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The Don
Reviewed 20 November 2007

Lovely place, Stunning views, clean, warm and comfortable. Pack lunch was good. And evening meal (although limited choice) was home cooked and yummy. Great friendly place - will come again. Close to all attractions and Owner full of advice as to where to go and what to see - very helpful.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 October 2007

On a long dog walk near to home we made the rash decision to climb Snowdon, first task was to find somewhere not too far from Snowdon that was dog friendly, not too expensive, and a bonus would be if we could get an evening meal.
Internet trawling followed via various sites and up popped the picure of The Don in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Nothing to really write home about from the external pictures, however when I read that they were not only dog friendly, but could do an evening meal AND could do a packed lunch I started to get quite interested, then when I saw it was licensed I was hooked !!!
Made contact with the owners direct and booking was agreed. Time of arrival was made to ensure we got there in time for that evenings meal.
After 250 miles driving Blaenau is not the most attractive high street by night, and The Don looked very true to its picture, but you must go beyond this.
Limited parking directly outside the B&B but ample within a very short distance, we were immediately made to feel very very welcome. Our room was very clean bright and airy, and warm (this was the last weekend of October afterall).
Claire (the owner) gave us plenty of settling time before serving a beautiful home cooked roast beef dinner, with choice of sweets to follow. We needed an early start the following day to get to & climb Snowdon, and Claire agreed to supply us with a full traditional breakfast ( we werent allowed to call it a full English- but it was !!) I wont say what time in case she gets too many similar requests, but armed with one of her packed lunches we were able to start off before sun-up. This turned out to be a bit of a shame as the views from the rear of The Don are simply spectacular. At the end of our trek we relished the comfort of our room for a while before being supplied with another fantastic meal ( salmon). We were made to feel more like family friends throughout our stay, and they even wanted to keep our Staffie for their own !!
If you want glitz and frills then go somewhere else, if you want good honest food, want to be made welcome and want to stay somewhere where you will want to return to then head straight for The Don.
Oh and by the way Snowdon was quite good..............

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Address: 147 High Street, Snowdonia National Park, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3AX, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Blaenau Ffestiniog
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Blaenau Ffestiniog
Price Range: £52 - £62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Don 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Don is a family run Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Snowdonia. The Don is perfectly located to explore Snowdonia and North Wales. Walks on the Moelwyn mountains are just minutes away, and the views of the mountains to the rear are breathtaking at any time of the day. There is convenient access to transport to all the local attractions, which include the famous Ffestiniog Steam Railway approximately 10-15 minutes walk from The Don, The Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Portmeirion Village, Snowdonia National Park and also access to the coast and the beach is not far away. Snowdon is approximately 45 minutes drive away. We provide a warm welcome and offer comfortable en-suite accommodation with stunning views to the rear of the property. A hearty breakfast in our comfortable dining room will prepare you for the day ahead. ... more   less 
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The Don Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales

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