We just spent the week-end in a country retreat which was just sooooo relaxing.
The West Arms must be one of the best kept secrets of hotel breaks in mid-Wales. The reason must surely be that the second rate roadways which lead to this little haven. At times it seemed that they lead to nowhere and ideas of turning back begin to loom large in the mind.
We approached over the Berwyn mountains absolutely stunning views across the mountain range as far as the eyes would allow. The road over this way is for two way traffic but there is only room for one vehicle at a time! Not many passing places either, fortunately we met not one vehicle for miles on end - so we were lucky. Approaching from the Chirk area is much easier and is beautiful but not as spectacular as the Berwyn mountain approach. Once the car was parked in the hotel car park we checked in without any fuss at all. Our room was on ground level and had a lovely view of the garden. Furniture wise the room was nothing special, could even say its a bit tired, but it was comfortable enough. Besides, we were not in the room for long because the rest of the hotel was so accommodating with its small quiet reading rooms, fireside places too, conservatory as well. All a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern life - even the mobile phone signal was out of range so it was absolutely peaceful (the village is surrounded by a circle of hills). The surrounding area is outstanding, quite walking paths following the river abound and take you up the hills.The churchyard showed that the McAlpine familiy has an interest here.
Foodwise the hotel was fantastic, full English breakasts perfectly cooked without being over the top and served by charming young ladies who smiled sweetly even at 7.30am!! The evening meal was equally perfect, we chose lamb cutlets, and boy were they good! Its a place to relax and to enjoy a really quiet week-end. It takes quite a lot to find fault but it must be said the real ale was not up to the mark for my taste - there are a lot better ales to be found. The other criticsm is the lighting to the rear of the hotel - there is a large 'field' garden at the back and should the visitor, unfamiliar with this quaint roaving building (there are steps where you dont expect to find them, doors where you dont expect to find them, and low headroom as well in places), so if the visitor should become lost and stumble into the rear field garden at night its easy to fall into the shrubery! I was not alone in this predicament - one or two others said they also found themselves in complete darkness.There was a marquie erected on the week-end we were there, and some wedding guests seemed to be stumbling around getting lost in the darkness. Some extra sensor lighting will stop this happening and at the same time could make a spectacular show too. There are some toilets outside and I am afraid they need some extra strong cleaning products. But this is all part of being out in the country I suppose!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The West Arms is a traditional Olde Inn (16th Century) with beams and uneven slate flagged floors, roaring open fires and low ceilings. It offers an abundance of warmth and charm with quirky individuality. No bedrooms are the same. We are a privately owned business with a wealth of experience, offer a friendly informal welcome. We have 15 bedrooms, a superb Chef who has a great pedigree, lovely friendly staff and are situated in a beautiful location. If you want a bland boutique modern hotel with a lack of soul, The West Arms is not the place for you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West Arms Hotel
- West Arms Llanarmon Dc
- The West Arms Hotel Llanarmon DC, North Wales