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“A great stop on our castle tour through Wales”
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Gwydir Castle B&B
Ranked #5 of 6 Llanrwst B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 August 2012

As many have said, this is not your typically B&B experience. A one night stopover was a perfect stay length for us. We were able to roam the gardens in the evening, and privately tour the castle after breakfast. The antiquity of the King's Room made it a fun stay for a night, but not a place to lounge and settle into for an extended stay. It was about the experience....not the amenities. We toured a lot of castles in Wales. And while this may be more of a medieval manor house, it was the only castle we got to feel a part of for a night. The bed was adequate, the breakfast made to order. Read "Castles in the Air" before you go; it will enhance the experience. After our trip, I haven't told anyone about our Hilton hotel stays, but I've shared my Gwydir Castle experience with many. Worth the stop.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

Before I write further, I will quote from the book written by one of the (young) owners - Judith and Peter who purchased the almost derelict castle and have undergone a painstaking and historically sympathetic renovation.

Castles in the Air - Judy Corbett :: " ... This was to become the philosophy behind our future restoration of the house. Keeping the faded, slightly crumbling patination of the house intact was absolutely crucial. We would attempt to erase the mistakes of recent renovations and get the house back into health, without losing the romantic appeal of decay and neglect: ..."

On arrival we were greeted most warmly by Gwydir's housekeeper.

The house, from first glimpse exudes character. Even the smells inside feel age appropriate.
We stayed in the Kings bedroom which was most spacious. There were tea and coffee facilities and a bathroom of generous proportions together with an older style high cistern with pull chain - all to add to the authentic period experience. In context, the furnishings appeared to be old - tapestries, old oil paintings, faded and sometimes worn chairs all adding to a feeling of histiory (which Gwydir has much of). The floors are covered with an eclectric mix of matting and rugs. Both bedrooms have four poster beds. The linen was fresh, crisp and clean and turned down for our second night. I believe they have electric blankets in the winter and there was a heater in the room.

The gardens have been beautifully restored to life and apparently many couples take a bottle of wine and sit on one of the seats enjoying the peace and quiet (except for the very tame peacocks).

If you come from the city you will be surprised by the darkness at night - no street lights means no peripheral light and the total darkness. Gwydir is not for the person who wants a 5 star pristine modern hotel with all mod cons - there are no TV's, no gyn (but lots of walks and hills), there is no restaurant (but lots of nice pubs nearby), there is WiFi in the breakfast room. It is the place for the discerning traveller who wants a truly authentic experience in a building steeped in history.

A visit around the rest of the house (which is open to the public approx 10am-4pm) will impress - especially the dining room with it's panelling, carved fireplace and doorway, leather frieze and oak floor.

Our breakfast was served in a timber panelled room close to the bedrooms. Fresh orange juice awaited in wine glasses, a pot of tea, fresh raspberries and strawberries, gourmet yoghurst, a selection of 4 cereals, toast, jams and marmalades. We were offered a cooked breakfast - sausages, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and eggs. The housekeeper noticed I left my tomatoes on the first day so gave me extra mushrooms on the second! Very observant.

Our only regret was that we could not have stayed longer. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and felt immensely relaxed as we left. I would imagine that the atmosphere in the winter with the roaring fire would be amazing (although it was nice to enjoy the gardens in the sunshine).

Judy and Peter took the trouble to welcome us and make us welcome in their home (for that is what Gwydir is). This was an experience that was up there in the memorable box.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

We stayed in the Kings room on a Friday and Saturday night. We were greeted warmly by Paddy, the groundsman, who took us to our room and brought us a tray of tea and biscuits to enjoy. The room was huge with beautiful views from the ancient windows. It is full of antiques and the en suite was a treat too. A little while later the owners, Peter and Judy introduced themselves and told us that they would open the house for us the following morning so we could explore at our leisure. The breakfast was superb, the room we ate in, complete with wood burning fire and 16th century furniture was beautiful and again the view - this time of their peacocks was stunning. We were left then to explore the house at our leisure - the only rule, if the door is closed dont go in - this is after all, Peter and Judys home. I don't want to give anything else away, suffice to say, if you visit for e day you will be impressed, stay for the night and you will never forget the experience.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Guccivik
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

We stayed overnight at Gwydir Castle last month. My wife thought it would be cool to stay in one of the most documented haunted castles in Wales since I write ghost books for a living. Our first impression of Gwydir Castle is that it's a beautifully restored castle and gardens and Judy and Peter did a fantastic job of fixing the property up. We had a great time wandering through the different gardens in the evening and really liked the peacocks milling about. We thought the Duke of Beaufort room was comfy and atmospheric of an old castle and really liked the four poster bed. If we had read Judy's Book " Castles In The Air ", we would've realized that we wouldn't be seeing much of either Judy or Peter. Having been to a lot of B&B's we were used to at least chatting with the proprietors for a bit. If I had read the book before we arrived I would've realized that they like to keep to themselves. Bearing that in mind we were surprised to be served breakfast by a stranger the next morning and didn't see Peter until later after breakfast, nor Judy at all before we left the next morning. So...in all it was a very unique experience, but if you're expecting a typical B&B this might not be for you. Oh, and no paranormal experience happened, but you can't make ghosts appear on demand.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank ChrisandCindy08
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

We were treated to an overnight stay in this beautiful castle as an anniversary present from our two son's.
All I can say is what a fantastic place and setting made even better by the service we were given whilst there.
Reading the history on how they brought the castle back to what it is today is a testament to all the hard work involved in making it a memorable place to stay at any time of the year. The only downside if there has to be one were the peacocks sitting on the wall just outside our room giving out their warnings in the early hours of the morning, having said that when staying in such a place and seeing the peacocks in full plumage in the gardens the next morning it was all part and parcel of a very memorable stay.

Room Tip: A room away from the road might be quieter.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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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
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2  Thank Humorician
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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
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Address: Gwydyr Castle Conwy Valley, Llanrwst LL26 0PN, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Conwy County > Llanrwst
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Ranked #5 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Llanrwst
Price Range: £65 - £75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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Gwydir Castle Bed And Breakfast
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