A brand new discovery, vibrant and playful boutique interiors, handy for the sights and sounds of the Capital city. Perfect for a staycation, with an indulgent spa and pool.
After well over 30 years immersed in the boutique hotel market in Wales we’d like to think we have our finger on the pulse, but gorgeous Lanelay Hall almost passed us by. As a complete newcomer to the luxury hotel scene we are excited to show you this, as yet, undiscovered gem. We often find that first time hoteliers bring a refreshingly unstuffy twist to a new venture, and Dave Edwards’s sense of humour, style and a genuine love of life shine through here.
A careful renovation of what used to be the Glamorgan Fire Services HQ nods respectfully at the past, but happily embraces the future. Bang on trend contemporary interiors and a chilled soundtrack sit well within the historic stone and polished wood paneling, splashes of vibrant colour, lavish fabrics, bold print wall coverings, grand gilt mirrors and accent lighting bring the cosy corners alive. There’re roaring wood burners at every turn, and the welcoming ‘hot chocolate’ colour palette and flattering candlelight make this the sort of place in which its dead easy to lose a few relaxing hours, or indeed days.
The seventeen high ceilinged rooms are calming, with room to breathe and generous modern bathrooms. Some have statement double-ended freestanding tubs set in indulgently in the bay window, and all retain the original features. The super-king beds boast opulent mattress toppers and top-quality linen.
Light bites and super coffee are served all day in the buzzy bar, and whilst dinner in the Sir Christopher Cole dining room is a slightly grander affair, don’t expect cut glass and stiff table cloths, Lanelay doesn’t do ‘posh’, just great Vale of Glamorgan local ingredients, carefully cooked and brought to you by a smiling team. A stylish breakfast is served in the kitchen with Chef cooking everything to order as you chat. The avocado, poached eggs, smoked salmon and sour dough is to die for.
Whilst you should not expect sweeping lawns and acres of grounds, there’s no reason to leave the cossetting warmth of Lanelay, its well-stocked bar, or the Hollywood pool. There’s even plans afoot for the addition of treatment rooms and an outdoor hydrotherapy pool. It’s the personification of that much over-used turn phrase, the staycation, just done well, really really well.