Resort Assessment: Bodysgallen Corridor, Llandudno, Wales

Bodysgallen Corridor was as soon as a grand nation manor owned by Richard Mostyn, the Excessive Sheriff of Carnarvonshire, in the course of the reign of Elizabeth I. Since 2008 the home has been owned by the Nationwide Belief and capabilities as a lodge, spa and effective eating restaurant.

Set throughout 200 acres of its personal parkland, the home and grounds is one thing of an architectural jumble, with a number of outdated follies, a walled rose backyard and a 13th century central watch tower supposed to help within the defence of the close by Conwy Fort.

The home itself supplies a window into bygone instances with its conventional furnishings, grand fireplaces and aristocratic portraits. There are many winding staircases and attention-grabbing nooks and crannies to discover. The rooms have all of the mod cons you’d count on, however the home has maintained a historic appeal that’s usually misplaced when nation manors are transformed into resorts.

Who For

Bodysgallen Corridor is quaint (in a great way) and tends to draw a extra mature clientele, who admire the calm environment and delightful gardens. It’s also a beautiful spot for couples wanting to flee to the nation for just a little luxurious.

Lodging

There are 15 rooms inside the home, 4 of that are principal suites with views of the gardens and a separate sitting room. Should you want a extra non-public expertise, there are additionally 16 cottages located throughout the grounds that present self-contained lodging.

Hall Bedroom

Corridor Bed room (c) Bodysgallen Corridor

We stayed in one of many 11 predominant home bedrooms, that are uniquely embellished with patterned wallpaper, authentic pained home windows and work of the native panorama. Our twin room was cosy and really comfy, with welcome touches together with a collection of traditional books and a tin of crumbly shortbread biscuits. The rooms definitely aren’t “stylish”, however they’re very becoming for a rustic home.

All rooms have an en-suite rest room with beautiful Floris merchandise, a big bathtub and highly effective bathe. Customary facilities embody a flat display satellite tv for pc TV, radio alarm clock and trouser press. There are not any kettles within the room and within the true spirit of a manor home, you may ring right down to reception, order your sizzling brew of selection, and a member of employees will deliver it to your door.

Services

The home has a big entrance corridor with oak panels and an enormous stone hearth the place company usually calm down right here for a drink and chat. There are additionally loads of comfortable spots to cover away, together with the library. You may order a drink from the bar and whereas away the hours in full rest with out the constraints of expertise – company are requested to chorus from utilizing cell phones and laptops right here.

View of the gardens at Bodysgallen Hall

View of the gardens at Bodysgallen Corridor (c) Lucy Woods

Exterior, the gardens are one thing of a marvel and a complete pleasure to get misplaced in. We had been fortunate sufficient to benefit from the blooms of early summer time, and the backyard was alive with the chitter chatter of birds. There’s a uncommon 17th century parterre (formal backyard) of boxed hedges stuffed with herbs, and a reasonably rockery with a cascade. The backyard is ready on a number of ranges, and supplies some really beautiful views of the encircling panorama. On a transparent day you may see each Conwy Fort and Snowdonia Nationwide Park.

The spa at Bodysgallen Hall

The spa (c) Bodysgallen Corridor

Bodysgallen Corridor additionally has an expensive spa that’s just some minutes’ stroll from the principle constructing. Services embody a 50ft swimming pool, steam room, sizzling tub and sauna. There’s additionally a small gymnasium with weights and cardio-vascular gear. There are six spa remedy rooms and an intensive record of remedies on provide, from facials to sizzling stone massages. I attempted the Final Aromatherapy full physique therapeutic massage, which was a godsend after a day of trekking and scrambling.

Food and drinks

There may be one restaurant at Bodysgallen Corridor: the Eating Room, which holds 3AA rosettes. The primary ground drawing room additionally serves afternoon tea each day. For £25 per particular person, company can get pleasure from a collection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, candy treats and a selection of freshly brewed teas.

The restaurant is a formidable room with giant bay home windows, an enormous stone hearth and a pair of glittering chandeliers. Head Chef, John Williams, serves up a seasonal menu with a surprisingly trendy aptitude.

We had been significantly taken with the duck egg containing a molten yellow core, served with Jersey Royals British asparagus and property wild garlic cream. My fillet of Welsh lamb was completely pink and got here with an exquisite smoked onion cream and thyme sauce. The place doable, the chef incorporates vegatables and fruits grown within the backyard.

Welsh lamb with brioche crust

Welsh lamb with brioche crust (c) Lucy Woods

We very a lot loved our meal, and returned to our rooms full and happy. My solely niggle was the marginally stuffy environment within the restaurant, with my fellow company wanting reasonably too dour given the scrumptious meals on provide.

Is WiFi obtainable

Sure, WiFi is accessible freed from cost and it’s password protected.

Room charges

Costs begin from £170 per night time for a Principal Corridor Bed room, £470 per night time for a Principal Suite and £175 per night time for a Cottage Suite (all together with breakfast and early morning tea).

What’s close by

If doable, it’s best to deliver a automotive to Bodysgallen Corridor (there may be ample parking area) as lots of the native actions are past strolling distance. For these searching for cultural enlightenment, there are quite a few Nationwide Belief properties close by together with Penrhyn Fort, the gardens at Bodnant and Plas Newydd on Anglesey.

For many who are extra actively inclined, Snowdonia Nationwide Park is a 40-minute drive from Bodsygallen Corridor, providing an enormous vary of trekking, scrambling and mountain climbing alternatives. Adrenaline seekers may also like to go to Zip World, which comprises the world’s quickest zip line and “Caverns”, an underground caving expertise with zip strains, rope bridges, ladders and tunnels.

READ OUR REVIEW: Zip World, Snowdonia Nationwide Park, Wales

Getting there

It takes round 5 hours to drive from London to Bodysgallen Corridor, and simply over an hour drive from Liverpool. Should you’re getting the prepare, Llandudno Junction is a only a five-minute taxi to the lodge – it’s greatest to e book your cab upfront as taxis are scarce on this a part of Wales.


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