Just spent two very peaceful days in this singular hotel. The reception and service is 'relaxed and informal' to a 't'. A warm welcome is provided by your accomplished hostess Alice and a lovely breakfast by your excellent waitress Manuela. Situated in a beautiful location in rural Wales - extensive views and just about the perfect spot to relax from the cares of life.
The hotel has been established as a conversion of an old church, which gives it a great amount of character. Rooms are very comfortable and well-maintained. Facilities include free internet, hot tub, pool table and Sky television.
Tents only in this campsite situated by Llyn Cwellyn (the lake, unfortunately not the pub). The site sits next to a small river that feeds into the lake and offers impressive views of Snowdon and Mannedd Mawr. It's a quiet and secluded spot despite being in the heart of the national park and is an excellent walking base. The shower block has three power showers and plenty of hot water, but only two loos - can be a bit of a que in the morning if the site is full to capacity (probably has close to 30 pitches). Although owned and run by the pub it's a mile uphill if you want to grab a pint or a meal. The scenery more than makes up for these minor iritations though.
1. Camp fires in copper fire pits - no worries about burning the local scenery and very handy for warming your toes after a long day on the mountain (logs available from the pub).
2. Space - less tents per acre than any other campsite I've stayed on in Snowdonia (and we went on a busy weekend)
3. Scenery - views of the lake with mountains in the background, a babbling brook and towering above this all, Snowdon itself. Simply breathtaking.
Five friends and I travelled to the beautiful Snowdonia for a long weekend in September. We made last minute plans to stay at Snowdon Lodge, but it turned out to be a great stay. Karl picked us up from the train station at 23:30, even though reception usually closes at 23:00. The staff was helpful, telling us which day to climb Mt. Snowdon and which day was better for the beach. Breakfast of toast, jam, cereal, coffee, juice and tea was included for free. There was also a nice TV room with games and a large selection of movies, which were available to rent for 1 GBP. I was very pleasantly surprised by this place which is kind of on the border between Tremadog and Porthmadog. I would recommend this place and I would stay there again. This seems to be the only hostel (and the cheapest accomodation in Porthmadog) at about 13.50 GBP per person per night.
We arrived late on our check in day and reception had already closed for the evening. Not a problem said the internet instructions we had received, just choose a pitch and visit reception in the morning. We were a little worried by the "Site Full" sign at the entrance, but as we had booked in advance we knew there had to be room here...it just looked very busy! Had we arrived earlier we would have no doubt been directed to one of the other fields hiding behind the trees rather than the very family oriented "Village Green" right in front of reception. However, we were not really in the mood to explore the site and just wanted to pitch the tent on one of the apparently few remaining spots we could see. It wasn't a bad spot. Near the shops, near the shower block, near reception and near the car...but also near the children's play area! As we were only staying for two nights though we decided to put up with the lilting sounds of children playing from first light until after dark!
The facilities were good. A hairdrier is available at no extra cost, there are plenty of power points in the shower block if you want to take your own electrical equipment, hot showers, plenty of clean toilets with lots of toilet roll. The only comment I would make is that the showers were a little mucky sometimes and there weren't enough to cope with all the guests. The price seemed to be about double other sites in the area, but I think the facilities bumped the price up. We paid £12 per night for our pitch, but as it was Bank Holiday we had to pay for 3 days, even though we wanted to stay for 2. The campsite shop is fairly well equipped, but an onsite pub or off-licence would have sealed the deal as we'd forgotten to bring beer! We were a bit worried about trying to walk to Beddgelert in the dark as the winding country road played host to some fairly speedy drivers and had no footpath on either side.
We chose this caravan park as it was close to all the places in Snowdonia National Park we wanted to visit.
The park is a British Holidays/Haven park. We booked through an offer in a Brtish National Newspaper so only paid about £75 Monday to Friday for a luxury static caravan including holiday insurance, maintenance charge and linen hire. You need to take your own towels.
The caravan was fantastic (see my desciption below). I could happily spend a few weeks in one.
These parks geneally have an onsite grocery shop but the opening hours are limited. There was a Spar supermarket just down the road anyway and a big Tesco in Pothmadog itself.
We ended up being allocated a luxury caravan which was lovely.
Bedrooms One double room, one twin room. The double room was very nicely fitted out and had an en-suite bathroom. There were loads of storage cupboards and built in wardrobes.
The kitchen was well equipped with fridge and icebox, kettle, microwave, gas cooker, toaster. Plates, cups and saucers, cutlery, pots and pans etc are provided. If you like a mug of tea then I advise you to take one with you as the cups supplied are only small tea cups.
There is a seperate Dining area and Lounge . The lounge has a TV and gas fire, a nice long seating section and coffee table. There are masses of cupboards and storage.
It also has gas central heating which is a bonus in chilly weather.
One of the great points about this park is the proximity to Black Rock Sands, one of the only beaches you can actually drive onto. It is also 10 minutes by car from Portmeirion.
This campsite is for the "back 2 basics" campers. A very basic site with only a few tiolet facilities - very clean - newly build in 2004. The great thing of staying here is the sense of being outdoors. The campsite allows you to have open fires provided you make them in the designated firetrays which you can hire. ( Wood is to be bought of the campsite owners) There are no pubs or shops in the near proximity - ( I think the nearest shop is about 15 - 2o minutes by car) So you have to take all food and drink with you. However , the result is a very quiet - except for some kids - campsite with beautifull views over a lake or river on which shores you can pitch. Expect climbers and serious walkers as you are able to walk from the campsite to Snowdon. - Long walk though- . I come back year after year and it keeps being a best kept secret
Homely B & B overlooking the lake, with en-suite rooms, colour TV (no cable) and tea/coffee making facilities. Private parking in front of the house.
Great views on the lake but a main road is between it and the B&B. Very quiet by night though as there is no traffic.
The landlords, Martin & Carol Torr are very friendly and happy to discuss with you during your breakfast. Their son lives in Thailand and they're likely to go there at least once a year so check whether it is open or not when do decide to go.
I went as part of the Marylebone Mountaineering Club and they'd booked the entire stable block which worked out at £18 for two nights. There was a communal kitchen, some dorms had en-suite, some didn't.
The room we were in was right above the kitchen so it was nice and warm though you could hear people above in the morning.
Within walking distance of the lowest route up Snowdon, we did the Watkin path.
*** UPDATE *** Due to flooding at their property the owners no longer run a B&B business - shame.
Very nice Cottage B&B in a great location. It is approx 3 miles from Beddgelert (a beautiful little village) and only 9 minutes drive from Porthmadog. Check out the weblink for more info and a little of the History. The pictures don't do it justice.
The service provided by Barry and Anne is 1st class and they are both very warm, friendly and interesting. It felt more like I was staying with friends rather than staying at a B&B.
The best testament I can give is that I definitely intend returning to turnpike.
*** UPDATE *** Due to flooding at their property the owners no longer run a B&B business - shame.
It is a small property with only 2 guest rooms with a very warm homely feel to it with service to match. You are greeted on arrival with a coffee/tea and a welcome chat.
Anne and Barry provide a standard of service that is unfortunately all too rare in the UK these days and chatting to them on my last night their views and attitude made it clear why they succeed in providing such high standards. VERY highly reccomended.
Room rate UK £ 19.50 per night with discounts for stays of 4 nights or more. Info correct as at 12 June 2003
The Old Snowdon Ranger Station is wonderfully located at the foot of Snowdon, 5 miles from Beddgelert in the Snowdonia National Park, and just 8 miles south of the the renowned castle and walled town of Caernarfon.
This self catering cottage is located at the foot of the Snowdon Ranger Path up Snowdon. It is is well equipped, and comprises a double bedroom, shower room, and a lounge/diner with kitchen. Facilities include:
Digital colour TV
Radio / cassette / CD player
Terrace with recliners
Garden area with stream and trees
This unique little cottage, was once a station on the famous narrow gauge Welsh Highland Railway - being restored for Summer 2002.
I haven't tried it yet but it looks very inviting.
This beautiful hotel is set amongst 20 acres of gorgeous gardens and mountainside. Part of the building dates back to the 16th century when it was a Welsh manor house, though there is a newer section at the back which is where our rooms were located.
The rooms were quite nice and comfortable, the ensuite bathroom clean and bright with tub/shower. There are 9 rooms in total.
The dining area is part of the 16th century bit and it's really nice, just duck coming into the room from the hall, people must have been a lot shorter back then. The walls are thick and held up with huge wooden beams.
We had breakfast and dinner whilst staying here and it was just wonderful.
There is a small bar in the hotel but we did not use it, though we did have some great coffee and sat with them on the chairs in the hall.
I really can wholeheartedly recommend this place, and if you have questions about the area or hiking Snowdon the owners are happy to help. They even have guides in the hall with which you can decide your hiking route.
The price listed below includes breakfast, dinner is extra at £16 for 4 courses with coffee, well worth it I can assure you.
Make sure you wander around the gardens of this place as they are really lovely. The view over the surrounding mountains is spectacular, especially in the sunshine.
Snowdown Lodge, formerly known as Snowdon Backpackers, is positively the best and friendliest hostel I've ever stayed in (see, I don`t say that about every hostel, Carl ;oP).
It`s conveniently situated on the edge of the small town Tremadog, about a 10 minute walk from Porthmadog (which provides a "normal" railway station, the starting point of Ffestiniog Narrow Gauge Railway and access to the sea and probably loads of other stuff I haven`t found out yet).
One characteristic I particularly liked was the easy access (just leave the garden through the backdoor) to a number of easy hiking trails through woods and up the local hills with superb views of the surrounding landscape.
Another veeeerrrrry nice characteristic is the simple fact that this hostel is owned by two gorgeous people, Carl and Anja, without whom I'd never have experienced half as much as I did thanks to them - they're top resources of information for Snowdonia and they have a great video collection ;oP
For a little extra money you can book your accommodation along with cooked meals that are said to be delicious - alas I can't speak from my own experience as I stuck to mashed potatoes and processed peas most of the time (the rest of the time I had bachelor`s noodles) ;oP, but that`s just cause I`m such a poor sucker.
A wonderful former Welsh Manor House dating from 1644. Set in 20 acres of mountainside and beautiful gardens - make time to enjoy them.
The dining room is probably the oldest part of the hotel, with its inglenooks and low timbered ceilings - watch your head! - a lovely place to enjoy good cusine after a long days walk.
Bed and Breakfast per day £35.00
2 Day Break (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast) £99.00 3 Day Break (Dinner, Bed and Breakfast) £135.00 - check website for yp to date prices.
Excellent 4 course cusine plus vegetarians are very welcome with tempting and unusual dishes available such as the highly praised parsnip and walnut gratin!
Just 9 tastefully decorated rooms - reservation reccommended as this place tends to get booked up, especially at weekends and having been there its easy to understand why. It may be a little more expensice than staying in Beddgelert itself but this place is a bit extra special
Extremely handy location for when we tackled the Watkin Path to climb Snowdon.
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