|Cwrt Bleddyn, Llangybi nr Usk|
Unfortunately, the four rooms we saw were far from living up to the expectations inspired by the grounds. To the point that, upon stepping into one room, I was immediately transported back to my granny's house which smelt of damp and dust, an instantly recognisable odour that I would never expect to find in a £117 per night hotel.
Some of the hotel rooms have been refurbished, none of the ones we saw had however. Despite the price, they were basically crappy. Peeling paint on the window frames, ratty, dirty carpet, old scuffed furniture, well-used bed, slightly grubby chipped bathroom, and no hot water upon arrival. We were not impressed with any of the rooms we saw but felt obliged to stay anyway because of the unlikelihood of finding anywhere else with space available.
Thankfully, our nerves were soothed by steaming gently in the ham-man of the spa, a G&T, and then by the excellent quality of the restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious. I had a whole bream, preceded by salted duck on kumquat chutney. My TWDB had veggie dishes which were imaginative and tasty.
I didn't see inside the refurbished rooms, but I hope they get the un-refurbished ones modified rapidly because they are quite shameful compared to the quality of the grounds and the restaurant. One final insult, I couldn't even print off an airline reference because the printer in the 'business centre' had run out of ink, and there was no new cartridge. We left confused and thankful to be gone, back into a saner world where coherency featured highly.