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!
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.
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!
- 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.