Friday, 24 June 2016

Saracens Head Hotel, Snowdonia

It feels like a while since I've posted a hotel review, but last week B and I managed to squeeze in a beautiful two night stay to recharge our batteries after a busy few weeks.
 We headed to the Saracens Head in a little village called Beddgelert, in the heart of Snowdonia. You may be thinking "but isn't that where they're from anyway?" and it's true, it is right on our doorstep! But the aim of our trip was to have some quality time together, relax and completely unwind (limited Wifi was a plus) and do some walking in the countryside, and we definitely ticked all of those boxes.

We packed the car up on Sunday afternoon and drove the 40 minute scenic journey through the mountains, arriving just after lunch. Our room wasn't quite ready and the weather was torrential, so we relaxed in the bar with a drink (I had the cocktail of the day - Gelert's Gold).

Despite the awful weather, we decided to go out and explore the pretty little village of Beddgelert (which means Gelert's Grave in Welsh) We took Daisy with us, as the hotel advertise themselves as being pet friendly. To be honest, pet friendly is an understatement as they treat dogs like guests, Daisy got plenty of fuss, treats, and even sausages for breakfast so it's safe to say we had one happy puppy on our hands!

Back at the hotel, we checked into our room and were very pleasantly surprised. We stayed in a Superior Dog Friendly Room, which was beautifully decorated in a cosy, country-chic style. The rooms have recently been refurbished to a high standard, and ours was really spacious with an enormous bed, comfortable chair (right by the window, perfect for relaxing with a book) and a modern bathroom. Naturally I took full advantage of the bath and enjoyed soaks both nights!

As part of the deal we had, dinner was included so we headed down to the bar where we'd booked a table, and looked through the extensive menu of home-cooked, traditional pub grub. There's also a wide selection of ales on tap so it feels like the perfect country getaway. Food-wise I had olives to start and the fish pie, and B had nachos (which he said were the best he'd ever had, and he's had a lot of nachos in his time...) and the topside of beef. Both meals were lovely and fresh, I was just sad I couldn't fit a pudding in!

The next morning, after a perfects nights sleep, we headed down to breakfast; both the eggs royale and full welsh breakfast were delicious, and Daisy certainly enjoyed her sausages!
We headed out for a days walking (I'll be writing a more detailed post about our weekend soon) and the hotel is perfectly situated to all the walking paths around Snowdonia. When we got back later that day we found a doggy treat had been added to our tea tray for Daisy, which was a lovely little touch, and one of the features that made this hotel such a hidden gem.

Pooped puppy
We both really enjoyed our stay, and have already been looking for deals so we can return asap! It was also a really lovely first holiday for Daisy, and if she could write a glowing review I know she would!
The Saracens Head is a cosy, welcoming and friendly pub and one which I would highly recommend if you're looking for a quiet, relaxed weekend away and a central base for exploring Snowdonia.

Would you like to stay at this hotel?


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