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From the Mountains to the Sea

Discover the Hidden Gardens of North Wales staying at the wonderful Bodysgallen Hall with Alan Mason & performances by London Festival Opera

  • 16 May 2021
  • Music
  • Garden
  • Portmeirion

Stay with us in the quaint seaside town of Llandudno from where we will explore some of the most beautiful gardens in Wales, land of ‘Song and Poetry’. The landscape of North Wales offers a treasure trove of marvellous gardens all set within breathtakingly beautiful mountain and coastal scenery. One of the joys of exploring this region is the close proximity of the very best gardens and from our base at the wonderful Bodysgallen Hall, which we have exclusively taken over for the duration of our stay, we will be able to explore with ease. Short but amazingly scenic journeys will connect us to a string of some of the finest gardens in the Principality. For us, one of the most important rules in planning a botanical tour is that it should not be rushed. So, apart from guided visits to some very special gardens, there will also be free time to explore individually, take in the vistas, and to sit and wonder at what nature and man have created in the most memorable of settings.

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  • London Festival Opera

    We are delighted that London Festival Opera will be joining us for our stay and presenting two concerts in the superb settings – performing a selection of celebrated arias and ensembles from the operas of Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet and Puccini as well as some lighter pieces from the world of operetta and musicals. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera who have achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in the UK and overseas and have performed for Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior members of the British and European Royal Families. The company has performed at 10 Downing Street, the British Embassy in Paris, the President’s Palace in Malta and as a guest company in one of Italy’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice. Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, the programmes presented include a wide and varied range of repertoire.

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Bodysgallen Hall

Bodysgallen Hall

For our five night stay we are delighted to have Bodysgallen Hall for our exclusive use. In 2008 the property was given to the National Trust and is managed by Historic House Hotels who have skilfully and sympathetically restored the house to its former glory. Nestled in the hills behind Llandudno, the 200- acre estate enjoys panoramic views of the coast and Conwy Castle. The splendid gardens have also been recognised for their award-winning restoration and offer guests a serene and lovely spot to begin or end the day.

The 17th century Grade 1 listed Hall is a delight with finely furnished sitting rooms, a 3AA Rosettes Dining Room and fifteen rooms and suites. Throughout the Hall you will find splendid fireplaces, oak panelling, stone mullioned windows, antiques and fine art. Set amongst the peaceful grounds, the spa is housed in the original Welsh stone farm and offers a relaxing retreat with fitness, health and beauty facilities available.

You have the choice of staying in the Hall or in the surrounding cottages which vary in size from one, two or three bedrooms. All are beautifully furnished, and some have private garden areas.

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Itinerary

  • Portmeirion

Day 1 Llandudno, North Wales.

Transportation will meet us at Llandudno Junction Railway Station for a short transfer to nearby Bodysgallen Hall, our home for the next five nights. Enjoy welcome drinks and dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 2 Plas Newydd & Plas Cadnant.

Drive along the coast to the Menai Strait and cross on to Anglesey to Plas Newydd, an enchanting mansion and gardens with spectacular views of Snowdonia. Set on the shores of the Menai Strait amidst breathtakingly beautiful scenery, James Wyatt redesigned this elegant house in the 18th century. The 1930s restyled interior is famous for its Rex Whistler association and contains his exquisite romantic mural and the largest exhibition of his works. A military museum contains relics from the First Marquess of Anglesey’s tenure, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. Visit the house and walk through the fine spring garden and Australasian arboretum, with an understory of shrubs and wildflowers and an Italianate-style summer terrace. A woodland walk gives access to a delightful spring and early summer rhododendron garden. From the house and grounds, the views across the Menai Strait to the mountains of Snowdonia are simply stunning. A short drive takes us to Plas Cadnant. After a light lunch we discover a hidden historic garden, which is slowly being uncovered – a Welsh ‘Lost Gardens of Heligan’. Three different gardens have been discovered including an unusual walled garden with curving walls and a pool, a secret valley garden with three waterfalls and a river, and an upper woodland garden with stone outcrops and the remains of a 19th century folly. Work started on restoring the gardens and grounds in 1997, which was a huge undertaking as large areas had not been maintained for more than 70 years. Since then large parts of the gardens have undergone a spectacular transformation and have been restored to their former glory.

Day 3 Plas Brondanw & Penrhyn Castle and Garden.

This morning we visit Plas Brondanw, at Croesor, Gwynedd. Sir Clough Williams- Ellis, who inherited the house from his father, created this Italianate garden. The courtyard is enclosed by clipped yew hedging punctuated by towering columns of Italian cypress. A low panel of elegant ironwork marks a narrow gap in these green walls and the view beyond takes your breath away. The ground falls steeply to the wide plain, rising again in the form of Moel Hebog, a mountain the bulk of which is accentuated by a single tall foreground pine. In the shade by the house grow billowing white flowered Japanese anemones, purple aconites, astilbes, hostas and ferns. On the sunny side of the path are crocosmia, buddleja and cistus. This afternoon we visit Penrhyn Castle and Garden. We enjoy lunch then tour the large Neo-Norman Castle from the 19th century. It has a fascinating interior and an array of artefacts which include a bed that was made for Queen Victoria and which weighs more than a ton as it was made out of Pennant slate. The collection of paintings within is an exceptional one while the mock Norman furniture is also of interest. Within the stable block there are two separate museums: one dedicated to industrial railways and another featuring model railways. The castle gardens measure an impressive 60 acres with the star attraction being the charming Victorian walled garden. After our tour London Festival Opera will perform for us in this beautiful setting.

Day 4 Plas Tan y Bwlch & Portmeirion.

After breakfast we drive into the Snowdonia National Park where we will discover the beautiful gardens of Plas Tan y Bwlch, a spectacular Victorian garden nestled in dramatic mountain scenery. Covering 13 acres, this garden for all seasons hosts a variety of rhododendrons and azaleas in spring, including a 120-year-old rhododendron tunnel. Overlooking the garden is a dramatic Victorian-Gothic mansion that was once home to wealthy slate quarry owners, the Oakeley family. Later, drive to Portmeirion for lunch where we have the afternoon to explore this famous Italianate village. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis acquired the site for Portmeirion in 1925 and over the course of 50 years the village was developed in a wonderfully eccentric style, while at all times staying in harmony with the natural surroundings. Much work has been carried out in recent years to improve the gardens, enhancing the beauty of the architecture. We will take a walk in ‘The Gwyllt’, a woodland display where the major concentrations of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias were planted, with a wide variety of choice trees. After the tour we will meet for drinks at the Hercules Hall where London Festival Opera will perform.

Day 5 Bodnant Garden.

Enjoy a leisurely morning at Bodysgallen Hall. The Head Gardener will show us around the beautiful gardens which include a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweetscented herbs, a walled rose garden and several follies. After a light lunch we will drive towards Colwyn Bay where we visit the famous Bodnant Garden, situated above the River Conwy, spanning some 80 acres looking across the valley towards Snowdonia. The garden has two parts – the upper garden around Bodnant Hall, which consists of the terraced gardens and informal lawns, and the lower garden – known as the “Dell”, formed by the River Hiraethlyn and containing the wild garden. Bodnant has a range of beautiful plants from all over the world, particularly China, North America, Europe and Japan, which are suited to the Welsh climate and soil. Our farewell dinner tonight will be provided by famous chef Bryn Williams at his Port Eirias seaside restaurant in Colywn Bay.

Day 6 Llandudno.

After breakfast transportation will be provided to Llandudno Junction Railway Station.

  • Bodnant Garden
  • Llandudno
  • Plas Cadnant Gardens

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
16 to 21 May 2021
Category Price
Main House Classic £2595
Hall/Spa Cottage Standard £2795
Hall/Spa Cottage Superior £2995
Main House Superior £3195
Main House Principal Suites £3395
Byre Cottage £3395
Main House Classic for sole use £2995
Main House Superior for sole use £3495

Tour Reference Code: LAMOUNTAIN

PRICE INCLUDES: Five nights accommodation at Bodysgallen Hall on a breakfast and dinner basis including wine • Lunch on days 2, 3, 4 & 5 • Dinner at Porth Eirias on day 5 • Excursions as described including entrance fees • Two London Festival Opera Performances • Tour Leader • Guest Speaker • Group transfers.

Not Included: Travel insurance.

Bodysgallen Hall

For our five night stay we are delighted to have Bodysgallen Hall for our exclusive use. In 2008 the property was given to the National Trust and is managed by Historic House Hotels who have skilfully and sympathetically restored the house to its former glory. Nestled in the hills behind Llandudno, the 200- acre estate enjoys panoramic views of the coast and Conwy Castle. The splendid gardens have also been recognised for their award-winning restoration and offer guests a serene and lovely spot to begin or end the day.

The 17th century Grade 1 listed Hall is a delight with finely furnished sitting rooms, a 3AA Rosettes Dining Room and fifteen rooms and suites. Throughout the Hall you will find splendid fireplaces, oak panelling, stone mullioned windows, antiques and fine art. Set amongst the peaceful grounds, the spa is housed in the original Welsh stone farm and offers a relaxing retreat with fitness, health and beauty facilities available.

You have the choice of staying in the Hall or in the surrounding cottages which vary in size from one, two or three bedrooms. All are beautifully furnished, and some have private garden areas.

 
  • Your Accommodation

    Bodysgallen Hall has 31 rooms and suites of which 15 are located in the main house and 16 are cottages set in the property’s grounds. All of the rooms have been individually designed in a traditional country house style and are thoughtfully furnished with antiques and fine prints and paintings. The room facilities include a private bathroom (most with a shower over bath), flat screen satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, Penhaligon’s Quercus toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi.

    Main House Rooms: Located on the first and second floors and characterised by stone mullioned windows and stained-glass panels, the guest rooms in the main house have views over the gardens and parkland. Each room has its own charm and character and is categorised as either classic or superior, the superior rooms being larger in size.

    Principal Suites: There are four luxurious Principal Suites located in the main house - the Mostyn, Vaughan, Conwy, and Lady Augusta. The suites have views out over the gardens or parkland and are furnished with a king-size double bed (the Vaughan Suite has four-poster bed) and benefit from a separate sitting room.

    Hall Cottages: The 10 Hall Cottages are clustered around a secluded courtyard garden, whose focal point is a romantic seated niche overlooking the 17th century parterre. Rambling roses adorn the stone walls, and the cottage doorways blend effortlessly into an enchanting backdrop of year-round colour and interest. Offering added privacy, the larger Byre Cottage has its own garden, while others look onto the secluded cottage garden. The superior cottages benefit from a separate sitting room.

    Spa Cottages: An ideal hideaway, the six Spa Cottages are adapted from old farm buildings and look out onto parkland and meadows. Cottage accommodation varies: standard cottages feature a large room with sitting area and superior cottages have a separate sitting room.

     

  • Hotel Directory

    Hotel Directory

    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}

    Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted to have exclusive use of Bodysgallen Hall for the duration of our tour of North Wales. Nestled in the hills behind Llandudno, the property lies in over 200 acres of wooded parkland and beautiful formal gardens, with magnificent views across to Conwy Castle and Snowdonia. Bodysgallen is believed to have begun life as a watchtower for Conwy Castle, probably in the 13th century, to warn of surprise attack and it was not until late in the Elizabethan era that it became a house. In 2008 the property was given to the National Trust and is managed by Historic House Hotels who have skilfully and sympathetically restored the house to its former glory. Bodysgallen Hall has 31 rooms and suites, 15 located in the main house and 16 cottages in the grounds, all individually designed in a traditional country house style and thoughtfully furnished with antiques and fine prints and paintings. The splendid gardens have been recognised for their award-winning restoration and offer guests a serene and lovely spot to begin or end the day and there is a Spa set amongst the peaceful grounds.

     ADDRESS

    Bodysgallen Hall, The Royal Welsh Way, Llandudno, North Wales LL301RS

    BEDDING, BLANKETS & PILLOWS

    The Housekeeper will be pleased to provide extra pillows, blankets, towels and sheets upon request. Please advise Noble Caledonia in advance if you require non-feathered bedding.

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    Check in time is from 2.00 pm and check out is by 12.00 noon. Early check in and late check out may be requested with the hotel at extra cost.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    If you wish to contact the hotel please call 01492 584466 or e-mail info@bodysgallen.com There is a phone in your hotel room, which has access to an outside line.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Your Tour Manager will confirm the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities the previous evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We regret that not all dietary requests can be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although the hotel will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once you have checked in, please speak to the chef at dinner on your first night to reconfirm your requirements.

    DINING & DRINKING

    Breakfast and dinner will be served in the Main Hall’s Dining Room Restaurant, which overlooks the gardens and is the perfect setting for enjoying the imaginative menus created by Head Chef John Williams. Mealtimes will be advised in the Daily Programme, scheduled to fit in with the excursion arrangements each day. The bar will be open each evening before and after dinner, featuring a wide variety of local and international drinks.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    You may access the front door of the hotel directly by car, where ramps are made available to those requiring wheelchair use. The restaurant, library, bar and main hall are located on the ground floor, while the drawing room is on the first floor accessible by stairs only.

    DOCTOR

    Please contact Reception should you require a doctor. The nearest hospital with Accident and Emergency provision is the Glan Clwyd Hospital which is approximately a 20 minute drive away.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURE

    In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your stay, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the staff. We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions fixed on the inside of your hotel room door. Guests with disabilities, including impaired sight or hearing should advise reception on arrival, so that special attention can be given in the event of an emergency.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and the services provided and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests. Your comments are important to us therefore we request that you complete the questionnaire that will be provided to you by your Tour Manager.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    GROUNDS

    Bodysgallen Hall is surrounded by over 200 acres of its own parkland and beautiful gardens – both manicured and wild. The gardens have been recognised for their award-winning restoration. Featured are the rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweet smelling herbs, at the centre of which is a sundial dated 1678, natural limestone outcrops, a rockery with cascade, walled gardens, lily ponds and several follies. There is also a formal rose garden and a number of well-established specimen trees and shrubs, including medlar and mulberry. Various springs traverse the parklands, and there are several woodland walks such as the Terrace Walk, the Ladies Walk, the Eastern Covert Walk or the Pydew Village Walk that lead to a Gothic Tower and the obelisk located on top of Pydew mountain.

    KEYS & LATE PASSES

    The front door is locked every night however there is a Night Porter on duty. If you intend to be out and not returning to the House until after midnight, please leave your key and let Reception know in advance.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    A laundry service is available in the hotel. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the wardrobe in your hotel room. Please fill in the laundry list and leave it together with the bag of items to be laundered and call reception to have it collected. In the interest of the environment, towels will not be automatically changed every day. Please put used towels in the bath if you wish them to be changed for fresh towels. Towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed.

    LIFT

    There are no lifts at Bodysgallen Hall. From the ground floor to the first floor of the Main Hall there are 16 stairs to climb, with 25 stairs from ground floor to the second floor.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia or Bodysgallen Hall. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    PARKING

    Free parking is available at the hotel. The hotel cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to vehicles.

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own “room account” once credit card details have been given to Reception on arrival. This allows you to sign for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of your stay. Prices are shown and charged in Pounds. Your room account can be paid by:

    • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express)

    • Cash (Pounds)

    ROOMS

    Bodysgallen Hall has 31 rooms and suites of which 15 are located in the main house and 16 are cottages set in the property’s grounds. All of the rooms have been individually designed in a traditional country house style and are thoughtfully furnished with antiques and fine prints and paintings. The room facilities include a private bathroom (most with a shower over bath), flat screen satellite TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, Penhaligon’s Quercus toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi.

    Main House Rooms: Located on the first and second floors and characterised by stone mullioned windows and stained-glass panels, the guest rooms in the main house have views over the gardens and parkland. Each room has its own charm and character and is categorised as either classic or superior, the superior rooms being larger in size.

    Principal Suites: There are four luxurious Principal Suites located in the main house - the Mostyn, Vaughan, Conwy, and Lady Augusta. The suites have views out over the gardens or parkland and are furnished with a king-size double bed (the Vaughan Suite has four-poster bed) and benefit from a separate sitting room.

    Hall Cottages: The 10 Hall Cottages are clustered around a secluded courtyard garden, whose focal point is a romantic seated niche overlooking the 17th century parterre. Rambling roses adorn the stone walls, and the cottage doorways blend effortlessly into an enchanting backdrop of year-round colour and interest. Offering added privacy, the larger Byre Cottage has its own garden, while others look onto the secluded cottage garden. The superior cottages benefit from a separate sitting room.

    Spa Cottages: An ideal hideaway, the six Spa Cottages are adapted from old farm buildings and look out onto parkland and meadows. Cottage accommodation varies: standard cottages feature a large room with sitting area and superior cottages have a separate sitting room.

    SAFES

    All Hall and Spa Cottages, superior rooms and Principal Suites have a safe. There are also safety deposit boxes at Reception.

    SMOKING POLICY

    Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the hotel. Please make use of the ceramic pots outside and refrain from dropping cigarette butts on the ground.

    SPA

    Located just a short walk from the hotel, the Spa houses a large indoor swimming pool with spa bath, steam room and sauna, gymnasium, six spa treatment rooms, Club Room and a relaxation room. The airconditioned gymnasium overlooks the pool and is well equipped with the latest cardio-vascular equipment and a Power Plate.

    TAXIS

    Taxi and car hire bookings can be made through Reception.

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

    To contact Reception, lift the receiver and press the direct call button on your room’s handset.

    WATER

    All accommodation has glass bottled, eco-pure filtered water provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage we recommend bringing a separate refillable bottle to take on excursions.

    WI-FI

    ComplimentaryWi-Fi is available throughout the hotel apart from in the restaurants and public rooms of the Main Hall.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: These details should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change. 

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  • Your Accommodation

    Bodysgallen Hall has 31 rooms and suites of which 15 are located in the main house and 16 are cottages set in the property’s grounds. All of the rooms have been individually designed in a traditional country house style and are thoughtfully furnished with antiques and fine prints and paintings. The room facilities include a private bathroom (most with a shower over bath), flat screen satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, Penhaligon’s Quercus toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi.

    Main House Rooms: Located on the first and second floors and characterised by stone mullioned windows and stained-glass panels, the guest rooms in the main house have views over the gardens and parkland. Each room has its own charm and character and is categorised as either classic or superior, the superior rooms being larger in size.

    Principal Suites: There are four luxurious Principal Suites located in the main house - the Mostyn, Vaughan, Conwy, and Lady Augusta. The suites have views out over the gardens or parkland and are furnished with a king-size double bed (the Vaughan Suite has four-poster bed) and benefit from a separate sitting room.

    Hall Cottages: The 10 Hall Cottages are clustered around a secluded courtyard garden, whose focal point is a romantic seated niche overlooking the 17th century parterre. Rambling roses adorn the stone walls, and the cottage doorways blend effortlessly into an enchanting backdrop of year-round colour and interest. Offering added privacy, the larger Byre Cottage has its own garden, while others look onto the secluded cottage garden. The superior cottages benefit from a separate sitting room.

    Spa Cottages: An ideal hideaway, the six Spa Cottages are adapted from old farm buildings and look out onto parkland and meadows. Cottage accommodation varies: standard cottages feature a large room with sitting area and superior cottages have a separate sitting room.

     

  • Hotel Directory

    Hotel Directory

    {MEDIA GALLERY DEFAULT}

    Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted to have exclusive use of Bodysgallen Hall for the duration of our tour of North Wales. Nestled in the hills behind Llandudno, the property lies in over 200 acres of wooded parkland and beautiful formal gardens, with magnificent views across to Conwy Castle and Snowdonia. Bodysgallen is believed to have begun life as a watchtower for Conwy Castle, probably in the 13th century, to warn of surprise attack and it was not until late in the Elizabethan era that it became a house. In 2008 the property was given to the National Trust and is managed by Historic House Hotels who have skilfully and sympathetically restored the house to its former glory. Bodysgallen Hall has 31 rooms and suites, 15 located in the main house and 16 cottages in the grounds, all individually designed in a traditional country house style and thoughtfully furnished with antiques and fine prints and paintings. The splendid gardens have been recognised for their award-winning restoration and offer guests a serene and lovely spot to begin or end the day and there is a Spa set amongst the peaceful grounds.

     ADDRESS

    Bodysgallen Hall, The Royal Welsh Way, Llandudno, North Wales LL301RS

    BEDDING, BLANKETS & PILLOWS

    The Housekeeper will be pleased to provide extra pillows, blankets, towels and sheets upon request. Please advise Noble Caledonia in advance if you require non-feathered bedding.

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    Check in time is from 2.00 pm and check out is by 12.00 noon. Early check in and late check out may be requested with the hotel at extra cost.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    If you wish to contact the hotel please call 01492 584466 or e-mail info@bodysgallen.com There is a phone in your hotel room, which has access to an outside line.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Your Tour Manager will confirm the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities the previous evening.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian, low salt, gluten free or low cholesterol, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We regret that not all dietary requests can be guaranteed. If you have any specific or special foods that you require we recommend that you take some with you although the hotel will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once you have checked in, please speak to the chef at dinner on your first night to reconfirm your requirements.

    DINING & DRINKING

    Breakfast and dinner will be served in the Main Hall’s Dining Room Restaurant, which overlooks the gardens and is the perfect setting for enjoying the imaginative menus created by Head Chef John Williams. Mealtimes will be advised in the Daily Programme, scheduled to fit in with the excursion arrangements each day. The bar will be open each evening before and after dinner, featuring a wide variety of local and international drinks.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    You may access the front door of the hotel directly by car, where ramps are made available to those requiring wheelchair use. The restaurant, library, bar and main hall are located on the ground floor, while the drawing room is on the first floor accessible by stairs only.

    DOCTOR

    Please contact Reception should you require a doctor. The nearest hospital with Accident and Emergency provision is the Glan Clwyd Hospital which is approximately a 20 minute drive away.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURE

    In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your stay, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the staff. We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions fixed on the inside of your hotel room door. Guests with disabilities, including impaired sight or hearing should advise reception on arrival, so that special attention can be given in the event of an emergency.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and the services provided and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests. Your comments are important to us therefore we request that you complete the questionnaire that will be provided to you by your Tour Manager.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    GROUNDS

    Bodysgallen Hall is surrounded by over 200 acres of its own parkland and beautiful gardens – both manicured and wild. The gardens have been recognised for their award-winning restoration. Featured are the rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweet smelling herbs, at the centre of which is a sundial dated 1678, natural limestone outcrops, a rockery with cascade, walled gardens, lily ponds and several follies. There is also a formal rose garden and a number of well-established specimen trees and shrubs, including medlar and mulberry. Various springs traverse the parklands, and there are several woodland walks such as the Terrace Walk, the Ladies Walk, the Eastern Covert Walk or the Pydew Village Walk that lead to a Gothic Tower and the obelisk located on top of Pydew mountain.

    KEYS & LATE PASSES

    The front door is locked every night however there is a Night Porter on duty. If you intend to be out and not returning to the House until after midnight, please leave your key and let Reception know in advance.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    A laundry service is available in the hotel. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the wardrobe in your hotel room. Please fill in the laundry list and leave it together with the bag of items to be laundered and call reception to have it collected. In the interest of the environment, towels will not be automatically changed every day. Please put used towels in the bath if you wish them to be changed for fresh towels. Towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed.

    LIFT

    There are no lifts at Bodysgallen Hall. From the ground floor to the first floor of the Main Hall there are 16 stairs to climb, with 25 stairs from ground floor to the second floor.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia or Bodysgallen Hall. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    PARKING

    Free parking is available at the hotel. The hotel cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to vehicles.

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own “room account” once credit card details have been given to Reception on arrival. This allows you to sign for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of your stay. Prices are shown and charged in Pounds. Your room account can be paid by:

    • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express)

    • Cash (Pounds)

    ROOMS

    Bodysgallen Hall has 31 rooms and suites of which 15 are located in the main house and 16 are cottages set in the property’s grounds. All of the rooms have been individually designed in a traditional country house style and are thoughtfully furnished with antiques and fine prints and paintings. The room facilities include a private bathroom (most with a shower over bath), flat screen satellite TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, Penhaligon’s Quercus toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi.

    Main House Rooms: Located on the first and second floors and characterised by stone mullioned windows and stained-glass panels, the guest rooms in the main house have views over the gardens and parkland. Each room has its own charm and character and is categorised as either classic or superior, the superior rooms being larger in size.

    Principal Suites: There are four luxurious Principal Suites located in the main house - the Mostyn, Vaughan, Conwy, and Lady Augusta. The suites have views out over the gardens or parkland and are furnished with a king-size double bed (the Vaughan Suite has four-poster bed) and benefit from a separate sitting room.

    Hall Cottages: The 10 Hall Cottages are clustered around a secluded courtyard garden, whose focal point is a romantic seated niche overlooking the 17th century parterre. Rambling roses adorn the stone walls, and the cottage doorways blend effortlessly into an enchanting backdrop of year-round colour and interest. Offering added privacy, the larger Byre Cottage has its own garden, while others look onto the secluded cottage garden. The superior cottages benefit from a separate sitting room.

    Spa Cottages: An ideal hideaway, the six Spa Cottages are adapted from old farm buildings and look out onto parkland and meadows. Cottage accommodation varies: standard cottages feature a large room with sitting area and superior cottages have a separate sitting room.

    SAFES

    All Hall and Spa Cottages, superior rooms and Principal Suites have a safe. There are also safety deposit boxes at Reception.

    SMOKING POLICY

    Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the hotel. Please make use of the ceramic pots outside and refrain from dropping cigarette butts on the ground.

    SPA

    Located just a short walk from the hotel, the Spa houses a large indoor swimming pool with spa bath, steam room and sauna, gymnasium, six spa treatment rooms, Club Room and a relaxation room. The airconditioned gymnasium overlooks the pool and is well equipped with the latest cardio-vascular equipment and a Power Plate.

    TAXIS

    Taxi and car hire bookings can be made through Reception.

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

    To contact Reception, lift the receiver and press the direct call button on your room’s handset.

    WATER

    All accommodation has glass bottled, eco-pure filtered water provided. In an effort to reduce plastic usage we recommend bringing a separate refillable bottle to take on excursions.

    WI-FI

    ComplimentaryWi-Fi is available throughout the hotel apart from in the restaurants and public rooms of the Main Hall.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: These details should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change. 

London Festival Opera

We are delighted that London Festival Opera will be joining us for our stay and presenting two concerts in the superb settings – performing a selection of celebrated arias and ensembles from the operas of Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet and Puccini as well as some lighter pieces from the world of operetta and musicals. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera who have achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in the UK and overseas and have performed for Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior members of the British and European Royal Families. The company has performed at 10 Downing Street, the British Embassy in Paris, the President’s Palace in Malta and as a guest company in one of Italy’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice. Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, the programmes presented include a wide and varied range of repertoire.

Travelling with You

  • Chantal Cookson

    Chantal was born in Suffolk very near the sea and now lives in Northumberland where her husband farms and when possible, they go to their cottage in Suffolk.  Chantal has been associated with Noble Caledonia since the company was founded in 1991 and was part of the Expedition Team for many years on the MS Caledonian Star and has led tours, be it cruising or land, all over the world, including the Antarctic in 1999, aboard the Caledonian Star on her first voyage there and in 2017 was aboard the MS Island Sky on her first voyage to the Antarctic. Chantal’s initial experience of cruising was in British waters in 1991 when Noble Caledonia did the first cruise around the British Isles, which was a ground breaking voyage and led to a very successful and popular concept. Though her main job for over 25 years was working for Sotheby’s, she is now a Travel and Fine Art Consultant intertwining in her busy life still working periodically as part of the Noble Caledonia Expedition Team and also as a Tour Leader on Land Tours. From the Arctic to the Antarctica, South America to Australia, Africa, India, The Seychelles, Indonesian Islands and many other destinations including many times the West Coast of Scotland, she has been able to pursue her love of the oceans, zodiacing and photography. Chantal is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

    Chantal Cookson will be on the following tour dates: 16 to 21 May 2021
  • London Festival Opera

    London Festival Opera

    We are delighted to be joined by London Festival Opera on many of our tours and cruises. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each year our music themed cruises grow in popularity. London Festival Opera have achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in palaces, castles, country houses, theatres, concert halls, embassies and private homes and gardens. Recent engagements have been throughout the UK, Europe and as far afield as Barbados, Marrakech and Moscow.

    Particular attention is given to the design and quality of our costumes which are as authentic as possible. Whether it is a period evening dress, such as Regency or Victorian to enhance a gala performance or a full production, the costumes will be of the highest quality and style.

    Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the company has a considerable reputation and has appeared in some of the world's leading venues including as a guest company in one of the Italy's greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice.

    London Festival Opera will be on the following tour dates: 16 to 21 May 2021
  • Alan Mason

    Alan Mason NDT. F.Inst.G. Dip.Hort. M.CI. Hort. is one of Europe’s most experienced and best qualified garden designers and consultants. Having achieved the distinction of being the UK’s youngest head gardener at Bramham Park when still in his 20’s, and then Gardens Manager to the Queen's cousin Lord Harewood at Harewood House in Yorkshire - where he and his team elevated the gardens into the top ten most visited gardens in the country - he set up his garden design consultancy in 1987. He has since designed and created gardens for royalty and other leading public figures in the UK and France. Creating the gardens at Le Manoir du Hilguy for Holiday Property Bond, and at his own home, Le Manoir, Port de Roche in Brittany, brought Alan Mason Garden Design International success.

    During the 80s and 90s Alan also presented the long running ‘Gardens without Borders television programme, which featured gardens in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Holland.

    His French links continue, particularly in Brittany and Normandy, which have a similar climate and challenges to the UK. Alan is currently developing a beautiful riverside garden near Nantes, selected by the Ecole National Superiore d'Architecture de Versailles as representing the best of quintessential English garden design in the 21st century.

    Alan Mason is a founder member of The Professional Gardener's Guild and the founder of the Senior Garden Advisors consultancy group which brings the services of  top former Head Gardeners' from Stately Homes such as Chatsworth, Castle Howard and Harewood House to a wider public. Alan is also a judge of the show gardens at the prestigious Sandringham Flower Show and a garden design lecturer for The Royal Horticultural Society. 

    Alan Mason will be on the following tour dates: 16 to 21 May 2021

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