Dolffanog Fawr

In the Tal-y-llyn valley, with Cadair Idris for a backdrop, Alex Yorke and Lorraine Hinkins are the ‘dedicated hosts’ at this 18th-century farmhouse–turned–‘exceptional guest house’. More

Contact details

Dolffanog Fawr
Tal-y-llyn
Tywyn
Gwynedd
LL36 9AJ
Wales
01654 761247

Hotel information

Bedrooms

4

Open

Mar–Oct, dinner served Wed–Sat.

Facilities

lounge, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 1-acre garden (hot tub), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 10.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, and lounge ‘if other guests don’t mind’.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B £100–£120, D,B&B £156–£176. À la carte £28. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Good Hotel Guide Review

In the Tal-y-llyn valley, with Cadair Idris for a backdrop, Alex Yorke and Lorraine Hinkins are the ‘dedicated hosts’ at this 18th-century farmhouse-turned-‘exceptional guest house’. Bedrooms are made inviting with a Welsh wool blanket and local artwork; tea- and coffee-making facilities and good toiletries are supplied. Each room has a window framing a countryside vista, but book one of the three with a window seat to better take in the views of lake, mountain and hills. In the lounge, borrow a volume from the crammed shelves of the glass-fronted bookcase, then settle into a sofa by the log-burning stove. Another day, step into the garden and scan the skies for red kites. Dinner, cooked by the hostess four nights a week, is ‘simple but seriously good’ – perhaps twice-baked Welsh cheese soufflé; rack of salt marsh lamb (‘the best we’ve eaten anywhere in Britain or Ireland’). An ‘extremely generous’ breakfast is just what’s needed before exploring southern Snowdonia: a historic steam railway leaves Tywyn Wharf for a waterfall trail in Nant Gwernol; the fantastic Precipice Walk around the peak of Moel Cynwch is within reach. More reports, please.

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Dolffanog Fawr
Tal-y-llyn
Tywyn
Gwynedd
LL36 9AJ

Guest comments

'Alex and Lorraine's philosophy is to offer good value for money and to keep food miles to a minimum. They achieve their aims! Our bedroom (Mawddach) was well appointed, with an excellent ensuite bathroom. Dolffanog Fawr provides a good selection of local walks. Alex's knowledge is invaluable, and with Cader Idris on the doorstep you are in a stunning setting. The four-course superb value set dinner menu is a delight, well balanced, seasonally inspired, using local produce. The well chosen wine list has a modest mark-up. Dinner is served around a large oak table; we enjoyed eating with the other visitors. The choice for breakfast is excellent. ' - Bob and Jean Henry - September, 2017
'We chose it for its convenient location and it was superb: dedicated hosts, excellent accommodation, the best lamb we have eaten anywhere in Britain or Ireland for many years (main course of a simple yet seriously good meal, by far our best in a five-day stay in Wales) and unexpectedly good wine list (plus craft beers). On of the other guests had dietary restrictions and the menu for all was devised to take that into consoderation, but we would never have known if we hadn’t been told afterwards. ' - GN - August, 2014

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