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
Stayed here twice recently. What an amazing hotel. You really get the true country house experience. From the greeting at your car door on arrival to the moment you leave you feel very special. Beautiful suites, we stayed in the Churchill and the Carmarthen, stunning. The Hall is beautiful with sumptuous interiors and lovely spacious grounds. Food as you would expect is excellent, sampled the tasting menu and a la carte. For that special break away or for a celebration you can’t beat this place. I can’t wait to return.
Beautiful hotel and location. Stayed in a suite which was all you could ask for.
Downside restaurant Staff need some more training just those little touches would have raised it to another level. Excellent sommelier he’s knowledge was amazing and Jan on reception very warm and welcoming. Food was nothing to write home about my starter was a shrimp cocktail main course mushroom risotto and dessert panna cotta. Stater bland risotto too salty and panna cotta like rubber. Breakfast was an improvement delicious eggs benedict hot tea but again service was a bit of a let down none of the guest were asked if they wanted toast or juice when we sat down had ordered water with our teas and coffee which never came. There was not many people staying only five tables occupied for dinner and one of those was the proprietors. So Staff should be more aware and a bit friendlier. I can’t imagine what it would be like if it had been full. Would go back but only on a B and B option. But will explore other hotels in the area.
Stayed here a number of years ago, while the structure cannot change the redecoration, use of great lighting and the general ambiance is now above 5*.
From the moment you enter the atmosphere is fantastic.
Met by wonderful, helpful staff, escorted to lounge for drinks then to suite.
The rooms, facailities and cleanliness is superb.
Runnig out of superlatives, in summary go and see it yourself.
We had the tasting menu and write seperately.
Nothing more to add really except recommend a walk in the gardens. The trees are very impressive - no I’m not into trees but they are special ! The other reviews of this place are just about spot on.
Suspect New Year and Xmas would be amazing there.
My wife and I made a last minute booking at Pale Hall through Secret Escapes with little research and having not heard of the location before. From the time the front door was opened for us to the time we departed we felt a sense of comfort, relaxation and opulence. We were greeted warmly and led to the drawing room each taking a glass of champagne as a welcome gesture. The booking-in process was very informal and after a relaxing time in the Drawing Room were escorted to our room where a staff member introduced us to the facilities in a very professional manner. We were offered a free upgrade to a Grand Suite which was a nice gesture and provided excellent views.
Taking lunch in one of the sitting rooms was perhaps the only negative of our otherwise enjoyable experience. Having received our menu's we did not get anyone to take our order and instead had to go and find a member of staff. My wife's coffee ended up as Tea but this was promptly replaced. On the scheme of things this was a small issue but given the minute attention to detail of this hotel I found myself trying to find errors in the building and process. I struggled.
This hotel (or executive residence) is finished to a very high specification with stunning rooms throughout. Although we did not get a chance to spend time in the gardens they looked equally well presented.
We took the 6 course taster menu in the evening which was to a very high standard. Perhaps a little too quick in serving between courses but the quality of the food was very high and most enjoyable.
The breakfast the following morning was also very good and taken in what must have been the original kitchen but suitably decorated and modernised.
The checking out process was equally professional although an automatic service charge had been added to the bill. I tend not to like this practice in hotels and restaurants as I think it should be a voluntary contribution and was a little surprised that the Pale Hall chose to add this. However, on this occasion I was happy to pay the service charge given the magnificent service we received during our stay.
If you are looking for a stunning location, in accommodation finished to a very high standard, with 5 star service and excellent food then this is a place to try.
We will be returning at some point in the future I am sure.