Absolutely wonderful stay at Ruthin Castle, majestic hotel but we felt right at home, and staff made us feel very welcome and were sad to leave at end of visit.
We booked a great deal through treatme.net called 3 enchanted wishes where the £279 deal included 3 nights B&B for two people (with scrummy Welsh bakery breakfast) 3 course meal in the posh Berties restaurant on one night, and then you get to choose 3 wishes from a list including things like steam train rides, canal trips, champers, chocs, afternoon cream tea, etc etc. We opted for Snowdon steam train (which is usually £25 each ticket, Llangollen canal barge trip and afternoon cream tea) so the deal is amazing value for money!
The castle itself is stunning, very well maintained, glorious in all its splendour, making any girl feel like a real princess, greeted at the main reception doors by two lions! Now some places like this can feel quite intimidating but Ruthin Castle in all its grandeur makes you feel right at home and relaxed. This is down to the wonderful staff, always smiling and helpful. Our room was at the top of the stairs just past the suit of armour, room 206, nice sized room with a huge ornate chandelier, fireplace and tv, free wi-fi access (no code required) lovely comfy BIG bed. The bathroom was a bit of a squeeze with the sink overhanging the bath and loo so only one person at a time could get in and use it, but not a problem at all, soft fluffy towels and lovely toiletries.
Make sure you have a walk round the gardens as they are a gem full of walled passageways, ruins, secret hidden gardens, and peacocks, its like a magic garden that fairytales write about, absolutely delightful – follow the medieval banquet signs and keep going round the building through archways and hidden paths –magical!
We had a lovely dinner in Berties which is a posh a la carte restaurant, BUT just like the rest of Ruthin Castle – posh but NOT intimidating, I do not usually like posh food but this dinner was lovely. The chef went out of his way to accommodate my mega fussy palette (I am a lacto vegetarian) and the waitress came out of the kitchen with a range of dishes he offered to make me. We had the assiette of 3 puddings which included a tiramisu which was so good, I almost did a ‘when harry met sally’ moment! Those on a budget need only go out the gate into the town square only a few mins walk to find a Weatherspoons and other quaint shops in the lovely village.
There was a wedding on the Saturday when we arrived but you would never have known as the hotel has so many rooms, and wings, and gardens, it was easy to still meander around, breakfast was busy next morning though.
It was my partners birthday and they left a box of chocs with a birthday note in the room. We cannot wait to go back, especially as they are opening a spa in July 2012 which would make this magical fairytale castle absolutely PERFECT for a pamper princess like myself!
- 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