Walking with Sightseeing at Dolgellau

Wales

Code: DGWOD

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • History
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easy
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £299.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Enjoy full days exploring Southern Snowdonia, combining the perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits.

Holiday highlights

  • Explore Castell Y Bere, a 13th century castle
  • Ride on the steam railway to Dolgoch and the impressive waterfalls
  • Discover the natural beauty of the Mawddach trail and impressive Harlech Castle 
  • Marvel at the iconic Italianate village of Portmeiron

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, the services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide, all transport to and from the walks and sightseeing, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Walks & Visits: enjoy carefully selected guided walks and sightseeing visits with a knowledgeable leader
  • Accommodation: enjoy unparalleled comfort and quality just a couple of miles from the delightful market town of Dolgellau.
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

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Accommodation

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Dolserau Hall offers an unparalleled level of comfort and quality. The location, a couple of miles from the attractive market town of Dolgellau, is a real delight. Extensive views stretch over the surrounding hills, with the summit of Cadair Idris in the background.

 

Bedrooms

Dolserau Hall has 24 en-suite bedrooms, all of a good size and furnished to a high standard. Rooms are either located in the main building or the tastefully converted coach house.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

 

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

The main public space is a large lounge bar, which sits at the heart of the house. This is a very comfortable and flexible space, ideal for relaxing after your walks or activities. Leading from the main lounge is the smaller 'bistro'. This room can also be used for activities in the evening and for leisure activity holidays. The attractive dining room can be divided into three sections, either creating one large space, or smaller and more intimate dining rooms. Free WiFi is available in the public rooms. There is also a range of board games and books.

Dolserau Hall sits amidst attractive gardens in a beautiful peaceful location. There are extensive views from the front of the house across the valley, with the summit of Cadair Idris in the background.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full Welsh breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on local history from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

Dolserau Hall is a Victorian mansion, 150 years old, built in the grand style with large rooms, large doors and wide corridors which are well lit. The building remains essentially the same layout as when it was built, except that a lift has been installed to the 2nd floor of the main house. The original Coach House was converted several years ago to provide 5 individual bedrooms, each with independent access to the Coach House driveway.

The house is reached via a tarmac road. From this road, the house is approached via a gravel driveway.

Cars can pull up to the front door of the house or to each of the individual access doors in the Coach House to disembark passengers and luggage. There is a single step through the main house front door. A ramp is provided at the front door when required. The main car park, which has 20 parking spaces, is adjacent to, and on the same level as, the house.

The reception area has seating for guests to wait. Assistance with luggage is available on request.

The whole of the ground floor of the main house is accessible to wheelchairs including the restaurant & bar - there are no steps.

The house does not have public toilets fully equipped for wheelchair access.

The main house bedrooms are situated: on the 1st floor, reached by a grand Victorian staircase with a banister; on the 2nd floor which is reached either by a further staircase from the 1st floor or by lift from the main hall. In the Coach House, each bedroom has its own individual access from the yard, 3 of these at ground floor level with parking adjacent to the door, one of which is especially suitable for wheelchair access.

All the bedrooms have en-suite bathroom facilities, seven having a separate walk-in shower, the remainder have a shower over the bath.

Guests who have problems with mobility can be accommodated in a range of different rooms depending on the nature of their special needs. Other disabilities such as hearing or sight problems can generally be accommodated on request.

Although we have tried to be as accurate & include as much detail as possible, we are always willing to give information on any aspect of the house if this statement does not answer your particular query.

Itinerary

Saturday: arrival day

Sunday: The Mawddach Estuary and Barmouth

The Mawddach trail is the classic easy trail in the area. Following the shores of the spectacular Mawddach estuary, the walk gives us superb estuary views throughout. Our route then takes us across the mile long pedestrian bridge to the Victorian seaside resort of Barmouth, where we've time to explore. There may be the possibility of a boat trip out into the estuary, weather and tide permitting. 5.5 miles (9km) with 160ft (50m) of ascent.

Monday: Llyn Tegid, Bala and the White Water Centre

We ascend through woodland for lovely views across Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales, to arrive at the historic town of Bala. After time to look around, there's the chance to visit Mary Jones World before we continue on to the National White Water Centre on the Tryweryn river to see some canoe and rafting in action. 4.5 miles (7km) with 650ft (200m) of ascent.

Tuesday: The Precipice Walk and Portmeirion                                                           

The Precipice Walk is one of the most famous attractions of the Dolgellau area, and treats us to wonderful views down the Mawddach estuary and over to Cadair Idris.  After our morning's walk, we head to Portmeirion, the stunning Italianate village set on a peninsula, created by the architect Clough Williams- Ellis. There's time to explore woodland and coastal walks from the village. 3.5 miles (5.5km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent.

Wednesday: free day

Thursday: Abergynolwyn, the Tal y Llyn railway, and Dolgoch Falls 

This morning's walk takes us into the Dysynni valley to visit Castell Y Bere and Mary Jones' chapel. The 13th century Castle Y Bere was the last stronghold of the Welsh princes. From Abergynolwyn village we walk beside nant Gwernol, then board the steam train for a ride on the Talyllyn railway to admire beautiful Dolgoch Falls. 5 miles (8km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent.

Friday: The Ardudwy Coast and Harlech

Today we'll explore the Ardudwy Coast, visiting the Artro esturary and walking on the delightful beach at Llandanwg. On route we'll visit the slate cavern then continue to Harlech with its impressive castle, built by Edward 1 in 1283 to control the Welsh. 5 miles (8km) with 650ft (200m) of ascent.

 

  • Up to 5.5 miles (9km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent; Walking is generally on good paths and tracks, with some steep or rocky sections and some beach walking.
  • Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your English Heritage and National Trust cards
  • The seven night holiday has a free day on the Wednesday for you to explore independently

 

Local area

Discover Snowdonia

During your stay at Dolserau Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Snowdonia:

Talyllyn Railway
This narrow guage railway was the first in the world to be taken over and run by volunteers. The line runs from the coast at Tywyn to the former slate quarries at Nant Gwernol. Historic locomotives and carriages, some dating back to the line's opening in 1864 add to the unique atmosphere. The nearest station is at Abergynolwyn, about 25 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.talyllyn.co.uk

Red steam locomotive on the Ffestiniog railwayGreat Little Trains of Wales
Snowdonia is noted for its concentration of narrow guage steam railways, all of which offer highly scenic journeys. The Ffestiniog Railway, Vale of Rheidol and the Welshpool & Llanfair railways are all within reach. You may also want to experience the newly rebuilt Welsh Highland Railway which runs from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk

 

Impressive entrance to Harlech CastleHarlech Castle
Built by King Edward I after his conquest of Wales, Harlech Castle is one of the most historically important and well preserved fortifications in the principality. Along with neighbouring castles at Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Conwy it now has World Heritage status. Around 45 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

 

Centre for Alternative Technology
Situated near Machynlleth, around 20 minutes' from Dolserau Hall, the Centre for Alternative Technology is at the forefront of researching and teaching sustainable living. Displays focus on green technology, energy efficiency and organic farming. www.cat.org.uk

RSPB Reserves
The nearby RSPB reserves at Arthog Bog, Coed Garth Gell and Ynis-hir offer a wide variety of habitats including oak woodland, heathland and salt-marsh that attracts an equally diverse range of birds.

Coloured houses at PortmeironPortmeirion
This quaint 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 is around 35 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.portmeirion-village.com

 

 

 

 

Harlech Castle image © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government

Travel

Travel to Dolgellau

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

How to get to us by train

By train:

The most convenient railway station is at Machynlleth. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train heading to Wales 

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 16 mile journey from Machynlleth railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £30 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Dolserau Hall Manager.

 

Bus

By bus:

From Machynlleth take the X32 bus to Dolgellau. The 2 mile journey to Dolserau Hall from Dolgellau can be completed in a taxi. Alternatively alight at Dolgellau Little Chef, from where it is a 1 mile walk along a quiet country lane to the hotel. For bus times see www.traveline.info

 

Driving to us

By car:

From the north travel via Chester then the A550, A5104, then finally the A494 to Bala. Stay on the A494 heading towards Dolgellau. A mile after the junction for the B4416 to Brithdir, take the next turning on the left, after the campsite. Follow the country lane for ½ mile to Dolserau Hall.

From the south travel via Shrewsbury and the A458 to Welshpool. Continue on the A458 and after a further 27 miles turn right at a roundabout onto the A470 towards Dolgellau. Look out for the garage and Little Chef on the right as you come down the hill before Dolgellau. Turn right immediately before the garage and drive along a country lane for approx 1 mile to Dolserau Hall.

 

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28 Aug 2016, 7:38 p.m.

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I always enjoy HF Holidays. The walks are well organised; the leaders helpful and knowledgeable; the HF Houses good and the company friendly.

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The Discovery Walks holiday was excellent at Dolgellau.
23 Aug 2016, 8:05 a.m.

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Always excellent service and very efficient with the paperwork prior to our holiday
23 Aug 2016, 7:39 a.m.

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The manager at the Dogellau was so very outstanding. Gemma saw to overyone needs and made an especial effort to check with everyone to make sure that all of their needs were being met. The food was superior, the luncheon choices,including the homemade cakes were superb. HIGH marks for Gemma and her staff. So highly recommended.

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The discovery walk with Elym with so very wonderful. He was a considerate guide who took everyones need into consideration. He was so knowledgeable about the area. A highly recommended walking leader.
16 Jun 2016, 8:03 p.m.

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Everyone very efficient and helpful

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One of the best holidays I've been on
14 Jun 2016, 7:48 a.m.

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Very satisfactory

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Met expectations. Possibly would have liked a little more walking and a little less time in local resorts
13 Apr 2016, 10:34 a.m.

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Well planned and organised with good leaders and excellent accommodation

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Holiday was Discovery Walks not Guided Walking
13 Oct 2015, 7:36 a.m.

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Rooms very comfortable. Dinner menu could offer more simple traditional food with less trimmings

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Various aspects of the holiday (e.g., opening season of museums. etc.) needed more research.
12 Oct 2015, 7:51 a.m.

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excellent all round holiday.

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Leaders, walks,accommodation all excellent
5 Aug 2015, 3:28 p.m.

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Our first choice for a UK holiday.

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Our Discovery Tour was excellent.
Accommodation and general service in Dolserau Hall should be improved.

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  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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