The receptionist takes us to our room in an adjoining modern-looking building; not, as the brochure suggests, one that's been converted from old stables and outbuildings. I don't like modern rooms adjoining medieval buildings because they rarely have "character".
This one costs £110 and, in spite of an impressive amount of cheap-looking built-in furniture, has nothing so useful as bath robes or a full-length mirror. Some guests might not appreciate walking around in the buff in a room that overlooks a car park, and it seems a pity to have to pull the curtains.
Allt Yr Ynys describes itself as "a medieval 16th-century house set in the foothills of the majestic Black Mountains with original features, including moulded ceilings, oak panelling, oak beams and 'award-winning' restaurant".Staring, depressed, at the tarmac car space outside, we wish that brollies were part of the kit. As the tarmac ends, we realise that the stone steps leading down to the main house have no hand rail. First hint that things aren't as they should be is when the Campari and soda I'd asked for arrives warm with a slice of orange but no ice. We have different characters; she is actually the more emotional one in the relationship, while I was trying to be the hard man.Hidden between city houses and even passing through a church, the Vasari Corridor is one of the most astounding architectural masterpieces of the Renaissance.The West Corridor of the Gallery, heads towards the Arno and then, raised up by huge arches, follows the river as far as the Ponte Vecchio, which it crosses by passing on top of the shops.