The Quay Hotel, Deganwy
The Quay Hotel is a place of marble floors and walls and vast spaces filled with pictures. When Westlife perform in this area this is where they stay. It is sumptuous inside, and outside
there are the most stunning views of the river Conwy. Jean Mead, the author of The Widow Makers, is organising the event and lives close by. Today I met her at the Quay Hotel for lunch. Her husband is the harbourmaster, and instead of parking a car outside his place of work he parks his yacht.
Deganwy is a place I normally just pass through on the way to Llandudno. It is easily overlooked, but is close to Conway castle, and strangely enough one of the characters in A Place of Meadows and Tall Trees originated there, and from Patagonia he gazes out over the South Atlantic and imagines his mother on the opposite shore, and the seven thousand miles that divide them.