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“A real country house with fantastic food”

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Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Eglwys Fach
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Houston, TX
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“A real country house with fantastic food”
Reviewed June 13, 2011

We stayed 2 mid-week nights here in the middle of a 2 week circuit of England (London & Bath), ScotlanD (Edinburgh) & Wales, arriving by train. The mgr. & former owner picked us up at the train station, just the start of this house's personal service. We picked the hotel because we wanted a real country house-type of stay. With only 7 rooms in a house once owned by Queen Victoria and in an out of the way location and acres of grounds, this was it. There was only 1 other couple the first night and 2 the second. We had everything almost to ourselves, but we spent much time talking to the first couple and discovered that people from the UK come here for the food. We can see why. It was the best food of our trip & we ate at michelin starred restaurants in London & Edinburgh. The chef came out and discussed what he had for dinner that night. No menu, just really fine food. The staff was equally good with good service & simple friendliness. The azaleas and rhododendrons were mostly in bloom and the gardens were peaceful and wonderful. We took an enjoyable drive through some of nearby Snowdonia National Park, but the hotel is the star here. It's definitely not cheap and it's not luxurious in a modern way, but with more staff than guests we were treated royally and the house is historic. The rooms are large, well furnished with antiques and comfortable. We hated to leave after only 2 days. Americans don't come here much because it's out of the way, but they should.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Blue Mountains Australia
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

We stayed here in April en route to the Lakes district for one night. We arrived mid-afternoon to a warm welcome and some steaming coffee. The room was extremely cramped including the sitting alcove. The bathoom was down two stairs which we thought could be a hazard in the middle of the night. These issues aside we found the dinner experience most enjoyable, the food was excellent, the wine list mainly French and excellent. There where two things that marred the experience one was over hearing the Chef go balistic at another kitchen staff member and the sitting room where pre-dinner drinks and canapes are served- totally congested with guest.
The next morning breakfast was a feast of pastries and cooked breakfast to order. The gardens are really stunning there are many examples of trees and shrubs that we never see in Australia or more imporantly to the height they achieve in Wales.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Much Wenlock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

Well looked after but did not spoil our togetherness. Very welcoming and delightful setting for a relaxing time. Good menu.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 22, 2011

Gorgeous hotel with beautiful sweeping garden, RSPB reserve next door (walking distance), warm welcome, dramatically decorated bedroom (Hogarth) with womb like red walls and heavy curtains and view over the garden, bright modern bathroom. Dinner was superb from canapes to the bread selection to the 5 course £72.50 meal. Not much choice - 2 choices of starter, main and pudding (or cheese at no extra cost). Amuse bouche of shellfish bisque with cockles had a very intense flavour; starters either langoustine tortellini with rolled pigs head or fois gras terrine with beetroot mousse; little taster of scallop tartare, artichoke, sweet tasting jelly and pea puree all served on a spoon; mains either braised duck leg with celeriac puree, baby leeks and crispy potato gallette or lemon sole with langoustines, julienne of vegetables and seafood nage; pre-dessert of a shot glass with a frothy concoction; pudding either hot chocolate mousse in a crispy coating with bay leaf ice cream and mango shot or another rich, creamy pudding. I was so full I couldn't manage either so asked for some fruit and was given a lovely, freshly prepared, zingy fruit salad. The wine list is generally French orientated, with plenty of high quality wines at not unreasonable mark ups. Breakfast was also very good, the usual suspects available and a more eccentric dish of cheese souffle with cockles and laverbread. My husband tried that and he enjoyed it but said later the cockles were laying rather heavy on the tummy!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2011

Stayed here for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed our experience, despite our car breaking down! The ambience of the hotel is truly charming, the staff chatty especially Sarah & Katie (thank you), professional and attentive without being too intrusive. Rooms are not cutting edge, but lovely fabrics, elegant funiture and pieces of art, all in all a nice country house room. Food is excellent and the highlight of the stay for which we must thank Shane and his team. An awful lot of work goes into the food we were served, and in the manner it was served to us (particularly Rudy whose dry wit and professional service was a treat) , something which is sadly lacking in many other hotels. Assistant Manager JianLuca is an expert in his field, very knowledgable in both food and wines, which we fully appreciated along with his easy relaxed manner. Must just mention the RSPB reserve directly behind the hotel which we walked at least four times during our stay, but it is just so scenic and peaceful (and not just for bird lovers). This is a hotel just to enjoy, the ambience, the staff and the food. Thank you

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

We stayed for one night and had an excellent meal and the hospitality was first rate. Not the cheapest but still good value.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 3, 2010

during our recent trip our party of 7 we enjoyed the most fabulous meals accompanied with Jean-Luc's great choice of wines, some I am still trying to find they were that good.
The location is beautiful and the rooms take you back in time. I would also like to thank Cate who helped with the surprise welcome, and also her attention to all our party, making the stay very relaxed, not to forget Jean-luc also. Hope to see you all soon. Stuart and Zoe.

  • Stayed October 2010
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Property: Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms
Address: Eglwys Fach, Eglwys Fach SY20 8TA, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Ceredigion > Eglwys Fach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Eglwys Fach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ynyshir is a five star restaurant with rooms near the Snowdonia National Park, Aberystwyth and Machynlleth. The Michelin Star restaurant at Ynyshir is one of Wales' best contemporary fine dining destinations and holds four AA rosettes - one of only two restaurants in Wales to hold this distinction. Michelin Star chef Gareth Ward serves alternative British tasting menus using the very best of Welsh and British produce. The menus showcase the best of Welsh ingredients following the seasons, such as Welsh Wagyu Beef and Anglesey Onions throughout the year, as well as locally foraged sea herbs from the estuary and greens from the woodland floor and Ynyshir's extensive gardens. During hunting season expect to see wild deer and local duck, grouse and partridge, and in summer Welsh Lamb from the Dyfi valley. Gareth and his team pickle, salt, ferment and preserve fruits, leaves and berries carrying the harvests through the winter and into the spring. Expect to see dishes such as 'Not French Onion Soup', 'Mackerel Sweet & Sour' and Gareths take on a Tiramisu all served alongside a carefully selected wine-list whilst overlooking the Cambrian mountains and Ynyshir's extensive gardens Ynyshir has a total of ten luxuriously furnished guest rooms, each with its own unique style and character. There are seven rooms within the main house and three deluxe rooms directly adjacent. Each guest room has an en-suite with a separate bath and shower and feature premium Temple Spa products. Most rooms offer views over the gardens and Cambrian Mountains. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ynyshir Hall Hotel Eglwys Fach
Ynyshir Hall Machynlleth
Ynyshir Hall Hotel Machynlleth
Hall Ynyshir

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