Good Hotel Guide Review
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. Within a lodge that originally housed waiting staff and stables, owners Sara and Richard Parry-Jones have carried out what led our inspectors on their last visit to enthuse: ‘Such design, style and architectural detail, such a brilliant site and such hospitable hosts are extremely rare.’ The entrance with glass staircase in the hillside and trickling water takes the breath away. Space, natural light and technology have all been exploited to the full. Each room has a unique feature – a secluded terrace with cedar hot tub; a handcrafted wooden bath; a widescreen cinema. New this year, the Mawddach Suite, reached by an ancient tunnel, has a lounge with cocktail bar and views of the Cader Idris range. There is stabling for your horse, but although there is a dog-friendly room no puppies are allowed – human or canine. On four nights a week Wayne Scarlet cooks such Tuscan-inspired dishes as ravioli of local crab, pappardelle with wild boar ragout, and vegan options. ‘A brilliant project.’
7. 1, on ground floor with patio, suitable for disabled, 1 in annexe.
all year except Christmas, New Year, dinner served Wed–Sat.
entrance hall, snug, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), 15-acre woodland garden, stable, restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible.
in public areas.
not under 18.
‘clean, well-behaved dogs (no puppies)’ allowed in 1 bedroom and stables by arrangement, not in public rooms, dog-sitting available.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £175–£305, double £195–£325. Set dinner £45–£55.