Hotel of the week: Bodysgallen Hall, Llandudno in Wales
A restored National Trust-owned 17th century house with views across to Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, Bodysgallen Hall near Llandudno, an award-winning hotel, restaurant and spa, is the ideal base to explore North Wales.
Bodysgallen Hall is home to a total of 31 spacious bedrooms split between the house and cottages. Each of the bedrooms has been individually furnished and decorated with antique furniture and works of art. All enjoy privileged glorious views over Bodysgallen’s stunning award winning parkland and gardens. Various springs traverse the parklands, and there are several woodland walks such as the Terrace Walk, the Ladies Walk, the Eastern Covert Walk or the Pydew Village Walk that lead to a Gothic Tower and the obelisk located on top of Pydew mountain.
The hotel is also situated a mile from the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno with its wide curving promenade (two miles of white sand overlooking blue sea). Wrap up warm for a brisk stroll along one of the world’s top 50 beaches. Or visitors can drive around the Great Orme with its magnificent views of the North Wales coastline. Nearby are the castles of Conwy, Caenarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris, as well as National Trust properties, Plas Newydd on Anglesey, Penrhyn Castle, and the gardens of Bodnant. Surrounding Bodysgallen Hall there are four main areas to visit in North Wales – the mountains and coasts of Snowdonia, the North Wales Borderlands in the north east, the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, and the bustling North Wales Coastal Resorts.
The hotel welcomed back award-winning chef John Williams in 2015 and his new menu has already attracted a 3 AA Rosette rating. The restaurant at Bodysgallen overlooks the stunning gardens with menus showcasing seasonal, local cuisine. Having previously spent four years at Bodysgallen Hall in North Wales, John Williams knows his way around the hotel’s kitchen. John obtained Bodysgallen’s highest rating to date in the Good Food Guide. The hotel is home to a selection of kitchen gardens where produce is grown and seasonally selected for use in the Welsh dishes throughout the year. The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Bodysgallen Hall’s crowning glory is the 200 acres of parkland which includes award-winning restored gardens featuring several follies, a walled garden, lily-pad ponds and a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with colourful sweet herbs. Add to this a formal rose garden and a number of well-established trees and shrubs and a selection of lovely walks to further discover the grounds and it is easy to see why Bodysgallen Hall was recently specially selected to appear in a BBC One show dedicated to some of the UK’s finest gardens called ‘Glorious Gardens from Above’.
Voted one of the Ten Best UK Spas, Bodysgallen announced Darphin, the sophisticated, trusted Parisian skincare range, as its principal treatment and product range last year. The Bodysgallen Spa is housed within a converted stone farmhouse in the award-winning historic grounds, and features a 50-foot indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna, relaxation room and gym. The Darphin brand was launched by Pierre Darphin in 1958, who is considered to have revolutionised the beauty industry when he opened his first ‘Institut de Beaute’ in Paris using luxurious plant based formulas made with essential oils enhanced by skin-sculpting techniques.
Address: The Royal Welsh Way, Llandudno, North Wales LL30 1RS / 01492 584466