Directly behind and above is Cadair Ifan Goch, a National Trust vantage point with fantastic views. Trail maps are provided for guests and the walk is a good hour and a half.
Why not leave the car behind and take the train?
Just walk down Plas Maenan’s tree-lined drive to the request stop and take the train in either direction. You can join the the Ffestiniog Mountain railway and steam through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, stop off at Betsw-y coed, visit Porthmadog, or the famous Italian village of Portmeirion, go shopping or visit the pier in Llandudno – the choice is endless.
Less than an hour away, why not take the car to the park and ride and spend a day exploring historic Chester famous for its two-storey Tudor shops, roman remains and castle walls. Alternatively, Plas Maenan is just ten minutes away from the stunning gardens of Bodnant and whilst you are there don’t miss the recently opened Welsh Food Centre – too good to miss.
Places to See
A few miles down the road are the world-famous 80 acre gardens of Bodnant, famed for azaleas, rhododendrons and the magnificent laburnum arch. Further on is the wonderfully preserved walled town and castle of Conwy with its harbour and interesting shops.
Many romantic castles are nearby, including majestic Caernarfon, and the area is a mecca for the mountain railway enthusiast with the Snowdonia railway and the Ffestiniog line within easy reach.
You can hop onto the Conwy Valley train at the end of the drive and take the Orient Express route (at a fraction of the price) to the climbing centre of Betws-y-Coed, over Gethin's Bridge to Ffestiniog and through the Snowdonia National Park to the busy harbour town of Porthmadog a good way to spend a car-free day.
Nearby, the popular resort of Llandudno has fine beaches, excellent shopping, a museum and the Great Orme Tramway. The amazing fantasy village of Portmeirion is within easy reach and the Llechwedd Slate Caverns and the Isle of Anglesey should not be missed.
Things to Do
Local activities include golf, sailing, fishing, riding, climbing, walking and white water rafting. There are mountain zoos, marine parks, butterfly farms, tweed mills, water mills, copper and slate mines and many sites of historic interest in the area.
Or perhaps you could just enjoy the wonderful Welsh mountain scenery...
Photos: © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales
Nature, Woodlands & Bats
Plas Maenan is host to a large colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats, roosting in a network of passages in the rock beneath the guest house and emerging at dusk from a ruined folly on the lower terrace. The grounds, which include woodland walks, are designated as a site of special scientific interest.
The location was perfect for our visits to Snowdon and the great castles in the area. Tripadvisor
This country house is in a beautiful location with interesting walks, castles, gardens and the coast all nearby. Tripadvisor
The mountain ranges, the sunsets, the sounds of birds and lambs, and a wondrous mist that settled over the forests and lowered itself to blanket the fields – wonderful! Tripadvisor
I was a lone guest without a car and from the moment I reached this attractive Edwardian country house with magnificent views over the Conwy Valley I was captivated. I could sing its praises endlessly. Tripadvisor
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