It's taken me nearly a year to get around to writing this review - partly because we had a fantastic time and then I read some of the less favourable reviews on Trip Advisor and wondered if they were actually about the same place. So, this review is written purely on reflection of our stay last year - and I know that it's still the experience that can be had - two other couples have visited on our recommendation - and one of them has just gone back (so the positive reviews in the Telegraph haven't spoiled the place!).
We visited for our 10th wedding anniversary and had a lovely time. We were welcomed to find two living rooms with real fires burning, and enjoyed tea and scones on our arrival, with staff even taking the time to find Red Bush tea for me! Our room was the Champagne Room - and we were pleased to hear that the bathroom was being re-fitted at the time of booking, so when we arrived it was much nicer than the photos on the website. The bed was comfortable and the whole experience very relaxing - just what we needed.
The restaurant is of a high standard - not Michelin-starred but certainly worthy of its two AA rosettes and on both nights we enjoyed a high standard of food and drink with portion sizes that were "just right". The staff were happy to bring us breakfast in our room on the morning of our anniversary and, on the second day, we took breakfast in the restaurant, where there was a good selection (including the home-made marmalade).
In our early 40s, we were probably some of the younger clientele on the weekend we visited; however I got the impression that the majority of guests are couples - not a place for large groups of friends! One of the attractions is the access to countryside walks of all lengths direct from the hotel, with staff happy to recommend routes and even lend maps. The location is, literally, on the English-Welsh border (the hotel is a former rectory - and is in England - but the church is the other side of the stream, in Wales) and the local landscape is very attractive and if you want to take a drive a little further than the whole of mid-Wales is very accessible.
All in all, I thoroughly recommend Pen-y-Dyffryn - for us it was not an insignificant amount of money to spend but it was worth every penny (no pun intended). Of course, there are places where we could spend a lot more, but the team at Pen-y-Dyffryn seem to have struck the perfect balance between quality, comfort, welcome and affordability. I'd love to go back again soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Midway between Shrewsbury and Chester this beautiful silver-stone Georgian rectory is set in stunning hill scenery. In five acres of grounds, the Hotel offers unobtrusive hospitality, first-class food and an easy-going atmosphere guaranteeing that "away-from-it-all" feeling. Some bedrooms have private patios others have spa baths. Good Hotel Guide Country Hotel of the Year and Johansens Best Value Award. Two AA Food Rosettes. Great walking from the front door &€“ close Powis Castle and Erdigg (N.T.) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel Oswestry, Shropshire