The orange front door is a bit of a giveaway, though if you know manorhaus in Ruthin you won’t be too surprised.
Let us explain. Greenbank Llangollen is the creation of Gavin Harris and Christopher Frost, who also own another Great Little Place – manorhaus in Ruthin. It is, in every sense of the word, a creation. They were amongst the first in Wales to create what has become known as a ‘boutique’ hotel, and their property in Llangollen now also offers a ‘boutique’ experience. The Llangollen house, dating from 1882, must wonder what’s hit it.
From the outside – orange door apart – everything looks conventional enough. Within, it’s all change. Llangollen is known for its black-and-white buildings, so there’s a recurring monochromatic theme throughout. It’s not oppressive or depressive, for allied with gold and other colours and design touches the overall effect is both striking and soothing. There’s more orange in the funky bar, for example, and cool greys through the cosy lounge and library area.
The bedrooms are of the highest quality, from luxurious suites with in-room bath, large doubles with sitting areas, compact doubles with wet rooms and a loft room that sleeps six in individual cabin beds.
Flexibility is the watchword here, given the growing choice of buzzy cafés and artisan coffee shops. Rates reflect the room only, and you are able to explore Llangollen’s winding streets a little in search of your morning croissant and cappuccino. The only thing that is timeless is the view across to the ancient hilltop fortress of Castell Dinas Brân (soak it up from the hot tub on the decking).