It may be a little village, but looks can be deceiving – Llandderfel sits within epic landscapes. Enjoy a luxury escape here to take in lavish country estates with rolling grounds. Seek poetic inspiration among soaring mountains and tranquil lakes. Dive into the fascinating history and culture of a region that celebrates its Welsh identity. It’s all waiting to be discovered from your exclusive, boutique hotel.
A tranquil country retreat between the river and the mountains near Snowdonia, North Wales.
Things to do
Llandderfel’s mountain backdrop beckons you to explore. Venture into Snowdonia National Park to follow paths through wildflower meadows and into rugged, rocky heights. Or stick to the gentler surrounds of the nearby River Dee – and try your hand at fly-fishing. Close to Llandderfel you’ll find Ilyn Tegid (also known as Lake Bala) – Wales’s biggest lake. Cycle its shore or explore the water by canoe. When the wind picks up, it becomes a hotspot for surfing and sailing.
Llandderfel is immersed in Welsh culture, past and present. The surrounding county of Gwynedd is where you’ll often hear Welsh spoken more than English. The village itself was home to a number of poets and musicians, including harpist Edward Jones, who counted King George IV as his patron. To find out more about traditional music and watch live performances, visit the nearby National Centre for Folk Music in Dolgellau.
With miles of pristine coastline and a thriving food scene, the Isle of Anglesey is a lovely place to explore for a day. Stop by UNESCO listed Beaumaris Castle, with its moat and turrets. Find a secluded beach, if the sun’s out. And if it’s not, settle in at a cosy pub to try locally brewed beer and fresh-out-the-water seafood.
Gain a first-hand insight into North Wales’s historic slate industry with an atmospheric underground cavern tour.
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