I love to go exploring; visiting new places and getting off of the grid for a while. Last week I visited Snowdonia, I’ve never been to Wales before really and couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer and boy was I blown away…
My base for the week was the gorgeous Cross Foxes guest house just outside Dolgellau, nestled at the foot of Cadair Idris Mountain. The idylic location takes your breath away when you first arrive, before you even step foot in the grade II listed building.
We were lucky enough to be in the Cadair suite, a gorgeous room in the eaves of the gorgeous old building, refurbished to a high standard combining the traditional exposed brick and beams with more contemporary touches such as the floating bed and slate bathroom with rainfall shower with views of the mountain.
Despite being an old building it was lovely and toasty, each room having its own climate control and the bar having a wonderful log burner. Again the bar and restaurant combined tradition and modern decor and served wide range of food and drink.
Autumn definitely arrived whilst we were there; torrential rainstorms, bracing winds and much cooler than of late. But that just made it even better as we managed to find 3 waterfall sites – Dolgoch, Swallow & Conwy, which all looked amazing and ferocious after the heavy rainfall and it gave me an opportunity to debut my new Superdry snood. Located on the A470 through central Wales, the hotel provided a brilliant base for the week and offered the opportunity to visit the historic town of Aberystwyth, the quaint village of Betws y Coed, Coed y Brenin Forrest Park and one of my highlights (although the whole week was amazing) the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct on the Llangollen canal.
The food in the hotel could not be faulted; perfect portion sizes, well thought out combinations and wonderfully presented. Of the 3 nights we stayed we dined in the hotel twice and it was just what you would expect from countryside bar, real homely food. The staff were friendly and attentive and happy to help, making you feel welcome at all times and the team at Cross Foxes welcome well behaved dogs as well (in case you wondering).
I must quickly mention the Gwesty Cymru restaurant in Aberystwyth as well. Located at the centre of the Victorian promenade, this restaurant proved to be a real gem of a find. Serving locally sourced produce (as with at Cross Foxes) with thoughtfully modern twists such as the parsnip crisps atop of the chicken breast that I ordered.
If you get the chance to visit the area, I definitely would recommend you do. There was a breathtaking surprise around every corner and I found myself constantly in awe of mother nature.