Great crested grebe, goosanders and dippers are just some of the birds that may be seen during a stay at the four-star Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa at the heart of the RSPB Lake Vyrnwy reserve in Mid Wales.
The country house hotel, which hosted the BBC Springwatch crew six years ago, says that dozens of guests come every year specifically for bird watching and most people get out and about around the lake, enjoying the natural environment.
Anthony Rosser, general manager at the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, said: “Simon King and the Springwatch crew were able to film woodland birds without leaving the hotel grounds, so watching wildlife here is incredibly easy.
“There are 58 miles of footpaths across the 24,000 acres of the estate, which is managed for wildlife by the RSPB, as well as the RSPB visitor centre and shop, hides and regular events, so it’s not surprising that we’re attracting bird watchers.”
As well as the water and woodland birds, the estate’s moors are home to important species such as black grouse, merlin and hen harrier.
After a day’s bird watching, the hotel’s spa and country-house style lounge are great places for relaxing, while the Tower Restaurant holds an AA rosette.
Two people sharing a double room with lake view for two nights this summer will pay from £404 for dinner, bed and breakfast.