Wales is an outstanding country filled with beautiful, wild nature and rolling hills, a fabulous green oasis on our doorstep. Bodysgallen Hall, a historic house and part of The National Trust, sits nestled to the west of Pydew Mountain, almost invisible from afar, with the exception its chimneys, which overlook the trees. I couldn't wait to spend two nights there, relaxing in this grand seventeenth century country house.
Bodysgallen Hall in Llandudno - “O’r Môr I’r Mynydd” "From Mountains to Sea" - enjoys a privileged location in North Wales with spectacular views of Snowdonia. The Grade I listed, the house features 31 spacious bedrooms split between the house and cottage suites.
Bodysgallen Hall has all the elements for the ultimate getaway. Built in the late 1800s, this beautiful 17th century house was sympathetically restored by Historic House Hotels in 1980 and was given to the National Trust in 2008. Set within 220 acres of its own parkland and award-winning gardens to the south of Llandudno, Bodysgallen Hall is a unique property, and the perfect destination to escape to while immersing yourself in the surrounding Welsh countryside.
The main entrance room to the hall is the ideal place to sit and relax in front of the historic and stunning fireplace whilst the sunlight beams in through the beautifully quaint glass and lead windows. Various other relaxing sitting rooms are close by and offer a slightly different setting, such as the first-floor drawing room with its oak panelling, a myriad of fine art and antiques to browse, a splendid fireplace and stone-mullioned windows. All the seating rooms are the ideal spot to enjoy Bodysgallen’s Traditional Afternoon Tea, which includes a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, cakes and pastries and a choice of freshly brewed teas.
The 15 bedrooms and the four Principal Suites offer modern ‘un-touched’ country comforts and sophistication, all individually furnished in a traditional style and decorated with antique furniture and works of art. The luxurious principal suites are furnished with a king-size double bed (the Vaughan Suite has a queen-size four-poster), with ensuite bathroom and separate Sitting Room. The Suites have views out over the gardens and parkland. There are 16 cottage suites located in the garden court or near the Bodysgallen Spa the former of which benefit from their own private gardens.
Diners are invited in to relax in style and enjoy food prepared from the best and freshest local produce whilst enjoying the views of the gardens and surrounding mountain ranges.
All meals are served in the dining room and are a casual chic affair. Breakfast selection is continental with hot dishes to order. The evening meal is a fine dining affair. The Dining Room at Bodysgallen boasts 3AA Rosettes, for 19 consecutive years, with a wonderful varied selection of imaginative creative food by award-winning chef John Williams.
The menu offers fine courses such as roasted sea scallop, monkfish, seasonal sorbet to cleanse the pallete followed by a selection of main course fresh local fish, meat and vegetarian platters. I devoured the scallops followed by the Creedy Carver Duck. For dessert I was keen to taste a little selection, so I could tell you just how wonderful they were from the Tonka Bean parfait, passionfruit panna cotta and the nutmeg egg custard tart – all absolutely to die for. I enjoyed pre and post dinner drinks in the main lounge, Library room. An evening well spent I’d say with a button or two unbuttoned post dinner whilst sinking into the living room’s sumptuous sofa.
The bar on the ground floor offers a variety of gins and malt whiskies. The Welsh Penderyn is a great place to gather, or wander to the crocodile alcove on first floor, ideal for tete a tete over coffee or glass of champagne!
Beautifully housed within a converted stone farmhouse in the award-winning historic grounds, Bodysgallen Spa is a short walk from the hotel and boasts a good sized indoor swimming pool, air-conditioned gymnasium with all the latest cardiovascular equipment, sauna, steam room, sun terrace and Club Room along with several treatment rooms. There are a variety of beauty and well-being treatments on offer from massage, pedicures, all using products by Aromatherapy Associates, Environ, Caci, while the longer more intensely pampering treatments like the 5-D Gommage Facial from Paris, with anti-ageing treatments to assist with those appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines, are well worth it. My skin seemed noticeably more toned, tighter and enjoyably youthful after the 5D Gommage treatment.
Places of Interest
There are some simple enjoyable woodland walks from Bodysgallen Hall, such as the Terrace Walk, the Ladies Walk, the Eastern Covert Walk or the Pydew Village Walk that leads to a Gothic Tower and the obelisk located on top of Pydew mountain. I did the walk up to the obelisk which was enjoyable and a simple walk, about 20 minutes from the hotel, if it is a fine day when you reach the point the views of Conwy Bay are impressive. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, places like Aber Falls, Bangor, Conwy, Bodnant Garden and Llandudno, a perfectly preserved seaside resort, are all enjoyable easy to reach destinations.
If you're feeling more active, head out on an adventure to Wales' mountains, moors lakes and rivers at Snowdonia National Park. The park has a historic Snowdon Mountain Railway that climbs to the summit of Wales's highest mountain, Mount Snowdon, offering views across the sea to Ireland and back along the North Wales coast. The Park also has an extensive network of trails, over 100 lakes and craggy peaks such as Cader Idris and Tryfan. Or if you just fancy a little R and R, be sure to enjoy the hotel grounds. Bodysgallen’s beautiful gardens include a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweet scented herbs, a rockery with a cascade, a walled rose garden, and several follies.
A stay in North Wales at Bodysgallen Hall is ideal for all manner of staycations throughout the year.
B&B priced from £215.00 per night based on two sharing.
A summary of our experience at Bodysgallen Hall
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