After reading all the fantastic reviews of Bryn Bella we were really looking forward to our stay.
On the whole the accommodation was well looked after and clean. Every amenity that you could possibly want had been catered for in each bedroom : microwave, iron, ironing board, safe, heater, hospitality tray, fridge, shoe polisher, muddy shoe tray, tv, dvd, sanitary towel bags, shampoo, soap, shower cap, flannels, pump action hand lotion and soap, torch, corkscrew, luggage rack, cutlery, plates, bedside mints, glasses (including champagne flutes), bath robes and plenty of cuddly toys.....we may have left a few items out - so apologies for this....sometimes less is more!
Joan and Mark's extensive Portmeiron collection featured extensively in the house - ranging from every day items of crockery to table lamps, cushion covers, wall pictures, vases and place mats and trays - they even had Portmeiron reference books for your perusal at breakfast.....moving onto this subject.
We were really looking forward to the Welsh cooked breakfast as from the description it sounded quite delicious - unfortunately we were sorely disappointed - the lightly boiled mushrooms added moisture to the grey bacon which was so tough we could have used it to sole our shoes - we tried, oh how we tried, to liven up breakfast with a dollop of brown sauce which was presented in a ramekin and had clearly been sitting there for some considerable time .... we quickly wanted to wash this down with some grapefruit juice but sadly it was so rancid that it had started to ferment........not deterred we looked longingly at the pack lunches which were to sustain us during our walk up Snowdon ....imagine our disappointment when we tucked in to our Asda crisps, cake of the day (small scone/ breakaway biscuit) and thick white sandwiches which consisted mainly of caterers margarine - never mind - maybe our expectations are too high.
Bryn Bella is in a lovely location (but not in the village), the house is architecturally pleasing but unfortunately the owners taste in Portmerion, cuddly sheep, dogs, penguins, bears, cats, hedgehogs etc, climbing gnomes is overwhelming and detracts from an enjoyable stay.
All of this could be overlooked had Mark, the proprietor, managed to extend a warm welcome to us and a smile would not have gone amiss!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Bryn Bella, you are always assured of the warmest of welcomes, fine local food and comfortably furnished accommodation. Friendly help and advice are always available from your hosts Joan and Mark Edwards. Overlooking Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia, North Wales Bryn Bella has a selection of both Double; King Size and Twin rooms. All our rooms are equipped to a high standard with wireless internet as standard. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bryn Bella Guest House Betws-y-Coed, Wales