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Video Review of Plas Uchaf, Powys, Wales

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Posted by Juliette Dyke at 06:53 on Sunday 17 February 2013

Plas Uchaf is a 7-room guesthouse in a 17th century Queen Anne style building overlooking the Tanat Valley, in the heart of mid Wales.

The setting
Plas Uchaf is hard to miss. Standing proud on a hillside overlooking the Tanat Valley, you’ll quickly spot this three storey, 18th century Queen Anne style building with its mellow red brick and ornate features. Once you’ve approached up the grand driveway lined with mature oaks and set down your bags, turn around and drink in those stunning views.

Watch our video of Plas Uchaf

The rooms
The seven bedrooms at Plas Uchaf are all elegantly decorated, and the Premier rooms all come with extra luxury touches including king size or super king size beds, iPod docks, DVD players and extra large en-suite bathrooms. Early risers should ask for a room at the front of the house so they can wake up to sunrise over a peaceful scene of rolling hills, green fields and grazing cattle. For a little extra privacy, stay in the Garden Room which is set apart in the six acres of grounds surrounding Plas Uchaf and is also ideal for dog owners.

The food
Hosts Chris and Julie are both excellent cooks and source as many ingredients as possible from their own kitchen garden or local suppliers. Eggs for breakfast are supplied by the resident hens who wander around the grounds, and the Welsh cheese plate is a highlight of the dinner menu. Afterwards, help yourself to a nightcap from the honesty bar and settle down in front of the wood burning stove.

The activities
In summer you could play a game of croquet on the lawn, or in winter just snuggle up in the guest lounge and leaf through one of the many nature guides or novels on the shelves. Snowdonia National Park with its abundance of outdoor activities is only 30 minutes drive away, but according to Chris the nearby Berwyn mountains are just as spectacular and one of the best kept secrets in mid-Wales.

The green
Chris and Julie’s green credentials have recently earned them a Bronze Award from the GTBS. They grow their own soft fruit and vegetables, recycle wherever possible, and always strive to reflect the best seasonal produce in their menus 

Getting there
The nearest train station is Gobowen, about three hours train ride from London via Chester and 14 miles from Plas Uchaf. Book a taxi from Gobowen Station or if you’re driving, head through the village of Llangedwyn and Plas Uchaf is about 500m beyond the village, up on a hill on the right hand side. 

Top tip
Visit nearby Lake Vyrnwy, which is in a spectacular location surrounded by mountains and woodland. There are miles of walks and trails to explore and an RSPB reserve on its shores.

Verdict
Plas Uchaf is so stylish, the beds so comfortable, the welcome so relaxed, and the views so compelling, that you could easily stay put for the entire duration of your stay. But try to motivate yourself to explore some of the nearby mountains, lakes, castles and historic market towns that epitomise this often overlooked but no less special part of mid-Wales.

>> http://www.plasuchaf.com

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