Pulling up at the Allt Yr Ynys Country Hotel we were impressed with how beautiful the building was. The Allt Yr Ynys is a converted 16th century manor house set in the countryside near Abergavenney and has some stunning views of the Welsh mountains.
After checking in, we were shown to our room and even had our bags carried for us which was a bit of a luxury. Our room (a standard room) was in one of the converted outbuildings. The decoration of the room really didn’t appeal to either me or my boyfriend; it was very frilly and old fashioned and even had a porcelain jug and plates on the wall.
This was a complete contrast to the reception area with the restaurant and lounge area, which has been recently refurbished in a cosy but modern style with real log fires, slate floors and expensive looking furniture. Decoration aside, our room was spacious, spotless and cosy and we had a lovely view of the river.
The bathroom looked like it had been newly fitted and was sparklingly clean with the only downside bring that the shower was really not very powerful at all.
We decided to go for a swim and relax in the sauna and Jacuzzi. The pool area looks great, but to be honest it was far too cold to relax in! The pool itself could only be called freezing (one couple got changed and left after just dipping in their toes) so we opted to get straight in the Jacuzzi. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a button to switch on the bubbles but at least it was slightly warmer. The sauna really warmed us up, however I was a bit disappointed we didn’t manage to sit reading our books on the loungers at the edge of the pool as the air was just so cold!
Dinner in the evening completely made up for the fact that the pool wasn’t what we’d hoped. Our menus were brought to the sofa in front of a log fire, where we sat with a glass of wine until our starters were ready. The food was amazing, very well presented, and we didn’t feel at all rushed. The restaurant, although small, was busy so there was a good atmosphere. We just about managed our three courses as the portions weren’t the tiny portions you sometimes get but it was definitely worth squeezing in pudding. I had a chocolate and coffee mouse with homemade pistachio shortbread which was absolutely gorgeous. I think I would say that this was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.
We had a brilliant stay at the Allt Yr Ynys but if we had to make one suggestion it would be to try and heat the pool area, as well as the pool itself, a bit better!