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“Gwydir Castle is magical” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gwydir Castle B&B
Ranked #4 of 7 Llanrwst B&B and Inns
Columbus, OH
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Gwydir Castle is magical”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

We stayed five wonderful days at Gwydir Castle and loved every minute. We stayed there in early December and the weather played just a minor role in our days of sightseeing. Judy and Peter couldn't be more accommodating and helpful. Judy's book, CASTLES IN THE AIR, is a terrifi account of how they somehow managed to restore the castle and bring it to life. Gwydir is a special place on beautiful grounds.. Do day trips to Anglesley Island, Chester, Conwy, and Liverpool. Tell the majestic peacocks at Gwydir, and the ghosts, we said hello

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Humorician
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2011

'I would just like to add my voice to the amazingly positive reviews of Gwydir Castle. We were lucky enough to stay recently and it was the highlight of our trip.

If the tick of an old clock and the crackle of a fire sound appealing then this is the place for you. Entering Gwydir is like entering the pages of a novel. We were offered tea by the fire and then shown to our room which was impeccably furnished with lovely antiques and a four-poster bed. Linen sheets, huge bath tubs, turkey-work carpets - it was deeply atmospheric and very comfortable.

We had a sumptuous breakfast, served in a delightful pannelled room, with home-made jam and honey from Judy and Peter's own bees. And then we were encouraged to take a tour of the house which the couple have spent years restoring. Well worth reading Judy Corbett's Castles In The Air to get the full flavour. Our whole stay was a wonderful experience. I cannot recommend it too highly.'

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Arifloss
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Fredericksburg, VA
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34 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

I unfortunately have to differ with the most recent (positive) postings for Gwydir Castle. While we were looking for an "authentic" castle experience in North Wales, we were not expecting what we encountered. My wife had read "Castles in the Air" prior to the trip...I wish I had (I read it while at Gwydir) because it would have given me a better idea of what to expect.

Judy and Peter, in attempting to recreate Gwydir's original atmosphere, have carved out two rooms for B&B purposes (we stayed in the ensuite Kings Room). Yes, the room was spacious, but we found it dingy with ragged furnishings and threadbare rugs. The poster bed, as described in the book, was homemade (crudely) and not very comfortable. The lighting in the bathroom was so dark that I had to shave by feel and my wife could not apply makeup. Also as written in the book, there had been no attempt to remove the cobwebs. All of this, as Judy writes in her book, is according to plan. There were also personal items in the bathroom - a back scrubber, for one - that were not appropriate to be shared from guest to guest.

Judy and Peter are a delightful couple, the location is great, breakfasts were satisfying, and the rest of castle was very intriguing. We respect what Judy and Peter have done in saving Gwydir from ruin, but our feeling upon checkout was that if you are going to charge high-end B&B rates, you need to make the rooms comfortable and accommodating - you can still leave the remainder of the castle in its Middle Ages state without "ruining" Gwydir. Compounding things, my wife was sick for almost our entire stay - the room was not a comforting place to be holed up while fighting a heavy cold. All in all, we couldn't wait to move on to the Lake District, where our B&B greatly exceeded our expectations. As I say in the title, Gwydir Castle probably works for hard-core castle enthusiasts but it wasn't for us.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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east halton
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2011

Attended a family wedding at this venue, what a fantastic place. Bride and groom stayed for a few nights and they loved it there!! Nothing to dislike about this one.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank grannyonline
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

It's all been said. Great place to say with no tv or wifi. Peacocks add to the atmosphere for a shift back in time. I did sneak my iPad in and don't thinkvthey saw...

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank EalingRichard
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syracuse ny
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80 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2011

If you're a 21st century traveler, this may not be for you. There's no shower (but a huge bathtub), no TV or internet. Instead, there'e a big room furnished with antiques, breakfast by a fireplace, peacocks outside the windows, and acres of garden to wnader through. Judy and Peter have done a wonderful job in restoring this gem, an oasis located within a few mile of Conwy and the other sights of North Wales.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank scotlass66
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Middlewich, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2011

What a treasure!! Had found this on the internet and was intrigued to visit whilst staying in nearby Llanwrst. We are so glad we found it. Glorious gardens, friendly Peacocks and a beautiful historic house to mooch around. Definitely going to buy Castles in the Air to see how it was lovingly restored!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
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1 Thank Saran F
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Property: Gwydir Castle B&B
Address: Gwydyr Castle Conwy Valley, Llanrwst LL26 0PN, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Conwy County > Llanrwst
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Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Llanrwst
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
Gwydir Castle Bed And Breakfast
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