Short Break - Y Meirionnydd, Smithfield Square, Dolgellau, Gwynedd,
PUBLISHED: 13:44 13 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:21 20 February 2013
A weekend away in this beautiful Welsh guest house ticks all the boxes for Kirsty Thompson
As we drove along the winding roads with beautiful landscapes unfolding, we wondered why we had never visited this part of Wales before. Nothing could get better than this, or so we thought, until we drove into the
quaint town of Dolgellau, and caught sight of Y Meirionnydd, our home for the night.
During the past year, proprietors Marc Russell and Nick Banda have refurbished this Georgian townhouse into six bedroom guest accommodation that is thoroughly warm and welcoming as soon as you walk through the front door.
Maybe this is to do with the modern, country-style feel of the interior with warm, natural colours, chunky wooden furniture and trinkets jotted around celebrating the areas rural history. Or maybe it is the love and labour Marc and Nick have put into restoring some of the buildings period features such as exposed beams, granite walls and, in some rooms, the slightly uneven floors. Either way, we found that everything complemented each other and added to the buildings overall charm.
We stayed in the spacious Meirion bedroom, showcased by the pair as their finest. With pale blue and white dcor, a king-size bed and a walk-in power shower, we decided there and then we never wanted to leave. The views from the room sealed the deal.
As part of their restoration, the pair have also added a new bar area to one of the reception rooms where you can enjoy pre-dinner drinks.
The lovely restaurant is located in the lower part of the building and was once the county gaol. Many locally sourced ingredients are promoted on the menu. Fresh broccoli soup and duck and pistachio terrine wrapped in Parma ham followed by generous mains of escalope of chicken and a 10oz sirloin steak (from a herd of Welsh Black Cattle near Bala) brought smiles to our faces. Dinner ticked every box.
Not only was the food outstanding, it was beautifully presented. The hotel also offers a Meirionnydd breakfast, but we opted for a bacon bagel and croissant filled with cheese and bacon as we were still pleasantly full from the evening before.
Our Welsh Bolthole really is a hidden gem and is deserving of its five star rating.
Maybe next time we might also get to venture further afield during a stay, as so many other people seemed to be doing, either walking or mountain biking but mainly just enjoying that beautiful countryside.
Y Meirionnydd, Smithfield Square, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL 40 1ES
Tel: 01341 422 554.