Combine History & Legend in Historic North Wales with Six Castles & National Trust Hotel – Bodysgallen Hall
3 Mar 2014
Bodysgallen Hall, a National Trust hotel is situated about 2 miles south from Llandudno and the North Wales coast. It is surrounded by over 200 acres of beautiful gardens and wooded parkland and is the ideal base for exploring the many magnificent castles in this part of Wales.
Bodysgallen Hall is home to a total of 31 spacious bedrooms split between the house and cottages. Each of the bedrooms has been individually furnished and decorated with antique furniture and works of art. All enjoy privileged glorious views over Bodysgallen’s stunning award winning parkland and gardens. Various springs traverse the parklands, and there are several woodland walks such as the Terrace Walk, the Ladies Walk, the Eastern Covert Walk or the Pydew Village Walk that lead to a Gothic Tower and the obelisk located on top of Pydew mountain.
Discover plenty of history and also some legend across various World Heritage and historic sites including many Castles that at one stage defined the area and wider history. Six to explore include:
• Beaumaris Castle; located on the Island of Anglesey, Beaumaris is a great and vast unfinished masterpiece and a must visit regarded by many as the finest of all the great Edwardian castles in Wales dating back to 1295.
• Caernarfon Castle; an impressive castle with many towers to look up at is located in Caernarfon, Gwynedd, north-west Wales. A somewhat intimidating stone castle, King Edward I created what today continues to showcase unique Polygonal towers. This is one of the country’s great castles and visitors will spend hours exploring.
• Conwy Castle; a medieval fortification in Conwy built for Edward I, by Master James of St. George. The castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain and located within close proximity to Bodysgallen Hall. An estimated £15,000 was spent building the castle, the largest sum Edward spent in such a short time on any of his Welsh castles between 1277 and 1307.
• Dolwyddelan Castle; a Welsh castle located near Dolwyddelan in Conwy County in North Wales. It is thought to have been built in the early 13h century by Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Gwynedd and North Wales. Why not enjoy a picnic in the grounds prepared for you by the team at Bodysgallen Hall?
• Gwrych Castle; a Grade I listed 19th-century country house near Abergele in Conwy county was built between 1812 and 1822. Many important architects and designers are associated with the castle and estate. For example, the expertise of Charles Augustus Busby and Thomas Rickman was utilised by Hesketh in the overall design of Gwrych, and in particular the cast iron windows.
• Gwydir Castle: situated in the Conwy valley, Wales, a mile to the west of the ancient market town of Llanrwst. Regarded as one of the finest Tudor houses in Wales, the castle was the ancestral home of the powerful Wynn baronets, descended from the Kings and Princes of Gwynedd and one of the most significant families in Wales during the Tudor and Stuart periods. King Charles I is said to have visited in September 1645. Today it is known as one of the most haunted houses in Wales.
Surrounding Bodysgallen Hall there are four main areas to visit in North Wales – the mountains and coasts of Snowdonia, the North Wales Borderlands in the north east, the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, and the bustling North Wales Coastal Resorts.
The gardens at Bodysgallen Hall have been recognised for their award winning restoration. Featured within the estate’s grounds are a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweet-scented herbs, naturally occurring limestone outcrops, a rockery with a cascade, a walled garden, lily-pad ponds and several follies. The gardens also feature a formal rose gardens and a number of well-established and interesting trees and shrubs including medlar and mulberry.
Visitors to Bodysgallen are also invited to enjoy fine cuisine and have a choice of two restaurants with fine dining in The Dining Room and informal dining in Bistro 1620. The impressive Dining Room restaurant overlooks the gardens within which guests can enjoy imaginative British cuisine which has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes. All food is prepared from the best and freshest local produce.
Build your knowledge of history outdoors across North Wales and settle down indoors at this historic hotel, the area’s finest.
www.bodysgallen.com Llandudno, North Wales, LL30 1RS Tel: +44 (0)1492 584 466
From £179.00 B&B based on two sharing
Great British Break (Until 31st March)
Choose to stay at Bodysgallen Hall for two nights before the end of March, Sunday to Thursday, and receive the second night for only £20.00! This exceptional offer includes accommodation in a double room, cooked breakfast on the first morning, full use of Bodysgallen Spa and VAT. Rates for the first night are priced from £179.00 for two people sharing a double room, to include cooked breakfast, VAT and full use of the Bodysgallen Spa.