As winter is well underway and Christmas is just around the corner, you might be considering a last-minute winter getaway. You might be looking for a destination that boasts a warm and cosy atmosphere, with a log fire, tranquil surroundings and a suitably festive ambiance; a place where you can curl up in an armchair with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate (or mulled wine!), after a brisk winter’s walk in the countryside.
If this sounds like the winter wonderland escape you’ve been longing for then look no further than Gladstone’s Library. Winter is usually our quietest time of year and we still have availability both before and after Christmas in our 26 fabulous boutique bedrooms. Each bedroom is full of character and comfort and serves as the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Rooms start from just £66 (student, clergy and Society of Authors discounts available) and this includes a tasty continental breakfast.
Image: one of our double en-suite rooms, Gogoniant
So, what can a stay at Gladstone’s Library offer in the run up to Christmas? Well for one thing, atmosphere! What could be more festive than a stay in a typical Victorian Gothic building which looks like something straight out of a Dickens novel? Gladstone's Library is the UK's only residential library - this means guests staying here can enjoy the freedom of exploring the library’s collection of almost 150,000 printed items from 9am to 10pm every day. Festive dining at Gladstone’s will also be offered to guests staying here. From 1st to 20th December enjoy a traditional homecooked Christmas Lunch that offers much more than turkey and trimmings. Roast gammon with our very own honey glaze, fennel and chestnut loaf, handmade gnocchi and more are all available on our Christmas menu as well as a delicious selection of puddings. To see the full menu click here.
Hawarden and the surrounding area itself have all the characteristics of a charming Welsh village. There are also plenty of picturesque places for long winter walks, giving you the chance to work off that Christmas lunch!
Image: Bilberry Wood, situated just over the village road, offers beautiful woodland walks
What else is on offer...
And if you're looking to schedule in those final end-of-year meetings - from away days to business meetings, training courses to product launches, panel interviews or one-to-one sessions - we're a great location, full of character. When you book a conference room at Gladstone’s you can rely on delicious home-cooked food, free Wi-Fi and free parking, as well as a comfortable and stimulating environment. Our meeting rooms can be hired for morning, afternoon or evening sessions - see our rates for details. We still have availability this December so be sure to book now to host your meetings and conferences in the uniquely tranquil and stimulating environment of Gladstone’s Library.
Take full advantage of the festive season by giving yourself an early Christmas present and booking your stay at Gladstone’s library today. To check our availability and arrange your winter getaway click here. And don't forget - we sell gift vouchers which can be spent on accommodation, Afternoon Tea and events here at Gladstone's Library, so if you don't have the time to stay with us this year, give the gift of time to someone else!
Image: the decorated Gladstone Room common room
We look forward to sharing our festive cheer with you this winter.