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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
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Overview

Victorian country house hotel on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, complete with crackling fires, antiques, and superb food

The Lowdown

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

Pale Hall Hotel
Pale Estate, Bala
Llandderfel, LL23 7PS United Kingdom

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 271 Reviews
Birthday present
Reviewed 1 day ago

Amazing hotel, amazing food what topped it off was the level of service. We went for the taster menu and the food was michelin star quality! Best service we have had globally! Would recommend staying here, lovely location!

Fish starts stinking at the head not at the tail!!
Reviewed 3 days ago

The reviews were good my expectations high!
From the moment we arrived until the moment we left it was fantastic. Hotel, rooms , food and location first class.
What really put the icing on the cake was the staff.each one of them real professionals.
This can only be achieved when it is right at the top and you really get this when you meet the owners.

I congratulate Pale hotel, we will definitely come here again!!!!!

Fantastic Stay
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stayed in Palé Hall for a short getaway after our wedding (our honeymoon will be a ski trip). In advance of us arriving I received a call to confirm guest names and check for any special requirements which is a nice start. We were welcomed with a glass of fizz on the lawn and were upgraded to a suite which was lovely, spacious, clean and comfortable with huge shower room, dressing room and bath. I booked Palé for the food and it did not disappoint. We had the 6 course tasting menu with matched wines. Lobster, pigeon, steak and wonderful deserts were all excellent. We spoke with the chef afterwards and he was happy to discuss the details of sourcing and the quality checks and challenges he has to overcome to present such a fine meal. Can’t be that far off a Michelin star... Breakfast was excellent and we were sent off with complimentary bottles of water for the drive home, nothing fancy but a nice touch. The staff were all excellent - friendly and helpful but not overly so - a fine line which they have got just right. The restaurant manager/somelier(?) was particularly good. All in all highly recommended. It’s not cheap but it justifies the cost for a special occasion. We will definitely be back.

Devine stay
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stayed on Saturday night. On arrival we were offered a welcome drink which due the the beautiful weather we had a glass of fizz outside. The grounds are lovely and we were lucky to spend some time sitting out as it was nice and sunny. Our room was beautiful, we stayed in Dolbarden. I liked that two large bottles of water are provided complimentary, with a nice flask of ice. We had the 8 course tasting menu and the food was execellent. The bread at the beginning as really good too ( my downfall) The service was impeccable and the atmosphere calm and relaxing. Breakfast was also lovely, I had the full Welsh and other half had salmon with scrambled eggs. Both were tasty and well presented. We loved everything about this hotel. We want to visit again

Beautiful property with professional staff
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a chance on this property, and we were not disappointed. Its location was a big selling point; drives into Snowdonia and northern Wales are easy from this location. It is also worthy of its luxury status; our room, the common rooms, and the property were all beautiful and top quality. Breakfast was good, but not particularly memorable. The staff were both friendly and professional, especially the managers. We did not no exactly fall in love with Pale Hall like we have other properties in Britain, but we did fall in love with northern Wales, and Pale Hall made our time in Cambria very comfortable and memorable.