Firgrove Country House
The Meadways are affable and entertaining hosts, it comes naturally to dare we say it, ‘old’ hands.
Whilst it’s easy to lose a few hours discovering the photographs, antiques and paintings that cover most walls within this elegant house, you could just as easily lose a day or two exploring the amazing gardens, developed over the last two hundred years, that surround Philip and Anna’s oasis of calm, just a few minutes from Ruthin.
Firgrove has been the most welcoming of homes for them for over thirty years, and if walls had ears they would be ringing with the happy sound of laughter and the faint clinking of glasses. Hospitality is dispensed with aplomb, the ‘Croeso’ is as genuine and generous as the award-winning breakfasts. A fabulous three-course dinner is bookable and serves as a great excuse to pick the brains of your hosts, whose encyclopedic knowledge of the ancient county of Denbighshire and all things North Wales makes planning the next day’s excursions a breeze.
The three good sized bedrooms are brightly decorated, traditionally cosy as befits a listed historic Georgian house, and very well-equipped. But we love to put the real world on pause and indulge in a novel and a peaceful spot in the stunning gardens as they burst into life in the spring or curled up by the fire if it is a bit cooler. Look out for Biddy and Wenna, the resident four-legged staff, who might even join you for a potter.
There is plenty to see and do on the doorstep, with the Vale of Clywd and the Clwydian Range framing the views from the house, but the majestic Snowdonia National Park, the north Wales coast at Llandudno and Rhyl, and even the roman city of Chester is all within striking distance. For steam railway fans, there is a choice of three at Llangollen, Ffestiniog and Snowdon.