A superb country house hotel with real presence and style. Period surroundings that come without pomposity. Exceptional staff and service, and a leading, state of the art spa.
This is a grand place. The approach sets the scene. A long, private drive takes you to a large, dignified, upstanding mansion built in 1882. It’s Victorian through and through, with tall ceilings, ornate architectural features, a theatrical staircase, portraits and landscape paintings, wood panelling, chandeliers and enough drapes to cover a considerable portion of the Isle of Anglesey. So this is the classic definition of a country house hotel, then? Well, not quite. Tre-Ysgawen does ‘grand’ very well, but minus the pomp and circumstance. You sense it straight away when the friendly – but very professional – staff welcome you at reception, and when you meet your genial hosts Neil and Emma Rowlands.
The bedrooms and suites are just what you’d expect – essentially traditional in design and decoration, but with well-executed contemporary flourishes. It goes without saying that they are exceedingly comfortable places to be – as is the entire hotel, which has acres of luxuriously appointed space in which to relax (and put your feet up if you want). For dinner, guests have the choice of the more formal Noëlle’s Restaurant or the Clock Tower bistro.
So Tre-Ysgawen, despite its finery, is no museum piece. Its forward-looking demeanour is summed up in its fabulous spa. It’s one of the finest, with a large indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fully equipped gym and – new on the scene – a thermal suite with an experience shower, ice fountain and salt inhalation therapy room that releases particles of prized Halen Môn, Anglesey Sea Salt. ’Only the best salt will do,’ says the hotel, a philosophy that applies throughout Tre-Ysgawen Hall.