“Stylish rooms with restaurant and art gallery in Ruthin, gateway to North Wales and a centre for contemporary arts”
Venture outside and there is a definite air of sophistication to Ruthin. The timber framed houses bulge with delicatessen, gift emporia and jewelry galleries. This town is fast developing a name in the arts world; a £4 million new centre opened in mid 2008.
- The beautifully designed rooms have fabulous power showers and fast-fill baths
- There's art everywhere and you'll always find something new to discover
- Ruthin is a magical town with much to explore
- There are lots of facilities that you wouldn't expect in a small hotel, including a bijou cinema, a library, a sauna, a fitness room, a bar and a great restaurant
- Sister property to the lovely manorhaus Llangollen
- The house is set right on one of the town’s busy roads
- The artwork in some rooms is bold and bright and may not be to everyone’s taste
- Some rooms are compact; some may find them a little too small
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar (open daily)
- Over 12s welcome
- Open all year
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Board games
The 8 rooms, known as Oriels (Welsh for gallery), are designed to showcase a different local artist. Chris and Gavin are hot on detail and the guest service manual is encyclopedic, even explaining how to wind up the alarm clock! There are comfy kingsize beds, goose down bedding and Egyptian cotton linen, plus flat screen TVs with CD/DVD players and free WiFi. Look out for some design classics, such as a Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chair in the Junior Suite.
Bathrooms are full of mod cons, from power showers and fast fill baths to slow-close loo seats and demisting pads on the mirrors. We loved the generous supplies of gorgeous 'We live like this' Macadamia and Ginseng toiletries.
We enjoyed Oriel 4, a pink and green colourfest with an oversized purple chair, which provides the perfect backdrop to artist Ann Bridges' colourful work, such as the ‘Princess and the Pea’. The biggest room is Oriel 5, a Junior Suite displaying the moody work of landscape artist Ian Williams. It has an ensuite wet room and a roll-top bath in the bedroom.
- Cd player
- Central heating
- Coffee tea making
- Dvd player
- Extra beds
Classical piano music greets you at ‘The Breakfast Table’, which offers fresh fruits, bio yoghurt drinks, juices, Dorset cereals and homemade jams. Or tuck into a choice of full Welsh breakfast, eggs benedict, bagels, organic porridge oats or the lighter natural yoghurt/berries/honey combo. Caffeine hits can come in the guise of lattes, cappuccinos or espressos, or for a gentler awakening there is an impressive selection of teas.
The restaurant has a great reputation and chef Gavin Porter makes modern dishes with as many local ingredients as possible. Start with grilled Bury black pudding or venison terrine and move on to salt marsh lamb from St Asaph, Welsh black beef, or sherry and wine braised rabbit. If you have room, puddings are hearty - for instance, roast apple cobbler, hot fruit compote or dark Belgian chocolate torte. The cheese platter is well worth a try, offering tasty nibbles such as Red Devil (Red Leicester with chili) or Black Bomber (a mature Welsh Cheddar), all supplied by the Snowdonia Cheese Company.
You can prebook half-board or decide on arrival, but either way dinner is very reasonable (see Rates); and the wine list is varied, with a wide choice by the glass and a cheaper house selection.
During our stay the cinnamon dining room walls were adorned with a ‘Symphony of Sunflowers’, a series of bright and beautiful floral paintings.
- Coffee tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Vegetarian menu
- Snowdonia National Park is on your doorstep, with some bracing walks to enjoy
- Explore Ruthin Gaol, which dates back to 1775 (the last execution took place in 1903). It has now been developed as a visitor attraction and houses the County Archives, which will be of interest to any keen genealogist retracing family trees
- Ruthin Craft Centre reopened in 2008 following a £3 million transformation funded by the Arts Council of Wales. It houses artist studios, galleries, education and residency workshops and shops selling all manner of crafts and design items
- Walk back in time by visiting Wales’ oldest timber framed town house, Nantclwyd y Dre
- Get off-road - the nearby mountain biking centre is located at Coed Llandegla Forest. Alternatively, the Offa's Dyke walking trail is a short drive from the town
- Check in for annual events such as Ruthin Festival (an annual week-long arts festival in July) or Ruthin Flower Festival every August
- Enjoy shopping and generally mooching lazily about the town
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Hot air ballooning
- Museums / galleries
- Traditional cultures
Only children over the age of 12 are accepted. Oriels 7 and 8 can be set up with an extra bed for a small charge and teenagers may stay alone in Oriel 7 (a twin) as long as their parents are occupying the adjacent Oriel 8. The library is stocked with DVDs and a Wii to keep them amused.
Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Extra Beds Available