My wife and I stayed at this hotel in July 2012. As we often do, we took the opportunity of a late prediction of good weather and made a last minute decision to visit friends in Barmouth. Jill spotted the hotel as being a Victorian, mock castle with some rooms in the turrets. As it was close to our anniversary we decided to pay that little extra for something memorable.
If I’m honest, without having looked at a photograph before going, I have to say that I was a little disappointed as we drove up, as the building was not quite as I had imagined. It isn’t a traditional stone castle in any way, but that isn’t to say it shouldn’t be described as a mock castle, and if you explore the history of the building you see there is an interesting twist to this description and its design. From entering the door any minor experience of disappointment flew away. This place is a gem. The wooden panelled entrance hall and stairway are worth paying to see in their own right. The views out to sea and along the coast from the lounge and dining areas are magnificent. The whole hotel is decorated and furnished in an elegant style. The owners love the building and it is clear that they want you to share in their enjoyment of it. We did, and of them too! Although providing a thoroughly professional service, it was with every bit of warmth and enthusiasm that you could possibly hope for. The only meal we had there was a full Welsh breakfast, and it was of the high standard you would expect of this hotel.
We had been warned when booking that the en-suite shower room in the turret room was small. It was, but it was adequate and had to be small to maintain the character of the rest of this very special room, which was well furnished, very clean and well maintained. It had views that I have only previously experienced in public viewing areas, or in films with lavish penthouses. The hotel is set on a hillside, giving superb views from its ground level and high in our room there were three large windows. Two looked towards the coast and sea. The other looked up the hillside. I think both Jill and I uttered, “Wow” as we stood in the middle of the room for the first time.
We love Barmouth. Suffice it to say that sat outdoors at a harbour café or bar reminds us of the best similar experiences we have had on the continent. Beautiful sands, magnificent hills and mountains and a small, but interesting town centre. We love it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A landmark Victorian castle-hotel situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, overlooking Cardigan Bay. Approx. 1/2 mile out of Barmouth. An excellent base for anyone wishing to explore the surrounding areas. Recently described by a guest as 'an oasis of calm' it sits proudly between the mountains and the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ty`r Graig Castle Hotel Barmouth
- Ty'r Graig Castle Barmouth, Wales