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Boutique B&B in beautiful southern Snowdonia: good for romantics, families and lovers of the great outdoors
The small market town of Dolgellau lies at the foot of Cader Idris in North Wales. It's a couple of miles from the stunning Mawddach Estuary and a great place to explore southern Snowdonia. Spend your days hill-walking, mountain biking or riding horses along nearby sandy beaches, then count your blessings to be resting up in this townhouse. Owners Debra and Steve have transformed it from Victorian rectory to a chic B&B that's hard to fault. Homeliness gives over to style as upstairs, past stained glass windows, its 6 large bedrooms are as comfortable as many top boutique hotels: pillow menus, crisp white bedlinen, sleek bathrooms and techy stuff are all to hand but not at ferocious cost. You also get the use of a Butler's Pantry - a clever thought for those who need to snack or look after young children.

Wired into all things Welsh, they'll suggest where to go and what to see. Local produce is de rigueur and their beer is excellent. Relax by the fire, help yourself to a drink from the honesty bar, even try their huge outside hot tub. Everything made us glow.


  • Stylish rooms mixing old and new at affordable prices
  • Location: easy to walk into town, head for the mountains or drive to sandy beaches
  • The mini guest kitchen and kids' menu is a bonus for those with youngsters
  • Friendly owners who are extremely knowledgeable about the local area: Debra works in tourism development
  • They're happy to organise house parties and special events, as well as an impressive array of outdoor activities from guided hikes and pony trekking to rock climbing and white water rafting
  • Luxe details: fresh flowers, claw foot baths, DVDs, Champagne, gourmet picnics and in-room massages


  • A restaurant has been added since our visit and although we haven't personally tried it yet we can't wait to sample the tempting menu
  • Sitting at the same table with other guests at breakfast isn't everyone's cup of tea but we rather liked hearing about everyone's plans for the day
  • There's only 1 taxi company in the area which can be a problem if going out on Friday and Saturday nights unless booked in advance - a service which Ffynonn is happy to provide
  • North Wales isn't the easiest place to get to, so stay a few nights and enjoy the beautiful drive

Best time to go

Any time of year

Our top tips

The George III is a popular traditional pub with a superb location on the estuary - an ideal lunchspot after a leisurely walk.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 6
  • Restaurant + bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Kids' play area


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.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Tv
  • WiFi


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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Communal dining
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Shared butler's pantry
  • Vegetarian menu


This is a stunning part of the UK with mountains, cliff top-castles, forest trails and white sandy beaches all nearby.

  • Steve and Debra can provide qualified guides for a huge range of invigorating activities including hiking and mountain biking, climbing, abseiling, gorge scrambling, tree-top walking, kayaking, white water rafting, even paragliding

  • Many guests go horse riding on the beach - they can arrange with local stables

  • Go walking or climbing - make an ascent of Cader Idris or take a stroll alongside the beautiful Mawddach estuary (the latter has a disused railtrack that's now a flat path for you to walk or cycle several miles out towards the sea)

  • Head north to visit the quirky Italianate pastiche village of Portmeirion

  • Take a ride on the Ffestiniog steam railway - you'll need to drive up to Porthmadog or Ffestiniog - trains depart twice a day

  • At the end of the day have a soak in Ffynnon's hot tub - quite an experience in mid winter. They can also arrange in-room treatments including aromatherapy, massages, facials, manicures or pedicures

  • Relax by the fire and make yourself a drink from their honesty bar. Curl up with a good book or watch one of their DVDs in your room

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage available
  • Rafting


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.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

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:

Baby listening/monitors are available on request with advance notice

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs
  • Bedding
  • Steriliser
  • Pram
  • Toys

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

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). Half-portions of adult dishes are also available from 6.30pm in the restaurant. 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

Kids Activities on site:

  • Little play area with a swing and trampoline
  • Large garden
  • Children's indoor and outdoor toys and games including a PS2
  • Family-sized hot tub (for up to 6) with own outdoor changing and fab views
  • Over 100 children's DVDs

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Gentle walks with (or without) buggy, or a family cycle include the well-kept path along the beautiful Mawddach Estuary, with lunch in a family-friendly pub at the end
  • Bounce Below - world's first underground trampoline - & Zip World Cavern - world's largest underground zipline course - 25 minutes away

Families Should Know:

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


  • Airport: 90 minutes
  • Hospital: 5 minutes
  • Shop: 3 minutes
Kid Friendly: Mawddach Estuary

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