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Rick Steve’s Great Britain
Manorhaus rents the classiest rooms in Ruthin. The eight rooms are impeccably appointed with artsy-contemporary décor, and the halls serve as gallery space for local artists. Guests enjoy use of the sauna, steam room, fitness room, library, and mini-cinema in th cellar, free wi-fi and recommended restaurant:
Manorhaus is the town splurge, with updated Welsh and British dinners served in a mod, art-gallery space.
Fodor’s England with the best of Wales
Manorhaus. A gerogian town house in the heart of Ruthin has been converted into a simply stunning boutique hotel. Each entirely original room is a mini-art gallery, designed and decorated in colloboration with the artists whose work hang on the walls. There’s also a library, gallery, sauna, steam room, private cinema, and restaurant serving fresh, locally sourced food.
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It’s a little like rural France here – an old country town that climbs a hill with a sea of lush country all around. Wash up at Manorhaus and you discover a perfect little townhouse retreat. It’s Georgian on the outside, distinctly groovy within, the hotel doubling as a gallery with fine contemporary art on every wall; it’s all for sale and each bedroom shows the work of a different artist. Downstairs: a sitting room in white and blue, a restaurant with stripped wood floors and a small cinema in the Tudor basement. Upstairs you find a library for books, maps, CDs, DVDs, then a sauna and steam room to help you recover after a day in the hills. Keep going and you come to a sweep of funky bedrooms. Some are bigger than others but all have super bathrooms, oodles of character and style and king-size beds with crisp white linen and goose down bedding. One has a freestanding bath, another has huge views off to a distant ridge. Delicious food is fresh and local: Menai mussels, Welsh beef, warm treacle tart. Mountain biking can be arranged, Offa’s Dyke is close for walkers.
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Every once in a while a place comes along that redefines conventional notions of accommodation. Having said that, there are at least two challenges with manorhaus. How to describe it? And how to fit it all into a review of 200-odd words? We have to start with the owners, Gavin Harris and Christopher Frost, because it is their passion for art and architecture that defines this unique building. Manorhaus is variously described as a restaurant with rooms, boutique hotel and art gallery. It combines these roles seamlessly. On entering, there’s a gallery space featuring changing exhibitions by contemporary artists and designers. But that’s just the start of the art. It infuses the entire building. It’s tempting to say that the bedrooms are works of art in themselves. Each one has a theme, taking as its inspiration a particular artwork that is then cleverly replicated in the décor. But at least as inventive is the way in which cutting-edge interior design has been playfully and professionally blended into the Georgian fabric of this fine old townhouse. All the must-have luxury items are there – the Egyptian cotton bedlinen, fluffy duvets, robes, upscale toiletries and fabulous bathrooms. And, to complete the picture for guests, there’s a library, sauna and steam room, fitness room and private cinema. Back downstairs, there’s more: a split-level bar and conservatory restaurant where, again, the accent is on contemporary taste informed by the traditional values of fresh, local ingredients.