We stayed for a night at Plas Rhianfa in Room 8 (Duchess). We had been searching online for a nice place to stay in Anglesey and chanced upon this recently opened hotel in a refurbished mansion located in a spectacular location overlooking the Menai Straits. We think the marketing could be better, few websites seem to link to Plas Rhianfa. The refurbishment of the house is of a very high standard with more public rooms than you could possibly want. As the hotel is built on steep sloping land between the road and the water, there are lots of floors; the reception and some lounges are on a high floor and the main restaurant on the lowest floor looking out onto the beautiful grounds and gardens leading down to the water,
Our room was one of the "principal superior suites". It was splendidly located and furnished with a large bath right in the main window overlooking the water. If one wanted to be picky it wasn't really a suite (no separate sitting room - just a large bedroom with sofa and chairs). The en-suite bathroom was very well done and in our opinion the bath in the bedroom window would be better replaced with a couple of chairs and a small table - but we can see that some people like the bath with the view. Our room was below the drawing room and you could hear the sound of people walking across the wooden floor above but all was quiet during the night.
Only two rooms have baths, the others have showers and some are in the turrets.
The grounds and gardens were very nicely restored and we understand there are plans to continue the work with a floating jetty and "champagne bar" over the water which would be nice. There are lots of places outside to sit and explore.
The staff were friendly and helpful without exception. Probably some more training and supervision is needed on the catering side, some of the service was a bit amateurish. This was not a problem to us but if the hotel is to fulfil its potential this is an area requiring some attention. The dinner was very good but the choice of both food and wine is a touch limited. The cooked breakfast was excellent.
In summary: well worth a visit, inspiring location and refurbishment, just a few somewhat rough edges to tidy up, staff that have the potential to be a very good team.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A private home until 1955, the Château Rhianfa estate in North Anglesey has undergone an extensive revamp in recent months. The Grand Hall, wood-panelled sitting rooms, Music Room, Drawing Room and Dining Room have all been carefully refurbished complete with Lady Sarah Hay-Williams' meticulously renovated painted ceilings. The opulent 42-foot Banqueting Hall at Château Rhianfa is a superb setting for lavish events and weddings in North Wales with wooden flooring, panelled walls, and breathtaking views are sure to impress. Enjoy gourmet dining with a view of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia in our award winning restaurant, Le Dragon Rouge. Elsewhere, wine cellars and tasting rooms, vaulted spa rooms, a games room, and lounge bar, as well as a private beach and tennis court is all available. The whole house has the feel of a regal hideaway making it an ideal location for weddings, business conferences, events, or your next product launch.There are also a number of cottages in the grounds, luxuriously furnished and available for hire on a self-catering basis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Rhianfa Island Of Anglesey/Menai Bridge