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Nanteos Mansion – A Country House Hotel In Aberystwyth Wales

Tucked away in a secluded wooded landscape, but only three miles outside of Aberystwyth in Mid Wales is Nanteos Mansion, a grade 1 listed country house hotel.

Nanteos Mansion, Aberystwyth

It’s the sort of place that wows you when you drive up the long path leading to the beautiful building before you. This historic mansion sits on the site of a much earlier mansion house and the building of the current mansion was finished in 1752 when it was owned by the Powell family. Unfortunately, when the last family member died in the 1950s the building was taken over by a succession of owners who let it go to ruin. The current owners though have spent much money and effort on the building and have lovingly restored it, and it’s now a country house hotel.

As you enter the main door you come across the reception area. All decorated for Christmas it was very cosy and the tree was big and impressive.

Nanteos Lounge

The receptionist and hotel manager greeted us warmly and asked us about our journey, they seemed genuinely interested too, which made us feel very welcome.

Nightingale Suite Welcome
Nanteos Bedroom

We didn’t know at first but they had upgraded us to the Nightingale Suite.

On first impressions, our suite wowed us! The suite we were allocated was the honeymoon suite, a very spacious and luxurious suite.

Nightingale Suite Bed
Nanteos Cushions in the room

With embroidered cushions in a country style, a marble fireplace, a massive king size bed and a beautiful feature wall with a bird print, it had an air of elegance and class. The huge chandelier added extra opulence too.

The huge chandelier

The art deco dressing table was a lovely design feature as well as being a very practical place to do my hair and makeup.

The Dressing Table

Everything just oozed old school glamour. From the velour covered sofa to the ornate mirror and the fresh flowers.

Christmas Biscuits At Nanteos Mansion

We had some delicious biscuits left in our room – some star cookies, presented in a Kilner jar with a personalised Nanteos mansion ribbon.

Welcome Cookies

We also had homemade cookies, chocolate brownies and some Stroopwaffles left as well, so full marks to the hotel for the biscuit selection, I was well impressed! The treats were scrumptious too.

Fresh milk in the room.
Tea and Coffee in the rooms.

Facilities included a flat screen TV, tea and coffee tray as well as a fridge with complimentary bottled water and fresh milk. I really appreciated the fresh milk as it is always nice to have fresh milk in a room rather than the dreadful UHT packs of milk you can get.

One feature was a special cupboard, silk lined for your wedding dress. What a fabulous touch for a bride to be.

The hotel bathroom at Nanteos mansion

So onto the bathroom. The bathroom was very large and decorated in a fresh green and white paint. The bathroom consisted of a toilet, bidet and sink, as well as a dressing table and a large sunken bath. If you are a shower person you would have appreciated the modern rainfall shower over the bath, perfect to wash all your troubles away.

The toiletries

Toiletries provided were from Temple Spa – a really nice luxury brand that smells amazing too.

The robes.

Cosy soft bathrobes and slippers were also provided. It was nice to see that the bathrobes were a good quality and not scratchy like you can get in some hotels.

So after unpacking, we relaxed in the room until dinner time. I must say the comfy bed had Mr W snoring in no time!

Later that night we went down to the bar. The bar area was decorated with a big Christmas tree and Chesterfield sofas and looked upmarket and welcoming. The drinks menu had a reasonable selection of drinks and a nice selection of classic cocktails, which were priced £8-£10 each.

The Nanteos bar
The cocktail list

I settled on a Kir Royle as we perused the dinner menu. The main menu had a choice of simple British dishes such as fish and chips, sausages, mash and onion gravy and steaks.

Drinks
Soup at dinner

Mr W ordered the soup which was spicy butternut squash. He enjoyed the hint of spice and it came with freshly baked bread rolls all crusty on the outside.

Steak at dinner

I decided to skip the starters as I had my eye on the rump steak. It came with two sides and a sauce. Choices of the sides included dauphinoise potatoes and truffle pomme puree. I choose beef dripping chips and stem broccoli. Well, how could I not have chips?

The 8 oz rump steak was really tasty and had a good amount of fat, not too much but enough to add flavour. It was tender and delicious, in fact, I honestly thought it was one of the best steaks I had eaten in the UK. The chips accompanying the steak were crispy and hot and the broccoli was seasoned and not soggy. The red wine jus was very good too. An excellent main course.

Chickpea Curry

Mr W had a chickpea curry with rice and a raita. It was good – tasty and not too spicy and Mr W enjoyed. He didn’t see any accompaniments on the menu such as poppadums or nan bread and Mr W would have liked something to go with it.

Dessert

For dessert, a warm Bakewell sponge was served with marinated cherries and a vanilla blancmange. I would have preferred a big dollop of cream to cut through the sweetness instead of the blancmange but I did enjoy it. It was the perfect dish if you have a sweet tooth for sure.

Mr W indulged in some cheese, crackers and port at the end of the meal. The port was from Monmouthshire and it was nice to see local producers being used.

Overall we really enjoyed the meal and the staff were pleasant and attentive throughout and were obviously well trained. The highlight for me was the outstanding steak. So sated, we headed to our room.

The next morning after a good night’s sleep we went down to breakfast.

The breakfast room in Nanteos

Breakfast was in held in the historic mansion kitchen with a traditional and rustic decor. A really great room to have breakfast in, I felt transported back in time to the 1800s

The old kitchen, Nanteos

For breakfast, there was a selection of fresh fruit salad, cereals and pastries as well as a cooked to order breakfast which was included.

A Welsh breakfast at Nanteos

Choices included smoked haddock, kippers, boiled eggs, porridge, poached eggs, and more – I ordered a full cooked Welsh breakfast. The breakfast was well cooked, but for some reason, my laverbread was missing. I think the waiter misheard me on my order. Never mind, it was all delicious.

So with a full stomach, we got ready to say our goodbyes to Nanteos Mansion. As I was checking out the manager came to say goodbye and offered to show me around some of the other rooms. As I was interested and intrigued to what they would be like I said yes.

A selection of bedrooms

All the room are individually designed and are different from each other, from single rooms for the solo traveller to luxury doubles and king suites. They all appear to have a great view too of the countryside surrounding the area. Bathrooms are also all individually designed, all different, and all modern and most having baths and showers too. Family rooms are spacious and some have interconnecting rooms, very handy if you want the space but don’t want to be too far away from your kids.

Another bedroom in Nanteos
Japanese style bedroom

I particularly loved the decor of the Japan room above. With the vivid red, velour sofa and the silk print screens, it also had a gorgeous bathroom!

The music room at Nanteos
The music room view

Another feature of this mansion is the Music Room, a grand ornate room suitable for weddings.

I mean how beautiful is this room? I can just imagine getting married here and looking out over the countryside.

The view from the mansion

We really enjoyed our stay at Nanteos Mansion, our room was luxurious and opulent, the staff warm and welcoming and the food incredibly tasty. Rooms at Nanteos Mansion start at £89 a night and go up to £300 a night for the Nightingale Suite. For a special occasion, I would certainly consider venturing back to this fabulous suite. If you want some luxury in a historic country house hotel, in my opinion, you can do no wrong staying here. Highly recommended.

Nanteos Mansion in Mid Wales
Nanteos Mansion

Rhydyfelin
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
Wales
SY23 4LU

Phone: 01970 600 522
Web: www.nanteos.com

*We were given a complimentary night in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Linda (LD Holland)
    December 15, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Wales remains on our list of places to visit. The historic Nanteos Mansion looks like a way to really see the local spots. The room looked large. And such a fascinating chandelier in the room! Certainly a perfect honeymoon suite. I just love when we get homemade treats! It certainly looks like you ate well on your visit. Love that a hotel can serve all your food needs.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 21, 2018 at 8:30 am

      Wales is so beautiful, you should definitely come and explore our country.

  • Christopher Rudder
    December 16, 2018 at 10:02 am

    This country house represents every bit of what is Wales in a nutshell. From its vintage looks to those sumptuous food you ate, I would choose to stay here if I find myself in this place 🙂

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 21, 2018 at 8:30 am

      You would love the food!

  • Danik
    December 16, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I know Aber and driven pass this place a few times as I have friends in the area but its great to actually see what it looks like inside. 😀 Those rooms are big and I could see myself relaxing here for a weekend retreat soon. much better than sleeping on my friends couch 🙂

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 21, 2018 at 8:31 am

      We have never been before to this area. It was a lovely relaxing night.

  • noel
    December 16, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    This is simply stunning and what an elegant place. The suite looks amazing and such wonderful details and amenities in this fabulous stay.

  • Fairuz
    December 17, 2018 at 3:23 am

    Wow, indeed! Nanteos Mansion looks like an amazing to place to stay. I’m surprised to learn that previous owners simply let the mansion go into ruin, but glad the new owner realised its potential! I particularly adore the Nightingale Suite, and so lucky that they upgraded you. £300 a night is not cheap, I must admit, but I’m sure it’s worth every penny. I also like the rustic decor of the kitchen. As you said, it looks like it came out of the 1800s. And the rump steak – it makes my mouth water.

  • Kathleen
    December 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Oh, I love this so much. People who restore historic places and bring back their life and beauty hold a special place in my heart. These people have done such a fine job. I love all of the unique touches and that every room has a different decor. The food looks really great too. I think I would have liked some cream with the dessert as well.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 21, 2018 at 8:31 am

      The building is just so beautiful and it has been restored so well. The rooms were simply gorgeous and all different and unique.

  • Holly
    December 18, 2018 at 12:22 am

    The food looked good. It is always nice when staff seems genuine and very nice. That room looked pretty spacious as well.

  • Medha Verma
    December 18, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Christmas has to be a great time to visit this historical mansion, it just adds to the charm of it! I love the simple yet beautifully decorated Christmas tree, it makes the room look all the more cosy! The music room is amazing, I can imagine lovely weddings being held there. My ideal wedding venue would be similar- not grand but small, personal and cosy!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 21, 2018 at 8:33 am

      The Christmas decorations were beautiful. I can imagine how fabulous getting married in Nanteos Mansion would be.

  • Indrani
    December 19, 2018 at 5:50 am

    The hotels are s grandly decked up for Christmas. I loved the furnishings in each of the rooms.
    The food scene is pretty good too. Good hotel I will say.

  • sherianne
    December 19, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Love the grounds, décor and idea of driving up a long path to a manor, I would feel like I stepped back in time. The star cookies in a Kilner jar is icing on the cake!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      December 21, 2018 at 8:34 am

      I loved those little cookies. It’s the touches like that, that make this hotel truly special. Even the ribbon around the jar had an image of the hotel embroidered on it!

  • Ami Bhat
    December 20, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Oooh, those spa goodies in the room have added a point towards this property. Love the whole decor – a little plush and yet contemporary and warm. Definitely a place to consider when in this region.