When the owners acquired this place it was certainly run down [there are photographs of the place in a very distressed state] and they have invested a great deal of effort, time and money in bringing to life this lovely old building. The gardens are beautiful and the view from most of the windows is rural and verdant.
The old house is spread-out and rambles around, however it does offer a selection of rooms in which one may have a party, get-together, wedding reception or celebration. The potential was easy to see.
There's a Conference Centre nowadays, and a Health/Sport Centre. Everywhere, the staff are friendly and relaxed.
Maybe a little too relaxed, there is no sign of professionalism: no urgency. No sign of caring - just an assumption that all is well and that anyone who matters will be content.
In the bedroom [there is a choice from many types and styles of room] one takes chances.
Magazines to while away the time perhaps, should the minuscule television not attract? Well, a previous month's edition of Cardiff Life sat on the dressing table, next to Garden of June 2008 and one of February 2009.
The underside of the window cill shows plenty of resistance has been offered to intrusive damp: sadly the resistance has failed and corrective redecoration is long overdue.. The view through that particular window is one of grey slate: just grey slate.
The most uncomfortable bed offered a tired mattress collapsed on an oddly-configured slatted-base. The aged pillows have suffered long enough. The garish and soiled red cushions atop the bed are in dire need of attention from the housekeeper: too many hands and heads have rested thereupon.
The bathroom offers no toilet tissue holder, and only a basin-plug with a broken chain. The ancient leaded window has no catch and is moved by gusts of wind.
Oddly, in 2014 just a few miles from the capital city of Wales [i.e. Cardiff] there are signs warning that the tap water is not drinkable. Non-potable water is usually a sign of undeveloped areas, not of a modern, efficient hospitality operation.
The trouble is, the owning family obviously spent a lot when they bought it but not enough on maintenance and general upkeep. Management is/are not paying attention. The washroom facilities around the various function rooms are other areas needing urgent attention from the Housekeeper and the Maintenance team.
By the way, the Toaster in the breakfast room wasn't working. I could see this even though there were far too many non-working light bulbs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Miskin Manor is a hidden jewel in the crown of the Principality. Nestled in the heart of the Welsh countryside, yet just a few miles from the coast, the Manor is less than a mile from the M4. This stunning house, set in 22 glorious acres and blessed with a timeless ambiance, makes a delightful rural retreat in which to while away a peaceful and relaxing few days. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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