We managed to get a long awaited couple of days by the seaside choosing Cartref for its location and the bonus of the offroad or free roadside parking outside which I beleieve is unique to it as compared with the other B&B's and inns on the seafront. Our B&B was an amble from the little town - an artist's delight of pastel coloured shops and houses by the harbour. The town is tiny and rises steeply in a maze of former fishermens' cottages, 5 chapels 3 pubs and a plethora of cafes and tearooms up the cliff to gorse filled fields of cattle and sheep where their is a walk. Our B&B was by the bowling green and the golf club. 2 minutes stroll from the tiny station and no sound from the trains. We accessed the wide sandy endless beach at the mouth of the estuary, by a little tunnel under the railway and a path through the dunes. As for the B&B itself we had a king size at the back. Very quiet. Even their dogs don't bark. We were awoken at 5 o'clock though by the seagulls who let up after their version of the dawn chorus. The house is 1900's with modern colours and traditional Welsh furnishings in the comfortable lounge which is for guest use and where we struck up a conversation with some of them. The breakfast room is light and modern as was our bedroom. The ample breakfast was locally sourced and we liked the laid back atmosphere of the owners who were knowledgable welcoming and attentive to the individual guests's needs. The extra touches like the fresh milk available all day and the bottled water in the room were welcome. We don't need fluffy white towels just clean towels of any colour but for those who do, these were white and fluffy!
All the rooms are en suite, I found the sink too low for me as I am tall but the huge walk in shower made up for that. The bathroom was immaculate, pristine. I kept clouting the flat screen TV on the wall, again I am not small. We didn't use the TV but it was there should we have wanted it. Four of us guests managed to burn our toasts because one of the plonkers had turned it right up. I am used to toast being served to me but my partner liked this idea as she likes her toast piping hot and I don't. I allowed myself a small finger of their home made bara brith, and I sat on the sun terrace with a cup of tea like Lord Muck. I could get used to this. Our hosts told us that it was their first year for this B&B but I think they are old hands at it. We are solooking forward to coming back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cartref is a stylish and relaxed Guest House that has recently been completely renovated, in the picturesque and sought after sea side village of Aberdovey. Our aim is to provide four star quality on a small scale for visitors who want comfortable, contemporary accommodation set in a beautiful Edwardian detached house, without the formality and expense of a top hotel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cartref Guest House Aberdovey, Wales