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The Lake Country House & Spa
Certificate of Excellence
hertfordshire
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21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“What a find!”
Reviewed August 1, 2006

We booked this hotel at the last minute to visit the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells. The situation is charming and tranquil. The rooms are extremely comfortable. The food is very good and the service impeccable. We were offered an extremely friendly welcome and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. A special mention for Tim, the maitre d and head waiter (and Head of everything else, I suspect!). Tim was the perfect English butler....modelled on Jeeves. He was etiquette par excellence seasoned with a zesty sense of humour. Thanks for a really good time.

  • Liked — The service and atmosphere
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Make sure you meet Tim!
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank LVESC
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Buckinghamshire
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24 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2006

After three nights in this hotel, I can certainly understand why it is appreciated by the other reviewers to date.

The buildings look like the country home of landed gentry - situated off a quiet road around 25 minutes drive from Brecon. Our bedroom was large, light, furnished in a classic style with a whole range of Molten Brown goodies in the bathroom. The sherry and biscuits were a nice touch upon arrival in the room. My husband enjoyed the small golf course - the hotel was happy to loan him golf clubs - and we over-heard lots of happy guests talking about the fishing. The food was lovely & presented very well.

Confession time? This isn't a hotel we would go back to - no 'fault' of the owners just not quite our style in terms of the atmosphere. My parents would have loved it - it was a little too formal for us. It felt a little like a private members club - with whispered conversations in pre-dinner drinks, ties and jackets encouraged for dinner, waiters dressed in morning suits.

I really would recommend this hotel to individuals who are looking for a hotel with old school charm, who have the confidence to enjoy feeling like one of the upper classes for the weekend.

  • Stayed April 2006
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7 Thank BelJCG
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United Kingdom
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2006

We stayed at the Lake on a cold, miserable day in April but our stay at this beautiful country house was far from cold and miserable. Log fires burned in the lounge and drawing room, surroundings were very grand but comfortable and with homely touches here and there such as favourite family photos adding a personal touch. I had booked a massage at the newly opened Kingfisher Spa and can fully recommend trying one or more of the treatments available. The owners of The Lake are charming and most sociable. Our suite had its own adjoining sitting room which was very comfortable, complete with carafe of sherry which gave us hearty appetities for the wonderful food served in the dining room. The service was impeccable but discreet - nothing was too much trouble. The whole ambience of the place was peaceful and relaxed - what a wonderful place to go and recharge batteries. We can fully recommend it

  • Stayed April 2006
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5 Thank Breconian
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London, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2006

I must just say a few words about the Lake Country House.

We got married there last August and the hotel was fabulous. We checked out a lot of the high-end places in South Wales (Llangoed Hall, Miskin Manor and co) before choosing the Lake, and from the word go we were glad that we did.

The food is sensational. For our wedding meal we had Welsh black beef in a port sauce, followed by a pave of chocolate mousse with kahlua ice cream. It was as good as anything I have eaten anywhere - and the evening buffet and breakfast the next morning were the same.

The service, too, is exceptional. In a world of bland corporate hotels the Lake really stands out as providing highly personalised service. We had the impression that nothing we asked would be a problem, no matter what it was. In particular Shirley and Roy at front of house were superstars and went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everyone had an enjoyable experience.

Our guests stayed with us at the Lake and a number of them still say to us how fantastic the hotel was.

Niggles? The owner can blow and little hot and cold at times; friendly and talkative one minute and less so the next. But given that he and his wife run the best hotel in Wales they can be forgiven for being distracted at times.

The Lake is a genuine find, more Country House than Hotel. It has exceptional service and exquisite food in the middle of God's own country. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2005
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5 Thank RJMLondon
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somerset, england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2005

My partner and I stayed at this lovely hotel last weekend on a last minute trip to Wales. We were visiting some relatives and finding it difficult to find a really good quality hotel near to Lampeter, this was the closest we could get - we were not disappointed! We just wish we could have stayed longer! It is always difficult to know what to expect with a 3 star hotel - great facilities and not so great service - or little facilities but fabulous service and this was certainly the latter. My first experience was of course calling them to book - and the lady couldn't of been more helpful - other places had almost laughed at the fact that I was trying to book the middle Saturday in August one week before travelling! but she was so polite and even offered us a suite for the same price as a double room as the four poster room I had asked for was not available. The day before we travelled our confirmation arrived in the post and even had directions from our little town in Somerset all the way to the Hotel front door! Surprise and delight - they certainly did! On arriving at the hotel there wasn't very much room to park, but they didn't seem overly busy anyway and I think the lack of parking may have been down to the construction of a new building in the grounds which looks decidedly like it may be going to be an indoor swimming pool! Hurrah! The moment we walked through the door it was like stepping back in time, and you felt like you were walking into a really friendly but wonderfully professional family home. Our room was beautiful, lovely and clean with a view out over the river and gardens. The suite had its own little sitting room with Sherry provided! The shower a little weak, but a lovely deep bath to wallow in. Before dinner we took a walk across the grounds towards the hotel's own lake, and were accompanied by the hotel's own black labradors! It was really therapeutic to get some fresh air in this glorious countryside and borrow a pair of dogs at the same time. After a few games of "fetch" it was time for dinner. Dinner was not cheap at £40 a head but we were brought canapes with our drinks in the fabulous drawing room, and the standard of the food was out of this world. The staff were attentive, very formal and traditional but with a good sense of humour too. After dinner we sat and drank great coffee and played chess before going to bed. Comfy bed. So many hotel beds are too hard, but this one was lovely. Oh- forgot to mention the Molten Brown toiletries! Breakfast equally great - cereals and fruit in a buffet style as is normal, and toast and good choice of cooked breakfast to follow including kippers / kedgeree, and full welsh breakfast with welsh lamb sausages, egg, thick bacon, black pudding and white pudding etc etc.
Altogether I cannot recommend this highly enough. It's not the most contemporary and forward thinking hotel, but the location, staff, food, setting, grounds, accommodation and hospitality are wonderful - and I would make a dodgy trip up a busy M5, across the severn bridge and into the welsh hills again just to go here. It's 3 stars seems harsh - but maybe with the redevelopment its facilities will improve it's rating. One of the AA's top 200 hotels and I can see why.

  • Stayed August 2005
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12 Thank gg020
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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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