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The Independent - August, 2016
This old stone rectory, now home to a boutique B&B, would be a lovely place to stay wherever it was located, but its position in Dolgellau, at the foot of the Cader Idris mountain and not far from the sea, makes it extra-special.....
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i-escape - February, 2015
If you are looking for an affordable and fun Easter escape then look no further. Here is top five picks in the UK and abroad.

For families into the great outdoors, head to South Snowdonia whose unrivalled scenery, both mountain and coastal, provides nature reserves, zip-lining, hiking, riding, climbing and abseiling......
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The Times Travel 'Best Cool Hotels of 2014' - December, 2014
Our reviewer, Tom Chesshyre, visited 52 hotels and B&b's in 2014. These are his favourites.

Ffynnon, Dolgellau, Wales

This is a really high-end B&B with sumptuous furnishings and six reasonably priced, big rooms spread across a converted Victorian rectory. There’s a lovely lounge with a fireplace and an honesty bar.

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The Times Cool Hotel Guide - December, 2014
Tucked away on Love Lane in Dolgellau, a small market town within Snowdonia National Park, Ffynnon is a chic six-room guesthouse that’s really more like a boutique hotel.....
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Conde Nast Traveller - November, 2014
Sally Shalam's Great British Breaks - from Shropshire to Snowdonia

Ffynnon Townhouse has the most indulgently luxurious suites of any B&B I can recall, and fantastic views over the Wnion valley.

Discover Britain Magazine - May, 2014
Located on Love Lane, an apt location for a romantic five-star hotel, this award-winning Edwardian accommodation offers every mod con, from honesty bar to hot tub!

Daily Telegraph - April, 2014
It may be a remote market town in the Snowdonia National Park but Dolgellau, at the foot of Cader Idris, is packed with great restaurants. It is also home to the six-bedroom Ffynnon, a friendly little B&B with boutique-hotel leanings in a converted Victorian rectory, run by Debra Harris and Steve Holt.

Each fresh, contemporary bedroom has its own indulgences, such as a roll-top bath or huge gothic mahogany bed, and there is even an outdoor hot tub. Home-cooked breakfast is served in the dining room and there is also a comfy drawing room with an honesty bar and a help-yourself Butler's Pantry.

Striking out, there are countless walks to choose from. A five minute stroll from the house, for example, is the pleasingly easy none-mile Mawddach Trail, along an old railway line. The area is littered with bluebell woods such as Coed y Brenin (the King's Forest), famed for its cycling trails and walks, which is a four mile drive away.

Observer - November, 2013

.... From the honesty bar to the Butler's Pantry, where you can make yourself a cup of tea or a snack, the owners of this classy B&B in a Victorian rectory work hard to make their guests feel at home. The market town of Dolgellau and Snowdonia National Park are on your doorstep, but you could stay in with a book in the cosy library or soak in the outdoor hot tub.

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Sunday Times Travel - October, 2013

Ffynnon has been included in an insightful round-up of the best Snowdonia has to offer in this months' Sunday Times Travel magazine.

Here's an excerpt to whet your appetite....

Snowdonia Rain or Shine
Under scowling skies or in pin-sharp sun, this slice of rural Wales is in its element.
Ah, the beauty of Wales's largest National Park - all moody mountains, glassy lakes and tall, angry skies. One minute the sun's out, the next it blackens and feels like Mordor. But who wants predictable? It's all part of Snowdonia's charm, and luckily, there are things to do in the towns, or on the slopes and beaches, rain or shine. Just remember to pack a mac.
.... Pronunciation's tricky: for instance Dolgellau is Dol-geth-lee. No matter, this pretty mountain village is all narrow lanes, cottages chisselled from grey dolerite, and a proper coffee shop. It's also the starting point for climbs up popular peak Cadair Idris. Nearby, the quiet tin-foil pools and heather-strewn banks of Cregennan Lakes prove less of a commitment (and you can drive there)...
....The most boutique-y of the area's B&B's, Ffynnon, in an old '30s hospital, mixes antique furniture with bold prints and fancy fabrics, and adds in a tea-and-bara-brith welcome, then sugary Welsh pancakes with bacon and maple syrup for breakfast .....

The Hotel Guru - June, 2013

Ffynnon has been included in a round-up of the Best Places to Stay in North Wales in a recent article by the Hotel Guru. 

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Irish Times - April, 2012

Love Lane is the address of a little beauty in Wales – Ffynnon Townhouse in Dollgellau, Snowdonia. Midweek two-night stays with champagne, from £267 (about €323), for two.

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There's nothing better than a bit of peace and quiet in unspoilt countryside when you want to get away from it all. From grand, stately piles to boutique B&B's, here's our pick of the best rural retreats in the UK. It's time to dig out your wellies and head to the country.

Ffynnon, Snowdonia, Wales

The USP: this five-star boutique hotel is nestled at the foot of Snowdonia, so expect some of the best views of North Wales.

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Daily Mail - October, 2011

Romantic Weekend Break - Rolling mountains, stunning sceneryand a warm Welsh welcome is what you'll find at luxury B&B Ffynnon, nestling at the foot of Cader Idris in the Snowdonia National Park, on the aptly named Love Lane. This revamped Victorian rectory is the perfect place to hide away from the world in a luxurious room surrounded by natural beauty. Each of Ffynnon's five rooms is unique, but 'Emily' is unquestionably the most romantic. Decked out with gleaming, scarlet crystal vases and sequined pillows, it also boasts an enormous bed and a freestanding tub big enough for two. There's even a snug seating area where you can cuddle up beside the fireplace.

But no matter how impressive the accommodation is, what lies on Ffynnon's doorstep will surely tempt you ouside. Try walking in the nearby mountains and forests, white-water rafting or exploring on horseback. All this makes Ffynnon the ideal base for an active couple who want to bond over a shared love of the outdoors.

The Independent - October, 2011

This small and intimate boutique B&B in the foothills of Snowdonia promises a proper romantic escape....

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Independent on Sunday - May, 2011

Anglesey may have grabbed the headlines recently as the new home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but Snowdonia remains the heartland of holidays in North Wales.

Wales's first national park celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with even more superb walking, flower-strewn mountain vistas and warm Welsh hospitality. While Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis remain the primary hubs, you should head for Dolgellau, in the south of the national park, for a more grassroots taste of Snowdonia life. This market town feels properly Welsh and makes for a good base to explore the area....

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Daily Post - March, 2011

"A Gwynedd businesswoman has scooped a prestigious award.

Debra Harris, who runs the Ffynnon boutique hotel in Dolgellau, has come out a winner in the 2011 Welsh Women Mean Business Awards" ....

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The Independent - March, 2011

"Ffynnon Townhouse sits, deliciously imposing, overlooking the town below and with the foothills of Cader Idris behind....."

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Financial Times - November, 2010

A British walking weekend doesn’t have to mean rough sheets in a rustic bunkhouse. 

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Western Mail - October, 2010

A BOUTIQUE hotel owner last night saw off competition from her brother to win the title of the best small place to stay in Wales.

Former marketing executive Debra Harris’ five-star gold Ffynnon B&B and hotel, in Dolgellau, won out over three other finalists, including brother Gavin’s luxury Manorhaus in Ruthin, in the National Tourism Awards for Wales competition.

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Western Mail - October, 2010

SIBLINGS Debra and Gavin Harris both thought they had put the toughest competition of their lives behind them when they swapped the London rat race to run small luxury hotels in Wales.

While Debra left her role as head of marketing with insurance firm Lloyds of London, brother Gavin said goodbye to a career in architecture that had seen him working for one of the world’s top firms, Richard Meier.

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Beautiful Britain - October 2010 - October, 2010

To borrow and slightly rework a certain well-known TV advertising campaign, this is no ordinary B&B. This is Ffynnon B&B.

Named the top B&B in Wales in May this year by the website Tripadvisor, the welcome you receive at Ffynnon proves this accolade to be no anomaly.

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The Independent - Independent Minds - February, 2010

Set at the foot of Cader Idris, Ffynnon comprises just four suites; if guests don't manage to drag themselves outdoors, they can raid the library, order afternoon tea or watch the latest DVDs on flat-screen televisions.

BBC Countryfile - Countryfile Magazine Choice - February, 2010

The quality of accommodation in Wales has come a long way in recent years and Ffynnon, a stately five-room townhouse at the heart of Dolgellau, is at the vanguard of the new generation. Chic yet homely, Ffynnon boasts high standards of interior design, personal service and little touches of intuitive home comforts.

A butler's pantry provides a practical kitchen for guests' exclusive use, while taking afternoon tea with the weekend papers in the drawing room feels cosy when black sheets of rain are lashing the bay windows. And if you've been walking, nothing beats catching Countryfile from the free-standing bath - it's not in the bathroom but in the corner of the Sydney room! Watch the weather forecast for the week while soaking your feet. Bliss.

The Observer - January, 2010

Stylish and intimate, with just four rooms and one suite, this boutique B&B is a revamped Victorian rectory mixing antique furnishings with sleek, modern design. Its location is unbeatable...

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Daily Telegraph - September, 2009

Want to know my favourite base for a Snowdonia sojourn? That's easy. Dolgellau. It's got boutique B&B accommodation at Ffynnon, and lamb fresh from the farm served with views of Cader Idris at smart new eatery Mawddach.

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British Airways "Highlife" - August, 2009

Similarly homely but more of a family-friendly option is Ffynnon (+44 (0)1341 421 774,, doubles from £120 B&B), a boutique, four-room B&B in Dolgellau, which proves that stylish surroundings and children are not mutually exclusive.

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The Times - August, 2009

Ffynnon Townhouse, Dolgellau As well as a children’s play area, there are PlayStations, kids’ DVDs and guided walks. High rope courses and kayaking can be arranged. A children’s tea service is available in the afternoon. Guests are free to prepare meals and warm milk for youngsters.

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The Observer - May, 2009

It also has some seriously smart places to stay and to eat, of which Ffynnon (01341 421774;; doubles from £120) is the pick of the bunch.

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Express & Star - March, 2009

Relaxed despite the long drive we turned off into Dolgellau to spend the night at Ffynnon, a beautiful boutique townhouse run by Debra Harris and Steve Holt. This couple have used their taste and flair to restore an old rectory to a glory it’s never known before.

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Sunday Mirror - February, 2009

Champagne and chocolates are waiting when you stay in this stylish guesthouse near Dolgellau in Snowdonia.The five-star Ffynnon Townhouse in Love Lane is at the foot of Cader idris. The Ffynnon's Romantic Indulgence weekend gives you a candlelit dinner for two in a local restaurant and B&B in a stylish room with a free-standing spa bath.

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The Independent - September, 2008

Set at the foot of Cader Idris, Ffynnon comprises just four suites; if guests don't manage to drag themselves outdoors, they can raid the library, order afternoon tea or watch the latest DVDs on flat-screen televisions. Families are actively welcomed: extra beds, toys and games, children's meals and a baby-listening service can all be arranged.

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The English Magazine - September, 2008

The appetite for turning lovely Welsh buildings into boutique hotels hasn’t abated; this little three-suite hotel in a Victorian rectory at the foot of stunning Cader Idris, on the southern edge of Snowdonia, has all the luxe credentials (Egyptian cotton sheets, goosedown duvets, spa baths, TV/DVD, wi-fi), and also welcomes families.

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Suite 101 - May, 2008

This 4-room luxury boutique townhouse is in a 19th-century rectory in Dolgellau, and combines the old (Victorian fireplaces) with the new (Wifi). It's been highly praised by the British travel media.

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Sunday Mirror - January, 2008

For when you want to be active but want a bit of pampering as a reward afterwards… the Ffynnon Townhouse at Dolgellau in Wales is a boutique hotel that has developed a “rough diamond” package.  Guests are taken by qualified guides to a mountain biking trail around Snowdonia, with a luxury picnic lunch, before returning to their hotel to enjoy the outdoor spa, fluffy pillows and bathrobes.

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Elle - December, 2007

At the foot of the Cader Idris mountains in south Snowdonia, Ffynnon Town House is the ultimate weekend retreat - and a chic one at that. The cleverly converted rectory is a cool mix of old and new, and each room has fine Egyptian cotton sheets, White Company products and breathtaking views over the pretty market town and undulating hills beyond. For an extra shot of romance, there's even a hot tub discreetly tucked away in the gardens. The new weekend packages include horse riding on the beach and a luxury picnic lunch for two.

The Times - November, 2007

"Rough Diamond" breaks at the Ffynnon Townhouse, Dolgellau, on the southern edge of Snowdonia National Park, include a full day of activities, ranging from abseiling and trekking to mountain biking and whitewater rafting.

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The Guardian - September, 2007

Pull on Pac-A-Macs and head for sumptuous new guesthouse, Ffynnon Townhouse, Gwynedd. Autumn's brilliant for exploring the local forest landscape at its muddiest best, and Ffynnon can organise a wildlife guide to help make the most of it.

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The Sunday Times - July, 2007's handy that the Ffynnon Townhouse opened last week. ...It offers three discreetly luxurious rooms..., all claw-foot baths, Egyptian cotton sheets, flat screens, WiFi, decent whisky at the honesty bar and a slap-up Welsh breakfast in the morning...

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