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“Excellent hotel tucked away in the hills”

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The Hand at Llanarmon
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Llanarmon DC
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Excellent hotel tucked away in the hills”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Tucked away down a winding road the Hand is a lovely little place to stay with your dog. The rooms are very good and well appointed and we looked out onto a hill with sheep. The food was excellent and well cooked and presented. We were made to feel very welcome and enjoyed our stay

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

I've visited the hand on many occasions, and have never been disappointed. The food is to die for, everything is so fresh and locally sourced. Good selection of wines and ales. A real gem of a hotel that retains an Oldy worldly atmosphere.
If your not planning to stay, just visit, it truly is in a beautiful location, with many walks, horse riding, and quad bike activities.
The staff and service is truly excellent, where nothing is too much.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Warwickshire
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Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

Just returned from a one night stay at The Hand and we were very impressed. The location is first class - if you are looking for somewhere off the beaten track The Hand really fits the bill. Eleven miles from the main road in a beautiful valley the only thing you are likely to hear at night are the sheep in the surrounding fields. Our room was very well equipped and spotlessly clean. A lovely big comfortable bed and gorgeous view from the window. We enjoyed an evening meal in the very popular pub restaurant, which serves the usual pub fare alongside some more unusual dishes, all beautifully cooked and presented and served by friendly waiting staff. Breakfast was also top quality with fish dishes as well as the full English and delicious homemade marmalade. We wished we could have stated longer in this beautiful part if the world and hope to return.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

What a delightful place this hotel is.

The room (11) was spotless with a large bathroom and the little touches in this hotel really made it homely. The tea and coffee tray was overflowing with a variety of teas, coffees and hot chocolate. The biscuits were generous portions not the normal small offerings most hotels supply. The toiletries in the bathroom were nice quality in short everything had been done to make the guest feel welcome.

All the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. When we placed our booking we got an email straight back giving us directions, offering to book a table for dinner and warning us that mobiles did not work in the area - a nice touch which was appreciated.

We ate dinner in the restaurant and the food was excellent. Breakfast the following morning was one of the best hotel breakfasts we have ever had.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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merseyside. uk
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Gives the impression of being set in the middle of nowhere!!! (but only 20/30mins from shops etc) There is only this and one other pub in the village. No shops etc. Perfect for a quite get away. Really quaint place to stay. Our room was located over the courtyard away from the main building and overlooked the rolling hills. Perfect. Well kept bar with lovely open fire. Friendly staff. FANTASTIC food. Don't miss breakfast, it's AMAZING!!!!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Andover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

We had a very pleasant stay here. The drive to the pub is scenic and very enjoyable. A log fire was burning in the main bar and the owners were present and chatting to customers. The bed was comfy with good pillows which always helps. Food was good and breakfast was one of the best presented we've had. The only minor fly in the ointment was mouldy toast which we sent back and could have had replaced if we'd needed it.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

We have just returned from the Hand, which was a trip organised for my birthday. We are local to the area and love the scenery anyway and have always said that we should try a stay here. Very friendly welcome upon arrival and efficient booking in process. Bar area was cosy with a real fire burning, good local beer on tap and a good selection of wine. Staff again very efficient in taking our order for the meal and gave us the choice of staying in the bar or going to the dining room to await our meal. Food was delivered to our table in a timely manner and was good quality gastro pub fayre. The only point we would like to make is regarding the accomodation, we stayed in Room 2 and although the bed was large and comfortable the decor could do with some attention, paintwork and paper looking very tired, also mould in the bathroom grouting, although the suite and tiles were modern and in excellent condition. Other than that we would recommend for a night away in a quiet, scenic area without any mobile phone interuptions due to the lack of signal!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Hand at Llanarmon
Address: Upper Ceiriog Valley, Llanarmon DC LL20 7LD, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Denbighshire > Llanarmon DC
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Llanarmon DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Hand at Llanarmon 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hand is an ancient hostelry with all the attributes you'd expect - bags of character, a cosy, relaxing ambience and a warm welcome from your hosts, Jonathan and Jackie Greatorex. As soon as you arrive you feel the weight of the world dissolving as the surroundings work their magic. All the classic ingredients are here - old beams, roaring fireplaces, a casual mix-and-match of pine and oak furniture, real ale and good food. The latter is seriously good. Thanks to the talents of Head Chef Grant Mulholland and his team, The Hand is renowned for award-winning food, an inventive marriage of country fare and sophisticated metropolitan cuisine. The bedrooms, in a variety of sizes, reflect similar influences, with rustic decor and sparkling modern bathrooms. Country lovers just love the location. You can walk in the Berwyns for hours with only the sheep for company and the ever-helpful Hand can arrange many country pursuits, including horse riding, fishing and shooting. You may be away from it all, but you'll also be in the swing of things; this gem of a country inn is so much a part of village life that locals and visitors mix in unaffected harmony. ... more   less 
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