Sleeping with books
Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere and surroundings of Gladstone's Library, the perfect getaway.
Gladstone's Library is the UK's only residential library. Our peaceful setting and grounds will leave you feeling renewed and energised, as well as giving you the freedom to explore our collection of almost 150,000 printed items.Read More
A stay with a difference
If you are looking for a stay with a difference, look no further than Gladstone's Library; we pride ourselves in offering the best service for all our visitors in a truly unique setting.
We have 26 boutique bedrooms, all unique in their own way, most with en suite facilities.
As a resident you have extended use of the Reading Rooms from 9am - 10pm (9am - 5pm for the general public).
Library books may be taken away to your bedroom, however books from the Gladstone Foundation Collection must not be removed from the Reading Rooms.
We also have our very own bistro, Food for Thought, serving breakfast (8am – 9am), lunch (12 noon - 2pm) and evening meals (6.45pm - 7.15pm).
Ideally located in the North Wales countryside, just outside Chester
Gladstone’s Library is located in a prime spot, just eight miles from the famous walled city of Chester and on the doorstep of the wonderful Welsh countryside with lots of places to visit including the historic market town of Mold, St Winefride’s Well (Holywell),the coastal town of Llandudno and Snowdonia (about an hour and a half’s drive).
The village of Hawarden
Hawarden is a charming Welsh village, with an eclectic range of shops including a Post Office and general store, hairdressers, chemist and the award winning Hawarden Estate Farm Shop which is an attraction in itself – an enjoyable place to discover and purchase fresh produc owned and run by the Gladstone family.
The Gladstone Estate also offers picturesque countryside – perfect for long walks and enjoying nature. Permits are available to Library guests to walk in the woods around Hawarden Castle – as this is private land we do recommend that you get a permit from Reception before venturing too far!
The Glynne Arms, also owned by the Gladstone family, is a favourite for locals and an impressive place for visitors to Hawarden. Unique in its décor, the rooms are decorated with books and local historical trinkets that instantly make you feel part of the wonderful surroundings.
You can see our five star reviews on TripAdvisor. To find out more, contact us today.
Please note that due to tree felling this summer we are unable to issue permits for guests to walk the Hawarden Estate. The Estate is still open until the permit point. Alternative walking routes are available from Reception. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We are extremely proud to have won TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for four years in a row (2013 - 2017).
The achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on the world's largest travel site - TripAdvisor.
We are among an elite group of winners including accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.
The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity of recent reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.
To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
"This is the fourth year in a row we have won this award," said Peter Francis, Warden at Gladstone's Library.
"I am very proud of all the staff and would like to thank all those visitors who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor."
Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at TripAdvisor added: "With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers.
"Recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service."
But, don’t take our word for it...
"Its books and sense of history were a blissful, secular balm...this place is truly special."
"An exceptional institution where seriousness and laughter, and camaraderie and solitude, have a vital place"
Times Higher Education
"It's not just a B&B, it’s a peaceful, restorative retreat...It will feel like a privilege."
"As a working writer, I’ve gone to many places to work…but I have never found anything as appealing as this strange and beautiful institution in Wales"
"Great Place to read, write and relax.
An absolutely perfect place for my needs, great library and facilities, comfy bed and room, great food and good conversations with other guests."
"Gladstone’s library is a remarkable place. A haven for reflection, study and quiet..."
Wales Arts Review
"I have visited the Library on several occasions but this last visit has been beyond what I expected. Without exception every member of staff is excellent and this really adds to the feel of the place. "
I stayed five nights last week with a friend and we were both charmed by it. As a keen Victorian, I was delighted to stay in a John Douglas building brought up to modern standards."