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“Has to be the best B&B in Wales!”
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Dolffanog Fawr
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tal-y-llyn
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 22, 2011

My wife and I stayed here only for a three nights but without a doubt, we'll be back. Everything about Dolffanog Fawr was absolutely spot-on and there really isn't an element that could be faulted or improved. Set in seriously stunning scenery too!

We have stayed in many different guesthouse/hotels around the UK and the world, many much more expensive but none as nice as this place. The hosts, Alex and Lorraine make you feel very welcome and relaxed. The food is top class restaurant quality and the wine list is extensive (& very reasonably priced for the quality).

There is a lot to do in the surrounding area and in particular, climbing Cadair Idris is a must. As is recovering in the hot tub afterwards looking at the spectacular views with a cold beer and a G&T (once you're in you may never get out of the it though...).

Anyway, we cannot recommend enough so if you are looking for somewhere excellent, don't look any further!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

This is more than a B&B. Alex and Lorraine are the prefect hosts; literally nothing is too much trouble. Whether it be recommending trips, providing packed lunches, getting the hot tub warmed up or finding somewhere for a crazed individual to watch a rugby match!
The room we stayed in was spacious and light with a huge, very comfortable, bed and a great bathroom. The meals are fantastic, not just breakfast but the three course evening meals prepared by Lorraine are simply delicous. After the first night we didn't want to eat anywhere else!
I would back up what every other reviewer has written and sing the praises of the service provided by Alex and Lorraine. After three days I wanted to move in! Thoroughly recommended as a base for visiting mid-Wales, a base for walking up Cader Idris (it's in the back garden!) or simply as an excuse for a relaxing break as we did. Thank you guys.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

Even with websites such as Trip Advisor it always remains a little unnerving when booking what you hope will be a special break. Well the reviews were exceptional and so the risk seemed small and oh boy were we glad we heeded them.

Overlooking the lake and in the shadow of the Cader Idris sits this gem of a place. In fairness the house doesn't look grand or spectacular from the outside but walk through the door and the warm welcome and very welcoming environment and you realise that you are in for something special. Our room was comfortable, spacious and with a stunning view across the lake. The owners, Lorraine and Alex clearly take pride in presentation, cleanliness and quality throughout their premises.

The premises are situated in an ideal spot for just about anything the Wales has to offer. Despite this being high season the roads were largely clear of traffic and even the tourist hot spots were not overly crowded. As Alex said this part of Wales is often overlooked by tourists - it's their loss.

As others have said here, don't miss the experience of eating in. The food is absolutely wonderful. Fresh local produce cooked to perfection. I cannot praise the food enough. The communal eating arrangements did worry me when we booked. In the event we found ourselves happily enjoying a meal with great dining companions and this actually proved to be the icing on top of the cake.

This was a fantastic weekend planned as a surprise for my wife - and she, and I, loved it. Thanks!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

We were guided here by Tripadvisor reviews and I have to say they were pretty well spot on. The location is just about perfect, particularly (but not only) for hillwalkers, nestling as it does at the foot of Cadair Idris and overlooking Talyllyn Lake. Our hosts were excellent. Lorraine's cooking is special and, if you stay, be sure to eat in - our two dinners were some of our best meals in North Wales. Dinner is not available on Mondays but Lorraine directed us to a nearby pub which does good pub grub. Meals are communal, which may not suit everybody, though we had a fine bunch of fellow travellers with whom we spent a couple of pleasant evenings. Alex is very knowledgeable about the local area (not to mention wine, beer, fishing, rugby .... ) and is more than happy to have his brains picked.
We had the Wnion room which has its own entrance. It is large, nicely furnished and spotlessly clean and looks down the valley toward the lake (though I suspect all rooms have a similar view). Apart from the occasional low-flying jet (it is North Wales after all), it is utterly tranquil.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

My Wife and I stayed at Dolffanog Fawr on Friday 8th July until Monday 11th July. This is a stunning place to stay, with views of a lake. The hosts, Lorraine and Alex made us feel very welcome, almost like being at home. With Evening meal and breakfast with the other guests this made a welcoming chat about the days events, and tips of where to go.
There is lots to see close by, from the mountain Snowdon to the beaches.
I look forward to going back as soon as.
Thanks Lorraine and Alex.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2011

Much more than we expected for a guest house.Good location for walking.Home cooking with local produce was certainly worth coming home for each night.Very relaxing, hot tub was readily available super large beds in lovely rooms.The hosts made everyone feel welcome and were very proffesional.
Would definately recommend staying more than one night.

Room Tip: Feels like you are a house guest meals taken were at a shared table where we met and chatted to the...
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2011

Like most previous reviewers, I find it hard to find fault with Dolffanog Fawr. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortably furnished with smart modern en-suites, the owners are friendly and easy going with no restrictive or unreasonable rules and the meals are of good quality made from using local suppliers and superbly prepared/cooked by Lorraine.
One of the advantages in staying in these smaller establishments is that you can get to know the owners and other guests which can add to the enjoyment of the holiday in a way which perhaps a larger impersonal hotel can't. This is certainly the case with Dolffanog Fawr where the breakfasts and evening meals are provided on a large oak table in the dining room, although separate tables can be arranged to those who prefer to sit alone. The meals were always provided promptly and service was excellent but conversations often continued well into the evening as we and the other guests retired to the next door lounge for coffee.
An enjoyable stay, thank you.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Dolffanog Fawr

Address: Tal-y-llyn, Snowdonia National Park LL36 9AJ, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Tal-y-llyn
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tal-y-llyn
Price Range: $153 - $162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Dolffanog Fawr 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the stunning Tal-y-llyn valley - one of the most beautiful spots in Wales. With the slopes of Cader Idris virtually rising from the back garden to the north and the less explored Tarren hills to the south, the house also enjoys excellent views across sheep pasture to Tal-y-llyn lake. We welcome you to our warm and comfortable home. ... more   less 
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