Star-Gazing Break at Ynyshir Hall
14 May 2015
- Outdoor Stars With Telescopes & Indoor Michelin Star Cuisine
- Award-Winning Ynyshir Hall is current AA Hotel of the Year, Wales
Imagine lying on the grass, wrapped in a blanket, gazing up at the night sky, plotting the course of Orion and the North Star.
Ynyshir Hall in Powys, mid Wales, is a very special place. Surrounded by the Cambrian Mountains, it is far away from pollution of any source, the air is crystal clear, the water pure as can be.
At night, the sky around Ynyshir is ideal for stargazing. The skies are so dark the Milky Way shines like a diamond bracelet on black velvet!
And now the hotel, a former childhood retreat of Queen Victoria, with just ten luxurious bedrooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant, has acquired two telescopes.
It’s the perfect excuse for a special break. First enjoy the journey through the stunning scenery of Wales, and arrive in time for tea at Ynyshir – on the lawns or by the fire, depending on the weather.
Then settle into an individually designed room (each of the 16th century white mansion’s individually decorated bedrooms is named after a different artist) and guests later enjoy a superb five-course organic meal prepared by head Chef Gareth Ward who uses many local ingredients for his menus (seafood from Cardigan Bay, local lamb and beef, wild salmon, venison).
The kitchen garden produces wonderful fruit, vegetables, herbs and salads. Head Chef Gareth Ward collects wild foods such as mushrooms, samphire, wood sorrel and wild garlic from the surrounding countryside— all absolutely delicious thanks to the purity of the local soil, water and air.
Later guests stroll down through the gardens and sit and gaze at the stars. Each bedroom will have a telescope and Stargazing Atlas to help in the quest to identify the stars.
Set amid 14 acres of landscaped gardens, the hotel is in located the centre of the Dyfi UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It’s so quiet visitors instantly fall into the deepest sleep.
Ancient ley lines (channels of energy that criss-cross the earth and are often associated with spiritual places), also run through Powys and mid Wales.
Ynyshir’s owner Joan Reen, who celebrates her 26th anniversary at the Hall this year, is a big fan of energy healing and has opened a therapy centre within the grounds of the hotel, where guests can book treatments.
Next door to the hotel (accessed by a secret gate) is the RSPB nature reserve where they filmed BBC’s Springwatch. The golden sands of Borth beach are a 15-minute drive away.
While nearby Artist’s Valley is where Jimmy Page and Robert Plant wrote Stairway to Heaven in 1970.
Ynyshir heals with its wonderfully pure environment. Guests emerge nourished, in all senses.
Star Gazing & Star Grazing Break
Dinner (5 course), bed & breakfast rates starts at £315 for two sharing a double room per night including use of telescope and atlas. Call 01654 781209 to book.
Eglwysfach, Powys, Wales, SY20 8TA Telephone: 01654 781209 Twitter @ynyshirhall