In the Heart of Snowdonia National Park

Plas Dolmelynllyn Hall

By Alan Pulman July 20, 2016
Snowdonia National Park - with the Welsh name of 'Eryri' meaning ' the place of the eagles', Snowdonia National Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty covering 838 square miles and containing some of the most magnificent scenery in the country, including the beautiful Cader Idris just 5 miles from the hotel just hidden from view but visible from the precipice walk which overlooks the hotel. 

Dolmelynllyn Estate - In the southern part of the national park the Dolmeynllyn estate is next to the Coed-y-Brenin Forest, which translates as the Forest of Kings,and lies at the heart of the Welsh gold prospecting area and is the oldest and most extensive forest in Wales. The forest covers 16,000 acres, (6,480 ha) There are 50 miles of marked tracks, ideal for walking and mountain biking, as well as picnic areas. There are numerous trails through the forest, but the best forest walk is that across the bridge opposite the hotel to the atmospheric twin waterfalls of Pistyll Cain and Rhaeadr Mawddach, which are not accessible by road.

A little History - There has been a building on the site of the present-day hotel since medieval times but well documented is the existence of a Tudor Manor House parts of which are still in use today. The old hall with its heavily oak-beamed ceiling and slate floor is atmospheric and fascinating. On your way to browse or relax in front of the log fires kept burning there notice the slot in the wall where the timber for the ancient door closure was once fixed. As the centuries passed by the building was owned by various gentry and was the focus of the huge estate of Dolmelynllyn where activities ranged from experimental farming to gold mining. The site of the gold mine is very impressive and well worth a visit during your stay.


Today the hotel has around three acres of gardens, part landscaped formal gardens, part wooded hillside and part vegetable gardens. Beyond the grounds are 1200 acres of meadow, mountain and forest owned and managed by the National Trust.. Much of the building you see today was the result of a programme of enlargement carried out during the early Victorian period when it was owned by William Maddocks - MP and entrepreneur. Maddocks was responsible for the considerable engineering achievement of the Cob at Porthmadoc. During this period the estate was in its heyday. The gold mine was productive, the farm active and the many cottages occupied by estate workers, maidservants, gamekeepers and footmen. Visitors included the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley during his brief sojourn in Wales and the breakfast restaurant is named after him. Later in the century the Gothic wing was added and the beautiful stained glass windows and Arts & Crafts oak-panelling of the residents lounge introduced..

Activities - It is difficult to imagine anywhere other than Snowdonia where you could find as many outdoor activities to get the heart pumping with mountain biking, gorge walking, white water rafting and mountaineering. If you wish to be a little less energetic walking in the beautiful forest discovering a hundred waterfalls climbing Cadir Idris for a awesome view of Snowdonia or in the other direction across the Irish sea to Ireland. Fishing on the many Salmon and trout rivers or a round of Golf, and for those who wish to just stop and stare then Spend some time Looking for the Deer or pine martins in the local forest or bird watching in the woods or on the Estuary or taking photographs almost anywhere, so much you will fill many memory cards or film! Also at the hotel if you prefer a more guided experience we can arrange for professional guides to take you up cliff faces, down into the depths of mines across the estuary in canoes or on the longest downhill cycle ride we could create through Coed-Y-Brenin


Amongst our most adventurous guests are those that take the challenge presented by the championship standard mountain biking routes at Coed y Brenin - just one mile north of Plas Dolmelynllyn Country Hotel.

Our facilities -

Old Hall Restaurant

The Old hall is the oldest part of the hotel in use. With stone walls, slate floors and warmed by a log fire the Old hall provides a relaxed venue for your evening meal.

The Shelley room

is a beautiful Victorian dining room with a large part stained glass window overlooking the gardens to the south and a further window overlooking coed-y-brenin forest to the east. This makes the room a wonderful light room in which we serve breakfast in the morning,  The high ceilings with ornate plaster and Egyptana decoration reflect the Music room decoration of the late 1790's when william Maddocks was the owner makes the room a calming place to be.

The conservatory bar

The conservatory bar on the south side of the hotel has views over the gardens and gets the best of the sun during the day and the last glimpses as the sun sets over the mountain ridge on the opposite side of the valley. Residents meet in the bar before the evening meal for drinks and coffee is served back in the conservatory at the end of the night. With a good wine list and an ever growing selection of fine whisky's the bar gives a comfortable place for people to relax.


Food and Beverage service-

our food we describe as British classics with a focus on focusing on quality sustainable locally sourced seasonal produce. Served in a relaxed, informal setting with a warm friendly service. Big flavours cleanly presented. Featuring  Local Beef Pork and lamb.we include vegetarian dishes and pasta dishes to allow are active guest the ability to recharge there energy.  Our local butcher has numerous awards over the 100+ years they have served the community.

Our cellar ist stocked with wines for all tastes, and a good range of spirits including Welsh Whisky, Gin and Vodka. Our beers feature great craft breweries with both traditional and unique Welsh Beers featuring the rising star of welsh breweries Tiny-Rebel.