There’s no need to be big on huntin’, fishin’ and shootin’ to stay at Antlers Lodge. That’s despite the mountains, the name and the sense of rugged luxury in the wall mountings, chunky beds and thickly leathered sofas. No, this is a 16-guest (plus dogs) property in AONB North Wales that’s perfect for lollin’, loungin’ and luxuriatin’ in the good life.
Families, friends, birthday and anniversary celebrators, corporate-bonders, hens and stags will love tackling nearby Offa’s Dyke, mountain-biking at Coed Llandegla and coming home to a chunky table laden with goodies from the Rhug Estate organic farm. Or barbecue out on the terrace with a view over the Clwydian mountains.
Cook on the four-oven Aga and gas hob with the four fridges and three freezers chock-full of Tesco’s finest and deli delights from the Rhug Estate. Sleep in chunky sleigh beds to the sound of nothing but night owls. Wake to juice and croissants on the terrace and another day of doing everything or absolutely nothing. Your holiday, your call.
There’s an acre of prime Welsh greenery to explore, backing beautifully onto the Clwydian mountains beyond. Plenty of terrace tables and chairs give you a front-row seat on the scenery, and you can linger longer when you throw some meat on the gas barbecue. Stay out late bubbling in the hot tub and staring at the stars.
Not only is Antlers Lodge dog-friendly, but it’s wheelchair-friendly, too, with everything mobility-impaired guests need on the ground floor and ramps to help with outdoor access. And all in the lap of luxury. Congregate and celebrate in the main living area with its chunky leather sofas, roaring fire and wall TV.
Bring your Netflix and Amazon Prime Video passwords to stream your favourite shows over the superfast broadband onto any of nine TVs. Get some sounds going over the Bluetooth speaker. Break out the board games for the kids. Chuck another log on the fire. At Antlers Lodge, time stands still while you tell it that that’s perfectly fine.
Love cooking? In proper country style, you’ve a four-oven Aga, gas hob, four fridges and three freezers to play with. Not so sure? Plumage Catering or Kevin from Wild Garlic Catering are on hand for a celebratory meal, hog roast, barbecue, buffet or fully catered break. Put your feet up and pour a Prosecco.
Shopping? Get your bits and pieces from Co-op Coedpoeth, Tesco in Ruthin and Wrexham, or Aldi, Sainsburys, Lidl and Morrisons in Wrexham. Keep the fizz and the fun going with wine from Majestic in Wrexham. Pick up special treats from the Rhug Estate in Corwen.
Eating out? Kick things off at the Boat Inn in Erbistock with oysters on ice and move on to aubergine moussaka or Lebanese lamb rump. Or choose Llangollen’s favourite eatery, The Three Eagles, a relaxed yet stylish bar and grill, known for delicious food, perfectly poured drinks and a vibrant, friendly atmosphere.
As the name suggests, the Corn Mill was once a mill and it retains its waterside location, with the outside decks sitting above the rapids. Or try slow-braised lamb ragout, Appleby’s Cheshire cheese, onion and potato pie or Korean-fried chicken burger at Pant-yr-Ochain in Gresford.
Antlers Lodge sleeps 16 guests in seven bedrooms wrapped in 100%, 300 thread-count cotton bedding with thick, luxurious mattress toppers. On the edge of the Clwydian Range, there’s nothing between you and eight hours of bliss except the murmurings of Mother Nature. All rooms have private bathrooms and TVs.
On the first floor, bedroom one, the Lord Grousemoor Room sleeps two in a superking. Bedrooms two, the Woodcock Room, and three, the Partridge Room offer kingsize beds. Bedroom four, Pheasant 2, provides a superking, and bedroom five, Pheasant 1, is another superking that can convert to singles. A single bed is available in the lounge area of the Pheasant suite.
On the ground floor, bedroom six, Hare Room, is a superking or twin with an additional single, and the seventh bedroom, Deer, offers a kingsize bed and great disabled access.
Night out? Want to look the bee’s knees? Call up The Salon in Holt for a perfect style that suits your exact needs. Or go further at Luna Beauty in Gresford, with skin-nutrition facials, LED light therapy, lash lifts, waxing and more. Or go the whole hog and book a spa day at Bodysgallen Hall.
Head out to Chester for the day to take in an afternoon tea at The Secret Garden Restaurant or Zuger’s. Stick around for the horse-racing. Master the art of life drawing at Rob Owens Illustration. Take a party cruise along the River Dee. And cap the day with cocktails at BarLounge, Red Door or Kuckoo.
Get soaked on a white-water-rafting adventure with the National White Water Centre in Bala. Ride the fastest zip wire in the world at Zip World and hang around for the Tower Coaster, the Tower Climber, the Tower Flyer, the quarry karts and the underground golf. Recover with beach pony-trekking with Bwlchgwyn Farm.
Football’s not just for boys, and bubble football’s fun for everyone, so both hens and stags can get down to Plas Madoc Leisure Centre and help destroy the beautiful game. Or take a tour of Aber Falls Whisky Distillery, North Wales’ first in over 100 years.
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