Why The Secret House? 

Porth y Dŵr is truly a hidden house. Open the door to one of the oldest houses in the medieval market town of Ruthin, and take a step back into history!

At the heart of Porth y Dŵr is a wonderful oak-framed building that has stood on this site since 1456. Its unique character has evolved slowly over the years, filling the house with a calm and gentle ambience that only comes with the passage of time. Sympathetic decor and furnishings complement original features, making Porth y Dŵr an amazing place to stay, and the perfect location to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of North East Wales.


Porth y Dŵr has been sensitively restored to provide a self-catering cottage like no other. So open the door to the Secret House and leave the modern world behind! Experience a rare glimpse of history: walk through the 15th century Gothic arched doorway to the oak framed living room, and catch the morning sun in the solar, the private chamber that once belonged to one of the influential families of Tudor Ruthin, with its sloping floor of beautiful wide oak floorboards and timber wall panelling. Plenty of traditional home comforts will make your stay one to remember - sit back and relax in front of a real open fire, play one of a host of games or try a jigsaw puzzle, and flick through the books in the Snug. And with no TV, you will surely enjoy the company of your fellow guests all the more, and relearn the art of conversation! 

Ruthin lies in the stunning Vale of Clwyd, between the heather-clad hills of the Clwydian Range, with their line of prehistoric settlements, and the open moorland, forest and lakes of Hiraethog. The ancient market town, with its medieval street pattern and many black and white timbered buildings, is rich with history, myth and legend. The castle was built in 1282, to supplement Edward I’s Iron Ring of Castles such as Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech. But the town is not lost in the past. The ruins of the medieval Ruthin Castle provide the backdrop to an elegant hotel and spa. The impressive modern Craft Centre, designed to emulate the range of hills to the east, hosts changing exhibitions of the best contemporary applied arts from around the country. The town has a range of exclusive and independent shops, local pubs where the welcome is warm and the company congenial, and stunning historic buildings housing coffee shops and restaurants that offer everything from simple snacks to the best in fine dining. 

Porth y Dŵr is available for short breaks and holidays, sleeping 4/5 in 2 bedrooms  

Guest comments:

  • Fantastic house with great amenities and nice touches to make your stay amazing. Highly recommend 
  • What a wonderful little find! We loved it so much we stayed an extra night
  • Porth y Dŵr is an absolutely marvellous house  
  • A little piece of history inhabited before our continent was discovered by Europeans
  • Of all the places we have stayed along Offa's Dyke this is by far the best  
  • A beautiful house steeped in history and immaculately restored   
  • The restoration is terrific, and new surprises kept revealing themselves
  • We love your creaky old house. Thank you!!! We love it   
  • We will always cherish the fond memories of this beautiful house
Porth y Dŵr 
65 Clwyd Street
LL15 1HN

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