We had a warm welcome from our hardworking host, who showed us around the house pointing out all the memorabilia. He made us feel really looked-after throughout our short stay. We liked the trouble taken to print out a list of local places to eat for those not dining in. Our large, sympathetically decorated, high-ceilinged room was right next to the front door but was very quiet once we closed the inner door. Huge windows with views of the grounds let in plenty of light and after dark the lighting was very good, too. There was a luggage rack (every hotel room should have one). We relaxed in the two huge leather chairs in front of the beautiful fireplace enjoying our complementary posh chocs and choice of good-quality teas and coffees. Fresh milk in the fridge instead of those little uht containers was a delight. OH loved the large desk, the up-to-the-minute TV suitable for Iphone wireless streaming and the myriad of easily-accessible power points - an IT person’s dream! We had an enormous, comfortable bed with attractive headboard and super-quality bed linen and we had a good night’s sleep. Stylishly-tiled bathroom was large with a shower and a bath and we appreciated that both had safety handles. A soft-close toilet seat – rarely seen away from home! Really good rain-shower (wish I had remembered my shower cap though) and top-quality toiletries. Something like a little bench in the bathroom to put clothes and toilet bags on would have made it perfect. The grand, beautifully-decorated guest lounge impressed with its huge fireplace and collection of paintings and photographs. There was a well-stocked honesty bar. Next morning there was a prettily-laid out buffet with exquisite soft fruits and Welsh yogurt, which were followed by an excellent cooked breakfast (gluten-free toast available, too). Breakfast staff were friendly and efficient.
...Sadly, this could have been one of our most favourite hotels of all time but for one reason. We didn’t know when booking that Plas Dinas accepts dogs. There was one in the hall on our arrival and the thought of animals having lain on our carpet, our chairs, our bed was not a pleasant one to us – even though the room appeared to be spotlessly clean.