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Gwydir Castle B&B
Ranked #4 of 7 Llanrwst B&B and Inns
london uk
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54 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“What a find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

We had no idea how amazing this place would be before we arrived and I can honestly say that it is the best B&B that I have ever stayed in! Gwydir Castle is more a house than a castle but, as it is around 600 years old, it's a pretty unique place to stay. It has been brought back to life in the last 20 years by the delightful owners, Judy and Peter, who also open it to the public for tours and host events such as weddings. There are only two large bedrooms for B&B - one en-suite (slightly larger) and one with a bathroom next door - and both are furnished with four poster beds, antiques and paintings. A great breakfast is served in a panelled room on the same floor by the wonderful Paddy who assists in the running of the castle.

It is beautifully atmospheric with peacocks wandering around in the grounds (note that they can be a little noisy at night) and you are allowed to tour the house and gorgeous gardens whenever you feel like it. It's all very relaxed (no keys) and you can come and go as you please and there is no rush to see you off the premises after breakfast (like other B&Bs). Make sure you ask for the key to visit the private chapel that is a five minute walk away.

My husband and I visit Snowdonia regularly for climbing trips and will definitely book back at Gwydir - even though it is slightly more expensive than the 'standard' B&Bs in the area, it is actually great value for such a unusual place and is worth every penny!

  • Stayed August 2014, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hobart, Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

The Gatehouse is a small 2-person self-catering unit that is just what it says it is. It's the gatehouse to the 16th century castle. It's not for those who want luxury but is perfectly comfortable and cosy, with all amenities. It has great atmosphere and is a magical place to stay for a few days or a week with access to the wonderful gardens (400 year-old trees) and the Elizabethan manor house which has been lovingly restored. The owners are very helpful and have wonderful stories to tell of the history of the castle and their efforts to resurrect it from near ruin. There is much to do and see in the general area with lovelycountry walks and the towns of Llanrwst and Conwy. Altogether a fantastic place to stay and we will be back there as soon as we can.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank Richard W
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Houston, Texas
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41 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

Staying at this charming castle was a very unique and wonderful experience. The owners opened up the castle for us to tour on our own which was a treat. The castle grounds are amazing filled with peacocks and the family dogs. There is a breakfast room where Paddy will cook and serve the most wonderful breakfast. Please keep in mind this is a very old manor and true to form. The rooms, while very spacious, are dimly lit and the floors are creaky. I felt this only added to the charm and authenticity of staying in a castle! Judy Corbett, the owner, has written a book entitled Castles in the Air if you would like to brush up on the history before staying. it was a real treat staying in this lovely piece of history.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 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 Thank Tipton5
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Houston, Texas
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62 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

This is a truly unique and exceptional experience. This is an ancient manor that has a rich history. With immaculate gardens filled with peacocks and and the owner's dogs, it is like living on an estate from many generations ago. The owners and the housekeeper are extremely friendly and accommodating. They fixed us breakfast every day and gave us several tips for places to eat or visit.

Because this is a very old house, you can expect that it does not have all the modern comforts. For example, the floors are very creaky and uneven, and the lighting is very low. There is no wifi in the rooms, but there is wifi in the community parlor room. Unfortunately, there are no plugs in that room, so you need to charge any device that you are using before using the wifi.

Be sure to walk the grounds and check out the gardens. During the day, other parts of the house were opened, so you can walk through the rest of it. The town is about a 20 minute walk and we found plenty of places to eat in town. There are several historical sights that are driving distance, so you can use this as a base to several of these.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Peter and I have just returned home after such a wonderful weekend at Gwydir Castle. We were made to feel at home and so much more than paying guest's in this amazing place. We will treasure the memories of this charismatic house and tranquil gardens, not forgetting Paddy's delicious breakfast!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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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4 Thank Elaine F
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

I feel it's an honour to be able to stay in one of these beautifully restored, heritage listed properties. The owners (Judy & Paul) have spent 20 years lovingly restoring this property - and it's not over! My room (the Duke of Beaufort's room) is very warm, I awoke to peacocks calling, a delicious breakfast (thanks Paddy) which kept me going well in to the afternoons each day, and a lovely chat with other guests. There are 3 guest rooms in the property so you feel like you have the castle to yourself. Entrance to view the castle during opening hours (10am-4pm) is part of your nightly fee and you can wander through the castle and gardens in peace & quiet. They have a chapel up the road which you can get the keys to visit (this is where Judy & Peter were married).
Judy has written a book - Castles in the Air - WELL worth reading - and ideally before you stay/visit as you will get a much better sense of the property and the enormity of what these two have undertaken. There is a couple of villages nearby - one you can walk to, Llanwarst (an old market village). The castle has wi-fi in the panelled room (where you have breakfast), each room has it's own bathroom (mine wasn't en-suite but large and right next door, but believe the King's room has an en-suite).
Definitely rent a car as there are many fabulous roads to explore given it's based in Snowdonia.
Try the New Inn pub to meet the locals in Llanwwarst, or the Old Ship in Trefwir (?) = nearby village - for a great pub meal.
Photo's - unfortunately I can't seem to upload my photo's to this review but I added some to my review on Gwydir Castle - but their website is: www.gwydircastle.co.uk

Room Tip: they are all unique - one is self catering (the Gate House) I believe, but all are warm and spacious...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Dankins
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

Enchanting location excellent hosts.
Castle is full of genuine history. An intriguing work in progress by the owners. The grounds are exceprional and secluded.
For the adventurous Snowdinia and the Welsh Coast are only a matter of a few minutes away.

  • Stayed July 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Alan P
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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
Gwydir Castle Hotel Llanrwst
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