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“A great location but only stay here in dry weather!” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Lledr House Hostel
Newcastle upon Tyne
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A great location but only stay here in dry weather!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

As someone who has stayed in youth hostels (both YHA and private ones) for many years and in many countries I think I know what I should expect from such accommodation. Having just returned from a very wet New Year break at Lledr House with a group of friends, I have both good and bad to report.

The location is stunning - lots of varied walking, nearby village pub, local rail service and tourist steam trains a few miles away.

OK, so it rains in Wales, and rains and rains....... I don't mind getting soaked through - it goes with the territory. What I do object to is having NOWHERE to dry clothes when you get back from a walk. Apparently, there used to be a drying room on the ground floor but it was removed to make way for a totally unneccessary and overspecified shower room. There are no bedrooms on the ground floor and it can't be for disabled use as there is not level access (there is a step to get into the room). When asked the warden simply said "oh people tend to dry things in their rooms". This may be ok if you're in a group who don't mind wet clothes dripping onto their bedding but is not a satisfactory situation.

Once you've gone up to your room and changed into nice dry clothes you then get soaked again by having to walk down an open exterior staircase with water pouring pouring from above because the blocked gutters haven't been cleared. There apparently was an internal staircase in YHA days but it got "pinched" by the owners when they extended their own accommodation, and hostellers now have to use the old external fire escape (which is unlit at night as the PIR sensors are only work from the top of the steps).

The common room area is a good space but the dining area is poorly lit, owing to the lack of a central light. The kitchen is overdue for a makeover with an ancient (and troublesome) four ring gas stove, which we could only light with the warden's assistance. Electrical appliances don't appear to have been PAT tested (there are no green stickers) which is worrying given that the microwave oven has a loose connection and kept cutting in and out.

One of the previous correspondents said that if you expect The Ritz you should pay Ritz prices, well I certainly don't expect The Ritz but I do expect to be kept dry when walking from bedrooms to living areas (especially as there's nowhere to dry clothes) and to have practical and safe equipment to cook with. Too much to ask?

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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English first
Rochdale, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

Excellent area for mountain walks. We were welcomed like family. The room was very clean and looking nice. We were cold and tired. There was very warm in our room, no problems with hot water , big kitchen and dining area, big car park space, great atmosphere. I loved the place and kids loved it as well. After all day of walking we felt like home.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013

Excellent place to stay if you don't expect luxury. Perfect location, clean rooms, big kitchen with all the facilities you could want, free Wi Fi and many more. Fantastic service from the owner. We forgot our towels and it was no problem to get them from Brian :) On the day, when we left, our car was broken (broken exauste) and - one more time - Brian was really helpful and gave us all necessary tools for repairing. Also his son was very helpful. Thanks a lot for everything!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank asc_ms
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

I have stayed at Lledr House before and came back.
Do I need to say more?
It’s about a 15 minute drive from Betws y Coed, so, if its peace and quiet you want. Then, it’s a great place.
I had a single room with a sink on the top floor for £15. Can I grumble? Not at all!!
The owner was lovely and very welcoming. Even on a cold, wet, Welsh evening.
Once the snow hits I will book the cabin behind the property. If the winter is as good as last year then I will spend a week there using it as a base for winter climbing this season.
Sounds good? It is, but, the only slight negative was the shower. To me a shower needs to have the ability to make tea and remove skin. Hot and powerful! There is nothing better than getting off the hill and getting into a lovely hot shower and feeling human again.
The water temperature was fine, just took awhile and the pressure wasn’t quite up to par. But then it’s a big property.

But I have no issue going back

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Gareth W
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Edwinstowe
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29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

I was looking for some where to stop with a group of 8 guys wanting a weekend retreat where we could escape to after some mountian walking.

Lledr House was an excellent choice, Brian, the owner is very welcoming and the hostel has all the facilities you could want, a good sized kitchen,bunk rooms very comfortable and lashings of hot water for the showers.

The only thing missing is a drying room fo rthose wet cloths! would go back any time if walking in the Snowden Area.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bicester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013 via mobile

We found the Lledr House Hostel by accident after bein washed off the mountains. Price was our main consideration and we were not expecting much for the money. We were very impressed with the standard of accommodation and even more so when we could take our dog inside. The rooms were small but comfortable, the showers hot and the common room inviting. Expect the Ritz? Pay Ritz prices. Want real value for more and abundant comfort? Lledr House is the place for you.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ben_Targett
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Oxford, UK
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37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

Fantastic location, be careful of the bend if driving, and well appointed hostel. Very friendly owners , great facilities . I'm glad this former YHA has been rescued by the current owners, too many of these lovely buildings go to ruin.

See you again , Pat .

Room Tip: I had room 6 at the top of the house, its very compact but also warm and cosy.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank h1ghway1
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Additional Information about Lledr House Hostel

Property: Lledr House Hostel
Address: Pont-y-pant, Dolwyddelan, Snowdonia National Park LL25 0DQ, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Dolwyddelan
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Dolwyddelan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hostel...... Delightfully situated in the heart of Snowdonia National Park with good access by road and rail, this former Quarry Manager's house which is covered in cedar shingle is situated in a very beautiful, quiet wooded valley. With it's own grounds and a large playing area adjacent, this riverside location is popular with travelers, walkers, cyclists and families alike. This was the first Youth hostel in North Wales and was run by the Youth Hostels Associaton for over 50 years. Now privately owned and family run, Lledr House offers a family feel to your stay and welcomes our repeat visitors and new-comers alike! Membership is no longer needed to stay at the Hostel. Changing ownership in late 2001, the main part of the house was converted into the Quilter family home and the hostel was made smaller on a more personal scale, reducing the bed count from 60 to 31. The Hostel has been newly refurbished and now features a large dormatory for up to 9 people, twin rooms, single rooms and family rooms with bunk beds and single beds. The hostel is self-catering with a large kitchen and dining room, making catering for your own meals straight forward. Neighbouring villages offer a variety of restaurants and take-away's ranging from Fish & Chips, pub grub, or Indian and Chinese cuisine, to the finer chef made meals served at our local Hotels. Nestled in the Snowdonia National Park, alongside the Lledr River, we are surrounded by woodlands and walks, with Pont-y-Pant railway station only a 10 minute walk away on the far side of the river. Lledr House offers exclusive fishing rights for freshwater Salmon and Trout!! (Permits are available from the village Post Office - approx £7.00 per day). There is ample parking on the grounds, with an over-flow parking located just a 2 minute walk away. Situated only 4 miles from Betws-y-Coed, a well known tourist hot-spot and back-packers town with wonderful gift shops to suit every taste! ... more   less 
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