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Ty'r Graig Castle
Llanaber Road, Barmouth LL42 1YN, Wales   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Barmouth
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Great stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We stayed at this hotel on very short notice. All the staff were very pleasant ad accomodating. The features in the hotel are superb, beautiful wood panelling, stained glass windows, tiled floors in reception all very opulent. The views from the hotel and our bedroom were superb, lovely to wake up and see the tide coming in . Excellent food- the fish and chips extraordinary.The only reason I've not given 5 Stars is because the rooms are quite small and the ensuites tiny, however that said i would certainly stay again as this is completely out-weighed by the lovely communal rooms and the views.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SteveJ2586, Manager at Ty'r Graig Castle, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Hello Bevkenn.

Many thanks for your wonderful review and kind comments.

There's actually very little we can add, as you were so fulsome in your praise and honest in your comments. We do try to set standards to match the original natural beauty of the castle and it is gratifying to know these are appreciated.

By nature of the fact that there were no en-suite facilities when the house was originally built in 1892, some of these are small, which does take up part of the room space. However, experience has shown that people would prefer a small en-suite than none at all. We do have larger rooms, with larger en-suites, but not all of these do not have a sea view.

We hope you'll be able to return to us for a longer, pre-planned visit at some time in the future, and look forward to welcoming you back.

Steve James
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

lovely welcome and tour from the host. Room very clean and nicely presented, with breathtaking sea views! (Turret room). Tasty breakfast - all in all a lovely night spent - definately recommend! Karen and Simon Hopes-Manchester

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SteveJ2586, Manager at Ty'r Graig Castle, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Hello Karen,

Thanks so much for your lovely comments; it’s always good to know people appreciate our efforts.

Of course, the wonderful views are the reason the house was built in the first place, back in 1892, and they have clearly stood the test of time.

We take great pride in our breakfast, and will make sure your comments are passed on to the chef.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before we welcome you and Simon back to our beautiful part of the world.

Steve James
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

This hotel is tired, and bedroom and bathroom wise, needs a make-over, and quickly, or this hotel will lose its reputation for being Barmouth's finest.
We stayed for two nights; the restaurant was closed each evening.
The hotel is an architectural gem; definitely an acquired taste!
Great position, great views over the bay....if only everything else matched up.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SteveJ2586, Manager at Ty'r Graig Castle, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Dear RH1949

Thank you for your comments.

We’re pleased that you got home to Lichfield ok after your enjoyable 2-day break. Our reputation is important to us and we do not rest our laurels on past achievements, particularly on our standard and quality of service, our genuine hospitality, cleanliness, and good food. Your views regarding the decor are noted. We do have a rolling programme of refurbishment and repair but, in the current financial climate, and in keeping with most smaller independent businesses, this has to be balanced with some austerity measures.

Being a regular visitor to Barmouth, you’re aware that most establishments including restaurants here do not operate a 7-day opening during the low season. Of course, it did not affect you this time as you had already planned to spend time meeting and dining with family holidaying nearby. Nevertheless, we always inform all our guests well in advance (as we did with you) when the restaurant is not going to be open during their intended stay.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The reports looked great, the photos of a castle on the hill - magical - booked a surprise weekend for me and husband - visiting Portmeirion and then staying in a castle for the night. Sorry to say but when we pulled into the car park my face dropped with disappointment - it was not quite the castle on the hill I envisaged from the photos. The nearest thing to a castle is the wood panelling in the very nice reception area and the fact that it has a round tower!
We were welcomed by a very accommodating and friendly man. Unfortunately his attentiveness became a little too much.
The bedroom was an excellent size with a superking size bed, unfortunately the bed was rock hard and we hardly slept a wink. The bathroom was also a good size and was spotlessly clean.
We had a room at the rear of the hotel overlooking the road - I would have preferred a room with a balcony that could have taken in the amazingly priceless views.
The lounge area was very nice with its Christmas tree but it would have been completed if the log fire had been lit.
The evening meal and the breakfast were of a good quality albeit a little pricey.
Overall I think the hotel is overpriced and disappointing - do not expect the castle of your dreams!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SteveJ2586, Manager at Ty'r Graig Castle, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Hello KOF,

I’m sorry to read that your expectations were not reached on arrival; you were clearly expecting a mediaeval castle and not a Victorian family home. As our narrative on all websites clearly states, the house was built by gun maker W. Greener to resemble a castle, and it has been called “Ty’r Graig Castle” since its construction in 1892. The photographs we post are very representative of the house, and make no pretence to it being a mediaeval building. The two round towers, when viewed in plan, are meant to represent the barrels of a shotgun.

You had obviously booked the large double room and, again, we always make it clear that this is a hillside view, and NOT a sea view. However, had you asked, we could have looked into the possibility of moving you into a sea view room, had one of these been available. In respect of the bed in your room, we can only observe that we have received no other complaints regarding the mattress, which is only around a year old.

We light the log stove in reception on a regular basis and, occasionally, the one in the lounge. However, this can make the room unbearably hot, so it is only lit on very cold evenings, as the room is serviced by our central heating system, which usually creates an ambient temperature for all. The price of evening meals represents good value, with main courses starting at under £10, and none more than £20, and this is comparable with most other venues of similar quality in the area.

Steve James
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed at this hotel in one of their turret rooms for two nights just before New Year and it was quite a disappointment. The room itself could do with a general make-over, but the bathroom was miniscule. I know that it mentions a small bathroom on their website, but I've seen larger in my friend's caravan! There was a tiny shower, toilet and sink all crammed together - two people could definitely not stand at the sink at the same time. For the price of the room (about £90 per night) I would have expected a little more 'luxury', but the views over the sea were very nice.

The rest of the hotel also seemed 'dated' and a refurb would not go amiss. We had breakfast on the first morning and it was very poor quality, so we didn’t take any evening meals there at all, hence can’t comment on the quality of their a la carte menu (only to say that it looked quite expensive). We had a couple of meals just down the road in a hotel called the Min-y-mor Hotel and that was absolutely fantastic! The best roast dinner I've had in an age for about £10 - well worth a visit!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SteveJ2586, Manager at Ty'r Graig Castle, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear JayneB,

We were sorry to read that you were less than happy with your stay with us. The room has been recently re-painted and we do advise when booking that the en-suite facilities are small. This is not by design but due to space constraints when converting the 120-year old home to a hotel. The shower cubicle itself is of standard domestic size and yes, it would feel crammed if two people were to stand at the (standard-sized) wash basin at the same time but most of our guests are happy at using it one at a time.

The hotel is "dated", it is, after all, a Victorian building, and we have endeavoured to maintain as much of the original charm and character as possible, whilst providing comfort and modern facilities where necessary (and possible). We were also concerned that you didn't speak to the manager, or any of the staff, with regard to your breakfast, which is generally very well received by guests.

We offer a different choice in dining style adding variety to where one can eat in Barmouth. Our a-la-carte evening dining provides a full dining experience to complete the theme, ambience, view, and personal service in our restaurant. Despite current economic challenges we still offer competitive pricing where our main courses start from just under £10 and does not cost more than £20. For this reason, our restaurant is popular with those looking for a dining experience with a view and a personal approach.

Steve James
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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Position good; amazing views; poly-cotton sheets, artificial flowers (yes!) on the tables even in the dining room.
No newspapers available, and hard-working polish staff milling about while we were forced to listen to loud commercial radio at breakfast. This cost us the same as far better places in the area.
It could all be fixed inside a morning. Why don't they do it?The manager is trying so hard, friendly and helpful; but the owners- whoever they are- need to go and stay in some other , better places to see how it's done now days...it's like 1978 at the Ty'r Graig...

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TyrGraig-Management, Owner at Ty'r Graig Castle, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Dear Megaposs,

Thank you for your review but it’s very difficult for us to take it seriously when there are so many inaccuracies. Our bed sheets are supplied and cleaned by an external laundry service and all of them including the bath towels are 100% cotton. Also, we have never put artificial flowers on the dining tables – only fresh ones. It therefore makes us think that you have probably confused us with some other establishment. Our staff are not from Poland and we put on BBC Radio 2 at breakfast, which is not a commercial station. Sound volume (as with room temperature) is a personal measure which varies from one person’s preference to another. What we cannot understand is why, having recognised our staff to be hard-working, friendly and helpful you chose not to ask them to lower it. They would have been happy to do so. It could have been fixed in a matter of minutes.

Janette Osman
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We received a lovely welcome from Jeanette, the owner, and the hotel matched expectations in appearance. It was like stepping back in time, with a beautiful entrance hall, stunning floor-tiling and decor. The lounge was very cosy and looked particularly so as it was decorated for Christmas ( as was the whole hotel ) and had fantastic views of the sea. Our standard room was small but pretty with, again, amazing views over the bay. The en-suite was small but had everything we needed. Everywhere was clean, and the towels and bedding of high quality. Enough furniture storage for our 2-day stay, T.V. worked, tea and coffee provided in the room. Breakfast was standard, but nicely cooked. The 3 young men who were on duty at different times during our stay were very pleasant. All in all, a very nice little hotel.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SteveJ2586, Manager at Ty'r Graig Castle, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Hello Pazar,

We're so pleased that the welcome and show-round we always give was appreciated, and that we lived up to your expectations. We have tried to combine the traditional elements of the lovely Victorian house with modern facilities where necessary. The vast majority of our guests stay for between one and three nights, and as they spend most of their daytimes exploring our wonderful countryside, we find they are usually happy with the room facilities.

We have passed your comments on to the chef and other staff and hope to see you again sometime in 2013.

Steve James
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Address: Llanaber Road, Barmouth LL42 1YN, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Gwynedd > Barmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Barmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
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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