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Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Llanwddyn
Certificate of Excellence
Craven Arms, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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“A hotel in another world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2013

We felt as though we've been in another world at The Vyrnwy Hotel even though we were only 70 minutes from home! The mist hung over the lake the whole time we were there but somehow it just added to its romantic location. The staff are very welcoming and the room in the newer part was very large and thankfully warm. Likewise the bathroom which had both a double ended bath and a separate Matki shower cubicle. We had a countryside view and a small balcony with furniture on it though it was far too cold to go out on it. A bonus was the champagne and truffles on the first afternoon of the two day stay and that was followed by a five course meal which was very good. My husband was very pleased to find Stonehouse Station bitter on draught in both the hotel bar and the next door tavern. It's a very long way to go for real ale if you don't find it at the hotel! There is free WiFi all over the hotel and in all the rooms now.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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lakevyrnwy, General Manager at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 17 April 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay here and for your kind comments. Being Wales, Vyrnwy is most certainly in another country, as for being in another world...well we understand what you mean.

Recent good news is that the Station Bitter won a gold medal at the recent SIBA National Beer Competition. We are so lucky to have relationships with so many really good local suppliers. We look forward to welcoming you back. Anthony Rosser
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2013

Have stayed at this hotel 3 times and was married there NYE.
What can I say, the food is absolutely fantastic in the hotel and also the pub attached does some great pub food if your palette fancies something less fussy.
The staff remember us from previous visits ( I hope that isn't a bad thing) and nothing is too much trouble for the staff who even arranged for me to have soya milk during my stay.
The spa is tip rate too, had an amazing facial.
Can't rate this hotel high enough, great whenever I visit and stunning location.

Room Tip: Lake view rooms are stunning , I prefer the old part of the hotel for more of a country house charm...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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lakevyrnwy, General Manager at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 17 April 2013
Regular customers who over time become friends, I suspect that is part of What Vyrnwy is all about. It was a pleasure to host your wedding and a pleasure to welcome you back.
Good luck and very best regards
Anthony Rosser
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2013

Traditional old world hotel lots of stuffed animals around bar, and a few live partridge and pheasant walking about outside the bar nice to watch, if you can take your eye's of the fantastic view.
The five course meal was amazing every course was presented and tasted wonderful.
Love the idea of putting the puppy outside your door if you do not want to be disturbed (toy)
The only negative is the charge for the spa.
Would return.

Room Tip: Lake view if you can afford it.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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lakevyrnwy, General Manager at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 17 April 2013
I am delighted you enjoyed your stay so much, conversing with the Wild life. The publishing of your kind review coincided with a really important annual event for Vyrnwy. The first of the seasons Swallows came back to the hotel after their long journey. Since then we have seen House Martins as well. It is just as well that Snow has finally gone, and the the whole place is warming up a little. We look forward to welcoming you back for a little more conversing with nature.
Best regards
Anthony Rosser
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

We booked the "Easter brolly break" as a getaway treat (3 nights), not counting on the heavy snowfall which meant an interesting journey to the hotel as some roads were impassable.
We upgraded to a lake view room, however because of the snow couldnt take advantage if the lovely big balcony! But if you are thinking of going it is well worth it, although a bit on the expensive side.
The room was gorgeous and so quiet.
Staff in the hotel were extremely efficient and friendly.
Included in our break were 3 breakfasts (fantastic with locally sourced produce) 2 5 course evening meals (delicious) and 2 afternoon teas. The teas were slightly disappointing as they weren't as described with fresh cream and homemade biscuits but still enjoyable.
Our only criticism is that the hotel felt a bit "tired" in places and would be greatly improved with free wifi in the rooms rather than in the 2 communal areas, plus a bit of redecoration.
The Spa was too small for a hotel of this size and the treatments were overpriced.
Overall, would make an even better break when the weather is more conducive to cycle rides around the lake and boating on the lake.
However we did manage an 11 mile hike around the whole lake which took around 5 hours plus with some trudging through heavy snow - never been so pleased to return to a hotel after!
Generally would say this hotel and Spa would be more suitable for the "older" generation

Room Tip: Go for a lakeside room, although a bit pricey. You will find it lovely and quiet with breathtaking v...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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lakevyrnwy, General Manager at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 17 April 2013
Thank you for taking the time to pen a review following your recent stay. A walk around the Lake in that Snow, little short of a triumph. It was after all the biggest snowfall locally for over 30 years, and the worst spring conditions since 1963! I am really proud of the way all the team here mustered to keep everything running, the week before we had 2ft of Snow standing, drift several times that in depth,and no power for close to 24hrs, and still the show went on.
I am confused with your comments regarding the WIFI hotspots, that certainly used to be the case, but just prior to Christmas WIFI was installed to all the hotel rooms. Following the recent weather however many phone line were brought down (in fact some still are) this has given us the odd connectivity and band with challenge, part of the joys of living and working somewhere so special.
Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back to the lake
Anthony Rosser
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

Had a Great night here. The staff were helpfull and couldnt be faulted the food was fantastic and very well presented. and the room was clean was the first time we had stayed here and i think we will go back again!

Room Tip: Lake View worthe the extra money in my opinion
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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lakevyrnwy, General Manager at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 17 April 2013
Thank you for your brief and happy review. It was a pleasure welcoming you, and we most certainly look forward to seeing you back.

Best regards

Anthony Rossser
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

We went for a Travel Zoo deal for a night in March. The rooms we had were very cosy and comfortable. The traditional furniture may not be to everybody's taste, but we liked it. Everything was spotlessly clean. The afternoon champagne and truffles by the open fire added a welcome splash of luxury on a very cold day. The 5 course evening meal and breakfast were both excellent. The staff were friendly and provided a very good service. One small criticism was the extra charge levied on guests to use the spa facilities. As a resident, the basic use of the spa should be included, and costs only levied on treatments. Otherwise an excellent break. The countryside around the hotel is stunning and we were fortunate enough to be there when small waterfalls on one side of the lake were frozen forming beautiful cascading icicles.

Room Tip: We were at the back of the hotel and did not have a lake view, but there is plenty of countryside to...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Designerman2011
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lakevyrnwy, General Manager at Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 17 April 2013
It is so kind of you to take the time to write a review after your recent stay in the magnificent if challenging Icy weather (its warming up a bit now!.actually a lot), and I am glad you found so much of you stay to your liking.

I make no apology for levying a small charge to use the Spa, when we made the investment, we took the decision not to raise the room rates for all guests, but to make a small charge for use, This does allow us however to do things properly, provide nice towels, slippers, robes etc, Research tells us that there are many other 4 star country house hotels out there that have the same policy.

We most certainly look forward to welcoming you back
Best regards
Anthony Rosser
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Basingstoke, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 nights and highly recommend this hotel. It is set in a beautiful location at the side of Lake Vyrnwy and is well worth a stay. We paid for a lake-view and I was really pleased that we had - the view was spectacular. The room was clean, well presented and homely with tea/coffee facilities (always welcomed by us!).

The food in the restaurant was very good - but the desserts weren't quite as good as the main courses in our opinion. Also. whilst there was lots of choice for meat eaters, the menu was limited for vegetarians which was a shame.

The staff were helpful, polite and attentive without being suffocating or overbearing.

We aren't really twitchers but there were lots of different birds to see (woodpeckers, nut hatch, siskins, chaffinchs, treecreepers.....). We visited when there was lots of snow which really added to the beauty of the location.

Room Tip: We had room 16 - it was really pretty and great view!
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa
Address: Lake Vyrnwy, Llanwddyn SY10 0LY, Wales
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Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Llanwddyn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Llanwddyn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1890, this privately owned 4 star Victorian Country House Hotel & Spa is elegant, yet relaxed. Positioned on the fringe of Snowdonia within a 24,000 acre nature reserve, the hotel offers a unique and incomparable setting: hosting one of the most famous picturesque backdrops in Mid Wales. The hotel has 52 individually decorated bedrooms, 35 affording lake views and some with special features such as balconies and four posters. ... more   less 
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