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Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens

Penmaenuchaf Hotel, Penmaenpool, Snowdonia-Eryri National Park, Dolgellau LL40 1YB Wales
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Perched high above the Mawddach estuary at the foot of the rugged Cadair Idris, you’ll find the stone fronted Penmaenuchaf. Inspired by the dramatic ancient landscape of Snowdonia National Park this grand old house has its own beautiful history and each room with unique and characterful appeal. Adventure abounds in this land of longing, rich in stories of Welsh myth and legend as fantastical as the scenery in front of you. Escape to our mountain hideaway and leave the everyday behind to relax in extraordinary North Wales. You'll be welcomed with warm smiles as you step into our country house overlooking the stunning Mawddach Estuary. Embrace the tranquility of this most scenic location and experience our unbuttoned approach to exceptional hospitality. Our Head Chef, Owen Vaughan, and his talented kitchen brigade are focused on creating menus with high-quality, delicious ingredients, that are as local as possible. Join us in our restaurant for lunch and dinner daily, and enjoy great British cooking with an true emphasis on big flavours. Our beautiful garden room restaurant has been named 'Llugad yr Haul' which is Welsh for 'eye of the sun'. Owners Zoe & Neil Kedward and their Seren family of Welsh hospitality businesses which includes the renowned 5 star Grove of Narberth Hotel and Michelin starred Beach House Restaurant in Oxwich, purchased Penmaenuchaf Hotel in June 2022. A new story for this old house has now began and we're now on a journey to continue to restore, rejuvenate and evolve every aspect at this beautiful house. We'd love for you to join us on this adventure. Our bedroom, restaurant, bar and lounge spaces will all gently evolve over the years to come and we're looking forward to sharing those changes with you. You can be rest assured that we will be retaining all the beautiful historic character of the property inside and out whilst building on its sense of place in this remarkable Snowdonia mountain landscape.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Hiking
Horseback riding
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Massage
Gift shop
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
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Bathrobes
Desk
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Private balcony
Seating area
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Flatscreen TV
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Bottled water
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Complimentary toiletries
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
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BluebrookeKatenChris wrote a review 18 Apr
Lichfield, United Kingdom82 contributions28 helpful votes
We went for dinner and loved it again. The service and ambience is great. The al la carte menu and little extras were very tasty, my taste buds are still tingling. We will be back.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tourist797370 wrote a review 8 Apr
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My wife, Ruby (our dog) and I had a 2 night stay as a get away from life. What a choice we made. In every way, this hotel and its staff are a long stride ahead of anywhere else we have chosen to stay. Ruby is my assistance dog and was greeted as a member of the family and treated as such throughout. The positive attitude towards her and my needs made me feel so very comfortable from the off. On arrival we were met with genuine warmth from the staff and welcomed with a pot of tea in the main lounge of the hotel. The room oozed old school decadence but with a welcoming and comfortable overtone. There was a lovely smell of 'age' in the reception rooms. Some meld of old books, leather and polish give the aroma I remember from my grandmother's house back when she was around. After a short tour of the establishment we were shown to our junior suite and what a wonderful and relaxing suite it was. Every detail had been addressed and checked. Exceptionally clean and neat with a renovation that had taken every expectation of a visitor into consideration. The layout and quality of the furniture and fittings was incredible and the whole package was topped with a dog bed, bowl and treats for Ruby, which we were unaware was provided. To the dinning room that evening and we were so grateful the staff had set up our table in its own room, so in effect we had private dinning. I suffer from PTSD following military service and this touch meant more to us than the staff will ever know. Our choice was the tasting menu and what a menu it was. The quality and taste of the courses far outshone a very reasonable price tag. I can't really explain in full just how good the food was but rest assured it was something else. Food is nothing without service and the waiting staff, who felt more like old friends, treated us exceptionally well throughout the evening. I beg you to try the tasting menu if you are a foodie of any standing. The wine list carried great depth in both taste and cost and my wife very much enjoyed the crisp white I ordered for her. After a sound sleep in a very comfortable bed we surfaced for breakfast and again had private dining; I know it may sound 'drippy' but this touch helped me enjoy my experience with minimal impost from the effects pf PTSD. The selection for breakfast was presented over two course and it was wonderful. Classic options and a Welsh fried breakfast of the highest quality prepared us for the day ahead. The stay was over too soon but the memories of the building, the food and especially our friends the staff will stay with us for many moons to come. I can't rate Penmaenuchaf Hotel highly enough and should you chose to stay you will not regret your choice.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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GretschGuy wrote a review 5 Apr
New York City, New York93 contributions95 helpful votes
We recently stayed for 3 nights in one of the Deluxe rooms (Derwen). From the moment we arrived it was a pleasure. Check in was easy (and our bags were brought to our first floor room). The hotel was spectacular - clean, with character and attention to detail. Staff were very helpful with local suggestions. Breakfast was pleasant with full service selections. We had two dinners in the restaurant (which was superb and reviewed separately). The room was designed and decorated in a luxury country style - plenty of light, and well designed bathroom. While this wasn’t the time of year to enjoy the gardens, the grounds were well kept and a really spectacular setting. We would love to return!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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nigecathy wrote a review 4 Apr
Herefordshire, United Kingdom77 contributions28 helpful votes
Booked a 3 night Easter break and had a most enjoyable time. The staff are very friendly and the food is exceptional. Very impressed on the first morning when we were given handouts which showed the walk along the trail, map of Barmouth and bus timetable for the return to Dolgellau, so some very nice touches. Superior room extremely comfortable although we didn’t have the requested room made on the booking which meant walk in shower as opposed to the room requested which had a bath. Certainly like to visit again as the hotel is so perfectly located for exploring the coast and Snowdonia National Park.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Fliss wrote a review Mar 2024
United Kingdom83 contributions69 helpful votes
I grew up on the N Wales border and my childhood was spent in Snowdonia and on Anglesey so I'm already sold on this hotel's astonishing location, it's 'to die for'. Having stayed at sister hotel the Grove of Narberth last year, when we noted this hotel had opened and crucially, was allowing dogs, we booked. And were not disappointed. The hotel is still undergoing a programme of refurbishment with some rooms still to do, but they magically hid that from view. Our room was Eryri, a dog-friendly Junior Suite on the top floor, which was gorgeous. The complimentary coffees and miniature fresh milk, cookies etc in the rooms were all great. The doggy bed, towel and treats were also well-received, thank you. And the toiletries are now my Go To. I bought them from the hotel on departure and have ordered again online - sublime. But apart from all these positives, what makes this hotel is the staff (every single member was superb) and the restaurant. Thomas Hine's cuisine is in art form without being pretentious and was SUPERB, better than many a Michelin-starred restaurant I've visited. You get the feeling that, as Mark Hix once said, Thomas serves what he thinks people WANT to eat, rather than what HE wants them to eat. This hotel makes me happy just to think about it and so I've already booked again. Thank you, Penmaenuchaf, please don't change.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Stephen M wrote a review Mar 2024
Caerphilly, United Kingdom434 contributions52 helpful votes
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We had 2 nights with the 5 course taster each evening.. Oh my what an amazing relaxing experience with ‘team’ Penmaenuchaf. We arrived late afternoon dropped our bags in reception and was escorted to one of the comfortable lounges where tea was waiting. When we returned to reception our baggage had been delivered to our room.. Which was one of newly refurbished rooms at the top of the house with views over the formal gardens. The room decor was gorgeous from the wall paper, tiles furnishing and bathroom suite. A walk in huge shower and a roll top bath for two. The huge bed very comfortable. There is tea/coffee facilities. A fridge with fresh milk & fruit juice. In the bathroom there is luxury body & hair care products. Luxury towels and bathroom robes. Dinner each evening was an eating experience to say the least. Just fantastic extraordinary exquisite dishes each time. Christie the manager arranged our wine flight to match the dishes. The service in the restaurant by the way is a well presented conservatory/orangery… Susie and the tall elegant South African colleague (name forgot to ask sorry).. You guys were so courteous and accommodating. You are both a credit to the team.. It is an open door kitchen facility by the way.. The three chefs were absolutely fantastic at what they do and produced… Breakfast was just as tasty and amazing also…. Christie Georgia and Louise you run an amazing team at Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel…. Thank you. It was not a cheap three days however it was worth every penny.. To close maybe some steak knives in the restaurant and maybe one of the bathroom mirrors could have lighting…
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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224June wrote a review Mar 2024
Cardiff, United Kingdom74 contributions31 helpful votes
We had a thoroughly enjoyable 2-night stay including dinner both nights. Food is exceptional, all round great service with friendly staff, hotel has interesting historic wooden panelling and the main restaurant is in a delightful glasshouse overlooking pretty gardens.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Not cheap but the prices reflect the high standard of the cuisine and the quality of service
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Steph wrote a review Mar 2024
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Amazing hotel and staff, and the surrounding scenery is just mesmerising. The lounge with its comfy sofas and smouldering fire was such a lovely place to spend the evening after a good walk and day out exploring. The perfect escape. We’ll definitely be back.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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JJ25 wrote a review Mar 2024
Tenby, United Kingdom361 contributions178 helpful votes
This is the second time we’ve visited this fabulous property and it is practically perfect in every way. We stayed in one of the refurbished top floor rooms and we could not fault it - wonderfully comfortable and relaxing with amazing views of the spectacular scenery. The food was equally as memorable- Tom Home’s tasting menu is a must try and his breakfasts as equally tasty. From the moment we checked in to the time we (sadly) checked out we experienced warm, professional and friendly service - We will return as soon as we can.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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howard g wrote a review Mar 2024
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Hidden from everything with views to die for. This is a gem of a place. The rooms are quite fabulous as is the exquisite food. Spacious and authentic. A proper 5 star place nestled in manicured gardens leading to wild countryside, yet close to many wonderful attractions should you want to leave the grounds. It’s a tough decision. Fab!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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£173 - £299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomWalesNorth WalesSnowdonia-Eryri National ParkDolgellauPenmaenpool
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens
Which popular attractions are close to Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens?
Nearby attractions include Cader Idris (3.4 miles), Precipice Walk (2.9 miles), and The Mawddach Trail (0.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tafarn Y Gader Tapas, Bistro & Bar, Y Meirionnydd Restaurant, and Mawddach Neapolitan Pizzeria and Takeaway.
Is Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Penmaenpool.
Are pets allowed at Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Cymer Abbey (1.2 miles).
Does Penmaenuchaf Hotel & Gardens have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.