Pen y Dyffryn

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A complimentary half-bottle of champagne for midweek stays. All guests receive complimentary high tea on arrival.

IT'S CHOCOLATE-BOX PRETTY here, perched 1,000 feet up on Shropshire’s last hill, gazing westwards over a swathe of green towards the mountains of the Welsh borders.

This multiple award-winning hotel – a silver stone Georgian house with five acres of cultivated gardens and a little stream – exudes that far-from-the-madding-crowd tranquillity stressed townies crave. With no passing traffic, only wildlife breaks the silence. It’s enticingly decorated: antiques, log fires, big comfy chairs, fresh flowers and prettily decorated bedrooms, some with spa baths. Food, much of it locally sourced and organic, plays a key role.

There’s an extensive, modestly priced wine list, majoring on the New World and with many champagnes too. Cuisine is adventurous, and bursting with flavour. A terrace is laid for tea, or cocktails in clement weather. Owner Miles Hunter imbues this country hotel with a sense of hospitality and warmth.

Private coach house

Comfy bedrooms in this hilltop former rectory are designed for deepest slumbers. Each has enticing views and it's hard to choose between them. Many have a jacuzzi or spa bath, while those in the adjacent Coach House enjoy private patios and all-round vistas.

Locally sourced ingredients provide prize fare. Look forward to spiced parsnip and apple soup, rack of Welsh salt-marsh lamb, game, honeycomb ice cream or Welsh cheeses.

You're right on the borders here: turn one way for Wales, and the other for England. Not that Pen-y-Dyffryn is any half-way house. “A retreat so peaceful it’s a crime to publicise it,”  as one happy guest enthused. We're inclined to agree.

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Pen y Dyffryn was reviewed by Room for Romance

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