Just returned from a wonderful 4-night stay at Maes-y-Garth run by Rose and Steve and could easily have stayed longer.
We were met at Betws railway station by Rose and taken home to a very welcome cup of tea and slice of sponge cake. Our hosts were very kind and informative about the area throughout our stay and offered help in all sorts of day-to-day practicalities.
The breakfast room and spacious lounge, which are on a raised level, have stunning views over the beautifully kept garden and the Snowdonia landscape. There are three guest rooms which were always occupied, but peace and quiet prevailed at all times.
The rooms are very clean and comfortable with extra thought given to those things you often forget about (hairdryer and even a sewing-kit (!).
Breakfasts were abundant and excellent: either traditional bacon, sausage and egg or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, all top quality. You just have to tell Rose the day before which you prefer. On the buffet you also have a choice of juice, fresh fruit, cereal and Welsh cakes which, for those used to continental breakfasts as we are, might be enough.
It's a short and pleasant walk over a public footpath through a field and over a charming wooden bridge to the village (10 min at the very outside). This is perfectly easy so long as you remember to take one of the torches provided and are careful crossing the one main road separating the house from the village. It's not especially busy but the cars do drive fast.
There is loads to see and do in the area and providing you plan your day to a minimum, getting around by public transport is perfectly easy if you don't go with a car as we didn't (Rose thoughtfully gave us timetables). During the three days there, we were able to go to Llandudno, Conwy, Portmeirion and Llanberis. But if you plan on taking the train up Mount Snowdon, it's definitely a good idea to book the day before. Otherwise you could well find long queues of people who've turned up on the day having waited for the right weather and who then get allocated a time slot much later on in the day. It's a fab place for all types of walking, from easy to hard, even if you just stay in the Betws area.
All in all, if we return, as we hope too, we'll definitely go back to Maes-y-Garth without looking elsewhere....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A warm welcome awaits you at Maes-y-Garth 5* guest house, a beautiful alpine style house set on the lower slopes of Mount Garmon. Stunning views of Gwydyr forest and Betws-y-Coed. Come and relax and let us take care of you. Make our home your home and be treated like part of the family. Walkers, climbers, bikers or just sight seeing you all welcome here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maes-y-Garth Betws-y-Coed, Wales