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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

Special experience
Walk4miles

Stayed two nights but could've easily have stayed a week!
Very well run "homely" country house.
Great, efficient team behind the scenes and front of house too.
Beautiful spacious bedroom (ours over-looking the rear garden) I didn't see other bedrooms but I'd have probably chosen the one we were in, very much to our taste.
Staff were in on a small secret I was keeping and very accommodating.
Wonderful breakfast both mornings (good choice of hot to order and a help-yourself cold buffet). We ate in the dining room on our first evening- well executed but we wouldn't eat quite so formally very often!
Plentiful places to sit and relax inside and out.
Valet parking. I didn't ask for a car wash but they probably would oblige! (Ours came back from a trip to nearby Zip-world covered in dust.)
Enjoyed the gardens, must keep the Pale Hall gardeners busy all year round. Speaking of which this would be my idea of a perfect Christmas retreat.

A diamond in the Welsh Countryside
Savvytraveller1805

Wow astounding ! We recently stayed one night ( July 27th 2019 ) at Palé Hall Hotel with our 3 year old grandson and both my wife and I were blown away. We have stayed in many luxurious hotels around the world from New York to the Philippines. Each one has its own distinctive style and feel but Pale Hall is something different. Our grandson loved it, especially the abundance of wild rabbits, the Shetland ponies and donkey. From the moment we pulled up and were greeted by Debbie and the warmest friendliest staff we knew we were in for something different. Palé Hall is a mansion dating back to late 19th century loving restored by Angela and Alan Harper. What this couple have done, with zero previous hotel experience, is created something remarkably different. It actually felt, through all its grandeur, like visiting a family friend. Something warm and inviting. Thank you Palé Hall, we will definitely be back very soon

Amazing
Drgopald

Made a last minute reservation to celebrate my husband's birthday and was so happy that I choose Pale Hall. Beautiful location, amazing staff and the food is fabulous. It is expensive but worth it to celebrate special occasion.