Ynyshir Hall is a historical country house which used to be Queen Victorias summer house. With only 10 rooms it’s one of the smaller members of the prestigious organization, Relais&Chateaux. It was also recommended by Condé Nast Johansens and Andrew Harper and it was an easy decision to select it as my hotel in Wales.
I arrived in the afternoon and received a warm welcome from the Lithuanian receptionist. I was offered a drink before being escorted to the room which was less than 10 steps away. I stayed in The Studio Wing which had lovely classical music when I entered the room. The room had a lovely homely feel as the rest of the hotel. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom had separate shower from the bathtub. The bedroom and livingroom had beautiful antiq and books which was very touches.
The service was very good. As others have pointed out on Tripadvisor, I’m not a fan of having almost entirely foreigners working. It might be a cheaper solution, but it takes away the charm of a local experience. The foreigners and owners were kind and it was a very lovely experience overall.
The best memory was the food. I personally loved all five courses and the experience was definitelyworth a Michelin star. The internet was complimentary, but relatively slow. Ynyshir Hall don’t have any facilities, but instead beautiful surroundings and a lovely garden where Queen Victoria planted her trees years back. Some people have said it isn’t value for money. It is indeed expensive, but it’s also very expensive to run a 10 room hotel in the UK and when keeping that in mind I think the rates are quite fair.
To sum up, it’s a unique historical intimate country house with great food and service.
My opinion: Great experience.