Time was when finding quality accommodation in rural Wales, and good food, was a daunting prospect... but that was some time ago!
Four nights at the Estuary Lodge at Talsarnau is an ideal example of how far quality has come on in Wales.
Motel style is not what you might expect in Wales, but a three metre walk with your luggage from your car to your room, and no stairs to negotiate, has its advantages.
The rooms are very well appointed and spotlessly clean, new and well-maintained and sound-proofed. The bed was exceptionally large and comfortable, as were the internal chairs and the wooden ones outside the room, where we read for a while at sunset.
Talsarnau proved to be an excellent location for exploring northwards to Snowdonia, the Lakes, the narrow gauge railways and Portmeirion and southwards to Barmouth and beyond. However, there is currently still reconstruction work continuing on the estuary bridge which entails a five mile detour along the delightful estuary road for points north to Portmadoc and beyond.
Our intention was to eat out every evening but the warm welcome and delicious and well-planned menu meant that at the end of a long day's exploring, we could sample the delights of locally grown beef and lamb as well as sampling the hotel's own chicken eggs fresh every morning. There were traditional as well as more adventurous items on every menu, all beautifully prepared and presented.
The staff are exceptional in their friendliness, attention to detail and local knowledge. The small team are clearly motivated by a passion for quality and creating a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere.
I'm wondering whether I should post this now ... I'm going to be livid if they are booked up next time we want to stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in Snowdonia National Park, the family-run Estuary offers free parking, free Wi-Fi and a stylish bistro. With elegant bedrooms, there is also a coffee shop.The Estuary boasts 10 en suite rooms, all of which are located on the ground floor. Rooms are individually decorated with luxurious fabrics and natural colours, and each has a TV with DVD player, work desk and tea/coffee facilities.The Estuary Bistro serves a delicious menu featuring fresh, local produce. The Coffee Shop offers traditional coffees, a selection of snacks and indulgent homemade cakes. Full English breakfasts are also available daily.Located approximately 4 miles North of Harlech, The Estuary is within reach of Portmeirion and the Llechwedd caverns. The hotel is centrally placed for exploring Snowdonia’s beautiful mountains and coast, and the friendly staff can help with planning trips and guided tours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Estuary Hotel Talsarnau
- Estuary Motel Talsarnau
- Estuary Lodge Talsarnau, Wales, UK