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
As we live within 45 minutes of Pale Hall it was suprising that we had not visited previously. The Hall is beautifully presented and we were me with courtesy and the valet parking was a small but nice touch to both the commencement and conclusion of a lovely anniversary dinner. The views from the drawing room over the grounds were beautiful and very relaxing. The service was very good and especially so over an excellent dinner.I always feel that if a chef can produce a good simple bearnaise sauce to acompany a rare piece of beef he has proved himself - my Welsh Black and the bearnaise sauce were both excellent. The desserts were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit and it most certainly will not be our last!
Our stay last month at Palé Hall was wonderful in every detail.
It was simply without flaw. My wife and I fell head over heels in love with the hotel & delightful staff. I am fortunate enough to work with some of the best hotels in world. Palé Hall is my new favourite!
The stunning location nestled in the Dee valley outside Llandderfel, the beautiful grounds, the incredible quality of the recent refurbishment works and the engineering heritage knit together to create a magical Fairytale destination.
The staff find the perfect measure of grandeur, warmth and attentiveness. In a very short stay the staff managed to find so many ways of going the extra mile. Sam even arranged for us to visit a home I lived in locally as a child (He made contact to ensure it was possible before we even arrived).
Our suite was exquisite. The views over the garden mesmerising. Again the quality of the furniture, decor and features ensures you are residing in so, so much more than a hotel room. You feel the history. My wife adored the bath in the room.
The food, cocktails and champagne... where to begin? Simply the culinary highlight of our lives to date.
The ten course tasting menu simply must be experienced. We ran dry of superlatives with the 1st of hours of dining. It was spectacular. The service was excellent throughout.
Breakfast too was fantastic too!
I hope to return as often as I can. Special thank you to Terry, Sam and Vicky. You made us feel so spoilt and yet so at ease. We will treasure the memories always.
Looking forward to when we can stay again!
Our sister celebrated a big birthday last week and we celebrated in grand style at this lovely hotel. Service was very attentive, someone at the door before we got there, luggage dealt with and even changed as we didn't take the rooms orinally allocated. No problem at all to the staff, even giving us printed details and internal telephone numbers for the 4 couples. Rooms, as you can see on the web, are individually styled with all the touches of a 5* establishment.... milk in a flask for hot drinks, superior toiletries, fab beds with turn down service, even a sleep spray for your pillow. Everything had been thought of, even footstools by the bed as they were quite high. TV concealed in a mirror so as not to interfere with the Victorian decor.
The dining room was soo lovely and the food was great on both nights. Thank you chef. Breakfast was laid in the old kitchen with a blackleaded range which took me back to my great grandmother cleaning this kind of cooking range every week.
It is an expensive treat but well worth it. Thank you to all at Pale.
A belated review of our stay at New Years!
Returned to Pale for a second new year. After the debacle of last year where my wife forgot the suitcase with our kids clothes and the ensuing 800 mile round trip I had to make I was sure to double and triple check this time!
We arrived at lunchtime will all bags (phew) and were swiftly checked in. The hotel was exactly the same as we had remembered it, beautifully appointed, warm and cosy. As mentioned before it feels like a home away from home.
Since we last visited they have joined the ranks of Relais and Chateaux of which we are Club 5c members so that is also a plus.
This time I was finally able to sample a meal in their restaurant as I was not sat on the M25! It was worth waiting for, superb taste combinations, excellently served and of Michelin starred quality.
The New Year’s Eve party was great fun again and my children really enjoyed it. Our servers for the evening were Erin, Tom and Henry, great staff who were not afraid to chat. A highlight last year was the fireworks display, last time I said it was the best display that I have ever seen, somehow this year they managed to beat it, excellent. It was also great to see so many people who were returning for a second NYE like us.
On checkout there was a note under our door asking us if we would like to rebook for 2019? Hmmm let me think about that? Yes please! The only downside is that it is so far away from us in London. Keep up the good work Alan and Angela!
Couldn’t fault this place in any way at all. Stayed one night on a quick trip to Wales. From the minute you enter this splendid, beautiful hotel you feel very special. Although it’s a grand, regal looking place, and decorated to an extremely high standard it makes you feel totally at home and relaxed. We were upgraded to a grand room which was a lovely surprise. The rooms were warm and cosy with everything we needed and beautiful views of the gardens and the hills beyond. Dinner and breakfast were amazing and the staff all very helpful, friendly and attentive. We hope to return soon.