Coes Faen

Barmouth, Gwynedd

Coes Faen means ‘leg of stone’, bringing to mind Shelley’s Ozymandias, but there is no vainglory at Sara and Richard Parry-Jones’s adults-only hotel overlooking the Mawddach estuary. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Coes Faen means ‘leg of stone’, bringing to mind Shelley’s Ozymandias, but there is no vainglory at Sara and Richard Parry-Jones’s adults-only hotel overlooking the Mawddach estuary. Our inspector’s jaw dropped at first sight of the ‘stunning’ entrance, with an ‘incredible glass staircase in the hillside’. A ‘tunnel, trickling water’, led to gardens with woodland walks, stone benches, views of Cader Idris. It is ‘all fabulous’, not least the ‘strikingly designed’ and ‘well-lit’ bedrooms, each with unique features – an ash-wood bath on slate plinth, a cedar hot tub, a cedar-and-slate steam room, an Italian marble bathroom with seashell-tiled rain shower, a widescreen cinema. On four nights, chef Wayne Scarlet’s ‘excellent’ Tuscan-inspired dinner, served in the stone dining room, may include local lemon sole fillet, olive oil, lemon and herb sauce, steamed green beans; roasted aubergines, Taleggio cheese, tomato sauce, mushrooms. In the morning a ‘most impressive’ breakfast brings smoked black pudding, hot-smoked salmon, crisp pancetta, smoothies. There are stables where you can 
board your horse, and good dogs can hit the hay. ‘A brilliant project. We loved it!’ (P and JT)

Hotel details

Address

Barmouth
Gwynedd
LL42 1TE
Wales

Telephone

01341 281632

Bedrooms

6. 1, on ground floor with patio, suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except Christmas, Jan, dinner served Wed–Sat.

Facilities

entrance hall, snug, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 15-acre grounds (woodland garden), stable, restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

not under 18.

Dogs

‘clean, well-behaved dogs (no puppies)’ allowed in 1 bedroom and stables by arrangement, not in public rooms, dog-sitting available.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £165–£255, double £185–£275. Set dinner £35–£55.