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Rain couldn't stop play.

"STILL raining," my wife pointed out as we drove through the magnificent, manicured grounds of Lampeter's four-star Falcondale.

"STILL raining," my wife pointed out as we drove through the magnificent, manicured grounds of Lampeter's four-star Falcondale.

Visit Wales bestowed a gold standard to this former mansion, which possesses an almost Downton Abbey, old-fashioned charm, and its fine dining has been rewarded with AA rosettes.

Visit Wales bestowed a gold standard to this former mansion, which possesses an almost Downton Abbey, old-fashioned charm, and its fine dining has been rewarded with AA rosettes.

It's a large 19th-century building boasting Italian architecture and hosts Chris and Lisa Hutton walk the extra mile to ensure your stay ticks all the boxes.

It's a large 19th-century building boasting Italian architecture and hosts Chris and Lisa Hutton walk the extra mile to ensure your stay ticks all the boxes.

Decor is yesteryear, food incredible and the grounds stunning. It's the ideal spot for a relaxing, walking weekend - when it's not tipping it down.

Decor is yesteryear, food incredible and the grounds stunning. It's the ideal spot for a relaxing, walking weekend - when it's not tipping it down.

And, yes, the many "feeders" dotted around the gardens ensure a steady stream of birdlife to the gardens.

And, yes, the many "feeders" dotted around the gardens ensure a steady stream of birdlife to the gardens.

The Falcondale is running a West Wales Four Night Explorer Package, which includes two tickets to the nearby Llanerchaeron National Trust property, dinner on two evenings at the hotel, with a full Welsh breakfast each The Falcondale is running a West Wales Four Night Explorer Package, which includes two tickets to the nearby Llanerchaeron National Trust property, dinner on two evenings at the hotel, with a full Welsh breakfast each morning - and a packed lunch for two of your days, plus an OS Explorer map.

morning - and a packed lunch for two of your days, plus an OS Explorer map.

For two people sharing a better or best double or twin room the cost is PS97.50 per person per night - a total cost of PS780 for the four-day package. For one person in a standard or small double room the cost is PS130 per person per night, a total cost of PS520.

For two people sharing a better or best double or twin room the cost is PS97.50 per person per night - a total cost of PS780 for the four-day package. For one person in a standard or small double room the cost is PS130 per person per night, a total cost of PS520.

The staff also provide brollies. You'll have to bring your own flippers and snorkel, however.

The staff also provide brollies. You'll have to bring your own flippers and snorkel, however.

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The imposing Falcondale, top, and one of the comfy bedrooms, above

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jul 12, 2014
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