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Last updated: 26 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: David Atkinson

Combining heritage with high jinks, this boutique hotel brings a touch of luxury to the lunar landscape of the former Llechwedd quarry near Blaenau Ffestiniog.

It’s a useful base to explore the wider region, sitting at the centre of Wales’ latest UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel has been tastefully converted from the former 19th-century residence of the quarry founder, by John Whitehead Greaves.

It’s a family-friendly place with 24 stylish rooms, plus a restaurant and bar with décor to reflect its historic past.

There are also glamping safari tents (sleeps four or five people), and new off-grid shepherd’s huts, for a more rustic experience.

Surrounding area

Plas Weunydd is a haven amid the harsh slate-mining heartland. The nearby town of Blaenau is not an obvious stopover, but this stylish hotel is a welcome beacon.

Outside, the Llechwedd quarry hosts adrenaline sports activities, notably the Zip World Caverns, Zip World Titan, and Bounce below attractions. There’s also a 4WD guided tour of the quarry with one of the former miners.

Combine with a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway, getting off at Tan-y-Bwlch station.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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