Walk six to eight hours of challenging-but-worth-it track – or skip the exertion with the Mountain Railway – to reach the 1,085m-high (3,560ft) summit, promising stellar views over some of the best natural landscapes in Britain, including Snowdonia National Park (Gwynedd), Pembrokeshire, Anglesey and Ireland. Rest up at these historic and welcoming countryside escapes.
Luxury bedrooms in this 17th-century, Grade II-listed house retain original features like fireplaces and mahogany grandfather chairs alongside added luxuries such as Molton Brown toiletries and homemade fudge. Portraits of royal in-laws and Lord Snowdon tell the story of this home, which the proud owners will share. Sample the ever-changing menu at the Gunroom Restaurant – try seared wood pigeon and champagne trifle – and arrive early for pre-dinner cocktails and canapes in the fire-lit drawing room, complete with a late-night honesty bar.
Experience true Welsh spirit at this family-run, family-friendly pub and inn on cliffside Tremadog Square, 1mi (1.6km) from seaside Porthmadog. Quirky wallpaper and accessories brighten the B&B rooms – you’ll love the whirlpool bath in the King Suite – while the rustic self-catering cottage has plenty of comfy living space. Best of all is the bar in the pub’s former cellar, serving real ales, local whiskies and 70 Welsh gins. If it’s sunny out, beer-garden dining promises locally sourced chicken in caerphilly sauce or Greek-style mock meat kebabs.
French-inspired Château Rhianfa, built in 1849, is an enchanting getaway by the glassy waters of the Menai Strait. Start with a stroll on the tropical, plant-filled grounds before heading for perfectly done afternoon tea at the AA Rosette-awarded Le Dragon Rouge Restaurant. Alternatively, enjoy a wholesome Sunday lunch in the panelled banqueting hall – designed by London’s Natural History Museum designer, Alfred Waterhouse. Finish with fine wine in the atmospheric cave, then head to your luxurious room or suite with bay window, bookcases and baths with epic Snowdonia views.
This charming, powder-yellow country retreat is rustic inside and out. You’ll love the converted stables – which feature cosy underfloor heating for colder months – and the full Welsh breakfast. Heading out? Just ask, and the friendly staff will make you a packed lunch. On lease from the National Trust, the property is located in lusciously green Beddgelert: a perfect backdrop for lawnside Pimms at the hotel bar-restaurant. Parking is included, so it’s an easy stop-off on your way to Snowdon.
Family-run pub with rooms Saracens Head happily declares “children, muddy boots and dogs welcome”. The traditional pub, with dark wood and antique-style furnishings, is great whatever the weather: natter over locally sourced fish and chips or veggie delights by the log fire (there’s a menu for your dog, too), or nurse an award-winning cask ale on the sun-drenched terrace. Try a pint (57cl) of Faithful Gelert, only available here. The rooms’ tranquil colours reflect Beddgelert’s rural surroundings, making for a peaceful night.
Snowdonia views surround this Victorian Manor House, based on a holiday home park with 200 acres (80ha) of woodland to explore. Modern rooms are individual; some feature luxurious four-poster beds and whirlpool baths. For rustic, nature-inspired stays, hire the neighbouring alpine-style cabins or patio-adorned Woodland Escape Suite. Spend evenings at Aberdunant’s restaurant, which cooks up Malaysian-style tofu or cooked-to-taste steaks served on a hot lava stone. Finish the night with cocktails made to your liking on the candlelit terrace.
Picturesque Betws-y-Coed has been home to Gwydyr Hotel since 1819. Historic B&B rooms are homely: cosy up in a ground-floor room by a log fire or the Deluxe’s beautiful bay window. Grab a chequered lounge armchair alongside your furry friend, and tuck into steak-and-Guinness pie or loaded vegan burgers, and wash it all down with real ales. Mornings mean a Full Welsh breakfast; later, it’s cream tea with fizz on the side in the quaint Tea Rooms.
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