Hotel News & Events
Beauty and the beast autumnal photographic competition
Autumnal photographic competition challenges you to demonstrate your flair as photographer.
We invite you to participate in our 'Beauty and the Beast' Autumnal theme photographic competition.
During your next visit with us please go click happy! We are looking for the beauty in the wonderful
countryside around the hotel and the beast in some of the rugged mountains and cloud formations that
abound at this time of year in southern Snowdonia.
We require a minimum of two pictures from each
entrant, one of the pictures must be taken in or from the Hotel grounds,
the other can be taken anywhere in the Snowdonia National Park.
There will be first, second and third place prizes, with an overnight dinner,
bed and breakfast break for the first prize, a dinner for two as the second prize
and a bottle of Champagne on your next visit as the third prize.
All entries must be submitted by e-mail to
on or before the 20th December 2013. Judging will take place by our
expert panel before Christmas and the results will be announced in the newsletter following and on our Facebook page.
The competition is subject to terms & conditions.
- All pictures must be your original work and taken between 1 September and 20th December 2013
- Images can only be accepted in digital form
- Up to five images are permitted per entrant
- The closing date is final
- The judge's decision is final
- Low resolution images will not be accepted e.g. less than 800 pixels wide
- The entrant agrees that all images may be used by
- Penmaenuchaf Hall for marketing purposes free of charge and are free of any copyright
- Penmaenuchaf Hall agrees not to sell your pictures
- Images must not contain super-imposed text or watermarks
- Prizes are subject to availability
Our very own Torrent Walk
Our newly extended trail is the perfect post-luncheon amble.
It's on a slightly smaller scale than Dolgellau's famous Torrent Walk,
but our newly extended trail is the perfect post-luncheon amble. Take a
serendipitous stroll around the lake. Enjoy the local flora and fauna
and relaxing babble of the streams. The additional loop means you can
meander through the woods and across the streams enjoying those
magnificent views on your way.
Come and See Our Bee Delights
The Penmaenuchaf bee hives
When you next visit Penmaenuchaf Hall take a stroll in the grounds and see our busy bees flying in and out of their hives.
Then test the tasty honey produced from our very own hives.
It's delicious, itís totally natural and itís available to buy along with other beeswax products in our bar shop.
Justin Pilkington's recipes were featured in Seven Days magazine.
Recipes from Chef Justin Pilkington
April 2012 - Justin Pilkington long-standing head chef at Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel recently
shared some of his recipes with readers of the Wales on Sunday newspaper.
Have a look and give them a try. We hope you enjoy them.
Read more about Justin Pilkington and his fine food recipes ...
Hotel's June news.
Hotel News for Dolgellau
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Hotel local news - June 2012 edition ...
Penmaenuchaf Hall wins the Condé Nast Johansens Most Excellent Country House Hotel 2011
Winners of Condé Nast Johansens'
Most Excellent Country House 2011
|Condé Nast Johansens announced the winners of the 29th Annual UK and Ireland Awards for Excellence on Monday 8th November 2010 at the 2011 Annual
Awards Black Tie dinner at The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, London W1.
Penmaenuchaf Hall was the proud winner of the Most Excellent Country House 2011
category and Mark Watson and Lorraine Fielding, the hotel owners, received the
award presented by Mr. Andrew Warren, Managing Director, Condé Nast Johansens.
The Awards are based on responses from guest nomination forms, guest survey
reports, and our regional inspector reports drawn from the hotels featured in
our most recent guides.
Needless to say the whole team at Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel are delighted with this
Free wireless computer access at the hotel. Surf the internet from the comfort of your room.
Free Wireless Internet Access
We are pleased to report that Wi-Fi
has arrived at Penmaencuhaf so next
time you visit you can check your emails
or surf the net in the comfort of
your own room. Forgotten your
computer? Don't worry, we still have
a guest computer in our library ready
and waiting for your use.
Bring your own Music!
Another addition to all bedrooms are
mp3 players, so you can now listen to
your own music or catch up on your
pod casts as well as charge your
iPod/iPhone whilst you are relaxing in
your luxurious bedroom.
New Breakfast Room
Sunlit breakfast room.
Life at Penmaenuchaf Hall is always on the move and we are constantly
looking at ways to improve the experience of your stay at our hotel. The
latest project to be completed is the creation of a new breakfast room / dining
room. It is light and airy, has French doors leading on to the south-facing
terrace and we think you will love it!!
A wood fire burning at Christmas in the drawing room.
If your idea of a perfect Christmas is
unadulterated tradition, holly and mistletoe,
roaring log fires, fantastic food, a little fresh air to
revitalise, lots of frivolity and friendly, helpful
staff to ensure your every little whim is catered
for, then Penmaenuchaf will be just what you are
Our three-night Christmas package, arriving on
Christmas Eve, promises to make all your festive
dreams come true! Our packages are from
£560.00 to £665.00 per person.
Penmaenuchaf scoops AA Hotel of the Year Wales 2009-10 award
From left: Natasha Kaplinsky (host of the AA Hospitality Awards), Mark Watson & Lorraine Fielding (proprietors),
Rupert Miles (CEO of AA Publishing)
Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel received nationwide recognition in September when it was
named AA Hotel of the Year Wales at the AA Hospitality Awards 2009-10. The
AA, celebrating the best in hospitality for over 100 years, held the glamorous
black-tie ceremony, hosted by Natasha Kaplinsky, at the London Hilton on Park
"We are delighted that the hard work and dedication of the hotel's management
and team of staff has been recognised." - Mark Watson
Read more about the AA Hospitality Awards ...
Award-winning landscape photographer Claire Carter at Penmaenuchaf Hall
Lynnau Cregennen - Morning Drama by Claire Carter.
Starting off simply as a convenient way to capture fleeting scenes for her
Claire Carter's photographs soon became an artistic phenomenon in
their own right. During the last ten years her photography has been widely
published, exhibited and acknowledged in international competitions.
Claire said recently: "Photography is a wonderful excuse just to be in
breathtaking places. Standing for hours watching the effect of light on a
scene, can be like watching a drama unfold."
Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel is delighted to be exhibiting her photographic work in
the hotel. Many of the pictures were taken not far from the hotel featuring
some of the most beautiful scenes in Snowdonia. Customers and the public can
buy mounted prints from the reception or order framed images to be delivered to
A picture of the new staircase in the oak panelled drawing room leading to the Garden Room Restaurant.
Ring in the Changes
Our grand oak
panelled drawing room is now complete for our guests to
enjoy. This stylish room has a truly romantic, warm and convivial
ambience. Fall into the comfy leather sofas in front of the
stone arched fireplaces and enjoy those stunning mountain
views. Or perhaps be entertained on the fine grand piano whilst
sipping an aperatif and musing over the dinner menu and wine
list. Then... step into our recently opened garden
room restaurant, Llygad yr haul, it has a contemporary
feel, with a stunning Welsh slate floor, oak panelling, gothic
windows and yet again, those wonderful views. We are sure
you will be delighted with the changes.
Bring in the New
We are delighted to introduce two of our recently extended
and refurbished rooms. The Watson Fielding room with its huge new picture
window complete with window seat and views across the Mawddach
estuary to the Rhinog mountains. This is undoubtedly the largest
room in the hotel with a king size bed, spacious lounge area
and roomy bathroom. The Reynolds Williams room has the addition
of French doors leading on to a large balcony again with wonderful
views across the Estuary to the mountains in the background.
We are positive our guests will enjoy these new deluxe bedrooms.
Enjoying a party: revellers in the bar at the hotel.
Private Parties and Special Celebrations
If you have a landmark anniversary or birthday coming up or would perhaps like
to celebrate an engagement, christening or business success, why not celebrate
with close friends and family at Penmaenuchaf Hall. Combining this fantastic
venue with our dedicated team of staff, you are ensured an event that runs
seamlessly and assured that you and your guests will return home with wonderful
memories of a fantastic occasion.
Call us to discuss your needs; we would be pleased to help with ideas and
Stuck for a present?
Gift Vouchers Galore
We have a range of vouchers to suit all occasions.
Finding a luxury lifestyle gift is never
easy, especially for someone who has
everything. If you are looking for a
special luxury gift to beat all others
you need look no further. The hotel has a
range of superb gift voucher options
from gourmet dining experiences,
quintessential afternoon teas and
luxurious over night stays as well as
monetary gift vouchers and even a
one-day wine course, the choice is
almost endless. Our inspired choice of
gift vouchers is guaranteed to make
the occasion even more special and
with Christmas just round the corner,
what are you waiting for!
Autumn Gold: Visit Wales Award
It is with great pride and pleasure that we can report Penmaenuchaf Hall has
achieved the Visit Wales Gold Award for 2012/13 for the fifth year running.
Only 13 hotels in Wales have been bestowed with this award!
We are pleased to report for 20012/13 we have retained our AA Red Stars and one AA
Rosette for the scrumptious food we serve.
AA Notable Wine List Certificate
The hotel wine list has recently received an accolade
from the AA. Our wine list reached the final round of the
AA Wine Award selected from over one thousand wine lists based
on the overall quality of its wine selection and presentation.
Our Notable Wine List certificate will be prominently displayed
and our entry in the Restaurant Guide will also feature a
"Notable Wine List Symbol". We, particularly Mark,
are all delighted.
Mountain Bike Guiding Service
We have privilege to introduce fully qualified mountain
bike guides to take our guests around the Dolgellau area of the
Snowdonia National Park including the Coed-y-Brenin cycle centre.
A variety of mountain bike trips and courses to cater for all abilities
from beginner to expert are on offer. Rides start from the Hotel
and can be tailored to individual or group specifications. One or
two day courses typically include "A ride with guide" and "MTB Training".
If you would like further information we would be pleased to hear
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More recipes from hotel chef Justin Pilkington ...
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Snowdonia National Park Authority's new visitors' centre on Mount Snowdon opens ...
Spoil yourselves in Spain ...
Enlargement of Penmaenuchaf's lake ...
Wine club's South African tour revisited ...
Spectacular new wet room ...