Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel


This hotel straddles the Wales/England border in a landscape that speaks volumes of the way in which the two countries historically went their separate ways. Drive west from Oswestry on an arrow-straight road that lances through Shropshire countryside and within a few minutes you round a corner to be plunged unexpectedly into a roller-coaster of steep hills and deep valleys. And there, presiding over the ancient border of Offa’s Dyke, is the haven of good food and hospitality that is Pen-y-Dyffryn. Miles and Audrey Hunter, the hotel’s agreeable owners, have stopped counting the newspaper and guidebook cuttings that praise their ‘cosy and welcoming small treasure’.

Map of North Wales

On entering this handsome Georgian ex-rectory it’s immediately apparent why it attracts such accolades. In Audrey’s words, ‘People arrive here on a Friday night completely stressed out, but by Sunday morning they never want to leave.’ Pen-y-Dyffryn is homely and comfortable, with not the tiniest hint of preciousness. It avoids that precise, immaculately polished fussiness – with the accompanying hushed tones and formality – that characterises some country house hotels. The bedrooms are well appointed with smart bathrooms, some with spa baths. The rooms in the adjoining Coach House (with their own patio areas), are especially appealing in summer and for guests with pets. Pen-y-Dyffryn’s cuisine also attracts great plaudits. Its delicious, imaginative country cooking is another pleasure to anticipate after exploring the hotel’s idyllic surroundings, Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall and the National Trust ‘s Erddig, Powis and Chirk properties.

About North East Wales

We are told that interesting things await us in North East Wales where we share a border with English counties Shropshire and Cheshire. This area is perfect for nature lovers with Offa’s Dyke National Trail, a 177-mile range from north to south, passing through the heather clad hills and limestone cliffs making up the Clwydian Range.
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Your hosts are Miles and Audrey Hunter

0800 161 5875
Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel, Rhydycroesau, nr Oswestry, SY10 7JD