Daily Telegraph - April, 2014may be a remote market town in the Snowdonia National Park but Dolgellau, at the foot of Cader Idris, is packed with great restaurants. It is also home to the six-bedroom Ffynnon, a friendly little B&B with boutique-hotel leanings in a converted Victorian rectory, run by Debra Harris and Steve Holt. Each fresh, contemporary bedroom has its own indulgences, such as a roll-top bath or huge gothic mahogany bed, and there is even an outdoor hot tub. Home-cooked breakfast is served in the dining room and there is also a comfy drawing room with an honesty bar and a help-yourself Butler's Pantry. Striking out, there are countless walks to choose from. A five minute stroll from the house, for example, is the pleasingly easy none-mile Mawddach Trail, along an old railway line. The area is littered with bluebell woods such as Coed y Brenin (the King's Forest), famed for its cycling trails and walks, which is a four mile drive aObserver - November, 2013.... From the honesty bar to the Butler's Pantry, where you can make yourself a cup of tea or a snack, the owners of this classy B&B in a Victorian rectory work hard to make their guests feel at home. The market town of Dolgellau and Snowdonia National Park are on your doorstep, but you could stay in with a book in the cosy library or soak in the outdoor hot tub.Read the full article hereSunday Times Travel - October, 2013Ffynnon has been included in an insightful round-up of the best Snowdonia has to offer in this months' Sunday Times Travel magazine.
Here's an excerpt to whet your appetite....
Ffynnon, Snowdonia, Wales
The USP: this five-star boutique hotel is nestled at the foot of Snowdonia, so expect some of the best views of North Wales.Read the full article hereDaily Mail - October, 2011
Romantic Weekend Break - Rolling mountains, stunning sceneryand a warm Welsh welcome is what you'll find at luxury B&B Ffynnon, nestling at the foot of Cader Idris in the Snowdonia National Park, on the aptly named Love Lane. This revamped Victorian rectory is the perfect place to hide away from the world in a luxurious room surrounded by natural beauty. Each of Ffynnon's five rooms is unique, but 'Emily' is unquestionably the most romantic. Decked out with gleaming, scarlet crystal vases and sequined pillows, it also boasts an enormous bed and a freestanding tub big enough for two. There's even a snug seating area where you can cuddle up beside the fireplace.
But no matter how impressive the accommodation is, what lies on Ffynnon's doorstep will surely tempt you ouside. Try walking in the nearby mountains and forests, white-water rafting or exploring on horseback. All this makes Ffynnon the ideal base for an active couple who want to bond over a shared love of the outdoors.The Independent - October, 2011
This small and intimate boutique B&B in the foothills of Snowdonia promises a proper romantic escape....Read the full article hereIndependent on Sunday - May, 2011
Anglesey may have grabbed the headlines recently as the new home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but Snowdonia remains the heartland of holidays in North Wales.
Debra Harris, who runs the Ffynnon boutique hotel in Dolgellau, has come out a winner in the 2011 Welsh Women Mean Business Awards" ....Read the full article hereThe Independent - March, 2011
"Ffynnon Townhouse sits, deliciously imposing, overlooking the town below and with the foothills of Cader Idris behind....."Read the full article hereFinancial Times - November, 2010
A British walking weekend doesn’t have to mean rough sheets in a rustic bunkhouse. Read the full article hereWestern Mail - October, 2010
A BOUTIQUE hotel owner last night saw off competition from her brother to win the title of the best small place to stay in Wales.
Former marketing executive Debra Harris’ five-star gold Ffynnon B&B and hotel, in Dolgellau, won out over three other finalists, including brother Gavin’s luxury Manorhaus in Ruthin, in the National Tourism Awards for Wales competition.Read the full article hereWestern Mail - October, 2010
SIBLINGS Debra and Gavin Harris both thought they had put the toughest competition of their lives behind them when they swapped the London rat race to run small luxury hotels in Wales.
While Debra left her role as head of marketing with insurance firm Lloyds of London, brother Gavin said goodbye to a career in architecture that had seen him working for one of the world’s top firms, Richard Meier.Read the full article hereBeautiful Britain - October 2010 - October, 2010
To borrow and slightly rework a certain well-known TV advertising campaign, this is no ordinary B&B. This is Ffynnon B&B.
Named the top B&B in Wales in May this year by the website Tripadvisor, the welcome you receive at Ffynnon proves this accolade to be no anomaly.Read the full article hereThe Independent - Independent Minds - February, 2010
Set at the foot of Cader Idris, Ffynnon comprises just four suites; if guests don't manage to drag themselves outdoors, they can raid the library, order afternoon tea or watch the latest DVDs on flat-screen televisions.BBC Countryfile - Countryfile Magazine Choice - February, 2010
The quality of accommodation in Wales has come a long way in recent years and Ffynnon, a stately five-room townhouse at the heart of Dolgellau, is at the vanguard of the new generation. Chic yet homely, Ffynnon boasts high standards of interior design, personal service and little touches of intuitive home comforts.
A butler's pantry provides a practical kitchen for guests' exclusive use, while taking afternoon tea with the weekend papers in the drawing room feels cosy when black sheets of rain are lashing the bay windows. And if you've been walking, nothing beats catching Countryfile from the free-standing bath - it's not in the bathroom but in the corner of the Sydney room! Watch the weather forecast for the week while soaking your feet. Bliss.The Observer - January, 2010
Stylish and intimate, with just four rooms and one suite, this boutique B&B is a revamped Victorian rectory mixing antique furnishings with sleek, modern design. Its location is unbeatable...Read the full article hereDaily Telegraph - September, 2009
Want to know my favourite base for a Snowdonia sojourn? That's easy. Dolgellau. It's got boutique B&B accommodation at Ffynnon, and lamb fresh from the farm served with views of Cader Idris at smart new eatery Mawddach.Read the full article hereBritish Airways "Highlife" - August, 2009
Similarly homely but more of a family-friendly option is Ffynnon (+44 (0)1341 421 774, ffynnontownhouse.com, doubles from £120 B&B), a boutique, four-room B&B in Dolgellau, which proves that stylish surroundings and children are not mutually exclusive.Read the full article hereThe Times - August, 2009
Ffynnon Townhouse, Dolgellau As well as a children’s play area, there are PlayStations, kids’ DVDs and guided walks. High rope courses and kayaking can be arranged. A children’s tea service is available in the afternoon. Guests are free to prepare meals and warm milk for youngsters.Read the full article hereThe Observer - May, 2009
It also has some seriously smart places to stay and to eat, of which Ffynnon (01341 421774; ffynnontownhouse.com; doubles from £120) is the pick of the bunch.Read the full article hereExpress & Star - March, 2009
Relaxed despite the long drive we turned off into Dolgellau to spend the night at Ffynnon, a beautiful boutique townhouse run by Debra Harris and Steve Holt. This couple have used their taste and flair to restore an old rectory to a glory it’s never known before.Read the full article hereSunday Mirror - February, 2009
Champagne and chocolates are waiting when you stay in this stylish guesthouse near Dolgellau in Snowdonia.The five-star Ffynnon Townhouse in Love Lane is at the foot of Cader idris. The Ffynnon's Romantic Indulgence weekend gives you a candlelit dinner for two in a local restaurant and B&B in a stylish room with a free-standing spa bath.Read the full article hereThe Independent - September, 2008
Set at the foot of Cader Idris, Ffynnon comprises just four suites; if guests don't manage to drag themselves outdoors, they can raid the library, order afternoon tea or watch the latest DVDs on flat-screen televisions. Families are actively welcomed: extra beds, toys and games, children's meals and a baby-listening service can all be arranged.Read the full article hereThe English Magazine - September, 2008
The appetite for turning lovely Welsh buildings into boutique hotels hasn’t abated; this little three-suite hotel in a Victorian rectory at the foot of stunning Cader Idris, on the southern edge of Snowdonia, has all the luxe credentials (Egyptian cotton sheets, goosedown duvets, spa baths, TV/DVD, wi-fi), and also welcomes families.Read the full article hereSuite 101 - May, 2008
This 4-room luxury boutique townhouse is in a 19th-century rectory in Dolgellau, and combines the old (Victorian fireplaces) with the new (Wifi). It's been highly praised by the British travel media.Read the full article hereSunday Mirror - January, 2008
For when you want to be active but want a bit of pampering as a reward afterwards… the Ffynnon Townhouse at Dolgellau in Wales is a boutique hotel that has developed a “rough diamond” package. Guests are taken by qualified guides to a mountain biking trail around Snowdonia, with a luxury picnic lunch, before returning to their hotel to enjoy the outdoor spa, fluffy pillows and bathrobes.Read the full article hereElle - December, 2007
At the foot of the Cader Idris mountains in south Snowdonia, Ffynnon Town House is the ultimate weekend retreat - and a chic one at that. The cleverly converted rectory is a cool mix of old and new, and each room has fine Egyptian cotton sheets, White Company products and breathtaking views over the pretty market town and undulating hills beyond. For an extra shot of romance, there's even a hot tub discreetly tucked away in the gardens. The new weekend packages include horse riding on the beach and a luxury picnic lunch for two.The Times - November, 2007
"Rough Diamond" breaks at the Ffynnon Townhouse, Dolgellau, on the southern edge of Snowdonia National Park, include a full day of activities, ranging from abseiling and trekking to mountain biking and whitewater rafting.Read the full article hereThe Guardian - September, 2007
Pull on Pac-A-Macs and head for sumptuous new guesthouse, Ffynnon Townhouse, Gwynedd. Autumn's brilliant for exploring the local forest landscape at its muddiest best, and Ffynnon can organise a wildlife guide to help make the most of it.Read the full article hereThe Sunday Times - July, 2007
...it's handy that the Ffynnon Townhouse opened last week. ...It offers three discreetly luxurious rooms..., all claw-foot baths, Egyptian cotton sheets, flat screens, WiFi, decent whisky at the honesty bar and a slap-up Welsh breakfast in the morning...Read the full article here
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