Snowdonia Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Wales

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Responsible tourism: Snowdonia Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Wales

Environment

Powered totally by renewable energy..We display our green Dragon Award and Green Tourism Gold awards for the environment. Won Considerate hotelier award 2014 Previous years winner was the Savoy Hotel. The house is an 1883 mine manager's house with a new extension of local oak and cedar in 1996. There are 2 turf-roofed garden rooms, partially and sympathetically constructed with local timber and local slate and insulation in some walls is sheep’s wool. The main house has its waste naturally treated in tanks eventually filtering through reed beds into a pond supporting a wide variety of wildlife including native brown trout. Grey rain water off the main roof aids the flushing of the Hobbit room toilet and there are only showers to save water.

The dish-washer and washing machine were selected for low energy use and our main central heating system uses carbon neutral wood turn it to gas and burns very efficiently at 900c. Computer integrated to solar arrays. We have 2 state of the art solar panel installations to help heat our domestic water, electricity use is minimised by low energy light bulbs (all electricity comes from 100% green sources), and guests are encouraged to adopt energy efficient practices.

We have one dustbin for 14 people and extensively re-cycle via council schemes and other means. Natural kitchen and garden waste are extensively composted/chipped to support our home-grown produce, and cleaning products with a low impact on waste water are used.

We all have an impact on our local society. Our aim is to enthuse, demonstrate and explain that effects can be reduced. Here all rooms have our Environmental Policy and a book “Change the world for a fiver.” Taking time to explain our energy impact and ways to reduce it are vital and both our solar panel installations have instruction/explanation leaflets.

Community

We are committed to living and working in the Community and have done years of Welsh language courses. It is still hard though. Training in canoe coaching, mine leader, mountain leader, Food hygiene, First aid, other Outdoor pursuits is all done locally. The carbon footprint of food used is very low; we use a local butcher who has local meat, a local egg man who delivers egg and local vegetables and the local Co-op benefits from most of our supermarket buying as their green / local buying policy is better than most supermarkets. We use local trades people for car servicing, DIY supplies, window cleaning, wood supplies,

We explain the historical social impact of the local slate/rail industry and the way its impact has translated into today’s tourism and the local economy. We encourage the exploration of the beautiful country-side and our rich local heritage on foot, by bus, steam train, mainline train, and bike as much as possible. We have a wealth of leaflets, CDs and knowledge, and offer guidance and personal recommendations for activities, restaurants and pubs. All staff are mountain leaders. We use and recommend:

Local butcher
Local veg man visits on Friday BRYN THE EGG
Local Co-op supermarket
Dining chairs local
Local dining table made from tree 10ft from the kitchen
Local canoe club set up. All qualification awarded soley by me for first 2 years
Local carpet fitter, electrician,tree surgeon, electric car charging point
Local installation engineer for solar thermal, solar electric and biomass boiler
Local plastic (1k away) for new double glazed conservatory

Landscape

We're located in a truly stunning area in the heart of Snowdonia, and can provide access to a wide range of activities to get you outdoors and connecting with this spectacular landscape. John is a qualified mountaineer and canoe/kayak coach and is more than happy to help arrange activities for you to explore the mountainous areas, countryside and the largest natural lake in Wales.

To further explore Snowdonia you can use the Ffestiniog Railway, a steam train that tours the Welsh Highlands and the Snowdonia National Park in a way which children and adults alike will love! There's also the mainline train which can be used for getting around, as well as local buses and lots of opportunity for bike rides along mountain trails. If you want to explore the landscape and remain carbon neutral, there are local bike hire companies who will make things easy for you.

The Ffestiniog Railway can also take you along to the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, which host great underground tours right at the heart of Snowdonia, taking you down to see underground caverns that were mined for slate as far back as 1836. Situated near the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the combination of history and adventure makes for a perfect family day out. There are also opportunities here for biking, with the best downhill mountain bike tracks in Britain!

No visit would be complete without a trip to the Vale of Ffestiniog, slap bang in the middle of Snowdonia, the area combines rugged mountains on 3 sides and beautiful sandy beaches along the shore. Slate from this area was the cutting edge of lightweight roofing technology and marks remain on the mountainside where tramways operated up and down to meet waiting ships in the ports. The area offers incredible scenery with remnants of the bustling industrial activity that took place during the Victorian Era. This area is of course great for biking along downhill and lake side trails, and kayaking and canoeing is also popular here.

Reviews of Snowdonia Bed and Breakfast accommodation, Wales

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2012 by

The most memorable part was the amazing scenery, it was breathtaking. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2009 by

Excellent for walks, great hosts, beautiful views and peacefulness. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2009 by

The hospitality in the lodge was excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2008 by

The owner also took us on a guided walk around the old slate mines which was an amazing experience. The hospitality was excellent and the owners could not do enough to help us. The food was far too good for my waist line! Read full review

Reviewed on 12 May 2008 by

Staying a turf-roofed outdoor bedroom with hot water provided by solar panels and coming into a huge breakfast of locally-sourced Welsh produce – all very green Read full review

Reviewed on 09 May 2008 by

A great experience - and it was brilliant to be able to bring our dog Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Dec 2007 by

A fantastic weekend break which we would thoroughly recommend for those seeking the simple pleasures in life. A warm welcome, friendly advice on the locality and very comfortable accommodation. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2007 by

This accommodation was great and John and Celia , who had literally taken over the day before, did a fantastic job of making us welcome. The area is full of interesting scenery both mountainous and coast. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2007 by

Wonderful hot and dry weather which allowed us to experience North Wales in a fresh light. Shared evening meals with other guests - extremely good and good value food. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2007 by

The most memorable part would have to be sitting in the sun after climbing to 990 meters to the top of the Glyders. Not a person in sight or a sound to be heard. Very peaceful! Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2007 by

The highlight was the beautiful scenery & fantastic food. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2007 by

Our accommodation was ideal in every way. It's a friendly place, but not intrusively so. the breakfasts are fantastic (bacon like you only dream of these days) and all locally sourced and/or organic. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2007 by

Wales (and the Snowdonia National park) is beautiful, the B & B is super! It is really worth to have a vacation there. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2006 by

The most memorable part was climbing Mount Snowdon with my partner and son aged eleven with our guide Bob Cole. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 May 2006 by

The setting was idealic. Book the evening meal - they're fantastic and good value for money. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2006 by

Most memorable things about the stay was the food, which was wonderful, fresh and home cooked with a good choice and plentiful portions. Rooms were well presented. The tea and cake upon arrival was most welcome. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2006 by

It was very relaxed and Bob and Ann made us feel at home. We had some good laughs with the other guests as well at mealtimes. The most memorable part was going for walks on the hills/eating with other guests in the evening at the guest house. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2006 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was on top of the disused slate works when it started to snow... meeting an old school friend that I hadn't seen for 20 years by a lake in Snowdonia... Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2006 by

The most memorable part was staying in the 'Hobbit House' a room with a grass roof and having a sauna amidst the welsh mountains Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2005 by

Had a great time. Although from South Wales and used to bad weather we were able to see and do a lot in three days. The accommodation was excellent and food and hospitality very generous and warm. We will go again and highly recommend it. I give it 5 stars! Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2005 by

The views around Blaunau Ffestiniog and Snowdonia were terrific, the weather was fantastic, with plenty of snow on the high mountains. The kids loved Harlech Castle and the train ride on the old steam trains. The whole trip was excellent and the B and B was brilliant! Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2005 by

The food was fantastic. The service was great. The B&B was excellent value. The most memorable parts were the fantastic walks on the hills in Winter. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2005 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was difficult to say, but my son (aged 7) would probably vote for "Playing with Bryn (the dog)" Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Apr 2005 by

Bob and Ann are superlative hosts, very generous and helpful but able to give their guests their own space. The house has been creatively extended by them as a model of energy conservation, to show their guests that such concerns are ordinary, achievable and not eccentric. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2005 by

The most memorable part was the walking and dramatic scenery, everyone was very friendly and welcoming - including Bryn the dog. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2005 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was walking in the nearby hills when the sun came out! Great views. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2005 by

We were made very welcome and stayed in the Garden House which had a grass roof. The food was all freshly cooked and excellent, with three courses at £18.00p per head, bring your own wine. The location is fantastic right on the edge of a lake. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2005 by

The most memorable part was the food. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2005 by

The most memorable part was walking in lovely rural surroundings... B & B was very comfortable with good locally produced food. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2005 by

The most memorable part was beautiful location and excellent hosts. Bob has invested in a solar heating system and went to great lengths to provide food which was environmentally sound and using local produce. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2004 by

The most memorable part was going for a 'walk' (4 hrs hillside trek!) with the hosts on a snowy Christmas morning, up the mountains and getting caught in a blizzard! - coming back to thaw out in front of log fires with glass in hand & dinner on its way! Read full review

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