Great Little Trains of Wales

Dolserau Hall


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Activity types:

  • Free WiFi
  • High Mountains
  • History
  • Rural peace
From £915.00 - 7 nights


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Holiday overview

Our Country House in North Wales offers an outstanding base from which to visit the celebrated narrow-gauge railways of Wales.

Holiday highlights

  • Ride on the Talyllyn railway, the world’s first preserved railway, and enjoy its vintage locomotives and rolling stock
  • Visit the Vale of Rheidol and Ffestiniog railways, with dramatic scenery
  • A journey on the Welsh Highland Railway is a stunning highlight of this enjoyable week

Price includes

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • All transport on touring days on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach with PA system, as well as all other transport required as part of your holiday itinerary
  • All admissions to places of interest that form part of your holiday itinerary


HF Holidays' Dolserau Hotel Hall in Southern Snowdonia

Located just a couple of miles away from the attractive market of Dolgellau, this town is a pleasure to explore with fascinating history surrounded in and out of the local area. Enjoy highly scenic journeys on old traditional trains through Snowdonia, or explore the area on foot.

Our bedrooms are either located in the main building or the tastefully converted coach house.

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation 
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Toiletries
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views 
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night


• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Lounge bar 
• Bistro
• Dining room 
• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Attractive gardens


All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Dolgellau breakfast meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar

Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.


More details on Dolgellau accessibility


Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (premium rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea.

Corris, Talyllyn and Fairbourne Railways

Three narrow-gauge lines today. First, the section of the Corris Railway that has been relatively recently re-opened. On to the Talyllyn Railway which has managed to keep running since 1865. Finally we go to the Fairbourne Railway for a journey to the Barmouth estuary and return.

Aberystwyth Cliff Railway & the Vale of Rheidol Railway

We go south to Aberystwyth for a visit to the Cliff Railway which should give excellent views if the weather is favourable. Then to the Vale of Rheidol Railway which opened in 1902 for the transportation of lead ore and was operated by British Rail until 1989. We take a trip through beautiful scenery to Devil’s Bridge and return.

Free day

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.

Snowdon Mountain Railway & Llanberis Lake Railway

Today, weather permitting, we will ascend Snowdon by the unique rack Snowdon Mountain Railway which dates from 1896 (on the April departure we travel three quarters of the way up for a picturesque stop at Clogwyn, on the diesel service). Then we visit the narrow-gauge Llanberis Lake railway along the shores of Llyn Padarn, with the opportunity to visit the National Slate Museum

Welshpool and Llanfair Railway & Bala Lake Railway

We head almost back to England to the charming Welshpool and Llanfair Railway, travelling through delightful pastoral scenery. Then it’s on to the Bala Lake Railway - a narrow-gauge line re-opened on the former Great Western main line.

The Welsh Highland Railway & Ffestiniog Railway

We take a journey on the two lines centred on Porthmadog. First, the Welsh Highland Railway, which passes through picturesque country with views of Snowdon (hopefully!) on its way to Porthmadog.

The it’s the Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, which includes dramatic scenery and a spiral curve at Dduallt.

Depart after a leisurely breakfast

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Timetables correct as at March 2018

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.





Harlech Castle image © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government


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 or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

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.


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

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.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Birmingham Airport has the quickest onward connections to Machynlleth. Direct trains from Birmingham International station take 2 hours 35 minutes. See for train times.

Manchester Airport has a better range of long-haul flights. Trains from here take around 3½ hours with changes at Crewe and Shrewsbury. See for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 5½ hours to reach Machynlleth by train. You'll need to head to Euston station in the centre of London. Take a train from here to Birmingham, then change for the onward connection to Machynlleth. See for train times.

In each case complete your journey from Machynlleth to Dolgellau by taxi or bus (see above).


Sandy Smith.

Sandy Smith is a university academic, specialising in geology and environmental sciences, and has written books on these topics. She is particularly interested in the origins of landscape, both natural and human-made. She leads HF Holidays’ Walking and Leisure Activities holidays in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

Brilliant - made everything so interesting and her local knowledge was really appreciated. 



Rob Dightam

Rob has had a long interest in rail travel in this country and abroad. He has first-hand experience of the heritage railways of North Wales, having travelled on them since his schooldays, and then revisiting and exploring other lines as they reopened. Now living in Devon, Rob has a good knowledge of the local rail network and the environment in which the trains operate. As a geographer, he is additionally interested in the places served by the railways, and the impact they had on the local communities.




Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
14 Sep 2018 DGHRH - Great Little Trains of Wales - Dolgellau 7 £975.00 £915.00 Save £60 off pp - special offer Book Now

Prices are per person


  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £15 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

Our policy is to reward early bookers with our best rooms, therefore depending on how early you book will depend on the room allocation. Please note that cannot take any room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them.

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