My wife and I stayed here over the bank holiday weekend, in the Conwy room. Very spacious, with a private little patio (alas, not the same great view from here). Room had everything you'd expect: wifi (free), wardrobe, tea/coffee, TV, hairdryer, etc. Bed was setup as a double, and very comfortable - we slept like babies. It helps that it's very quiet there, and probably that we were exhausted from all the touristing!
The owner/proprietor Ruth met us late on Fri night with a pot of tea and some bara brith - which was very gratefully received after the 5hr journey. Ruth has excellent recommendations on where to visit (we were kind of winging it!), and every one she mentioned was well worth our time. The breakfasts were varied, and nothing was too much trouble. We had full English, smoked salmon and poached eggs over the 3 mornings. All delicious. Plenty of fruit, cereals, etc. Fresh tea and coffee as well as local honey and jams/marmalades. Cannot fault it.
The guesthouse is a bit 'in the middle of nowhere' - and this was exactly perfect for us, and just what we wanted. There are walking routes nearby (we didn't try), and you're only 5mins from the A55 by car, so you're not stranded! But you probably won't be walking to a nearby pub (I could be wrong). What this means is it's very quiet, and the views are fantastic - from all around the lounge, dining room and the various 'perches' on which to sit outside on the (cushioned) chairs to soak them up. You can see over the hills, right down the valley and over the water to Beaumaris in the distance. In the evening, the sun was setting right down the middle, and we got some lovely photos. Gorgeous.
Only minor niggles were you cannot drink the tap water (but sealed, bottle water was waiting for us in the room for free upon arrival) and that the shower pressure wasn't great (it was lovely and hot though). These really are easily overlooked, and understandable given the location.
If you want something near nightlife/walking distance of towns, etc. then this is *not* the place for you. If you want a great base for exploring North Wales, or just a beautiful, quiet place to get away, then it is absolutely perfect for you. Oh, and you are within 20mins drive of most great places in area! We went all around with no problems.
Recommended, and wouldn't hesitate to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rhiwiau is ideally situated 600 feet up in a secluded valley with mountains to the rear, panoramic views overlooking the Menai Straits and Isle of Anglesey and less than 5 minutes from the A55! We have been family owned and run since 1972. Rhiwiau always offers a warm welcome and a happy relaxed atmosphere as the many return guests confirm. We are ideally located for exploring North Wales. We are approx. 20 mins from Zipworld and 35 mins from Surf Snowdonia. ... more less
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