Tre-Ysgawen Hall is a country house hotel in a secluded tranquil setting but Anglesey's glorious scenery and beaches are close by
Short Break - Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel and Spa, Anglesey
Monday, February 18, 2013
Step back in time for a luxury break at Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel and Spa - a mansion built for Anglesey's landed gentry. REVIEW BY LOUISE ALLEN-TAYLOR
Theres more than a touch of Downton Abbey grandeur to Tre-Ysgawen Hall Country House Hotel and Spa at Llangefni on Anglesey.
In 1882 the Pritchard-Rayner family commissioned this mansion to be built. They had amassed wealth from coal and copper mining over the years. Old photos show the family enjoying the classic life of the landed gentry: on horseback, hunting and entertaining VIP guests in style.
Theres even a mention of an outing with friends of the Tarporley Hunt in one album in the lounge area.
Today, there is still plenty of that traditional elegance here, albeit mingled with modern comforts to satisfy the most discerning guests.
Just past the hotel reception area the room widens into a grand hall with a splendid wide oak staircase, a grand piano and a huge oil painting of a young woman, labelled Noelle, who died in 1992.
Her mother Therese Meier established this hotel in Noelles memory, although the tragic young woman never came here. Therese visited Anglesey for the first time in 1993 and was enchanted by Tre-Ysgawen Hall. A few months later she heard it was for sale and bought it with the idea of renovating it as a fine hotel and wedding venue. In 1996 a trust was established and Sue Rowlands took over, although Therese still takes an interest. Sue Rowlands son, Neil, is todays chief executive who has control and a very hands-on role in its running.
At the end of the 1990s it was decided that more bedrooms and a spa were needed so old stables were converted and use made of the original clocktower and old stone walls. The Clocktower is now a lively bar and bistro and the spa must be one of the finest in the country and good enough reason alone to spend a few days here. Those who enjoy pampering will not be disappointed by the luxurious treatment rooms, pool, highly trained therapists and high-end beauty products in use (Decleor, Guinot etc).
For those who want a classic country house break, with fine food, there is much to delight here. The fine dining restaurant presents delicious dishes using locally sourced ingredients, served by attentive waiters in one of the most attractive rooms Ive ever eaten in: gilded walls, rococo style chairs and damask drapes flanking floor to ceiling windows overlooking pretty gardens.
And of course, theres Tre-Ysgawens location. The mansion is set in tranquil grounds in the heart of Anglesey but it is only a few minutes away from glorious beaches and forests. Its less than an hours leisurely drive from the hustle and bustle of Chester city centre but a world away if you need to enjoy some serious relaxation. Highly recommended.
Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel and Spa is launching on 1 February a Weight Loss Retreat for both men and women who want to kick start a health regime. This four day break is all about luxury, relaxation and pampering sessions with one-to-one tuition, training and exercise. For details contact Tre-Ysgawen Halls Spa on 01248 753270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louise Allen-Taylor was a guest of Tre-Ysgawen Hall Country House Hotel and Spa, Capel Coch, Llangefni, Anglesey, LL77 7UR. Tel: 01248 750750 www.treysgawen-hall.co.uk