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Bodysgallen Hall & Spa
Ranked #14 of 60 Hotels in Llandudno
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 21, 2013

We have just returned from a 10 day break at our favourite hotel "Bodysgallen".It was colder than our visit there in February,grey skies and temps of 12'.So did we enjoy our stay....Yes,mainly because this hotel can do no wrong in our eyes!The Staff are welcoming,the food delicious,the grounds magnificent,the large swimming pool and the log fires in the main rooms,all add up to a great place to stay even when the temperatures are more like winter than early summer.
The summer menu came in during our stay.The food here is of a very high standard.It is without doubt "restaurant food",and not "hotel food".there is a huge difference.The price of dinner is high for a hotel in North Wales,but the quality and culinary skills are evident for all to see when the meal is served.Outstanding dishes were....Poached breast of pigeon with nettle purée hazelnuts and wild garlic.Anglesey lamb with apricot purée and Parmesan bubbles.Rhubarb mousse with liquorice ice cream.The atmosphere in the dining room is laid back ,and not in the least intimidating.For those who want to dine on more standard food The 1620 bistro is available.So even when the weather is unkind in Wales,we know "Bodysgallen" will come up trumps for us!

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

I had not eaten in the main dining Hall at Bodysgallen since before the National trust had taken ownership of the property. However, I can assure any potential diners that it has lost none of the previous ambience and the food quality and service remain impeccable. My wife and I dined there recently to celebrate our wedding anniversary and it was an epicurean delight. We enjoyed a superb meal served by a welcoming and highly efficient "front of house" team, the perfect evening. We spent last year's anniversary at the Metropole Hotel in Monte Carlo and despite their chef's multiple michelin stars he provided a repaste which acheived nowhere near the outstanding quality of dining provided for us by Chef Cheetham and his team at Bodysgallen.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Nothing is more charming than driving up to a beautiful old Welsh estate with fields filled with sheep and their newborn lambs on either side of the lane. The house is beautiful, both inside and out, in an elegant old countryside way. Most notable of all are the gardens -- they are stunning! I cannot even imagine what it must take to maintain the property. Unfortunately, the raves end there. Our room was in a cottage, pretty both inside and out. Steps up to the door are uneven and difficult to navigate. The bathroom was dated and had a steep step up into it, not a good feature for a visit to the loo in the middle of the night. Nearly ended up flat on my face on the way back out. Food in the dining room was fair, nothing to rave about.

Room Tip: Might be a good idea to look into a room in the main building
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights over the bank holiday and the Hotel is really classy. On the outskirts of Llandudno so a car is a must. An old historic house that has been converted to a Hotel that is owned by the National Trust. Lovely garden and a very atmospheric hotel. We stayed in a one of the cottages which had two seperate bedrooms and bathrooms. Great for us as we had an elderly realative with us. It was quite a steep walk to the hotel. The spa and restaurant are both top quality. A very peacful hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Adrian J
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

From the moment the heavy oak door is opened for you on arrival by a smiling welcoming member of staff prepare yourself for an indulgent break. The hall is wonderfully furnished with antiques in keeping with the age of this fine building, yet it is wonderfully comfortable. Our bedroom was spacious with superb views towards Snowdonia and the coast and so quiet, guaranteeing very peaceful nights. The bistro and particularly the main restaurant offer an excellent menu using local produce and the food is delicious. We enjoyed strolling around the beautiful historic gardens of the hall which appear to be tended by National Trust gardeners as is the fabulous National Trust Bodnant Garden which is close by. Our stay was a little taste of heaven and we would highly recommend it. A big thank you to the Bodysgallen staff for ensuring that we enjoyed every minute - we really didn't want to leave.

Room Tip: Room 8 is very spacious, beautifully fitted out in keeping with the historic hall and has lovely vie...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

We arrived to a warm welcome and a blazing log fire in the entrance hall. We chose to stay in a cottage which was just perfect in the grounds of the Hall. We ate at both restaurants the food was superb and the service was both professional and friendly. We were particularly impressed with the bistro restaurant which offers great value for money. They also offer the facility for private dining which would be fantastic for a group be it family, friends or work function. Breakfast is served in the restaurant over looking the grounds with Conwy castle in the distance it really takes you back in time.

Bodysgallen Hall is convenient for sight seeing the North West of Wales and to return for a relax in the spa makes for a perfect day.

I first stayed in the hotel 10 years ago and was just captivated by the views, rooms, food and service and it has not changed a bit. It is one of those little gems.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

We stayed on a 4 night 'offer' in a Snowdon view room in the main hotel with lovely views of the wonderful gardens across to Conwy Castle and Snowdon of course. Cost £390 per night which included an allowance of c£40 per person towards dinner (just about covers 2 courses) and also included a full cooked breakfast.
We have stayed many times at a sister hotel so know what to expect of the Historic House Hotels' brand (though we would say the brand edge is slipping a bit now in NT 'ownership'). That said there seems to have been some more investment here at Bodysgallen and our room was well appointed with good quality new drapes and soft furnishings, excellent large bed and tasteful antique furniture. The wardrobe and cupboard space was ample for two people for a week. The bathroom was large, with both a bath/shower and a separate good sized shower cubicle. Lovely fluffy towels and robes and good supply of nice toiletries. Both the bedroom and the bathroom were well heated and very comfortable. Wi-Fi worked well.
The public rooms have the air of a much loved country house and home. Authentic Olde World charm and wonderful to see the heritage being sympathetically preserved. Fires in the hearth made the weather outside irrelevant and each day we started with a good breakfast and ended with a pleasant dinner in the main restaurant.
The hotel gardens are extremely well maintained - there are lots of levels and steps but a gentle stroll is possible without too much effort and there are woodland walks for the more adventurous and it must be even more of a picture when the flowers are bloom.
The location is excellent to explore North Wales on a series of not very arduous day trips - it would have been very helpful to have suggested trips/ walks etc in the room - which many such hotels here and abroad do take the time to prepare rather than just offering the typical tourist pamphlets.
We would definitely recommend this standard of room and the hotel as a good base / somewhere for a special stay.
All that said there are some irritating points which retract from this very near perfect (and let's face it not cheap) experience - some require investment and some attention to detail. All are achievable. For example: - the TV in the bedroom doesn't work well and the explanation close to hand is for a former style of TV - which the staff member who tried to help knew was the case - so change it!! The cutlery is poor quality/ over used and it is difficult to cut some meats with the blunt knives. The glassware is equally of the 'mass produced for the catering industry' type - when the prices on the wine list are not! A decent glass would complement the dining experience as would a more extensive menu. Staff are largely invisible - behind the reception desk / not attempting to enhance your stay - bar staff especially difficult to find in the evening when wanting an aperitif. The main restaurant menu didn't offer Welsh Lamb on it as a standard - they seemed to be in season gambolling about outside! (We did ask for and were given lamb and it was excellent!) The Spa interior looks tired in comparison to many offered at similarly priced hotels - damp patches on the plasterwork, jaded changing rooms with well over the top flowers adding to the air of disinterest and a general sense of premises past their sell by date - this aspect of the hotel doesn't have to be antique! Why not ask your guests to say what they cherished about their visit and what they would wish to see improved or introduced - one way to get a good insight into your revenue stream and far less public than this website!

Room Tip: Room no 5 beautiful views and well kept - some stairs to reach it but manageable
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bodysgallen Hall & Spa

Address: The Royal Royal Welsh Way, Llandudno LL30 1RS, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Conwy County > Llandudno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Llandudno
#17 Romantic Hotel in Llandudno
#18 Family Hotel in Llandudno
Price Range: $282 - $377 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bodysgallen Hall & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Standing in over 200 acres of its own parkland to the south of Llandudno with spectacular views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle. Believed to have 13th century origins, Bodysgallen Hall provides all that is best in country house hospitality. Beautiful gardens include a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweet-scented herbs, a rockery with a cascade, a walled rose garden, and several follies. Historic House Hotels Ltd bought and rescued the house from a dilapidated state in 1981 and restored the 17th century house and gardens. In September 2008 Historic House Hotels Ltd and its interest in all its properties were given to the National Trust to ensure their long-term protection, with all profits benefiting the houses and the charity.The 15 extremely comfortable bedrooms in the Main Hall offer several different room types, including the four elegant principal suites. Each bedroom is individually decorated and furnished with antique furniture, paintings and prints, enjoying glorious views of Bodysgallen's parkland or gardens, with some rooms having further reaching views of Conwy Castle or the distant Mountains of Snowdonia. There are 16 cottage suites with picturesque names like The Smithy, Box Cottage and Pineapple Lodge, are situated in the grounds, and provide accommodation for guests preferring a greater degree of privacy. Many cottages enjoy their own private gardens and some are in close proximity to the Bodysgallen Spa. All are charming and delightful. The Dining Room in the main hall has been awarded three rosettes for fine dining by the AA - the only restaurant in Llandudno to be awarded such - and offers imaginative meals prepared from fresh local produce and complemented by fine wine, and overlooks the gardens and has been recognised as one of the best places for Sunday Lunch in the United Kingdom by The Observer newspaper.The Spa is approached by a short walk through the garden or by a private road. Converted from an original stone built farm it contains a magnificent 50' swimming pool edged with comfortable reclining chairs, whirlpool spa bath, steam room and sauna. A superb gymnasium has all the latest technologically advanced equipment, suitable for all ranges of fitness. A comfortable Club Room is a place where guests and members can relax and enjoy drinks and light meals, which in the summer are also served on the terrace. Residential guests have full use of the Bodysgallen Spa.Bodysgallen Hall is situated about 2 miles south from Llandudno and the North Wales coast. It is surrounded by over 200 acres of beautiful gardens and wooded parkland. Bodysgallen Hall has magnificent views of Snowdonia, and Conwy Castle. It's the perfect setting for a relaxed holiday at all times of the year. The hotel is ideally placed for visiting the many historic castles and stately homes in North Wales as well as the famous golf courses that adorn the coastline. ... more   less 
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