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“Idyllic Peace Perfect Peace” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Lake Country House & Spa

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The Lake Country House & Spa
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Idyllic Peace Perfect Peace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

My partner and I stayed at this hotel at the end of April. I had booked our three night break as a birthday surpise. The hotel met all my expectations, the staff were friendly and attentive without being annoyingly obsequious. The room was superb with wonderful views from the front of the house overlooking the Putting Green & Croquet Lawn. Part of the attraction was the 9 Hole Golf Course where my partner and I spent two fun afternoons (please do not expect close clipped greens to The Belfry standards). The spa has a relaxing ambience, but is not huge, with a Sauna adjoining the swimming pool and the Hot Tub giving astounding views of the surrounding countryside.

The restaurant provides Cordon Bleu meals accompanied by a comprehensive wine list. If you are not sure which wine to select, Marcus will give you sound advice and has excellent knowledge of the whole range of wines available. Breakfast is served in the new Conservatory, where the service is exemplary. If the Full Welsh breakfast is not to your liking then there are alternatives which are equally good and the chef will prepare other items such as scrambled eggs on request. Tea or coffee and toast are replenished as often as you require.

All in all we had a most relaxing break and both of us were reluctant to check out and return home. We will certainly visit again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Went here at the start of May 2013. It's a little off the beaten track (just outside Builth Wells), but if you want peace and quiet then I guess you have to get out into the sticks a bit.
The driveway as you come in is quite steep, and through fairly narrow gates - take care. There is a car park on the right by the 'Lodges' as you come in - this was full - we were actually lucky and got a spot right outside the fron of the hotel (for info - there is another car park on the right down towards the Spa block - with plenty of room - but its not signed - tip to 'The Lake' staff - get a sign put up please!)
The main hotel is a large country house (which apparently has always been a hotel). Reception staff were warm, friendly and welcoming. We were shown up to our room ('Rose') up the 'worlds creakiest stairwell' - although all in character with the house.
Room was a 'Junior Suite', which was very nice, tastefully decorated - large comfy bed, a small annexe 'through lounge' to the bathroom (towels and robes were some of the best / comfiest I've come across!) and loo (plain / unpatterned glass in the loo? Mmmm?? Although there was a blind). Tea making facilities and bottled water (although no biscuits / nibbles? At £189 a night you'd think that something could be laid on?). Also, there was nowhere really for ladies to 'make up' - mirror - but no adjacent light / socket for hair drier etc - a little thought could be put into this one perhaps? Possibly a small fridge? Warm bottled water is not nice!
Anyway, decided to go for a walk around the grounds. The hotel overlooks large lawns (putting green and croquet lawn have seen better days - but it was May). The river (Irfon?) offers a nice walk, down as far as the trout lake - all very peacfeul. Stopped back at the Spa / Pool buildings, popped in for a look - thought it looked very well equipped for the locale. Pool looked inviting, but it was 'kids hour' so opted not to try it! Had a look at the spa treatments - thought they were expensive - even for the minor treatments - although I guess these are the 'going rates' - again - decided not to indulge.
Walked back up to the hotel and went into the main lounge area. Huge room, may have once been a ballroom, eclectic, but tasteful and period furnishings.
Decided to have afternoon cream tea. Lovely big pot of tea, and 2 HUGE scones each with home made jam and clotted cream (£6.50 each) - touch on the expensive side - but they were nice!

Then it was time for our evenig meal, which is all sort of went wrong!
As it was a sunny evening, we decided to sit in the small alcoves that are open to the front of the hotel. Lovely view over the lawns and river. The waiter came and took our pre-dinner drinks orders and provided menus (this is looking promising we thought!)

After we had finished our drinks we went inside as the sun had gone down and it was getting chilly. We sat in the main lounge and tried (in vain) to attract the attention of a passing waiter. Eventually I went over and asked for drinks, which we ordered and gave our meal ordered (heaven knows when we'd get service again!) 20 mins later - no sign - so I asked again, another 10 mins later a waitress appeared (with our drinks) and asked us to come through to the dining room.

There are 2 dining rooms - one is part of the original building, and a newer conservatory / orangery type design at the side. A lovely space, open, clean lines, contemporary and tables well spaced out.

Water was provided 'on request' - which I thought a little strange?! Surely they could put a jug of iced water on each table? Tip to staff - IF you insist on NOT having jusg of water on the table - then you need to be on your game regarding refills - got fed up of asking in the end!

The evening meal - what a disappointment! The setting was right, the sun was was shining, and then the starters arrived..
I had a fish rissotto - which was like a very soggy porridge to look at, tasted like salmon paste. My wifes Salmon turrine was soggy, not well 'pressed' (i.e. it fell apart as soon as you ouched it) and contained large chunks of soggy tomato - taste was 'unusual' to say the least (and def not of salmon!). Summary? Poor quality and technically not very well constructed.

Main courses: My wife had the lamb (which was very nice - although the portion was small), and I had the pork - same comment - very tasty - just wish there'd been more of it!
Summary? Tasty well cooked mains, just not a lot to enjoy!
A few little side comments: If one of the party decides to go for a quick 'comfort break' during the meal - please don't serve the mains until they return! The food will get cold(er) - it wasn't that warm to start with. Plus - PLEASE get rid of the tiny paper blue napkins - if you ARE on an economy drive - at least go for a napkin that can cover your knees - not one that is smaller than those found at most fast food restaurants!
Desert: We opted for the 'sweet slate' - an assortment 'sampler' of available deserts - this was excellent - in fact I think I saw the majority of fellow diners going for this option (probably as its quite a large portion and everyone was still hungry?!)

We opted to take coffee in the lounge. It arrived without the (paid for) truffles - sort of summed up the meal to be honest (although it was struck from the bill the next day when checking out).
Meal? Overall £38.50 was a lot to be paying for what we had - nearly £80 for two people would have definately got you a lot better quality, quantity and pleasure elsewhere. Service was poor - to the point of us likening it to Fawlty Towers! There seemed to be plenty of staff on duty, just unorganised and lacking training in basic customer care.

Breakfast the next day was fine (and welcomed!) - standard fayre, juices, cereals and options around hot meals. ALthough again, basic things like tea and toast had to be asked for, and then re-asked for - which was a little tiring!!

In summary of the whole stay? Lovely place, house and surroundings are idyllic. Let down by the poor / unorganised service and the poor quality (and quantity!) of the evening meal.
Would I go again? Sorry, but probably not.



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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank layton_lewis
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Mrhoward66, Guest Relations at The Lake Country House & Spa, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share a review of your recent stay. It is always useful for us to receive feedback from our guests and allows us the opportunity to take on-board useful suggestions i.e. additional car parking signage. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed our idyllic surroundings and found our reception staff to be ‘warm, friendly and welcoming’.

At the Lake Country House, we like to give guests the opportunity to fully relax and therefore do not set a strict dinner time. Unfortunately sometimes this can put a lot of pressure on our restaurant team and it seems as though this may have been the case on Saturday. We’re sorry to hear that this had an impact on your stay, but let us assure you this is not reflective of our normal high standards as described in other reviews. We hope you have a lovely summer and wish you all the best for the remainder of 2013.
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Walsall
Level Contributor
24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Stunning location, excellent views. Comfortable, well appointed room (suite); quiet and a great nights sleep. Great spa, with a good size pool. Exceptional and extremely friendly staff. Restaurant meals superb, with a very good wine list; but did not have enough time to try the tasting menu.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank oldossil
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

We booked a room for one night at the last minute for the bank holiday and were absolutely delighted. The staff were amazingly friendly and relaxed and made us very welcome. Our spacious room was extremely comfortable and clean, with a large bathroom. Sadly our view was of a wall, but at the last minute you can't be too fussy!

The lounge where we had pre-dinner drinks and canapes was opulently furnished but not in a stuffy way, although we did feel the need talk in slightly hushed tones before it filled up.

Dinner was spectacular, the menu was varied and all tempting and the portions were perfectly sized (although I couldn't quite finish my dessert!). The food was delicious and the presentation first class.

Having checked out we wandered round the extensive grounds which were wonderful and so peaceful. Shame we hadn't taken our tennis things with us. If we had been a couple of weeks later it would have been a riot of colour with all the rhododendrons. We then had a massage in the spa which was of a high standard.

It was a real treat to stay in such a wonderful place where every effort was made to make us feel at home. Thank you to you all for a great stay.

Room Tip: Our room 'Kingfisher' was lovely, thoughtfully decorated and extremely comfortable, but if y...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Tricia_Heaton
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Mrhoward66, Guest Relations at The Lake Country House & Spa, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share such a lovely review. We’re delighted by your comments which will be kindly received by our hard working team. It sounds as though you have been given plenty of reasons to return and if this is indeed the case, we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

Just returned what a beautiful place in gorgeous grounds, we stayed in the rose which is a luxury suite, which was lovely had the most comfortable bed, nice living room area and bathroom, despite some of the other reviews we did have tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary bottled water, the spa was lovely I did not book a treatment but had a nice swim in the pool used the sauna and the hot tub (loved the hot tub overlooking the lake), the staff were very helpful and nice, the lake is lovely to walk around, shame we did not see the owners dogs I would loved to have taken them for a walk. The food was lovely not cheap but l guess you get what you pay for, it would have been nice to have sat in the converservatory where we had breakfast but Im not sure it you had to book to go in there, all in all it was a lovely experience and I would go back we had a deal through secret escapes.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank 765karene
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15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

Stay here a min of 4 days working and relaxing . 4 times a year. Dog friendly, my husband loves all the facility's as I ' m working. Nices people I 've every meet. So friendly and welcoming, as well caring. We(husband, dog and myself) looking forward going back. Booked already our next stay

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Kikifoodandtravel
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
52 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

We spent two midweek nights at this beautiful old house. I have to call it that because it didn't feel like a hotel; more like being the personal guests of the owner of an old country house. The bedrooms in the main house are capacious and elegant and there is also a separate lodge. As you enter the lobby it doesn't even look like a hotel; there is just a discreet desk in one corner. The fire was blazing and the atmosphere was extremely welcoming. Downstairs the large lounge is stuffed with comfy sofas and armchairs - the perfect place to relax and enjoy afternoon tea after your long walk around the grounds, a round of golf on the little nine hole course, or a more adventurous ramble using the walks guide provided in your room. The newly built spa has an excellent 15m swimming pool and a hot tub out on the deck overlooking the lake. The hotel is well off the beaten track and provides peace and calm is a rural setting. The day starts with tea or coffee brought to your room at a time you specify, from 7.30am. You can request tea/coffee making facilities in your room instead but what better way to start the day than someone bringing up a cup of tea to your room? Breakfast is served each morning in the orangery and you can order snacks and sandwiches pretty much all day. But the piece de resistance comes in the restaurant each evening with a four course dinner. The food is absolutely fantastic and the service is exceptional. The dining room itself is a beautiful room decorated in elegant olde world style. Even if you don't dress up (and you don't have to) it feels like a special occasion every night. Other guests told us they have been to the Lake Hotel several times and one couple raved about the Christmas break they took there last year. It was very tempting. We had our dog with us and he was made very welcome, as all well-behaved dogs are. The owners have two themselves who will come and greet you. We had such a good time I didn't even get around to using the spa or booking any treatments. My husband swam and said the pool was excellent. I'll have to save that for next time!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Cas B
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Mrhoward66, Guest Relations at The Lake Country House & Spa, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing this lovely review. We’re delighted to hear you felt so welcome; it’s always great for our team to hear they’ve been able to positively impact a guest’s stay. Whether it’s for Christmas, spa treatments or just another relaxing break with your four legged friend, we’ll look forward to welcoming you back to The Lake Country House soon.
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Property: The Lake Country House & Spa
Address: Llangammarch Wells | Powys, Llangammarch Wells LD4 4BS, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Llangammarch Wells
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Llangammarch Wells
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Lake Country House & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lake Country House Hotel is a 4 star hotel set in the Heart of Mid Wales and is the perfect destination for a luxury hotel break or romantic getaway. The Spa offers a range of Heath and Beauty treatments and is equipped with and indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi overlooking the lake. Game Fishing and golf are available on site and there is a good range of other golf courses in the area. Horse riding, the Elan Valley and of course the Brecon Beacons are all near by.An air of elegance and calm informality pervades this exquisitely furnished Welsh country house hotel. Standing serenely in its own fifty acres of parkland, with sweeping lawns, rhododendron lined pathways and riverside walks, this magnificent mid wales hotel is comfort epitomised.The country house itself is an architectural bagatelle, begun in 1840 and remodeled in 1900. ... more   less 
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