Welcome to Porth y Dŵr, a really special place to stay

This amazing and beautiful period house really is one of a kind.

Grade II* listed as an exceptional medieval timber-framed building, Porth y Dŵr has evolved slowly through the centuries but the essence of its history still remains. Open the door and find the Secret House hidden inside!

Our guests are wowed by the quirky and characterful interiors,  and love the mellow tranquillity that only comes with the passage of time, earning this historic house its deserved reputation as the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. The sensitive restoration using traditional and ecological materials promotes a sense of wellbeing, while sympathetic decor and furnishings complement original features.

On the ground floor is a generous open plan living area and modern kitchen, while upstairs the large and characterful double bedroom and appealing twin bedroom sleep 4/5. 

Porth y Dŵr is located in the charming and historic market town of Ruthin with its range of independent shops, good restaurants, friendly pubs and fascinating places to visit. and is the ideal location from which to enjoy all that the region has to offer.

North East Wales, the unexpected on your doorstep

North East Wales is an area of stunning and unspoilt scenery, ancient towns and castles, art and culture. A landscape fashioned by time, nature and human endeavour. A wildlife haven supporting a diversity of flora and fauna. An adventure playground filled with activities to take your breath away, and others to enjoy at your own pace. A land of open spaces ready to explore, and where great memories are made  - and above all a wonderfully warm welcome!

Within easy reach of the motorway network, the North West and the Midlands, North East Wales is a world away from both the bustle of the city and the jostling crowds that fill the most popular holiday spots. 

Cross the Welsh border into the Clwydian Range, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where the long-distance Offa’s Dyke Path traverses a chain of summits dramatically topped with Iron Age hillforts. To the north, sunny, fun-filled beach resorts and extensive wildlife-rich dunes line the Wales Coast Path and National Cycle Network. The precious and often surprising upland massif bordering the west of the region is one of open heather moorland, deeply folded valleys, forests and almost-hidden lakes.

The Dee Valley in the south runs from the remote and atmospheric Berwyns, a mountain range whose National Nature Reserve status protects rare flora and fauna, through the UNESCO World Heritage Site centred on Thomas Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, canal system and the historic town of Llangollen. At the heart of the region is the stunning Vale of Clwyd.

Ruthin itself is filled with more than 800 years of history, myth and legend, yet has a refreshingly distinctive approach to modern life.  It is the ideal base for touring this surprisingly diverse and hospitable region, and is equally accessible for days out to Chester, Snowdonia National Park, the Isle of Anglesey and mid Wales, where plenty more attractions and activities await.

Come and find your favourite holiday experience at Porth y Dŵr – the Secret House!


Guest comments:
  • Fantastic house with great amenities and nice touches to make your stay amazing. Highly recommend 
  • What a wonderful little find! We loved it so much we stayed an extra night
  • Porth y Dŵr is an absolutely marvellous house  
  • A little piece of history inhabited before our continent was discovered by Europeans
  • Of all the places we have stayed along Offa's Dyke this is by far the best  
  • A beautiful house steeped in history and immaculately restored   
  • The restoration is terrific, and new surprises kept revealing themselves
  • We love your creaky old house. Thank you!!! We love it   
  • We will always cherish the fond memories of this beautiful house
Porth y Dŵr 
65 Clwyd Street
LL15 1HN