Tal-y-bont Country House is a spacious, traditional house full of character and with a wealth of period features. Set in half an acre of gardens and dating from the 17th Century, it is thought to have been a toll house on the old Ffestiniog to Harlech Road.
We have three guest bedrooms, all ensuite with shower and/or bath. There is a family room with king size bed and two singles, a room with king size bed and another with a double bed. There are flat screen colour televisions with inbuilt dvd player and tea/coffee making facilities in each room. Guests have their own sitting/dining room with a beautiful westward valley view across fields of sheep to the confluence of the Cynfal and Dwyryd rivers.
Our B&B Accommodation
Although Tal-y-bont Country House dates from the 17th Century, there have been later additions to the building. The house is deceptively spacious, appearing to be only two storeys at the entrance but growing to three levels from the side aspect as can be seen in the photo gallery. The entrance hall has an old slate floor and large slate inglenook fireplace. There is off-road parking for guests.
We aim to make guests feel at home and will endeavour to make your stay as pleasurable as possible. Breakfast is served in our guest dining room which has an outstandng view down the Vale of Ffestiniog. Our breakfasts are freshly prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Packed lunches can also be provided. Special dietary needs can be taken into consideration with prior notice.
The garden is visited by an amazing array of birds: wagtails, tits, nuthatches, finches of all kinds, together with the more common visitors such as robins and blackbirds. Buzzards and the occasional kite circle overhead and herons rest in the field between their dips and dives into the rivers.
There are some very nice walks from the house with nearby rivers and waterfalls. Please enquire for suitable routes as not all local farmers appreciate walkers on their land!
Our guest rooms with ensuite bath/shower rooms are available for bookings. Each has it's own unique character and rustic charm and historic undulations.
"Ardda" has a standard double bed. The accompanyng ensuite bathroom has a bath with shower attachment and shower screen, hand basin and toilet and an unusual roof turret window. This room has a garden view.
"Afon" has a king size bed and an ensuite shower room with small shower cubicle, hand basin and toilet. This room has a view over fields toward the river.
"Bant" is our family room and has an enormous pine bed and twin single beds. The ensuite bathroom has a bath with shower attachment and shower curtain, hand basin and toilet. This room has a view of the converging rivers and valley beyond. The ancient bridge is visible in the winter months and Moelwyn Bach mountain can be seen rising magnificently behind the hills at the rear of the house.
- This is a strictly non smoking house. We do, however, have a covered area in the garden where smokers may indulge.
- While we would welcome guests with restricted physical abilities, we are limited by the age and configuration of the building. All our guest bedrooms are one floor above the entrance level and can only be accessed via a staircase. Please discuss any particular requirements with us and we will do out utmost to accommodate them.
- There are two pubs and a restaurant within reasonable walking distance. Both of the pubs serve food.
- Bicycles can be stored in our lock-up garage.
- We have reviewed our policy on allowing dogs and have decided that we will consider requests on an individual basis. Please enquire if you need your dog to accompany you.
- A travel cot and high chair are available for small babies but please bring your own bedding, bottles, baby formula and/or food and sterilisation equipment and anything else necessary for the care of small ones.
- Children are very welcome but should be supervised while in the garden as there are slate paths which are by their nature uneven and slippery when wet plus there is direct access to the road from the driveway and there are fast flowing rivers very close by.
The natural rugged landscape and numerous rivers make this area the ideal place for any outdoor sporting activity from hiking, climbing and mountain biking to all year round white water rafting at Canolfan Tryweryn and canoeing or pony trekking and quad biking. The North of Wales is becoming renowned for extreme sports. The proximity of the coast means boating, surfing and sea kayaking can all be enjoyed. There are nine easily accessible golf courses in the area. The angler has their choice of river, lake or sea fishing. The magnificent scenery is inspiration for both artist and photographer.
There are walks from the house to suit all abilities, from a gentle stroll down the valley beside the river to one of the local pubs to a challenging hike over the Moelwyn peaks. The view from the Moelwyns is spectacular as can be seen in the above photo. There are several beautiful waterfalls within easy walking distance.
For the steam train enthusiast, the famous Ffestiniog railway runs from Porthmadog. We hear it toot and see the steam rising behind the hill beyond our house.
There are so many beautiful castles to visit, including Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Conwy, Criccieth, Dolwyddelan and Harlech.
Wales is renowned for it's slate and copper mining. The Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog are well worth a visit as is the Sygun Copper Mine.