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ResteasyInside,the
new lodges are
very comfortable
a174 Warm welcome to shorten the Welsh winter. I’m with them there: in South Africa
Anyway, back to the present and as I sat in the conservatory one can drive on the same side of the road, the wine is fantastic,
looking after a G&T – easy on the T – I reasoned thus: with our the food fabulous and there’s no dreaded jet lag.
43rd anniversary looming large and the spring air conspiring to On one of their sojourns, while staying in lakeside canvas lodges,
create an undercurrent of excitement in the Harpin household, a southern hemisphere storm blew in. It wasn’t long before Bre
would it not be jolly to recapture that subcontinental spirit of reasoned that if these remarkable structures could stand that kind
adventure and go under canvas for a romantic night in the of treatment, why not introduce South African luxury lodges to the
Denbigh countryside? Welsh countryside?
Emboldened by my friends Formalities completed, we
Messrs B Sapphire and
Besides dogs, guests are invited to
approached the three lodges
Schweppes, I took the plunge and our host explained each
and was surprised as Mrs H’s bring their own horses... to take has a double-skinned roof
expression lit up with an odd
mixture of curiosity and, yes,
advantage of the many country
over a permanent steel frame
– one of the reasons they’re
pleasurable interest.
And so we found ourselves
walks on the 200-acre estate
so weatherproof.
Mrs H, with her new-found
crunching down Pentre Mawr’s spirit of bold adventure, stepped
curved gravel drive after a stunning trip over the Horseshoe Pass, inside and I followed closely, anxious to allay any fears. I could not
having travelled via the A5 and Llangollen into the beautiful Vale of have been more surprised. I’m afraid we both stood gawking,
Clwyd. Yes, we could have taken the straighter run to Chester and a dumbstruck, as we took in the scene: luxury furnishings, underfloor
left onto the A55, but I’ve not been up the Horseshoe Pass for heating, a pleated inner lining, separate wetroom and bathroom
years so couldn’t resist. (each totally self-contained with their own hot water system), plus
Spying the front of Pentre Mawr’s lovingly restored and all the entertainment mod-cons and new-fangled gadgetry travellers
well-proportioned Georgian portico in our old jalopy, we parked have come to expect.
opposite the horse paddock. Faster than you could name the Big My favourites were the remote controlled heaters and already I
Five, the delightful Bre herself arrived in a golf cart to escort Mrs H, was looking forward to controlling the temperature of our lodge a174
yours truly and our assorted baggage to the reception area, a stone
outbuilding that once did a very fair impression of an estate-sized
potting shed. With a welcome Assam in hand, we completed the
register while admiring the African art adorning the walls. “Aha!”
Rooms and rates
I exclaimed, eyeing the paintings and sculptures. “Do I spy your Canvaslodges,£150fortwopeople,bedandbreakfast.Forfurther
inspiration for the lodges?” informationonratesforthemainhouse,tel:01824790732.
It transpires that Bre, husband Graham and their son Conor Alternatively,visit:www.pentremawrcountryhouse.co.uk
holiday twice a year in the Karoo on South Africa’s Western Cape
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