Located in Thornhill one of Cardiff’s northern suburbs, on the road to Caerphilly from the M4 you will find driveway to New House Country Hotel, which is easily missed as the sign is only visible from one direction
The Hotel is surrounded on three sides by tree lined majestic hills which separate as the drive turns down to the hotel affording you a stunning, uninterrupted view over the city of Cardiff and the surrounding farmlands.
New House Country Hotel is a former Georgian manor house with a spectacular double bay window frontage with a story that reaches back to the 1700s and was converted into a hotel some thirty plus years ago.
Out front is a wide gravel terrace with tables and chairs around a feature three-tiered stone fountain.
Inside, it contains all the features befitting a Manor House, a reception area, dining room, and bar all feature the original stately fireplaces, panelled window shutters, they even down to a suit of armour guarding the first floor.
The walls are adorned with artworks, including a portrait of a young man who would pass for a young, Charles Prince of Wales. All these touches remain true to the country house style, although there are a number of clever modern twists in the décor that neatly marry the traditional to the modern.
We had arrived early Friday afternoon, and going through to reception we were greeted warmly by the reception staff, who explained where the restaurant was, where best to park the car and then took us up to see our room.
The room was huge, many of the rooms have grand titles we were in The Countess Suite an Executive Double Suite. Inside the décor was Oriental themed, central to this was a stunning king size Chinese four poster bed with a lush headboard. The rest of the room was furnished with chinese lacquered coffee tables, an otterman, a desk and large settee. The walls displayed a number of oriental paintings, mirrors, and object d’art.
Full length Bay windows with long drapes and wooden shutters in the room look out over views towards the city.
To one side a door led down two steps to the bathroom with his and hers sinks, double shower and a freestanding bath - pure luxury.
Welsh shortbread, a kettle, tea, coffee, televisions and Wi-Fi completed the experience, basically everything you need for a luxurious stay.
We unpacked and freshened up then decided to explore the place, as we came out of our room the ‘armoured man still managed to give me a start, before I laughed and we made our way downstairs.
It was a lovely crisp January day so we had a short walk through the tree lined paths before returning indoors – succumbing to the pull of the roaring log fires, so it was to the bar for a quick drink.
When it came time for dinner, I was excited to check out the menu and what was on offer.
We had booked into Sequoias restaurant named after the huge trees of the woodlands that surround three sides of the Hotel.
On arrival we were offered drinks and the menu to have a look at the hotel, the best seats are by the window at night, with the lights of Cardiff on the horizon.
For our starters, we both chose the soup of the day.
When it came time for my main, I went for the Baked Hake while my partner decided on the 28day dry aged Cefn Mawr Farm sirloin, both with hand cut chips and seasonal vegetables.
Then for dessert, we both had the dark and white chocolate terrine
As each course was served the waiter explained what each dish consisted of and how it had been prepared which I found informative and really interesting.
I can’t find enough words to describe how good the food was, beautiful, wonderful, stunning all spring to mind all delivered with impeccable service.
Breakfast the next morning allowed us a selection of different items, including juices, cereals, Welsh scones, and toast, as well as a menu to satisfy those who fancy starting the day with the full English.
Check out time was 11 which wasn’t a problem as we were already packed.
The New House Country Hotel is a really stunning hotel in beautiful settings which serves the best fine dining menu I have experienced. The staff are some of the best I have encountered, 5 out of 5 for the whole experience.
I would have no hesitation recommending the hotel, and as they also do weddings, what a place to get married.
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