General overview: this is a lovely guest house. The owners go to great lengths to provide the extra touches which make it special. The house is impressive in its own right and has been lovingly restored to Victorian splendour. The decoration throughout is totally in keeping with the period and the William Morris wallpapers and furnishings are delightful.
Bedroom: our family room on the top floor was spacious and clean with tea, coffee and biscuits, TV with integral DVD player, free wifi (excellent signal) and sofa. Bed was enormous and very comfortable with quality sheets and pillows. The shower worked really well in the bathroom which was just outside the bedroom in a little hallway. Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and soap were all provided in cute little bottles!
Breakfast: served in an elegant room with beautiful views. There was a wide selection of high quality breakfast items such that over 4 days we had plenty of varied choices. It was all cooked to perfection.
Parking: ample space right outside the establishment. Might require a bit of juggling around when busy but the owners will take care of that for you.
Grounds: there was still plenty of snow around when we went but there were some areas that would be very pleasant to sit out in. Immediately across the road is an excellent dog-walking field and the owners are very dog-friendly. There was, however, no sign whatsoever in our room, or any part of the house, that dogs were accepted, which is a good thing! Dogs were welcome everywhere except the breakfast room, quite understandably.
Location: views in almost every direction plus the pretty River Dee. You need to drive West to Snowdonia, the coast and most attractions but there's plenty to do more locally including an aqueduct which is a world heritage site. Don't go if you suffer from a fear of heights! We also enjoyed the slate caverns at Blaenau Ffestioniog, the steam railway from there to Porthmadog, Criccieth with its ice cream parlour, Cadwaladers, Chirk Castle, Conwy Falls and Trawsfynedd Lake.
Eating out: the guest house does not serve evening meals but we liked a pub in the neighbouring village of Carrog - the Grouse Inn. A bit unprepossessing inside but good food. I'd give the fish and chip shop in Corwen itself a miss!
Amenities: Corwen has a leisure centre with pool. Do support the lovely little gift shop in the village on Bridge Street.
Conclusion: the owners of Bron-y-Graig go out of their way to be hospitable and it is beautifully run. A very comfortable and memorable place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bron-y-Graig is a luxurious 9-bedroom Victorian Town House Hotel in North Wales with tranquil river and mountain views. Set in the beautiful Dee Valley, it is the ideal base for exploring Snowdonia, Chester and North Wales Castles and Coast, ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bron-y-Graig Corwen, Wales