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A great place to stay
I had seen Afon Gwyn on tripadvisor but we did not book in advance as we didn't know where we would be staying that night. We only decided to stay in Betws-y-Coed at 4.30pm and when I called Afon Gwyn at that time the owner was really friendly and helpful despite the late notice (we turned up 10 minutes later).
Our room was great - spacious with a kingsize bed and a huge bathroom. Tim had thought of absolutely everything - even down to a DVD player, selection of books to read and slippers.
Breakfast was fantastic and enormous. The sausage was particularly good. The highlight of breakfast for us though was a quiz! The owner was hosting a local quiz night the next day so asked if he could test the questions on us. We love quizes and we have been talking about our breakfast with quiz ever since.
Betws is a pretty town and there is lots to do and see (especially if you are outdoorsy) within a 30 minute drive.
We would definitely recommend Afon Gwyn and would go back.
Jillian & Nick
My wife and I stayed at Afon Gwyn in July. Having originally booked the Alice Suite, I had a call from Tim (the owner) the following day apologising and explaining that the room had already been booked. He offered us a stay in the Sorrell Suite. We accepted, ever so slightly disappointed that we failed to get our preferred room. From the moment we arrived after a very long drive and met by Tim at the door with a smile and an offer to carry our bags in all the disappointment evaporated.
From being handed white slippers at the front door to being led through to the back and offered a comfortable sofa to relax on whilst a few forms were completed, we felt whisked away to days gone by.... The wonderfully tasteful and elegant decor of their home is both serene and captivating .
We hadn't even made it to the upstairs room and I was feeling completely relaxed... almost to the point of nodding off downstairs. The room is spacious with ample storage. The bathroom is large with a lovely new shower... The bedroom is very comfortable with a large and very comfortable bed, DVD player and satellite television. A decent array of literature also adorns a book case. Nice touches like a turndown of the covers with a chocolate mint on the pillow raise Afon Gwyn above other establishments.
Breakfast at Afon Gwyn is a real treat..... The smoked Salmon is arguably some of the finest I have had (Excellent holandaise Tim!) The rustic bread and large farm eggs are exactly what you need to get you ready for another day out enjoying the beauty of the surrounding area.
Now a little about Tim...... What a wonderful character.... He made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. His witty humour and knowledge of local attractions and establishments made every conversation an informative joy.
I must apologise to Tim for writing this review so late..... A true testiment to Afon Gwyn, Tim and North Wales is the fact that I am sitting in the office on a dreary, overcast and wet day in Oxford and am feeling the memory of Afon Gwyn bring a smile to my face.... In a strange sort of way it's making me feel homesick.... Afon Gwyn, a home away from home......
The very best!
To call Afon Gwyn a guest house doesn't do it justice at all. Would you call the QE2 a car ferry? Would you call a Rolls Royce a family run about? Would you call Harrods a corner shop newsagent? Afon Gwyn is just so much more than a guest house that it is hard to describe, there should be a whole different category for this standard of accommodation.
Tim and Di Peberdy are quite simply the King and Queen of hosts for guest houses, bed and breakfasts, whatever you want to call it, in North Wales, I guarantee you will not find anywhere better to stay in the region than Afon Gwyn. The place itself and the hosts stand head and shoulders above anything else in the whole of Snowdonia.
Okay so what to expect... we have known Di and Tim for a few years having stayed on a number of occasions at their previous property in Betws y Coed (which it wouldn't be fair to name here but suffice to say their attention to detail and friendliness made for very special stays) and we have become used to the high standard which they expect from themselves day in, day out.
We stayed in the Alice Suite which is huge and just unbelievably luxurious, hence the reason it is so hard to refer to this as merely a guest house.
We were greeted upon arrival by Tim who offered to take our luggage up to our room. We were more than happy to use the provided slippers whilst at Afon Gwyn, this made us feel even more at home than our wonderful hosts had already made us feel.
The room itself is just amazing, a HUGE queen sized bed, sofa, armchair, large LCD television, digital TV system, DVD player and even a table and chairs along with bedside tables and lamps. The bathroom is also the height of luxury with a large bath, shower and his and hers sinks. A point to note here is that there's really no need to bring anything other than toothpaste, toothbrush and shaving gear as everything else is provided, soap, flannels, shower cream, bubble bath and plentiful towels, it's all there.
A variety of teas, milk, sugar and even hot chocolate drinks are replenished every day so that you can make your own drinks at your leisure with the provided kettle and cups. There's even a hairdryer, Di and Tim really have thought of everything.
Every evening when we returned to our room we found the quilt turned back and a little chocolate on each of our pillows, it's this attention to detail that made our stay so very special.
To take up a point that a few other reviews have mentioned, the road from Afon Gwyn to Betws y Coed. Yes it is a dark road at night not having any streetlights and there is no pavement so care is needed but we found that by taking a nice bright torch, which was provided in our room (again attention to detail) and following the normal rule of walking facing oncoming traffic, we were able to walk into the village (just over a mile to the Royal Oak pub) with no problems at all.
Breakfast is served between 8:30 and 9:00am in the wonderfully airy conservatory, and what a breakfast it is. A choice of cereals and locally produced yogurts followed by a top class cooked breakfast of your choice, you really can pretty much choose what you want and how you want it, nothing seems too much trouble for Di and Tim.
Tim is at his very best at breakfast and it is obvious that he truly enjoys making his guests as happy as they can possibly be. Meanwhile Di is of course slaving over a hot stove ;-) A truly formidable team.
I could go on and on about how truly unique and superb this combination of property and hosts is but I could still not do the whole experience true justice, there just aren't the words.
Afon Gwyn is, as far as I'm aware, the only guest house in the area to achieve full 5 star status and it's very, very easy to see why, for the standard here there should really be another star or at the very least a 5 star plus. If you want to roam the hills and mountains during the day and relax, unwind and enjoy unrivalled luxury afterwards then there is nowhere else to go. Forget the rest and stay at the (VERY) best.
Many thanks to you both Di and Tim, see you again soon (although not soon enough)
Jon and Donna
White Room,Robinson Room
We stayed for 2 nights with our teenage sons in the Robinson and White rooms. Both rooms are very tastefully decorated, and are spotlessly clean. The ensuites are large and have everything you need, with shower gel, caps, shampoo and towels. Can't fault the quality of the rooms.
Tim's english breakfast was superb, enough to see the four of us to the summit of Snowdon fours later! The cereals, yoghurt, juice, coffee and tea were all of the same standard as the cooked breakfast, and very good.
Tim also made a couple of reservations for evening meals in the town for us prior to arrival, which we were really grateful for as both places were very busy, being the holiday week.
Clearly Tim and Di have put a lot of effort into making Afon Gwyn a great place to stay, and have succeeded in every way. The basics are absolutely spot on, and their attention to the smaller details sets it apart from most other accomodation. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Afon Gwyn to anyone we know, and will definitely be returning in the future.
Great value in a great location!
We stayed at Afon Gwyn this time last year (sorry for the late review Tim!) I can honestly say it is one of the best B&B's (best value undoubtedly) I have ever stayed in. From the minute we met our friendly and humourous hosts to the morning we left they could not do enough for us. Rooms are extremely well furnished and almost clean to a fault! We particulary liked our comfy bed. Its scenic location is ideally situated for exploring the area and the village (about a 10 min walk to the pubs). Like most of the reviewers I wouldn' hesitate in recommending Afon Gwyn to anyone. Even if you aren't into scenery, walking or doing much in general...visit here if only for the fab breakfast!!!
If Carlsberg made a B&B it would be Afon Gwyn
Without a doubt the friendliest B&B we have stayed in. From the minute we arrived Tim was there to welcome us and show us round. The rooms are excellent and extremely well presented. The breakfasts are superb, and kept us going until dinner, ideal if you're out for the day.
Overall I can't fault Afon Gwyn, Thanks Tim and family for making our stay so enjoyable.
I really cannot say one bad thing about our stay here. The host, Tim, is everything a host should be - friendly, entertaining, helpful without being intrusive.
The setting is wonderful - it's next door to the beautiful Fairy Glen, is right on the river, set back from the road in its own woodland and as it's just on the edge of Betws-y-Coed it's far enough away to be quiet and still close enough to walk into the centre to visit the restaurants etc.
The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated in a contemporary style and the breakfasts are to die for!
If you want to visit Snowdonia then this is definitely the place to stay.
Truly Beautiful Place
Absolutely lovely place,ive stayed in quite a few places around betsy and this in my opinion is by far the best.
Tim the owner is a delight, very welcoming and friendly.
Nothing is too much trouble.
Would not hesitate in staying again when we go back to nrth Wales.Rooms exceptionally clean very comfortable and welcoming.We stayed in the Robinson Room which has its own door to outside small patio area.The room has a fabulous walkin shower too
Overall cannot fault this gem of a place at all!
Book! you wont be disappointed!
This B&B truly is in a league of it's own. It has cornered the market in luxury, and seems more like a 5 star hotel than a traditional B&B.
We stayed in the Alice suite, which was fantastic and enormous - 6ft square bed, huge flatscreen TV, sofa bed, arm chair, kettle and beverages, complimentary slippers, hairdryer, corkscrew and bottle stopper.
The bathroom is spacious and has a bath with shower adapter, seperate shower enclosure, his and her sinks, and complimentary toiletries (decent branded stuff too, not your usual cheap and nasty). The towels are soft and fluffy.
The breakfast, as mentioned in other reviews is of excellent quality and plentiful.
The host is pleasant and welcoming - and to be complimented on the beautiful decor, spotless cleanliness and attention to detail that make this B&B somewhere we will be returning to as soon as possible.
Friendly and extremely comfortable
The reviews on this site of the Afon Gwyn Country House are very reliable. It is indeed a great place to stay!
You will find very nicely appointed rooms and bathrooms, with all that you need and much that you won't find in a standard B&B. Part of our family stayed in the Alice Room which made a great place for us all to be together. The beds are large and comfortable and made-up with high quality bed clothes. Flat screen TVs and satellite were also nice to have.
The rest of the house is very attractive too, with a bright dining room in the conservatory and a spacious and welcoming hall-way. The breakfast is really top quality and very freshly prepared.
Afon Gwyn also has a nice looking garden, and handy parking.
The only thing missing (for me) was WiFi, but this can be overcome by buying access by the hour from the Royal Oak hotel in the town. Anyway, maybe its a good thing to get away from the rat-race for a bit.
All of the really nice things about Afon Gwyn are made twice as enjoyable by Tim's good humour and friendliness. He is a bit of star when it comes to making people feel welcome and relaxed.
Finally, the house is near Betws-y-coed, along a somewhat busy road, which can be walked, but I suspect most would prefer to drive.
So, we loved Afon Gwyn and would highly recommend it to our friends and family.