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.
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.
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.
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.
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 art deco dressing table was a lovely design feature as well as being a very practical place to do my hair and makeup.
Everything just oozed old school glamour. From the velour covered sofa to the ornate mirror and the fresh flowers.
We had some delicious biscuits left in our room – some star cookies, presented in a Kilner jar with a personalised Nanteos mansion ribbon.
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.
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.
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.
Toiletries provided were from Temple Spa – a really nice luxury brand that smells amazing too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For breakfast, there was a selection of fresh fruit salad, cereals and pastries as well as a cooked to order breakfast which was included.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Phone: 01970 600 522
*We were given a complimentary night in exchange for an honest review.