A Grade II listed Victorian country house on the edge of the spectacular Snowdonia National Park, Palé Hall is a destination for quiet retreat, comfort and culinary indulgence. Attractively situated in the tranquil Dee Valley, this grand old lady is encircled by lawned gardens, mature shrubs and an idyllic woodland garden rolling down to the banks of the river.

Immaculately restored by Alan and Angela Harper to its early grandeur and with a wealth of original features, Palé Hall offers 22 thoughtfully and imaginatively designed bedrooms and suites, each with a unique style and character to reflect the individuality of the house, and furnished with carefully chosen antique furniture and ornaments from Alan and Angela’s personal collection. Within these are three charming garden suites, created from the Victorian coach house and kennels, and the magnificent Harpers Barn, a huge space full of natural light.

Guests can relax in the elegant Four Seasons Lounge with its hand painted ceiling depicting the seasons of the year and the four elements, surrounded by antique furniture and silverware. Alternatively the Library in its original glory offers a contrasting lounge space and a distinctive private dining experience.

Widely acknowledged as one of Wales’ most important buildings, Palé Hall has an eclectic history. Built between 1869 and 1871 as a family home for the eminent civil engineer Henry Robertson, it has served as a First World War military hospital, a haven of safety for many Second World War evacuees, a shooting estate for the aristocracy and now as a five star destination country house hotel.

Need to Know

Number of rooms and suites



Chek-in at 3.00pm


Check-out at 11.00am


Ample on-site parking with valet parking service available


Guests choose from two contrasting dining experiences.  The Henry Robertson fine dining room, with AA Three Rosettes and recently awarded Michelin Green Star, serves Chef Gareth Stevenson’s signature five and eight course tasting menus with innovative dishes from locally sourced ingredients. Wine pairings to complement both menus are selected by the Sommelier from an impressive wine cellar.

The rustic Huntsman bistro within the Victorian dining room full of original carvings offers a more informal à la carte menu with traditional dishes in a warm and relaxed ambience. Both restaurants are open daily, and afford delightful views of formal gardens and parkland through full height windows. The food is created from locally sourced and sustainable produce with menus changing regularly as we move through the seasons.

Complete with original Victorian range, crystal chandeliers and Venetian mirrors, the enchanting Venice Room accommodates family dining for children of all ages from both menus, fine dining or bistro. It is also a delightful private dining room for celebrations or business gatherings.

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Palé Hall is very much a dog friendly hotel, with seven dog friendly rooms in the main house and four dog friendly garden suites. Well behaved dogs are also welcome in the Huntsman bistro as well as some of the lounge areas.


We warmly welcome families and offer a number of interconnecting rooms, and rooms/suites large enough to accommodate travel cots and additional beds which are available on request.

Babysitting and dog sitting services can be provided with advance notice.

Electric car charging

Four charging points are available.


River or lake fishing can be arranged with the services of a local ghillie.

Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, is approximately one hour’s drive.

Bala Lake, just three miles away, offers a variety of water sports.

White water rafting is nearby on the River Tryweryn.

Palé Hall is within easy reach of some of the most beautiful areas of walking in Wales.

E-bike hire is available from the hotel.

Interesting Extras

Hot tubs at Harpers Barn and Hillside Cottage.

A gift of traditional Welsh mead within each room on arrival.


Classic rooms from £289.00, Turret rooms from £378.00, Grand rooms from £467.00, Master Suites from £567.00, Superior Suites from £688.00 and the two bedroomed Harpers Barn at £1,200.

Rates are per night, based on two sharing and include full Welsh breakfast.

What the Experts Say

“Palé Hall is where you come to spoil yourself in Snowdonia…Steeped in rich history – Queen Victoria once stayed there – and standing on the edge of Snowdonia National Park the Grade II listed Palé Hall has been redeveloped by its new owners.”

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Palé Hall Hotel

Palé Estate, Llandderfel, Bala LL23 7PS

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General Manager

Debbie Cappadona

Owners / Proprietors

Alan and Angela Harper

Offers & Packages

40 Winks

Dinner bed and breakfast stay at Pale Hall

Stay in a Grand Room and enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival, a 5 course tasting menu, half a bottle of Lanson Champagne and a box of handmade chocolates. Depart in the morning after a full Welsh Breakfast.


£450.00 per couple in one of our grand rooms

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By Road

From the east:

M54 then A5. Turn left just after Corwen on to the B4401 for 4 miles. After Llandrillo follow the road for 3.7 miles then turn left at the Bryntirion Inn; the gates to Palé Hall will then be seen 100m on the right.
Sat nav may guide you off the A5 at Knockin and along the Tanat valley. Beautiful, but narrow and mountainous, be aware this route might be best avoided at night or in poor weather.

From the south west:

If travelling from the South West you might enjoy the scenic route through the middle of Wales taking the A479 up from Abergavenny and then the A470 to Dolgellau, approaching Palé Hall from Bala.

From the north:

From the M56 join the A55 North Wales Expressway and take the A483 south to the A5 (Llangollen). Drive westwards through Llangollen and Corwen, then turn left just after Corwen onto the B4401. Follow directions from this point as per from the east.

By Train

The nearest main railway stations are Chester and Wrexham, each approximately 1 hour’s drive. From London Euston to Chester is just over 2 hours. Car hire is available at Chester Station, alternatively transfers can be arranged.

By Air

Approximately 2 hours from Manchester International Airport, and 1.5 hours from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

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Attractions Near Palé Hall Hotel

Fortress Castles of North Wales

Experience the spectacular fortress castles of North Wales, particularly Caernarfon Castle where the Investiture of the Prince of Wales has taken place over the centuries.


A unique and enchanting Italian-influenced village beside the Afon Dwyryd estuary, conceived and created over a period of fifty years from 1925 to 1975. Portmeirion is famous as the location for the cult 1960s TV series “The Prisoner”.

Bodnant Gardens

Operated by the National Trust, Bodnant Gardens is a world famous garden home to National Collections and Champion Trees.

Weddings at Palé Hall Hotel

Palé Hall is a grand country house that resonates with the history of a bygone era. Floor to ceiling windows and roaring log fires in the winter make the ground floor reception rooms the ideal setting for your special day. Palé was built in the grand style with no expense spared. You enter the house through an arched entrance hall, lovingly stencilled by owners Alan and Angela themselves. Head through double doors into a truly magnificent grand hall complete with a stained-glass ceiling, oak panelling and a beautiful carved staircase.

Palé Hall can cater for up to 50 guests for a sit-down wedding breakfast with an additional 30 guests for the evening reception. It can also accommodate smaller more intimate weddings and will happily advise on the most suitable space to suit your guest numbers.

This charming country house can be exclusively yours to create an unforgettable experience. Their exclusive-use packages include the entire house, fully staffed, from 11am until 11am the following day and incorporates all 22 bedrooms in the package for your close friends and family, with a hearty Welsh breakfast before departing.

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Wedding facilities and features

The Huntsman room – maximum 30 guests

The impressive Huntsman room has a traditional country house atmosphere with carved wood and oak-panelled grandeur, and a lovely view over the lawns. The Huntsman is also available for dancing and a band in the evening.

The Four Seasons Room – maximum 2 to 6 guests

Suffused with light, this lounge is distinguished by its beautiful ceiling mural and feature fireplace, ideal for an intimate wedding.

Wedding menu options

Bespoke wedding menus are created by Chef Gareth Stevenson, tailored individually to the style and size of each occasion and using the finest locally sourced ingredients. Couples are invited to a tasting session with the Chef to enable them to design their own menu.

Wedding packages

A bespoke package can be tailored for each couple by our in-house wedding coordinator.

Civil ceremonies

Palé Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies.

Wedding planning services

Dedicated in house wedding coordinator.

Meetings at Palé Hall Hotel

Day delegate rate: from £39.00
24-hour delegate rate: from £395.00