One of three National Trust-owned Historic House Hotels, Bodysgallen Hall is a dignified, gentle paced island of calm, close to Llandudno’s famous promenade and beaches. Climb its tower, built as a lookout for Conwy Castle – the medieval core of the fine 17th-century mansion – and you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view. The house has enormous character, with 15 antiques-filled bedrooms and 16 postcard-pretty cottages scattered around the estate’s 200 acres of wooded parkland. Grass terraces overlook the award-winning gardens, which include a walled rose garden, cascade and rare 17th-century parterre of box hedges filled with herbs. There is a formal dining room in the main hall: Llandudno’s best restaurant, serving delicious locally sourced dishes. The former farmhouse now houses the spa with a large indoor pool, steam room, sauna and solarium. All in all, Bodysgallen Hall is one of the loveliest hotels in Britain. Doubles from £185.
Name to Know: Robert Owen, head gardener, who has a wealth of knowledge about the continuing development of the original garden plans conceived by the Mostyn family.
See: Take a map from reception and stroll through the woodland up to the obelisk, marking the edge of Bodysgallen 200 acre estate. Admire the views from this spectacular vantage point.
Eat: Enjoy fine dining in the elegant restaurant overlooking the award-winning gardens. Choose from a menu that uses seasonal produce from our own vegetable, fruit and herb gardens.
Buy: A garden tour with our head gardener, Robert Owen. His many years of experience at Bodysgallen will provide you with an insight into the seasonal work and on-going restoration in the award-winning gardens. After the tour, have a delicious two-course lunch with a glass of wine and coffee in the private dining room.
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