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Bodysgallen Hall & Spa 4.0

Llandudno, Conwy County, North Wales

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Pros

  • 17th-century manor house set on 200 acres of wooded parkland and beautiful walled gardens
  • Hotel overlooks Conwy Castle, and views take in the Snowdonia Mountain range
  • A 10-minute drive to Llandudno, Wales' largest seaside resort
  • Traditionally styled rooms with luxury robes and toiletries
  • Excellent breakfast choices and fine-dining restaurant
  • Impressive spa facilities include 50-foot swimming pool, steam room, and gym
  • Free Wi-Fi and on-site parking

Cons

  • No tea- or coffee-making facilities in guest rooms
  • Wi-Fi signal can be shaky in certain areas
  • Decor might be a little dowdy for some tastes
  • Breakfast not included in standard rates

Bottom Line

The upscale, 22-room Bodysgallen Hall & Spa, surrounded by picturesque and manicured gardens, is a particularly fine example of a historic country house hotel. While there's not much within walking distance, there's easy road access to Llandudno, Wales' largest seaside resort, which is about a 10-minute drive from the the hotel. Accommodations include guest rooms and larger cottages, all traditionally styled with a few luxury touches. Both dining and spa facilities are considered among the best in the area, but travelers seeking elegant lodgings closer to the coast might want to take a look at the beachfront St. George's Hotel -- which also has lower rates.

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Scene

Beautifully presented 17th-century heritage hotel set within immaculate gardens

Visitors to the Bodysgallen Hall & Spa follow a private, single-track road that winds through pretty rolling grassland onto the beautifully manicured grounds that surround this ancient and historic house. Although most of Bodysgallen Hall was built in the 17th century, the oldest part of the building -- its five-story tower -- was constructed in the 1200s, while some historically sympathetic add-ons date to the Victorian era. Restored and opened in the 1980s as one three Historic House Hotels, Bodysgallen Hall & Spa was donated to the National Trust in 2008, which has immaculately maintained its period features and ambience. Aged oakwood paneling is adorned with gilt-framed oil paintings and aristocratic coats of arms, while a blend of antique furnishings with plump homey sofas, colorful rugs, and tassel-trim drapery combine to create the timeless atmosphere of a country manor that's formal without being too stuffy. Lead-lined windows offer views over the superb and peaceful gardens, complete with expertly sculpted dwarf hedges, lily-pad ponds, and croquet lawn dotted with buttercups. 

Location

Surrounded by woodland two-and-a-half miles from popular Llandudno seaside resort

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The hotel, surrounded by picturesque fields and woodlands, is about a 10-minute drive to the North Wales coast town of Llandudno -- the largest seaside resort in Wales, located on the Creuddyn peninsula overlooking the Irish Sea. Although there's little within walking distance, the hotel is conveniently positioned for exploring local castles -- Conwy, Abergele, and Caernarfon are all within a 10- to 20-minute drive. Bodysgallen's location off the A470 also means easy road access to Llandudno Junction railway station, with direct connections to Cardiff, Manchester, and London. The majestic Snowdonia National Park, offering some of the country's most spectacular walks, is also within a half hour's drive.

Rooms

Traditionally styled cottages and guest rooms with luxury touches

The hotel has 11 guest rooms located in the main building, four Principal Suites, and seven cottage suites, some with separate seating areas and small private gardens, set in clusters around the gardens and spa. Decor is traditional, with floral fabrics, antique furnishings, and patterned wallpaper. Though generally fresh and inviting, some might find it borders on dowdy. In-room amenities include flat-screen TVs, welcome trays with free mineral water and biscuits, and luxury robes and slippers. Wi-Fi is free though limited in certain spots, and there is no self-serve tea or coffee in the rooms -- cottages do have mini-fridges and hot drink facilities. Spotless, wood-floor Victorian-style bathrooms have shower/tub combos, and come with high-end Floris products.

Features

Formal fine dining and health spa with 50-foot pool

An excellent breakfast of either continental or traditional Welsh selections is served each morning -- though it's not included in standard rates. The Dining Room offers outstanding lunch and dinner menus in elegant surroundings overlooking the gardens, and is also known as one of the finest places in the area for Sunday roasts. Dining is generally formal -- use of smartphones is strongly discouraged. Located in a restored stone farmhouse a short walk through the gardens, the hotel's spa features a 50-foot indoor swimming pool, spa bath, steam room, and sauna, as well as six treatment rooms offering a range of massage and beauty therapies. A fitness room also provides advanced cardiovascular equipment. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, but the signal is spotty in places.

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Address

The Royal Royal Welsh Way, Llandudno LL30 1RS, United Kingdom

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