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Afon Rhaiadr Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 33 Dolgellau B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Rochdale
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Lovely welcome !”
Reviewed 4 February 2014

It was great to find Jan and Martin again. We last met them at their hotel Tyn Rhos near Carnarvon and were thrilled to find that they are now the owners of this delightful B and B! They are experienced hoteliers and have lived up to their reputation in Afon Rhaiadr! Lovely real fires in the dining room and lounge,fantastic breakfast,wonderful fine dining in the evening,attentive service make this lovely house a real find.Thankyou for the warm welcome........ We will be back!
Pat and Trevor Owe

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Afon R, Owner at Afon Rhaiadr Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
It was just great to see you again and to know that you remember us from our time at our previous hotel. We are so glad that you enjoyed your birthday celebration with us and we enjoyed catching up. Looking forward to the next 'catch up' when you come again. Jan & Martin
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Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

My partner and I had been treated to a weekend at Afon Rhiadar by a friend and, based on the website photos, it was something we really looked forward to.

We arrived about an hour early and easily found the house just off the road from Bala to Dolegllnau. It is surrounded by woods with a stream in a small gorge at the back flowing through the grounds. Because we were early we weren't sure they would be ready for us and we thought we might not get the promised hot chocolate and cake upon arrival. Although we were early, however, the young woman who welcomed us told us the room was ready and that she would light the fire in the lounge and prepare our hot chocolate.

She showed us to the Iris Room, one of the smaller rooms but beautifully furnished and appointed, with a view out over the woods and stream at the back of the house. The double bed was enormously comfortable with high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen that was extremely comfortable. The bathroom had slate tiling on walls and underfoot, a walk-in shower with an overhead rain fitting and also a wall-mounted hand shower. The floor had underfloor heating and there was a heated towel rail and an anti-misting mirror (which worked a great once we remembered to switch it on!). There were plenty of towels, toiletries and a courtesy tray with real china cups, saucers and a tea pot.

After setting in we went downstairs to the lounge where the fire had indeed been lit and found hot chocolate in a silver cafeteria, chocolate chip biscuits and, again, proper china cups. It was lovely to relax and feel welcomed in this way.

We slept well with the sound of the small waterfall in the grounds drifting in to us. Being on the river side of the house we did not get any traffic noise but I suspect this would be minimal on the front of the house anyway as it is set back about seventy metres from the road and the traffic is only that of a country road.

We got up in the morning and enjoyed the excellent bathroom facilities and then went down to breakfast. The breakfast room is beautifully appointed and a coal fire was burning on both days which was absolutely lovely to breakfast with. There was a full buffet of the usual cereals, fruit, yoghurt, juices etc, which we sampled. I then opted for the full Welsh cooked breakfast whilst my partner had the smoked haddock with a poached egg. Both were beautifully cooked and really set us up for the day. There were also lovely little "trees" of preserves and honey and a pot of what looked like homemade marmalade. Plenty of tea and coffee as well. On the second morning my partner opted for the porridge which came in a huge helping and was beautifully cooked.

During out stay we took the opportunity of walking around the grounds of the house which were wet due to the weather but beautifully appointed with several benches and a gaggle of (metal) geese to greet us. I imagine the gardens would be beautiful to sit in in the summer.

All in all this was a beautiful stay in a lovely house which the owners obviously take great pride in. It is what all B&Bs should be but sadly, seldom are.

We plan to return and will be opting for the glorious looking Foxglove room with its spa bah and kingsize bed.

Stayed January 2014
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Afon R, Owner at Afon Rhaiadr Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
Wow. what a wonderful review we are delighted that you appreciated all our hard work and the little touches that we have added for guests comfort. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

We spent two nights here in the middle of December and had a very pleasant stay. The double room was furnished and decorated to a high standard, and despite being quite small was very cosy. The en-suite was very modern and clean with a dual shower head!

Being in Snowdonia National Park, the surroundings were really beautiful and we were able to visit many other areas of the park during our stay. The only downside to the location is being unable to walk to the nearby pubs in the evenings!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Afon R, Owner at Afon Rhaiadr Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for your comments. Best wishes Jan & Martin
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Evenley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

We spent two nights recently at this B&B with a gift voucher for my wife's birthday.We could not have chosen better.On arrival Jan showed us around our room and the house and then served us tea and hot mince pies in the lounge.That set the tone for a super stay.The room was well furnished and spotlessly clean,soft furnishings were of a high standard and added a bit luxury.
Breakfast was beautifully presented,tasty and satisfying.

We had booked for meal on our second night ,and wow we're we surprised.Martin is a gourmet chef and did not disappoint,it was truly superb.We provided our own wine and corkage at £5 was very reasonable.

All in all a first rate B&B which we can wholeheartedly recommend.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Afon R, Owner at Afon Rhaiadr Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
Thank you for your lovely comments - we look forward to your return in the Summer months.
best wishes. Jan & Martin
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

My wife and I had a two night break. A warm welcome, a very clean and fresh room ( Rose )
and a luxurious bathroom. Breakfasts are excellent and freshly cooked as desired. The hosts are very friendly and helpful. Would return in the summer to explore the area more fully. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Afon R, Owner at Afon Rhaiadr Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 13 March 2014
Thank you for your lovely comments, we look forward to seeing you again in the Summer. Best wishes Jan & Martin
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights on our trip to N.Wales.
We had a very warm welcome from Jan and Martin on the first night and a lovely dinner was waiting upon our arrival. The food was excellent (cooked by the host himself) and even a top quality restaurant would be pleased to serve it. Menu is a bit limited but it's understandable considering that cottage only serves 5 rooms when fully booked, and I'm sure Jan and Martin would make sure that even the fussiest guest gets feed. The cottage is lovely and decorated with fine taste for antic furniture. Dining room has a great real fireplace which adds to the atmosphere and Jan made sure for relaxing music to play in the back ground - it's hard to find more romantic setting for couples to have a short break in Snowdonia. We stayed in room 4 with a very modern and clean en-suite. The bed was big and very comfy almost like home. Breakfast was exceptional with great choice of continental or cooked food and all very tasty. We didn't have much time to admire the gardens as we were out early doors and back late at night and the sunlight hours aren't great in October. Overall I would definitely recommend this place and I will go back on my next trip to N.Wales.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Janet J, Owner at Afon Rhaiadr Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 22 October 2013
Thank you both for your lovely review, much appreciated. Thank you for your appreciation of the time and attention to detail given to providing a 'set menu' meal rather than trying to offer a choice menu and not being able to give the attention than Martin likes to devote to each course and the selection of vegetables all individually prepared and with their own delicious flavours.We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best wishes Jan & Martin
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

My wife and I stayed here recently and we could not have wished for a warmer welcome. We were served tea in the conservatory on our arrival and were made to feel very much at home. We upgraded to the "Foxglove" room, which has a beautiful spa bath that you can lay in whilst looking out of the window at the beautiful secluded gardens. The room also boasts a view over a waterfall. Everything was very well presented, exceptionally clean and neat. Breakfast was amazing, especially the haddock. This is a perfect location for Snowdonia and everything is a reasonable driving distance. Jan and Martin are the most perfect hosts and we can't thank them enough for our stay. Our only issue is that we were there Sunday and Monday and did not get the chance to enjoy the evening dining experience that we have kept reading about. We intend to go back and sample Martin's fabulous menu and superb hospitality again.

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautiful but the Foxglove is well worth the extra.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Janet J, Owner at Afon Rhaiadr Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, 22 October 2013
What a lovely review, thank you. We look forward to welcoming you back when the restaurant is open (Wednesday - Saturday at the moment - but we hope to increase the days we are open from next Spring, when our son comes on-board to help his dad in the kitchen. In the meantime we will forward all our past guests with details of our Festive Snowdon Break (limited dates during December) and Winter Wonderland break November, January & February at special rates and special returning guest gift - The restaurant will be open during each night of the Festive Break in December and Wednesday - Saturday during the Winter Wonderland Break. We look forward to welcoming you back. Best wishes Jan & Martin.
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Property: Afon Rhaiadr Bed and Breakfast
Address: Glanrafon A494, Snowdonia National Park, Dolgellau LL40 2AH, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Dolgellau
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Dolgellau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Afon Rhaiadr Bed and Breakfast 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Victorian Boutique 5* Gold Award Country House in 3 acres with garden, woodland&waterfalls.Stylish décor, luxury bathrooms, luxury bedding, towels robes etc.Set in stunning scenery of Snowdonia near mountains and coast.Walkers paradise. Cyclists & Adventure attractions. ... more   less 
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