As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of places to stay in this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north Wales.
From beautiful B&Bs to country cottages and smart townhouse hotels, there's plenty of choice of places to rest your head in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley. Stay in a gem of a country house with gorgeous woodland views, curl up under goosedown duvets in a pretty market town hotel, or how about a converted chapel in the grounds of one of Wales' most beautiful manor houses?
All these places have been chosen to help you get the most out of your visit to the region and explore the landscape: there's walking, cycling and horse riding available nearby at most of these places, and lots of the region's must-see cultural and heritage sites are within easy reach.
Glan LLyn, Mold, Clywdian Range
Glan Llyn in North Wales is a guest house on a farm and more! 3 bedrooms ensuite with a breakfast basket every morning, a 2 bedroom self-catering cottage and a 4 berth caravan in the Clwydian Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty guestinourhouse.co.uk
Old Rectory, Ruthin, Wales
Rooms look out to the edge of the forest or the surrounding countryside. You can dine here, feasting on homecooked traditional dishes sourced as locally as possible, such as roast dinner, beef bourguignon, lasagne and pork in pepper and orange sauce. oldrectoryclocaenog.co.uk
Midlist Farm Bed and Breakfast, Holywell, Wales
On your doorstep is the Halkyn Mountain, a 2,000 acre open access moorland with an Iron Age hill fort. Walkers, cyclists and horse-riders welcome (includes stabling for horses and secure storage for bikes). midlistfarm.co.uk
Old Police Station, Corwen, North Wales
Come here not just for novelty of staying in a former Police Station, but to enjoy a characterful Grade-II listed thoroughly modern but cosy and unfussy property conveniently in the centre of Corwen. Quirky but brilliant. Great for groups. corwenoldpolicestation.co.uk
Llangollen Hostel, Denbighshire, Wales
A 32-bed hostel conveniently in the centre of Lllangollen with excellent facilities, including laundry, kitchen, lounge with log fire, wifi, bike and canoe storage, drying room and luggage drop. Dorms, as well as double and single rooms available. llangollenhostel.co.uk
Gwenoldy, Mold, Wales
Self-catering farm cottage converted from the stable and forge of an adjacent 17th-century Welsh long house. Have a barbecue in the garden with views across the valley to the Bronze Age hill forts of Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur. gwenoldy.com
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