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Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

We stayed 2 nights (Friday and Saturday) of Valentines weekend. On arrival we were told that there was no cold water due to the bad weather. This didn't bother us too much and we enjoyed tea and scones in front of the roaring log fire. However, then the electricity went off! Miles, the owner, tried to keep us informed but it really boiled down to were we happy to stay or did we want to leave. Some people did leave but, along with several other couples, we decided to stay and were very happy that we did. Miles cracked open he complimentary champagne and the evening meal (which had to be served by candle light) was superb. The power was restored later in the evening and the rest of the weekend was great. One problem was that the spa bath did not work but this didn't spoil the visit. When we came to pay the bill,there was also a generous reduction to compensate for the inconvenience of the first evening. We plan to revisit later in the year.

Room Tip: We had a front corner room which had good views and dual aspect.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jan P
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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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Thank MarkAWilson
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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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Thank 0undleman
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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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Thank Susan21
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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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Thank lisamag
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