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Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Eglwys Fach
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

Wife and I just celebrated our 'Ruby' by taking dinner and a room at this hotel. Food was up to Michelin standard, as was service. Staff were thoroughly pleasant and rooms exceptional in an 'Old Country House Hotel' style.
Expensive, but as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
This is the kind of place where traditional accommodation meets up with contemporary fine dining.

Room Tip: Red room was nice - all have views.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

Took my wife here for a Birthday Treat and It exceeded our expectations. Location, Rooms, Food, and Service were all excellent. The staff went the extra mile to make our stay special, and gave us tips of local places to visit during our stay.As a Reiais & Chateaux Hotel,what you pay for your stay reflects the experience and is worth every penny.

Room Tip: All the rooms are individual in nature and named after famous Artists. Superb furnishings, and local...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank theelectriceric
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

A Relais & Chateaux Country House Hotel. Ynyshir Hall means Long Island. We were on a press trip and this stop was to see the gardens but I think so worth including a review of as it would be such a beautiful place to stay in.

After our welcome by Joan Reen, we were ushered into the parlor for some tea and cookies. Can I tell you how good these Chocolate chip, Ginger and Flapjack cookies were? Fitting cookies for a R & C establishment. Then it was time to visit the gardens. Along with the glorious lawns in that Welsh green, there were dogs to play with and horses to watch…so restful to the eye.

Solitude is precious and readily available at Ynyshir Hall, once owned by Queen Victoria and set amongst breathtaking scenery in the secret heart of Wales. Cradled in 14 acres of glorious gardens, this luxury hotel in Wales sits midst the splendour of the Dyfi Estuary, surrounded by mountains that were once the refuge of the Celtic princes and has been cherished by a succession of eminent owners.

Parts of the hall date back to the 15th Century, but its first recorded owner was David Lloyd, who lived here in the 17th Century. Ynyshir Hall was later owned by three High Sheriffs and later acquired by Queen Victoria who loved the abundance of birds on the estuary part of the estate. She had the hall refurbished and put a lot of effort into establishing the gardens, with many of the trees she had planted still being in evidence today.

In 1928, it was sold to William Hubert Mappin of Mappin and Webb, Jewellers, who did a great deal of work on the gardens. On his death in 1966, he sold 1,000 acres of the estate to the RSPB, to establish the bird reserve that still exists there today, much to the disgust of the shooting parties who had visited the area for generations.

This luxury country house hotel in Wales has the good fortune to share its Dovey estuary location with one of Britain's finest bird reserves, the RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve. The walk to the estuary from the hotel is a magical ramble. The Dovey estuary is also the only Welsh Biosphere Reserve.

It’s little wonder Queen Victoria loved these beautiful gardens, stunningly located between the mountains and the estuary. A fairytale landscape, now 14 acres, the gardens contain many rare varieties of exotic and native trees and shrubs.

Snowdrops and crocuses carpet the gardens during February, followed in March by carpets of daffodils. You’ll marvel at the breathtaking display of bluebells throughout the woodland gardens surrounding the house, and at the vibrant blaze of the Azaleas and Rhododendrons for which the gardens are renowned, a magnificent explosion of colour, in April and May.

There are also large collections of Camellias, Magnolias and Hydrangeas. Splendid examples of Sequoia and Wellingtonia trees flank the drive; in fact, the gardens play host to the definitive collection of Wellingtonii in the UK and Queen Victoria is reputed to have planted the Persian Ironwood (Parrotia), famed for its autumn colour.

The rocky woodland garden climbs steeply up behind the house. Follow the path through the trees to the blue gate on your way to the bird reserve and you’ll cross the babbling stream that then cascades down to a delightful water feature at the bottom. The large rocky mound in the middle of the garden is an idyllic setting for quiet contemplation and meditation.

We returned to our parlor to just sit and enjoy the time together and as we were talking some stories were shared about some of the people who had visited there. Wonderful stories and you will just have to go there to hear them for yourself!

Room Tip: Be sure to stay in the purple room, then ask why!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

We had an idyllic weekend, we enjoyed the food and style of the hotel with its huge benefit of only 9 rooms. This means the atmosphere is intimate and friendly. The hotel is centred on its food and it is wonderful cooking, I agree about the choices, which are a bit limited. I could I'm sure have asked for a vegetarian option on the second night, but it would have been nicer had it been on the menu and therefore considered as much as the other dishes on offer. I didn't want a off the cuff, more cobbled together "asked for" option which might miss out on this, but by the second night I was looking for a lighter option. That said, the food was balanced, and the eight courses very small (fortunately) and it was a very enjoyable culinary experience. Perhaps the exception would be the continental breakfast we had in our room, very boring, indifferent toast, uninteresting porridge, poor jam,no juice, no little elegant touches we'd come to expect ! Regarding the rooms, some of the criticisms are fair, for the money the room was small, but you notice details that wouldn't matter in a cheaper room. The window frames needed painting, the grout around the bath was black and peeling, the shower was a dribble, the mattress was past its sell by date..all this however doesn't really detrack from a lovely weekend. The staff were so lovely, gentle attention.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

A nice property as such, in a scenic location. However, the management by the owner is very "special": cheap foreign staff with limited English, stained carpets, stains in the bathroom. Drinks and wine are hugely expensive (GBP 17 for a glass of Champagne). The owner/manager very much likes to be the centre of attention and complain about other guests who are "soo much trouble" - only expecting the service and amenities of a 5 star R&C establishment that expensive. Out of all the R&C hotels, this is by far the worst, particularly regarding value for money.

Room Tip: Do not take the Monet Suite: it's a converted conservatory, smells of damp, you need to cross th...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Tomasz L
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Additional Information about Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms

Address: Eglwys Fach SY20 8TA, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Ceredigion > Eglwys Fach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Eglwys Fach
Price Range: ₹ 13,339 - ₹ 55,635 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ynyshir is a 5 star restaurant with rooms near the Snowdonia National Park, Aberystwyth and Machynlleth. The restaurant at Ynyshir holds 5 AA rosettes - the first and only ever in Wales and has held 1 michelin star since 2014. Chef Patron Gareth Ward serves alternative British tasting menus using the very best of Welsh and British produce. Ynyshir showcases the best of Welsh ingredients following the seasons, such as Welsh Wagyu Beef and Anglesey Onions throughout the year, as well as locally foraged sea herbs from the estuary and greens from the woodland floor and gardens. During hunting season expect to see wild deer and local duck, grouse and partridge, and in summer Welsh Lamb from the Dyfi valley. Gareth and his team pickle, salt, ferment and preserve fruits, leaves and berries carrying the harvests through the winter and into the spring. Ynyshir is focused around the restaurant and what it offers, but why not stay in one of the amazing rooms and enjoy the full experience! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ynyshir Hall Hotel Eglwys Fach
Ynyshir Hall Machynlleth
Ynyshir Hall Hotel Machynlleth
Hall Ynyshir

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