I had never stayed in a proper b&b before (just a couple of “guest house” experiences) and was overwhelmed by this beautiful b&b and its owners, Ann & Denis. I have nothing but praise about this lovely idyllic place. So I’ll start from the beginning:
I saw a tv programme about the FFestiniog railway and decided to treat my husband to a (kiddie style) weekend trip to North Wales, then I searched tripadvisor for hotels/b&bs in the area, and Tal-y-bont popped up with the one positive comment. I then checked their website, and was so impressed by its simplicity and you could just feel the care and passion they had put into everything.
I then contacted Ann & Denis and they were really prompt to get back to me, always very kind and patient, even though I had millions of questions.
We had no problems finding the b&b (arrived from Porthmadog direction), and were immediately impressed by the cuddly little house, the sheep everywhere, and the peace and calm!
The house itself is really charming, and you can see Ann and Denis have really spent time and care decorating it. We had chosen the Afon room, and it looks exactly the same as on their website.
Ann is a superb cook! The best breakfasts and a delicious dinner….honestly the best crème brulee I have ever eaten…. I’d go back tomorrow just for the crème brulee! We also had a packed lunch prepared, and it was so abundant! And Denis is a cheerful and witty host with beautiful entertaining skills and a good collection of ales.
They were also really helpful when recommending nearby pubs – we went to a really nice one close by, which had a good choice of local Evan Evans ales!
We shouldn’t forget Doris the sheep, who punctually comes for her bread in the mornings!
We could have stayed there forever! It is such a pastoral idyll, and a little jewel hidden in the valleys of North Wales.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm welcome awaits at Tal-y-Bont Country House, a traditional rural house full of historical character set in the lea of the Snowdonia Moelwyn Mountains. Situated midway between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog, it is ideally situated for easy access by car to several beaches, castles, mountains (including Snowdon) and steam railways. All rooms are en-suite. Hearty breakfasts, outstanding views and log fires will make your stay a memorable one. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tal-Y-Bont Country House B&B Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales