Hot Tub Safari Glamping, Denbighshire

Pentre Mawr Country House, Llandyrnog, Denbigh

Internet Access Restaurant Pet Friendly Swimming Pool

Reviewed by Helen
Camping with a lot of Glamour thrown in - I love Glamping!

Out of Africa, into Wales! That’s how Pentre Mawr, a 5 star luxury hidden gem tucked away in an unspoilt corner of North Wales describe the experience of staying in their luxury Safari Canvas Lodges.

It took us only an hour to drive from Cheshire (30 minutes from Chester); the last part of the journey through winding country lanes as dusk fell on what had been a gloriously sunny day. The perfect time to arrive and view Pentre Mawr at its best (in our opinion)! When we pulled into the driveway we literally didn’t know what to do first; admire the beautiful building or take in the surrounding stunning scenery.

Pentre Mawr has been in Carrington-Sykes family for over 400 years and was taken over by Graham, his wife Bre and son Conor just over 4 years ago. Between them they have brought the ancestral home back to life, beautifully restoring rooms and lodges in the grounds to create a warm and welcoming sanctuary.

There are five canvas lodges in the grounds, from the outside the dark green tents look almost like army issue, but step inside in the fixed wooden front doors and they are anything but military and are guaranteed to take your breath away.

Each lodge has a raised solid floor (ours was tiled) and contemporarily furnished throughout with an African Safari style within each of the three distinct areas; the bedroom, living area and bathroom. The bedroom is enclosed in its own inner tent, the opening drapes can be drawn at night for extra cosiness, the super king size bed is covered with a sumptuous duvet and plush animal print throws and cushions.

The living space hosts a soft settee filled with squishy cushions, cafe style table and chairs, TV with DVD and an Ipod docking station. The fixed wooden wall has three doorways concealing the wardrobe and kitchen areas (including fridge and coffee machine), open the third door to discover a bathroom that wouldn’t look out of place in any 5 star boutique hotel; a double marble pedestal sink unit, a roll top bath, shower wet room area and underfloor heating. The zipped ‘back door’ from the living area takes you to the private terrace with sunloungers and a hot tub.. this is definitely my idea of camping!

It’s only a short walk to Pentre Mawr Country House which is where guests can dine. Both Bre and Graham are trained cooks and have an AA dining award. Everything is homemade and with kitchen garden being reinstated their dream is that very soon they will be providing all the vegetables for the restaurant at Pentre Mawr. We didn’t get the opportunity to eat dinner (the menu itself was a mouth-watering read), we did however enjoy a very hearty Welsh breakfast; a delicious spread of fresh fruit, cereals and a full cooked with locally sourced ingredients and delicious homemade bread.

There are three bedrooms within the main house and two suites in the Gardeners Cottage (see review in Country Retreat)

It’s the little touches though which makes Pentre Mawr so special; the warm welcome from our hosts (including their extended family of dogs and cats) and in countryside just waiting to be explored picnics are provided, lifts given to starting points and dog owners can bring their well behaved four legged friends. Each guest receives a personalised welcome letter and is free to use the sitting rooms in the main house each fully equipped with big comfortable settees; sit and relax, have a game of chess or borrow a book or DVD from the well stocked library.

We were only there for a short time and it was over far too quickly.. but as we were leaving we were already planning our return visit!

Review by Helen

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Prices start from £95 per person per night.

Hot Tub Canvas lodges can only be booked dinner, bed and breakfast for two nights at weekends. Sorry we are not insured to take children under the age of 12.