Sychnant Pass Country House
Sychnant Pass Country House has the ambience of a proper, lived-in house rather than that of a grand country hotel. Sychnant Pass’s many homely touches immediately put guests at ease, a feeling reinforced by hosts Janet McLarty and Hugh Rees Phillips who believe in high standards of hospitality without undue fussiness. Having said that, the house itself has a substantial appearance and setting, high on a mountain pass with a big, formal terrace overlooking beautiful lawns and wooded grounds.
Within there’s another big space, a warmly decorated lounge that’s a popular focal point with guests, with no shortage of settees in which to flop after a day’s walking in Snowdonia. Not that you have to travel even that short distance for exercise. One of Sychant Pass’s biggest assets is its superb modern spa, complete with a good-sized indoor heated pool, sauna, well-equipped gymnasium and outdoor patio with hot tub.
The bedrooms come in many different styles and sizes. Around half are spacious suites (two of which have their own hot tubs), while many have private terraces. Some rooms have four-posters, others grand carved beds. In terms of décor, some make bold, theatrical design statements in their choice of furnishings and fabrics, while others are more neutral in tone – so there’s something for all tastes. This comfortable, convivial hotel is in a restful location that’s handy for North Wales’s coast and country. Historic Conwy, with its World Heritage castle, is just down the hill, Llandudno a mere 15 minutes away, and Betws-y-Coed at the gateway to Snowdonia not much further.