Boutiquey townhouse accommodation with striking interiors, wrapped up unexpectedly within a Victorian house. Noted for its food - accomplished cuisine and great value. Great location too, in the popular gateway town of Llangollen.

The orange front door is a bit of a giveaway, though if you know manorhaus in Ruthin you won’t be too surprised.

Let us explain. manorhaus Llangollen is the recent creation of Gavin Harris and Christopher Frost, who also own the hotel of the same name in Ruthin. It is, in every sense of the word, a creation. They were amongst the first in Wales to create what has become known as a ‘boutique’ hotel.

Their interest in art and contemporary design has now been applied to a tall, gabled townhouse in the heart of Llangollen. They have also brought flair in the kitchen from Ruthin - their menus are fashionably succinct and in the modern idiom, with well-chosen combinations of flavours.

The Llangollen house, dating from 1882, must wonder what’s hit it. From the outside - orange door apart - everything looks conventional enough. Within, it’s all change. Llangollen is known for its black-and-white buildings, so there’s a recurring theme of black throughout. It’s not oppressive or depressive, for allied with other colours and design touches the overall effect is both striking and soothing. There’s more orange in the ultra-sleek bar, for example, and cool greys dominate the restaurant.

The bedrooms, each adorned with original photography, are of the highest quality. Throws from Melin Tregwynt, Wales’s classiest woollen mill, add colour, and most have a wet room ‘pod’ plus bath. The only thing that’s timeless is the view across to the ancient hilltop fortress of Castell Dinas Brân (soak it up from the hot tub on the decking).