The Drawing Room
Comments from members who have stayed at The Drawing Room
Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…
Stayed on 10 Oct 2012 with na
This hotel is perfect for...
• Gourmet getaways • Peace and quiet
What I liked
Food was top-notch quality, relaxing reading area with lovely wood fire.
What could be better
Unusually, if you stay there then you are expected to dine there – this is not a problem as the food is excellent and they take good care of you as they are passionate about their food. One suggestion is for the price of the accommodation to include the cost of the dinner to avoid any unnecessary confusion. Could also be a great location for cookery courses/experiences.
Stayed on 25 May 2012
Excellent! Colin and Melanie really have got an excellent situation here. My room was comfortable, the food was beautiful and now the new road is open, so it’s very peaceful and quiet. It must be hard work for them – but what a result to be proud of.
Stayed on 21 Mar 2012
Fantastic food, beautifully decorated and comfortable rooms with wonderful personal service. We couldn't have wished for more.
Stayed on 27 Jan 2012
Arriving at dusk in January, the Drawing Room was a welcoming end to a stunning drive. Melanie made us feel at home with much-needed refreshments and though we were the only guests that evening, there was no lack of atmosphere during dinner. The food was excellent: beautifully cooked and presented, and local to boot. After a comfortable night's sleep and a delicious breakfast, we traveled up to the Elan Valley reservoirs (certainly needed the four mile walk). The dam was open and an incredible sight – a really beautiful place.
Stayed on 20 Aug 2011
Had a lovely stay here on Saturday the 20th, perfect little bolt-hole for a weekend of fresh air. The little details present throughout the Drawing Room make it so much more than just a restaurant-hotel, it’s pure escapism. The gorgeous food and the home-made Armagnac truffles to finish us off made it even more perfect. The area around is beautiful, we hiked the Elan trail, and if you like your driving, take the mountain road to Aberystwyth. It’s on my top 3 list for Wales and I can’t wait to get back there.
Stayed on 22 Feb 2011
Stayed on 18 Sep 2010
Hotel and restaurant was lovely but there's not much to do in the local area. All the shops in the village shut really early on a Saturday, most before 4pm and some at lunch! That said, there's a cute little cinema which shows one film a night at 7.30pm.
Stayed on 19 Aug 2010
Stayed on 2 Jun 2010
This little place is absolutely lovely and because the food is so great, it's best to stay right where you are! However, if you have to go out, the nearby towns aren't up to much and, based on our experience, I would definitely avoid the pubs in Builth Wells! So, try a little further afield and head for Hay-on-Wye. If you're lucky like us, the book festival might be on. If not, try the food at The Three Tuns pub or a nice glass of cider at Kilverts.
Stayed on 12 Feb 2010
Spent a wonderful weekend at this charming little hotel with my wife. The restaurant was superb, with one of the most memorable breakfasts I've had in a long time.
There isn't much to see or do in local Builth Wells, so one highly recommended day-trip involves a quick (30 minute) drive down to the Brecon Beacons. Climb Pen y Fan, which is bang in the middle of the national park (two-hour round hike) to build up an appetite. And on your way back to the Drawing Room, stop at The Felin Fach Griffin (+44 (0)1874 620111) just outside of Brecon (the town). Fantastic restaurant with award-winning food, a great wine list, and a very homely feel.
Stayed on 22 Nov 2009
Stayed on 13 Nov 2009
There wasn't anywhere specific to recommend but the whole area was beautiful. Even the dreadful weather did not dampen our spirits and the weekend's relaxation. The Drawing Room is an exceptional little hotel, perfect in every way, run by a delightful couple. We will definitely return. Thank you.
Stayed on 17 Sep 2009
A wonderful find. Go for a bracing walk around the Elan Valley Reservoirs to build up an appetite for a delicious dinner, then settle down in front of the fire. What better way to spend a day together? If you are planning a stay here during Abergavenny's Food Festival, buy some local wine and cheese to take home with you.
Stayed on 12 Aug 2009
For a stunning (and not at all dull) drive back to Cardiff, try the A4560 past Llangorse Lake, over the insanely narrow bridge at Llangynidr and a fabulous high moorland filled with views and kamikaze sheep; it is well worth it if you have a) a romantic soul, or b) a sports car....
Stayed on 9 Aug 2009
The restaurant at the Drawing Room is exceptional. Fantastic (mainly) locally sourced ingredients, home-made breads and preserves, everything cooked simply, but to perfection. Couldn't ask for better.
It's worth a trip through to the Brecon Beacons during the day. Hire a boat and sail down the canals, in a bid to take in some fresh air after all the eating and sleeping!
Stayed on 23 May 2008
Avoid: Builth Wells – a river runs through it and I advise you to do the same.
See: the Elan Valley dams – spectacular story, scenery and wildlife.