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Shelley Guest House
Ranked #29 of 36 Aberystwyth B&B and Inns
Hythe, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Very welcoming to young family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

My three year old daughter and I used the Shelley guest house as our base to explore mid-Wales from, and it was just perfect for us. Julian was a very welcoming host, serving the best sausages I have ever tasted. We were there over Easter weekend and on the morning of Easter Sunday there was a packet of mini-eggs in my daughter's seat at the breakfast time. Such an enormously kind and thoughtful gesture, and proof enough to both her and me that the Easter Bunny had realised we were on our holidays.

The room and location was just great, quiet and perfect for what I wanted - which was a quiet get away from a busy life. In the evenings I was able to get my daughter to bed and then enjoy the wealth of books Julian had in the sitting room. I cannot recommend highly enough, and we will definitely be back again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

Stayed at Ty Gwyn for a couple of nights and thoughouly enjoyed it. Situated just outside the town in a quiet seculded area the guest house offers peace and quiet, a very amiable landlord in Julian who could not have been more helpfull and friendly ( especially considering he was run off his feet as his wife was in the process of giving birth to their first child), good parking, spacious garden area, clean and tidy and a great breakfast. I guess some might call it a little quirky, but for myself this only added to the attraction of the place making my stay even that more relaxiing and enjoyable.

Nigel S

Room Tip: stayed in the downstairs room which was extremly peacefull and comfortable.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2012

We have stayed with Julian and Anna Maria on a few occasions whilst visiting our son at the Uni, we really enjoy the atmosphere and the care and attention that Julian gives to everyone, the house is in a quiet and secluded little area and feels welcoming, our son comes along in the morning to have breakfast with us and have a go in the sauna, not many places would be this accommodating and we would like to thank Julian for this extra time we can spend with our son.We have another year of Uni to get through so will be making a few more trips to Shelleys Guest House. H.Darke

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2012

Giving Julian's guesthouse an 'Average' score seems like being mean to a good friend, as he is a truly lovely host. The welcome was 1st rate, complete with a pre-arrival text and good communications. He is so attentive and enthusiastic and gives this guesthouse a really personal touch which you often don't get anymore.

Many places have a bland atmosphere and bland staff, but this place isn't like that - there's a relaxed informal atmosphere, a nice lounge area with shelves of excellent books. Breakfast - simple but nice, using nice bread for toast etc The location is also very charming, in a little green hollow. It is peaceful and feels deeply rural, though it's really close to Aber, which is great.

So why average? Well there are a few shortcomings that ought to be addressed, principally the quality of a good night's sleep. The bed we had was thin and poorly sprung. Also in Room 3 where we were, there is only a window between the room and the next door lean-to flat on the floor below! The window was locked and there was a curtain on the other side, but we could hear every word distinctly! Also a few issues with cleanliness. Nothing major at all - it just needs a good scrub and attention to detail.

Enough moaning! We really do think the Shelley Guesthouse has enormous potential. Tweaking a few problems here and there would transform the place into an excellent, quirky and unique place to stay. Julian, we hope you think this review is fair and constructive, as we think you are a fantastic host. All the very best.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

A great place, I came here to celebrate our anniversary and everything was perfect. The setting is wonderful. The sauna was amazing and overall we had a most enjojable time. Hope to come back again!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calgary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 3 days in September. We had dinner each evening, and Julian - our host - prepared three wonderful meals. Since we were visiting from western Canada, we were keen to try local fare; we particularly enjoyed the lamb Julian prepared the second evening. No meal is complete without good company, and we enjoyed conversations with other guests each evening. It rained throughout our visit so we didn't have an opportunity to sip our wine on the back garden patio; in fine weather it would be pleasant.

Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Candis L
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Belper, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2011

The guest house is situated about a mile from the uni so was ideal for us visiting our son who is a student there. We loved the place from the moment we arrived. The breakfast was excellent, the rooms were basic but clean and had everything we needed for a short stay (perhaps some new mattresses would be a good idea as ours were a bit lumpy) We loved the lounge with its huge collection of books on a very diverse range of subjects and found the guest house cosy, friendly and a delight for our weekend break.
If you are looking for "Travel lodge" style facilities then this is probably not the place for you but if you enjoy quirky, friendly, unconventional accomadation then I would highly recomend it. We will definately stay there again!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Family room at the front of the house
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Shelley Guest House
Address: Lluest, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth SY23 3AU, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Ceredigion > Aberystwyth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Aberystwyth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shelley Guest House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aberystwyth. We offer comfortable low cost accommodation within a modern and contemporary environment. The house has 3 bedrooms and all rooms are very different in style and appearance. We are very proud of our downstairs room which has a glazed ceiling whereby you can see stars from the bed at night. We also have a family room and a double room. We also have a sitting room with hundreds of interesting books and a television for guests to enjoy. The sauna is also very popular among our guests. We also have free Wi-Fi throughout the guest house. ... more   less 
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