My lasting memory of Bodysgallen will be the stunning gardens - and this from a woman who can't garden to save her life! They are truly spectacular.
The hotel is a magnificent building, full of character and charm. We stayed in a cottage in the grounds - and there are several to choose from. In style, very chintzy and to a particular taste, spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Turn down service and all aspects of housekeeping were excellent.
The service was very good in general although a little stiff and sombre perhaps. This is without a doubt an excellent hotel, catering for a more mature clientele. They do make this clear from the start I must say. Children under 6 are not permitted in the hotel for example and swimming times for over 6's in the spa's pool ( lovely staff here ) are restricted to an hour in the morning and one in the afternoon. No problem. There are numerous hotels who cater almost exclusively for young families so there should be a balance.
We had a lovely time but if I have a gripe - yes, here it is - I'm afraid it's the food. I must make it clear here that we did not eat dinner in the main restaurant, so this criticism does not extend to that. We did however eat in the bistro and breakfast in the dining room. The bistro food I'm sad to say was poor: bland, unseasoned and the driest risotto I've probably ever eaten. We were quite surprised that the quality of the food was so far removed from the excellence of the rest of the hotel.
Breakfast was decent - certainly the cold selection was - but when it came to cooked offerings we were given cold scrambled eggs and cold mushrooms, bacon so cremated it shattered when you cut into, tasteless smoked haddock it and very ordinary toast. Not great.
This did not spoil our few days there but our overall experience could have been so much better had the food been up to scratch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Standing in over 200 acres of its own parkland to the south of Llandudno with spectacular views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle. Believed to have 13th century origins, Bodysgallen Hall provides all that is best in country house hospitality. Beautiful gardens include a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweet-scented herbs, a rockery with a cascade, a walled rose garden, and several follies. Historic House Hotels Ltd bought and rescued the house from a dilapidated state in 1981 and restored the 17th century house and gardens. In September 2008 Historic House Hotels Ltd and its interest in all its properties were given to the National Trust to ensure their long-term protection, with all profits benefiting the houses and the charity.The 15 extremely comfortable bedrooms in the Main Hall offer several different room types, including the four elegant principal suites. Each bedroom is individually decorated and furnished with antique furniture, paintings and prints, enjoying glorious views of Bodysgallen's parkland or gardens, with some rooms having further reaching views of Conwy Castle or the distant Mountains of Snowdonia. There are 16 cottage suites with picturesque names like The Smithy, Box Cottage and Pineapple Lodge, are situated in the grounds, and provide accommodation for guests preferring a greater degree of privacy. Many cottages enjoy their own private gardens and some are in close proximity to the Bodysgallen Spa. All are charming and delightful. The Dining Room in the main hall has been awarded three rosettes for fine dining by the AA - the only restaurant in Llandudno to be awarded such - and offers imaginative meals prepared from fresh local produce and complemented by fine wine, and overlooks the gardens and has been recognised as one of the best places for Sunday Lunch in the United Kingdom by The Observer newspaper.The Spa is approached by a short walk through the garden or by a private road. Converted from an original stone built farm it contains a magnificent 50' swimming pool edged with comfortable reclining chairs, whirlpool spa bath, steam room and sauna. A superb gymnasium has all the latest technologically advanced equipment, suitable for all ranges of fitness. A comfortable Club Room is a place where guests and members can relax and enjoy drinks and light meals, which in the summer are also served on the terrace. Residential guests have full use of the Bodysgallen Spa.Bodysgallen Hall is situated about 2 miles south from Llandudno and the North Wales coast. It is surrounded by over 200 acres of beautiful gardens and wooded parkland. Bodysgallen Hall has magnificent views of Snowdonia, and Conwy Castle. It's the perfect setting for a relaxed holiday at all times of the year. The hotel is ideally placed for visiting the many historic castles and stately homes in North Wales as well as the famous golf courses that adorn the coastline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bodysgallen Hall Hotel Llandudno
- Bodysgallen Hall And Spa
- Bodysgallen Hall Llandudno
- Bodysgallen Hall & Spa Llandudno, Wales