Gwynedd - Dolgellau
Dolgellau is a market townin Gwynedd, north-west Wales, lying on
the River Wnion, atributary of the River Mawddach. It was the county
town of Merionethshire before that became a part of the county of
Gwynedd. Dolgellau is the main base for climbers of Cader Idris.
The area upon which Dolgellau stands was, in the pre-RomanCeltic
period, part of the tribal lands of the Ordovices, who were
conquered by the Romans in 77–78 AD. Although a few Roman coins from
the reigns of Emperors Hadrian and Trajan have been found near
Dolgellau, the area is marshy and there is no evidence that it was
settled during the Roman period. There are, however, three hill
forts in the vicinity of Dolgellau, of uncertain origin.
After the Romans left, the area came under the control of a series
of Welsh chieftains, although Dolgellau was probably not inhabited
until the late-11th or 12th century, when it was established as a
"serf village" (or maerdref), possibly byCadwgan ap Bleddyn — it
remained a serf village until the reign of Henry Tudor (1485–1509).
A church was built at some point in the 12th century (demolished and
replaced by the present building in 1716), although Cymer Abbey,
founded in 1198 in nearby Llanelltyd, remained the most important
religious centre locally.
Tel: 01341 422822
Olwyn bed and breakfast in Dolgellau, is a spacious family run guest
house, which has offered b&b in Snowdonia for over 20 years. Our
guests can expect a warm Welsh welcome and comfortable
accommodation, that is south facing, in a peaceful location set in
an acre of landscaped gardens yet only 10 minutes walk from the
quaint market town of Dolgellau. Good home cooking – hearty or
vegetarian option. Dwy Olwyn is an ideal starting point for touring
the whole of North Wales, with its beautiful scenery.
Historic market town of Dolgellau is very near Dwy Olwyn and is an
excellent base for touring, walking or cycling. Getting to Dolgellau
is a scenic and straightforward journey by road.
Large comfortable guest lounge looks out onto ‘ Cader Idris ‘ the
second highest mountain in Wales. Here you will find a large
selection of guide books, leaflets and maps for browsing through to
help decide on what to see and do in the area. Also board games
available for guest use.
Tal y Waen
Tel: 01341 421856 / 07813 211343
Just a short drive out of the picturesque market town of Dolgellau,
down a long and winding private road, you will find Pat & Julian
Jones ready to welcome you to the beautiful Tal y Waen Cottages. Owl
and Buzzard Cottages are two lovely, single storey, stone built barn
conversions set within the stunning scenery of Dolgellau and Cader
Away from the hustle and bustle of town life, here you have miles of
unspoilt, stunning scenery to explore at your leisure. Whether you
want to relax, partake in one of the many outdoor activities or take
in the culture and explore the Snowdonia region, you couldn’t find a
better base. The surrounding area is ideal for walking, climbing and
cycling (amongst many other activities) and is also renowned for its
abundance of wildlife. For a more leisurely day, why not visit one
of the nearby lakes or beaches?
Within easy reach of the main house, should you require it, the
cottages are set apart for your privacy. All fuel, power, bedlinen
and towels are included in the rent.
water is a fresh, natural, private supply direct from our well. It
is UV filtered and tested regularly. A well behaved pet is welcomed
Tanyfron Camping Pods
Tel: 01341 422638
have just installed two family pods (sleep 4 adults) and two
standard pods (sleep 2 adults & 1 child.)
Sympathetically designed to blend in with the countryside, these
natural Eco-Friendly Camping Pods offer a spacious, secure and cosy
environment for campers who love the great outdoors but not erecting
tents, feeling the damp or hosting creepy crawlies in your canvas.
Choose a Pod and go stress-free, camping / glamping in one easy
step: an unusual experience everyone should try. You might enjoy a
fun-packed week or just a quiet weekend getting away from it all,
eating out on your deck area, with a beautiful sunset and looking
out at the stars from the cosy warmth and security of your snug pod.
It’s a beautiful, natural, well-built, insulated, secure wooden
camping hut that provides comfortable basic accommodation in place
of a tent. It’s also 100% carbon neutral.
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Afon Rhaiadr Country House
Tel: 01341 450777
and Breakfast accommodation with a warm welcome at Afon Rhaiadr
Country House, Dolgellau, at the foot of Cader Idris, on the
outskirts of Dolgellau. Luxury boutique B and B in Dolgellau,
within the Snowdonia National Park. Visit Wales 5 star award.
This lovely Victorian house has recently been refurbished and is
stylishly decorated throughout with chandeliers and luxurious soft
furnishings. A candle-lit dining room
(advance booking required),
elegant cosy drawing room with doors to the gardens and
conservatory, furnished with an eclectic mix including Victorian and
Edwardian antiques. All bedrooms are sumptuously decorated and have
luxury bathrooms. There is ample seating around the gardens for
you to enjoy and a woodland walk over the waterfall bridge and
Victorian pool for the more adventurous. The popular area of Coed y
Brenin is only a short distance away, which is a great example of
the natural wonders of Snowdon.
Afon Rhaiadr Country House – loosely translates to ‘house by the
river and waterfall’ and uses an old spelling of Rhaeadr
(waterfall). You may find it easier to pronounce it as ‘Avon
Tan-y-Fron B&B Guesthouse
Tel: 01341 422638
Sleep in one of the three double/twin en-suite bedrooms, with all
modern amenities, wi-fi, comfortable beds and beautiful country
views, or choose one of our well-equipped B&B apartments.
East at individual tables in our dining room, choosing from fruit
juice, Welsh yogurt and cereals, followed by locally-sourced cooked
breakfast (with vegetarian or special diet options) to keep you
going all day.
Explire the magnificent countryside, mountains, rivers, forests and
lakes. Climb the majestic Cader Idris or drive 15 minutes to sandy
beaches and the scenic coast. Explore by hiking, biking, cycling, or
Arrive through Snowdonia's stunning scenery, by the Cambrian Coast
train line, by the friendly buses, taxis or cycle. Our bed and
breakfast is easy to find, near the centre of picturesque Dolgellau
and the Cader Idris mountain range.
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Heulwen Guest House
Heulwen Guest House lies on the outskirts of Llanfachreth, a tiny
village close to the centre of the Snowdonia National Park 31/2
miles from the old market town of Dolgellau. It is owned and run by
Heulwen and Andy Watts, who established the business in 1985.
The spacious south-facing bungalow is set in its own landscaped
garden with magnificent views of the mountains and forests. This
tranquil setting offers you the choice of forest walks, hill
climbing, fishing, mountain biking or just touring the area by car.
All Guest rooms have TV-DVD, clock radio alarms and beverage
An ideal centre for exploring the beautiful Snowdonia National Park