We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A spectacular residential library for the purpose of retreat, study and learning” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gladstone's Library

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Hawarden
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Gladstone's Library
Save
You added Gladstone's Library to your Saves list
Church Lane, Hawarden CH5 3DF, Wales (Formerly St Deiniol's Library)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 2 Hawarden B&B and Inns
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A spectacular residential library for the purpose of retreat, study and learning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Gladstone Library is a unique find, the only Prime Ministerial Residential Library in Great Britain. A stunning library and reading room/lounge. A lovely place for a quiet retreat or study - there is a programme of events throughout the year for those inclined. The library is also open to non-residents wishing to pursue knowledge

We stayed two nights, our expectations were more of a retreat/place to study than a B&B or Hotel accommodation and we were not disappointed. The library, reading lounge and overnight accommodation offers a calm, peaceful environment. The en suite bedroom was pristine - no television but lovely Roberts Radio. There is a superb reading lounge with lots of comfortable leather sofas and chairs, a chapel, a cafe [check opening times] and a small television room available. The food was fresh, perfectly adequate and well presented with vegetarian options, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

72 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    58
    13
    0
    1
    0
See reviews for
3
12
23
20
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (17)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Sedbergh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

This wasn't my first time here, I have in fact stayed many times before . Gladstone's residential library is a delightful place to come for a retreat , I use it to write . Single rooms are basic but the library and lounge make up for that . The setting is magnificent, there are some lovely walks to be had and the grounds are beautiful. Catering on week days is fabulous with vegans and vegetarians imaginatively fed but it is not the place to eat at weekends if you don't eat meat . The weekend veggie meals are very uninspired and the vegan ones even more so. I love this place and heartily recommend it .

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rhos on Sea, North Wales
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The Library here is absolutely fantastic - quiet, peaceful, wonderful place to study with helpful librarian (Gary). The atmosphere was very conducive to quiet study.

Pity the same cannot be said for the B&B. We stayed 3 nights at £99 per night. The room was minute and had a dismal, depressing grey colour. The bathroom was dirty. After breakfast on the first day the room was cleaned (but not hoovered) but, amazingly, the bed was not made - nothing to do with changing sheets (didn't expect that) but not even made. But worse was to come for by 4:00pm and the following day the bedroom had not been touched at all - dirty wet towels still there, bed not made, room not cleaned, no toilet paper, waste bin full. Went down to reception - closed at 4:00pm in the afternoon!! Rang the emergency number but the person who was on duty was nowhere to be found (other guests tried and got the same result). Eventually Gary arrived from the library and he was great and did what he could. But he said that the housekeeping staff go at 2:00pm even if they have not finished their work - and in any case they don't do the rooms every day - at £99 per night!!! Oh and, would you believe it - if you used up the tea and coffee in the room you had to pay for more sachets. What kind of place is this? Better quality and service at £19 a night Travelodge!!!

Breakfast was OK, help yourself continental. However, it was an extra £5 for a cooked breakfast - at £99 per night!!! the evening meals were not good - bland, lacking in imagination and variety. One evening it was white fish, bean casserole and pasta. For pudding there was no choice at all.

It was a nice touch to be able to buy wine for the meal and in the lounge, until you found out that a small glass cost £4.

Ah well, maybe some people are willing to pay this amount for such service and the liobrary but I certainly think it is way too much

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
GladstonesLibrary, Public Relations Manager at Gladstone's Library, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
So sorry you didn’t enjoy your stay with us, MalcolmC – a very unfortunate and unusual set of circumstances that has blighted our 5 star record. We’ve taken your comments on board and have taken steps to make sure that our level of service improves. £99 per night is the full rate for a double (en-suite) room (two people), with dinner, bed and breakfast. Gladstone’s is a unique residential library with a tranquil atmosphere – we do make it clear to all our guests that while we will do all we can to make their stay as comfortable as possible, we do not have the resources to provide room service or make beds every day.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Louisville, Colorado
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

In the middle of nowhere, we find this amazing huge gothic looking library! My daughter (whose studying to be a librarian) and I were in heaven. This place was also a B&B. We had dinner the first night--delicious! We spent the whole evening in the library, so quiet and nice. It's a great place to escape to. Had a wonderful peaceful time!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I stayed here for a week in August 2013 on the Latin In A Week course. I had a standard double room on the 2nd floor. The room was not ensuite but a bathroom with shower was ten paces away and shared with only one other room. The room was comfortable and spacious. Plenty of storage. The addition of a digital radio was a welcome touch. The food was outstanding - canteen style but top quality. I was amazed by the variety on offered each day. The library itself has a remarkable selection of books and is a real pleasure to spend time in. This is a wonderful place to stay and I can't wait to return.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

First stayed at Gladstones Library because I needed peace and quiet to get on with writing commitments. I've been back twice since because staying here works very well for me. With very few distractions, meals taken care of and a wonderful library, it is highly conducive to solo or group study such as Welsh or Hebrew in a week. You can lock yourself away in the wonderful stillness of the library or seek company in the Gladstone Room. The bedrooms are high end finish (check out the Roberts radio) and simply furnished. Food is very good, the relatively short dinner menu well thought out over the week. For productive peace and quiet I can think of nowhere better.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sale, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I spent a couple of days at the library with an overnight stay. The room itself housed all mod cons, while making clever use of space so it didn't feel crowded. The food was wonderful: canteen-style service but definitely not canteen-quality food! The common room with honesty bar was cosy & comfortable; and the grounds are peaceful and well maintained, with many places to sit and ponder. I really don't know how to best describe the library, except to say it's how libraries SHOULD be. A wonderful & extensive collection with modern cataloguing systems for easy reference; in a beautiful old vaulted open space, fringed by nooks and crannies stuffed with battered leather armchairs begging to be curled up in (I obliged). The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about their work. The library offers a wide variety of courses, lectures and other activities, and I've yet to be disappointed, so it's definitely worth getting on their mailing list. I couldn't stay away, so I've booked myself onto a course at the end of the month so I've got an excuse to spend a week there!

Room Tip: Go En Suite!
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Gladstone's Library? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Gladstone's Library

Address: Church Lane, Hawarden CH5 3DF, Wales (Formerly St Deiniol's Library)
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Flintshire > Hawarden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Hawarden
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gladstone's Library is the UK's finest residential library and one of the top small conference destinations in North Wales. Our comfortable accommodation includes 26 newly refurbished rooms (singles, twin and doubles), some with en-suite facilities. All rooms come with phones and ISDN connections and tea/coffee making facilities. Gladstone's Library has recently been awarded a four-star grading by Visit Wales. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Gladstone's Library Hawarden, Wales

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Gladstone's Library, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.