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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.

Guest House/B&B Holiday Cottages Camping Pods

Dwy Olwyn

Tel: 01341 422822

Dwy 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. 

The 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.

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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 Idris.

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.

The water is a fresh, natural, private supply direct from our well. It is UV filtered and tested regularly. A well behaved pet is welcomed upon request.

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Tanyfron Camping Pods

Tel: 01341 422638

We 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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Country House B&B Guest House/B&B Guest House/B&B

Afon Rhaiadr Country House

Tel: 01341 450777

Bed 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 Ryader’.

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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 even kayaking!

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

Tel: 01341 423085

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 facilities.

An ideal centre for exploring the beautiful Snowdonia National Park

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