Play the generation game at Godolphin Hall, with warm and welcoming space for 28 family and friends (or 44 with the additional lodges). This family home, handed down through time, has been restored and enhanced. Now it’s yours. Positioned within acres of parkland and boasting a woodland garden rolling down towards the River Tanat sits Godolphin Hall. The peaceful setting invites you to relax and recharge as guests are warmly welcomed at the late 17th Century hall.
The Hide is a new addition, exclusive for Godolphin Hall guests, where you can admire views from the ten-person hydrotherapy tub through the trees to the River Tanat. Godolphin Hall is a destination experience; book into the onsite Wellness Spa and leisure facilities. Maintain your fitness in the state of the art gym, chill out in the treatment rooms and satisfy your competitive edge on the tennis court.
Tailor your stay, with your foodie fanatics cooking on the three ovens, or let our chef take over. Dine in style in the intimate timber-framed dining room or get everyone together in the wedding-style large Garden room. Relax in elegant lounges, home of leather sofas, flicks on the TV and flickering fires.
Greenery is plentiful here. It all begins before you even arrive, wending your way through the Welsh border country that looks like a giant golf course sculpted by a higher power. But the idyll’s only just begun, as you explore the 15 acres of rolling greenery that harbours a full-scale spa, gym, all weather tennis court and the meandering waters of the River Tanat.
Make the most of it. In high summer, with the Hall awash with wisteria, hire the Weber barbecue and dine out on the terrace amid the landscaping and the laburnum tunnels. Fish the river, walk the woodlands with their 2500 semi-mature and specimen trees, play a little croquet on the lawns.
Out there among the verdant pastures picnic by the river, take a tipple on the terrace and pretend you never have to leave.
Relax, this is your home. Spread out, put your feet up, revel in the warmth of the open fire with free logs. Fire up some family flicks on the 50-inch Smart TV, tap into the free wifi, sink into the many sofas. This is the home with the feel of a hotel, with guests you’ve personally invited yourself.
Behind the sitting room, snooker balls wait to be potted. Pour a stiff drink and knock a few down before dinner. Bash out a tune on the Bechstein baby grand. Enjoy the wooden beams, exposed stone and roaring fires, with room to escape to the second lounge for a little me-time.
Wind down in the Hide, tranquil natural setting, all from the comfort of the 10 seater hot tub.
The kitchen’s spectacular in all its gleaming glory, with two two-ring induction hobs, one four-ring induction hob, three ovens and two dishwashers, but you might prefer to take it easy. Practise a little sofology as our chefs stir and simmer their way to a fine-dining evening meal, a relaxed supper, a buffet or simply a drop-off meal or two.
Dine around the cosy oval table for up to 14 or get everyone together in the terrace room, scene of many a wedding. For dining al fresco, a small charge for gas gets you summertime use of the Weber barbecue on the terrace amid landscaped grounds.
Family-friendly pub meals get no better than The Station Grill at Llansantffraid, where slow-braised Welsh brisket of beef and grilled sea trout sit happily by homemade crispy-chicken bites. Try Brunch at the Plas yDinas in llanfechain, or indulge in pizza on a Tuesday evening, available to take away or dine in.
Go the whole hog and try the glittering taste of a Michelin star at Tyddyn Llan, teaming ‘classical techniques with patriotic Welsh flourishes’. Grab a mouth-watering dopiaza or dansak takeaway from The Simla Tandoori. Or top up the fridge with fresh fare from Llynclys Hall Farm Shop and Momentum Wines in Oswestry.
Be prepared to sleep like Rip van Winkle, although you might expect a big bill if you do. Here in the rural idyll of Welsh border country, beneath a yawning sky, a grand night’s sleep is pretty much a given. Open your window a little and let the pure air tickle your senses and sharpen your dreams.
Among the 14 bedrooms are contemporary, traditional and surprising designs. Wrap up in fluffy bathrobes and sumptuous towels and feel a million dollars with Aromatherapy Associate goodies. Drift off in 400-count sateen Egyptian cotton linen with downfeel hypoallergenic hollow-fibre duvets on pocket-sprung mattresses.
Bedroom one is a double with shared bathroom, while bedroom two is a zip-link twin or superking. Bedroom three offers twin singles, while four and five are en-suite kingsizes. Bedroom six and seven are zip-and-link or superkings with a rolltop-bath bathroom across the hallway from six, and seven having an en-suite.
Bedroom eight is a kingsize with private bathroom across the hall, and nine is an en-suite king. Also en-suite, bedroom ten offers twin singles, while 11 has the same with a wet room shared with 12, a zip-link superking. ‘Cello’ is a superking sharing a bathroom with ‘Oboe’, offering twin singles.
Our professional therapists will indulge you with the ultimate self-care experience in the Wellness Spa. Step into a world of natural materials, wood, stone and glass that combine to create this calming retreat. With an exclusive partnership with British brand, Aromatherapy Associates you will experience their award winning spa treatments.
Visit for an individual treatment or book for a private Spa Suite Experience package for 4 hours of therapies to include hydro, infra-red, red light and experience shower.
At Mandarin Lodge or Pine Lodge, both sleeping eight in the grounds of Godolphin Hall, you can do as much or as little as you like. Shoot some clay, fly wild birds, play a Test match in the gardens, take to the trails. Or just settle back on the Indian flagstones, get the barbie going, top up your glass and chill among the Breidden Hills above the Meifod Valley.
You’ll be planning a permanent new life among the Eastern-inspired interiors, the sprawling grounds, the luxury bathrooms and the Egyptian cotton that wraps around you after every exhilarating day. Catch some Netflix on the smart TV, load up the log burner, watch the river rumble past and eat together around the dining table with the light flooding in through the patio doors, or al-fresco in the crisp sunshine.
Embrace the true you on the mid-Wales border, where the red kites hang high above, the night stars glitter like Christmas and every day ends with a glass of Prosecco and a dip in the pipingly pleasant hot tub. You’ve been running on empty. Refill and refuel your life with the things that really matter.