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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Hengoed Farm and Medieval Hall is set in idyllic countryside close to the historic medieval market town of Ruthin. Located overlooking the Vale of Clwyd with panoramic views of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the site has been continuously occupied since at least the early 14th Century. The centrepiece is a Grade 11* Listed early 15th Century Medieval Cruck Hall House now used as a Barn, one of the oldest in Wales.
Attached to the Medieval Hall House is an 18th/19th Century cart (or Coach) House/Granary. This has been converted into a limewashed traditional stone cottage using traditional materials where possible, with original oak and slate features as well as a wood-burning stove. It has been graded 5* by Visitwales ( Welsh Tourist authority), is the only rental at the property, and is available for letting throughout the year for both weekly and shorter breaks ( the latter not in peak periods). Quality facilities and furnishings throughout with strong focus on cleanliness - strict cleaning programme followed after each rental period supervised by the owner. All in all 5* rating for a 5* holiday! Very well equipped kitchen with the utensils and other equipment needed for anything from a small snack to a massive feast with home-baked food! Ceramic hob and double oven, fridge/freezer and additional freezer for those bigger shops. Bathrooms and furniture have an 18th/early 19th century period feel, and the decoration throughout is light and airy. Good-sized living/dining area so larger groups don't feel constricted, yet cosy and intimate enough so that smaller parties don't feel lost! Subtle wall lighting provides an attractive mix of light and shadow on the limewashed stone walls in the evening, and the glow of the woodburning stove adds atmosphere and charm. The Ground Source Heating system provides constant hot water and warmth ( when required), which together with the very high standard of insulation makes for a very warm and cosy cottage in the colder seasons!
Both Hall and Cottage form part of a Small-holding with sheep and horses, extending to some 20 acres of pasture and woodland, in a secluded yet accessible position overlooking a steeply wooded river valley with stunning views in all directions.
The area provides superb access for walkers, cyclists and riders within the valley and in the surrounding hills. An excellent network of footpaths, bridleways, tracks and lanes extends in all directions from Hengoed Farm. Those who just want to relax can enjoy the peace and tranquility of Hengoed Farm itself, take in the views and enjoy the abundance of its wildlife, ancient Oaks and rolling pasture. A wooded river valley provides an attractive riverside walk down into the Vale of Clwyd from just below the Cottage.
Hengoed Farm is a convenient base from which to explore the beautiful landscape and rich historical heritage of North Wales and the Welsh Borderlands: Medieval castles and historic houses, the Clwydian range of Hills with the Offa's Dyke Path, the pretty pasture and rivers of the Vale of Clwyd, and the hills, valleys, forests, lakes and moors of the wild area of Mynydd Hiraethog to the west of Hengoed Farm.
The Mountains of the Snowdonia National Park are about an hour away, the coast 30 minutes, and there are many pretty villages, country pubs and quiet lanes to explore.
Hengoed Farm is only 2 miles from the historic Medieval town Ruthin with its shops, markets and other facilities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Prestatyn 32 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Liverpool 60 km, Nearest railway: Chester 42 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
-Thick limestone walls with deep window reveals and internal oak or slate cills.
- Open plan living/dining area with original oak-beams, joists and stairwell, as well as original slate. Character oak flooring and internal ledge and brace doors with wrought iron latches, Subtle wall lighting to show off the texture of the rough limewashed internal walls. Stone inglenook with wood-burning stove. "Discreet" 32 inch LED TV with built-in DVD with its own stone alcove. Top quality British hand made Wesley-Barrell sofas and matching British hand made armchair, as well as a traditional rocking chair to make the most of the comfort the Cottage has to offer. JBL Hi-fi speaker system with ipod docking, as well as separate Hi-Fi with DAB radio that can play Cd's.
Quality furnished bedrooms with pocket sprung/memory foam mattresses.
- HEATING by Ground Source Heat Pump for constant warmth and hot water as appropriate.
- quality Crowson and Sanderson floral fabrics with antique pine furniture.
- Bedrooms have Victorian-style metal bedframes with pocket-sprung/memory foam mattresses for sleeping comfort. The Sofa bed has a proper, quality memory foam mattress for maximum comfort - it is not just a put-up bed!
- soft carpeting upstairs
- roll-top slipper bath and separate shower room, all done in an Edwardian style, stone floors.
- Library/snug with sofabed which can serve as a 4th bedroom to sleep +2. This has a proper memory foam mattress to provide the comfort you would expect from a good quality bed. The snug is therefore a proper 4th bedroom if such is required.
- Shaker-style KITCHEN with stone floor, oak work surfaces, double-oven and quality equipment to cater for most culinary needs.
- Upstairs the Cottage has a light and airy feel, low cottage-style windows with deep oak cills (with child locks), and the original oak truss is exposed within the upstairs partitioning. All doors ledge and brace.
- supply of toiletries (bathrooms), detergents (kitchen) and paper towels provided on arrival, as well as comprehensive range of equipment for kitchen.
- High chair, cot and baby gate for stairs available for young children.
ELECTRICITY and HEATING included in Rental price.
Wireless Internet access available.
|Further details outdoors|
Picket-fenced garden to rear offering dramatic views over, and up, the steeply wooded Clywedog valley leading up into the hills, forests and lakes of the wild area of Mynydd Hiraethog.
The garden has a cast-iron table and chairs (for 6 people), and access to an Ash tree trunk fashioned into a log-seat positioned so as to maximise enjoyment of the fabulous views to the rear of the property.
Easy access to River Clywedog through the woods below the Cottage.
A Paddock can usually be made available by arrangement for running dogs loose, and a footpath leads from the cottage down to the River Clywedog below. Safe and plentiful off-road parking close to the Cottage, storage available for bikes.
Welcome Pack provided on arrival. Detergents, kitchen rolls, cloths for kitchen and toiletries and towels for bathrooms provided. An initial supply of Tea, coffee, milk and sugar provided for arrival. Central Heating (Ground source Heat Pump) included in letting rates.
Wi-Fi Internet available.
PAYMENT by cheque, Paypal and Bank Transfer accepted. 30% deposit to secure booking. Security deposit of up to £75 usually required ( full details supplied with Booking Form ).
Minimum stay 3 nights.
ARRIVAL TIME : after 4 p.m. unless otherwise agreed at time of booking.
DEPARTURE TIME: 10 a.m.
About this location
The Denbighshire region
Hengoed Farm is located within the welsh/english Borderlands region, an area rich in historical and cultural significance for the history of the British Isles. A good road network provides easy access to Snowdonia and the West, Shrewsbury and the Midlands to the south and east, and the cities of Chester (40 minutes), Liverpool (i hour) and Manchester (1 hour+).
The landscape comprises hills and valleys noted for fine woodland, as well as rivers, many streams and lakes. The area is rich in wildlife, unspoilt and quiet. Hengoed has large resident and transient populations of wild birds, birds of prey and mammals, all attracted by the wooded organic landscape. The main industry in the area is Agriculture, predominantly livestock (particularly sheep).
To the west of Hengoed there is a vast area of forest, moorland, streams and lakes called Mynydd Hiraethog, comprising the Denbigh Moors, lakes including Brenig and the reservoir at Alwen, and the Clocaenog Forest. To the East of Hengoed Farm lies the stunning Clwydian Range of hills and the pretty pastures, rivers and lanes of the Vale of Clwyd. The area is generally great country for walking, cycling and generally exploring nature, and facilities exist to cater for all sorts of outdoor activity: boating/sailing, windsurfing, white water rafting, canoeing, horse riding, fishing, climbing, paragliding/gliding, mountain-biking, go-karting, quad-biking .... to name a few. North Wales also has a fine collection of classic steam railways - take a locomotive up to the summit of Mt. Snowdon, or the Welsh Highland/Ffestiniog railway through the mountains of Snowdonia from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, or steam locomotives from Llangollen into the Berwyn mountains, or around Bala Lake.
The Vale of Clwyd seems to be sheltered from the rain to some extent by the mountains of Snowdonia in the west and the Clwydian hills to the east, but is very green and fertile. Within it are quiet rambling country lanes, tracks and footpaths providing easy access within the valley and up into the adjoining Clwydian Range of hills.
The very distinctive Clwydian Range of hills includes the northern section of the Offa's dyke long-distance footpath, many trails for walkers and mountain bikers, and has panoramic views over the Vale towards Snowdonia, down to the coast, and over the Dee Estuary towards Liverpool and the north-west of England.
The North Wales/Borderlands areas has a higher concentration of Medieval Castles than anywhere else in the World. National Trust, CADW, English Heritage and other historic buildings are to be found within a short drive.
Hengoed Farm is centrally located for easy day trips both west (Conwy valley and Snowdonia), and south and east to explore the Borderlands (castles at Chirk, Powys and Stokesay and Beeston, the National Trust stately home at Erddig and the Roman city of Chester to name a few places).
West of Hengoed Farm castles are to be found in and around Snowdonia (Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Harlech, Dolwyddelan, Penrhyn, Dolbadarn and Castell y Bere), and the Conwy Valley and Vale of Clwyd nearer home (Ruthin, Conwy, Gwydir, Denbigh, Rhuddlan, Flint and Ewloe). There are also other fine historic buildings to visit close by - Plas Mawr and Aberconwy house in the old town of Conwy for example, which apart from its imposing castle has retained its complete medieval town wall that can be traversed on foot and gives spectacular views of Conwy, the castle and Telford's wonderful suspension bridge across the estuary.
Then of course there are the many pretty towns and villages to be found in North Wales, including Llangollen with its castle, abbey, steam railway, canal and picturesque town on the banks of the river Dee.
There is so much to see and do - we provide books and brochures in the Cottage library to help guests plan their trips. We are also on hand to give the benefit of our local knowledge.
RUTHIN is an historic medieval market town which has hardly changed for hundreds of years. It is full of character. Famously the revolt of Owain Glyndwr against the English Crown (which nearly succeeded!) started here in 1400 when he attacked and burnt down much of the town. In the early 15th century the town was rebuilt and many of the buildings from this period remain to this day. The centre of the town is well worth a wander, with its fine collection of timber-framed buildings on winding streets that fan out from the elevated central square. Castle Street, with its collection of Medieval and Georgian buildings on each side of a narrow road leading up to the Castle is particularly noteworthy, and Nantclwyd House, early 15th century and one of the oldest townhouses in Wales, is now restored and open to the public, and reflects its changing character from the middle ages through to the early 20th century.
The original Castle at Ruthin was built in the 13th Century, and the "new" red sandstone Castle (19th century) is a hotel, and venue for weddings and medieval banquets. A Heritage "Open Doors" week-end in late September provides an opportunity to see inside buildings in the area (including the Hall at Hengoed) to which the public would otherwise not have access.
Ruthin has more listed buildings than any other town in Wales, and is described by author columnist, broadcaster and Chairman of the National Trust Simon Jenkins as:-
"..... the most charming small town in Wales ..... a match for England's Rye, Broadway or Lavenham. Every prospect pleases." (ref - 'WALES Churches, Houses and Castles' Allen Lane 2008 )
A local Produce market is held regularly, and the main livestock market is the venue for sales and auctions that go beyond just livestock.
Ruthin has an eclectic mix of small shops, cafe's, restaurants and public houses (as well as a Tesco and Co-Op for those weekly shops!). There are some good eating places and pubs serving food in and around the town. We have the details of what is available and can inform guests about our experiences of what is on offer.
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4 Jan 2015
"Fabulous holiday cottage in beautiful location"
The location is great, feels very rural with stunning views but is extremely close to Ruthin town centre and its conveniences. The cottage was fabulous, beautifully furnished and we found it very war… More
6 Nov 2014
The cottage is lovely and the master bed has got to be one of the most comfortable we have EVER slept in whilst away at cottage/ B&B/Hotel. We would have loved to have been able to stay a little longe… More
2 Sep 2014
"First rate cottage with beautiful views."
Helen and Tony were very welcoming and the cottage was stylish, spotless and warm with all mod-cons. The farm is located down a farm lane which is a little bumpy and it is quite a long walk to the nea… More
26 Jul 2014
"Perfect Rural retreat, with Wales prettiest town on your doorstep."
We had a wonderful time, a fantastic woodland walk from the back garden. The cottage is perfect for a quiet getaway with the beauty of a North Wales just round the corner. Our dogs want us to book f… More
14 May 2014
Best cottage I've stayed in... Beautifully decorated...excellent attention to detail ... As soon as I walked in I felt comfortable and at home... Very relaxing... Owners very helpful and welcomin… More
25 Feb 2014
"A gorgeous place to be........"
After many years of staying in cottages my friends and i have found one that ticks all the boxes. A spacious yet cosy space with lots of light, home comforts and hidden quirks makes this cottage an id… More
23 Feb 2014
"An idyllic spot to relax and unwind"
We really enjoyed our stay at Hengoed.The accommodation is perfect- clean functional and very tastefully decorated. The views are lovely and the forested walk by the river could not be bettered.Its gr… More
5 Jan 2014
"Beautiful Cottage in wonderful surroundings - can't wait to return"
I would love to keep Hengoed a secret, and keep it just for me and the family, however, Helen and Anthony Rose, who own the cottage, are such lovely people, it seems only fair to write a review. The c… More
so pleased everything was as these guests wanted it because it was a pleasure having them. especially happy that they left the cottage so clean and tidy. We do hope they return, parents, kids and the cute little ( well-behaved ) dog Lulu. Thankyou.
27 Nov 2013
A beautiful cottage in a beautiful location. Helen and Tony have obviously worked hard to make the cottage as comfortable as possible and everything is of a very high quality. The garden was great f… More
24 Nov 2013
"Lovely, relaxing stay!"
The cottage and its surroundings are beautiful. The cottage itself has a real homely feel and is tastefully decorated, with plenty of space and a great log burner.We stayed for a long weekend and fou… More
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