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The Druids

Corwen, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 999432)

4.6

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 22

  • Bedrooms 11

  • Bathrooms 8

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "We booked the Druids for a very alternative style hen do, had a ceremony at the stone circle outside the house, lots of feasts outside, went river swimming at Horseshoe Falls and saw some of the beautiful Dee valley."

    .. the weekend was sublime, weather included, but the house was almost the star of the show with it's kooky old details and well thought out finishes. The bedrooms were all delightful and the communal areas were perfect for a mixture of eating, socialising, chilling and a wee bit of partying. I would thoroughly recommend the Druids to anyone who wants to take a group of people somewhere that is somewhat strange yet still homely and has bags of rich character. The only negative was the proximity to a busy road, but over the weekend that really didn't bother us and after putting music on we really didn't notice. Would go again.

    Reviewed by ThomasMay 2022

  • "Nope..."

    .... Not one..... There were 22 of us and we couldn't come up with one thing we didn't like about our week in the Druids. The buildings have tremendous character, with many modern facilities, and provided an excellent and interesting location for a gathering of the clans. The multiple large communal rooms allowed for groups to splinter off, or for us all to spend time together as appropriate. With 11 bedrooms, many en-suite, and several WC and bathrooms, there was plenty of personal space, so no feeling of getting under each others feet. There was more than enough bedding, toweling, crockery, potware, and cutlery to cater for the masses. A washing machine and dish washing machine helped us to tidy up afterwards. We were blessed with good weather, so were able to sit in the large gardens. The only entrance can be secured with the large lockable gate, there is fencing all around the perimeter, so we were more than comfortable allowing the younger family to run and explore. There was a large-ish supermarket in nearby Llangollen, a small-ish supermarket in even nearer-by Corwen, and a huge farm shop complex within a mile. So we were easily able to stock up on provisions. We also used the takeaway food home delivery service one night, and were very happy with it. We enjoyed a fantastic week, the only thing I'd change is the energy levels of the toddlers amongst us, which I'm not used to, if you know what I mean.;-)

    Reviewed by DerekMay 2022

  • "We stayed at the Druids for a my belated 40th birthday celebration."

    We climbed Snowdon, rode the fastest zipwire in Europe at Velocity Zipworld (1 hour drive away to both) and visited the surrounding beautiful towns and villages. There were 18 adults and six month twins, we had plenty of space and were able to all sit together for meals and drinks/ games in the evenings. The house was clean and the facilities were great. What can I say about this house? It is amazing, our group loved it there! It is extremely quirky with so many pictures and statues which are great conversation starters. We had great fun trying to work out the meaning behind them and spent a lot of time discussing ghost stories and scaring eachother! We felt totally comfortable there and enjoyed beautiful views outside by the druid stones with our morning coffee. The only improvement would be a larger hot tub for the size of the house and potential number of guests but for us it didn't pose a problem taking turns, we loved the hot tub and it was particularly good after a mountain climb! I would recommend this house if you want a well located, fun, comfortable and highly entertaining house to stay with family or friends. Diolch, Sarah

    Reviewed by SarahApr 2022

  • "We are a great stay at the Druids and found the property to be perfect for our needs as a big group."

    The facilities especially the bedrooms and bathrooms were lovely and we enjoyed the countryside setting and the hot tub. Check in and departure arrangements were all smooth and the property had more than enough space for us to all be together as a group and also to do different activities. Easy access to Snowdon and the wider local area.

    Reviewed by NickMar 2022

  • "The cleanliness left alot to be desired."

    Lots of dust and cobwebs. I am guessing not professional cleaners. The kitchen utensils were lacking.. surely a wooden spoon would be expected. The hot tub only treated when we called owner as is it was rather smelly. House was lovely. The owners were seemingly lovely. For the £2800 for the week I would not expect to have to strip beds , empty bins and clean before leaving the property by 1000am...what do the cleaners do?? Especially when you cannot gain access to the property until 1700 ???

    We are so pleased you thought our very old Druid house was lovely. As you know the Druid is a very old, grade two listed building and has been used for different things in the past and has a very interesting history. Our cleaning staff do their utmost to make the house welcoming, cosy and most of all clean for the guests on arrival. As it is old, and the walls are not even, and the floor boards a bit wobbly and noisy it is impossible to keep it dust free when people are running about especially children. The cobweb situation is also difficult as the spiders have made their home here in the last hundred years!! A lot of the furniture is antique which does suit the property, but this again must be cleaned properly with special polish and not your usual sprays. Regarding the lack of wooden spoons at the property, we are all training in food hygiene, and wooden spoons do carry a lot of germs and they also absorb cooking smells/tastes, not suitable for a guest who doesn’t like curry and the previous guest has been cooking a lovely hot vindaloo!! We do have plastic utensils which do come clean in the dishwasher. We also have a choice of chopping boards; the wooden ones suit the Druid, but we also supply plastic for those who prefer to use these. The hot tub is checked daily, very early in the morning by a member of staff that is trained correctly with dealing with all our hot tubs. A log is kept of time and date of visit, if problems occur the correct chemical is added to the water. When we received the text complaining of the smelly hot tub the owner came and testing the chemical balance of the water and found it to be fine, the log was also checked, and all was correct. We are surrounded by organic farmland, which means that we do not spread fertilizer on the fields but do use organic matter and sometimes the smell carries, this could have been the case in this instance. Stripping of beds and emptying waste bins has always been the norm but it really started with Covid 19, nobody could risk going into the property and having to do these tasks as soon as the guests had left, I’m sure everybody would agree that this is a sensible thing to be doing, we cannot make the guest do this, it is entirely up to the individuals, we don’t hold anyone hostage!! The arrival and departure time must stay the same as we rarely get finished before 1700hrs, this again is a Covid issue with ensuring the bathrooms etc are deep cleaned. Regarding the money issue, we do not receive the amount you pay Sykes as they take a substantial amount for advertising and admin. Add the water, heating, cleaning, and maintenance bills this does not leave much. We hope this clears up some of the issues that you have raised. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BenFeb 2022

  • "We had a wonderful break at The Druids."

    We are a very large family when we all get together and the house was absolutely perfect. It was lovely to all sit around the table for a meal and to have a social area big enough to chat and spend the together. Everything was spotlessly clean and there was plenty of crockery, cutlery, glassware and cooking equipment. The children in the group loved the games room and everyone enjoyed the hot tub. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by LydiaFeb 2022

  • "The most annoying and disappointing aspect of The Druids was the extremely late check in time and the impossible check out time of 9am for a property that takes 22 people."

    This coupled with the inflexibility of moving these times in spite of no one booked in before or after our stay. For a large house asking our 20 guests to vacant the property by 9am is horrific and we decided to ask the majority to leave a day early so they could leave at a reasonable time! As we were only there for the weekend, that meant most of the guest left after only two nights, leaving 4 to check out on the Monday; it spoilt the experience for us. As previous review stated no bread knife, the kitchen could have better stocked with cutting knife and pizza cutter. However, The Druids was quirky and the accommodated was wonderful.

    Thank you for your feedback for The Druids. We apologise that we couldn't accommodate an earlier check in on this occasion. We like to ensure the property is cleaned to the highest standard and thoroughly to meet Covid 19 cleaning standards. Due to the size of the property we are trying to get it ready for guests as quickly as possible. We also try and do maintenance jobs when the property is vacant to keep wear and tear to a minimum. We have now changed our check out time to 10am so guests have a bit more time in the morning to vacate. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JaneNov 2021

  • "My initial thoughts when I entered the property was " Oh Wow!"

    !!" what an amazingly beautiful house you have. Thank you for sharing it with us. On reflection I was glad that 2 of my party had dropped out as the small room at the side of the house up the very steep stairs would have been a difficult for a very tall man, and a wife who would have found it hard to get up there. But how you portray this, I do not know. One for younger people maybe? Overall I found everything was in situ, and I appreciated the lovely big stove in the kitchen and the fact there were so many plates, etc. We never had a problem. There was plenty of space throught the house, although the kitchen was where everyone wanted to be ! Even though I had read that there were only 2 dishwasher tabs in the feedback, I forgot to bring some, and this caused a problem as the washing up sink in the kitchen is so very low down. Perhaps 4 might be a solution. The only other negative, that I am well aware you hear all the time, is that to get so many people organised and out for 9.00am was a major trial, and actually ensured everyone left in a bad mood, and that was such a pitty as we had really had a lovely weekend.

    Reviewed by AlexisNov 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week in the Druids- it had everything it promised, and in fact was even better than we expected."

    It was beautifully maintained and full of character. The beds were all really comfortable and the bathrooms sparkling. There were plenty of rooms for us all to spread out in, but they were also spacious enough and generously furnished so that we could all be together when we wanted to (mealtimes e.g.) We all loved it and hope that we will be able to visit again.

    Reviewed by GillianOct 2021

  • "We had a lovely time at Druids, we were a party of 10 adults and 8 children ranging from 9years to 6 weeks."

    The older boys loved the hot tub and games room. Having a large table for us to sit round was great. The house was clean and well stocked with glassware, cutlery etc. The outside space was lovely, helped by the beautiful weather. We would love to come again. Thanks, The Slater family, September 2021

    Reviewed by TrevorSep 2021

  • "Fully enjoyed our weekend in the cottage."

    The beds were so comfy and the hot tub was an added bonus. We had a huge dining table to host 19 of us which was fantastic. Only down side was the noise from the road.

    Reviewed by JennaSep 2021

  • "I rated The Druids as 4 star."

    It is a quirky property and we enjoyed our stay, but there were things that could have improved it. For example there was no bread knife, no spare bin bags, a lack of serving spoons. For a property that sleeps 22 there was not enough toilet paper and there were only two dishwasher tablets left. In other aspects it was well stocked e.g. cutlery, crockery. The property information was out of date and really needs addressing. The introductory information says the property is pet friendly and yet the detailed information says no pets. Just a little more attention to detail and this property would be 5 star.

    Reviewed by PaulineSep 2021

  • "Just finished our week at Druids and a great time was had by all!"

    Only one negative and that was the early morning road noise! But the property and facilities are ideal for a large family holiday. High lights were the hot tub and very comfortable beds!

    Reviewed by JoanAug 2021

  • "Would highly recommend staying at this beautiful place, there was plenty of room if you wanted your own space but also plenty of communal rooms to enjoy with family and friends."

    We all had such an amazing week and all agreed we would definitely return in fact we didn't want to leave. The hot tub and games room were a big hit too. Definitely 10/10

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2020

  • "Whilst I appreciate the situation regarding COVID, to ask a family of 21 people to empty and leave the accommodation by 9."

    00am is just ridiculous. Also when I tried to call Sykes prior to our holiday it took over an hour to get through to someone and they never came back to me with any outstanding answers to my queries. I think you should be giving the contact details of the owners well in advance of the booking particularly in these uncertain times so discussions can be held directly between the two parties. Either that or Sykes should contact people by telephone in advance of their booking to see if they have any general queries or concerns specifically about the COVID situation in respect of their holiday. I appreciate the pressure you may be under but I feel your personal customer support needs to better during these times. To be waiting on the telephone for an hour is just not acceptable

    Reviewed by KevinAug 2020

  • "This is an amazing cottage."

    All the rooms are well presented and very welcoming. We were a party of 18 mixture of half adults half children. We all had a fun relaxing time there. The shops pubs restaurants are all a car journey away but that inspired us to cook some great meals in the old country kitchen and all sit at the largest dining table as a whole group . Afterwards you could relax in the outside areas or choose a dip in the hot tub. Due to the age of the cottage and style you feel completely relaxed and would highly recommend this to large groups of friends. We would definitely go again Thank you Helenblount

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2020

  • "The Druids is the perfect location if you want to celebrate a special event with a big group of people."

    16 of us travelled to The Druids to celebrate my partners 30th and had a fantastic time. Bedrooms and neat, clean and tidy as are all the bathrooms. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook our food for the weekend and then was more than enough space for everyone. There was plenty of parking for our 8 cars as well. The hot tub and games room were also great additions to the property. I would absolutely re-book!

    Reviewed by JoannaJan 2020

  • "Everything was in superb order, excellent beds with good quality bedding."

    We loved the quirky layout of the rooms and the space around the cottage is great. The large kitchen is super for the family to gather and chat whilst cooking. We all agreed it is one of the best cottages we have visited. We will definatley be visiting there again

    Reviewed by SheilaNov 2019

  • "Perfect cottage in the perfect location."

    Reviewed by NikkiNov 2019

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Summary

  • 11 bedrooms: Main house: Nine bedrooms: 2 x king-size with en-suite bathroom with freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x king-size, 1 x double with freestanding bath, 2 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • 2 x ground-floor cloakroom
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting/dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Annexe cottage: Two bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double bedroom, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • External bar
  • External games room
  • Bedroom Configuration in relation to floor plan: First floor, Bedroom 1 - King, Bedroom 2 - King, Bedroom 3 - King, Bedroom 4 - King, Bedroom 5 - King, Bedroom 6 - Double, Cottage: Bedroom 1 - Double, Bedroom 2 - Twin, Bedroom 3 - Double, Annex ground floor: Bedroom 1 - Double, Annex 1st floor - Twin
  • Main House: Biomass heating
  • 2 x toasters, electric Range cooker, coffee machine, washing machine, dishwasher, tumble dryer, fridge, freezer, pool table and football table, TV and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • High chair and travel cot available on request
  • Large garden with patio areas, lawn areas, gravelled areas, ample furniture and hot tub
  • Note: Road noise is to be expected when outdoors
  • Note: Access to double bedroom is via the twin bedroom
  • Annexe Cottage: Biomass heating
  • Electric oven and hob, coffee maker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV, record player and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • High chair and travel cot available on request
  • Note: Double bed can only be accessed via one side
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Please note: the hot tub only fits 4 people at a time
  • Pub within 2.2 miles, shop within 1.3 miles
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Please note: for groups of 12 of less, the owner may offer a discounted price, Any surplus bedrooms and living areas will be closed off for the duration of the stay to reduce cleaning costs and allow the owner to offer a lower rate, please contact Sykes for more information
  • Please note: A £400 good housekeeping bond is required for this property

The property

Tucked away within the Berwyn Mountains, just a short distance from the bustling market town of Corwen is this impressive residence, The Druids.

This spacious accommodation dates back to the 16th century and has been used as a coaching inn, a blacksmith, a Post Office and a café over the years, adding to character and charm of this dwelling.

Today the property enjoys a quirky layout which is complemented by traditional features and the Gothic touches to ensure a memorable base that you will want to return to year after year.

This spacious accommodation is ideal for a large family and friends gathering for those looking to explore this picturesque part of North Wales.

Enter the main house, where you will be spoilt for choice by the sleeping accommodation that awaits you, with nine bedrooms situated across the house, each organised to ensure a flexible sleeping arrangement.

After an action-packed day, look forward to spending your down time within the large sitting room, where the exposed beams frame the ample seating, offering a space for all the entire family to gather to tune into the TV or catch up on the day’s events.

If you seek an hour’s peace and quiet from the rest of the group, venture into the additional sitting room where you can relax with a good book in hand.

The charm of the property continues into the country-style kitchen, where the inglenook fireplace containing a Range cooker invites you to cater your own delicious evening meals, whilst also making use of the other quality appliances and the original butchers table.

More casual dining moments can be enjoyed within the kitchen, whereas for those special occasions you can settle down within the large dining room, complete with a banquet table with seating for 22 people.

Grandparents or families seeking to be away from the bustle and hustle of the main house will be delighted by the separate annexe cottage, where they will find an additional two bedrooms, a bathroom and a well-equipped, open-plan living room with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area, housing everything you could possibly need.

Continuing to impress is the property’s garden, boasting a large lawn and ample furniture for you and your loved ones to enjoy a spot of alfresco dining during a summer’s evening.

After dinner, look forward to dipping into the bubbling hot tub before heading to the bar to pour yourself a deserved glass of wine before spending hours of entertainment within the games room, complete a pool table and a football table.

If you can tear yourself away from this wonderful location, venture into the market town of Corwen were you will find a superb selection of amenities to suit all ages and tastes, whilst the Rhug Estate Organic Farm Shop is situated close by for those extra special occasions.

Whilst here soak up the North Wales scenery by enjoying a journey on the Llangollen Heritage Steam Railway or walk along the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte.

Brush up on the local history by spending some time at the National Trust properties of Chirk Castle and Erddig, or those feeling active the majestic Snowdonia National Park is just a short car journey away.

The Druids is an outstanding base for those looking to explore this superb location or to celebrate any occasion with loved ones.

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1st Floor

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £400.

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About the location

CORWEN

Llangollen 10 miles; Bala 12 miles; Ruthin 12 miles; Betws-y-Coed 22 miles.

Set in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at the meeting point of five river valleys, is the picturesque North Wales market town of Corwen. A charming town offering plenty of local amenities including traditional butchers, greengrocers and bakeries as well as a selection of pubs, cafes, restaurants and a leisure centre, trim trail and children’s play area. Corwen provides everything you need whilst discovering this stunning area. A journey on the Llangollen Heritage Steam Railway, which has now been extended to Corwen, is one of the best ways to see the beautiful views of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in comfort. Take a horse-drawn canal boat from Llangollen and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte, Britain’s largest aqueduct. Corwen is immersed in history and heritage; learn about Owain Glyndwr, the self-proclaimed Prince of Wales, explore beautiful Rug Chapel and Langar Church, or climb through the heather to one of the most important Iron Age hill forts, Caer Drewyn, built around 800 BC. Visit the National Trust properties of Chirk Castle and Erddig, explore the atmospheric ruins of Cistercian Valle Crucis Abbey and Castell Dinas Brân. Foodies can visit the nearby Rhug Estate, one of the largest organic properties in the UK and dine at Tyddyn Llan in nearby Llandrillo, considered to be one of Wales' finest restaurants. The historical town of Ruthin and the town of Bala, with its celebrated lake, offering wonderful watersports, are just twenty minutes away by car. The exhilarating Snowdonia National Park is just fifteen minutes’ drive away; an arena of outdoor adventure just waiting for you to discover, which can also be accessed via the lovely village of Betws-y-Coed, the official 'Gateway to Snowdonia’.

Region Information

Please note: for groups of 12 of less, the owner may offer a discounted price. Any surplus bedrooms and living areas will be closed off for the duration of the stay to reduce cleaning costs and allow the owner to offer a lower rate. Please contact Sykes for more information