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Overview

Tucked away in a picturesque hamlet at the head of the glorious Ceriog Valley with the Berwyn Hills as a backdrop, this 16th-century former drovers' inn stands at the front of well-manicured gardens that run down to the river bridge.

Black and white painted outside and bedecked with creeper and summer flowers, it's a haven of comfort within, the tone set by roaring log fires, slate floors, stripped low beams, antique furnishings, and welcome touches like jugs of fresh flowers, church candles, soft lamplight, and a huge welcome for our four-legged friends. Colourful artwork by Rosie Davies, whose studio is across the road, adorn the walls.

Since taking over the West Arms in February 2018, Mark and Nicky Williams have invested time and money into transforming the once dated and unloved building into a thriving modern-day inn. It's back on song thanks to Mark & Nicky's passion for the place - it now draws walkers, cyclists, shooting parties and weekend escapees down the long winding valley for period charm, comfortable rooms, good, seasonal food, and a fabulous welcome from excellent staff.

Rooms from

14 doubles, 2 suites: £135

Good to know

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Riverside garden; alfresco dining
  • Parking
  • Dog stay £10

Dog friendly

The Ceriog Valley is fabulous walking country and Mark & Nicky actively encourage guests to bring their canine chums with them as most guests come to explore the area on foot. Dogs are welcome in the bar areas and all the bedrooms.

Scenic & serene

The peaceful riverside garden and several bedrooms enjoy glorious valley and mountain views. Savour the scenic 20 minute drive along narrow lanes through the valley to the stunning Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall.

Rooms

Bedrooms ramble upstairs and retain the period comfort afforded by handsome antique furnishings alongside modern fitted bathrooms.

The original charm of the 16th-century buiding is best seen in the more contemporary Character rooms, the split-level Bunny Warren suite and atmospheric Howard Room, replete with grand four-poster bed, original beams and wonky walls and floor. Book the Willow Suite (perfect for families) for oodles of space as it has a huge private lounge area with sofas, oak beams and an open fire, and a freestanding tub and walk-in shower in the bathroom.

Simpler Classic Rooms are cosy, some located in the old stables, and the more spacious, newly refurbished King Valley Rooms feature smart new bathrooms (most with shower over baths) and cracking views across the valley to the Berwyn Mountains. All have thick bathrobes and quality bathrooms products.

Restaurant & bar

Buoyed by how Mark and Nicky have revived the fortunes of the inn, long-serving chef Grant Williams has found new inspiration in the kitchen, offering seasonal menus that combine well-cooked pub classics with more imaginative dishes.

Quality produce is sourced from farmers, shoots and locals within the Ceriog Valley. The delicious organic lamb comes from Mike Crawshaw's farm next door, pheasant and game from estate shoots, the Dexter beef is valley reared, the pancetta and Perl Wen cheese is smoked in Chirk, and locals supplies eggs, vegetables and herbs in season.

This may translate to game terrine, navarin and pressed shoulder of lamb with roasted roots and herb dumplings, and pheasant wrapped in pancetta with leek and cider sauce; good bar snack and sandwiches too. Quaff local ales - try the brews from Big Hand Brewery - choose from a raft of boutique gins, or delve into the decent list of wines (12 by the glass).

Things to do

Erdigg near Wrexham is a very atmospheric country house dating back to the 18th century and is ideal for exploring 250 years of the life (both 'upstairs' and 'downstairs') of a gentry family. There's a unique collection of servants' portraits, as well as fine furniture, textiles and wallpapers, plus a 485-hectare country park and formal walled garden.

The three peat bogs at Fenn's, Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve make up the third largest area of lowland raised bog in Britain. Most 'mosses' in the UK have been drained, so the area is a rare survivor. No commercial cutting has taken place here since 1991 and the place is a haven for wildlife. A number of circular, waymarked trails will take you through this fascinating habitat.

Known as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales, Pistyll Rhaeadr, at 240ft (80m) high, is the tallest single drop waterfall in Britain and it's located just a scenic 20 minute drive from the West Arms, amidst the spectacular scenery of the Berwyn Mountains. Linger at the café and savour the glorious location of this spectacular waterfall.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest railway station: Chirk

Taxi from station: 20min

Drive: Oswestry 23min; Wrexham 37min; Llangollen 26min

Address

Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Llangollen, Wrexham LL20 7LD

Enquire to book

To make a booking, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm.

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