Myself and my partner have what is now referred to as a blended family which includes three boys, a girl and a puppy ranging from 18 years old to 3 months, which means we don’t get much chance to spend time alone together very often. Added to this that I spend three to four nights a week working away from home the time we do spend together is important to us.
Boxing Day has become our time, when the children are away with the respective other halves, we slip away for a couple of days doing absolutely nothing. We have a 12 week old puppy and had expected that this year we would have to break tradition and stay at home.
However a quick search of pet friendly hotels within a reasonable distance from home threw up a couple of candidates, one being the Sychnant Pass Country House. A quick email to the owners confirmed the puppy would be welcome within certain rules and guidelines including her being caged at night so I called to book and was dealt with courteously and efficiently.
I know the area well and knew immediately it would be a lovely setting but the house itself is also stunning and located in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
We arrived on Boxing Day with pooch in tow and was greeted by Hugh the owner, it was immediately evident that he was a very enthusiastic host and we soon felt welcome and at ease and after a quick check in we were shown all of the amenities and on to our room. The suite was extremely welcoming, a well-appointed lounge with comfortable settee leads off to a lovely bedroom with kingsize bed and the modern bathroom light, airy and spotlessly clean. The room had two large patio doors leading to a private terrace with hot-tub.
We dumped our bags and headed for the tastefully appointed lounge and set up shop in front of a beautiful open fire which was inlayed with the tudor rose. Hugh was immediately on hand to explain the history of the house and its connection to Tudor Britain and also to take the much needed drinks order. We ordered a very nice bottle of Sancerre from a very, very good wine list that left us a little bit spoilt for choice. We then settled down to do exactly what we were there to do, absolutely nothing.
We went for dinner around 7:30 and again our genial host was on hand to take the drinks order which included locally sourced ales and ciders. Our order was taken and it was explained that the menu was there as a guide and if we fancied anything slightly different it would be catered for, Beth immediately asked for the goats cheese in the salad to be replaced with Stilton which was done without fuss. All three courses couldn’t not be faulted, in fact it is one of the nicest meals I have eaten in a long time, all freshly prepared using local produce and the service was excellent.
The cheese course was served in the lounge which gave you the chance to speak with the other guests, all of whom made similar comments over the quality of the food and service. The following day, breakfast, which has a tendency not to be too good at hotels was again excellent. Local sausages, eggs and bacon sourced within one mile of the hotel and cooked to perfection.
Our lazy break continued with a quick walk along the beach with the puppy, a little bit of shopping followed by a beer and sandwich at Conwy Harbour which is only a 10 minute drive away. We returned to the hotel for more laziness, a stint in the pool and a bottle of fizz in the hot-tub. The pool is very well maintained, tidy and spotlessly clean although a couple of areas around the pool need a lick of paint but I’m sure that will be on one of Hugh’s lists somewhere. The communal showers were again spotless with an abundance of soft towels easily on hand. As you can imagine on a holiday of this type we didn’t venture near the gym.
The hotel was very quiet on the second night which didn’t cause us too much concern as we were there to get away from it all and we had the place to ourselves as the other residents had decided not to eat in, their loss! Dinner that evening was again excellent, couldn’t be faulted in any way. We headed off to the lounge for cheese and biscuits and Hugh arrived shortly after and asked if he could join us which we insisted he did, closely followed by his wife. The conversation was light and entertaining and you felt like you were visiting friends rather than a hotel. This is Hugh’s number one strength, he makes you feel welcome.
We have read all of the reviews for the Sychnant Pass Country House over the last few days and we must admit to being a little bit taken aback by some of the comments. You have to go a long way to find fault with this hotel, sure it may need a lick of paint here and there in the communal areas like the pool but what hotel doesn’t?
In my 25 year career as an IT Consultant I have spent my working life living out of a suitcase and in hotels all around the world including much of the UK, Bermuda, Canada, Luxemburg and Australia. I must say that staying at The Sychnant Pass Country House is most definitely one of the nicest experiences we have had and as many people have said in previous comments we are just trying to work out when we can go back because we certainly won’t be leaving it until next Boxing Day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our elegant Edwardian country house is set in 3 acres of grounds with leisure facilities which includes swimming pool, sauna, gym and outdoor hot tub. We have charging points for electric cars and ample off-street parking. Situated in the Snowdonia National Park, we are in the heart of the countryside and yet only 1.5 Miles from the historic town of Conwy and less than 15 minutes' drive from the seaside resort of Llandudno (voted top UK seaside resort on Trip Advisor). We are easily accessible and well placed for both business and leisure stays. Our candlelit restaurant is highly recommended and is open 7 nights as week to residents and non-residents alike. Our seasonal menu offers a choice of starters, main courses and desserts and the food is freshly cooked to order, using local ingredients wherever possible. We can offer a great wine list to complement your food. Our location is convenient for Conwy, Llandudno, Bodnant Gardens, Mount Snowdon, Anglesey and we are a very useful stopping off point for those travelling to the Holyhead ferry terminal. Outdoor pursuits of walking, golf, mountain biking are all on our doorstep and just a short drive away, you will find the longest zip-wire in Europe and the only indoor surf resort at Surf Snowdonia - as well as plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy. Alternatively, you can just curl up with a good book in our comfortable lounge! A warm welcome awaits you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sychnant Pass House Hotel Conwy
- Sychnant Pass Country House Conwy, Wales