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Gwern Borter Country Manor
Ranked #3 of 4 Rowen B&B and Inns
Rainham, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Nice place in a lovely spot...”
Reviewed June 29, 2007

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....

Stayed June 2007
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Reviewed February 24, 2007

Just a warning - take out insurance if staying here. We couldn't get there because of heavy snow and the associated hazardous driving conditions / road closures etc on on 9th Feb 07. We were informed that customers from London had managed to make the journey (well done them!) and under no cirumstances could we be refunded or even alter the date of our stay.

The owners offered to try and let out our accommodation but we haven't heard from them since.

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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gwern, owner at Gwern Borter Country Manor, responded to this review, June 24, 2008
With the greatest respect bad weather did not effect any other guests from arriving at this busy period ( half term ) we were fully booked and everyone else arrived. This booking was for a week Sat to Sat and the snow had gone by Monday. So even if they were very nervous on the Sat they could have come Sunday or Monday.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 26, 2006

We stayed there for a long weekend (4 days) recently and it was a lovely place to be. We had booked a room with a 4 poster and, although the room wasn't that big, the old fashioned big heavy furniture was lovely. The bathroom was tiny though with only the toilet and a shower as the sink was positioned in the main room. I think there was a bathroom complete with bath available to guests at the end of the corridor but this wasn't pointed out to us.
The hosts were nice but we didn't really see them much and it was made clear in the book that they were only available until half 5 at night.
Breakfast was good but there was only the choice of cereal, a fry up or an omelette. I prefer fish or a continental style breakfast myself but the fry ups were very good.
There was lots going on around the place with goats, chickens and chicks in pets corner and horses. There are also self-catering cottages on site and horse riding is available (at extra cost) to everyone. There were also extra costs for the sauna, the gym (both situated in the outbuildings), bike hire and video rental (although this did go to charity). A bit too many extra costs for my liking as it seemed to slightly "cheapen" the place.
The location is idyllic but slightly remote. Evening dinner is not available so you will have to go out at night to eat or stay out all day. We knew about this and quite happily walked to the nearest pub which turned out to be a stunning hotel and inn and also the oldest licensed building in Wales. Word of warning - take a torch as there are no street lights and the roads are narrow and fairly well used. We had a torch with us and were very glad.
A good place for a break and if you have kids they will love all the animals!

  • Stayed February 2006
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gwern, owner at Gwern Borter Country Manor, responded to this review, June 30, 2008
one of the problems with reviews is often the facts stated are simply wrong. This review is a perfect example. The bathroom this reviewer assumed should be availble to him was another rooms private bathroom.
It was made clear reception closed at 5pm to enquiries from the cottages within the grounds NOT to the house guests. Another strange aspect of this review it was posted almost 6 months after their stay perhaps this is why all the facts were wrong
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Property: Gwern Borter Country Manor
Address: Gwern Borter Manor Barker's Lane | Rowen, Rowen, Snowdonia National Park LL32 8YL, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Rowen
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Rowen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
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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