This place is an utter gem! My partner discovered The Drawing Room via the Mr & Mrs Smith website and obtained a fantastic midweek deal. As part of that deal we had to dine in the restaurant for both nights. I can honestly say that this was the best thing to happen to us! We were the only couple in the drawing room for both nights and were treated to Melanie & Colin's gastronomic delights and amazing hospitality.
We stayed in Oliver. The room was beautifully furnished and the bathroom (fitted out with Fired Earth) was of the highest quality. The free standing bath next to a window overlooking the fields opposite was a particularly nice touch. The bed was comfortable and the temperature of the room was just right. There are a few simple guidelines and suggestions about your stay in the welcome file, but they are there to enhance your stay...not hinder it! And if you like peace and quiet and absolutely no light pollution this really is the place to go. Apparently quite a lot of traffic used to pass the house but since the bypass was put in at the end of last year hardly any traffic passes by.
We absolutely love what Melanie and Colin have done at The Drawing Room, and their concept is really not hard to understand....it really is a restaurant, with rooms. I am not entirely sure that the negative reviewers understand what this means. What it meant to my partner and I was that after a day driving through the beautiful Elan Valley (a great suggestion from Melanie) and exploring beautiful Wales, you can arrive back in the late afternoon and have a well deserved cup of tea. Then, when you are ready, it's downstairs for a pre-dinner drink in the lounge next to the wood fire, all the while salivating over the dinner menu (which was different on both nights). Melanie then invites you into the very cosy dining room with exquisitely chosen cutlery, glassware and décor and some light music playing in the background. You can then choose from the very well put together wine list which Melanie will gladly help you with should you require assistance matching food and wine. The food really is phenomenal and could rival any top restaurant in my opinion. Service from Melanie was exceptional; friendly and relaxed, yet efficient and attentive and NEVER rushed. The dishes were delicious, locally sourced, beautifully constructed and presented. Coffee and petit fours are extra, but my goodness, the coffee is delicious and you get cream with it, not milk! Heaven! The petit fours are also hand made and to die for. Well worth the extra few pounds in my opinion.
I cannot stress enough what a wonderful couple Melanie and Colin are, and Melanie's hospitality was extremely professional but incredibly friendly. My partner and I cannot understand the negative comments (all be it very few) about Melanie or her service. If you want to sit in your room all day watching TV and surfing the internet, this place is not for you. I disagree with a previous negative comment comparing The Drawing Room’s prices to London prices. I think it is extremely good value for money and in any case, nowhere in London would you get the surroundings as well as the exceptional product on offer at The Drawing Room.
Thank you both for a truly memorable stay. We are already planning our next visit already!
- Also Known As:
- The Drawing Room Hotel Builth Wells
- The Drawing Room Builth Wells, Wales