Dwyran, Isle of Anglesey LL61 6LQ.
fax: 01248-430977 „
As you know if you’ve read my other recent opinions I have just returned form a holiday in Anglesey. The B & B in which we stayed was so brilliant I thought I’d do a full opinion about it in case you’re looking for somewhere to stay in North Wales. The name of the establishment is Tal-y-Foel and it is a B & B with a horse-riding centre on the same site. The house is situated just outside a village called Dwyran, and overlooks the Menai Straits, which separate Anglesey from North Wales, with lovely views across to Caernarfon Castle on the mainland. The couple who run it originally purchased it as a two bedroom house without any ground, which flooded when the weather was bad. They have gradually built it up by buying various pieces of land around it and developing both the house and the equestrian centre a bit at a time. They now have a large house with a conservatory and a nice walled garden, together with stables, and both indoor and outdoor arenas for riding and jumping. I discovered the B & B from a number of website addresses gleaned from the Anglesey tourist guide. I printed out quite a few sets of information about various places but this one stood head and shoulders above the others. All we had to do was book up and hope that it was as good as it sounded. I have to say here that is was not as good as it sounded – it was much better! They have a ground floor bedroom with a double bed and bunk beds, which has Category 3 National Accessibility Standards access. On the first floor there is a room with a double bed and a single bed and a further room with twin beds. All these three rooms are en suite and equipped with whirlpool baths! There is also a fourth smaller twin room with an en suite shower. The bedrooms were superb. Mom and dad had the ground floor one and Dave and I had the one with the double and single bed. Both were lovely big rooms with co-ordinating furnishings 211; the curtains, bedspreads, lampshades, and cushions all matched. There was central heating in each room together with an electric fan heater to use if it was cold, which thankfully never came out from the bottom of the wardrobe! The bedclothes, towels, bath mat and pedestal mat were all changed midweek as well as at the weekend when the rooms were vacated. The bathroom was fully tiled with a power shower, toilet, sink and the aforementioned whirlpool bath. The bath was fantastic! I bet the people who go horse riding make full use of it! There was the customary tray of goodies – soap, shower gel, mending kit, shoe shine cloth, wet wipes and shower cap, and plenty of fluffy white towels. There was a lot of cupboard and drawer space in the rooms as well as a hairdryer, television, radio and alarm clock. There was a tea tray with a basket containing tea bags (ordinary, speciality and fruit), coffee, sugar, milk, hot chocolate and biscuits. There was a guest’s refrigerator downstairs where there was a constant supply of fresh milk and milk jugs if you didn’t like the UHT milk. We were also told to put anything else we wanted to keep cool in the refrigerator too, such as wine, beer etc!! We were told to make ourselves at home and we were welcome to bring food back to the house to eat either in the conservatory, out on the patio or on the shore. There is also a file in the conservatory giving menus and price lists for the local pubs and restaurants to help you choose where you’re going for your evening meal. Other guests have brought these in, so there’s a recommendation there straight away. They also have a lot of information about the island and the North Wales area including maps to plan walks and drives. They have a file of pictures and information showing the history of both the house and the family in general. The dining room has separate tables for each room or group of people. There is a list of the items that are available for breakfast in each bedroom and you are asked to decide what you want for the cooked part of your breakfast and make a note of it in the notebook in the dining room before 9pm the previous evening. That way you can order as much or as little as you like. You also put the time that you would like to eat – within reason of course! If you don’t change your order you will get the same thing each morning. The breakfast consists of fresh fruit, including grapefruit and prunes, about 7 different sorts of cereals, tea or coffee, fresh fruit juice, toast (made from home-made bread) and home-made strawberry jam and marmalade (delicious!). The cooked part of the breakfast was any or all of the following: Bacon Eggs – fried, boiled, poached or scrambled Sausage Fried bread Tomatoes Baked beans Spaghetti hoops Black pudding Mushrooms The breakfast tasted as good as it sounds and we weren’t very hungry when it came to lunchtime I can tell you! There were three cats living in the house, all of which were still quite young so they were always ready to play and be fussed. They were good mousers too, which is useful with a stable block to keep mouse free! The riding school provides lessons and rides for the locals as well as the guests so it’s advisable to book early in the week if you intend to ride while you’re there. Dave decided to have a go but I was too scared – those horses looked awfully high up to me! He really enjoyed it and was out for about an hour on a one to one basis with one of the riding instructors for £12.50. There are a variety of rides and lessons on offer from private hacks and lessons to group hacks or children’s lessons using lead reins. Obviously the prices differ according to what you do – there is a comprehensive price list on the web site. They will also arrange riding holidays to suit your specific requirements as well. All this and the people are lovely too! I can honestly say that I could not find fault with anything! The website is www.tal-y-foel.co.uk The address is: Lewis and Judy Hutchings Tal-y-Foel Dwyran Isle of Anglesey LL61 6LQ Telephone: 01248 430377 Fax: 01248 430977 Oh and one more thing – it cost us £25 per person per night in July 2001.