We reviewed a multi-award winning country hotel in Shropshire - and it didn't disappoint
The charm of its surroundings is rivalled only by the quality of the food, writes Mark Morris in his review of a Shropshire hotel dubbed one of the country's best.
It may or may not have been the intention, but Pen-y-Dyffryn is a fascinating but subtle fusion of East meets West - and not just because there's a Buddha statue and Bonsai tree on a hill opposite the hotel.
There is something about the idyllic British countryside that seamlessly intertwines with the Zen-like principles of Eastern philosophy, and this seems to be evident in the hotel's decor - but only if you notice that kind of thing.
You could also argue this vibe is present in the food, which is dainty but not pompously so, beautifully presented and as I'll go on to explain - justifiably award winning.
I have obviously overstated the East meets West theme for narrative purposes - it is after all a British country house hotel - but there is indeed a harmonious balance at Pen-y-Dyffryn.
Formerly a serene rectory steeped in history, this enchanting country house just a stone's throw from Oswestry, seamlessly marries timeless elegance with modern comfort.
The Champagne Room, in which we were lucky enough to spend the night, is a testament to understated luxury and it really captivates as soon as you walk in with its simple yet clearly trendy design.