Pale Hall

Bala, Gwynedd

On the edge of Snowdonia national park, this neo-Jacobean Victorian pile (Relais & Chateaux) stands in 'attractive grounds, more wild than ornamental, and full of rabbits’, bordered by the River Dee More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Original features and antiques characterise this neo-Jacobean Victorian pile in 'attractive grounds, more wild than ornamental' on the edge of Snowdonia national park. You can sleep in the half-tester bed used by Queen Victoria and bathe in the same bath. Churchill Suite has a vaulted ceiling with stained-glass roof lights, a four-poster, a bathroom with copper and zinc bath behind a secret door. Two duplex suites in the coach house open on to a courtyard garden. A tasting menu offering 'outstanding cooking for the price' is available in the fine-dining restaurant. ‘A welcome change is a choice at the main course and principal dessert stage,’ a reader noted, though adding that the dinner pacing was a bit off. 'Wine is taken very seriously here.' Simpler fare is served in the bar bistro (pasta, steak, cod and chips). ‘Breakfast was first rate – golden scrambled eggs, freshly squeezed orange juice, cloudy apple juice.’ Way ahead of its time, the Hall installed Wales’s first hydro-electric plant in 1920; it still keeps the lights on today, while water is supplied by a bore hole in the grounds. (Ingle Dawson)

Hotel details


LL23 7PS


01678 530285


22. 4 in barn and stables, 1 suitable for disabled.


all year.


Grand Hall, lounge, library, restaurant, bar/bistro, family/private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), function facilities, civil wedding licence, 50-acre grounds, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in Grand Hall, restaurants.


all ages welcomed, extra bed £60.


allowed in 7 bedrooms, Grand Hall, bistro, on lead in gardens and public areas (£25 a night, bowls, beds, treats and towels).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £299, singles from £236. Tasting menu £100 (8 courses), à la carte £50.