What is so secret about Porth y Dŵr?

From the outside you may not guess there was anything unusual about this house, but open the door and take a step back into history . . .

Porth y Dŵr is a landmark building in the beautiful town of Ruthin, itself steeped in more than 800 years of history.  The original timber framed building that stood on this site, dating from 1456, is hidden inside the present-day house, making it a unique and fascinating place to stay, and a perfect location to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of North East Wales, truly a hidden gem.


The sensitive restoration of Porth y Dŵr has made this a self-catering cottage like no other. So open the door to the Secret House and leave the modern world behind! Experience a rare glimpse of history: walk through the 15th century Gothic arched doorway to the oak framed living room, and catch the morning sun in the solar, the private chamber that once belonged to one of the influential families of Tudor Ruthin, with its sloping floor of beautiful wide oak floorboards and timber wall panelling. Plenty of traditional home comforts will make your stay one to remember - sit back and relax in front of a real open fire, play one of a host of games or try a jigsaw puzzle, and flick through the books in the Snug. And with no TV, you will surely enjoy the company of your fellow guests all the more, and relearn the art of conversation! 

Ruthin lies in the stunning Vale of Clwyd, between the heather-clad hills of the Clwydian Range, with their line of prehistoric settlements, and the open moorland, forest and lakes of Hiraethog. The ancient market town, with its medieval street pattern and many black and white timbered buildings, is rich with history, myth and legend. The castle was built in 1282, to supplement Edward I’s Iron Ring of Castles such as Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech. But the town is not lost in the past. The ruins of the medieval Ruthin Castle provide the backdrop to an elegant hotel and spa. The impressive modern Craft Centre, designed to emulate the range of hills to the east, hosts changing exhibitions of the best contemporary applied arts from around the country. The town has a range of exclusive and independent shops, local pubs where the welcome is warm and the company congenial, and stunning historic buildings housing coffee shops and restaurants that offer everything from simple snacks to the best in fine dining. 

Porth y Dŵr is available for short breaks and holidays, sleeping 4/5 in 2 bedrooms.

Some of our Reviews:     '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   Ruthin   Denbighshire  LL15 1HN

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