My husband and I spent the weekend of October 13th at Ruthin Castle for our wedding, along with just about all of our guests. I must say that if I hadn't already seen the property for myself, the unbalanced negative reviews would have put me off somewhat.
Fortunately, we had already visited and our high expectations were more than fulfilled. Everything about our very special wedding weekend was just perfect, idyllic, and the staff (Russell and his team) were truly wonderful. Every single one of our guests, (most of them very seasoned international travellers,including ourselves), remarked on what a stunning and unique venue the castle was for our ceremony and reception.
I can honestly say that it was utterly dreamlike, and we were so sad when finally we had to say goodbye to what had felt like OUR castle for the weekend! I cannot recommend the castle and its staff highly enough. Sure, the rooms that are awaiting renovation are are not so grand as the Lilly Langtry suite (my home for the weekend, and simply splendid!), but still far preferable to the bland, soulless welcome of many corporate hotels that you find yourself in around the world.
If what you want is robot - like service, and a Disney-esque, phoney castle without any signs of the hundreds of years of history that the building has seen, then this place isn't for you, though you'll be the loser.
But if you consider yourself one of life's romantics, and you appreciate individuality, character and a real experience when you travel, then treat yourselves to a few nights in a very special place. Open your heart to it, and you'll be richly rewarded.
Lisa Worth and Steve Rowan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A magical Welsh hotel with mediaeval roots dating back to the days of Edward I. Set within acres of woods and parkland a little over 20 miles from Chester, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Ruthin Castle is a truly romantic hotel steeped in history. The castle dates back to the legend of King Arthur with notable owners including King Edward I, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Book a stay in one of the many rooms; dine on award winning cuisine created using only the freshest local produce; bring a team of merry men for a themed night of fun, food and laughter; enjoy great business facilities in a secluded venue or book the wedding of your dreams within the ancient walls and picturesque grounds. Ruthin Castle is a royal Welsh gem just waiting to be explored. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Ruthin
- Ruthin Castle Hotel Wales