To celebrate the tenth anniversary of manorhaus, the duo behind the successful restaurant with rooms have opened a sister property in the heart of Llangollen, perfect for a short break in Wales. The imposing seven-bed Victorian townhouse has been completely stripped-out and refurbished to bring a splash of decadence to this thriving picturesque town.
The interior design in the North Wales retreat represents a perfect balance between original Victorian features and modern tones & touches. For example, the original woodwork has been stripped back and restored with black satin to allow the contours of the grain to take centre stage and the main hall's Ruabon tiled-floor, that date from the Victorian age have been refurbished with the subtle blues discreetly echoed on the walls of the staircase.
Art and sense of place are central themes that run right through the heart of the Llangollen property, which doubles up as a gallery with works from local artists and photographers adorning the corridors and landings. Even the bedrooms have been individually designed to compliment the local photography exhibited on the walls. This focus on art and design is due to the influence of co-owner Gavin Harris, who is a graduate of the Welsh School of Architecture and worked on the Getty Center in Los Angeles. This is his second boutique accommodation project, having had more than a hand in designing the first manorhaus in Ruthin.
This sense of place isn't limited only to the rooms themselves, either – visit the restaurant and you’ll discover an ever-changing menu made up of freshly prepared local food wherever possible. Whether you’re tucking into the Salt Marsh Lamb, Welsh Black Beef or Menai Mussels caught off the north Wales coast, the quality of the freshly prepared food on offer has already garnered much praise, from being finalists in the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2011 to having been recommended in this year’s Michelin Guide.
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