But the hotel has an individual style and ambience that marks it out from the average.

Overall the standard is very high in all regards and you will not be disappointed. A very happy time and good fun had by all!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Glandyfi, Machynlleth SY208SS, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Machynlleth
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Ranked #1 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Machynlleth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Glandyfi Castle is a regency gothic listed building with Dramatic views overlooking the Dovey estuary and RSPB bird reserve in Mid-Wales. The Castle is set in 45 acres of woodland and gardens, only 10 minutes from the sandy beaches. Aberdovey golf course is a 30 minute drive, and only 15 minutes from Aberystwyth. There is a direct rail link from London, via Birmingham and guests can be collected. ... more   less 
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Glandyfi Castle Machynlleth, Wales

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