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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: David Atkinson

It’s the full Downton Abbey experience at this luxurious, stately pile in the North Wales countryside.

Think sumptuous rooms, sumptuous food, and the kind of unobtrusive service that only comes naturally to a first-class establishment.

There’s a sense of history, too, including the Victoria Room, where Queen Victoria stayed in 1889.

If you can drag yourself away, then country pursuits include walks in the wilder, less-visited Berwyn Mountains on the doorstep.

Notably, this is Wales’ first Michelin Green Star-awarded hotel for its environment-first ethos. For example, expect free electric vehicle charging points and a menu based around seasonality.

Surrounding area

It may only be four miles to the rustic town of Bala but Palé Hall feels gloriously lost in time. The Victorian manor house is set in its own 50-acre estate – a throwback to its former life as a shooting retreat for the Duke of Westminster.

Nearby Bala Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales, is, according to folklore, home to Teggie, Wales’ answer to the Loch Ness Monster. It’s a relatively modern tale with sightings of a dinosaur-like creature from the 1920s onwards.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Rafters shooting the rapids at the on the River Tryweryn in the Snowdonia National Park

White-water rafting and canyoning in Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park, Wales, United Kingdom (UK)[9.9 miles]

The National White-Water Centre offers a range of white-knuckle outdoor activities. Top of the bill is the white-water rafting over a natural range of Grade III rapids – opt for a 1-hour toe-in-the-water taster or the 2-hour full experience, and the 2-hour canyoning adventure through the river gorge.

Best for ages: 12+ | £40 | 1+ hours

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