Good Hotel Guide Review
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. The bedrooms all have a touch of theatre. Dual-aspect Aimee has a corbeille bed, seating areas with views over the garden, and a spa bath with overhead shower. Annis has an oriental theme. Sydney has a carved mahogany bed, an in-room slipper bath and a shower room. The experience, which includes an outdoor hot tub, is ‘eccentric, even surreal’, but wholly a pleasure. A fire burns within an ornate surround in a cosy lounge with honesty bar. German-born chef/proprietor Bernhard Lanz and his wife, Angela, ‘couldn’t have been nicer’, say Guide insiders. Bernhard rolled up his sleeves to resolve a plumbing problem while Angela fixed the Wi-Fi. In the dining/breakfast room Bernhard cooks a short menu of beautifully presented, locally sourced dishes such as chargrilled pork medallions with apple sage sauce and market vegetables. A generous breakfast brings a buffet and the full Welsh, setting you up to explore the national park.
all year, restaurant closed Sun–Wed.
sitting room, dining room, study/hall, butler’s pantry, in-room TV (Freeview), garden (secluded outdoor hot tub), parking.
all day in sitting room and dining room.
all ages welcomed (‘baby pack’ free of charge), beds for 2–16 years £25 a night.
per room B&B single £110–£160, double £160–£220. Set dinner £28–£50, à la carte £35. Min. 2-night stay at weekends and bank holidays.