Dolffanog Fawr

Tywyn, Gwynedd

‘Alex and Lorraine's 18th-century farmhouse offers a level of hospitality to rival many of the best small hotels in the UK. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Alex and Lorraine’s 18th-century farmhouse offers a level of hospitality to rival many of the best small hotels in the UK.’ Readers are taken with Alex Yorke and Lorraine Hinkins’s Snowdonia guest house with views over Tal-y-llyn lake to Cader Idris. ‘They achieve their aim of offering good value for money, and minimising food miles.’ Simply furnished bedrooms, each named after a local river, have comfortable bed, local art, Melin Tregwynt throws, upmarket toiletries. Front-facing Mawddach, with views to the Dyfi and Tarren hills, was ‘well appointed’ with a corner bath and shower over in ‘an excellent en suite’. The others enjoy a lake view, and Wnion has windows to the front and back. Three nights a week, Lorraine cooks a meal taken communally around the oak table. ‘We enjoyed eating with other visitors, exchanging tales of our day’s activities.’ The menu, inspired by the seasons, might feature roast Tal-y-llyn lamb or wild sea trout. ‘The breakfast choice is excellent’, with award-winning sausages, dry-cured bacon, free-range eggs, organic home-baked bread, home-made jam, fish options; all setting you up for a long walk. The garden’s hot tub awaits your return. (B and JH)

Hotel details

Address

Tal-y-llyn
Tywyn
Gwynedd
LL36 9AJ
Wales

Telephone

01654 761247

Bedrooms

4. 1 reached by covered walkway.

Open

Mar–Oct, dinner served Thurs–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 by arrangement, in bedrooms (not unattended) and lounge ‘if other guests don’t mind’, not in dining room.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £90–£120, double £100–£120. À la carte £28 (2% surcharge if paying by credit card). 1-night bookings often refused.

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