Running the West Arms is a way of life!
For Nicky and Mark Williamson, taking over the West Arms in February 2018 was more like a ‘calling’. The Welsh countryside had a draw for both of them from childhood . When they came upon the West Arms by accident the lure of the charm and character of the 15th century inn and of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog became too much to resist, as it does for so many visitors who fall upon this undiscovered secret of Wales.
Driving along the Ceiriog Valley it is as though you have ‘fallen off the world’ it is a uniquely special place …. You meander along the unspoiled valley and the scenery around you is just breath-taking. Finally you arrive at Llanarmon DC and the valley opens to the most picturesque village and backdrop that you’ll never want to leave… over the local stone bridge, you’ll find the West Arms.
Centuries of providing warmth and hospitality to travellers are part of the fabric of the West Arms. Low ceilings, natural slate floors and roaring inglenook fires create the perfect ambience in which to enjoy the delicious food prepared by award winning chef Grant Williams. Seasonal dishes lovingly prepared using fresh local produce can be enjoyed in the award winning restaurant or amidst the laid back comfort of the bar.
Why would you come to the best walking area in Wales and not bring your four-legged friend, so the West Arms encourages you to bring your little mates with you. The hotel is fully dog-friendly and they are as welcome as you are. The only place the doggies don’t go is the main restaurant, since we couldn’t really ask them to control themselves with all those delicious aromas wafting around them, [but they can of course join you if you eat in the bar].
And if you don’t want to leave when last orders are called, then you don’t have to. Sixteen individual rooms are waiting for our guests, from larger suites, split level accommodation to classic valley view rooms and even the odd snug room, we can offer options to suit all pockets. Our rooms offer quirkiness and character some with the treat of century’s old exposed beams.
The surrounding hills make mobile phone signals a bit of a lottery but we think the fact that you can turn your phone off and relax is a bonus, and if you really have to keep in touch, rest assured there are landlines in all rooms and Wi-Fi throughout.
A great place to eat and a wonderful place to stay – for Nicky and Mark the West Arms is their chance to make that dream come true.
Having been a farm since 1570, a hundred years later it had become The Eagles, a welcoming landmark for cattle farmers driving their herds from North Wales to markets as far away as Chirk, Oswestry and London. The tradition of rest and refreshment established at The Eagles became part of the DNA of the place, and when Mr Cornwallis West bought the inn and renamed it after his family, the link was enshrined in the eagle which is still the name of one of the rooms.
List of partners coming soon