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Situated in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales, Dolffanog Fach – or Welsh Retreat – is a 17th century farmhouse nestled at the foot of the awe-inspiring Cadair Idris mountain, close to the beautiful Talyllyn Lake.

Dolffanog Fach is set in a walkers’ paradise that offers everything from a gentle stroll around the lake to a full day’s climb up Cadair Idris. Step out of the front door and you’re surrounded by footpaths enticing you to explore. Several dedicated cycle routes run past and the internationally-renowned mountain biking centre at Coed y Brenin is nearby. Local attractions include the beautiful village of Portmeirion, the Centre for Alternative Technology at Corris and the stunning beaches at Aberdyfi (Aberdovey), Tywyn, and Barmouth. You can also hop on board a steam train and journey along the historic Talyllyn railway.

At Dolffanog Fach, Sara and Carl have created a restful retreat far removed from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Mobile phone reception is virtually non-existent so you really can escape from it all. You’re sure to leave feeling rested and reinvigorated. Enjoy the scenery in the peaceful garden overlooking Talyllyn Lake or, on cooler evenings, relax by the open fire in the welcoming guest lounge.

For those guests who appreciate the therapeutic benefits of a sauna, there’s an oasis of calm; a large, six-person Finnish sauna. Dolffanog Fach is a non-smoking B&B. Children of all ages are welcome, and so are canine companions.

Named after children’s authors, the four guest rooms are decorated in a cosy, country style perfectly suited to the rustic, rural surroundings. Close attention has been paid to those little finishing touches that turn a comfortable B&B into luxurious accommodation, from the Egyptian cotton linen, and goose down quilts and pillows, on the beds to the vases of fresh flowers. All of the rooms have comfortable seating areas, subtle lighting, televisions and DVD players, and tea and coffee making facilities with homemade biscuits. Sara and Carl believe that coffee should be ground, milk should be fresh and tea is always better served from a pot; we couldn’t agree more!

The en suite bathrooms have been refurbished to a high standard, with slate floors and travertine wall tiles. There are luxurious power showers and a relaxing spa bath that’s the perfect place to soothe weary legs after a day of exploring the surrounding countryside.

Room rates range from £70 to £110 per night, depending on the time of year.

The breakfast menu has been described  as ‘Herculean’ and it’s true that you might just be spoilt for choice. Sara and Carl offer a wide and varied range of options, including a full English, Eggs Benedict, salmon and eggs, and many vegetarian options. There’s also a buffet featuring freshly baked brioche buns and fresh berries with homemade granola, as well as all the usual cereals, yoghurts and fruit juices. It will certainly set you up for the day of walking or cycling.

Packed lunches can be provided for a small charge, as well as more luxurious picnics and afternoon teas. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays guests can also opt to enjoy a delicious three-course evening meal in the candle-lit dining room for a charge of £20 per person. For the remainder of the week, a supper service menu can be served in your room or in the lounge. The service is personal and the menus cater for all tastes and dietary requirements. A good selection of fine wines, local beers, ciders and spirits is also available.

You have found a wonderful place to stay and Boutique and Breakfast is committed to giving you a personalised service so that you can find the right room at the right price. Simply fill in our enquiry form and within 24 hours you will receive a response from Dolffanog Fach (Welsh Retreat) tailored to your needs. This will be in the form of either a telephone call or an email.

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  • Bar
  • Evening meals available
  • Flat-screen television
  • Locally-sourced food
  • Organic breakfast
  • Afternoon tea

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