Hotels in Snowdonia
Trefeddian Hotel - Special Summer Breaks
‘A hotel with heart and soul’, this long-time favourite overlooking Cardigan Bay has been ‘well run’ by the Cave family and ‘unfailingly cheerful’ staff for more than a century.
From £65 per night
Llwyndu Farmhouse - Two Night Special Offer
At the end of a jiggledy single-track road up a steep hill, Paula and Peter Thompson’s ‘very family-friendly’, ‘super little hotel’ stands out for its simplicity and personable, folksy charm.
From £110 per night
‘Everything is exquisite’ at this ‘very welcoming’ country house retreat (Relais & Châteaux), where goldfinches, song thrushes and blackbirds flit about the ‘beautiful’ grounds leading to a vast bird reserve.
From £335 per night
How times change: steps from the medieval castle, Glyn and Jacqueline Roberts’s ‘impressive’ restaurant-with-rooms occupies two of Harlech’s oldest buildings, described in 1798 as a cheerless spot offering no bed, just a dirt floor strewn with rushes. Today, Guide readers praise the ‘excellent’ contemporary rooms, each well equipped with a king-size bed, tea and coffee, fresh fruit, Welsh spring water, slippers.
From £130 per night
‘A real haven’ on the edge of Snowdonia national park, this small guest house is run by ‘charming hosts’ Katrina Le Saux and Peter Cottee. Their ‘beautiful’ Victorian house overlooks Bala Lake.
From £110 per night
At the foot of Cadair Idris, Lorraine Hinkins and Alex Yorke’s ‘exceptional’ guest house is a ‘superb’ spot for walkers, anglers, cyclists and other guests in search of ‘excellent’ accommodation and ‘simple, yet seriously good meals’.
From £100 per night
Why visit the Pullees’ ‘eccentric’ and ‘old-fashioned’ hotel at the foot of Snowdonia? Well, because it’s there. It was run by the same family back in 1953 when it hosted Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay as they trained to climb Everest, and not a lot has changed since then.
From £75 per night
Noël Coward wrote Blithe Spirit while staying at this Italianate village on the coast of Snowdonia national park – and a blithe spirit infuses the whole extraordinary caprice.
A touch of romance in a Gothic setting, this handsomely refurbished Victorian rectory stands at the foot of Cadair Idris within the Snowdonia national park.
From £150 per night
Hotels surrounded by natural beauty in Snowdonia
Perhaps one of the most famous regions in Wales, Snowdonia is centred around the mountains and glacial forms of the Snowdonia National Park. The area’s historic mountain railway that climbs to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales is amongst its key attractions, with views stretching across the sea to Ireland and more than 100 lakes within its folds as well as peaks such as Cader Idris and Tryfan.
Holidays in Snowdonia are a rich fusion of historic intrigue and outdoor adventure, peppered with excellent food and drink in between. Portmeirion is the architectural haven created by Clough William-Ellis – a vision of perfect coastal village life with Italianate architecture, exotic woodland and miles of romantic walking territory.
Bardsey Island is one of the region’s most curious attractions, showcasing incredible natural habitats, the tallest lighthouse in the UK, sixth century monasteries and Neolithic circles. While exploring you can use the opportunity to traverse the rugged landscape and greet seals and dolphins along the way.
Of course the National Park itself is a seemingly endless opportunity to explore natural beauty. Walk, hike or mountain bike your way through the likes of Italianate architecture and bring the family dog with you as well, to stay in welcoming hotels such as Trefeddian, known for its family friendly environment and cheerful greetings on water’s edge. Holidays in this part of the world are an opportunity for real quality time – fresh air, good books, playing games, running around on the beach and always excellent hospitality.