A review of The Mulberry Inn, Wales
Last weekend we were invited to experience what North East Wales had to offer during the festive season. I’ll be covering a couple of special events we attended in another post but first I’ll be writing about our accommodation – the Mulberry Inn.
The Mulberry is a newly refurbished 4-Star luxury bed and breakfast accommodation ran by friendly hosts Allan and John. Located in the quiet setting of Llwynmawr village in the beautiful Ceiriog Valley, The Mulberry Inn sits in an idealistic place to enjoy the best of North East Wales. Just a few miles from historic Chirk, beautiful Llangollen with its canal boats, golf club and the local famous World-heritage status Aqueducts, the market town of Oswestry and within easy driving distance of Chester, Shrewsbury and Welshpool.
It has to be said, Wales is beautiful. On the drive to the hotel we were treated to stunning views of the Welsh countryside and quaint little villages. It certainly beats driving round the busy over-lit roads of Manchester! Tucked away down the winding roads, we found the Mulberry Inn with it’s quirky (and deceptively large) building. The warmth and homely exterior of the hotel was also reflected in the welcome we had on arrival by the wonderful host, Allan. It’s clear that they really want their customers to make the most of their stay and feel at ease and created the perfect environment to do so.
The hotel has been very tastefully refurbished with a manor house type atmosphere lots of character and original features – somewhat refreshing having stayed in large chain hotels in the past. Think wood-burning fire, bustling little bar and elegant dining areas – we loved it!
The Mulberry Inn isn’t specifically for families with young children, and Allan explained that most of their guests are walkers or dog owners taking advantage of the outdoor activities in the beautiful Welsh countryside. However, the room we stayed in couldn’t have been more perfect for our little family. Complete with a double bed and fold out sofa (a small double) and plenty of space for Eleanor to crawl about, our children were in their element.
The rooms are all equip with en-suite bathroom or shower-room with flatscreen TV, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. We were particularly impressed with the generous minibar and the very reasonable prices – in fact I had to hold back the husband from having himself a little hotel picnic they were that good! Aside from the lovely decor and contemporary touches, the best thing by far for me was the stunning view from the 2 sash windows. I think the only negative point I could make about the room is that the cable on the TV wasn’t secured very well to the wall as the cover was loose – I only mention this as it slightly let down the overall presentation of the room. (I have since been informed that this has now been rectified)
The bathrooms are clean and comfortable with a modern twists – and again, really spacious. I loved that they thoughtfully placed some rubber duckies on the bathtub too – a firm favourite with Eleanor. You won’t need to pack much either as they have shampoo, conditioner and towels a-plenty (and a hair dryer too which I was glad of as I’d completely forgotten to pack one!)
That evening after visiting Erdigg Glow we got the kids into bed and took the monitor downstairs for an evening meal (and maybe a sneaky glass of wine). The dining area is a lovely tranquil space and the perfect setting to enjoy a a sumptuous meal. The staff in the hotel are so friendly and attentive, we had 5* treatment throughout our stay and meal times were no exception. The food we ordered was very well presented, reasonably priced and to top it off, it was absolutely delicious. It was the perfect end to a day of travelling and walking around the picturesque Welsh outdoors.
After our meal we headed back up to our room for a very comfortable night’s sleep tucked up in the lovely plump duvets and luxury linens. The windows have both blinds and curtains so the rooms stay nice and dark – very much appreciated when you’re a light sleeper like myself. Obviously with 2 young children, we weren’t treated to much of a lie in although this isn’t an unusual occurance in our family! But, it was a great excuse to have a nice long shower which was amazing. You’re not short of hot water and the shower is nice and powerful – maybe a bit too good if you need to tear yourself away to get the kids ready!
Breakfast is served 8am til 10am so you have plenty of time to wake up before making your way downstairs, furthermore it was ‘lush’. I opted for the full English which was delicious whilst Anthony barely uttered a word before inhaling his American pancakes. We were even given complimentary smoothies – I can’t quite remember what was in this one but it was really tasty and a fantastic way to start the day. We all left the table with big smiles and full bellies… food was a massive tick all round at the Mulberry Inn.
The Mulberry doesn’t just accommodate short breaks either, with beautiful gardens it’s ideal for special occasions such as Wedding receptions and has conference facilities available for hire.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Mulberry Inn and would love to go back one day (maybe without the children – god forbid). If you’re looking for somewhere comfortable and welcoming in a beautiful setting with scumptious food and affordable luxury then this little Welsh hideaway is just for you. And, if you don’t believe me, you could always check out their amazing reviews on Trip Advisor.
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*Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review, our stay at The Mulberry Inn was complimentary*