This is a mansion with a warm heart. Perhaps it’s something to do with the inviting and immaculately maintained 19th-century Italianate architecture. But we suspect that the real warmth emanates from the people you’ll meet at the Falcondale. First, there are your hosts, Chris and Lisa Hutton.
Their boundless natural enthusiasm and hands-on approach defines true hospitality much better than any hotel management manual. They have passed it on to their staff too – you’ll not come across a more personable team, who provide efficient service in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.
It’s safe to say that Chris and Lisa have reinvented the Falcondale. It’s thanks to the extensive restoration and refurbishment they undertook that the true qualities of this lovely mansion have been brought back to life. Old sits comfortably with new: antique pieces share space in the generously sized bedrooms with luxurious bathrooms, wellchosen modern fabrics complement the Falcondale’s historic character. The place is full of light and life – the complete antithesis of the gloomy mansion.
The food relies on homemade and locally sourced produce, with the accent on quality ingredients – try the home-baked breads or succulent beef from the neighbouring farm. And as for the location... you're tucked away amongst lawns, gardens and woods in beautiful grounds approached by a mile-long drive. You mightn’t want to leave the conservatory in winter or the terraces in summer, but if you do you’ll find the Cardigan Bay Heritage Coast in one direction, and Carmarthenshire (‘The Garden of Wales’) and the Brecon Beacons National Park in the other.