Plas Bodegroes in northwest Wales has garnered the coveted Sawday’s Hotel of the Year award for 2015. The Pwllheli establishment is situated on the Llyn Peninsula and bills itself as a restaurant with rooms.
The winner’s crown also gets Plas Bodegroes a feature slot in Sawday’s 17th issue of Special Places to Stay: British Hotels & Inns which will be released on Thursday. Judges from Sawday’s travel the UK and personally assess each hotel they visit.
A total of 300 establishments are listed in this year’s edition of the hotel guests’ bible. The judges lauded Plas Bodegroes as a magnificent house and said it was one of the finest places in Wales for a holiday base.
The panel said that although Pwllheli was off the beaten track any time spent travelling or driving there would not be wasted. Chris and Gunna Chown have run Plas Bodegroes for three decades. Commenting on the award, Chris said it was a testament to the dedication of every single member of staff.
He noted that despite the fact the establishment was best known for its food, the judges also took into account the inn’s rooms and its gardens when they made their decision. He continued by saying that the housekeeping staff and gardeners were as much a part of the team as those who dealt with patrons face to face.
Chris Chown added that as Sawday’s was a benchmark for the hotel industry winning the honour was even more of an accomplishment for Plas Bodegroes. He finished off by saying that during the time he had spent in the locality there had been vast improvements in the quality of both its hotels and restaurants.