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Hotel joins forces with local gems

A FORWARD-thinking hotel near the England/Wales border has teamed up with four of its local golf courses to offer a special stay and play package.

The West Arms Hotel, in the picture postcard village of Llanarmon, near Llangollen, has teamed up with Henlle Park, Llanymynech, Oswestry and Vale of Llangollen golf clubs to negotiate a discounted 36-hole package that also includes a night’s dinner, bed and breakfast for just £139 per person.

Gill Leigh-Ford, who owns the hotel with her husband Geoff, explained: “Our assistant manager Steve is a keen golfer at Wrexham and it was his idea to approach the courses that are all within eight miles or so of us.”

Anyone taking advantage of the deal, which runs seven days a week, can choose two of the four courses to play and they will also enjoy a two-course meal (starter and main) lovingly produced by Good Food Guide recommended, award-winning, celebrity chef Grant Williams, chosen from the A la Carte menu.

“It’s a package that’s worth close to £250, so we believe we are offering fantastic value for money,” added Gill.

Vale of Llangollen, with its manicured fairways and superb greens, nestles on the banks of the River Dee and is overlooked by the glorious Welsh hills. It is regarded as one of the top courses in Wales and has become a highly favoured venue for many county, national and professional events.

Oswestry is set in mature parkland and was designed by James Braid, who is renowned for his two-tier greens. With good tees, beautiful fairways and quality greens, Oswestry is ideal for all year round play.

Llanymynech, one of Ian Woosnam’s favourites, being a former member and locally born, is perched on top of a hill and is surrounded by sheer cliff faces. The course boasts a unique claim to fame in that you can play one round of golf in two countries, courtesy of Offa’s Dyke running through the course. On the fourth hole you tee off in Wales and putt out in England. The fifth and sixth holes remain in England before you are cordially welcomed back into Wales on the seventh tee.

Henlle Park, in Gobowen stretches over 130 acres of beautiful Georgian parkland. The mature oak trees provide protection to approach shots with natural lakes and pools making tee shots challenging too. The greens have been built to USGA standards. This high specification and naturally free draining soil ensures good quality year round playability too.

For golfers that maybe don’t have time to play two games, The West Arms team have also introduced a ‘Llangollen Offer’ where you can stay at The West Arms and enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast and a round of golf the following day at Llangollen for £189 per couple. There’s even an option for guests not on the golf offer to pay a supplement and the hotel will book you a game of golf at Wrexham Golf Club.

The West Arms is a 16th Century Inn steeped in history. It was originally a farm owned by Watkins Williams Wynne Family of Llangedwyn Hall. It later became a Drovers’ Inn and offers the same warmth and hospitality today as it did back in 1570, when it was built. Centuries ago cattle drivers coming down from the Welsh hills by way of three tracks (now passable roads) that converged at The West Arms were wanting to shelter, rest and refresh their cattle at the Inn en route to Chirk, Oswestry and London markets.

The West Arms is named after Cornwallis West – who was a local land owner. Formerly, the hotel was called The Eagles, as shown in the coat of arms belonging to another well known local family – the William Wynnes. When sold to West, the hotel was renamed The West Arms.

Gill said: “These days The West Arms is open seven days per week, for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, light bar snacks, evening meals, with a wonderful garden view and 15 comfortable and luxurious bedrooms. We also cater for weddings, bespoke functions and conferences and look forward to welcoming golfers and non golfers alike.”