What a lot Castle Cottage has going for it, with a terrific situation and spacious, immaculate and well-equipped rooms/suites (with lots of storage space - hurrah!). The dinners are - especially at the reduced rate for residents - very good value indeed. The menu is varied in response to what is available from day to day and is cooked with obvious care and precision in generous portions, though we rather share a previous reviewer's observation that the attempted humour over how one likes one's steak cooked is perhaps not to everyone's taste. The wine list is not long, but is full of interest and variety as well as being very reasonably priced. Breakfasts are delicious too.
So, why only 'almost'? Three things, none of them fundamental. First, and this is obviously no fault of the Management's at all, free parking is limited. However, there is a car-park at the Castle, just a minute away, which is currently only £4 for 24 hours. Secondly, at this level it might be nice to think about having something a notch or two above sachets of Nescafe on the room trays. Thirdly, you might want to pause for a moment before ordering packed lunches. We were given (for two): 1 round of smoked salmon sandwich, 1 round of cheese and tomato sandwich, 2 packets of (Walkers) crisps, 2 apples, 1 banana, and 2 small bottles of water. We thought that £16 was going it a bit for that, and the presentation in a plastic Tesco carrier bag made us feel that, unfortunately, rather less thought had gone into it than has clearly been lavished to good effect on other parts of the business.
However, these are relative details. It is clear from this site and from the Visitors' Book (some of whose entries verge on the hilariously hysterical), that many people happily return again and again. If you're hesitating, then, we would recommend that you go and make up your own mind. You'll have a predominantly high quality experience in a glorious part of the country, with endless things to do whether your tastes run to the beach, birds, mountains, mines, steam trains, golf, sailing...... North Wales has it all except for the climate, and even that makes one appreciate the good days all the more!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Room 7 'Harlech' large executive room can be used as a family room - leather sofa-bed. En-suite has large bathtub and a separate large deluge shower. Free WiFi broadband throughout the building. We have won the True Taste award for eating out in Wales 2008/09 - Mid wales and overall winners. Fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere using local and Welsh produce. Visit Wales Gold Award 20/12/13/14 National Restaurant Awards Top 100 in UK 2011.We now no longer allow children under the age of 12 years old in the restaurant, we can do a child's dinner in the lounge at 5.30/6Pm for residents. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Castle Cottage Restaurant With Rooms Harlech, Snowdonia National Park