Good Hotel Guide Review
Up a ‘testing’ country lane beneath Cader Idris, this quirky bolt-hole is run by the ‘impressive’ Angela and Bernhard Lanz, who ‘could not be more friendly or obliging’. While built of Snowdonia’s grey stone, the former Victorian rectory has been ‘imaginatively’ converted by an interior designer. Among the guest rooms, Sydney boasts a huge, decorative wooden bedhead and an in-room, freestanding bath; Emily contains a chaise longue, see-through chair and spectacular bathroom; Annis has an oriental theme likened to ‘a Mikado stage set. I found it disorientating in a very Welsh town but suspect younger guests will find it stimulating. The sheets were Egyptian cotton, the lighting was superb, there were no noises offstage.’ All rooms offer glorious views. The many walks into the national park are matched by numerous spots to unwind, from an elegant book-strewn lounge with piano and honesty bar, to an outdoor hot tub. Evenings bring Bernhard’s ‘excellent’ modern Welsh dishes, perhaps honey, mustard and herb-crusted rack of Welsh lamb, leek and potato gratin, blackberry reduction. An extensive breakfast includes a full Welsh, porridge, a Ffynnon potato cake with smoked salmon. (S and TT)
all year. Restaurant closed Sun–Wed.
sitting room, dining room, study/hall, butler’s pantry, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ‘reasonably sized’ garden (secluded outdoor hot tub).
all day in sitting room and dining room.
all ages welcomed ('baby pack' free of charge).
per room B&B single £110–£160, double £160–£220. Set dinner £28–£50, à la carte £35. 2-night min. stay at weekends and bank holidays.