At the T intersection of A487 and A470, Cross Foxes nestles at the foot of Cadair Idris right at a nexus of walking paths, and is a reinterpretation of a traditional pub with rooms above. The property was derelict until approximately six years ago, when it was completely renovated and transformed into a welcoming, delightful place to stop, unwind, and climb and walk in Snowdonia National Park. Only four miles from the center of Dolgellau, it is the perfect place to stop off for a night or two while tracing Prince Llewelyn’s footsteps in north Wales.
Cross Foxes lodging consists of 6 rooms, two of which are suites. I stayed in Moel room, which was quite spacious, with an exposed stone wall, gorgeous linens and a Welsh blanket (and hot water bottles, thankfully not needed during my sojourn there). The tea and coffee basket is generous, the bathroom luxurious, and the space serene, with a mixture of greys, purples, and white.
When I arrived after a long drive from Cardiff, I was greeted by friendly staff who were knowledgeable about both the lodging, food, and the local area. On the way up to my room for the evening, I noticed gorgeous local art on the walls, most for sale. And both my evening meal and breakfast the next day were inspired. Sunday evening’s meal started with cockles and laverbread, then progressed to Sunday roast, complete with a Yorkshire pudding that was out of this world. A pint of Heavy Industries’ brew complimented my meal, as did the
involved conversation with the friendly bar staff. I started my meal out on the deck, but moved indoors as the air cooled, and can vouch for both outdoor and indoor seating being comfortable and cosy.
After an extremely comfortable and restful night, I went down for breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed the fresh fruit, homemade granola, and Eggs Royale (similar to Eggs Benedict, but with smoked salmon instead of Canadian bacon). Staff happily changed up the order to add laverbread to my plate, and indicated a general willingness to customise dishes and experiences for guests.
Cross Foxes also offer short breaks that include walking guides, packed lunches, and various meal plans. It’s a fabulous, relaxing place to stay, with welcoming staff, delicious food, and breathtaking views. Stop by for a meal and stay for the night—you’ll be glad you did!!
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