The re-imagined Grade II listed Palé Hall re-opened in 2016 as one of the finest country house hotels in Wales and the UK, and the first member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Wales. New owners Alan and Angela Harper lovingly restored the historic house to its former glory, creating a peaceful and luxurious retreat surrounded by the natural beauty of the Welsh valleys on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.
Palé Hall is one of Wales’s most important surviving homes with a fascinating history dating back to the late 19th century when Henry Robertson, a railway engineer, industrialist and contemporary of Brunel, bought the estate as a grand personal project at the end of his transformative career in building public works. Since construction, the manor house has played host to some of Britain’s most famous figures including Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill.
In its new chapter as a hotel, 18 guest bedrooms and suites have been individually designed with their own style and personal identity, as have the beautiful light-filled areas of the house including the opulent drawing room and tranquil parlour overlooking the grounds.
In January 2019, the hotel welcomed Debbie Cappadona as its new General Manager. Formerly front of house manager at the property, Debbie was handpicked by Alan and Angela who recognised her as a huge asset to Palé Hall. Debbie, who was previously Restaurant Manager for La Brasserie at The Chester Grosvenor Hotel, is committed to ensuring that Palé Hall’s growing reputation for guest service is maintained and will use her knowledge of 28 years in the hospitality industry to help and achieve this.
Guestroom and Suites
The individually designed guestrooms use soft yet playful Zoffany furnishings and quintessentially British William Morris prints. Each room holds its own history, such as the aptly named Victoria Suite, home to the bed that Queen Victoria once slept in and her original bathtub. Choose from Classic Rooms, Turret Suites, Grand Rooms, Master Rooms and Superior Suites. A very special highlight is the amazing wood panelled Churchill Suite, where Churchill is alleged to have played snooker on his many visits to Palé Hall. Every guestroom enjoys a stunning view across the rural Welsh landscape, with window seats or deeply comfortable sofas and armchairs from which to watch the world go by.
Relaxed Fine Dining
The three dining areas within the house provide breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner to residents and non-residents, each with a different look and feel. The largest of them is the grand Henry Robertson dining room, followed by the Venetia dining room and finally the intimate library, the perfect setting for private dining.
With the gorgeous surrounding natural landscape, a wealth of outdoor activities are offered in the grounds of the hotel and beyond. Guests can enjoy countless walks and hikes form Palé Hall’s front door, and as dog lovers themselves, Alan and Angela welcome canine guests to the hotel. During the season, Palé Hall organises shooting parties in the surrounding estate and also trips to the local fishing beats on the neighbouring streams and rivers that are renowned for their salmon and trout.
The hotel also offers bespoke corporate packages, perfect for meetings, conferences, dinners and team-building events in the idyllic Welsh countryside. With a variety of spaces available for exclusive corporate use and exciting activities on offer from archery ad white-water rafting, Palé Hall is a unique luxury destination for memorable corporate events.
Nightly rates at Palé Hall start from £190 B&B. For more information and to book call 01678 530 285 or visit www.palehall.co.uk