Christmas & New Year Walking at Dolgellau

Wales

Code: DGXFW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Harder
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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 £375.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes and carol evenings 
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

What’s included?

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

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

The Walks programme

The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered:
Easier: up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km)
Medium: up to a maximum of 9 miles (14.5km)
Harder: up to a maximum of 10 miles (16km)

Walks in each grade are generally shorter than this and tailored to finish usually by3.30pm – 4pm, at a comfortable pace.

We’ll tell you more about each walk (precise distances and ascents) and answer any queries about terrain and conditions underfoot, on the holiday itself.


Christmas – Festive Guided Walking

Friday 23 December 2016

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.


Saturday 24 December 2016 – Christmas Eve

The easier walk views the famous trestle bridge over the estuary before picking up the Mawddach Trail, a disused railway line hugging the banks of the Mawddach River with fabulous views east. We meet at the end with the medium and harder walks at the George III inn by another trestle bridge, at Penmaenpool.


Sunday 25 December 2016 - Christmas Day

Plas Caerynwch, a local mansion, commissioned the Torrent Walk as an extension to its gardens, which were open to the public early in the 19th century. It’s a beautiful woodland walk which follows a tumbling stream down from Brithdir and we all finish this way as we build an appetite for our Christmas dinner. The easier walk heads east from the house through the Dolgwartheg Forest to the village of Brithdir before the return down the Torrent Walk. The medium and harder walks also head east but keep climbing after Brithdir to the super viewpoint of Y Foel before finding the same route back via the Torrent Walk. Afternoon After the walks today there will be a present for each of our guests under the Christmas tree. 


Monday 26 December 2016 – Boxing Day

The easier walk will do a scenic loop of the famous Precipice Walk, a circuit just north of Dolgellau, with wonderful views of Coed y Brenin, the Mawddach estuary as well as Cadair Idris. It’s not as precipitous as it sounds and we walk back along quiet lanes all the way to the house. The medium walk starts in Coed y Brenin, walks through a former gold mining area before meeting the Precipice Walk, following the route of the easier walk back to Dolserau Hall. The harder walk tackles the prominent nearby hill of Rhobell Fawr. Descending to the southwest, we follow an old drovers’ road to Llanfachreth village and back to Dolserau Hall through parkland.


Twixmas – Festive Guided Walking

Tuesday 27 December 2016

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.


Wednesday 28 December 2016

Exploring the Ardudwy coast, the easier and medium walks start near Llanbedr, the latter to follow the Afon Artro to its estuary, but both walk along the delightful beach at Llandanwg. We then turn inland to ascend to the historic town of Harlech, with great views of its castle on the final leg. The harder walk heads for the stone circle of Bryn Cader Faner. We then head southwest with lovely coastal views, gradually descending to finish in Harlech town. 


Thursday 29 December 2016

After visiting the Panorama viewpoint above Barmouth, the easier walk crosses the famous trestle bridge over the estuary before picking up a disused railway line as far as the Penmaenpool bridge. The medium route visits the Barmouth slabs, Raven Rock, and Dinas Oleu – the first piece of land given to the National Trust – before descending gradually to Barmouth itself. The harder ascends from Caerdeon to the Bwlch y Rhiwgyr pass, follows the crest of the ridge and descends gradually to finish along Barmouth’s beautiful sandy beach. Walks & social programme


New Year – Festive Guided Walking

Friday 30 December 2016

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.


Saturday 31 December 2016 – New Year’s Eve

The easier walk views the famous trestle bridge over the estuary before picking up the Mawddach Trail, a disused railway line hugging the banks of the Mawddach River with fabulous views east. We meet at the end with the medium and harder walks at the George III inn by another trestle bridge, at Penmaenpool.

The hills and paths to the south of the region provide a wonderful introduction to this quiet, varied and spectacular part of Snowdonia. All walks start in or near Abergynolwyn near the end of the famous Talyllyn preserved railway line, originally sed to carry slate down to Tywyn. The easier walk follows a lovely circular route, with Castell y Bere, once the impressive fortress of Llewelyn the Great, as one of the highlights. The medium and harder walks follow a similar route but first take in the most prominent and striking feature in the Dysynni Valley, Bird Rock. The cliffs on its northern slopes are the only inland nesting ground for Cormorants in Europe, and possibly the world, hence its name.

In the evening join us for our celebration dinner – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’. Afterwards enjoy an evening of live music as we start the countdown to 2015.


Sunday 1 January 2017 – New Year’s Day

Plas Caerynwch, a local mansion, commissioned the Torrent Walk as an extension to its gardens, which were open to the public early in the 19th century. It’s a beautiful woodland walk which follows a tumbling stream down from Brithdir and we all finish this way. The easier walk heads east from the house through the Dolgwartheg Forest to the village of Brithdir before the return down the Torrent Walk. The medium and harder walks also head east but keep climbing after Brithdir to the super viewpoint of Y Foel before finding the same route back via the Torrent Walk. 


Monday 2 January 2017

The easier walk will do a scenic loop of the famous Precipice Walk, a circuit just north of Dolgellau, with wonderful views of Coed y Brenin, the Mawddach estuary as well as Cadair Idris. It’s not as precipitous as it sounds and we walk back along quiet lanes all the way to the house. The medium walk starts in Coed y Brenin, walks through a former gold mining area before meeting the Precipice Walk, following the route of the easier walk back to Dolserau Hall. The harder walk tackles the prominent hill of Rhobell Fawr. Descending to the southwest, we follow an old drovers’ road to Llanfachreth village and back to Dolserau Hall through parkland.

Local area

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

Great 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

Harlech 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/harlechcastle

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.

Portmeirion
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

Travel

Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd  LL40 2AG

By train: The most convenient railway station is 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).

By taxi: The 16 mile journey from Machynlleth railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Taxis cost approx £30 per taxi. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Dolserau Hall Manager.

By car: 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 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. Look out for the sign.

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. 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. Look out for the sign. 

A large car park is available in the grounds with free parking. 

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

Reviews

Date & Rating Customer Review HF Holidays says
31 Jan 2016, 3:55 p.m.

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For once the holiday info arrived in good time without it having to be requested.

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It was not Christmas, but New Year, and there was very little festive atmosphere.
Thank you for your feedback.

I was sorry to learn that, on this occasion, you didn't feel your holiday was as festive as expected. We do try hard to ensure that the holiday programme is as enjoyable as possible for all our guests.

I have forwarded your comments to my Head of Holiday Operations to take on board and improve where necessary for future holidays.

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and I do hope we will be able to welcome you on another HF Holiday in the future.

Kind regards

Toni

Toni McNulty
Customer Relations Manager
HF Holidays
17 Jan 2016, 10:30 a.m.

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Overall a good few days

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Pleasant walking and good company. The house was not as obviously welcoming as last Christmas, the manager being less up front.
7 Jan 2016, 1:13 p.m.

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I always enjoy Hf Holidays
6 Jan 2016, 3:07 p.m.

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Generally a reliable organisation.

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In spite of the atrocious weather and the lack of festive spirit in the house.
6 Jan 2016, 8:35 a.m.

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HF Holidays provide an excellent service.
Their admin staff are extremely helpful and efficient when requesting info. about a holiday and booking one.
The holidays are excellent and good value for money

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Staff, facilities, accommodation, food and walks were excellent
6 Jan 2016, 7:28 a.m.

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well organized as always

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Excellent, nice house, spacious room with good reading lights, great food. However, very negative point: no Internet access ! which I find unacceptable nowadays.
31 Dec 2015, 12:53 p.m.

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We cannot fault the food, leadership and staff performance in any way.

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This was a great Xmas break - our third - with excellent food, beautifully presented and excellent walks in difficult weather conditions. Bravo!
30 Dec 2015, 11:19 p.m.

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A good walking holiday company

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Nice house, could have been warmer in the bar and reception areas
18 Jan 2014, 1:41 p.m.

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Good to have walks at different level led by wonderful leaders and good hotels with good food,

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Level of entertainment on New Years was unacceptable, the speaker was severely unprepared. A read of the history of HF in preparation would have improved it for a start. Any of the walk leaders could have done a better job.

However as usual the hotel and walks leaders were very good.
Thank you for your holiday feedback. I am sorry that you were disappointed with the level of entertainment during New Year’s Eve. We recognise that the speaker didn’t deliver the quality we were expecting. We’ll work with the leader team and house manager to make this better next year.

Thanks, Sarah Davis
Research & Development Manager
HF Holidays Ltd
18 Jan 2014, 11:12 a.m.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
23 Dec 2016 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 4 £675.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2016 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 7 £939.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2016 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 3 £375.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2016 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 7 £875.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2016 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 4 £625.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 4 £695.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 7 £969.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 3 £389.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 7 £899.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2017 DGXFW - Festive Walking - Dolgellau 4 £645.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • 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