Warm and supremely comfortable, with luxurious bedrooms and suites. superb location on Anglesey’s Menai Strait, with exotic gardens and expansive views.
Going over the top is not our style – we prefer to let Welsh Rarebits properties speak for themselves. But with Château Rhianfa it’s a case of having to rein ourselves in.
It’s probably the most opulent and romantic – certain the most palatial – of our members. From the outside it looks like a fairytale palace – which is precisely what it is. This Grade II Star listed building, modelled on a French Renaissance chateau from the Loire Valley, was built in 1849 as an aristocratic country retreat. Some retreat. From the tips of its conical towers to the bottom of its exotic gardens, lapped by the waters of the Menai Strait, it’s a survivor from the vanished age of unimaginable privilege. Within, the effect is – if anything – even more eye-opening.
You almost need satnav to find your way around this many-chambered mansion. There are, for example, grand spaces like the Drawing Room and intimate cubby holes hidden within those conical towers, summer and winter terraces, a Music Room and Garden Room. The overall effect is… well, quite overwhelming. The furnishing and décor are perfectly pitched for such theatrical surroundings, with tapestries and telescopes, portraits and painted ceilings, chandeliers and gilded mirrors, statues and stained-glass windows.
Suffice to say that Chateau Rhianfa doesn’t do modish minimalism, though the big bedrooms (with vast beds) have fabulous contemporary bathrooms and a ‘vintage-modern’ style which, again, is perfectly in tune with this 21st-century palace. You also have the choice of crisp, modern Lodge Rooms and large Cottage Suites.
Dining is another ‘experience’, at the intimate Le Dragon Rouge restaurant which – like the rest of Château Rhianfa – commands dreamy views across the Menai Strait to the mountains of Snowdonia.