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Historical Tanycastell and Dolwyddelan (Llywelyn Fawr's) Castle
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Dolwyddelan, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, Wales

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fab cottage, great location”
Reviewed 25 June 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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I made a last minute decision this year to have a quiet week in Wales, enjoying a stay in a traditional cottage that could be used as a base for hillwalking or for easy access to Snowdonia. I found Tanycastell through Google and emailed to find out about availability. It was relatively short notice but the cottage was available and within a couple of days I had my week sorted and an invite extended to a few friends. I received documents via email for the booking which included instructions on finding Tanycastell (as it is set back off the main road) and also for accessing the key to the property. On arrival, I was delighted to find the cottage had been prepared for my arrival with some local produce in the fridge as a small treat - having arrived after dark, it was a welcome find. Throughout my stay, I found the facilities perfect and had come prepared with my own cooking ingredients so I could sit down with friends over a log fire in the lounge or round the table and multistove for meals. I can imagine in the summer it is even more idyllic with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Most of all, having stayed for the latter half of the week on my own, I found Tanycastell to be safe, cosy and just what I needed. I was impressed with the service provided by the owner, for the immediate answers to any questions that I had and also for the volunteering of local information on weather in Llanberis (better to get a live update!) and different walks to try throughout my stay in Wales.

I would definitely stay again and think the opportunity to rent both cottages with a large group of friends or family is not to be missed. Excellent value for money.

Just wish I was better at lighting a log fire!!!!

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Liked best: Quiet location and log fires
Liked least: Sky card didn't work for some major channels - but wasn't that fussed anyway
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Quite a nice place but very unpleasant owner”
Reviewed 23 April 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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Tanycastell 1 is in a lovely location and the property itself is quite nice, clean and reasonably comfortable. There is a strange situation where the only bathroom with a bath/shower is on-suite and requires you to go through the master bedroom to get to it, which is not great for privacy if that is something that bothers you. We also had to laugh at the ridiculous 'intructions' which included a demand that you strip the bedding when you leave and place it 'in neat bundles', amongst other fairly unusual requests which included emptying all the bins! It was clear the owner was a very rigid person but generally the place was nice and we enjoyed our stay.

It was after we left that I became very unhappy with the service. The owner, Dylan, did not promptly refund our deposit as expected and emailed 4 days after we had left (leaving the house in immaculate condition) to say that the TV was not working and did we know why that was. I said that none of us had used either of the TV's, which I did n't feel was really surprising since we had gone to Snowdonia to do outdoor activities, not watch TV. He then said he'd have to get it looked at and that since it had been working before we arrived and not after we left that the contract between us had been broken. He then took another week and a half to contact me to say that in fact the TV repair man had found the TV to be working afterall and so he would refund our deposit! He did not apologise for any inconvenience caused or the fact that he had strongly insinuated we had broken it! When I told him I thought this was rude he said that I should think myself lucky he was even returning my deposit since many owners would n't have done, even though he had just admitted there was nothing wrong with the TV! To add insult to injury, in what appeared to be another obvious ploy to find a way to over charge us, he emailed again to ask if I could 'remind' him how much electricity we had used. When I said that we had written the amount in the specified place as per 'the instructions' he suddenly remembered, hmm, had he perhaps been hoping we'd forgotten so that he could make the amount up (to his advantage obviously!)?

Dylan refused to refund my deposit by online transfer, even though this was how I had paid him as it is obviously much more convenient, and eventually, nearly 3 weeks after we had left the house he sent me a cheque for £20. He had deducted £30 for electricity, which was obviously massively overpriced since we had only been there for 5 nights, are seriously energy concious people and had been out most of the time! As if all that was n't bad enough Dylan threatened that on-line reviews could potentially result in him taking legal action against me!

Dylan has behaved in what I consider to be a very unpleasant and dishonourable manner towards people who are respectful and honest. I wander how many of his customers actually recieve their deposits back after leaving? I'm guessing any non-adherence to the unbelievably rigid 'instructions' may result in deductions. In our case it may have been the fact that we left the place in such good condition that meant he had to try other measures to retain our deposit. Be warned!

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: The terrible customer service
Travelling group: With Friends
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Management Response
19 Jun 2012
The content of this review have to be challenged and corrected as they stem from a biased and subjective reviewer.

Firstly, the main bathroom. The situation regarding the main bathroom is highlighted in all booking enquiry documents sent to potential guests. This states:
“Bed linen for following: 1st Bedroom: 1 king size bed with en suite bathroom consisting of bath, over bath shower, washbasin, 2nd Bedroom double bed. 3rd Bedroom – bottom double bunk bed & single top bunk bed. 2nd bathroom consisting of toilet and sink located on main landing.”

Furthermore this reviewer never raised this issue before no, so I find it odd that it appears now.

Secondly, the situation with the TV, which was not working when the guest departed, had to be independently verified by an appropriate person to establish why it wasn’t working. This happened during Easter which cause some delay. Once this was done all money due to the guest was returned. The amount reflected exactly what was used – as per the meter reading – and not a penny more. To imply that I’m trying to gain more money or withholding deposits’ from guests is without basis and factually incorrect, and simply serves as a ploy to try and smear my character. It is also libellous.

We have welcomed hundreds of guests to our cottages over the last 6 years, the majority of whom have commented on our professional service. None have been as unreasonable as this reviewer who was beyond reproach in her attitude, manner and behaviour. Thankfully we rarely come across such people, and to be honest could well do without.

All previous guests can verify we provide a first rate, lovely, clean cottage. I have no doubt this will be reflected in future trip advisor reviews.
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