We came to Dolgellau for the first time and stayed at Gilbert's and had a great time. Coming from Bath via public transport was slightly challenging, requiring a train and bus to get into the village and then we had a very soggy walk to Brynygwin Isaf after coinciding our trip with some impressive flooding! Gilbert was very welcoming; he showed us around the flat and had said if we had called him he would've been happy to have picked us up from the village. He then showed us a faster route into the village along a footpath that we used many times, the first time that evening to go to the local co-op that is very well stocked. The flat had everything that could be needed, including many handwritten walks that really helped us take advantage of the location.
We would highly recommend a visit, bearing in mind that in the winter, being an old house, it can get cold, but there are many ways to heat the flat (although at a cost). Thanks Gilbert for a fantastic break!
My wife,daughter and myself booked for two nights,however we felt the atmosphere in flat 3 to be very unsettling, in fact the whole place gave us the creeps. Much of the building was in bad repair and smelt of damp.
Gilbert led us through the gloomy entrance up the stairs to our room, explaining in great detail the workings of the antiquated heating system.
I was looking forward to using the log fire,but this was looked upon as being a complicated issue so I decided it wasn't such a good idea.
We stayed for one night, cycled the Mawddach trail the next day, which was lovely, and made our excuses to leave early, never to return to Brynygwin.
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We arrived on the 2nd March 2015, as we pulled up the driveway we were in absolute shock when we seen the house, it is GORGEOUS to say the least. We were welcomed by Gilbert who is the nicest man you could ever meet, who then proceeded to show us up into the flat. He explained everything to us in such detail and talked us through how to use the boiler and how to how to change the settings on the radiators. After we got settled in my husband and I went into the town which is a very short drive away and ate at the Royal Ship Hotel, the food there was lovely and reasonably priced. When we arrived back at the house Gilbert came and showed us how to set up the open log fire, he went through how to set it up, how to make kindling, and even spoke us through the types of wood we needed to make the fire last longer, it is a skill he has perfected over time and it worked a treat! (Not to forget how amazing it was to sleep with the log fire crackling. .......HEAVEN!) The second night again we went into town for a meal, we ate at a little Welsh bistro (just opposite the Ship Hotel) sorry I don't remember the name of it, but the food was also lovely there and reasonably priced too. (Turned out that was the old jail where they used to have their last supper) which we thought was quite fitting as it was our last night.
The house itself is set in the most amazing grounds, they even have rabbits on the front lawn in the mornings (which unfortunately I didn't get to see but my husband did) The house has so much history to it and has been in Gilbert's family for generations. We can't wait to come back and stay again...... We have decided that from now on its our little holiday place :) ......... Perfect little break away, wish we could've stayed longer. Xx
Very good guid about the address from the friendly owner helped us to get there easily. Really nice place with lots of character and spectacular view. It worths money and is close to many attractions.
Stayed in the beautifully picturesque Brynygwin for a week and had a fantastic time. Gilbert the owner was incredibly friendly and helpful for the whole of our stay.
The brochures (although some a little out of date) were a great addition to come in to and to plan the week ahead from the moment we arrived. The very carefully planned and well documented walks were also very useful and saved us getting lost while trying to plan our own walks! I think there are around thirty different walks, all around Dolgellau, that Gilbert has laid out for his guests.
Dolgellau is around a 10-15 minute walk away most of which can be done away from the main road ( along the old drive then along the river). A nice town with a few pubs and restaurants although we only ventured in on one night as we were exhausted from all the walking! The stag pub near the bridge was a nice find where we had a quiet drink on our last evening. The hunibuns are well worth a try from the local bakery!
All in all a lovely holiday in a great location, would defiantly stay at Brynygwin again!