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Hen Wrych Hall Tower

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Abergele, Conwy, County Conwy
Grade 4 Star rating
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Description

Feel like the king and queen of the castle in this romantic retreat with open fire, heavily carved four poster bed and Victorian bathroom.


The romantic retreat of Hen Wrych Hall Tower features a heavily carved king-size four poster bed, Victorian style bathroom and an open working fireplace. Less than 5 minutes’ walk from the North Wales coastline and beach, and a mile from local pubs, restaurants and shops. It is ideally situated for sightseeing, there is a golf course nearby and walks within local woods and hills. Bodnant Gardens, Conwy and several castles are within short driving distance, and the pretty Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno is easily accessible for the day.
Grade II* listed, this castellated gate tower is set into the original curtain wall of the Grade I listed Gwrych Castle, and overlooks the 500 year old Hen Wrych Hall, once home to the poet Felicia Hemans, whose famous poem was The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck’.
Downstairs the cosy living area provides a delightful space for relaxing and a wood-burning stove will be a pleasure to return to in the winter months after a busy days sightseeing. A hand-carved mahogany staircase leads up to the first floor bathroom fitted with a sumptuously deep slipper bath and original Thomas Crapper toilet cistern. The attention to detail continues as you reach the second floor and the master bedroom. Here you will find a spectacular, heavily carved, Elizabethan-style four poster bed, the perfect complement to this romantic retreat.
Gwrych Castle is ranked as one of the most important castellated houses of the picturesque style in Britain. Originally completed around 1822, the castle, its associated towers, lodges and park walls were designed by Lord and Lady Bamford Hesketh and Thomas Rickman, the architect and architectural theorist. The ground floor of the Tower still features one of his original cast iron windows. The wooden front door is also original and traces of scratched pictures of period sailing ships, possibly left by Napoleanic prisoners of war, can still be seen.
Extensive renovation work was carried out by the present owners in collaboration with the local Conwy conservation officer. Unique features such as the camber headed front doorway and original bread oven have been preserved and a specially commissioned metal window was added to match the Rickman window downstairs.

Ground Floor:
Open plan living space: With beams and flagstone floor.
Living area: With wood burner, TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With cooker, microwave, fridge and washer/dryer.
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Bathroom: With shower over deep slipper bath, and toilet.
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Bedroom: With four poster double bed.

LPG central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included, remainder available locally. Grassed area with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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Features

  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Romantic Collection
    Romantic Collection
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
    Wifi
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 1 mile
    Coastal within 1 mile
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Tower
    Tower
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    04/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 20/10/2017
    Second visit, won't be the last


  • 10

    06/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 16/10/2017
    We had a fantastic weekend in the tower. It was so full of character and exactly what we were looking for. We were a couple of minutes from the beach which was perfect for going for a walk or run. We absolutely loved the tower. The kitchen had everything we needed, the bathroom was lovely and the bedroom looked amazing with the four poster bed and skylight. We were about 15 minutes drive from Llandudno and we spent a day there walking and shopping. The town was near to the tower and Tesco was only a 20 minute walk so we could get everything we needed. On our last night we walked along the beach and watched the sun go down wrapped up warm with a cone of chips. We are definitely looking at staying here again next year.


  • 8

    23/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2017
    The tower is lovely and equipped with everything you could need. The wood carvings are splendid and are very unique! For us the location was a little bit of a let down. The tower is on a main road and you can hear the road particularly in the bedroom. There are no views to speak of whilst in the property and the tower by its nature is quite dark inside. However walk just a short distance behind the property and you are in the grounds of the castle which is a lovely walk.


  • 8

    13/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 06/10/2017
    A lovely Tower with an awesome bathroom. The Tower would benefit from romantic lighting in bathroom and bedroom and feather pillows. The reason why I would not stay again is because it is haunted so I could not sleep properly. I was actually touched by "something" and both my partner and I heard inexplicable noises in the bedroom every night.


  • 10

    05/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 25/09/2017
    We both loved staying here, so glad I decided to book a three day break rather than two! The Tower takes your breath away and has the perfect balance of authentic, grand rustic charm and modern touches to make for a relaxing, comfortable stay. Kitchen is well equipped and has everything you need.There is a good selection of books/dvds available if you fancy a cosy night in. So lovely to relax on the couch, reading and listening to the radio. The fabulously ornate wooden stairway leads to a large, luxurious bathroom with great water pressure and constant hot water, perfect for an indulgent bath or shower before retiring upstairs to the epic wooden four poster bed. There is lots to do within just a few miles of the Tower but as we are regular visitors to North Wales we stayed local, opting for the footpath and trails that lead from Hen Wrych to Gwrych Castle ruins, woodland, limestone escarpments and caves, with a short jaunt to Conwy for supplies, excellent Delis, Craft and Artisan beer/ wine/spirit shops before returning home to the Tower.


  • 10

    19/08/2017
    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2017
    An amazing and quite unique experience. The owners of the Tower have obviously spent time and money in ensuring that the venue shows quality and their own personality in the décor, layout and furniture. A must visit setting. The owner's knowledge of the area is high and adds to break and possible opportunities for exploring the locality. Information and resource inside the Tower provide a wealth of potentials for all weathers. There are places to visit/explore and amenities all within easy travel distance, indeed, the ruined castle, a short walk from the Tower, is well worth it. The local beach is within a few mins walk and other coastal centres within a short drive. Despite mixed weather - a great break.


  • 7

    06/08/2017
    Confirmed guest, 31/07/2017
    General cleanliness was not good, surfaces clean but behind and under not. To be described as luxury I would expect a dishwasher

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; The walls of our lovely old Grade two star property are pointed with original lime mortar. This is much softer than modern cement, and small amounts of dust may fall during your stay. This is the nature of historic building construction. The Tower is classed as luxury four star; luxury five star is equipped with a dishwasher. The reason we are not classed as five star is that there is not the room to fit a dishwasher in our property. The star ratings and what is provided are all shown on the property details, prior to booking. Thanks for your feedback.

  • 8

    04/08/2017
    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2017
    Extremely enjoyable. it was an experience to spend a week in a tower, restored with love and care


  • 8

    09/07/2017
    Confirmed guest, 07/07/2017
    An amazing tower conversion, turned into a lovely holiday home. It's a bit out the way (we probably walked a couple of miles to the pub & back), but it is near a main road so has fantastic travel links for North Wales. The tower is really well done, particularly the bathroom, carved staircase & lovely bed! It would have been nice to have a little more natural light, but as it's a listed building it's not easy to change, but is very authentic.


  • 3

    21/06/2017
    Confirmed guest, 12/06/2017
    Beautiful building. The interior woodwork was fantastic but it was a small space inside that has been over furnished with unnecessary items resulting in a cluttered feeling. The artificial plants definitely need to go. They were in the way and collecting dust and cobwebs. Driving out on to the A road difficult.


  • 10

    22/06/2017
    Confirmed guest, 05/06/2017
    An absolutely stunning place, you truly feel as if you are stepping back in time, yet with all the comforts of the modern age. The Tower is decorated with extensive attention to detail, artistically and in keeping with the period setting. Both comfortable and beautiful. We are always looking for peace and solitude when we go away and even though the owners live across the courtyard it was still very private which was fantastic. Met Pea once and she seemed lovely. Lots of intriguing little features inside as well which I won't comment on lest I spoil the joyous little surprises - I will say though, miniature wines in the welcome hamper is truly inspired!!! Five star touch! Cannot fault this property, other than it is on the side of a rather busy 60 limit road - which if you need the window open in the bedroom (side effect of glorious weather) you can hear. Not enough to keep you awake though, unless you're a very VERY light sleeper. Also lots of care taken to warn residents of egress onto the road, convex mirror installed etc - owners couldn't have gone further to mitigate against this. Also, due to style of building there is no way to completely block out sunlight from bedroom - so if you like to sleep in perhaps pack an eye mask. Worth every penny, this was a magical weekend away!


  • 10

    08/04/2017
    Confirmed guest, 07/04/2017
    Charming place ,fixtures and fittings all very well done to add to the whole experience of the castle theme Loved the added extras All in all a fantastic experience


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