“Boutique B&B in beautiful southern Snowdonia: good for romantics, families and lovers of the great outdoors”
The 6 rooms, named after the owners' grandmothers, have all been freshly decorated in different styles but show the same good grasp of what's needed for a comfortable stay: soft wool carpets (with thick underlay), crisp Egyptian cotton sheets, pillow menus, waffle bathrobes and slippers, as well as a welcome jar of cookies and bottle of Ty Nant water. There's also WiFi, a flatscreen TV and DVD player with a good selection of films to choose from. And if you need an early start, there's a cute little alarm clock by your bed.
Bathrooms are sumptuous with freestanding or Jacuzzi bathtubs, rainshowers and big windows, plus White Company bath products and stacks of fluffy towels.
Myfanwy, where we stayed, is Welsh inspired and decked out in muted greens. It has a separate lobby area between its bathroom and bedroom. The big brass bed gave us a solid night's and the bathroom with Italian marble floor, roll top bath and walk-in shower was the perfect place to unwind. Couples will like the boudoir-style of Sydney’s red walls, velvet and linen furnishings and gothic mahogany bed. There's a slipper bath in the bedroom (so you can watch TV while you soak) as well as an ensuite shower room.
If you need a twin room, opt for Annis: decorated with Oriental accents, there’s an antique Asian cupboard and splashes of deep red and charcoal in the furnishings. Its bathroom has slate flooring and a sleek freestanding bath with overhead shower. Aimee has more of a French twist with its Corbeille double bed, antique wardrobe and pretty chandelier. Colours are creamy with rosy-red touches, an armchair invites you to read by the fireplace, and your bathroom has a whirlpool bath and overhead shower.
Climb up to the second floor and you’ll find Emily. With its enormous walk-in shower and bateau bathtub, it undoubtedly has the most impressive bathroom in the house, but there’s also a kingsize bed and a sumptuous seating area by the Victorian fireplace. Also on this floor is the hotel’s newest addition, Hazel. A particularly large suite, it boasts a spacious bedroom and ensuite bathroom, as well as a separate living room that can be converted into a twin bedroom - ideal for a family stay.
Breakfast is taken downstairs along with other guests in the slightly formal dining room. Help yourself to jugs of juices set up on the wooden dresser as well as cereals, fresh fruit salad, creamy yogurt and fruit compote. There's also porridge if you need some insulation and don't miss their Welsh cooked breakfast. Produce is invariably local so your jams come from Ffestiniog, sausages from locally-reared pigs and eggs from organic, local, free range birds.
There's an on-site restaurant and a room service menu offering a selection of light meals. Help yourself to drinks from the honesty bar in the drawing room. The half bottles of Moet & Chandon (with minimal markup) were a pleasant surprise as was the very good lager from a local microbrewery - I particularly enjoyed the Ewes Frolic.
With a bit of notice, they can also send you off with a picnic lunch which might include homemade soup, ciabatta sandwiches and homemade Bara Brith. The Butlers Pantry also lets you fix yourself something simple whenever.
There are several nearby restaurants which often get booked up well in advance. However, Ffynnon provides a pre-arrival booking service and has more chance of getting you in: Y Meirionnydd, also known as the Old Gaol, comes highly recommended for hearty fare that's fresh and tasty (chicken and leek pie, lamb shank, steak and chips etc); for stunning views across the Mawddach Estuary and mountains, contemporary design and more refined fine dining try Mawddach.
This is a stunning part of the UK with mountains, cliff top-castles, forest trails and white sandy beaches all nearby.
Ffynnon welcomes children and with a son of their own, the owners are geared up for those with a baby or small family. However it's worth bearing in mind that Ffynnon is an immaculately kept little hotel, so you should make sure your children are well behaved during their stay. Please note that there is no babysitting on offer but there is a free baby listening service, which must be booked in advance. Cots are free of charge, extra beds incur an additional cost, see Rates.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Four rooms have space for a baby cot, of these Myfanwy could accommodate an extra bed instead, king suite Emily could host an extra bed for a child as well as a cot, and Annis can be booked together with Aimee to create an interconnecting suite which could sleep a family of five in comfort. Dedicated family suite Hazel is considered the best family option as it has a separate living room that can convert into a twin bedroom.
Baby listening/monitors are available on request with advance notice.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A kids' high tea menu is available 5.00-6.30pm (perhaps home made mini pizzas, mini shepherd's pie or Cherub's couscous, followed by yoghurt and fresh fruit). Kids also have a special breakfast menu to choose from: our young daughter loved her French Toast Teddies and Three Bear's Porridge. The shared butler's pantry, with microwave and fridge, is a handy extra.
Ffynnon is on a hill so be prepared for a few changes of level, plus staircases throughout the building. The steps in the garden have handrails.