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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Bronaber, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, Wales

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beavertai...
Toronto
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Multiple PROS ..... Two major CONS (but easily fixable)”
Reviewed 25 September 2017 for a stay in September 2017
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Y Dowlod is lovely. The area is staggeringly beautiful. Many things combine to create a great cottage rental but two items almost blow the whole thing.

Here's what's good: Rhys and Gwyneth, the owners - friendly and helpful. The cottage itself - well designed, beautifully old and spotlessly clean. The kitchen - excellent and big. Comfy couch, great TV with perfect reception and good WiFi. Very well-insulated and toasty warm. Lovely bedroom and bathroom but ....

Here's what's bad: To be fair, I think it's easy for an owner of a well-booked cottage to lose track of just how awful the mattress can be. And this one is a peach - it's the worst mattress that I've ever slept on, possibly in 70 years and needs to be changed TODAY - NOW - period. It was an El Cheapo, it's thin, it's old and both of us felt the springs a lot. The bed needs a good 600 GBP online oomfy mattress from Dream or Emma or .. perhaps even better?? And (sorry guys) it needs to be changed every few years. We positively dreaded going to bed, honestly. We dug out the (2 inch thick) "mattress" from the fold-out couch and lay it ON TOP of the bed mattress and, thank heaven, it helped. It's a 1st class cottage and needs a 1st class bed to sleep on. Otherwise, we were going to buy a foam mattress pad in order to salvage our vacation.
The other problem, you ask ?? Gwyneth apologised, in advance, for the low water pressure of the shower. Sadly, we came to dread IT, as well. Rhys and Gwyneth are very green and have installed all kinds of really neat systems for saving hydro and water, etc. The bathroom has a large, nice tub but their guidebook gently asks you to save water and take a shower. We agree but the shower feels like a kid pouring water from their little watering can, down your back. It takes 15 minutes of being "sprinkled" to get the soap off and wastes a TON of water. As the water comes from a well and is on a pump, I don't know if a bigger pump is required or just a 150 GBP "power shower" would do it. In any case, it was really annoying.

We gave this place 4 stars because it is a fantastic cottage in a heavenly locale but I would not recommend it until a nice, new mattress was in place. The shower issue is simply a (real) inconvenience but, at least, was not responsible for both of us returning home with sore backs.

Date of stay: September 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Rajan S
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent facilites and location”
Reviewed 30 March 2016 for a stay in August 2015

My spouse and I went to North Wales for some walking and stayed here for the standard week. The location was excellent and was easy reach to all the areas we wanted to walk and close distance to Snowdon. It did require an early morning start.

The standard of the cottage is very high and has been very well kept. The owners are welcoming and helpful.

The added bonus was the that the cottages are environmentally friendly and efficient - and the best part we did not notice.

Date of stay: August 2015
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Liked best: The location.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
1 Apr 2016
Thank you for sharing your holiday experience with us all, we are so pleased that you had a lovely time at Y Dowlod. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the high standard of the property, whilst knowing that it was friendly to the environment too! We certainly hope that you return for another visit very soon.
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Kimberly...
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Mrs”
Reviewed 27 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Lovely, clean and well renovated cottages. On arrival the cottage was exactly how it looked in the images. The cottage was nice and warm from the underfloor heating and Rhys and Gwyneth had left us some welsh cakes for when we arrived. Great facilities and great location for the different places we wanted to visit. We would definitely book again.

Date of stay: October 2015
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Management Response
1 Nov 2015
We are so glad to hear that the cottage was everything you had hoped for and that you received the warmest of welcomes. We shall keep our eyes peeled for your next booking!
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Reviewed 9 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Date of stay: August 2014
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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Families with young children
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JillG680
East Morton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect!”
Reviewed 6 August 2012 for a stay in August 2012

I can only recommend the Hayloft at Gelli Goch. We stayed three nights and found the owners to be friendly and helpful. The Hayloft was delightful, clean and had everything we could have wanted for a relaxing break. It is in a great location close to Snowdonia and Anglesey

Date of stay: August 2012
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Liked best: The peace.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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