Hotels in Snowdonia
Treffedian Hotel has closed, but hopes to reopen in February 2021. It may have a four-star rating, but there is nothing too swanky about this child-friendly, dog-friendly hotel overlooking Cardigan Bay, across the road from dunes, golf links and white-sand beach.
At the top of one of the world’s steepest streets, Glyn and Jacqueline Roberts’s restaurant-with-rooms occupies two 16th-century buildings above Edward I’s formidable castle (faint hearts, take the High Street route).
Amid sheep-grazed pastures, this 16th-century farmhouse at the foot of the Rhinog mountains has glorious views over Cardigan Bay to the Llyn peninsula.
Up narrow Love Lane in a town under Cader Idris, this dark-stone Victorian rectory-turned-hotel makes a stylish base for a trip to Snowdonia.
Few guest houses have as magnificent a mise en scène as this one in Snowdonia, set among pretty lawned gardens, with views across sheep-filled pastures to Tal-y-llyn lake and Cader Idris.
On the edge of Snowdonia, with 30 acres of gardens overlooking the Mawddach estuary, lies one of the most innovative, eco-friendly hotels in the UK.
Built in 1810, this ‘eccentric’ hotel at the foot of Snowdonia retains the spirit of a mountaineers’ hostel, along with a wealth of memorabilia commemorating mountaineering’s golden age.
Amid the architectural astonishment that is Sir Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis’s Italianate village, on the edge of a tidal estuary, this early Victorian villa is today a ‘comfortably furnished’ hotel run with ‘friendly, welcoming’ staff.
Hotels surrounded by natural beauty in Snowdonia
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.
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.