Set in the Berwyn Mountains, The West Arms has been owned by the current vendors, Geoff and Gill Leigh-Ford, since 1999. Originally a farm, the site later became a drovers’ inn known as The Eagles where cattle drivers would rest their livestock on their way down from the Welsh hills. It was afterwards renamed The West Arms when it was sold to local landowner, Mr Cornwallis West. Llanarmon Game Shoot is hosted by the McAlpine family whose guests often stay at The West Arms during the shooting season, which contributes to the winter trade.
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The hotel has 16 individually-designed rooms ranging from doubles and singles to large suites with split level accommodation and exposed beams. The inn also hosts a lounge bar and original public bar known as “The Wayfarers” for non-residents including walkers, bikers and foodies who visit for meals and drinks. Having a civil licence means that weddings and functions can also be catered for in a suite which overlooks the Berwyns.
Keith Stringer, Associate Director in Christie & Co’s Manchester office comments, “Alongside the property’s golden history, The West Arms has gained recognition in recent years in travel guides, newspapers and hotel awards lists. The restaurant is consistently included in the prestigious Good Food Guide with Head Chef, Grant Williams, having appeared in numerous television programmes including ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish where he reached the finals in December 2011. The chef has even been chosen to cook for Prince Charles!
“The West Arms is located near to many attractions including Erddig, ‘the jewel in the crown of Welsh country houses’, Chirk Castle, the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I which is still lived in today, and Pistyll Rhaeder, a waterfall in the Berwyn Mountains famous for the Timotei Shampoo advert.”
Christie & Co is marketing the freehold of The West Arms at an asking price of £695,000.