Photos courtesy of Ruthin Castle
Double rooms: £110–160
Suites: from £170–220
Rates include breakfast and VAT
Open: all year
Ruthin is about 25 miles west of Chester on A494
Nearby: hiking; trout and salmon fishing; pony trekking; tennis; golf
Yes. Civil ceremonies booked with reception.
Two pink monumental lions welcome you at the front doorway of this ancient castle.
Inside you’ll find paneled rooms, wood floors, and gold-and-pink molded ceilings. Elegantly appointed, public rooms feature carved wood and stone fireplaces. Oak paneling and leather furniture make the library bar an enjoyable spot to have a drink.
Guest rooms are both large and small and are furnished in both traditional (one has a four-poster bed) and contemporary style. They have views of either the gardens or the ancient battlements.
The castle is currently refurbishing the guest rooms. Some of these new rooms will have working open fireplaces, plasma TVs and large “feature” beds.
Highly regarded cuisine is presented in “Berties Dining Room,” which overlooks the garden. Reservations are essential.
When strolling among the peacocks on the castle’s 50 acres of parkland, it’s hard to believe that Ruthin had such a bloody history. But the dungeons, drowning pool, and whipping pit in the ancient ruins are silent reminders.