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10 THINGS YOU (PROBABLY) DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE BEAUFORT PARK HOTEL

3/7/2015

From its humble beginnings and historic setting to celebrity connections and infamous guests, we've put together a list of 10 things you probably didn't know about the Beaufort Park Hotel.

1. The hotel sits alongside the remains of Wat’s Dyke (Clawdd Wat), which was built by the Saxon King of Mercia, King Ethelbald 716-757 AD. Next time you’re in the hotel grounds look out for a grassy "V" shaped slope directly in front of the wedding gardens. The ditch is thought to have been built to stop cattle rustling by the Welsh!

2. Former Beaufort Park Hotel chef, Luke Anderson, won Big Brother in 2012. Friends and colleagues at the hotel were delighted to see Luke win the contest and go on to enjoy further media successes!

3. In the 80s, Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher attended a formal dinner in the hotel's Westminster Suite.

4. The hotel has its own full-size indoor squash courts, which are available for use by guests and local residents. If you'd like to have a look or even book some court time, ask at reception for a tour.

5. The hotel started life as a The Arches Motel in 1981 before being massively extended in 1987 and renamed the Beaufort Park Hotel. Next time you’re sitting in the conservatory look out for the brick arches that lead through to the bar – rewind 20 years and you’d have been sitting outside the front of the motel!

6. Oscar-winning Welshman, Sir Anthony Hopkins spent some time at the hotel around the time the main theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru was named after him.

7. Every year, celebrated Welsh musician Mags Harries (pictured above), enjoys a lengthy break at the hotel. You’ll know she’s around because you’ll hear the beautiful sound of her harp. If you’re lucky enough to see Mags, do put in a musical request – we’d recommend Blackbird Will You Go (A Ei Di'r 'Deryn Du)!

8. The now infamous couple Alan and Judith Kilshaw stayed at the hotel at the height of world media attention on their adoption of twin babies in 2001. That was a busy couple of weeks at the hotel!

9. Smash hit girl band, All Saints, called the hotel home during their North Wales tour in the 90s. Of course, they ordered "Black Coffee" each morning!

10. In 2012, we were delighted to welcome Greg Galluzzo, mentor of the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to speak at the hotel.