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Gwydir Castle B&B

Gwydyr Castle Conwy Valley, Llanrwst LL26 0PN Wales
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#3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Llanrwst
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Elsabae wrote a review Oct 2019
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We reserved 3 nights, added a fourth and would have stayed a fifth if it had been available. For history and historic house buffs, Gwydir is magical. Our room was large, the bed comfy and breakfast delicious. But to eat breakfast by candlelight with a wood fire crackling, to have a guest parlor with 500 year old furniture to just use as daily furniture, to have the run of a medieval castle restored to the time period, to walk gardens with 500 year old trees and a flock of peacocks that have called Gwydir home for 200 years...This is indelible. We came because we had read Judy's book, "Castles in the Air", about their restoration adventures. Judy, Peter and Paddy are welcoming hosts and it was all that we had imagined. They are very knowledgeable about the area, gave us wonderful suggestions and lent us maps. Gwydir proved a great base for exploring northern Wales with lots of day trip possibilities. We appreciated the lack of a TV, enjoyed the Wi-Fi, and loved that the room was both comfortable and historic. Authentic rather than sanitized. Unique and Gwydir perfect.
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Date of stay: October 2019
John K wrote a review Nov 2018
Princeton, NJ109 contributions76 helpful votes
This is a unique experience--probably not for everybody (if you're looking for modern luxury and frills, go elsewhere), but a real treat for anyone who loves historic houses, and off-the-beaten-track experiences. The "castle" itself is a gem of a Tudor manor house, lovingly and faithfully restored. If you stay here as opposed to just visiting, you have the chance to wander through the house in the morning before any crowds arrive, and you have the pleasure of exploring the grounds at your leisure. We stayed in the Duke of Beaufort's room, which was very comfortable and quiet; you have to go out in the hall to use the bathroom, but we didn't mind, given how empty the place usually is. The King's Room, which is ensuite, looked really luxurious. Breakfasts are excellent, and Judy is a warm, helpful host. The story behind the renovation is captivating, too, and makes staying here a real privilege. There's also beautiful hiking in the Llanrwst Valley, and you're on the eastern edge of Snowdonia, as well as just a short hop from Conwy and other points on the north coast. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The ensuite King's Room is definitely worth the extra cost, but the Duke of Beaufort's is...
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Kirsty9248 wrote a review Oct 2018
Lichfield, United Kingdom56 contributions55 helpful votes
Where to begin, we’ve not long been back from a long weekend staying at Gwydir Castle. What a fantastic weekend. The castle is stunning and has been so carefully and lovingly restored to it’s former glory. I can’t recommend a stay here enough, the rooms are huge, but despite the image a castle normally conjures are very comfortable, and if anything were a bit too warm! The location is fantastic, although to get anywhere local you’re likely to need to drive, perhaps not so much in the lovely long nights of the summer! Breakfast is great and plentiful! The staff are both friendly and helpful, but not too in your face so as you can go about your trip with minimal interruption. The ability to explore the house and gardens was also a lovely touch. The nights are very peaceful which is great as that’s what we’re used to at home. It is really difficult to be critical of this stay, we had a fabulous time and absolutely loved it, a couple of constructive criticisms we would have: - We didn’t have a key for our room, maybe we are being crazy and used to a totally different way of life but it would have been nice to know you had locked your belongings in your room whilst you were out all day. Particularly with the castle being open to the public during the day, similarly I think I would of slept a little easier in the evening also. - The nights have really started to draw in now, but the outside of the castle is quite dark at night, this is difficult because whilst it’s nice to feel secluded it can make the castle difficult to find of an evening, perhaps even a subtle down lighter onto the name board would suffice, just to make the place a little easier to identify. These are really tiny criticisms which didn’t affect or impact on our stay massively, just two small things which we think could be improved. The accommodation and offering is incredible value for money, and our stay was wonderful, we can’t recommend Gwydr Castle highly enough and hope to return soon.
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Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Lisa C wrote a review Aug 2017
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom219 contributions50 helpful votes
Wow! We have just spent 3 fabulous nights relaxing in this wonderful haven. There's nothing to fault....from the accommodation, to the house and gardens and our most gracious hosts Judy, Peter and Paddy. Non could have done more for us or been more attentive. It's the best, most comfortable break we have had with that added bonus of being truly historical. We will be back I'm sure. Exactly what was needed thank you so much
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
pamparish wrote a review Jul 2017
Bolton, United Kingdom144 contributions44 helpful votes
I boo,ed 2 nights here as a surprise for my partners birthday - he knew wee were going to Wales but not where. Unlike my partner I know North Wales very well, and as a child had driven past Gwydir on many an occasion and always wondered what it was like. We like staying in 'different' places so this seemed ideal, as it would also satisfy my curiosity about the place. We weren't disappointed! We arrived a little early and stepped through the small gate into the courtyard to be met by several peacocks. Paddy, who looks after guests for the owners Peter and Judy met us and showed us to our room. Our room was The Duke of Beaufort's Chamber. No ensuite, but the large bathroom was right next door so it wasn't a problem. Ive seen a couple of negative reviews but we loved our room - cobwebs and all! Paddy obligingly left us 2 wine glasses for later that evening and we set off to look around the castle. Pete and Judy's journey of purchasing the castle in a ruinous state and restoring it slowly and painstakingly is fascinatingly retold in the book Castles In The Air - a definite must read! We have visited many National Trust type places but Gwydir is by far my favourite. I just cannot do it justice but if you love history and beautiful,old manor houses then you will love this place. Breakfast, served by Paddy on our first morning, then Judy on our second was excellent, and served in the panelled room, just across from our room. Top tip! Save a little bit of bacon because as soon as you finish eating the lurched dogs will appear! Thank you Peter and Judy for sharing your wonderful home
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gwydir Castle B&B
Which popular attractions are close to Gwydir Castle B&B?
Nearby attractions include Y Bont Fawr (0.06 km), St Grwst Church (0.08 km), and Seion Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gwydir Castle B&B?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Gwydir Castle B&B?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Gwydir Castle B&B?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gwydir Castle B&B?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tir A Môr, Asha Balti House, and Tu Hwnt I'r Bont.
Is Gwydir Castle B&B located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Llanrwst.
Are there any historical sites close to Gwydir Castle B&B?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St. Michael's Old Church (4.9 km), Gorsedd Stone Circle (0.5 km), and Ty Capel (6.1 km).