Recently stayed here using groupon voucher for two nights plus taster menu which seemed a popular method of staying. We expected a lot based on reviews we had read but we felt it promised more than it delivered. Admittedly the setting is idyllic, elevated above the river, with an imposing feel to the place. We were also lucky to have two splendid days of sunny weather which would makes a big difference to any trip to wales! Our room, 17, was not particularly big and will long be remembered as being wallpapered with 6inch wide, vertical lines of beige, pink and brown ( each colour probably has a more artistic name). Taste is obviously personal and although we felt a bit like being in a Bedouin tent others may like this decor choice. The room is sort of at the back of the hotel, with others, and is above the working parts of a hotel, bottle bins, cardboard store and three very large cylinders, now defunct, that were, I suspect, part of some previous renovation. The metal framed window suffers with the age old and understandable problem of condensation, permanently evident along the sill. A large bed provided an excellent nights sleep and a spacious walk in shower meant we were spruced up and refreshed for breakfast each day. This brings me to the food. I tried the eggs benedict as along with the traditional cooked offerings there were various omelettes, egg royal etc. An impressive looking touch that tasted ok based on what I had chosen. The cooked English the following day was also fine. The evening taster menu "tasted" fine and made for a pleasant change from the conventional three/four course whatever. Washed down with a £16.00 bottle of very pleasant house white. I guess the point I am making in a very laboured way is the food was fine but importantly not memorable, for us anyway. Service was good and generally we found the staff to be pleasant and efficient, particularly the gardener!
On a different note the wifi connection in room 17 is very poor and non existent at times. I brought this to the attention of the reception staff, once whilst the owner was present, and was told after some basic checks were made of the routers that it should have been fine. It is probably wise to simply accept that not all parts of the hotel pick up a good wifi signal. We wanted to use the ipad for maps etc,but it was no hardship to find areas of the hotel where wifi was good. Anyway, all in all a pleasant break and the above is just a summary of some of my thoughts and our experiences. I am sure, in this fairly large manor hotel, there are rooms with great views, wifi, calming decor so give it a go. Perhaps explore the upgrade option others have mentioned that I had not been aware of until now.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Formerly the home of Lord Swansea, a manor house set in 27 acres of parkland surrounded by the River Irfon. Comfortable bedrooms and friendly welcome. Log fires in winter, croquet in summer. Ideal as a relaxing base.Fishing, walking, riding, birdwatching. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Caer Beris Manor
- Caer Beris Manor Hotel Builth Wells, Wales