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Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Oswestry
Certificate of Excellence
Olney, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful break for a special occasion”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

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.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oundle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

Pen y Dyffryn is situated in the countryside not too far out of Oswestry. We stayed on a quiet Tuesday and were pleasantly surprised to receive a room upgrade with a view across the valley. The room was a good size with a comfortable bed and good wifi connection. The hotel is a lovely old building with history. We sat in the lounge with its open fire before dinner (there is also a well stocked bar) and there are outside areas which would be nice in the warmer months. The highlight of our stay though was the dinner, a three course meal of superb food which was as good if not better than higher priced and "rated" restaurants we've been to. Fresh, seasonal food, good quality and well presented. Pen y Dyffryn is one of the best small hotels we've stayed at, the rooms represent good value for money, staff are friendly and welcoming and the restaurant is a real bonus. Definitely one to go back to!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Leicestershire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Stayed for three nights in coach house 1. A lovely old former rectory in a truly beautiful setting, mostly the only sounds being the rushing water in the valley and the birds. Staff are warmly welcoming, friendly and helpful. The food is excellent, both dinner and breakfast, and it is worth being aware that there is nowhere nearby to eat or drink. This is a good place for walking right from the door of the hotel and they have a book of walks of varying lengths that can be copied for you and waterproofed OS maps to borrow. There are many places of interest within an hours drive. The hotel produces a sheet each day at breakfast giving the weather for the day and suggestions for what to do including a walk. Our room was not large, but big enough with a good bathroom and spa bath, nicely furnished, well lit and warm, with a wonderful view across the hills and a furnished patio. We found the bed too soft, although others may not, but my one gripe with this and many other hotels, is poor quality pillows. I would also mention that if you have difficulty with low chairs, then you should be aware that most of the sitting room chairs are like that. Overall we enjoyed three days of tranquility, good food and warm hospitality and returned home soothed, which was our objective.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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northants
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

We have just returned from a two night stay at the Pen-y-Dyffryn hotel. The weather was awful but you would hardly notice once sat in the cosy lounges.

We arrived on Saturday afternoon just after an amazing storm, the hotel had just got the electricity back on! This did not faze them, we were shown to our room and an extra heater put on as the heating had only just been sorted. We were then given a welcome cup of tea and scones in front of the open fire in the lounge.

We stayed in the Champagne room and it was lovely a comfy king size bed and great views even through the rain! The bathroom has a huge double jacuzzi bath, shower gel and shampoo are provided although no hair conditioner or body lotion, there is also a large walk in shower. A decent hair dryer is also to be found in the room as well as tea and coffee making facilities.

We ate in the restaurant both evenings and the food was fantastic with a good choice for each course all freshly cooked. Breakfast was also good with a good choice of hot and cold dishes.

We would also like to mention the staff, they were friendly and attentive and nothing was to much trouble, a special mention to Leonie who was lovely.

We hope to visit this hotel again soon.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Shropshire
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

We had a lovely late-January break here and relished the cosy, very friendly welcome, complimentary tea and scones on arrival and all! Great food, great scenery and great walking....great incentive to go back SOON! We couldn't fault it.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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south-west uk
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

This is in a really beautiful location, just on the English/Welsh border near Oswestry. The hotel itself is an old rectory and has been beautifully done up. The staff are attentive and friendly. There are log fires in the lounge, boardgames and a well stocked bar. Our room (Garden room) was great: well decorated, view over the garden, huge bed and spa bath. The food was very good - slightly better on our second night than the first, but maybe the main chef had a night off. Breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice. There are suggested walks routes from the hotel front door and OS maps available to borrow which we found very helpful. This isn't an uber stylish / contemporary / top-end luxury place, but it is comfortable, welcoming, well decorated and maintained country hotel. Recommended.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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telford
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

We had a 2 night stay for our wedding anniversary. We had afternoon tea on our arrival by a roaring log fire....a good start to our stay. The evening meals were wonderful and the staff very friendly. They gave us an anniversary card which was a lovely thought and we shall certainly be returning

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel
Address: Rhydycroesau | Oswestry, Oswestry SY10 7JD, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Shropshire > Oswestry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Oswestry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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