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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Abercelyn Country House Bala/Llanycil