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“An oasis of calm” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Glan Y Gro
Ranked #1 of 27 Bala B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An oasis of calm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights, having travelled to North Wales to walk up Snowdon (approx 45 mins drive away) - we thought we'd arrived at a luxury hotel, not a B&B! A lovely welcome on arrival from Rosie, who made us tea and coffee after our long drive, giving us time to unwind and take in the spectacular views over lake Bala. Our room looked out on the lake, was spacious and spotlessly clean. Plus we had chairs to sit outside on the veranda (albeit a bit chilly in late March!). We would definitely come back again - we felt like we were leaving old friends behind, not guest house owners. Anywhere else would charge much more for this kind of B&B in such an amazing location! They also cater for groups so ideal if a large group of you are in the area.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

Stayed here for the second time while spying out Bala for a visit later in the year. It's the most relaxing of locations with a great quality of accommodation. It will be even better when the landscaping is completed.

Breakfast is brilliant and the hosts friendly. Location is easily accessible and peace is guaranteed. Awesome views of lake... so close it could be a houseboat!!!

Definitely recommended... already booked a return visit!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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CLEETHORPES
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23 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

Booked 2 nights via Laterooms.com which was guaranteed with my debit card. Approx 10 days before my stay I received an email from Robert (one of the people who owns/runs this b&b) asking me to provide the 3 digit security code from my debit card. As I had already provided this code to Laterooms I queried this and was told that for security and data protection reasons Laterooms weren't allowed to pass on this code to the accommodation provider which I found strange as I've booked via Laterooms before and have never faced this situation.
Anyway now for my opinions on the actual stay:

GOOD POINTS:
Lovely location
Peaceful
Welcomed by a very chatty Rosie on my arrival with a pot of tea and slice of cake
Pleasantly furnished room with 2 single beds and large bathroom with walk in shower (not sure why as I'm not disabled but I had been given the room specially adapted for disabled people but see bad point below)
Lovely breakfast room overlooking Lake Bala

BAD POINTS
As my room was supposed to be adapted for disabled guests, why were the beds so high?
I found the bed to be very uncomfortable
The b&b claims to use locally sourced food wherever possible and to bake it's own bread and make it's own marmalade; this may well be true but the hot breakfast was of only average quality and could have done with being served warmer
Shared tables for breakfast
The staff who served breakfast seemed slightly aloof

One further comment to make: this b&b also operates as Father's House Bala with a strange payment system; apart from certain dates where every room is £69.00 per night, the rest of the year payment is by donation. Please be aware this only applies if you make a booking with Father's House and not Glan y Gro (although they are one and the same place). A very strange set-up!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank PAUL048
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011

Just came back from a wonderful trip to Snowdonia and thanks to this lovely place of accommodation.

We were initially overbooked and the owner offered us an offer which we just can't resist. And we were glad that we made it to the B&B and what a wonderful place.

Our room is literally next to the biggest natural lake in snowdonia and they have 2 balcony facing the lake! Service & food were top notch and apart from my little feedback to install lights on the carpark, this place is just the best B&B we have ever stayed in.

Tip: Torch light is needed if you intend to come back late ;)

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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GlanyGro, Manager at Glan Y Gro, responded to this review, January 18, 2012
Car park lighting has now been installed. :-)
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New York
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2011

Booked through Laterooms for a last minute trip to Snowdonia with my son and bagged an absolute bargain for the money. This upmarket B&B sits on Lake Bala and each room has fantastic views over the lake. My room even had a balcony to enjoy the view from. People running it were very friendly and helpful. The place has recently been built or extended and my room looked brand new and was immaculate. Beds were very comfortable. Breakfast was very good with excellent choices. The only comment that I would make is that it is designed for getting away from it all. There was no TV radio reception WiFi or mobile phone signal in our room. Some of this was clearly stated on the website but until you have tried it with a teenage son, you dont know what that is like and it may take some adjusting to for some of us.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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GlanyGro, Manager at Glan Y Gro, responded to this review, January 18, 2012
Wifi should be availbale in all bedrooms and in the breakfast room. CD players are provided but we have no radio or TV signal here. There is a selection of DVDs available to watch on the 50" plasma screen. Vodaphone, Orange and Virgin mobiles work here but O2 in particular has very poor coverage.
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2011

We didnt have a car but we were picked up at the railway station by one of the girls "Rachel" who works in the hotel, she also cooks a mean breakfast. We were welcomed by Rosie and Paul when we arrived and had tea and home made cake before being shown to our room The room was really nice with its own balcony overlooking the lake, woods and the little rail track that runs through the grounds. Only 4 steam trains a day go past so no problem. The rooms are bigger than they look on the web page, cosey, very clean and modern. The beds are very very comfy. The shower room was modern, clean and had enough soft white towels, a cabinet to put stuff in and a brilliant shower with plenty of hot water. There is a kitchen for guest to use, making picnics or an evening meal, again with all mod cons including a fridge freezer. There are several blaconies overlooking the lake and hills, a stunning view. Breakfast was very good lots choice, with fresh fruit and home made bread and several cooked options. The porridge was very good. We spent a very peaceful Sunday afternoon sat in the boat house/summer house again overlooking the lake and whatching the yachts race acrooss the water. You can walk in the woods or take the varioes footpaths up the hills. Its also about a 40 min walk into Bala. The local bus service was good and we found most of the locals very helpful. In Bala there is a Co-op and a Spar and other smaller shops, good tea shops or cafes to eat lunch,or places to eat dinner, plus a good local chippy and several pubs. At dusk there can be a lot of midges about so take a repelent spray and keep your room windows closed untill you turn the lights off at night, during the day it was no problem. A journey on the steam train was fun, and there are walks to do at the other end and catch a later train,or just get a coffee and come back on the same train. This is not a party house theres no TV reseption and not a good radio reception. But there is a large TV and DVDs and CDs to borrow.All in all a very nice 4 night stay. The staff are all really helpful, friendly and fun. The owners Robert and Vicki had just returned from a months trip as we were due to leave, but Robert and Paul took us to the station to catch our train home. We would love to go back.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2011

Spent a weekend in Bala in this lovely guest house right next to the lake. Friendly welcome. Nice room with spectacular view. Will be back next year.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Glan Y Gro
Address: Llangower, Snowdonia National Park, Bala LL23 7BT, Wales
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Location: United Kingdom > Wales > North Wales > Snowdonia National Park > Bala
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Bala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Glan Y Gro 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Under new ownership as of January 2015, Glan Y Gro is the home of Robert and Ann Moore who warmly welcome visitors/guests who wish to find peace and tranquility and enjoy beautiful surroundings that are a joy for walkers, cyclists and other outdoor activists, not to mention water sports. Glan Y Gro is in a unique position, offering guests accommodation on the shores of lake Bala (Llyn Tegid) and yet is only approx 1.5Miles from Bala town itself. All rooms are either double or twin and offer views of the lake. All guests can use the balconies, with some rooms having direct access - they offer a great opportunity to pass a tranquil evening watching the sun go down (weather permitting) over the mountains. Robert and Ann are committed Christians and welcome enquiries from churches and church groups or other charities who would like to organise small group get-aways or courses. ... more   less 
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