Snowdonia, United Kingdom


Rates from (ex tax)$177.06

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP152.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Glamorous Gothic


Snug in Snowdonia

With only six rooms, Ffynnon B&B hotel, set in the rural foothills of Snowdonia, North Wales, is gloriously intimate and luxurious. The stylish mix of 21st-century design elements with Victorian elegance, warm hosts and fantastic country setting add up to the ideal retreat.

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Photos Ffynnon facilities

Need to know


Six, including two suites.


11am, though this is flexible subject to availability. Arrivals must be between 4pm and 9pm (there's a £30 charge for guests arriving between 9pm and 11pm, which must be prearranged).


Double rooms from $177.06 (£127), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP126.67), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Rates include breakfast.


Ffynnon’s menu of in-room spa treatments spans facials, manicures, pedicures, massages and aromatherapy sessions.

At the hotel

CD/DVD library, free WiFi, outdoor hot tub, butler’s pantry, laundry service, honesty bar, bike storage, drying room. In rooms: flatscreen TVs, iPod dock, CD/DVD player, PlayStations, free bottled water, White Company toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

We love the ultra-romantic Sydney room, which comes with a beautiful slipper bath and a king-size bed that’s dominated by a gothic headboard; if you like your own space the Emily suite occupies the entire top floor with a spacious bedroom and lavish bathroom with a roll top bath tub. However, you’re bound to be happy with whichever room you choose – all are sumptuously decorated and equipped with all the modern touches you’d expect. Beds come with cosy Welsh blankets, and there’s even a pillow menu provided, so you can ensure a well-rested head.


No pool, but there's a small outdoor hot tub just outside. Reserve a session when you check in, and order some champagne and strawberries to enjoy in the steam.

Packing tips

Don’t forget your swimwear. It might not sound like the most obvious thing to bring to North Wales, but you’ll be kicking yourself if you have to stay out of the outdoor hot tub because of a lack of Lycra.


If it’s wet outside – and, remember, this is North Wales so there’s a good chance it will be – there’s a selection of card and board games to borrow in the guest lounge. Two-night minimum stay at weekends (three on public holiday weekends).


Cots and a baby pack with a high chair, steriliser and monitor are provided for £25 a night for under-twos. Extra beds for under-16s can be put into rooms for £25 a night, and a free baby-listening service is also available.

Food and Drink

Photos Ffynnon food and drink

Dress Code

Not too scruffy, not too sexy.

Hotel restaurant

German-born Chef Bernhard creates typically Welsh menus with a Contintal twist for the Dining Room; expect lots of local and seasonal ingredients. The menu changes regularly, but look forward to herb-roasted root vegetables, locally-caught fish, and puddings ranging from Bavarian plum crumble cake to vanilla cheesecake with a bramble glaze. The hotel also prides itself on its breakfasts made with local produce, served in the guest lounge, which, depending on the season, include eggs benedict with smoked salmon, Glamorgan sausages with spicy tomato chutney and crempogau (Welsh pancakes) served with bacon or wild fruit compote.

Hotel bar

Residents can help themselves from a wide selection of drinks and snacks, including local Pen-Lon beers and moreish Cathryn Cariad chocolates, in the guest lounge honesty bar – made from an old gramophone chest. Sit and sip amid the well-chosen antique and modern furnishings to a laid-back Gershwin and classical soundtrack.

Last orders

Breakfast is served till 9.30am (10am on weekends and public holidays). The Dining Room is open for dinner from 6pm to 8.30pm Thursday to Monday.

Room service

In the quieter months (Nov–Mar), a selection of filled paninis, home-made soups or a Welsh cheese platter are all available between 6pm and 10pm.


Photos Ffynnon location
Brynffynnon, Love Lane
LL40 1RR
United Kingdom


Manchester and Birmingham airports are both around 80 miles away.


The nearest train station is in Barmouth, eight miles away.


Chester is an hour away on the A494. Buses to Dolgellau run from Cardiff, Manchester and Birmingham. The hotel has free parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Explore a little Welsh culture, enjoy the rugged beauty of the countryside and track wild mountain birds (including Peregrine falcons, buzzards, kestrels and kites) on a private 4x4 tour with the passionate, knowledgeable and charming Elfin Pugh, owner of Red Kite Safaris (+44 (0)1654 703160). Visit the village of Portmeirion on the southern shores of Snowdonia and pick up some of the famous pottery, sometimes at bargain prices. Adrenalin junkies can experience every imaginable extreme sport in these parts, from kitesurfing to zip-lining – just ask the folk at Ffynnon to book you in.

Local restaurants

Y Sospan (01341 422481) is a renowned local bistro housed in the former town courthouse. The owners have retained the flagstone floor and antique fittings, and serve a hearty menu of locally sourced meats and cheeses – the option of adding Welsh rarebit to your steak is especially tantalising. Combining stunning traditional and contemporary design with unparalleled panoramic views over Mawddach estuary and the Cader Idris mountain range, Bwyty Mawddach (01341 424020) offers a modern, luxurious menu made with the finest seasonal ingredients available. A favourite with locals and visitors alike, the George III Hotel (01341 422525) at Penmaenpool is a pub situated by the side of the beautiful Mawddach estuary. It’s a fantastic place to while away the time over a good bar meal or Sunday lunch. Fish is a speciality. The Old County Gaol Restaurant (01341 422554), in the cellar at Y Meirionnydd Hotel, is well known locally for serving quality local produce. It boasts one of the most comprehensive selections of Welsh wines in the region. Castle Cottage in Harlech (01766 780479) is so dedicated to serving Welsh produce the owners can tell you where every suckling pig or salmon hails from. Venison from Brecon, bacon from the Llyn Peninsular and free-range chicken from Ruthin are just some of the delicacies gracing their seasonal three-course dinner menu.


Photos Ffynnon reviews
Jo Girardet

Anonymous review

Mr Smith and I are escaping our four children, two dogs, one cat, the goldfish and two very hectic lives to celebrate our wedding anniversary at Ffynnon in the foothills of Snowdonia. Mr Smith wants mountains and I want the sea, so North Wales seems the perfect destination.

As the hills turn to mountains and the countryside goes through every shade of green, we know we must be nearly there. Dolgellau’s grey, squashed-together stone houses greet us, Mr Smith tackles the bends and narrow streets without taking out a pedestrian or the side of a house, and I cling to my seat as though I am on a white-knuckle ride at the funfair. The imposing Ffynnon, formerly a rectory, stands looking over the town with views to the hills beyond. Seconds after I have rung the doorbell, a man opens the door and greets me by my Christian name. Now that’s what I call service.

The man turns out to be Steve, co-owner of the hotel with his wife Debbie. After a friendly chat we are shown to our suite – which has the reassuringly Welsh name of Myfanwy. A brass bed stands centre stage; it is dressed in cool, crisp Egyptian white cotton so smooth it could be silk, while the duvet is so large it skims the floor on either side. Mr Smith and I won’t be fighting over the covers in the middle of the night. The room, decorated in subtle shades of green and gold, manages to feel decadent while still remaining understated. In the large bathroom, a double-ended roll-top bath stands on a pale travertine floor, and the greens of the walls are repeated in the mosaic tiles. Sash windows let the light flood in, but aren’t so big that you have to keep ducking in case somebody outside sees you in a state of undress.

The rest of the house has been renovated so that traditional styles are blended with the modern. There is nothing old-fashioned or stuffy about Ffynnon. It is a grand lady who has been brought back to life with care and attention, and has been turned into something sophisticated. The original features remain intact, comfy chairs and large sofas surround ornate fireplaces, dark wooden furniture mixes with Debbie and Steve’s personal artefacts, a different chandelier hangs in almost every room.

Back downstairs to the drawing room, we head straight for what we consider to be the most important thing in the house – the honesty bar. A gin and tonic in each of our hands, we are served tea and home-made Welsh cakes as we sit and admire the grand piano. I feel like a house guest being restored after a long journey. Mr Smith chooses a bottle from the wine list and we retire to our room for some R ’n’ R.

The following day, we climb Cader Idris in the mist. As we cannot see for more than a foot in front of us there are some hairy moments as we try not to fall to our deaths, but, as usual, Mr Smith is cool as a cucumber and guides me trembling back down to safety. We stop to enjoy a lavish picnic prepared by Debbie in a perfect spot overlooking a lake. Refuelled and happy, we head back to Ffynnon where relaxation and luxurious comfort await.

Although Ffynnon does not serve evening meals, Debbie and Steve help us to find an excellent restaurant nearby. There is a little trouble booking a taxi, but Steve comes to the rescue and dons his chauffeur’s hat, which apparently he does quite often. Bwyty Mawddach restaurant is in an oak barn, which has been converted with flair to an impressive building of steel and glass. Leather sofas and chairs abound, so diners can gaze at the heavenly view as the sun sets over the Mawddach estuary. The food is all sourced locally and is delicious.

It only takes me one full day before I feel so at home at Ffynnon that I come down to breakfast in my socks. Debbie and Steve are experts in pampering their guests without being intrusive – they genuinely can’t do enough for you. In fact, I am so relaxed that when a fellow guest asks me how long I am staying, I find that I have no idea. I’ve completely forgotten what day it is and how long I’ve been at the hotel.

After walking on one of the many windswept beaches and climbing Cader Idris once more – this time under clear blue skies – it is time to go home. Ffynnon may not the place to stay if you are looking for buzzing nightlife or fabulous shops, but if you want to swap your high heels for walking boots and need fresh air, exhilarating exercise, glorious scenery, good food and wine, and to be cared for by hosts whose attention to detail is outstanding, then Ffynnon is definitely the place for you. Of course, if you really can’t do without a bit of glamour, then there’s always the hot tub in the garden.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Ffynnon’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The views were spectacular in the morning when we stayed as everywhere was covered in a blanket of fresh snow. The sitting room was a great place to relax after a long day's travelling and our room was spacious and warm. The butler's room, even though we didn't use it, is a nice touch if you want a drink or to warm some food.

Don’t expect

Don't expect it to be easy to find, sat nav was not very helpful. Luckily a neighbour we stopped and asked guided us there.


Stayed on 6 Feb 2018

We loved

Lovely boutique B&B. Personal service with emails ahead of us arriving to check whether we wanted dinner etc. Cosy but spacious room with a pantry close by for fresh milk and coffee and an honesty bar for drinks. Great breakfast included in the morning with freshly baked bread, pastries, fruit and yoghurt and a choice of a cooked breakfast. Bounce Below and Zip World are really close by and you're right in the heart of Snowdonia – perfect for walking and relaxing in the mountains.

Don’t expect

Nightlife or room service.


Stayed on 3 Feb 2018

We loved

Beautiful house, interesting artwork, great bedroom and bathroom. Wonderful scenery. Bring your bike for Mawddach Trail (although it was great on foot too). Great tapas at Tafarn y Gader. The precipice walk was scary but beautiful.

Don’t expect

Lively night life


Stayed on 25 May 2017

We loved

The service was friendly and helpful without being intrusive. The food served at the property was excellent. The hotel can make excellent recommendations re: where to go, what to do and where to eat. There is plenty to fill a long weekend in the Snowdonia area.

Don’t expect

Book restaurants in advance. Don't expect to walk into the restaurants in town without a reservation. We found the food and service at the places we tried to be excellent, but the restaurants were fairly small.


Stayed on 12 Apr 2017

We loved

Friendly staff. We liked the honesty bar shows they trust their customers. Decor and art work was of a very high standard. Good choice at breakfast. We liked the roll top bath in our bedroom. We walked around the town and enjoyed learning about its historic past. Beautiful scenic backdrop to the town. We would recommend the Mawdach Restaurant. We drove and thoroughly enjoyed the food, ambience and views and would recommend.

Don’t expect

Their is no restaurant in the hotel. The hotel tried to book us a taxi but non available from the two firms in the town. On arrival we were not fully briefed on finer details such as fresh milk in the butlers room. Access via sat nav can lead you down some very narrow lanes.


Stayed on 9 Jun 2016

We loved

The top floor room, the huge bathroom, the log fire, the breakfast. Take a taxi ride to Barmouth and run back, it's ten miles with a good path and great views.

Don’t expect

The unexpected.


Stayed on 25 Mar 2016

We loved

The room Emily - more of a suite really! Huge bedroom and bathroom, tasteful decor. Butler's pantry downstairs with fresh milk, tea and coffee etc. Recommend foodies visit Y Merionydd, which we loved and is walkable, and 1 michelin starred Tyddan Llan (approx 40 min drive but well worth it). 10/10

Don’t expect

It not to did every day we were there in March.


Stayed on 3 Mar 2016

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