Dolserau Hall

Snowdonia

10666_0048 - Dolserau Hall - Exterior

Arresting countryside views dominate at this 17th century manor house in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. The location is idyllic; think sandstone hills, ancient woods, and craggy uplands in all directions (parts of the park served as the inspiration for Middle Earth in JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings). There’s no shortage of things to do, either, including following the Mawddach Trail along the edge of the Mawddach Estuary, discovering the compact range of hills known as the Rhinogs, and climbing the rugged foothills of Cader Idris – the highest mountain in southern Snowdonia at 893 metres. You’ll also be close to Dolgellau, the small market town best known for its once flourishing woollen industry (ruins of the Pandy fulling mills used to remove fats and grease from the wool cloth can still be seen along the Afon Aran River). 

It was at Dolserau Hall (meaning ‘meadow of the stars’) where Robert Owen lived with this wife Jane before boarding the Vine – the ship carrying Welsh Quakers from Merionethshire to Pennsylvania in 1684. While the house remained in the family thereafter, it was destroyed by a fire and subsequently rebuilt. No remains of the old house are visible, but the foundations were uncovered during an excavation at a nearby mill site a few years ago. The present Dolserau Hall was built in 1863 for Charles Edwards, a Justice of the Peace who was MP for Windsor and later High Sherriff of Meirionnydd. His design brief was one of Victorian glamour, resulting in the porticoed entrance, large galleried hall, impressive staircase, and stained glass windows with coats of arms. The house was used as a private residence for various occupants over the years, including Sir Eric Ommanney Skaife, brigadier and patron of Welsh culture, who lived here during the 1940s. It opened as a hotel in 1972 and has been part of our HF Holidays line-up since 2011. 

Today, Dolserau Hall has 23 well-appointed guest rooms in two categories (Classic and Premium) spread across the main house and the converted coach house. You’ll also find a comfortable main lounge, a licenced bar, a dining room for a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients, and a smaller room that’s perfect for light lunches, snacks, and evening activities. Elsewhere, there’s a handy boot and drying room, books and games to borrow during your stay, and a Discovery Point offering a wide range of local area maps, route guides, and easy-to-follow information for self-guided walks. Also worthy of your attention are the five acres of gardens and grounds offering views across to the valley to the summit of Cadair Idris. 

Our Country House: Dolserau Hall

Open March to November and during the festive season ● 23 well-appointed guest rooms Full-board (including cream tea on arrival) ● Check in from 4:00pm ● Free on-site parking ● Free Wi-Fi ● Boot room and drying room ● Discovery Point offering a wide range of local area maps, route guides, and information for self-guided walks Books and games to borrow Licenced bar Lounge Garden Well-behaved dogs welcome on self-guided holidays

  

Need to know

The safety of our guests, team, and leaders is always top of our list. We will closely align ourselves with the latest government advice and guidance on COVID-19 and implement the best possible hygiene practices across our country houses. We ask that you take sensible precautions to protect other people’s health and would appreciate you informing the house team immediately if you feel unwell. For the latest COVID-19 FAQs, please visit our Coronavirus Travel Advice Page

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Dolserau Hall has 23 well-appointed guest rooms available in two categories: Classic and Premium.  

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a 23-inch TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms offering upgraded views of the surrounds. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel, shower cap), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses. Please note that an extra charge of £15 per person per night applies for this room type. 

We love: The rooms in the main house or converted coach house. Some come with standout views of Snowdonia National Park.  

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

CHECK IN & CHECK OUT 

You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.  

About Your Stay

A WARM WELCOME 
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT 
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

WALKS TALKS  
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before and after dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (usually held before and after dinner, so you can join whenever suits). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

THE WALKING DAY 
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear (we recommend anything waterproof enough to keep you dry in a sudden downpour). If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & Drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licenced bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. 

Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, so please inform us of any food intolerances or allergies at the time of booking. Currently, global challenges such as COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine are directly impacting our food and drink supply chain. We thank you for appreciating that menu descriptions are kept flexible to allow for last-minute changes if needed. 

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Dolserau Hall

What's on?

  • Guided Walking
  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Special Interests
  • Unavailable to Book

Discover Snowdonia

Local Area

During your visit to Dolserau Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Welsh Highland Railway & Ffstiniog Railway

Take a steam train ride on these two heritage railway routes to enjoy Snowdonia's spectacular scenery from the comfort of a railway carriage. The Ffstiniog Railway runs from Porthmadog to Tan y Bwlch while the Welsh Highland Railway runs from Caernarvon to Beddgelert. The station at Porthmadog is about a 40-minute drive from Dolserau Hall while Caernarvon station is just over an hour away.

Great Little Trains of Wales

Snowdonia is noted for its concentration of narrow gauge steam railways, all of which offer highly scenic journeys - there are 11 to choose from. For a truly unique day out you can take the Snowdon Mountain Railway to the summit of Snowdon (best to book in advance as tickets can sell out quickly on busy days). The railway runs from Llanberis - about 1 hour 20 minutes from Dolserau Hall.

National Slate Museum

Located at Llanberis, the excellent (and free!) National Slate Museum tells the story of this once extensive industry. You can see slate being cut by hand, the huge waterwheel that powers the machinery and the fascinating quarrymen's houses which show their development over the centuries. Llanberis is around 1 hour 20 minutes' drive from Dolgellau.

Caernarfon Castle

Built by King Edward I after his conquest of Wales, Caernarfon Castle is one of the most impressive and well preserved fortifications in the principality. Along with neighbouring castles at Harlech, Beaumaris and Conwy, it now has World Heritage status. Caernarfon is around 1 hour 10 minutes' drive from Dolgellau.

Criccieth

The seaside town of Criccieth is around 50 minutes' drive from Dolgellau and full of Victorian character. You could visit the ruins of Criccieth Castle, relax on the beach, or sample the excellent ice cream at Cadwaladers parlour - open since 1927! 

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle occupies a superb vantage point overlooking the coast and the mountains of Snowdonia. Built by Edward I, its imposing walls were built by 1,000 skilled craftsmen between 1283 and 1295. The castle is about 45 minutes from Dolgellau.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Located near Bleanau Ffestiniog, about 40 minutes' drive from Dolgellau, the Llechwedd Slate Caverns are one of the area's most popular attractions. Take the underground railway deep into the mountain where a knowledgeable guide will tell you how slate was hewn by hand. 

Bodnant Gardens

Situated in the Conwy Valley, just over an hour's drive from Dolgellau, the National Trust's Bodnant Gardens have impressive collections of colour and views of the Snowdonian mountains. 

Plas Newydd

The grand house at Plas Newydd enjoys glorious views overlooking the Menai Straits. Built for the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, the house itself is impressive, as are the extensive gardens. Now managed by the National Trust. Around 1 hour 20 minutes' drive from Dolgellau.

Portmeirion

This quaint and fascinating Italianate village was the brainchild of the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It is also well-known as the setting for the cult 1960’s TV series The Prisoner. Portmeirion village is around an hour's drive from Dolgellau. 

Getting to Dolserau Hall

Travel Details

Our address is: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2AG
Tel: 01341 422522

By train:

The most convenient railway station for Dolserau Hall is at Machynlleth. For train times and route planning visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 484950

By taxi:

The 16-mile journey from Machynlleth railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Mach Taxis. As a guide price, it costs £35 per 4-seat taxi in 2022. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Mach Taxis will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Mach Taxis*
Tel: +44 (0) 1654 702048
Email: taxi@machtaxis.com

The return journey can be arranged on your behalf by the House Manager.
*Mach Taxis is not owned or managed by HF Holidays

By bus:

From Machynlleth take the T2 bus to Dolgellau. The 2-mile journey to Dolserau Hall from Dolgellau can be completed by taxi (see above). Alternatively alight at Dolgellau Starbucks, from where it a 1-mile walk along a quiet country lane to the house.

By car:

Dolserau Hall is approximately 1 ½ hours' drive from the M56 at Chester or the M54 at Telford.

From the North head to Chester, then take the M53 and A55 around the south of Chester. Join the A550 then the A5104 for about 20 miles, then finally the A494 signposted to Bala. Stay on the A494 through Bala heading towards Dolgellau. A mile after going past a junction for the B4416 to Brithdir, take the next turning on the left, after the campsite. Follow the country lane for 1/2 mile to Dolserau Hall. 

From the South take the M54 and A5 to Shrewsbury. Follow the A5 around the south of Shrewsbury and join the A458 towards Welshpool. Continue on the A458 through Welshpool and after a further 27 miles turn right at a roundabout onto the A470 towards Dolgellau. As you come down a steep hill before Dolgellau, look out for a petrol station on the right-hand side. Take the turning on the right immediately before the petrol station. Dolserau Hall is about 1 mile along this country lane on your left.