Y Goeden Eirin

Caernarfon, Gwynedd

The promised welcome in the vales is extended by Eluned Rowlands at this converted granite cowshed-turned-characterful B&B with views to Snowdonia and the Menai estuary More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The promised welcome in the vales is extended by Eluned Rowlands at this converted granite cowshed-turned-characterful B&B with views to Snowdonia and the Menai estuary. It is infused with a love of things Welsh – slate and timber, wool blankets, fleeces, dresser, art and books. A portrait by Sir Kyffin Williams in the dining room is of the late John Gwilym Jones, a personal friend, whose short story collection Y Goeden Eirin (The Plum Tree) inspired the house name. Up ‘a broad staircase lined with prints’ by the same artist, a reader’s bedroom was ‘almost a bedsit’ with a dressing room between bedroom and bathroom, ‘prints of real artistic merit’, and ‘many interesting objects, including rugged carved wooden animals surrounding the bath’. The bed, though more ‘princess-size’ than the hoped-for super-king, made for a dreamy night’s sleep. The hostess is ‘evangelically green’, with many eco credentials: in-room recycling instructions, solar panels. Ingredients for an Aga-cooked breakfast are organic and mainly local – not the juicing oranges, obviously, but bacon, sausages, lamb’s kidneys, free-range eggs, home-made preserves. ‘Eluned Rowlands is a loving lady.’ (S and TT)

Hotel details

Address

Y Goeden Eirin
Dolydd
Caernarfon
Gwynedd
LL54 7EF
Wales

Telephone

01286 830942

Bedrooms

3. 2 in annexe 3 yds from house.

Open

all year except Christmas/New Year.

Facilities

breakfast room, lounge, free Wi-Fi in bedrooms and dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), 20-acre pastureland, electric car charging point.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 10.

Dogs

by prior arrangement only – ring to discuss.

Credit cards

none, cash or cheque payment requested on arrival.

Prices

per room B&B single from £65, double £90–£100. 1-night bookings refused peak summertime.