The Falcondale Hotel was recommended by some friends as a city detox par excellence. Situated 30 minutes from Brecon or Aberystwyth the hotel is hidden away from Lampeter. The views are of the Welsh hills, silence is immediate and the second we went through the doors our bags were gently but forcefully removed. Not in the usual angle for a tip, more as the prelude to relaxation.
The Falcondale is not a chi chi boutique hotel. I think honest and unpretentious would be my best shot as a description. The owners have taken on a large fusty Victorian country house hotel and, rather than a lick of paint, installing management and sitting back, have built trade up over the last 13 years, re-investing in decorating and facilities as they can. We were greeted by them, served drinks by them and waited on by them.
The food was absolutely top draw. We had booked a gourmet meal with our stay, commencing with a complementary bottle of Prosecco and 5 divine courses of haute cuisine. The restaurant has a strong reputation with the locals due to it's fine food and fair pricing. Several families came in for Sunday lunch whilst we were there, the atmosphere was very convivial and by the way people were greeted it was repeat business.
The bedrooms are clean, neatly decorated and comfortable. Double glazed (not always evident in old Victorian piles) with a spacious en suite. Water pressure for the shower wasn't great but certainly wasn't bad, there was plenty of hot water. The bedrooms on the top floor are also animal friendly if you want to bring your dog for some chill time.
So to sum up the Falcondale delivered what our friends had promised. If you fancy peace and some good food give it a go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Falcondale hotel and 2AA rosette restaurant near the University town of Lampeter is only 30 minutes from the coastal villages of Cardigan Bay and hilly, marshy regions of the Cambrian Mountains. A wealth of walking, cycling, fishing, and open gardens within easy reach of this central location in Wales. Why not visit the local National Trust before sinking into a warm, comfy sofa in the lounge with a glass, or two, of wine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Lampeter
- Lampeter Best Western
- The Falcondale Hotel Lampeter, Wales