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Daily Express Newspaper: Victoria’s Secret Retreat

The house looks particularly magical against the smokey, golden hues of the setting sun as we arrive.


City Life Wales Magazine: A kind of magic

This might sound a touch extravagant but I’m a great believer that it is experiences, not things, that enrich our lives. And I can assure you this particular experience will be with us for many years to come. Ynyshir Hall offers nothing short of Michelin star standard.

The Times:  Relax and Revive

A cosseting ten-bedroom 16th-century manor house next to the RSPB Nature Reserve in the Powys countryside runs three-nights “Relax and revive” breaks designed by the owner, Joan Reen. Joan has put together an impressive selection of therapies and activities led by local experts from which you can pick and choose, including meditations walks, shiatsu, bio-energy healing, kinesiology, tai chi and massage.

TNT Magazine:  5 Stars

A gorgeous stately home in the surrounds of the Welsh Cambrian Mountains. There is no place finer to enjoy such pampering.


Birmingham Post Newspaper: Manor house is a piece of Welsh heaven

From the moment you step through the portal of Ynyshir Hall, the hotel feels like your own private residence, with friendly staff treating you as if you are their only guest.  Ynyshir is owned by husband and wife team Joan and Rob Reen, both of whom are passionate about the property and see themselves as custodians of it with the duty to carry on the fine traditions of its illustrious history.

Lawyer Monthly Magazine: The UK’S finest boutique foodie hotel

From the very first moment you arrive at this little bit of heaven, you’re made to feel like a welcome friend.  Ynyshir Hall has always been a foodie paradise.

Square Meal:  Creative Food

Joan and Rob Reen made Ynyshir Hall the arty, luxurious retreat it is today. They installed a new chef whose creative approach to Welsh ingredients shines through in everything.

The Sunday People Newspaper: It’s a bit of Hall Right

Today, Ynyshir must be just as peaceful as it was back in the Victorian era. That tranquility is what drives many romancing couples back time and again. But it is as a dining experience that Ynyshir Hall is most famed these days.

Japan Journey Magazine: Wales’ finest hotel

Ynyshir Hall is the ideal destination in Wales.

Metro: Work’s out, so getaway to Ynyshir Hall

Ynyshir Hall was recently awarded a five-star grading by Visit Wales. It’s a secluded ten-bedroom country house in a position so quiet that the birdsong could be considered an intrusion.

The Observer Newspaper: Gourmet break in Wales

A good place to rediscover a healthier you is in the foothills of the stunning Cambrian Mountains at Queen Victoria’s former home, Ynyshir Hall in mid-Wales.

BBC Travel: The wild taste of Wales

The foraging season in Wales runs from March to October. At Ynyshir Hall guests are encouraged to join chef and owners to forage as part of Ynyshir Hall’s award winning restaurant.  The team takes turns to lead guests on nature rambles through the local woods. http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20130412-the-wild-taste-of-wales

South Wales Wedding Magazine: Wedding of the year destination

With 10 boutique bedrooms, each named after a famous artist, and a lounge bar with a roaring log fire, Ynyshir Hall Hotel is a home from home, albeit one where you are waited on hand and foot and fed tasty morsels from the head chef.

Essentials Magazine: Welsh Royal Splendor

Ynyshir Hall has to be in one of the most idyllic spots in Wales. A beautiful country house once owned by Queen Victoria, the area is a haven for birds and home to the BBC’s Springwatch. It’s so remote that the sky at night is crystal clear. Inside, it’s country-house chic and the décor has a warm, personal touch that makes the place feel like a home from home, not a hotel.

Waitrose Kitchen Magazine:  Take a walk around Ynyshir Hall

Book a sojourn at Ynyshir, run by the indomitable Joan Reen and her husband, Rob. With 14 acres of gardens, it’s surrounded by mountains, woodlands and a nature reserve.

Spear’s Wealth Management: At Ynyshir Hall, one of Wales’ best hotels, foraging for ingredients is part of the fun!!

Ynyshir Hall is the only Relais & Chateaux hotel in Wales. Set in charming, rambling grounds on the edge of a bird sanctuary, it is peaceful and a welcome change of pace from the city.  The rooms are well kept and newly decorated, the staff friendly and the array of famous past guests impressive. I, however, went to Wales to eat.


Luxury Travel Magazine USA: Ynyshir Hall: Stairway to Heaven & Gateway to Mother Nature

For many, Ynyshir Hall is something of a spiritual retreat where days are devoid of stress and where the beautiful environment contributes to an overall state of well-being. Close to the RSPB Ynys-hir Reserve, the beautiful Dovey Valley, Artists Valley (Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven was born here) and Borth Beach and the home of the BBC Show Springwatch – there is plenty to inspire guests body and mind.

Independent on Sunday: Welsh wildlife – even better close up

The inviting grounds of Ynyshir Hall, a luxury county hotel, make a relaxing place for afternoon tea. Giant tree specimens such as sequoia and wellingtonia add notes of grace to the grounds, along with an elegant Persian ironwood planted by Queen Victoria (who once owned the house). Red kites, buzzards, swallows, frogs and other creatures, great and small, float or crawl by if you linger here. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/walk-of-the-month-welsh-wildlife–even-better-close-up-in-ynyshir-8632080.html

The Sun: Food fit for a queen in palace of Powys

Accommodation is unashamedly five-star, with comfortable beds, luscious views and a luxury bathroom so vast you could stage a five-a-side football tournament in it. But what really sets this place apart is the food.

Express & Echo: Wonderland of hidden treasures

But, and I have saved the best until last, Ynyshir Hall is proud to have as its head chef, Gareth Ward, a food genius, a culinary wizard, a gastronomic artist who uses yeast as a flavour and throws ‘Canadian icebergs’ onto spiced porridge. We dined on his 10-course menu with tasting wines. Each dish an intricate, edible sculpture. He introduced himself to us with a miniature oriental garden, a delicate miso soup, followed by a deconstructed mackerel BLT, with a light sweet rosé. The crab, with sweetcorn shard and coriander pureé, was accompanied by a mellow white and the hay and salt baked carrots, goat’s curd and hay ash came with a zingy white with coconut hints. Next, and reminiscent of an artist’s paint pallet, came the king prawn with ham paté and buttermilk. The lamb sweetbreads lay on an deliciously oily ragu with cockles, samphire and slivers of radish – sips of red now. Starters over, the Middle Eastern lamb barbecue with fresh folds of cucumber, salty sausage beetroot and a hint of mint, only made the oohing and ahhing more prolific. Now, we went for the optional cheese plate, cheddar and blue cheese, which had the intended impact at this point in the adventure. Lager and lime jelly was next with a fresh, tangy ice cream, and a sweet dessert wine. A creamy dollop of soft rice pud, with fresh blackberries from nearby hedgerows followed, with a wood sorrel granita. A walnut whip, Gareth’s childhood favourite, was up next, the aero-like chocolate melted in our mouths and found solace with a gooey mallow whip and Merlot vinegar reduction. We were compos mentis enough to notice that there was an 11th course, a yeast porridge concoction with aforementioned icebergs.


Western Mail: Watch the birdies here

The bedrooms are individually decorated, named after artists and a wonderful mix of the traditional and contemporary. Our recently refurbished studio was tastefully decorated in shades of taupe and gold with antique bed, wood burner effect stove, sitting area and a vast bathroom in sophisticated shades of grey with a roll top bath with views across the grounds.  An easy circular walk from Ynyshir Hall will take you sufficiently high for a spectacular view of the Dyfi Estuary, while the more adventurous can explore the beauty of the Cambrian Mountains.

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