Northern Snowdonia Discovery Tour
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Our Discovery Tours really get into the heart of the countryside. These are sightseeing tours by minibus, visiting places not normally reached by a full-sized coach. Our Discovery Tours really get into the heart of the countryside. These are sightseeing tours by minibus, visiting places not normally reached by a full-sized coach. Small groups and friendly leaders make this a great way to enjoy Britain at its best.
From this outstanding location in the Snowdonia National Park we’ll have plenty of opportunity to see high mountains, stunning coastal vistas, and beautiful castles and gardens.
- Stay at Craflwyn Hall amidst dramatic mountain scenery
- Visit mighty Caernarfon Castle
- Explore the beautiful coastal scenery of the Lleyn Peninsula
- Snowdonia and Portmeirion
- Llyen Peninsula
- Caernarfon Castle
- Bodnant Gardens
- Swallow Falls at Betws-y-Coed
Great reasons to join us
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus five full day mini-coach tours with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 1½ miles
- Expert leader: learn more about the landscape and history of North Wales from your knowledgeable leader
- Accommodation: enjoy the cosy atmosphere of this historic building
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays – explore together, eat together and relax together
Craflwyn Hall offers a stunning and peaceful location on the edge of Beddgelert village. There are superb walks right on the doorstep, with the local mountains of Snowdon and Moel Hebog within easy reach.
The house once sat at the heart of an extensive estate which extended along the slopes of Snowdon. The building is now leased from the National Trust who carried out an extensive reburbishment in 2004 (a picture in the entrance hall shows the extent of the previous decay and neglect).
Craflywn Hall offers a cosy and friendly atmosphere that is ideally suited to our sociable style of holidays.
Craflwyn Hall has 21 bedrooms, located in the main building and in the stable block which has been converted retaining many of the original features.
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.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
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.
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 from a member of the local mountain rescue team 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.
Craflwyn Hall is generally accessible to wheelchair users. There are no ground floor rooms, but there is a lift. One of the rooms on the 1st floor has a converted bathroom that is suitable for wheelchair users.
- Arrival by car: the house is situated on the A478, one mile out of Beddgelert towards Nantgwynant. Free parking available
- Beddgelert Village is a 20 minute walk from the house and has a small range of shops, pubs, and cafés.
Arrival & Car Parking Facilities
- There is free car parking available (gravel)
- The 2 driveways to the house are gravel
- It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door
- Assistance can be provided with luggage
Main Entrance & Reception Area
- Access to the main front door of the house is via a gradual slate slope and an outward opening double doors
- The entrance hall gives level access to the dining room, office, and public toilets. Seating available in the entrance hall
- There is a lift
Public Areas - Hall, Stairs, Landing, Corridors etc
- All public areas are either slate tiles or wood
- Minimum corridor width is 130cm
- There are 2 staircases to the bedrooms. One has 15 steps. Each step is 6” high and 33” wide. The 2nd one has 13 steps. Each step is 33” wide and 6” high. There is a hand rail on both staircases
- There is a lift
- Good standard lighting throughout the house
Public Areas - Sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc
- The lounge on the ground floor is accessed by 2 steps. It measures 18ft x15ft and has a wooden floor. It leads through to a quarry tiled conservatory which measures 15ft x 8ft. There is a large number of arm/tub chairs, stools and coffee tables. All furniture is easily movable
- There is a real coal fire with guard rail in the lounge
- The bar is also access by 2 steps. It measures 21ft x 14ft and has a wooden floor. Tub chairs and low level coffee tables. There is a coal fire with guard rail
The guest internet computer is located on the 1st floor landing
- There are two single public WC’s on the ground floor
- The door width is 35”, floor space is 7ft 2” x 5ft
- The toilet seat is 19 “high and the wash basin is 29”high
Restaurant / Dining Room, Bar & Bar area
- The dining room is on the ground floor and has no steps to access it. Total floor space is 45ft x 21ft
- The tables are wooden and round, 2ft 6” high and 55” wide
- There are a number different seats, without arms. 37.5” high and with 21”backs
- Waitress service both at breakfast and dinner times
- White crockery, clear glassware. Standard cutlery
- Special diets catered for, but should be advised pre or on arrival
- Seating and hanging space for drying – Outdoor clothing & boots. Coat Hooks and hangers
- All bedrooms in the main house have fitted carpets and standard modern furniture
- Six bedrooms in the main house are with en-suite shower, one room has a wash basin & toilet. Room 5 has a steep step into a large bathroom
- All 13 bedrooms in the annexe are with en-suite shower
- All rooms in the annexe have tiled floors some have rugs
- Bedrooms are either single, twin or double bedded
- Kettle in each room with supplies of tea, coffee, sugar etc available. TV’s are in all rooms
- All rooms are carpeted and well lit
- All furniture, including beds is movable
Bathroom, Shower-room & WC [En-suite or Shared]
- There are 8 bedrooms in the main House on the 1st floor and 13 bedrooms in the recently converted annexe. Access to the annexe is up a slope behind the main House and as such, these rooms are not suitable for guests in a wheelchair or use walking aids
- The bathrooms either have a nonslip or lino flooring
- All showers are electric, single shower cubicle with hinged door and normal ground-level shower tray
- One bathroom in the main house is suitable for a wheelchair user. The bathroom door is 3ft 6” wide. The bathroom has grab rails by the sink and toilet. The toilet is 18” high. The shower door is 30” wide
Grounds and Gardens
- The grounds around the house are level or slightly sloped, mainly laid to lawns with flower beds
- Seating available outside on the veranda and in the garden area
- Gravel footpaths (some with raised edging)
- No lighting during the night
- Fire procedure is displayed in each room and guests are requested to read the booklets in the rooms regarding safety procedures. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued on request. An under-pillow vibrating pad is available on request
- Good signage for fire escape routes
- Internet access computer available free of charge. Free Wifi
- Mobile phone reception in the house and surrounding area is not available
- One bedroom key issued per room (second key available on request)
- Guide dogs can be provided for
- Information can be provided in large print
This statement was created in July 2014. We welcome your feedback to help us continuously improve.
Address: Craflwyn Hall, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NG
Telephone: 01766 890836
Reservations through HF Holidays: 0345 470 7558
Map reference: Map no. 17, reference 601491
No immediate plans for any alterations
Friday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Saturday: Caernarfon & The Menai Strait
Our holiday begins with a journey through some of the most spectacular scenery in Snowdonia, with excellent views of the highest mountains towering over picturesque lakes. We cross onto the island of Anglesey and continue to Beaumaris, with its 13th century castle, before proceeding to Llanfair PG (the village with the longest name in UK). Then its Caernarfon where another of Edward I’s 13th century castles is the main attraction in this historic walled town.
Sunday: Lleyn Peninsula
We journey around the Lleyn Peninsula, the most westerly part of north Wales. Our morning visit is to the Lloyd George Museum at Llanystumdwy before continuing to the Plas Glyn y Weddw Gallery at Llanbedrog. We then cross to the north coast of the peninsula, with its wide sandy beaches and granite-worked mountains, to visit the Welsh Language and Culture Centre at Nant Gwrtheyrn.
Monday: Free day
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. There’s plenty of historic sites to explore, such as National Trust properties, railways and CADW properties including castles and Roman forts.
Tuesday: The Crimea Pass & Bodnant Gardens
Our day starts with a delightful scenic journey through to Blaenau Ffestiniog and across the Crimea Pass to the famous Swallow Falls in Betws-y-Coed. From here we drive north up the beautiful Conwy Valley to visit the woollen mills at Trefriw and then the famous National Trust garden at Bodnant.
Wednesday: Llanberis & Pen-y-Gwryd
Enjoy a beautiful view of the Snowdon massif enroute to Llanberis. The area is dominated by the massive slate workings of Dinorwig Quarry. Visit the Padarn Country Park with its many attractions, including the National Slate Museum of Wales and the narrow-gauge Llanberis Lake Railway, which runs alongside Llyn Padarn. We can also visit the Electric Mountain pumped storage hydroelectric scheme before returning past Llyn Cwellyn and the Beddgelert Forest.
Thursday: Tremadog & Portmeirion
We start with a short walk to view the many historical buildings of Tremadog, including the birthplace of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), before a visit to the picturesque harbour and bay at Borth-y-Gest. A short journey then brings us to the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion, created by Clough Williams-Ellis. On the return journey we will visit the beautiful garden at Plas Brondanw, which was Clough Williams-Ellis’ private residence.
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
For maximum flexibility, admissions are not included; please remember to bring your National Trust or English Heritage cards if you have them. Otherwise please allow up to £80 for entrances (there may be concessionary and group discounts which may reduce this price).
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.
The picturesque village of Beddgelert is about 1 mile from Craflwyn Hall. Facilities here are limited and include a post office, pubs and cafés. The nearest town is Porthmadog, about 8 miles away, which has a wide range of shops and facilities
During your visit to Craflwyn Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Welsh Highland Railway
The recently re-opened Welsh Highland railway runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, passing through Beddgelert on route. This is a spectacular journey which includes the dramatic Aberglaslyn Pass and views of Snowdon. The steep gradients require powerful locomotives which have to work particularly hard on the climb from Beddgelert to the summit of the line at Rhyd Ddu. www.festrail.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 and Snowdon Moutain Railways are both within reach. For a truly unique day out you can take the mountain railway to the summit of Snowdon (best to book in advance as tickets can sell out quickly on busy days). www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk
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 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, and can also be reached using the Snowdon Sherpa bus. www.museumwales.ac.uk/slate
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 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, or can be reached using the Welsh Highland Railway. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
The seaside town of Criccieth is around 25 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, and full of Victorian character. You could visit the historic castle, relax on the beach, or sample the excellent ice cream at Cadwaders parlour.
The long arm of the Llyn Peninsula offers beautiful and contrasting scenery, with wild cliffs and white sandy coves. Enjoy the glorious beaches at Aberdaron or Abersoch, or walk to the tip of the peninsula and enjoy the views of Bardsey Island.
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. www.cadw.gov.uk
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Located near Bleanau Ffestiniog, about 30 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, 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. www.llechwedd-slate-caverns.co.uk
Situated in the Conwy Valley, about 50 minutes' drive from Beddgelert, the National Trust's gardens at Bodnant have impressive collections of colour and views of the Snowdonian mountains. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden
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 50 minutes' drive from Beddgelert. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-newydd
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 20 minutes' drive from Beddgelert. www.portmeirion-village.com
Plas Newydd image ©National Trust Images/John Millar. Caernarfon Castle and Harlech Castle images © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government
Travel to Snowdon
Our address is: Craflwyn Hall, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, LL55 4NG
The nearest railway stations are Porthmadog and Betws-y-Coed; however we would recommend taking the train to Bangor which has the best train service. 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).
The 25 mile journey from Bangor railway station takes approximately 40 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £40 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 Craflwyn Hall Manager.
There is a limited bus service which runs past Craflwyn Hall. Any bus route that goes between Beddgelert and Pen-y-Gwryd will pass the end of the drive of Craflwyn Hall. For bus times see www.traveline.info
For a lovely drive through the Welsh countryside, head towards Betws-y-Coed. In Betws-y-Coed take the A5, heading towards Bangor, as far as Capel Curig, then turn left onto the A4086. After a further 4 miles bear left onto the A498 at the Pen-y-Gwyrd Hotel; this road follows the Glaslyn Valley passing two large lakes. The entrance to Craflwyn Hall is on the right hand side of the road, approximately 1 mile after the second lake. Look out for the brown National Trust sign.
After 30 years as a Transport Planner, Graham successfully retrained as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide. He is a geographer by qualification and an explorer by instinct, and frequently has a map in his hand. Graham's travels have taken him to many parts of the country, where he enjoys discovering out-of-the-way places as well as an area's better known towns and buildings. He has a particular interest in the countryside, waterways, industrial heritage and places where history happened. Graham is also an HF Holidays' walking leader and has led at more than half of the UK's Country Houses.
Frances has been an enthusiastic student of English literature since primary school when a Mrs Darling sparked her interest! She has lived a very itinerant life with extended periods in the US and India. She worked as a fundraiser for third world charities for many years and travelled widely with them.
Many years ago, she was involved in running a small theatre and even occasionally appeared on stage. Now she works as a Blue Badge guide, concentrating on literary tours and religious themes. As well as going to the iconic, obvious sites, she tries to include lesser known places and to entertain visitors with stories about the many people who are associated with an area - kings and queens, local legends, artists and writers.
She is also a keen hiker and tries to find routes that will allow her to visit some sort of literary shrine.
|Date & Rating||Customer Review||HF Holidays says|
30 Nov 2016, 5:03 a.m.
Enjoyed every holiday that I have booked through HF.
Showed a side of Wales I've never seen. Enjoyed it all.
9 Nov 2016, 11:41 a.m.
Excellent value for money
Excellent value for money
9 Nov 2016, 10:12 a.m.
For a so-called 'Classic' room, it was very poor. I would not stay in the stables there again - up and down to the house for an 80 year old was quite difficult - especially in the rain of which we had plenty.
Very good leader - extremely knowledgeable on a wide range of topics. Good trips out to very interesting places.
8 May 2016, 8:59 a.m.
VERY WELL ORGANISED, INFORMATIVE AND FRIENDLY.
THIS IS A RELATIVELY NEW VENUE SO THERE ARE A FEW ROUGH EDGES.
17 Oct 2015, 8:28 a.m.
6 Aug 2014, 3:08 p.m.
Staff are very helpful and professional
The holiday was well run and very enjoyable
30 Jul 2014, 12:17 p.m.
usually staff and food are excellent. leaders variable. Accomodation very variable especially for singles Recent discussion of holidaymakers centred around broomcupboards to ballroom sized room. General feeling that you did not know what you were getting for your money.Very little advance information regarding car parking availability, disability access, amount of walking required on discovery holidays. Discovery people felt HF accent very much on Walking Groups.
Food outstanding. Staff, young foreigners but willing, helpful and cheerful. Annex room quite high above main hotel and not easy to access, room cramped. Shower modern but very small space to squeeze sideways into it!!!
27 May 2014, 6:59 p.m.
They are usually good. As I go on Discovery tours sometimes the bus journeys are too long.
The leader was very good and it was an enjoyable week. The food was good and management very helpful.
23 May 2014, 11:37 a.m.
I have been walking with HF for forty years and have always found them excellent. Now that I can no longer walk I find their Garden and Discovery holidays very helpful.
This Discovery Tour was well arranged and we covered a lot of ground. We we well looked after at the House and the food was excellent.
22 May 2014, 9:41 p.m.
We love the companionship of the holidays the sharing and chatter of the days and the format of the eating and dining.the discovery holidays are great
An interesting holiday with plenty of interesting information.
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Dates & Prices
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|7 Jul 2017||BGHCR - Discovery Tour - Snowdon||3||£365.00||£365.00||Book Now|
|7 Jul 2017||BGHCR - Discovery Tour - Snowdon||7||£855.00||£780.00||Book Now|
|10 Jul 2017||BGHCR - Discovery Tour - Snowdon||4||£505.00||£505.00||Book Now|
|1 Sep 2017||BGHCR - Discovery Tour - Snowdon||3||£365.00||£365.00||Book Now|
|1 Sep 2017||BGHCR - Discovery Tour - Snowdon||7||£855.00||£780.00||Book Now|
|4 Sep 2017||BGHCR - Discovery Tour - Snowdon||4||£505.00||£505.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- 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