Palé Hall's boudoir
Palé Hall has achieved a five star rating from prestigious hospitality association the AA. Recommending hotels for over 100 years, AA inspectors awarded the luxury hotel with their highest rating in their most recent announcement. Opened in September 2016, Palé Hall is the only AA five star property in North Wales and is only one of three establishments in Wales to enjoy this rating.
Speaking about the rating General Manager Pim Wolfs said “We are extremely proud to have received this great accolade. Our team work extremely hard to ensure that we provide the best service, food and comfort possible and we are delighted that the AA have recognised this. As a family run hotel, the five star rating is a huge achievement.”
Owned by Alan and Angela Harper, who lovingly restored the historic building to its former glory, Palé Hall is a peaceful and luxurious retreat surrounded by the natural beauty of the Welsh valleys on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. One of the UK’s most talented and well-known chefs Michael Caines, lends his invaluable guidance for the food and beverage at the hotel which is overseen by Head Chef Gareth Stevenson. Gareth’s dishes focus on the fantastic local produce surrounding the hotel, including meat sourced from within Gwynedd and Denbighshire and Llandderfel honey. Dishes are delivered with absolute professionalism in preparation, presentation and service, worthy of its AA rating.
Commenting on the announcement AA’s Commercial Manger Alistair Sandall said “It was a pleasure to be able to award five stars to Pale Hall Hotel & Restaurant this week. It is a welcome addition to our other high quality hotels in Wales. The refurbishment has been carried out with passion, skill and care by owners Alan and Angela Harper. The service delivery and hospitality is first class and commensurate with all expectations at this high level. We look forward to working with the hotel on the journey towards red stars and wish them luck for the future.”
Palé Hall is one of Wales’s most important surviving homes with a fascinating history dating back to the late 19th century when Henry Robertson, a railway engineer, industrialist and contemporary of Brunel, bought the estate as a grand personal project at the end of his transformative career in building public works. Since construction, the manor house has played host to some of Britain’s most famous figures including Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill.
In its new chapter as a hotel, 18 guest bedrooms and suites have been transformed and individually designed with their own style and personal identity. The guestrooms use soft yet playful Zoffany furnishings and quintessentially British William Morris prints. Each room holds its own history, such as the aptly named Victoria Suite, home to the bed that Queen Victoria once slept in and her original bath. Another highlight is the wood panelled Robertson Suite where Churchill is alleged to have played snooker on his many visits to Palé Hall. Furthermore, every guestroom enjoys a stunning view across the rural Welsh landscape, with window seats or deeply comfortable sofas and armchairs from which to watch the world go by.
Two drawing rooms both with large comfortable sofas and armchairs are delicately decorated as befits a luxurious country home. Floor to ceiling windows make the ground floor living rooms the perfect place to relax with a book, board game or pre-dinner drink. The piano situated in Palé Hall’s main entrance hall will play a central part, with Palé Hall hosting musical evenings for both guests and locals alike.
With the surrounding natural landscape, an important focus for Palé Hall will be the outdoor activities offered in the grounds of the hotel and nearby. Guests can enjoy countless walks and hikes from Palé Hall’s front door, and as dog lovers themselves, Alan and Angela will welcome dogs to the hotel while also giving them little treats from the kitchen, and the use of personalised Palé doggy towels. During the seasons, Palé Hall will be able to organise shooting parties in the surrounding estates, and also trips to local fishing beats on the neighbouring streams and rivers that are renowned for their salmon and trout.
To make a reservation, please ring ++44 (0)1678 530 285 or visit www.palehall.co.uk.
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Published 28 March 2017