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“A night by the harbour”

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Arosfa Harbourside Guesthouse
Ranked #8 of 12 Aberaeron B&B and Inns
Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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“A night by the harbour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

We stopped at this Guest house at the last minute as we had extended our visit to Wales by a day. The room we had was a little quaint but it had all we needed, tea & coffee to hand and 2 beds which we prefer. It is right by the harbour with free parking in the square opposite. It rained that evening but we still had a short walk around the town after a good meal in the Harbourbmaster Hotel, and a further walk in the morning when it was dry. The breakfast was excellent and the owner Bill was very helpful as we left my wife's rain jacket behind and he posted it to us immediately and it arrived within a couple of days.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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bill g, Owner at Arosfa Harbourside Guesthouse, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
I'm pleased that the jacket arrived safely and thank you for the thoughts that you passed on to me.
I have always found that listening to guests is a goldmine of useful information, not just in Arosfa but in other businesses that I have had. Their experience of the guest house is unique to them and their comments are welcome. Diolch.
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

This bed and breakfast is right in the centre of aberaeron, and is in easy walking distance to shops pubs and sea. room was very clean, with nice bedding. breakfast had free range eggs, and good quality food. price was good too. all in all recommended.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Stayed at this conveniently located B&B a number of years ago. Apart from Bill (the proprietor) adding a restaurant, things haven't changed a lot. This B&B is welcoming, clean and has good facilities not found in other "cheaper" B&B's. We really enjoyed our two nights stay, and hope to see Bill and his helpful staff later in the year for a winter break.

Room Tip: Book early if you wish a harbour view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

We felt at home as soon as we saw our room,(a double,) which was comfortable and clean incorporating a big bathroom with a particularly good shower. and a beautiful view of the harbour. Unfortunately the restaurant , which had been recommended , was temporarily closed but the breakfasts were excellent, as was the service. Our bed was very comfortable and we slept well despite the heatwave. I loved sitting at the bay window overlooking the harbour and square watching the world go by. Arosfa was unpretentious with a hint of a bygone era whilst maintaining the very high standards necessary for the modern world.I took my husband there for his 60th birthday and we were not disappointed. We will certainly return.

Room Tip: I would ask for a room with a harbour view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

We ate at theirrestaurant Manuka - rather than staying at the B&B - based on a recommendation. The quality of the food was a very pleasant surprise and it is clear that the kitchen here has real skill. My wife and I had wild rabbit and roe deer for our main courses both of which were beautifully cooked and presented. Both can be dry if cooked badly but in each case the meat was tender and very moist (the deer was cooked exactly as I requested). Both starters and pudding were a real treat too (especially the desserts whih were knock out). Service was pleasant and unobtrusive and we had none of the problems referred to in earlier reviews re waiting for our food. I like a gap and to me the time between courses was well judged in my opinion. Only slight cripe was the wine list does not do justice to the qualifty of the food servied here and their needs to be a bit more thought and imagination as to the content.

All in all and excellant meal which was good value for the quality of the food and I will definately go again when back in Aberaron. It is far better than anything Cardiff has to offer at the moment.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Machynlleth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

We spent a night here as a get-away treat in Aberaeron - grandparents, parents and two kids, we all enjoyed Arosfa and left with a smile on our faces. The owner was welcoming, the rooms comfy and the breakfast hearty. We booked about two weeks in advance and got the last two rooms (which fortuitously were of the type we wanted - one double and one family room). Location wise it couldn't have been better - Aberaeron isn't a big town but it's heart is centred around the oh-so-picturesque harbour and Arosfa is right at its heart.

As others have said the decor might at first sight suggest it could benefit from a makeover BUT that would almost definitely tamper with Arosfa's very real personality and remove at least some of its charm. If you're looking for the overly sanitised and slick this isn't going to be your cup of tea (or ought that be cappuccino). If it's charm and personality you're looking for then Arosfa could well be, there is a real sense of individuality whilst stepping back in time.

Aberaeron is a little town that knows it has a magic sparkle to it and Arosfa is real part of that sparkle.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Aberystwyth
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

Arrived 10mins early for a 7pm table and were put to sit in a corridor where we had to get up if anyone passed heading for the loo. 20mins in they took our coats, only to then realise they had nowhere to store them and drape them around the room (which looked like a brick-a-brack store and was overfull). A further 10mins wait for a menu and them to take the drinks order. The waitress had no idea at all what 3/4 of (the very limited) menu were and could not even tell is if one dish was soup or not- she never did find out. After another long wait, and getting up 3 times to allow others to get to loo. 7.45 and we got to the table, still waiting for the drinks. 8.25 and the starters arrived- but no spoon for what did turn out to be soup. HAving asked 2 different staff for a spoon and not got one I eventually borrowed one from the breakfast bar rammed into a corner of the dining room. 40mins after the starter had been cleared 3 of the 4 mains arrived- neither of the steaks had been cooked as ordered and one was not so much a steak but two lumps of burned meat- one part 2inch thick the other under 1 inch. A full 10mins later the 4th meal arrived- so we all had a cold main, having not wanted to start before everyone had a meal. In fairness the chips were good and both gentlemen in the group very much enjoyed their meals.
Dessert was skipped as we wanted to leave promptly but we did have coffee- the waitress had to get her note pad before she could take the order for 4 black coffees.
A full half an hour after we asked the bill arrived- the wrong bill, so another 10 mins wait to get the correct bill before we could finally escape.
The service was truly dire- there were 4 waiting staff working and only a group of 3 and a table of two in the whole place by the time we got to our table. I cannot explain how truly shambolic the experience was other than to say that Fawlty Towers seem like the consumate proffessionals compared to this outfit. Even if all staff were new (the place has only recently started serving evening meals) I would expect them to take a drinks order and deliver drinks within the first 10mins when the place was so quiet and to know better than to sit people in a corridor.
Please try The Celler or The Hive if you want a good experience.

Room Tip: Please avoid the place unless you have 24hours to kill waiting for a meal that's average at best...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Arosfa Harbourside Guesthouse
Address: Harbourside, Aberaeron SA46 0BU, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Ceredigion > Aberaeron
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Aberaeron
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable, quality accommodation for that special weekend or get-a-way break•Winter Break 3 nights for 2 from 1st November to 31st March excluding Bank Holidays•Real Comfort in centrally heated accommodation with modern double glazing• A memorable choice of imaginative Welsh Breakfasts that includes Celtic laver bread, smoked fish, traditional home cured bacon and tasty vegetarian dishes •Coastal path outside the front door•Harbour views and sofa comforts•In town but away from the main road. Close to the water's edge, shops and restaurants •Delightful ground floor accommodation with sun lounge and lovely views•Free, well lit overnight parking close by•All rooms en-suite; single, double, triple or small family•100% no smoking policy •Digital TV and free Wi-FI•Our friendly, efficient team hope to see you soon. The bedrooms all have their individual features that you would expect from a house built during the middle of the 19th century. Arosfa retains all its character from that period and is surrounded by similar fine Georgian properties that together make a handsome square with Pwll Cam (the Inner Harbour) at its centre. The fine Georgian house was originally built in the 1850's by a family from nearby Cardigan as a home and probable provisions store. This period was Aberaeron's heyday when a large part of the town was constructed. Arosfa is ideally situated in the town, on the harbour yet still only a short walk to the shops with the convenience of the small free harbour car park close by. There are no hills to worry about and you can take short walks along the quay and seaside promenade or up the riverside footpath which takes you over "Lovers Bridge" and into the park. The surrounding area has an abundance of interesting places to visit within a short drive or bus ride. To name a few there is Devils Bridge, reached by the narrow gauge railway, Roman Gold mines at Pumpsaint, Llanwernog Lead and Silver Mine, Llanerchaeron Mansion, National Botanic Garden of Wales, Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, the ancient Strata Florida Monastery and much more.Since our AA Award we have been continually refining our Welsh Breakfast fayre and there is now more choice than ever and we hope you enjoy it. We think our home cured bacon is something really special and we are always looking for something new to do with laver bread. One very refined elderly welsh lady dared herself to try this most Welsh of Welsh dishes for the first time. She thoroughly enjoyed it and was instantly converted to being a 'Bara Lawr' fan. Chilled Breakfast BarStart with a wonderful selection of fresh fruits, cereals, local cheeses yogurts and our own muesli that is available from the Chilled Breakfast Bar. Then enjoy one of our delicious cooked breakfasts: Grilled Fish, Fresh Filleted Mackerel, Freshly landed in Aberaeron during the season. Gently grilled and served with lemon and scrambled egg. Whole Smoked Kipper, Traditional, natural smoked kipper served on the bone with all the trimmings and scrambled egg. Arosfa Grilled Breakfasts: Our Welsh bacon comes from a local piggery where the pigs are reared outside in a natural way, feeding in fields or woods. We cut the bacon on the premises and serve it with local free range eggs and pork sausages made by our butcher. See if you can taste the difference. Traditional Breakfast: Two Thick Welsh Bacon rashers with pork sausage and fresh egg cooked to your liking. Full Welsh Breakfast: A favorite with many of our guests. Three Thick Welsh Bacon rashers, pork sausage and two gently fried eggs. Local Home Cured Bacon and Egg: This is the bacon that your grandfather would have had for breakfast. Being dry cured over time the old fashioned way it is different in texture and flavour, delicious. Welsh Black Pudding Two Welsh bacon rashers, a fried egg and 4 juicy rings of Pwdin Du. Celtic Laver Bread - 'Bara Lawr ' A delicacy that captures a unique flavour from the sea shore. Harvested edible seaweed that has been enjoyed locally for centuries and is still very popular today. Rolled in oats and lightly pan fried in olive oil;•Served with bacon and fried egg•Penclawdd Cockles and poached egg•Welsh Black Pudding and poached egg•Smoked haddock and poached egg•Or for vegetarians with lemon, mushrooms, tomato and filled with sliced, cooked apple if you wish. Local Cured Ham A lighter breakfast served chilled with melon and toasted home made bread, New Laid Eggs, Free Range eggs from a local farm. Boiled, Poached or Scrambled to your liking with toasted homemade bread. Beverages: There is a choice of various teas; Indian, Chinese, Earl Grey, and Fruit or Herbal. We have freshly brewed cafetiere coffee as well as instant or decaffeinated. ... more   less 
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