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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Gwesty Gwernan Hotel Dolgellau, Wales