Favourite hotels: new lease of life for Welsh star
Plas Bodegroes on the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales, is a lovely, tranquil place to stay. Its an elegant Georgian house with a canopied, wisteria hung terrace where you may enjoy tea and a buttered slice of that delicious Welsh cake Barra Brith after a day's walking . Beyond the lawn a great avenue of beeches, shading ground bright in spring with bluebells, stretches into the countryside. It's not far inland from Pwllheli, though no hint of that seaside resort encroaches, and within fairly easy reach of Caernarfon Castle and Snowdonia. Superb hiking routes along a wild, undeveloped coastline are a short drive away, as is the stunning curved sweep of the Whistling Sands (so called because of the sound the you walk on them) where I have swum in surprisingly warm water. To the dismay of its frequent guests, owners Chris and Gunna Chown put it up for sale last year, thinking to retire. Recently it has operated as a b&b only. Now it is to function as a fully fledged hotel again. It's been taken off the market and the Chowns have taken on a former head chef at Bath's Royal Crescent Hotel, Chris Lovell, and his French wife Camille, who run the hotel from April 21. Rooms, which overlook the gardens, have free wi fi. Dinner, bed and breakfast prices for a minimum stay of two nights start at £225 a night per room.