The description ‘country house hotel’ has become devalued of late, thrown around as it now is with great abandon and little discrimination. Its original meaning – a blend of dignity and style, supreme comfort, cuisine and service – can be applied without question here. What’s more, Penmaenuchaf Hall was built as a genuine country house in 1860 for a wealthy cotton magnate, while its status has once again been validated with another top award – this time the ‘Wales Hotel of the Year’. Mark Watson and Lorraine Fielding have undertaken an ambitious, no-expense-spared restoration of this fine, grey-stoned manor.
With such an abundance of outstanding qualities, it’s difficult to know where to begin: in the hallway, perhaps, where opulent furnishings and a blazing log fire provide a welcome change to the usual hotel reception area. This theme is applied throughout, with furnishings and décor which are the epitome of flair, taste and style: the library’s plush reds, the lounge’s marble fireplace, the old slate floors and the magnificent, individually designed bedrooms.
The Garden Room Restaurant provides a light and elegant setting for food of the highest quality. If that were not enough, there’s also Penmaenuchaf Hall’s prized location, in its own grounds overlooking the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. Many country pursuits are available locally, including excellent salmon, sea-trout and trout fishing free to residents.
The hotel is also ideally located for two championship links courses at Harlech and Aberdyfi and for the increasingly popular sport of mountain biking-in addition to glorious natural terrain, the world-class purpose-built trails in the Coed y Brenin Forest are close by.