We have just returned from a lovely 4 day family break occupying two cottages, this is the second time we have stayed at Gwern Borter in one of their nice little cottages. The cottages vary in size and shape, are well equipped and spotlessly clean. They are all very cosy but if you are tall like me then the chances are that you will get the odd knock to your head ! The last time we stayed here was with friends in a late March and the central heating in our cottage was not very effective and turned off during the day time but you have a wall mounted electric fire as well.
We usually prefer not to go to places that are likely to have children around however on this occasion we were on a family break - there are bikes for the kids plus the animals and the horse riding and there was never any noise or bother.
The manor house, the gardens and grounds are all lovely and it's very relaxing, nice for just a stroll or sit outside and relax. The only real fault with all the cottages is the really naff bath/shower, the mixer units have gone and it's very difficult to get an even tempreature to wash your hair as for having a shower - forget it !
Inside each cottage is an information book with some useful info and a list of places in the area to eat or get a takeaway. On the basis of the recommendation we went to The Red Lion in near-by Tyn-y-groes, the service was terrible and the food awful - Forget that too !.... Even closer a 3-4 minute drive away is The Groes Inn, very lovely, good bar food but a little expensive, no children allowed at all after 7.00PM so if you need to take the kids go early.
3-4 minutes drive or a 15 minute pleasant walk in the other direction is the beautiful village of Rowen, this has to be one of the prettiest, loveliest villages in Wales and that is reflected in the price of the houses, a tiny two bedroom cottage with no garden will cost you over £250k ! We had a last night meal in the village at the Ty-Gwyn Inn, a lovely pub with real country atmosphere but the Lees Bitter and the draught Guinness were not great, wine was poured right to the top of the glass, not good signs of a well run cellar !
We had a number of different starters which were all very good and looked promising for the main courses. We had 3 home-made Steak & Ale Pies, Steak, Chicken Curry and a Fish n Chips. The Pies didn't have any pastry at all, they used sliced potatoes !... and the Ale Gravy was so sour and bitter that it was unpleasant and none of us could eat it !... The other main courses were okay but all the Veg was naff, either cooked to mush or not cooked at all ! If they sort-out the problems it could be a very good place to eat & drink.
Anyhow Gwern Borter is very nice and set in a good position very close to the village, lots of good walking from here, no need to take the car. On the whole very pleased just sort-out the central heating for the winter and the showers....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the foothills of the Snowdonia mountains in the beautiful Conwy Valley, close to the sea, there is a special place well known for it's peace and tranquillity. A place to relax and unwind or enjoy the many wonderful facilities that are found within the grounds and in the Snowdonia area. Gwern Borter Manor is a 4 star Country Manor House offering B&B the accommodation comprises of 3 double bedrooms including a Victorian 4 Poster. ... more less
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- Gwern Borter Country Manor Rowen, Wales