Pale Hall Hotel
What We Love
- Guest room minibars are replaced with decanters of sherry
- The sophisticated Welsh food in the dining room: think Welsh Black beef with apple mousse
- The views from the turret suites
- Sleeping in the same room Queen Victoria once used
What To Know
- Children under 12 aren’t permitted to stay in bedrooms unattended
- Very dog-friendly, with washing areas and doggy bathrobes
- No spa or pool
- Free WiFi
From billiards room to telescope to high-backed bathtub, this country house hotel is full of delightful surprises. The building it occupies is a 19th-century high-Victorian mansion painstakingly restored and decorated by co-proprietor Angela Harper, who sourced Biedermeier divans, Zoffany fabrics, and period antiques to round out the look. Dark wood paneling, marble fireplaces, stenciled walls—it all conspires to make you feel like a duke or duchess (or at the very least an earl). Each of the 18 bedrooms is individually styled and modernized in the most non-obtrusive way, with details like televisions disguised as mirrors. The food is something else to write home about; the menu, designed by Michael Caines (who previously racked up two Michelin stars), makes exquisite use of local fish, cheese, beef, and salt. The afternoon tea even includes bara brith, a Welsh bread, as well as treats like smoked salmon and clotted cream.
In the Area
A visit to a country house hotel usually doesn’t include much sightseeing. After all, you visit for the glass of whiskey in the billiards room, the afternoon tea, and maybe a long soak in a bathtub—not for jam-packed itineraries. Palé Hall has a beautiful setting in the Dee Valley, though, just outside Snowdonia National Park. The natural beauty is stunning, with the Berwyn Mountains in the background (famously the stronghold of Welsh hero Owain Glyndŵr), where you can hike in the forest, bike, or fly-fish to your heart’s content. More of a homebody? Take a stroll around the kitchen gardens, snap a couple of mountain photos, and head back in for a snooze in front of the fire next to the resident dog.
How to Get There
Ever since I was little I have been obsessed with big houses and have visited many of them. In recent years we have managed to stay at quite a few as well Im convinced that we are never going to best this beautiful house which has been so tastefully preserved. I have never stayed in a Country House where i felt like a visitor rather than a guest. The staff team were amazing from start to finish and you could see the sheer pleasure they got from telling visitors all about this magnificent House. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a Grand room and stayed in the Dolbarden on the top floor. It was a magnificent room with large bathroom incorporating a claw foot bath and huge wet room. It has a separate dressing area and overlooks the front of the house off towards the hills. The thing I loved most of all is that Pale Hall is a house there are 18 letting rooms and no modern extension housing many room at the back of the property. What you see is what you get. Perfect. On the first night we had the 10 course tasting menu. Its a lot to get through but it enabled us to try dishes that we wouldnt normally have tried. On night two we at from the classic menu a beautiful meal including the best fillet of beef we have ever eaten. Thank you so much Pale it has been an honour. We will return
I cannot thank the staff at Pale Hall enough for giving us the most exquisite experience. This is a beautiful home and incredibly comfortable. The food was exceptional and the views divine. If I could have I would have stayed a week maybe 2!
This hotel is what dreams are made of.
Myself and my husband stayed at Pale Hall to celebrate my birthday/ baby moon last September. From the moment we arrived at the location we were treated like royalty, staff were so courteous and polite and nothing was to much trouble. Food was absolutely to die for, from our evening meal, breakfast and even the little treats that where waiting for us in the room. As I was pregnant the canapés before our evening meal had been specially prepared as I was restricted in regards of what I could eat. Lots of nice little touches in the room as well including a variety of magazines to read, robes and even a shoe shine service for my husband. Beautiful grounds to explore as well as plenty of rooms to relax in- the honesty bar was such a good idea (even though I personally could not make true use of it) We will hopefully be returning very soon. Thanks for such a perfect and memorable weekend.
After the hectic Christmas period and return to work, we revisited Pale for a relaxing weekend, knowing that it would almost be guaranteed.
This beautiful honey-stone house, in its own secluded parkland, welcomes guests as much as the staff. Its walls exude calmness, almost as if any troubles or stresses are left at the gates. Just looking out of the windows lifts your spirits, helping guests to be cocooned in luxury and tranquillity, with no need for a treatment table.
On arrival at the front door, we were greeted by Louise before we had even got out of the car. While luggage was taken to our room, we enjoyed a complimentary glass of fizz at our leisure in the drawing room. An upgrade to the Powys suite was much appreciated - it is a delightful dual aspect room with a separate dressing room. One of the quirks of this old building is that the water takes longer to run warm in Powys than normal, but we were aware of that and compared to the benefits, this is a minor inconvenience.
All the staff on duty that weekend were friendly and efficient. The food, which I reviewed on the restaurant site, was magnificent as usual. As returning guests, it is lovely to be greeted like old friends. The only slight disappointment was that the harpist was ill.
Each time we have visited since its reopening in 2016, there have been little tweaks and it continues to improve, which is always a good sign that they are not content to rest on their laurels, despite the many accolades they have already won. No doubt we will be back again. Thank you.
My three course lunch was outstanding at £25.00 including VAT and the staff were so knowledgable and attentive to every detail-especially Debbie and Terry.
Then,on a whim, decided to stay the night and took advantage of a special offer - again very special with my room full of everything a Relais & Château rated hotel should have to make the customer feel good.
Thank you Pale Hall for my wonderful stay - I will return.
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