Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa
This hotel in Powys is called one of Wales’ great country houses, first established 120 years ago in the Vrnwy valley. It is in a magical landscape, with its own fairytale tower in the middle of the lake. There is also the massive stone aqueduct, the Vyrnwy Dam built in 1879, a wonder of nineteenth-century engineering. Moorland and forest surround it, and it is considered one of the best Welsh estates for sporting, including rock-climbing, cycling, and horseback riding. Local walks and nature trails are side-by-side with National Trails. Butterflies and dragonflies abound, and it is a birdwatcher’s heaven with ninety species of birds. Heather covers the moorland.
The area has wild landscapes, too, and villages filled with the history of a Wales that never did succumb to all the various invaders who crossed over into England for a steady thousand years. The hotel itself has a complete spa where visitors can rest and forget their stress as they gaze out at the lake and countryside.