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This charming Victorian country house couldn’t be better located for exploring southern Snowdonia. Not that you have to travel at all to enjoy its surroundings. Afon Rhaiadr loosely means the ‘house by the river and waterfall’. And, indeed, there is a waterfall within the beautiful grounds accessible by a woodland walk.

Luxuriant outdoors are paired with luxurious interiors. Plushly decorated and furnished throughout, with chandeliers and an eclectic mix of Victorian and Edwardian antiques, Afon Rhaiadr remains true to its roots. No expense was spared in the refurbishment. Sumptuous bedrooms come with gleaming bathrooms, there’s a conservatory and cosy drawing room, and dinner (on selected evenings, by prior arrangement) is served in a candlelit dining room.

The gardens, with plentiful seating, are a joy – just the place for an alfresco afternoon tea. Dolgellau, with its choice of restaurants, is only three miles away, and many of Snowdonia’s classic sights and attractions are on the doorstep.

The owners, Gina and Gareth Ritchie, took over in 2015. They are delighted to provide a warm welcome to all their guest and have carried on the excellent standards earning them numerous awards.

Dinner will include Welsh dishes using the best local Snowdonia produce. Additionally Gareth is a fluent Dutch and Afrikaans speaker and is looking forward to adding some Dutch & South African influences to the food offerings at Afon Rhaiadr as well as exploring the best fishing and golfing venues nearby.

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