Our group of 12 had a superb 3 nights at the hostel (Great Escape) and the volunteer warden, Andrew, was wonderful, very flexible, and helpful. Outstanding location with great views, nice walks from the hostel and handy for Snowdon. Comfortable with an excellent kitchen. The hill, although very steep, did not prove to be a problem for the minibus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hostel’s unique farmhouse character has been retained, whilst the interior has been transformed to provide modern, contemporary and comfortable accommodation for 20 guests.Rowen youth hostel is located 830 ft above the Conwy Valley, giving unrivaled views of the valley, the mountains of Snowdonia and the nearby Conwy estuary. The youth hostel was established in 1948 when YHA acquired the farmhouse at Rhiw farm, the adjacent farm buildings remaining, as they do today, in agricultural use. It will come as no surprise to visitors to learn that rhiw in Welsh means a steep place; to reach YHA Rowen it is necessary to negotiate a single track metalled road with sharp bends and gradients peaking at 1:3. So arriving at the hostel can be an adventure in itself; but that said, no difficulty should be encountered by drivers of the average car in reaching the hostel, simply engage first gear and take your time. One tip, if it's your first visit it would probably be better to arrive in daylight. Once there the hostel has quite extensive parking available.The garden at Rowen youth hostel is terraced and has two main parts; the upper area by the main entrance is a (relatively) level lawn and is furnished with a picnic bench and garden seat, while at the lower level there is a damson orchard and an area for lighting small fires. Both these areas give extensive views over the Conwy valley with the estuary and the sea being visible from the lower boundary. Being situated at the terminus of the metalled road and high above the valley means there is a total absence of traffic noise, a rare thing these days, the only sounds being those of the sheep and the birds. ... more less
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