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Pentre Mawr Country House
Llandyrnog,Denbigh
LL16 4LA
Tel:01824 790732
Web:www.pentremawrcountryhouse.co.uk
When it comes to celebrating
their 43rd anniversary, the
Harpins spare no expense at a
five-star luxury country house
hotel… in a canvas lodge!
Words|JRHarpin
Mainpictures|MikeMainstone
I
t was with some trepidation, understandably,
that I first broached the idea to Mrs H of a
weekend in the country under, ahem, canvas.
She is genetically disposed to the finer things in life and I
thought the very mention of such an idea would send her
directly to the kitchen on a rummage for asprin.
But I’m getting ahead of myself: earlier in the year while staying
at Sychnant Pass House in Snowdonia, the seed of an idea began
to germinate in the back of my mind – a minor miracle in itself, I’ll
concede, as it’s not the most fertile of places.
While having a postprandial and extremely agreeable glass of
port with Bre Carrington-Sykes, owner of the Sychnant Pass, she
confessed her idea of installing luxury canvas lodges on the
grounds at Pentre Mawr House – complete with heated flooring,
five-star furnishings and even a hot tub!
I was instantly transported back to India, May 1942, doing my bit
for the Empire against anti-British insurgents. We were stationed
in Chittergong for a month under canvas in preparation for
manoeuvres in Burma (pardon me, Myanmar).
Unlike the Italian POWs in Bangalore who were crowded into
makeshift ‘tents’ while awaiting internment for the duration, the
Twiceasnice Pentre Chittergong camp was top notch. The Corps of Royal Engineer
Mawr (main) now
sappers had really done themselves proud with the best field
provide luxurious
accommodation I had ever witnessed – and that includes the
accommodation
in canvas lodges (left)
two-week safari Mrs H and I enjoyed with Major Woolley and
his charming wife Izzy in South Africa. a174
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