Nestled in the heart of the Conwy Valley is the enchanting Caer Rhun Hall, a perfect destination for weddings, events and overnight escapes.
Back in October I was invited to stay for the weekend in the market town of Conwy on the north coast of Wales. Having never visited Wales, I was rather excited to see what I had been missing.
A mere two and a half hour drive from home and I was rolling through the pleasant greenery of North Wales toward my home for the weekend – Caer Rhun Hall, along with my guests, my pal Zoe and her 8 year old daughter Isla – GIRLS TRIP!
It had been pouring it down with rain for most of our journey so we were happy to see the rain had tapered off slightly as we arrived at Caer Rhun Hall.
The hall, built on a Roman site, is surrounded by gardens and parkland and faces south over wide, shallow terraces.
The house is a large, three-storey late-Victorian mansion in a style showing Elizabethan influence, built of roughly-dressed, coursed pale grey limestone with red sandstone mansion window surrounds and chimneys. It was built by General Hugh Gough in 1892 on the site of Plas Caer Rhun, a 17th century house which may have had medieval origins.
We were welcomed warmly and shown to our room. I am used to staying away from home and I have been lucky enough to enjoy some beautiful hotel rooms, however this was something else. I was so excited as the door to our huge suite swung open and I clapped eyes on the breath taking roll top bath elevated slightly and enjoying a panoramic view across the spectacular grounds. If I was this excited, my young guest was sure to be just as elated with our majestic home for the weekend. Alas, her face was a picture, after all, she did only think we were popping out for lunch in town.
We popped a bottle of fizz and celebrated how much we had lucked out on such a fantastic mini break.
Having unpacked and settled into the good life, we jumped into a cab reception had kindly organised for us and headed to Conwy for the afternoon.
Conwy is actually a world Heritage site with an imposing thirteenth century castle and walls. Con Conwy’s quaint harbour, revolutionary Telford suspension bridge, it’s close proximity to Wales most popular seaside resort and the mighty mountains of Snowdonia make Conwy one of the world’s finest tourism destinations.
We were starving as we arrived in this gorgeous seaside town so we decided to start with locating a pub for lunch.
However, the three of us love to shop, and there is plenty of shopping to be done here. There are lots of small independents selling gorgeous gifts, stylish homeware and clothing. There are art galleries, tea shops, restaurants and plenty of pubs to enjoy a swift gin in.
We also got somewhat distracted with the pretty marina where we stumble across the smallest house in great Britain, also know as quay house. At just 72 inches wide by 122 inches high, there was no way I was squeezing all 6 feet of me inside, although the last known person to live in the house was actually taller than me, what was he actually thinking?
All shopped out, we headed for the The Erskine Arms for a spot of late lunch. The town has plenty of places to eat and drink, and honestly, as we wandered around, most of them were packed! Our cab driver had mentioned the afore Erskine Arms so we took him up on his recommendation and turns out he was right. The food was belting, especially the frickles!! Who knew deep fried pickles with garlic dip were so fine! It was great value too, especially since we had indulged in a bottle of wine. The bill came to less than £70 for the three of us and we were all stuffed!
Back to Caer Rhun and we collapsed onto the huge bed for a bit of relaxing with the telly……or so we thought. On close inspection, the room was distinctly lacking in technology – apart from a rather state of the art looking coffee machine. No telly, no music system – I was sure this must some kind of tom foolery.
It turns out that alongside providing a super luxurious retreat, Caer Rhun also offers the opportunity to escape completely and actually spend time with one another rather than watching X Factor, a ruddy revelation! It did actually fill me with slight dread as I pondered on what an 8 year old would think to this state of affairs. I needn’t have worried. We found a huge amount of games in the beautiful library bar. We spent the whole evening playing dominoes, snakes and ladders and battle ships which couldn’t have pleased Isla more, the fact we were all playing together and she was part of the gang really seemed to go down well.
After a restful night’s sleep, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast of breads, meats, cheese and eggs before heading off for a potter around the grounds and a go on the giant swing.
We had an absolutely fantastic time at Caer Rhun Hall, it was the perfect getaway and we had a group high five as we hit the road and headed for home.
For a brilliant break in total luxury, and some peace and quiet thrown in, get your break booked. Tell them I sent you.
Written by Joanne Brook-Smith, find her here travelling, eating and generally up to no good….
Locate Caer Rhun Hall, Conwy LL32 8HX
or call on 01492 650 012. For further info visit www. caerrhunhall.co.uk