Pentre Mawr Country House, Denbighshire

Llandyrnog Denbigh

Restaurant Kids Free Zone Pet Friendly

Reviewed by Helen
A hidden gem in a beautiful corner of Wales

Pentre Mawr Country House, a 5 star luxury hidden gem tucked away in an unspoilt corner of North Wales.

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.

The three period ensuite bedrooms within the main house each has its own unique style; handsome furniture (two with four poster beds) and plush furnishings. The rooms have tea and coffee facilities, Ipod docking stations, TV’s with DVD players or you could simply pull up a chair and enjoy the spectacular views from the windows and if the weather is good, guests can relax on the terrace by the heated swimming pool.

Within the grounds there are two contemporarily decorated suites in the Gardeners Cottage; each comprising of a bedroom, sitting room, small kitchen area, large ensuite bathroom (with separate wetroom) and with its own private terrace with a hot tub. Additionally, Pentre Mawr is the first place in the UK to bring luxury Safari style Glamping with canvas lodges each with terraces and hot tubs (see review of the Safari Lodges in Something Different category).

Dining at Pentre Mawr is pretty special, both Bre and Graham are trained cooks and have an AA dining award. Everything is homemade and with the kitchen garden being reinstated their dream is that very soon they will be providing all the vegetables for the restaurant. 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.

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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Visit the Tariff page at the Pentre Mawr website for full details. Rooms start from £65 per night per person