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Pentre Mawr

Annabelle's verdict:

One of our favourite family-run country hotels is Sychnant Pass in North Wales. Now the couple behind it – Graham and Bre Carrington-Sykes – have gone one better and opened Pentre Mawr, a luxurious guest house with pool and fine dining in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Best of all are the safari-style tented lodges with private hot tubs.

Recommended place to stay: Pentre Mawr Country House

The original hotelExplore the surrounding countryside and townsSleep under canvas - in styleBath time

Pentre Mawr says

If you’re looking for a country house experience that is less formal than a hotel but with more facilities than a B&B, Pentre Mawr could be the perfect choice.

Our new safari-style canvas lodges offer a romantic experience with lots of “wow” factor . Each lodge has underfloor heating, a superking size leather bed, roll top bath and private terrace with a hot tub, so while you’re under canvas, you’ll be supremely comfortable.

Our family has owned this house and the surrounding farm for 400 years and we aim to provide all our guests with warm, thoughtful and unobtrusive service in an unpretentious home-from-home atmosphere.

Dining is informal with a menu which changes daily according to what’s in season and available locally, and we offer house-party dining for larger groups.

We’re located in the Vale of Clywd between Ruthin, Denbigh and St Asaph, not far from Llangollen (pictured top right). If you want to get out and about, the surrounding Clywdian hills are great walking country.

Alternatively, take a ride on Snowdon’s steam railway, a ghost-walking tour of Ruthin, try your hand at fishing or climb the (spectacularly steep) old Roman road nearby. Then return to base and relax by the open air pool, enjoy a glass of champagne in your private hot tub, or refuel with a restorative afternoon tea by the fire.

Dogs are welcome; we’ve got a menagerie of resident cats and dogs and even provide doggy towels by the front door.

Click here for more about Pentre Mawr Country House and prices.

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