Sometimes things don’t go to plan and that’s OK. You adapt and make new, and sometimes, even better plans. Let’s skip back to March 2020. Myself and my partner were on a train to Holyhead and very much looking forward to a long weekend in Dublin when the government announced the start of their Covid-19 lock down process. I’d never visited Dublin before and with the risk of attractions closing at the weekend (they did), we decided to give it a miss and head back on the next train from the ferry port. “Let’s find somewhere else to stay locally” suggested my other half, who’s birthday also happened to be that weekend. We searched availability, and came up with the perfect place – manorhaus Ruthin in North East Wales.
We’d followed manorhaus on socials for a while, so were familiar with the style of this boutique hotel. It looked lovely and just what we needed as an alternative to our doomed Dublin trip. It was also the opportunity for us to visit Ruthin – a market town I’d never been to previously. North East Wales is an area that I’ve not visited much to be honest. I recently attended a local tourism conference in the area, and it was noted that this lovely part of Wales is often overlooked. The tourists head down the A55 coastal road (which is admittedly uneventful along the North East Wales section) on their way to Anglesey and Snowdonia without a second thought. North East Wales though, is a lovely landscape of market towns, the Clwydian mountain range and a host of attractions that are worth making a detour to explore.
About manorhaus Ruthin
Dating back to the 16th century, the beautiful Georgian townhouse in the centre of Ruthin saw many guises over the years before becoming The Manor House Hotel. It was once owned by Cynthia Lennon (former wife on John Lennon) who created a restaurant on the site. The current owners, Chris and Gavin purchased the property in the early 2000’s and renamed the property manorhaus, to complement the contemporary feel of the hotel they were creating.
Stepping in through the heavy wooden door, the building still retains it’s period charm and style, but with a modern slant to the decor and furnishings. It’s welcoming and warm, with a comfortable and relaxed feel. A friendly greeting by Gavin, who provided us with all the information that we needed about our stay, we were shown to our room on the first floor of the building.
Rooms at manorhaus Ruthin
We lucked out with our last minute booking. manorhaus Ruthin has eight double rooms, one of them being a suite. The suite was available, so we were offered the room and took it. A stunning room, with a high ceiling and period features, Oriel 5 was a lovely and comfortable space with a king size bed, large seating area and the luxurious feature of a roll top bath in the room. A vanity area led from the bedroom through to a walk-in shower room.
The decor was modern and understated, but gelled seamlessly with the period style of the room. Dark tile effect wall paper with a bold pattern contrasted beautifully with the dark wood furniture. The afternoon sun rays beaming through the large window and the subtle lighting throughout, created a beautiful and cosy space. It was just what we needed.
All other rooms in the property are en-suite doubles of varying sizes, all uniquely and tastefully decorated. Although the building is only a two storey from the front, as it’s on a hill, there are several levels and half landings inside.
manorhaus Restaurant Ruthin
We’d heard great things about manorhaus Restaurant Ruthin before visiting, so we were looking forward to sampling the food on offer. The restaurant dining area is separated into two areas – firstly the main dining room, which leads out to an airy conservatory with additional seating.
We ate at the restaurant for one night of our two night stay. Having popped out for a pre-dinner drink (it’s what holiday’s are about, right?) we arrived back to manourhaus and were taken to the lounge area and offered menus and drinks. The restaurant has a regularly changing a-la-carte menu which focuses on locally available produce. The choices all sounded mouth-watering. Orders taken, we were offered canapes to enjoy with our drinks, before being called into the restaurant. I opted for a courgette, pea and brie risotto to start with lamb main course to follow. All dishes were bursting full of flavour and well presented. We dined in the conservatory area, which had a cosy atmosphere when darkness fell outside.
Breakfast on both days was served in the conservatory area. A selection of cereals and fruit, combined with a hot breakfast menu was on offer. I opted for the full breakfast (as per usual) and it was delicious. Perfect to set us up for the day.
The public areas
For a relatively small property, there’s a surprising amount of space at manorhaus Ruthin. From the main welcome hall, a stylish and comfortable lounge is located to the left that leads through to a cosy little bar area. A well stocked bar, I was pleased to see a selection of local beers on display. It’s always important to sample the local produce, right? The decor was sleek and stylish, and the top hat lampshades were a really nice touch. The lounge was a really nice area for pre and post dinner drinks.
With art and sculpture on display around the property, manorhaus is something of an art gallery, with lots of interesting items to see. There’s a library, where you can relax and browse the collection of books on offer and, most surprisingly to me, the vaulted cellar is home to a cinema. Picturehaus has twenty armchairs with drinks tables, a room width widescreen and 7.1 surround sound. It can be used by residents subject to availability and is also open to members and private parties. manorhaus also offer VIP Cinema and Dining offers.
A little bit about the town of Ruthin
A stunning market town in Denbighshire, North East Wales, Ruthin has over 800 years of history. It’s a quaint town full of historic buildings and lovely timber framed architecture. Set to the backdrop of the fantastic Clwydian Range mountains, meaning there are plenty of outdoor activities nearby. The town itself is home to historic attractions such as the Ruthin Gaol Museum. The winding narrow streets house a wealth of boutique shops, and there’s a real focus on fantastic contemporary dining.
The important information
Note: Due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, the experience detailed above may be slightly amended. Please contact the accommodation for further details.
At just 35 minutes from Chester and the English border by car, manorhaus Ruthin is located centrally in the town. While the hotel does not have its own car park, there are several public car parks nearby.
Room rates vary per room and can be booked directly with the hotel or on all the usual booking sites and a minimum two night stay is required at certain times. The best deals are always available by booking directly.
Telephone Number: 01824 704830
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