When it comes to castle hotels in Great Britain you will be hard pressed to find one that can impress more than Ruthin Castle in Wales. It has ancient roots and there are even Arthurian legends attached to this area. The original red sandstone castle for which Ruthin is named was build under the orders of King Edward I and given to David ap Griffith the brother of Llewellyn. It was part of the Royal properties until it was sold by King Charles I in the seventeenth century. In the nineteenth century a new castle was build incorporating parts of the medieval structure.
What is here today is a modern adaptation with all the historic roots you could want. You will also be staying in rooms that have hosted the crme de la creme of Society including several royals. Who could resist the temptation to imagine what it would be like to be one of them? One of the former occupants of the castle had a romantic liaison with a member of the royal family and if you would like to follow in their footsteps you can book the Prince of Wales honeymoon bedroom but no matter which of the 62 bedrooms you choose you will be sleeping surrounded by hundreds of years of history, luxury and intrigue.
The bedrooms are in the process of refurbishment and you can actually save a great deal by staying in one that hasn’t been updated yet but even these rooms will be all that you could want. The refurbished ones have added a new level of luxury and service. Many rooms have four poster beds and there are also fireplaces in some rooms. In the Prince of Wales room the bathroom is guaranteed to impress with its own plasma TV and gorgeous tub.
Bertie’s the hotels award winning restaurant is named after the former Prince of Wales who was a frequent guest at Ruthin. The cuisine is local British with a flare and it is recommended that you make reservations if you want to guarantee that you will be able to dine here.
There are wonderful public rooms where you can relax with a drink and enjoy the open fires. For a real change of pace why not consider attending one of their mediaeval banquets? You will eat in a banquet hall with costumed characters and a goodtime will be had by all. You can wear a costume to really become a part of the whole theme or not as you prefer.
A stay at Ruthin is a trip into history, this is a way all castes should look and feel. You will never want to stay in a bargain hotel again.