Explore the Secret Heart of Wales at Ynyshir Hall
9 Aug 2015
- Combine a country, mountain, coast and town break with Ynyshir Hall as a base
- Five-Star Ynyshir Hall is current AA Hotel of the Year, Wales and home to a Michelin Star
Awarded 2014-2015 AA Hotel of the Year, Ynyshir Hall in Powys, mid Wales, is a very special place. With 10 individually designed luxurious bedrooms and a Michelin-starred Restaurant, it feels more like guests are staying in a private home than a hotel.
Surrounded by the rugged Cambrian Mountains, it is far away from traffic, noise or light pollution. The air is crystal clear, the water pure as can be. Its idyllic location, between sea and mountains, means visitors can walk for miles and enjoy the peace, quiet and natural beauty.
The hotel is fortunate to share the Dyfi estuary with one of Britain’s finest bird reserves, the RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, former home of BBC’s Springwatch.
The golden sands of Borth beach are a 15-minute drive away; or why not visit beautiful Dovey Valley (“Artists Valley”) where Jimmy Page and Robert Plant wrote Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven in 1970?
Ynyshir Hall is also the perfect base to explore Snowdonia National Park, home to Wales’s tallest peak Mount Snowdon. The landscape of the park is breathtaking with nine mountain ranges, forests filled with ash, oak, rowan and hazel trees, and numerous river gorges, waterfalls and valleys.
After a day spent sightseeing, visitors can return to the comfort of the hotel. Once owned by Queen Victoria, the 16th-century white mansion is set amid 14 acres of gardens. Each of the bedrooms is named after a different artist, with huge beds, television, radio, Wi-Fi and — a lovely touch — a decanter of sherry in each room.
Food has always been a major draw for guests and chef Gareth Ward’s innovative tasting menus using local seasonal produce have been awarded a Michelin star. Ynyshir has always grown its own food, foraged for wild food (the area is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), and used local suppliers.
The nearest town is just 20 minutes drive from Ynyshir Hall and is well worth a visit. Machynlleth is known as the ancient capital of Wales which might explain why today this pretty market town is home to many antique ‘pop-up’ shops. The area has recently become a destination for visitors seeking well priced antiques including furniture, jewellery, porcelain, memorabilia, textiles & more. The High Street in Machynlleth offers rich pickings in the many antique stores. The Rag & Bone shop (shop by day and venue by night) is well worth a visit with an eclectic collection of antiques and treasure! The other must visit for vintage finds is in the seaside village of Borth – just a ten minute drive from Ynyshir Hall. Downstairs at the Friendship Inn guests find a traditional pub, but upstairs is a magical emporium filled with vintage clothes, shoes and curios for a fraction of the price charged in the cities. It truly makes the perfect day out – beach, beer and vintage bargains!
Ynyshir Hall also offers all visitors revival & spiritual treatments at the new Treatment Centre including meditation and mindful walking. Other treatments available are reflexology, reiki and shiatsu massage, all ideal to recharge.
Guests will sleep like a baby – at night the sky is velvet-black. All can also book in for a stargazing break – the room will have a telescope and Stargazing Atlas to help with the quest to identify the stars.
Solitude is precious and readily available at Ynyshir Hall.
Eglwysfach, Powys, Wales, SY20 8TA Telephone: 01654 781209 Twitter @ynyshirhall