Machynlleth & Michelin-Starred Ynyshir Hall – The Perfect Welsh Short Break Combining Town, Beach and Fine Dining
27 Jun 2016
- Historic town of Machynlleth is at the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty
- The UK’s antiques ‘hub’ can be found in Machynlleth with a number of Pop Up shops
- Head to local beach Ynyslas and its sand dunes and explore the Nature Reserve
- Stay at Queen Victoria’s former home, Ynyshir Hall, a 5-star luxury country house hotel
- Gareth Ward at Ynyshir Hall has held Michelin Star for two consecutive years, also winning 4 AA Rosettes. The only place in Wales with this award
Machynlleth is the ideal place to embark on a short break in Mid-Wales for a crowd free escape from it all. Machynlleth is a hub for visitors with a passion for the outdoors. Located on both the Glyndwr’s Way National Trail and the Wales Coast Path, as well as numerous ‘Dyfi Discovery’ short walks, the area is great for walking and cycling.
Machynlleth itself offers visitors a packed itinerary. This town in Mid-Wales is known as the ancient capital of Wales which might explain why today it 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. Alongside these are country pubs and several more modern restaurants.
Fans of art should head to MOMA – the Museum of Modern Art Wales, home to four beautiful galleries. Throughout the year visitors can view Modern Welsh Art. Admission is free. (http://moma.machynlleth.org.uk). The 2016 Machynlleth Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this August 21st – 28th, with a bumper collection of concerts including jazz, classical music and talks and interviews. Musicians from all over the world perform.
Drive for around 15 minutes and visitors arrive at Wales’s leading hotel. Surrounded by the rugged Cambrian Mountains, Ynyshir Hall 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?
Today, one of the major attractions for visitors coming to Ynyshir Hall is the food. Ynyshir Hall is home to one of the UK’s highest rated restaurants under award-winning head chef Gareth Ward. Gareth celebrates three years as head chef at Ynyshir Hall this July, two years with a Michelin Star. In that time he has truly elevated the hotel, area and Wales to new culinary heights and the awards speak for themselves. Gareth achieved a Michelin Star in under a year which was retained in the second year. 4 AA Rosettes soon followed, making Ynyshir Hall the only place in Wales to hold this award. Other notable achievements included awards and top listings from Visit Wales and The Good Food Guide with Gareth being the recipient of the guides ‘Chef to Watch’ award. Gareth Ward was chosen by the late Joan Reen who sadly died earlier this year following a battle with cancer. Joan and husband Rob, together raised Ynyshir Hall’s foodie profile over almost 30 years employing award-winning chefs who understood the hotel. Ynyshir Hall has appeared in The Good Food Guide for 26 years.
Last year Gareth added a Chef’s Table in the kitchen, a new front row seat dining experience. The ‘Chef’s Table Surprise Menu’ comprising 16+ courses (£120.00) as selected by Gareth Ward and the kitchen team is available for lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is truly theatrical and diners at the Chef’s Table see a Michelin Starred chef in full action with his team.
Ynyshir Hall is Wales’s leading dining destination and sits in a unique part of the United Kingdom, on the coast between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth. Machynlleth is a great starting point to exploring the heart of Wales and is reached easily by road and train.
Eglwysfach, Powys, Wales, SY20 8TA Telephone: 01654 781209 Twitter @ynyshirhall
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Rooms From £230.00 inclusive of breakfast, based on two sharing
Special Michelin Break: One night bed and breakfast in a superior room and a Michelin 8 course dinner from £380.00 based on two guests. Available Sunday – Thursday