The West Arms
This 16th century Drover’s Inn has been welcoming weary travellers in for centuries, and guarantees a warm welcome with its beautiful Inglenook fireplace, fantastic food and stunning bedrooms.
Firmly immersed in local history, the West Arms Hotel nestles in the sleepy Welsh village of Llanarmon Dyffren Ceirog. With its low ceilings, flagstone floors and wooden beams the restaurant and bar channel style and comfort – retaining the old world charm of a country inn. When you are ready to explore, the West Arms is surrounded by magnificent countryside, within the Ceiriog Valley which was described by Lloyd George as “a little piece of heaven on earth” an untouched wonderland for walkers. Pistyll Rhaeadr, one of the UK’s highest waterfalls and Seven Wonders of Wales, is less than 10 miles away, and there is a private stretch of the fishing hotspot the River Ceiriog, home to trout and sea trout, adjacent to the hotel.
The West Arms’ selection of beautiful rooms, includes two magnificent suites, a four-poster bedroom, Character Rooms, Superior Rooms and Standard Rooms to choose from. Sublime views from all of the rooms overlook the surrounding Berwyn Hills and the picturesque village.
Food & Drink
There’s the option of casual dining by the fireplace in the cosy lounge, or a more formal eating experience in the dining room. With head chef, Grant Williams focusing on using fresh locally sourced produce, the menu has a modern British dynamic, and his delicious lunch and dinner menus are designed using the finest meats, fish and vegetables of the season.
|Bed & Breakfast|
|Single Occupancy||Double Occupancy|
|Four Post Howard Room||£150.00||£165.00|
|Classic Double Room||£120.00||£135.00|
|King Valley View||£160.00||£175.00|
|King Character – Eales Middleton||£150.00||£165.00|
Meet the Chef
Welsh Born Head Chef, Grant Williams trained at Cardigan College for 2 years before starting his career with Aberystwth Conrah Country Hotels. Grant then moved on to Scotland where he worked at Clifton house in Aberdeenshire with a French Chef/Proprietor, the influences of which continue to be seen in his dishes today.
Grant also draws inspiration in his cooking from his extensive travels through Russia, Spain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. His passion for the freshness of ingredients and local produce grew from the challenges of cooking with hand caught mussels and scallops to wild boar and line-caught fish. His experiences from travelling, combined with 20 years’ experience of sourcing local Welsh produce help him reign supreme in his kitchen. Grant has also appeared on several TV cookery programmes and his culinary expertise has seen The West Arms consistently included in the Good Food Guide year upon year.
Out & About
Whether you intend on spending half a day or a whole week in this idyllic part of Wales there is plenty to keep you occupied during your stay.
Just a 25 minute drive from The West Arms you will find the enchanting Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall, the highest single drop waterfall in the UK. Take a short 20 minute walk through the woodlands to the top of the falls for spectacularly captivating views.
Slightly further afield the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey are nestled in the lush green fields beneath Llangollen’s steep sided mountains. The Abbey is impressive in its austere simplicity and a visit to this remote yet magical location will transport you back to a time when the Cistercian monks presided here during the 12th Century.
Also located in the heart of the Welsh marches is the magnificent medieval fortress, Chirk Castle; a stark symbol of power, which spans over 700 years of history. Inside, the lavish interiors and state rooms are filled with relics from the past, rich tapestries and ornate furniture. Stepping outside, the award-winning gardens stretch over five acres of manicured lawns, herbaceous borders and beautiful rose gardens, the perfect place to spend an afternoon and only a 30 minute drive from The West Arms.
Roughly half an hour from the inn, known locally as ‘the stream in the sky’, the spectacular Pontcysylltte Aqueduct is truly something to behold. Standing an imposing 126ft high, with 19 arches each spanning 45ft, the viaduct can be crossed on foot, or a more leisurely journey can be taken by boat.
Last but certainly not least, perfect for days when the weather can’t make up its mind, spend time exploring a much-loved home, garden and 1,200 acre estate at Erddig, a unique family home that has captured the lives of generations of servants as well as the family they served. Meander among the fruit trees in the impressive walled garden restored to its 18th Century splendour, or discover the treasure trove of fine furniture, textiles and wallpapers in the beautiful rooms open to the public.
Recommended Local Attractions
- Cadair Berwyn – 15 minutes
- ProAdventure Activity Centre – 25 minutes
- Pistyll Rhaeadr – 25 minutes
- Plas Newydd – 25 minutes
- Llangollen Railway – 25 minutes
- Llangollen Motor Museum – 30 minutes
- Valle Crucis Abbey – 30 minutes
- Chirk Castle – 3o minutes
- Chirk and Pontcysylltte Aqueducts – 30 minutes
- Erddig – 40 minutes
- Wrexham – 45 mins
- Shrewsbury – 55 mins
Nestled in the sleepy Welsh village of Llanarmon Dyffren Ceirog, the West Arms welcomes visitors and their well-behaved dogs with a warm and friendly greeting – as befits an ancient drovers inn. With their views overlooking the surrounding Berwyn Hills and the picturesque village, all 16 rooms at The West Arms are dog friendly and can stay at a cost of £10 per dog per night.
Located perfectly for long walks in the Ceiriog Valley, and only 10 miles away from one of the UK’s largest waterfalls, Pistyll Rhaeadr, the inn offers a variety of outdoor pursuits including fishing in the adjacent River Ceiriog.
The West Arms
T 01691 600 665
Well behaved dogs are welcome in all 16 bedrooms for a small charge of £10 per dog per night.
Map & Directions
Please click the map below for directions.
By car – for sat nav use LL20 7LD
Chirk Railway Station – 25 mins
Gobowen Railway Station – 30 mins
Wrexham Central Railway Station – 40 mins
Liverpool Airport – 90 mins
Manchester Airport – 90 mins