Classic English country house comes to Wales

TRANQUILLITY AND CHARM are twin hallmarks of this elegant and airy neo-Tudor country house, built in 1900 as a hunting and fishing lodge in a blissfully secluded corner of mid Wales. Inside, gleaming floorboards and terracotta walls are perfect foils for the oriental rugs, dark wood antiques, expansive sofas, jugs of fresh flowers and old ticking clocks.

Bedrooms are supremely comfortable, while a maitre d’ oversees the graciously appointed dining room. Outside, it’s a visual feast and the perfect place for dreamy riverside walks or a game of croquet.

Step on to dazzling precision-mown lawns that sweep down to the river Irfon – just one feature of the gorgeous grounds with 50 acres of woodlands and a well-stocked trout lake where herons and kingfishers swoop. The Lake’s traditional afternoon teas – served on a trolley under the chestnut trees in summer or before a crackling fire in winter – are worth driving miles for.

Hit the spot

Set in magnificent grounds on the River Irfon

You’ll have your own jacuzzi bath in the beautifully furnished Eugenie suite.

Be savvy
Hire a fishing rod and you could even catch your own supper.

Be smitten
Seclusion in a swoon-worthy setting

Winning dinners

An award-winning fusion of Welsh and English cuisine with an added pinch of inspiration makes dinner a winner. Try specialities such as stuffed saddle of rabbit with puy lentils, garlic confit and a light sherry vinegar jus. Local attractions include Powys Castle, the book emporia of Hay-on-Wye and the Brecon Beacons. There’s tennis, fishing and golfing in the grounds, not to mention the recently added Kingfisher Spa.

Kaiser Wilhelm and his empress stayed here incognito in the early days. You'll have no trouble guarding your anonymity in this green and luxuriant enclave.

The Lake Country House was reviewed for Room for Romance by  Sian Davies

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Dining in
Menus change regularly at this classic country house restaurant. House specialities include confit of duck and foie gras terrine, line caught sea bass with vanilla mash, braised fennel, grelot onions and red wine sauce, and warm plum tart served with cream cheese sorbet and black pepper.

Dining out
Pack a picnic and head down to the lake itself or the paths along the river.


The Lake Country House

What’s cooking?
Cornish crab panacotta, hand-dived scallops and caramelised belly of pork, with dark chocolate truffle tart to follow.

Dress the part
Smart country casual

Top table?
Table three is beside the huge windows and offers fabulous views of the gardens.

See & Do

Within easy reach are the Abergwesyn Valley (for the Llyn Briannne reservoir and Devil’s staircase), Elan Valley, the Brecon Beacons and the Brecon Mountain Railway and Hay-on-Wye – the UK’s number one book town.

The hotel’s own Kingfisher Spa on the banks of the lake has a 15-metre swimming pool, outdoor lakeside hot tub, gym and extensive menu of spa treatments offering everything from Indian head massage to reflexology.

Hay-on-Wye is a must-visit for those who love quaint British towns and is something of a pilgrims’ destination for bookworms. Bibliophiles can spend hours and even days scouring its labyrinthine book stores, especially the cinema-cum-secondhand bookshop.

After dark
Swop literary stories in one of the many local pubs.

Visitors to the famous Hay-on-Wye Book Fair have included Bill Clinton and a host of top writers – so who knows who you could rub shoulders with.

Come for the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells – Europe’s biggest agricultural show and with lots besides.

Llangammarch Wells, Powys LD4 4BS

There is plenty of free guest parking

Llangammarch Wells station – two miles

The hotel offers free transfers to and from the station. 

Cardiff-Wales  – 70 miles

Rooms and suites

30 rooms and suites

Special features
Some rooms have four-poster beds, hot tubs and private lounges.

The hotel has a helipad on the lawn and a hot tub beside the lake.


Rates guide
GBP 170 - 250

Open all year



11am although late check-out is possible with prior notice

Minimum night stay?


Breakfast is served until 10am

Room service
Available from 7am to midnight

High Tea is served in the restaurant for children under eight. They are not permitted in the restaurant in the evening.

Dogs are welcome in selected rooms

Air conditioning

English and French

Wedding license?
Yes – for up to 100 guests. Weddings are based on exclusive hire of the property.

Your contact
Pierre Mifsud  – owner


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