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Caer Beris Manor Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Builth Wells
Certificate of Excellence
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A mixed bag of experiences.”
Reviewed 14 March 2014

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.

Room Tip: Room 17 has poor, if any, wifi connection. I only mention this if someone needs computer access. Pro...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Bought an overnight stop with 7 Course Taster Menu meal and breakfast on Groupon/Wowchecker, but would willingly have paid full price. The building is old, quaint old, so expect some creaks and groans but it it is very tastefully and comfortably done out with tons of places to sit and relax in great sofas and armchairs. The room that I had was huge and had a double bed which was so comfortable, also had a settee and other furnishings - if I was to criticise it would be for the huge size room could do with a bigger tv, but honestly that is not a problem. The bathroom was fully equipped with a fancy shower cubicle which had several different settings/functions and also a separate bath. The grounds are lovely, and if like me you are lucky enough to have good weather then there are loads of walks in the grounds, and a fast running clean river running through the property. The swing bridge is something else - try it before you have a drink! The evening meal was superb, could not fault it - as was the breakfast - loads of choices and everything cooked to order, not half warm on a buffet as in so many places now. The staff make the place as well, there was not one that wasn't welcoming or appeared pleased to see you.
Cannot see why this is only graded a 3star hotel, it is so much better than so many 4* and 5*.
Cannot recommend this place high enough - I am someone that likes modern buildings and all that goes with it, but I am converted! Try it

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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caerberis, Owner at Caer Beris Manor Hotel, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Hi

Many thanks for your wonderful review.We have tried to keep the decor of the house true to its origins The grounds have always been our best feature. Right now. we are restoring the rose walk hopefully to finally look like an Edwardian photograph we have been given of the original. H

Look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind regards

Pter
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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

We have just returned from a one night stay through Groupon which included the 7 course taster menu. First impressions as we drove up were delightful, the building is old and beautiful. The staff were very welcoming and knowledgeable. We upgraded to the Swansea Suite which was beautifully furnished, with an amazing four poster bed and was very comfortable. The room was a little too warm for my personal liking. There was a separate little lounge area with a comfy two seater sofa, tv and tea making area. The rooms have a lovely views of the grounds and the river. The bathroom has a roll top bath and lovely soft towels. This is a period property and one expects it to be dated but it is totally charming. The grounds are wonderful. The 7 course taster menu was first class even though as a rule I don't eat fish, I tried it and thoroughly enjoyed the whole dining experience. There was a great choice for breakfast and once again the quality was first class. We will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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caerberis, Owner at Caer Beris Manor Hotel, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Hi

So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us so much. Our chefs takes great pride in all the meals they prepare whether the Tasting Menu or 'just' breakfast so it is always good to know their efforts are appreciated.
We hope to be able to welcome you back soon.

Kind regards

Peter
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Somerset, England
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We have just spent a two night break at this hotel which exceeded our expectations for a 3* hotel. We anticipated perhaps some signs of wear in a property of this age but the interior has been immaculately and imaginatively maintained and decorated. The evening meals were first class, particularly the 7 course taster menu. We suspect a different chef dealt with breakfast and it was necessary to be specific about how some items should be cooked.
We felt that meal and bar prices represented good value
The owners could not have been more friendly and helpful, eg in helping to plan local walks.
The hotel location is quite stunning and the grounds attractive.
Our room, although not the best located (but convenient for exercising our dog), was comfortable and did not lack any amenity.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms overlooking the courtyard/front door should be avoided as curtains have to be kep...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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caerberis, Owner at Caer Beris Manor Hotel, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Hi
Very many thanks for your great review. One big advantage of being a small family owned hotel is that we can give guests more personal attention than some large hotels. We have to thank mother nature for our setting which we are so pleased ou enjoyed.
Look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind regards

Peter
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england
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Stayed in February on Groupon deal with 7 course taster menu. It is an old country manor hotel so yes it is dated in parts but this is the charm, it is not a generic hotel. Yes the bedroom was a little dated but we loved it, big high bed with eiderdown reminded me of staying with my great grandparents as a child. The paneled dining room, conservatory, bar area are all lovely and comfortable and they even have there own beer - Irfon Ale. The grounds and settings of the hotel are wonderful for a walk. During our stay we where without power for a few hours but the warm and pleasant staff put out candles and brought us a glass of wine - what more could you want. Food was superb my only complaint was that I didnt enjoy the coffee at breakfast. Would definitely return in later in year to to enjoy the area more

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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caerberis, Owner at Caer Beris Manor Hotel, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Hi

Many thanks for your excellent review. and so gad you enjoyed your stay. so much. We were lucky with it being a short power cut. Some people were off for a lot longer. Good excuse for a candlelit dinner though.

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Peter
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Cardiff
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Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

Just came back from a 2 night Groupon stay, having read the reviews about the hotel, we were expecting the rooms to be a bit tired so weren't surprised when we arrived. We were staying the the Wye Suite with excellent views over the beautiful grounds. The room was huge, yes a bit dated but comfortable, very quiet. The room also has a large sofa to relax. Evening one we ate the 7 course taster menu, it was very nice highlights for me were salmon and beetroot and the duck terrine, even though I know other people on this review site disagree, personally they were my favourite two courses. Washed down with some lovely wine, yum. Great nights sleep and the following day had breakfast in the conservatory which again was nice. I'd also read that the meals from the normal menu were lovely so we decided on day 2 to book into the restaurant and boy were we in for a treat. I had the twice baked cheese soufflé, presentation was excellent, lovely art work with berries and nuts, the soufflé was the best id ever had. My husband had the salmon with cous cous, again he said his was awesome. For mains I had lamb baked 3 different ways with sweet potato, omg so tasty and my husband had the chicken, best chicken he'd had in a while. Desserts were lovely and cheeseboard. Stuffed and another great nights sleep. My only criticism was the shower facilities, the shower was a dated electric shower which had a mind of its own when it wanted to set the temperature, either boiling or freezing. This is why I've only given a rating of 4 out of 5. Get that sorted and 5 would be easily given. Thanks again we can't wait to sample the amazing food again soon.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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caerberis, Owner at Caer Beris Manor Hotel, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
Hi

Many thanks for such a positive review. As you say, different people have different opinions of the same dish, but that's just personal taste. We are all different, thank goodness. Although the 7 course menu is a selection taken from our normal fine dining menu which has 21 items to choose from, it means there are lots more interesting things to enjoy. With the shower in your room, it is being addressed at present. The new water system has considerably more pressure which will allow us to dispense with the electric one and replace with a thermostatic one.

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Peter
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

A very good hotel in an near perfect setting, on the banks of the river Irfon (if you are an angler take a rod as the fishing is free) food of the highest quality especially the 7 course taster menu, breakfast was a good choice I would recommend the full Welsh. Rooms large and well equipped but perhaps could have queen or king size beds as ours was a bit small for larger people. Overall a great stay.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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caerberis, Owner at Caer Beris Manor Hotel, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
Hi

Many thanks for your recent review and so pleased you enjoyed your stay. There have been some really good fish caught recently, and as it is 'catch and release' they are still there to be enjoyed. The taster menu has been very well received by the vast majority of our guests who have tried it. A regular comment is that there are things on it that they would not have normally ordered, but are glad they tried them. The majority of beds in the hotel are either 5' or 6' wide so unfortunately you were unlucky during your stay.

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Peter
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Property: Caer Beris Manor Hotel
Address: Garth Road, Builth Wells LD2 3NP, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Builth Wells
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Builth Wells
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Hotel Class:3 star — Caer Beris Manor Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 23
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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