http://www.tyrgraigcastle.co.uk/ makes this place look like a top class luxury establishment; make no mistake - IT IS NOT.
First impressions on arrival were not good. The whole of the exterior is stained with mould or algae and there are weeds growing form gaps in the mortar of the stone work - very grubby indeed.
We stayed in one of the turret rooms and we were immediately disgusted by the state of the carpets; they were truely filthy. Plasterwork on the ceiling is cracked and the wallpaper is lifting from the walls, presumably due to damp. Our room was freezing and we had to ask for the heating to be put on upon arrival - a very uninspiring start to what should have been a 2 night romantic break.
There is a great view of the sea but, unfortunately, this is spoiled by a caravan site, a rusty railway line and a sad little housing estate dominating the view - fortunately the fog rolled in shortly after we arrived so the view disappeared completely - a great improvement.
I had considered eating here but a quick inspection of the area around the back of the kitchens was enough to put me off - I wonder if all the positive comments about the standard of the food in the visitors book would have been made if these happy customers were aware of the conditions in which it had been prepared.
The heating was turned off sometime late in the evening and the temperature in our room plumetted again, so much so that sleep was impossible and, by 4am it was so cold that I sat in my car for an hour with the heating going full-bore in an attempt to restore circulation.
Did I complain? No; there would have been little point as nothing short of bulldozing the entire creaking pile into the sea and rebuilding from scratch would have resulted in an acceptable stay.
Finally, the sign outside boasts 4 stars - who awarded these stars? Helen Keller? A retired Soviet Gulag inspector? It certainly cannot be one of the recognised rating agencies.
So a planned 2 night get-away turned into a grubby over-night shiver-fest - we left early [without risking the breakfast]
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A landmark Victorian castle-hotel situated on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, overlooking Cardigan Bay. Approx. 1/2 mile out of Barmouth. An excellent base for anyone wishing to explore the surrounding areas. Recently described by a guest as 'an oasis of calm' it sits proudly between the mountains and the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ty`r Graig Castle Hotel Barmouth
- Ty'r Graig Castle Barmouth, Wales