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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful room With fantastic views of the sea , very friendly and helpful staff . Very clean and tidy , stunning features from the minute you walk in will most definitely be coming back soon couldn’t of asked for more

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank Explore17272842234
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having visited Barmouth previously we vowed to return. We used this hotel to try somewhere different and that’s exactly what we got.

We were amazed at the stunning entrance hall and grande staircase with it’s beautiful stained glass windows and wooden panelling.

We were greeted by a chap, we think his name is Steve, who was very friendly and welcoming. He delighted us with his tales and knowledge of our mutual neck o’ the woods. What a fascinating chap! We knew our stay was going to be just fine despite the typical Welsh weather ;-)

Our room was ample and yes, the toilet/shower was a little small for someone so large, but at least I wasn’t going to bump my head like a hobbit. (Fellow reviewers will understand) Who wants to hang around in the loo anyway when there are stunning views to feast the eyes. Sadly the sun was nowhere to be seen on the horizon.

We had a drink in the bar served by the very entertaining Steve who made us feel like old friends.

We declined dinner as we wanted to explore so a short taxi ride in the rain helped us into town. We walked back during a break in the weather which took about 15 minutes uphill - not too far for us Southerners and a lovely way to loosen up after a 3 hr.

Breakfast was delicious and freshly cooked. The waiters were attentive and unobtrusive - conversing with us when we made enquiries.

We were delighted to see a few squirrels in the trees and garden while we watched the elements roll in from Cardigan Bay.

A lovely hotel with a lot of character (s) and we will definitely recommend to friends. Wishing you and Mrs Steve a better 2019. X

Date of stay: November 2018
1  Thank Amanda T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good points:

Breakfast was cooked well and choices were plentiful. Service was good, apart from the server not being able to smile. Views at breakfast very nice, looking out to sea.

Bad points:

The room would be great if you were an Umpa Lumpa...We weren't too sure whether to lie across the bed for extra leg room. The head board especially, but also the tv, DVD player were caked in dust. The folding door to the tiny bathroom to safe space when opening. If you had sickness and diarrhoea, you could sit on the loo and be sick in the sink at the same time. The shower is okay, if you have a spare three hours to take one. The water pressure is less than a watering can. If you are over 5ft 1, then your trousers will hang on the floor in the wardrobe. The drawers are ok if you only have handkerchiefs. The tv is so small, characters look like jockeys, when they are actually 6ft 4. There were two very significant poo stains on the carpet. If you stand in one corner of the room, you are nearly able to shake hands with another person on the opposite side. The doors to our room and next doors were so close, you might as well be sharing rooms. The headboard looks level if you look at it with a cricked neck.....

A 'Castle' for hobbits.

Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
4  Thank Herbage
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SteveJ2586, Manager at Ty'r Graig Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello “Herbage”, and thank you for your feedback. It is unusual for us to respond in detail to "reviews", but as this one is so erroneous and potentially libellous, we feel compelled to react. We are also somewhat concerned that, from your comments about the size of the en-suite room, and proximity of your door and that of the next room, we can narrow this down to one of two rooms, neither of which have been occupied by anyone from Nuneaton for over two months (I gave up looking prior to that), which leads us to doubt that you ever actually stayed here! We also observe that EVERY guest is asked, upon checking out, if everything was OK with the room, and would have expected someone who was so dissatisfied to have raised at least one of the alleged shortcomings with us at that time. There is no problem with the shower pressure, and the showers in those two rooms are mains fed cold water inputs, and this pressure was recently routinely checked by Dwr Cymru, our water supplier. The wardrobes and drawers have proved perfectly adequate for the hundreds of guests who have stayed in these rooms since I came here 7 years ago and this is the first time anyone has ever complained about those facilities.....in ANY room. As you possibly gleaned from the various leaflets and pictures around the hotel, Ty'r Graig was originally built by a wealthy gunmaker as a private holiday home in 1891, when the en-suite facilities were simply a chamber pot and washstand. The 1949 conversion to a hotel resulted in the original rooms being divided, and later, with increased guest expectations and requirements, full en-suite facilities being added. The footprint of these does vary from room to room (although the contents are standard size), and we are quite happy to discuss specific requirements with guests prior to them booking, in order that we can best meet their specific needs.
If the TV's were any larger, they would be so obtrusive as to be impractical, and I actually know of very few actors or TV personalities who are 6'4". Conversely, and by sheer coincidence, I DO know that there are only three of the original 1971 Oompa Loompas still alive; Rusty Goffe, Albert Wilkinson, and Malcolm Dixon, all of whom are British and are well known to me, with the first two being good friends. I shall be sure to pass on your recommendation that they visit here. Our 8 double beds are standard double sized (we do have one room with a king-size, which can be requested if available), and to suggest that they are shorter than standard is completely wrong. We also totally refute your claim that there were elements within the room that were "caked in dust", as all rooms are checked before keys are issued to new arrivals. We get frequent and regular comments regarding our high standards of cleanliness, and were most amused by your observation of "poo stains" on the carpet. No-one working here has ever been in the unfortunate or embarrassing position of seeing these, so we were intrigued as to what forensic procedures you undertook to determine that this is what they were? Or even knew what they would look like?
Finally, and by way of thanks, we are also grateful for your recommendation that our lovely property is suitable for Hobbits. I shall be sure to send your observation to Martin Freeman, with a request that he circulate our details to his friends in Hobbiton specifically, and The Shire in general.

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Reviewed October 31, 2018

Based on the reviews below we expected more, so were disappointed with this four star hotel. Negative points:
The evening menu was expensive pub grub (with soggy chips) and the food although plentiful was cooked and presented without any imagination, not ‘fine dining’ as advertised, also very difficult to eat on slippery glass mats
Continental breakfast choices limited to cereal, yoghurt, fruit and toast
DIm lighting in bedroom and bathroom
Noise from kitchen extractor until 10pm in bedroom

Positive points:
The wood panelling and stained glass doors are a lovely feature
The bed was comfy and the WiFi good
Views of the sunset from the dining room were beautiful
Reasonably priced beer
Cooked breakfast was good

Date of stay: October 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank S B
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SteveJ2586, Manager at Ty'r Graig Castle, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2018

Hello S B, and thank you for your feedback.We're pleased to see that you appreciated the historical ambience of the building, along with our timeless views and sunsets. We were a little concerned to see your comments regarding the food; as you will see from many other reviews, we regularly garner great praise for our food, and is is far from the "pub grub" you describe. By the same token, we have never advertised on our website as offering fine dining, and make no pretensions in this respect. We have also received no complaints about the glass place mats in the four years they have been in use. We do, as you note, offer a good and filling full breakfast, and have obviously always had juices, cereal and toast.; in recent months we have added some additional cold items, to give a choice to those who prefer a lighter option. As you note, these include fresh fruit and yoghurt, and we have also provided cheese on request, and this has been much appreciated and very well received. Likewise, we have never, in the seven years I have been here, had a complaint that the lighting in the bedroom and bathroom was dim. It is a health & safety requirement that the extractor fan has to be on when the kitchen is in operation; unfortunately your room was directly above this, but it is always off by 10pm at the latest.

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Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

This castle hotel is mainly beyond words but I will do my very best.
For a romantic break or stay over this hotel tickets all boxes.
Go through the heavy oak door and step back in time to a time of ladies with parasols and gents tipping their hats.
Filled with beautiful historical stained glass windows, winding romantic staircase and delicately decorated rooms make for a gorgeous escape.
The turret rooms are my favourite with gorgeous decor rounded walls and views to die for.
Each room converted from its original build to incorporate a modest size shower or bath and w.c.
This is not for you if you want American style apartments with every mod con available but to escape to an enthralling historical time please read on. The pictures tell the story for a beautiful break. Coupled with an astounding restaurant and full English breakfast overlooking the ocean. Staff are absolutely lovely and Manager Steve knows this gorgeous hotel like the back of his hand and his pride shines through. 10/10

Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank Tracey C
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SteveJ2586, Manager at Ty'r Graig Castle, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2018

Hello Tracey C, and thank you for your generous comments. We're delighted to see that you enjoyed your visit and pleased we were able to help make your anniversary a memorable one. It's always good to have someone who appreciates our beautiful old building and, as you say, we do take great pride in it and the history therein. We're passed your compliments on to the chef and look forward to you visiting us again at some time.

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