Main bedroomOpen plan living area
Porth y Dŵr - the Secret House!
Porth y Dŵr - the Secret House!
5 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
5 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
5 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Porth y Dŵr is a landmark building in the beautiful town of Ruthin, itself steeped in more than 800 years of history. Built in 1456, the original timber framed building that stood on this site is hidden inside the present-day house, and with much of it still intact, it is a unique and fascinating place to stay. This historic building deserves to be appreciated slowly and quietly, like a vintage wine - stay at the Secret House and leave the modern world behind!

The space

Porth y Dŵr is comfortably and traditionally furnished, in keeping with the historic nature of the house. The aim is to create space and an atmosphere of calm, to allow guests to relax and recharge, and to enjoy the company of fellow guests. The self catering accommodation at Porth y Dŵr is Visit Wales 4* graded.

Guest access

There is a small sunny courtyard with table and chairs, and feel free to use fresh herbs from the front garden.

Interaction with guests

Welcome on arrival, contactable by phone during stay

Other things to note

Porth y Dŵr is a protected historic building; there are beams, low doorways and steep stairs, and you should consider whether these features could be a problem for mobility, or for small children.
Staying at Porth y Dŵr is a get-away-from-it-all experience, so there is no TV, wi fi, games consoles or music centres. Instead, play some of our board games, do jig-saws, read a book - or sit by the fire and talk to each other!

Sorry there is no shower due to low headroom. The bathroom (bath tub and wash basin) opens off the main bedroom. The WC (WC, wash basin and shaver point) is separate but is accessed along a corridor separated from the main bedroom by a timber screen and curtains - you may wish to choose your holiday buddies with care!


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 toddler bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in time is 4PM - 8PM
Check out by 11AM

- Smoking is not permitted inside or outside of the house
- One dog may accompany guests at an additional charge. No dog is to be left alone in the house, be allowed on furniture or allowed upstairs; guests must remove all detectable signs of their dog on vacating the house
- There is no television licence; by law, guests are not permitted to use mobile devices to watch or record live TV or use BBC iPlayer at any time
- Please remember this is an ancient building: some parts of it may be frail and easily damaged so guests are asked to take care. Due to its historic nature, repairs costs can be higher than would normally be expected.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - Steep, narrow stairs to bedrooms
No parking on property - Long-stay car park within 100m, charge £3.50 per day (8.00am-5.00pm)
Amenity limitations - No TV or wi fi


5 Reviews

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Eira User ProfileEira is a superhost.
September 2017
Based in the heart of Ruthin, the location the fabulous, at the bottom of a very nice shopping street, but not on the (what can be) noisy main square. There is a real 'Wow!' factor when you enter the house, the renovation is beautifully done and quite luxurious with all the lovely wood and slate. Parking in a couple of minutes walk just behind the Indian restaurant in the park. The park is great if you have children BTW! We really enjoyed our stay, it was so convenient and characterful, and we very much enjoyed spending our evenings in front of the open fire chatting and playing games (lots of them in the cupboard under the stairs!).
Carol User Profile
Response from Carol:
Thanks for your review, and feedback. Glad you enjoyed your stay at Porth y Dŵr and found the town good to visit too.
September 2017

Christine User Profile
August 2017
A lovely place to stay which is very different from a hotel or guest house. It is conveniently located for exploring Ruthin by foot. There are lots of restaurants nearby some of very high quality and it's a handy place to use as a base for exploring North Wales. Would highly recommend.

Phil User Profile
August 2017
This is a special place to stay in a brilliant small town in some lovely Welsh countryside. The house provides such a unique opportunity to stay in a beautiful character property with 100s of years of history on show, combined with top end luxury finishes such as underfloor heating and bi folding doors that open onto a small decked court yard, perfect for coffee in the afternoon. The house is really well equipped and we wanted for nothing. The renovation has been a triumph both inside and out. Ruthin has been a pleasure to explore for a weekend, our car never moved from the car park. There js a great park and duck pond just behind the property that gave way to walks beyond in the countryside. The town is charming with lots of independent shops including a butchers and greengrocers; a toy shop and sweet shop; craft shops and lots of great places to get a coffee, just don't choose the costa, it would just be bad form. Look out for the little spy light boxes dotted around town. The castle is great to look round, and just over the road from the house is the gaol which is worth a look round too. Such a great place to stay and unwind and enjoy your surroundings, and then sit round the open fire in the evening and reflect on the day! Thanks Carol, really enjoyed our stay.
Carol User Profile
Response from Carol:
Thanks very much for your review Phil, we are delighted that you all appreciated the house so much and the town too - we now feel the work was all worthwhile!
August 2017

Bérénice User Profile
August 2017
Lovely stay at the Porth y Dŵr. The house is easy to find, in a central location in Ruthin but also in North Wales. Lot of amenities in Ruthin, nice restaurants. The accommodation is well-equipped, comfortable, clean, spacious and decorated with taste. Rest guaranteed. Carol is a mindful host, she made our stay very comfy with nice touches.

Samera User Profile
July 2017
Very nice place! Had nice time ;)

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