We spent three nights here, and will happily return again. Julian and Andy were friendly and welcoming, and the house was really comfortable. We stayed in the Princess Margaret Suite, which was light and roomy and had a wonderful bathroom. The duvet was a touch too warm for us to sleep really well, but the bed was otherwise very comfortable. Breakfasts were wonderful -- do try the home made granola and fruit salad as well as the full Welsh and the superb scrambled eggs. The dinner menu was limited and doesn't change often, but the food is well prepared -- I particularly recommend the slow-cooked lamb shank, and the slow-cooked beef, as well as the Welsh cheese board. If you're staying more than a couple of nights, you'll probably want to take advantage of the list of recommended local restaurants.
One thing it's also worth mentioning -- the free wifi gave excellent performance, far better than I had expected in rural Wales.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful things fill Lord Snowdon’s historic family home, Marco's cooking hits the spot and the ten, en-suite bedrooms offer wifi and luxurious Molton Brown amenities.This is the family home of Lord Snowdon. It dates to the 1600s and stands in 15 acres with an avenue of oak that sweeps you up to the house. Princess Margaret stayed often and much of what fills the house belongs to the family: stunning chandeliers, oils by the score, gilt-framed mirrors – an Aladdin's cave of beautiful things. There's a baby grand piano in the drawing room, where you find smart wood floors, an honesty bar and a fire that roars, but potter about the house and find masses of memorabilia framed on the walls (make sure you visit the private dining room). Bedrooms are quite something, the past mixing gracefully with modern design. Nothing is left to chance, a constant programme of refurbishment sees to that. You get four-posters, classic colours, sumptuous fabrics, a sofa if there's room. Bathrooms are excellent, some with showers, others with free-standing baths. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plas Dinas Country House Hotel Bontnewydd