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YNYSHIR HALL, near Machynlleth

At-a-Glance Guide

Relais & Chateaux
9 bedrooms inc 2 suites
AA 3 Rosette/1 Michelin star restaurant, private dining
lounge bar, drawing room
landscaped garden, woodland, RSPB bird reserve
events, meetings

YNYSHIR HALL, near Machynlleth


Parts of Ynyshir Hall date back to the 15th Century, but its first recorded owner was a David Lloyd, who lived here in the 17th Century. His son, John, had the nearby Eglwysfach church built, and the family crest can still be seen there. Ynyshir Hall was later owned by three High Sheriffs, before being acquired by Queen Victoria - who loved the abundance of birds on the estuary part of the estate. She had the hall refurbished and put a lot of effort into establishing the beautiful gardens. Many of the trees she had planted are still in evidence today.
In 1928, the house was bought by William Hubert Mappin – of the jewellers Mappin and Webb - who also did a great deal of work on the gardens. Much to the disgust of the shooting parties who had visited the area for generations, Mappin arranged that on his death, which occurred in 1966, 1,000 acres of the estate be sold to the RSPB, to establish the bird reserve which visitors can still enjoy.


Ynynshir Hall - which today operates as a restaurant with rooms - is a luxurious country house hotel, in a magnificent setting, with an exceptional reputation for fine dining and warm hospitality.


It’s an ideal destination for nature lovers and bird-watchers, and those who want to de-stress in perfect peace, total tranquillity and exhilaratingly fresh air.


Both the bar lounge and drawing room are invitingly comfortable. Their bright colours and dramatic paintings sing out in the unpolluted light, and make a bold retort to dull or wet days.

Fine dining at Ynyshir Hall, daringly conceived by Head Chef, Paul Croasdale, is based on superb, fresh local ingredients, including lobsters, crabs and shrimp from Cardigan Bay, wild salmon caught in local rivers, local farms’ Welsh Black beef, Welsh Mountain lamb, Salt Marsh lamb and cheese – as well as wild foods such as wood sorrel, wild mushrooms and wild garlic from the surrounding woodlands, and samphire from the beach at Ynyslas. The restaurant’s large kitchen garden produces herbs, asparagus, salads, soft fruit and baby vegetables.

The hotel’s nine beautifully appointed bedrooms are named after famous artists, and the individual design of each was inspired by that artist’s style, with luxurious comfort in mind.

The imposing Vermeer Suite has a walnut bed with intricately carved head- and foot-boards and barley-twist columns. There a separate sitting room, and a bathroom with deep blue tiles and an extra-deep bath. The room is side-facing, with views of the kitchen gardens and ivy-clad 15th-Century barns
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Degas is a pretty and romantic rear-facing room in the heart of the house, overlooking the rock garden. Decorated in pale yellows and blues, it has a small sitting room with antique desk and two easy chairs, and an archway through to the bedroom, which features a brass bed, inlaid with mother of pearl, dating back to 1860.
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Goya is a popular room with bird-watchers, who can see many in the trees around the window. Its king-size bed can be double or twinned, and it is decorated in rich blue and gold, with peach walls.
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The elegant Hogarth Room has glorious views of the gardens, Artists Valley, and the Cambrian Mountains, with the peak of Cader Idris just visible beyond. A four-poster bed, with rich drapes of midnight-blue damask and rich red silk, is the main focus of the room. The walls are deep red and the heavy fringed curtains an opulent midnight-blue, lined in red silk. The furniture is antique mahogany; the bathroom is in grey marble.
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Renoir Room is light and airy, with wonderful views from its three windows, all facing the front gardens and the mountains beyond. It’s decorated in pale blues and yellows, and has a six-foot bed made in the 1800’s in the style of Louis XVIII with beautifully carved head and footboards, and matching side tables and wardrobe.
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The Monet Garden Suite is a light and airy ground floor room, with easy access to the gardens through its own conservatory sitting-room. Its king-size bed can be double or twinned, and has a specially commissioned headboard, shaped to echo the Cambrian mountains, with a dramatic backdrop of golden voile with a setting sun behind. The colour scheme of the room is dark blues and gold; the bathroom is in cream marble, with a walk-in shower and large bathtub. On the ground floor, and accessed through the Morning room, this suite will suit anyone who has a problem with stairs.
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The Matisse Suite, looking down the sweeping lawns to the Cambrian Mountains, has a
sitting room with a fuchsia-pink sofa and soft jade-green walls. Through an archway is the bedroom, which has a six-foot brass bedstead and a bedspread decorated with pink peonies. There is a step down to the bathroom, finished in pale pink marble.
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The two rooms in the Studio Wing, adjacent to the main building on ground-floor level, have their own private entrance. One has French windows opening onto a small patio, and views of the colourful gardens. The larger studio room can be booked separately, or both can be booked together - ideal for family groups or friends, or simply those who like to have two adjoining rooms instead of sharing.
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...massage, reflexology or manipulation by highly skilled therapists are available in the privacy of your own room. As well, during your stay, you can learn exercises to keep you supple, try yoga or tai chi.

The 14-acres gardens contain many rare varieties of exotic and native trees and shrubs. The Persian Ironwood (Parrotia), famed for its autumn colour, was reputedly planted by Queen Victoria. Splendid Sequoia and Wellingtonia trees flank the drive, and there are also large collections of camellias, magnolias and hydrangeas.
The rocky woodland garden climbs steeply up behind the house. A path leads through it to the RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, which was originally part of the estate. The Dovey estuary is also noted for being the only Welsh Biosphere Reserve.

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