2A Record St
Townhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Record St Ruthin was the home of artist, calligrapher and scenery painter, Gillian Lewitt. It has been retained by her family in memory of her and her creative life, and is full of her embroidery, painting and calligraphy work, and signed programmes from her time in the theatre - Bristol Old Vic, Sadlers' Wells and Stratford upon Avon.
Record St is situated in the medieval market town of Ruthin, on a quiet side street, but with easy access to all the towns facilities. The town house is ideal for walkers, painters, writers, families and friends alike, and is set up to sleep 6 adults and 2 children ( or 8 adults if using the sofa bed).
There is a children's art desk, lots of children's books and DVDs, lego, toy soldiers, a wooden train set and building bricks and lots of games and board games, a range of out door games in the shed and a scooter and skateboard. All of these can be used but with respect please as they belong to our own children!
The town is very well represented with fantastic restaurants such as Manorhaus or On The Hill, and the award winning Cafe R, situated in the fantastic Ruthin Craft Centre - featuring gallery space, book and gift shop and artisan workshops.
Some interesting and bizarre facts about Ruthin:
The town of Ruthin was built on a red sandstone hill as a strategic lookout over the River Clwyd. Ruthin is a town which has over seven hundred years of recorded history and whose streets have been trodden by kings, queens, princes and travellers. It has suffered plague, battle and siege, and its diverse buildings reflect the best of architectural styles making the town an outstanding Conservation Area worthy of preservation.
In addition to its attractive architecture and medieval street patterns, Ruthin has a wide range of quality specialist shops, and plenty of places to eat and drink. With Ruthin placed as it is, at the foot of the Clwydian Range, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the visitor is never far from a pretty walk or a magnificent view.
The 'Maen Huail' stone in front of Exmewe Hall (now Barclays Bank) is where King Arthur is reputed to have had executed a rival in love.
It is said that only three buildings in Ruthin survived the raid by the army of the Welsh Prince Owain Glyndwr when he attacked the town in 1400.
At one time there were 60 inns or pubs in Ruthin - one for every 10 men in the population - and 9 of them were situated round St. Peters Square.
The last execution to be held in St. Peter's Square was in 1679, when a Catholic priest was hanged, drawn and quartered.
In Medieval times, Welsh inhabitants lived in Well (Welsh) Street and Mwrog Street, whereas the English kept close to the castle in Castle Street & Dog Lane within the line of the 'Pale'.
Before and during the First World War, Ruthin Castle hosted Edwardian high society through its owners, the Cornwallis-Wests. Famous visitors included the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII,) the actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell and Lady Randolph Churchill (mother of Winston Churchill). George Cornwallis-West became Winston's step-father, being the elder by only 17 days. The antics at the castle may well have shocked the respectable townsfolk!
The Davies brothers of Bersham, who made the fine gates of St. Peter's Church (1727), knew Jean Tijou, the French wrought-iron worker. Tijou made the gates at Versailles, Hampton Court, Chatsworth, and the Dean's Gates at St. Paul's Cathedral, so the Ruthin gates are in good company.
The family names of Thelwall, Goodman, Moyle, Langford, Kenrick and Lloyd all figure prominently in the history of Ruthin during the Middle Ages and the 16th and 17th centuries.
Ruthin School was the first school in North Wales to teach French.
When convicts managed to escape from the gaol at the bottom of Clwyd street, boys from Ruthin School were occasionally called in to help run them down, one such chase ending near Corwen.
(The above information is taken from a site designed and hosted by Eaglecrest for Ruthin Town Council,
a council which cares about yesterday, today and tomorrow.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Rhyl 32 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester 80 km, Nearest railway: Chester 32 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, 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 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Record St Ruthin was the very happy and creative home of Gillian Lewitt. On moving into Ruthin, Gillian took up Calligraphy, which she pursued professionally for some years, undertaking various commissions. She always kept records of her life and art projects, and has left a legacy of diaries, note books, photo albums and journals of her various projects, holiday trips and travels.
The house is an easy and comfortable place in which to stay, and her joy of her home still emanates through the house. It is filled with her art work and that of other family members. It has a well equipped kitchen and dining area, outdoor seating in the courtyard leading directly from the carpark, and a large sitting room full of books, toys, CDs, DVDs and videos.
It is a very quiet house and so ideal for those wanting a creative retreat to write or paint etc. And is equally just as fantastic for families as there is so much to do within a short walk of the house - cafes and restaurants, Ruthin Castle and its grounds with peacocs and old walls and steps, lots of shops, Ruthin Library, Ruthin Park with a stream, duck pond, zip wire, play area, skate and bmx ramp and space to run around, woodland walks and the fantastic, award winning Ruthin Craft Centre.
You could spend a happy week in Ruthin without needing to get into your car - but then you would be missing out on some breath-taking scenery!
|Further details outdoors|
There is a small courtyard garden which is for the cottage, which leads onto a communal car park. Guests are requested to stick strictly to use of the one designated parking space for 2A, which is the left hand space in a run of three - clearly marked. A second car can pull into the car park against the wall on the left to unload but then needs to be parked elsewhere. There is additional parking on the street immediately outside the front of the cottage, and also in the car park behind the Wynnstay Arms, on the street running parralel to Record St. Guests are also requested not to allow children to play ball in the shared courtyard, out of respect for the two other home owners sharing the car park.
The house is usually available on a Friday to Monday weekend basis, Monday to Friday mid-week break or Monday to Monday or Friday to Friday full week. However, if it is convenient with the caretaker and laundry etc and available for other configurations of days, please do not hesitate to ask.
It is priced essentially on a £20.00 pp, pn to a minimum of £100.00 a night.
The usual price is £650.00 per week, £350.00 for a four night mid week break or £350.00 for a 3 night weekend. we very rarely accept less than £350.00 unless occasionally for a last minute, midweek break of 2 nights for £250.00
The North Wales region
The town of Ruthin was built on a red sandstone hill as a strategic lookout over the River Clwyd. A town which has over seven hundred years of recorded history, whose streets have been trodden by kings, queens, princes and travellers; its past suffered plague, battle and siege; its buildings reflect the best of architectural styles making the town an outstanding Conservation Area worthy of preservation.
Ruthin has a lively and interesting history - which has provided a rich architectural heritage - and is currently a thriving administrative and service centre for a large rural hinterland. It is the home of the principal offices of the county of Denbighshire, and the meeting place of the County Council. It has financial and business services providing for local needs, and is home to one of the largest cattle and sheep auction markets in Wales.
Ruthin boasts attractions that entertain through history and culture, and through multi million pound investment are now state of the art rather than run of the mill.
Ruthin Craft Centre
Ruthin Craft Centre re-opened in Summer 2008 following a £4.4 million transformation and is now considered the premier centre for the display of Contemporary Applied Art in the UK. Its new cast stone and zinc building houses artists workshops, cafe, craft showcase and 3 spectacular galleries that will bring the World's best contemporary applied art through exciting and provocative exhibitions. More
Ruthin Gaol • The Gruelling Experience
Ruthin's Pentonville style Gaol offers the opportunity for visitors to experience life as a Victorian Prisoner. More
Ruthin Gaol • County Archives
The re-modelled Gaol proveds safe and secure storage for North East Wales's main archive collection, and provides facilities for visitors studying their geneology to undertake research in the Denbighshire County Archives. Prior reservations are required.
Nantclwyd y Dre
Take a tour of Wales's oldest timber framed town house to discover the seven ages of the house and the interesting inhabitants that have lived here since 1435.
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4 Sep 2014
"Great house for young children and handy for visiting Chester, Llandudo and Llangollen"
We really like this house when we visited with a 2 and a 6 year old. Lots of things for the children to play with, including loads of DVDs and books. Having a permanent cot set up was great too as i… More
16 Aug 2014
Loved the place. A washing machine would have been great. Loved the location, handy to everything. Clean and tidy.… More
Devastated that you didn't find the washing machine! Or e-mailed us to ask where it was! It is plumbed in on the first floor landing, next to the bathroom, but tucked behind a curtain under the art desk as they're not the most slightly things to have on display on an upstairs landing! Glad the rest of your week was good though.
7 Jun 2014
"Great location & great atmosphere - lovely place to stay"
Thanks for a fantastic weekend - the house suited perfectly, had a great atmosphere & superb location. We stayed here with two families of four (children aged between 8 & 14) & a dog. Easy drive to … More
8 Oct 2012
"Perfect home for a family or group of friends"
2a Record Street, Ruthin was a wonderful holiday let. It was full of lovely art work and draws of materials to make your own art works whether you we're 5 or 50!!!
The house had everything you needed and was incredibly homely and charming. We were 7 adults and we felt there was ample room for us, plenty of chairs and sofas also excellent beds, bedding and lovely bathing smellies & towels.
So all in all we had a wonderful weekend in Ruthin and 2a Record Street.
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