We stayed here for my birthday last weekend and I must say we had a fabulous time. We went on a kgb package deal. We got stuck in traffic and were late arriving so we never experienced their afternoon tea as planned but I'm sure it was stunning. The lady, Deborah, who came to our assistance (there's no real reception desk to speak of, but I liked this, it gives a more relaxed approach to checking in!) on arrival, was really informative and helpful, we lost the wing mirror of our car and she, the staff, and the owner all helped us with ideas of where to find one at the weekend (not easy in sleeply Wales!!). She showed us around the vast and various rooms of the Hall. Then showed us to our luxury double room with spectacular views over Snowdonia. The bedroom and bathroom were of a high standard and I loved the turn down service with a chocolate on each pillow.
The maid came into our room twice to tend to it. Once while we were at breakfast (stunning breakfast) to make our bed and again to refresh the bathroom.
The only issue we had and this is why we didn't give it full marks was, we were on a package with a Table d'hote menu, the starter and dessert was as the menu stated, but the main was described as Rhug pork from the ala carte menu, but we got braised beef and mash, while it was nice, we did feel like it was served to us in the hope that we wouldn't notice. As some other guests reviews have said they felt an artriostocratic snobbery about the place, at this point I felt that snobbery, like it was assumed our palates wouldn't know the difference, and the waitress not coming back to our table for a check back and not clearing the main plates for quite a while after we had finished, felt like confirmation of this!! I think if someone had just come to us and said that the menu was mis printed, it would have been fine, but to presume we couldn't tell the difference between beef and pork never mind Rhug pork was insulting.
All that pushed aside, I do think that Penmaenuchaf Hall is a wonderful place and it is quite old world and we got that feeling of Lord and lady of the Countryhouse Manor while we were there. Thats why escaping from the city to places like these, you experience another way of life, even if it is only for a weekend!!
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- Also Known As:
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