Having first stayed at Rhydonnen a few years ago with my (then) young son, earlier this month I took my Mum to stay there for a couple of nights. A wonderful, timber-framed farmhouse dating back to the 15th century with lots of original features, Rhydonnen was just as lovely as ever. Mum and I each had our own ensuite rooms beautifully furnished in keeping with the style of the house and both overlooking the well-kept walled garden with its magnificent yew tree.
Buddug Jones, our host, made us feel very welcome and as well as serving delicious breakfasts found time to tell us about the history of the house and her own huge part in the extensive restoration. Beams, stone work, wattle and daub and even a priest's hiding hole were all uncovered during the restoration work and Buddug and her family are incredibly lucky to live in such a remarkable place.
If you can tear yourself away from Rhydonnen there are lots of lovely places to visit nearby and a drive through the Horseshoe Pass between Llangollen and Ruthin (the nearest town) is highly recommended for spectacular views. There are plenty of good pubs within a few minutes drive of the farmhouse, all serving decent food. All in all, Rhydonnen is a super place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in the heart of the Vale of Clwyd this fifteenth-century, charming, unique, black and white farmhouse has inglenooks, fireplaces, oak beams, panelling, brass beds. Guaranteed an unforgettable warm welcome. ... more less