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Here’s the bit where we blow our own trumpet….

The Times: Great British Breaks Dolgellau, January 2018

"The Slate Shed, a stylish five-bedroom B & B, like staying with friends who are artier and cooler and have better taste than you."  Thanks James Stewart!

The Guardian Travel "10 Best Hotels for Cyclists in the UK, France and Spain", 2019

"The 19th-century Romantics who flocked to Wales fell in love with the Mawddach estuary and its broad tidal reach ringed by craggy hills. The old railway line is now a traffic-free cycling and walking path, and just the beginning of the good cycling in this corner of southern Snowdonia. A short ride from Morfa Mawddach station, Graig Wen has rooms and self-catering cottages in a stylishly renovated former slate-cutting shed, plus yurts and a small campsite on a wide expanse of salt marsh, meadow, pasture and oak woodland. There’s good mountain biking on the trails at nearby Coed y Brenin and plenty of quiet country lanes and gravel tracks on the flanks of Cadair Idris, in the Dovey valley and the hills around Bala. "

Cool Places 2019

"The folks behind Graig Wen glamping, camping and cottages also run a lovely boutique B & B housed in what was once a Victorian slate-cutting shed....Brakfasts are yummy....with everything sourced from local famrs or friends and family - and you can opt for a breakfast hamper delivered to your room if you're feeling lazy."

The i Magazine "30 of the UK's best  bed and breakfasts under £100", Septmeber 2019

"You’ll feel at ease as soon as you step into their eclectic modern home with its reclaimed slate and wood, cosy wood-burners, books, games, snug bedrooms (one downstairs) and superb bathrooms."

The Telegraph Magazine

Four of the best: Hotels for spring walks, April 2015

The Independent

" a stay at The Slate Shed near Dolgellau lets you enjoy the stunning landscape when the sun comes out – or when the weather is less kind, snuggled up indoors. Built in 1868, this "shed" was where men would split the locally quarried rock into slate roof tiles. Today, character is retained with big beams running beneath slanted eaves and plenty of slate everywhere, from the flooring to the place mats breakfast is served on. The interiors have been given a comfy, modern make-over, but the best feature is timeless: the view over the Mawddach Estuary, where the mountains meet the sea." Read full article here

The Guardian

“The B & B is housed in a former slate-cutting mill dating from 1868. In the two years since Sarah and John came from Brighton to renovate it, it’s become a light and airy sanctuary, entirely natural and at one with the surroundings, all slabs of slate and chunks of blonde wood. The first “B” is spacious, tasteful and comfortable, while the second is made completely from locally sourced ingredients. You can count the food miles on one hand

See the full Guardian article here.

The Independent’s 50 Best B & Bs

"The décor may have undergone a recent makeover but the view from the refectory-style breakfast room hasn’t. It’s still as stunning as ever. A former Victorian slate-cutting mill in Snowdonia National Park, this B & B is popular with guests seeking rural tranquillity. Spend time walking, birdwatching, mountain-biking, stargazing or looking out across the Mawddach Estuary and mountains. Or just hang out in its stylish rooms, each is decorated with design classics or furniture cutom-made by local crafts makers."

25 Ways to do Wales in Style, The Observer

"Graig Wen has breathtaking views of the Mawddach Estuary. Enjoy a big Welsh home-cooked breakfast in the B & B as the tide ebbs and flows, or take in the sunset with a glass of Snowdonia Ale on the terrace. There are also fully furnished yurts set in 45 acres of unspoilt woods and meadows. The B & B itself has been refurbished with an offbeat blend of contemporary and traditional materials”

Mums Do Travel blog

"I loved our weekend at Graig Wen and would definitely recommend it as a beautiful, relaxing and homely place to stay. Children over 10 years old are welcome at the B&B but the self-catering and camping accommodation is open to all ages....." read full article

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine

Recommended in a round up of the best places to stay in "Snowdonia Rain or Shine" (October 2013)

The Observer

“A former slate-cutting mill, Graig Wen, offers top-notch B & B, cottages and a campsite with yurts close to the Mawddach Estuary”

Coast Magazine

“Coast loves Graig Wen for its estuary views, friendly personal service and great range of places to stay including yurts and holiday cottages”

The Guardian B & B Directory

“Each of the rooms here is named after a Welsh singer from the 60s to the 70s – the rooms are decorated with artwork related to that artist. Additionally Welsh Language pop records are sometimes played in the breakfast room.”

The Times

“Delightful B & B”

Countryfile Magazine

“A new edition to the roll of honour is Graig Wen, a B &B, yurt and holiday cottage triumvirate in South Snowdonia”

Swansea Bay Magazine

"This place is a real find"

Sunday Mirror

“The B & B rooms have been converted from a former slate-cutting mill and feature furniture and furnishings by local designers while the neighbouring farms provide the breakfast that’s served in the gorgeous dining room”

And some guest reviews...

“The perfect location for a Welsh "mini-break", whatever the weather! The old slate mill is in a stunning location, and has been refurbished with great sensitivity and flair, using local materials, and lots of funky extras. I loved the look of the place, and developed serious house-envy!” – Chesterdays

“If you are going to stay anywhere in Wales make it Graig Wen!

The house and rooms are beautifully decorated, and have some really personal touches without being cluttered or chintzy. The en-suite we had was stunning, with wooden panels and a waterfall type shower *bliss*!

Overall, this is one of the best places I've ever been to, great hospitality, location, food and decor. Many thanks to Jon, Sarah and their doggies for a fantastic trip we will definately be back again.

Forget France, Spain or somewhere else exotic... Get yourselves to Wales!” – Hannah and Ricky

“Graig Wên's very well presented website sets high expectations which were definately fulfilled. This isn't a lazy "flatpack Ikea contemporary" but a very comfortable and inviting connection with contemporary Wales. Sarah and John have styled Graig Wên using local woods, slate, furnishings and artwork backed up with very comfortable beds and en-suite's that are a pleasure to be in. A wonderful chilled out stay that I'd recommend to anyone - We'll be back!” – John and Marcus

What our guests say...

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Southern Snowdonia
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