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“Walker's paradise”

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Abercelyn Country House
Ranked #1 of 1 Llanycil B&B and Inns
High Wycombe
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Walker's paradise”
Reviewed 25 October 2008

We first stayed at this fabulous country house hotel in July 2005. We booked a 'package' deal where we stayed 3 nights (2 with dinner) plus 2 days guided walking with Ray. We loved it so much we returned a couple of weeks ago.

It's difficult to know where to start singing the praises of this place! Firstly, the location is brilliant - just outside Bala but still opposite the lake. The grounds and gardens are a feature - and the reason for one of their many awards - but the house itself is what I love. There are 3 rooms, each superbly decorated and furnished. You feel instantly 'at home' but also cosseted; for example, as well as all the usual amnities Lindsey thoughtfully provides a wine coaster, corkscrew and 2 wine glasses - being able to relax with a glass of wine after a long journey on a Friday night is my idea of heaven!

Although Lindsey no longer does evening meals (she's a superb cook) her breakfasts are up there with any I've had in various hotels of all grades! There is a huge choice and it is all freshly produced using local, organic produce (including eggs from their own hens!).

Ray is a knowledgeable and entertaining guide/host - on our first visit we went up Snowdon and experienced gale force winds, horizontal rain, zero visibility from the top etc but we felt safe - and also even enjoyed the experience (!) - solely thanks to Ray. On our recent visit we climbed Cader Idris - another great day but once again high winds/rain etc etc - the same comments re Ray applied again.

Nothing is too much trouble for them - for example, lap trays and plates etc were cheerfully provided when we decided that after our exertions we just wanted a night in with a takeaway! The place feels like a home from home - or like staying with old friends - and if this is what you like then you'll love Abercelyn.

  • Liked — Pretty much everything!
  • Disliked — No internet access/WiFi
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with friends
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walker-paddler, Owner at Abercelyn Country House, responded to this review, 27 May 2009
We now have Wireless Internet available for guests to use
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Additional Information about Abercelyn Country House

Property: Abercelyn Country House
Address: Llanycil | Bala, Llanycil, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7YF, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Bala > Llanycil
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Llanycil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Abercelyn Country House 5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Abercelyn Country House is an 18th-century, Grade II-listed, former rectory set in award-winning, landscaped, mature gardens overlooking Lake Bala in the Snowdonia National Park. Bed & Breakfast accommodation is provided with many awards including 5-Star GoldAward (VisitWales). The bright, spacious bedrooms are furnished with individual period pieces and all have en-suite luxury bathrooms (all have power-showers, two have whirlpool baths). There is a relaxing drawing room with library and log fire for guest's use. Excellent home-cooking (inc. special diets) with local produce and choice of breakfast. ... more   less 
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Abercelyn Country House Bala/Llanycil

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