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Canvassingopinion The converted barn accomodation also feature
their own hot tubs (above top and right) whilst furnishings in the main
house (above and left) retain a sense of grandeur and opulence
a174 and co-founder of the Cunard shipping line. Furthermore,
not only was Graham born in Pentre Mawr but his family has
owned the estate since 1603.
Dinner in the conservatory was a pure delight, from the
pre-starter chicken, chickpea and cream ‘espresso’ to the divinely
wicked chocolate torte dessert. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously,
chatting between courses to Bre and Conor (working that evening
to save for a trip to the secondhand market for bric-a-brac) about
what makes Pentre Mawr feel special.
And Mrs H and I for once agree: Bre and Graham’s personal
approach really does make you feel welcome and pampered as you
enjoy a fabulous meal and great company in superb surroundings.
After sampling the cheese board with a port for both, we bade
our goodnights to all and strolled back to our lodge under a
starry moon-filled night. The lodge was cosy and somewhat
Activities
romantic and we lay in bed, listening to an owl calling across
the nearby paddock.
•AtPentreMawrHouseitselfisaheatedswimmingpoolinthewalled We woke to the very best sound of spring – birdsong – and
gardenandguestsareprovidedwitharobeandslippersintheirroomto enjoyed a leisurely lie-in under canvas, something I had feared Mrs
gettoandfromthepool.Therearealsotowelsprovided. H would never agree to. Morning ablutions were very well
•Furtherafield,thetownofRuthinispopularforitsarchitectureand humoured as Mrs H busied to and fro like a little Welsh pony let
history,includingRuthinCastle,whichdatesbackto1277,andRuthin into a fresh paddock.
Gaol,dated1775.RuthinFestival’smusicaltreatsstarton29thJuneand Then it was off for a sumptuous breakfast with champagne and
endon4thJuly.RuthinFlowerShowtakesplaceon8thAugust. the second meal that weekend to include black pudding, something
•TheruinsofDenbighCastlegiveaninterestinginsightintothe that raised Mrs H’s eyebrows. Housekeeper Chris saw to our every
constantlychanginghistoryofthisareaofWales.Eventsincludethe dining whim and then we had the chance for a stroll outside with
KnightsofLongshankson19th&20thSeptember.Tel:01745813385. Bre who outlined their plans for Pentre Mawr’s future: a vegetable
•ThecityofStAsaphdevelopedaroundthehistoriccathedralwhichwas garden, reinstating a Welsh fruit orchard and converting the old
foundedinthe6thcenturyandisoneoftheoldestCelticshrinesin family chapel, complete with pizza oven, slaughterhouse, washroom
Britain.ItisthevenueoftheNorthWalesInternationalMusicFestival, and cheese press, into a museum.
duetobeheldthisyearon19th-26thSeptember.Otherlocal So who’d have thought it: the Harpins thoroughly enjoying their
attractionsincludehorseriding,walkingandcycling. 43rd anniversary under canvas. And so much that there’s even talk
of ‘next time’ when Mollie the collie will be with us.
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