My husband and I chose Betws-y-coed's Victorian village for our 8 days in North Wales because it is centrally located to the castles, churches, abbeys and mountains we wished to see. We didn't realize how busy the village got on weekends or how difficult parking could be, but Garth Dderwen proved to be an inspired choice as it combined beautiful architecture, a quiet garden, well-lit rooms, wonderful hosts, and parking on a side road that did not get much traffic. I didn't want a lot of fussy chintz and flowered wallpaper, so the pale cream walls, simple linens and landscape pictures in our room were perfect, as were the three windows that opened to fresh air and a view of the garden. Breakfast was plentiful every morning and delivered with smiles and delight when I asked for help with my pronunciation of Welsh place names and phrases. Frances greeted me each morning with a new phrase in Welsh and laughter about my adventures with Welsh food, and Eifion made sure we knew about the Welsh Male Choir's performing on Sunday evenings at St. Mary's Church. Some rooms are ensuite and some with private baths across the hall. Our bathroom was ensuite, and although the shower enclosure was the normal tight fit because of space constraints and the sink was the smallest I've every seen, it was lovely to have a bath so convenient. We always had small treats like milk, tea, coffee and cookies by our bed in the evening. We applaud the hosts being environmentally conscious and knowing we did not need a change of clean sheets or towels during our stay. Don't expect large, spacious rooms in the B&B's such as Garth Dderwen which have been converted from Victorian homes, but with such glorious countryside who wants to stay in a room inside for longer than you have to for sleeping and bathing! Our room, had a very comfortable bed, two straight-back chairs, more than enough drawer space, fitted carpets, lots of pillows, and both airy lace and heavy drapes for the windows. The B&B does have a small parking lot but because of street parking it is difficult to get in and out of. We found a wide, quiet road in back of the Garth Dderwen and always left our car there. The room came with a tv, which we did not use much, as we were so busy with other things, but it was nice to be able to check the weather on it or catch a late night movie. Wi-fi is sketchy but we were able to find a "hot spot" on the second floor stairs so we could keep in touch with our family back in the U.S. With 6 rooms, Garth Dderwen is medium in size for Betws (we were in room 5) and because we reserved an extended stay there, the hosts provide a discount on our room. And just in case you need help with Welsh pronunciation, the dd is pronounced th so Garth Dderwen is garth therwen!
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