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Plas Derwen Country House

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London Road, Corwen LL21 0DR Wales
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Plas Derwen is the most charismatic and historical country house in the area. An eighteenth-century former rectory to the church in Corwen, half a mile away. Plas Derwen (which translates as Oak Hall in English), is a grade II listed building situated at the western end of the scenic and historic Dee Valley.Set within five acres of secluded garden and rolling fields, with magnificent views over the River Dee and valley, Plas Derwen offers a friendly, peaceful and tranquil setting.
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avt19 wrote a review Aug 2019
West Midlands, United Kingdom2 contributions4 helpful votes
I booked this b&b for a wedding nearby for me, my boyfriend, mother and sister in-law. When looking on the website, it appeared as a pretty country house/b&b that I thought we would have to ourselves. (Little did I know the owners of this house actually live there). Upon arrival, we were firstly asked to rearrange our 2 cars on the drive way as they obviously weren't parked correctly. Christine greeted us and showed us in to the living room/dining room. We just so happened to mention at this point that we had a hairdresser coming for 6am the next morning for the wedding, to Christine's horror. She immediately was not happy that 'we had not told her' because they have a dog who barks and 'we are now going to disturb the whole house'. When we asked if this was a problem, she replied 'well you've done it now so it doesn't matter' to then be ushered up to our bedrooms. We all felt very uncomfortable and as though we had been shouted at/told off and of course, we had been so excited for our 2 nights stay and wedding for a family member but this attitude completely took away our excitement. We then noticed numerous rules that were posted around the 2 bedrooms. 1.no high heeled shoes in the house as they damage the floors 2.do not leave bathroom door open when having a shower as the steam will set the fire alarms off. 3.if you plan on your day being any different to the 'usual day out' please speak with Christine and Alan first (strange?!). We felt like we were treading on eggshells from the moment we arrived and it wasn't a nice atmosphere having to share a house with 2 people you don't know. Hence, none of us slept well that night due to feeling so angry at how we had been treated. There are notes around the house that ask you to please respect that it is their family home and not a hotel.. We completely respected this however felt that we weren't respected as guests who are paying £90 a night (which we thought of as hugely overpriced). The next morning, we were worried about coming home late on the day of the wedding as we had read previous reviews about not being allowed a key etc. However, Christine was overly pleasant for the rest of the stay and told us she would leave a key for us to get in and there was no curfew (phew!). We had a cold breakfast both mornings which was presented beautifully however, would have been nice to have been offered a hot breakfast too. The 2 rooms we had were very clean and spacious and both had en suite bathrooms. Overall, the house is set in beautiful grounds and we had a pleasant stay in the end however the house rules I feel need to be made far more clear on the website so people know what to expect before booking. I wrongly presumed this was just a b&b, it is not until you read the terms and conditions in small print that it states it is a family home. Another review states this is a hobby and not run as a business which we totally agree with following our stay. I would recommend only staying here for a peaceful, boring stay and if you have nothing to do other than go for walks and explore Corwen. All I will say is, first impressions really do matter and if you are running a business, then your guests come first and you should want to go out of your way to make them feel welcome. This, we did not have.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Mara Juliana A wrote a review Aug 2017
Leeds, United Kingdom150 contributions21 helpful votes
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I booked this place for a short break and when we arrived I've noticed the house is even prettier than it looks on the website. We arrived quite late in the evening and Alan there to welcome us. our room was exactly what I was expecting, full of character, very cosy but with lots of space for our belongings. The bed is very comfortable, the views from the window left me speechless and it was a perfect stay for us. The house is just minutes away from the village and easy to find. We loved the character of the house and the small special details like the biscuits in the room and all the artefacts from around the world. The breakfast was really good (amazing coffee!) and my only suggestion is to have some bottles of water available on the breakfast table and maybe one in the room. Our stay was memorable and we cannot wait to stay again!
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Phillips wrote a review Jul 2017
Corwen, United Kingdom10 contributions5 helpful votes
Since moving to Corwen in February 2015 I have regularly visited this establishment having found my new home less than satisfactory even though I live right next door to a local B & B. I once spent several months at Plas Derwen & I have to say the grounds are spectacular & have everything I needed. The moomar especially is very nice & the doodar too but the moomar is best. So good is this place I had to be locked in an attic to stop me going as I was addicted. I found myself climbing down 4 storey's via a roof one night just to get to this fine place. I am pleased to say I am now cured due to the presence of cat nip in my own garden & I am now allowed out again. Plas Derwen will always be my special place but it doesn't have any cat nip! So if you are not a cat please visit this fine place. It is beautiful inside & out & the dining is wonderful. Yours Mr Tibbles (cat)
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Loretta F wrote a review May 2017
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom49 contributions53 helpful votes
We arrived slightly earlier than the advised check-in time but this was not an issue we were greeted by Chris with the warmest of welcomes. She said that she would show us our room then we could sort out our luggage. She also offered us fresh milk to make a hot drink which was a lovely touch.The room was so much better than I expected. It was extremely large with a double and single bed. The bathroom was also extremely large with both a bath and separate shower. We were also shown the rest of the house that we had access to, a lovely and cosy guest lounge and the dining room. You are only given a key to your room not a key to the house. To gain access you have to pull the door bell and either Chris or Alan will let you in, in fact sometimes you don't even have to ring as they see or hear you pull up so are ready waiting, on one occasion Chris was ready waiting with a jug of milk for my partners cup of tea. Some people may not like the idea of this but we thought it was lovely as they always asked about our day and took a keen interest in what we had done. Breakfast is a large cold breakfast with cereals fruit compote yogurt and cheese if you wanted and as much toast as you required more than enough and made a nice change from a full English. We did pay an extra £5.00 each to have a cooked breakfast on our last morning and it was lovely. Chris and Alan could not do enough to ensure that you have a pleasant stay and are so warm and welcoming the best B & B hosts we have encountered so far. Cannot wait to book again
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Date of stay: May 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There are only two rooms we had the Oak Room which is at the front of the house.
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FandangoEspanol wrote a review Mar 2016
Wales336 contributions256 helpful votes
This place is the family home of Christine and Alan and houses all their belongings (some of them beautiful) that they and their families have collected on their trips. However, the bedrooms are invaded by all their knick knacks and there is no space to put your own things either in the bedroom or the bathroom. The Hotel Inspector would certainly advise them to decorate the rooms elegantly simple and neutral; providing guests with space for their belongings. This is definitely not a place for children!!!. They also need to update the shower (ours was more noise than water). By the way, I could not find space to put my toothbrush. The room was cold and the flimsy, old, noisy and inefficient heater was useless. They need to invest in good heaters in every room. Another bad thing about this place is that, because it is their home, guests are not allowed a key so they have to knock on the door until they hear the bell: not a good thing. Christine and Alan are a lovely couple who by the way, provided a wonderful breakfast in the dining room (full of knick knacks). Both came to the door every time we returned and wanted to know what we had done that day; they are both very entertaining but that is not the way to run a B&B. I told someone about it and she said that it looked as though it was a house full of flim flams!!!!!. I do hope that they listen to this amateur hotel inspector.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Response from Christine S, Owner at Plas Derwen Country House
Responded 11 Apr 2016
To the amateur Hotel Inspectors!" Décor is subjective. Our website shows Plas Derwen Country House as it is :- don't like antiques and travel memorabilia- then choose somewhere else. If you have a problem with any of our facilities or hospitality please let us know during your stay and we will do all we can to address your concerns. To the real AA Hotel Inspectors- we thank you for awarding Plas Derwen Country House B&B Accommodation 4 Gold Stars for the last 10 consecutive years and giving us high praise for décor. We are pleased you enjoyed your breakfast and on leaving thanked us for a very peaceful stay.
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US$116 - US$117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomWalesNorth WalesDenbighshireCorwen
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Frequently Asked Questions about Plas Derwen Country House
Which popular attractions are close to Plas Derwen Country House?
Nearby attractions include Rug Chapel (2.5 km), Amgueddfa Corwen Museum (1.0 km), and Caer Drewyn Hillfort (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Plas Derwen Country House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Plas Derwen Country House?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Plas Derwen Country House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Plas Derwen Country House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Grouse Inn, Old Wives' Tales, and The Blue Lion.
Are there any historical sites close to Plas Derwen Country House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rug Chapel (2.5 km), Caer Drewyn Hillfort (1.2 km), and Moel Ty Uchaf (7.3 km).