Spotlight on the north WarnerTimes | 5 FROM COUNTRY TO COAST A TASTE OF THE NORTH With a backdrop of big mountains, green valleys and a sandy coastline, Bodelwyddan Castle is very much king when it comes to wringing every last bit of wonder out of its setting. It’s been a feature of the North Wales landscape since 1460 and comes with a back garden – 260 acres in all – that’s nothing short of amazing. But look beyond the woodlands of wild garlic and Welsh daffs, and across the ancient parkland, and you’ll be rewarded with stand-out views of the Clwydian Range. Together with Snowdonia National Park, this neck of the woods is wonderful walking country, and the team at the hotel can point you towards an extensive network of trails, many easy, with waterfalls and lakes along the way. You’re also just a short drive from some of the finest coastline in North Wales. Colwyn Bay has a lovely beach, while Conwy comes with its own medieval castle, plus a marina and quay. And then there’s Llandudno, a seaside classic with shopping, a pier, cable cars, golf and an immaculate seafront framed by headlands. The quieter West Shore Beach is where Alice, childhood friend of Lewis Carroll, holidayed as a child. The Blue Grill – Thoresby Hall Hotel Snowdonia National Park Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel Llandudno Nidd Hall Reception Untamed coastline and Blue Flag beaches Mountain lakes and craggy peaks Rumour has it that Edward VIII first met Mrs Wallis Simpson at a party at Nidd Hall, an encounter that led to him giving up his throne. Harry’s forthcoming wedding to another American divorcee in May shows just how times have moved on in royal circles. Celebrations and feasts, though, rarely change through the years, and Nidd still relishes the tradition of throwing a party every night and inviting you to dine in locations fit for any king. Take its new Great & Small Restaurant, which marries an historic setting with modern flavours. Here, the culinary adventure takes place in an oak-panelled room and borrows the best bits of Spanish dining and Yorkshire’s local produce to create innovative tapas-style dishes. If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, you won’t be disappointed by dinner at Thoresby Hall’s AA rosette, award-winning restaurant, either. The Blue Grill is a fancy affair and wears its grandeur well, with walls dressed in blue silk damask and views over stunning grounds. The grill-style menu here is every bit as elegant as the surroundings, with Wagyu steak the speciality. Now don’t say we don’t know how to spoil you! More news, more stories, latest updates