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“Beautiful, peaceful location and great beer!!”

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Gwesty Gwernan Hotel
Ranked #10 of 34 Dolgellau B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 4, 2010

We were a party of eight walkers who happened upon this gem while doing a circular loop around Cader Idris. We love our ale, and were very pleased to discover that the ale in this hotel is kept very well. We stayed for dinner - it was a great evening and the food was delicious. The waitresses were up for a laugh and didn't mind a bit of teasing from us blokes (average age about 50!!). The meal was great. The location is really one of the loveliest spots in Wales. It is next to a lake, and in a valley. On one side there is a pine forest, on the other Cadr Idris looks down, and on the lake there are lily pads. Perfic.

Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 19, 2010

The hotel is a beautifully renovated building that combines traditional looks with modern comforts with ease. It is set next to a private lake at the foot of Cadair Idris mountain and can genuinely claim to be in the "middle of nowhere". It's not the kind of place you'd easily stumble upon, being on an unmarked road in a remote region outside Dolgellau. But the beautiful location only adds to the sense of peace and well-being that you find there.

Though it looks old, make no mistake this is a very comfortable and well equipped. Our room was spacious and very tastefully decorated in a contemporary and nicely understated way (you won't find the clutter and fussiness you get at some B&Bs - instead muted colours, clean wood and the odd work of local art). The en-suite bathroom had a large shower and lots of room (though no bath) and was very clean and well equipped with Molton Brown toiletries (which the wife appreciated!). The bed was a huge king size, very comfortable with a good quilt and nice pillows. There were also usual kettle, selection of local teas and a small flat-screen TV with Sky. The room also overlooked the lake for a lovely view. It was also very quiet - even when the bar was busy couldn't hear a sound apart from the birds on the lake.

Because of the remote location you'll probably find you will be eating in the integrated restaurant and small pub bar. Luckily the food is very good home-cooked fare and relatively cheap. I was also impressed with the breakfast, featuring home-made granola and locally sourced produce. The small bar also served some nice beer and was very cosy. You'll find a lot of locals eating and drinking there, which is always a good sign.

If I had to make any complaint it would be about the rather odd service we sometimes received. For instance, when we first arrived we were shown to a room and asked to fill in a small form and then left to it. No real greeting (not even asking our names!), no information about the restaurant or when breakfast was or anything. We also found that the restaurant service could be equally strange. One evening we sat there, being one one of two couples, trying to catch the waitresses eye. Eventually she came over and asked, "Are you ready to see the menu now?" Not "ready to order", mind, but see the menu! Of course we were! She then disappeared and we ended up having to go to the bar to order drinks. My impression was that the owner wasn't around so the staff weren't quite sure how to cope. But it wasn't a major problem and seemed quite amusing!

But overall I would definitely stay here again and am planning an excuse to visit this part of the world again to do so!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2010

What can say about this place? Friendly, welcoming, honest "grub", beautiful scenery and a stunning setting. The drive to the hotel sets the scene, rolling hills with the building along side the lake. Simple understated deco in the rooms backed up by being amazingly clean and tidy. We opted for a room with an en suite, (so don't know what the shared bathrooms are like)
The food was tasty, whole hearty grub, good portions and reasonable. The people running the place couldn't be more friendly if they tried. Try the local ale, Butty Bach, so smooth and you'll not stop at one pint! We spent the evening eating, drinking the ale and playing dominoes in the comfortable leather chairs. PERFECT! We'll definitely be back, and not just for a single night, plus we'd recommended this as a place for anyone to stay

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2010

Great location at the foot of cadair idris and next to the lake, yet only minutes from Dolgellau. Our room was recently refurbished with lovely ensuite shower room. A bathroom down the hall if required. Plenty of choice at breakfast, and it was nice to see local produce being used - not a jar of Robertsons jam in sight.
We ate in the restaurant on both nights and the food was good value, well cooked, pub food. My husband said the steak was probably the best he had ever tasted, and melted in the mouth.
The family are very welcoming and helpful and it was a pleasure to relax and chat to locals and other visitors in the bar during the evening. The family's two cocker spaniels are good entertainment too.
We had a great stay and would love to go back soon.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 21, 2010

We visited this hotel for one night and wish we could have stayed longer, the location is lovely, by a lake and out of the main town. The room was lovely light and open with a lovely view of the lake, crisp clean white sheets and lots of pillows, cushions and throws (bliss). We decided to eat in the bar and the food was excellent with plenty of choice and good portions, we even ended up sharing a sweet, although we did wish we had had one each instead. The staff were lovely and very helpful. The whole stay was brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone for a visit. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

Loved the rooms and the atmosphere in the pub. Good food and service. Stunning location. The owners are working hard to make this a lovely place to stay.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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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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Address: Islawrdref, Snowdonia National Park, Dolgellau LL40 1TL, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Dolgellau
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #10 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Dolgellau
Price Range: $149 - $215 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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