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The Slate Shed

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd

Graig Wen, Arthog, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL39 1YP
A peaceful, boutique B&B in glorious Snowdonia National Park.

The folks behind the glamping and camping and cottages at Graig Wen also run a lovely boutique B&B, housed in what was once a Victorian slate-cutting mill. There are five (dog-friendly) rooms, decorated in a bright, contemporary style and equipped with flatscreen TVs, free wifi, posh toiletries, lovely Welsh wool blankets and bath robes. They welcome you with chocolates and a drink, and you can soak up the fabulous views over the Mawddach estuary during your stay (rooms Bran or Miri Mawr have the best views). Breakfasts are yummy, too, with everything sourced from local farms or friends and family – and a breakfast hamper delivered to you if you're feeling lazy. Meanwhile, everyone is welcome to enjoy the spacious communal Caban area with stunning views, honesty bar, books, maps and games.

There's tons to do in the local area, from hiring a bike and cycling to the local pub to hitting the nearby beaches, just five minutes away. Tackle Cader Idris, the spectacular mountain right at the back of Graig Wen, or explore a stack of  challenging mountain-bike trails at nearby Coed-y-Brenin, around 5 miles north of Dolgellau. From your room, you can walk directly through the surrounding 45 acres of wild woodland and meadows to the edge of the Mawddach Estuary and Mawddach Trail. Plus, Harlech Castle, Portmeirion and the Ffestinniog steam railway are within easy reach. It's also a fabulous place for star-gazing, with some seriously dark skies in this part of the National Park.

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