If you're looking for a hotel near Lake Vyrnwy, Powis Castle or Llangollen, look no further! Wales and the Welsh mountains are a stones throw (well, fifty yards) from our front door, and as you head west from the hotel the character of the country becomes inescapably Welsh. Pen-y-Dyffryn is an ideal place from which to start exploring the nearby Welsh countryside - in fact the border runs right through the hotel grounds!
Many of our guests will visit Lake Vyrnwy, or at least one of the National Trust Castles nearby such as Powis and Chirk, which formed part of a chain of Welsh border fortifications. Powis Castle now houses the magnificent Clive of India treasures and has one of Prince Charles' favourite gardens, whilst Chirk Castle manages to combine magnificent staterooms with infamous dungeons. Nearby Whittington Castle, meanwhile, is reputedly the former home of Dick, who later found fame and fortune in countless pantomimes across the land. Erdigg House and Attingham Park, two other National Trust properties, are also near by.
The spectacular limestone cliffs at Llanymynech, where lead, copper and zinc have been mined since Roman times, are now a haven for wildlife and a spectacular golf course.
Llangollen, the “Gateway to Wales” is close by with it's famous International Eisteddfod, and don't miss Thomas Telford's highest aqueduct at Pontcysyllte, 126 feet above the River Dee.
There is superb hill walking from the door at Pen-y-Dyffryn. The Welsh hills surround the hotel and Offa's Dyke footpath is less than a mile away. Also it is less than an hours drive from Pen-y-Dyffryn into the Snowdonia National Park with it's superb hiking and dramatic mountain scenery.