I am just enjoying my sixth visit to Gladstone's library, February visits have become a ritual in order to re-charge my batteries at the start of the year. For me it is primarily a reading retreat.
On my first visit I glutted on a pile of the wonderful books on offer - the key topics being history/religion/Victoriana, but plenty of other books are on offer. Nowadays I tend to bring books from home that I particularly want to read, or to give more attention too in the quiet of the library, and then allow a little serendipitous reading of the books available to me here.
In its previous guise of St Deiniols, it was known as a place where theological folk gather to commune, write, and study, but it is also a place for anyone to enjoy the facilities, think, write; and my experience as a secular visitor is that no-one is out to convert me to their views. I have, however, often dined with fascinating folk. As someone fascinated by the Arabic culture, it also has a room dedicated the the Islamic faith.
The library has now also hosted a number of writers workshops and has regular writers-in-residence.
You can be as solitary or as companionable as you wish.
There is a pleasant eatery and the little high street nearby offers most of the basic requirements.
- 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