Welcome to Dolawel Guest House

About Us

Dolawel is a 4 Star Visit Wales graded Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the heart of Snowdonia, run by Alister and Pat Haveron. Many of the original house features are still in place or have been restored sympathetically, but modern additions to ensure the comfort of our guests have also been added. We serve a choice of hearty traditional breakfasts in the dining room, along with cereals and fruit juice. If you have any special dietary requirement, please let us know and we will try and cater for them.

The Guest House is located on the outskirts of Blaenau Ffestiniog on the road to Betws y Coed. The B and B is surrounded by the spectacular and picturesque Snowdonia National Park.

The house, built circa 120 years ago, is the former residence of one of the slate quarry managers and has been sympathetically modernised over the years. Situated close to the A470 trunk road, Dolawel is easy to find and yet guaranteed to provide peace and tranquillity to all of our guests. Parking is provided within the grounds, in an enclosed parking area. The mainline railway station is just a 10-minute walk away.

All of our accommodation is spacious and comfortable. All rooms are double glazed, heated and furnished to the highest standards; with Flatscreen digital TV/DVD, Free Wi-fi, tea and coffee making facilities, shaver points and hairdryers.

All bedrooms are ensuite and there is a separate dining room and a large Guest Lounge for you to relax in. Here you will find books and information on walks in the local area. There are also games and puzzles for your relaxation.

We are keen to make your stay as enjoyable as possible and are always willing to listen to your comments to further improve our facilities.

Some History

The Local Land owning family, the Oakleys, built Dolawel (Dol-awel; meaning breeze on the meadow), as the residence for the Manager of their Slate Mine at the end of the 19th century.

Blaenau Ffestiniogs importance in the past as a slate producing town is evident by the investment raised to build the Ffestiniog Railway- the world famous narrow gauge railway that meanders down the valleys to the coast at Porthmadog.

Today, the mining operations are less labour intensive, but a visit to the Llechwedd Slate Mine - just a short distance from Dolawel Guest House - and you can step back in time - see the traditional slate workers skills demonstrated at the award winning visitors centre, then maybe take a guided tour down the slate caverns.

The Ffestiniog Railway runs return trips most days from Blaenau Ffestiniog (Check the links page for details); the station just a leisurely 10 minutes walk away from Dolawel. Your journey down the valley takes you past Portmeirion, the Italianate village and gardens designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis.

If walking or biking is your passion, then there are few better places to be based. Here in the Moelwyn Mountains, there are lakes, cwms, and waterfalls a plenty - all set against the dramatic backdrop of the Snowdonia National Park. A short drive or bus ride away are historical sights, castles and beaches.

And of course Wales wouldn't be Wales without Male Voice Choirs, and Blaenau Ffestiniog is lucky enough to have two prize winning choirs. The Moelwyn and the Brythoniad choirs are based here; practising weekly when not touring and visitors are always received with a warm welcome! To find out more about what the local area has to offer please viti our Snowdonia links page

Access Statement

All bedrooms are located on the first floor and are accessed by stairs with 15 steps. If you have any special requirements it is suggested that you ring Pat or Alister to discuss your needs. We are sensitive to people with any impairments or special dietary requirements and we will endeavour to meet your needs and make your visit as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.