Christmas Fun in North West Wales - Seiont Manor HotelLast weekend we headed off for a festive break in North West Wales. We love to try and get away at this time of year and it's great to take time out of the hectic pre-Christmas rush to enjoy time together as a family. We headed off for Snowdonia on Friday afternoon, straight from school for the start of a weekend adventure.
First up, the hotel. We were booked in to the Seiont Manor hotel, part of the Handpicked Hotels group, which is situated in between Caernarfon and Llanberis. It's a beautiful country house hotel which we were really looking forward to seeing. From the moment we arrived to our departure on the Sunday we were treated wonderfully and nothing was too much trouble for the fabulous staff on duty. They were all so patient with the children, especially Bud's endless chat. The hotel only has 28 bedrooms so it's quite small compared to some we have stayed in but this made it very personal and the staff really get to know guests over the course of their stay.
We stayed on a bed and breakfast basis and breakfasts were definitely a highlight. Helen, who ran the dining room incredibly efficiently, deserves particular mention. She was so lovely with the children and Bud was so pleased to see her on the second morning. Often in hotels eating with other guests when you have small children can be a daunting prospect but she put us completely at our ease. The breakfast spread was expansive, and catered to every taste. It included local produce like Bara Brith and Welshcakes, local cheeses and hand carved ham, as well as the usual cereals, fruit and pastries. Hot breakfasts were served at your table and included a wide range of options. Ian enjoyed a full Welsh breakfast on both days while I chose the Vegetarian breakfast on Saturday and a Mushroom Omelette on the Sunday. I just wish I'd been able to eat more of it!
The hotel has it's own gym, 40 metre swimming pool and jogging route so lots of ways to keep fit. On the Saturday afternoon we arrived back at the hotel in plenty of time to take advantage of the pool and the children loved having the chance to have a swim. The pool was warm and welcoming, although it isn't manned so parents should, of course be vigilant.
We were staying in a Junior Suite. which was a really spacious room, perfect for a family to share. The room contained a large double bed, a double sofa bed and an additional temporary single, as we're a family of four, even with this the room didn't feel at all cramped. The bathroom was spacious and it was lovely to relax in the bath after the children were asleep. There are lots of nice little touches, like the free WiFi, DVD Player in the room (with DVD library available at reception) and cartons of orange juice left in the room for the children.
It was clear from our stay that many of the guests of the hotel were returning visitors and it's really clear to see why. We'd definitely love to go back. I can wholeheartedly recommend a stay at Seiont Manor for a relaxing, luxurious stay in a beautiful setting.
To find out about the places we visited on our weekend away please see my post - Christmas Fun in North West Wales - Festive Family Days Out, featuring Bodnant Garden, Bodnant Welsh Food and GreenWood Forest Park.
Disclosure: We stayed at the hotel as guests of Attractions of Snowdonia.