Editor Alex Fisher stays at Ynyshir Hall, in Powys, Wales
WHAT’S THE BUZZ?
This unique hotel and restaurant won the AA Hotel of the Year in Wales for 2014-2015, as well as two titles in the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2015. Previous guests include Richard Gere and Robert Plant. Set in tranquil countryside, surrounded by bird reserves and just a couple of miles from the sea, this is a very special place to stay.
ANY LUXURIOUS TOUCHES?
The entire hotel exudes a luxurious, yet relaxed and friendly, air. Owners Rob and Joan Reen are often on hand to welcome guests and talk through the unusual menu in the lounge. There isn’t a spa, but there is a Holistic Wellness Centre, where visitors can have anything from a deep tissue massage to a Qi Gong or Tai Chi session.
WHAT ARE THE ROOMS LIKE?
Spacious and elegant, contemporary but with colourful touches.
BEST SEA VIEW?
You can’t see the sea, but the views of the surrounding countryside are breath-taking.
HOW ABOUT THE FOOD?
Ynyshir Hall was awarded a well-earned Michelin Star under new head chef Gareth Ward last year. This is the fourth time it has received a Michelin Star under different chefs. Using the best locally produced and foraged ingredients, they offer inventive delights, which a simple reading of the menu – salt baked hogget, walnut whip – will not convey. You can eat lunch for £35 for five delicate courses or stay for an 11-course dinner for £90.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
Rooms are from £230 including breakfast, or dinner, bed and breakfast is from £365.
HOW DO I BOOK?
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