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Gwesty Gwernan Hotel
Ranked #9 of 34 Dolgellau B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 13, 2009

My friend and I had received permission from the hotel by return of email to leave our car in the hotel car park whilst we walked up Cadair Idris and along the precipice path back towards Dolgellau, descending and then returning to the car via small lanes.

We arrived at the hotel at 8.00am after an early start from the midlands, and, leaving a copy of the email visible on the dash, began our walk in very windy, later very wet and windy November weather.

Returning tired and wet to the car about 2.30 pm, we where glad to find the hotel bar open as promised, with a log fire roaring and bar food still available. Leaving our waterproofs hanging by door we were very quickly stood steaming in front of the fire enjoying several pints of local real ale accompanied by quality home made soup and roll.

We stayed chatting to the guests and staff in the hotel longer than we had planned, and eventually left feeling much the better for the very pleasant hospitality we received.

Will definitely be back, probably bringing the wives to stay next time as the guests all seemed very pleased with the hotel and in particular the staff and owners.

I should point out that we discovered that in the winter the hotel bar is only open thursday to sunday but that is from 12.00 noon through to at least 10.30pm so WITH PERMISSION an excellent place to start and finish a great walk and enjoy a great beer and a bite!

Thank you very much!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 6, 2009

I have been an occasional visitor here for nearly forty years and seen various changes in that time but this week I felt that it was as good as I had seen it.

We only had lunch today but the quality of the food and cooking was excellent while the service was pleasant and unobtrusive.

Local Welsh speaking families eating here so it must be good!

The setting under Cader Idris with the lake next to it cannot be beaten. Nearby Dolgellau has an almost Alpine air about it with its grey stones, the mountain above it and it remains a working town not a just a tourist destination.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 1, 2009

We first stumbled across Gwesty Gwernan (literally) at new year. At the end of a long walk around Cader Idris on a frost crisp sunny day, wondering how far we still had to walk back to the car, we came across this enchanting hotel and were immediately taken - situated on its own lake (which you can hire boats and fish on) surrounded by forest, log fire burning in the snug bar, friendly chat amongst locals and guests alike and a warm welcome from the owning family - we promised we'd return to stay soon. So this Easter saw us back there with friends and we were not disappointed. The same warm, friendly welcome, very comfortable and tastefully decorated en suite bedroom overlooking the lake, great home cooked breakfasts and evening meals, relaxing local bar all tucked away in stunning surroundings. This is a real gem of a find if you like getting away from it all and just unwinding around the lake or high up in those breathtaking mountains!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 16, 2009

The hotel was being refurbished when we stayed but has lost none of its original charm. We had a lovely en-suite room. Gwernan Lake hotel is situated in a beautiful location in the foothills of Cader Idris and on the banks of Gwernan Lake - a tranquil spot. It is a few miles from Dolgellau but easy to find.

The owner gave us a warm welcome and did everything possible to ensure we had a lovely break. There were log fires in the lounge in the evening. We had a pleasant meal.

The hotel is a good centre for those who like walking. Cader Idris is within walking distance. If you would prefer to do your sightseeing by car there is a lovely run just up the road to Crogennan lakes –which need a clear blue sky to be fully appreciated. A view as far as Barmouth bridge can be had from here. The road then becomes narrower but leads to the Dolgellau - Fairbourne road. We crossed the estuary at the toll bridge at Penmaenpool and then returned to Dolgellau via Llanelltyd. We stood talking to fishermen on the old Llanelltyd bridge. A lovely trip.

We hope to return to Gwernan lake hotel some day.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank en08
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Reviewed July 7, 2009

Re-visited Gwernan with my husband for a few days walking and fishing. Hotel is being refurbished to a high standard but very comfortable. Lovely food and great welcome from Eleri, Geraint and Ruth. Had great weather which always helps in Wales. Enjoyed boat fishing on the hotel's lake which they stock with rainbow trout, so peaceful - all you can hear is the plop of the fish jumping.

Really tranquil and special place.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2016
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Stayed: August 2016, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Gwesty Gwernan Hotel

Address: Islawrdref, Snowdonia National Park, Dolgellau LL40 1TL, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Dolgellau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Dolgellau
Price Range: $170 - $182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gwernan Lake Hotel is on Cader Idris. The Hotel is set within its own extensive grounds and lake offering private lovely walks for guests. Our luxury rooms and suites have stunning views over the mountain, lake and valley. In our restaurant we focus on providing Welsh products and ingredients wherever possible. Our small cosy bar is very popular with visitors who always find a friendly welcome and a glass of Welsh spirit, beer or wine to warm them after a day on the mountain. You are guaranteed a warm welcome in this cosy exclusive Hotel. ... more   less 
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