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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Glandyfi Castle Machynlleth, Wales