Visiting North Wales’ best beaches and a stay at Bron Eifion Country House


“Oooh a country house. That sounds fancy.”

My mum and I were searching through the trivago App looking for somewhere to stay for the following night. We were half way through our trivago App Family Challenge whereby trivago had challenged us to use their new app to find family-friendly hotels. We were in North Wales and spent our first night in Portmeirion. We’d loved our time in Portmeirion so our second hotel had a lot to live up to.

The second part of our challenge was not only to find a family-friendly hotel, but to book it at the very last minute. I must admit, I was panicking about leaving our booking until the evening before as I’m much fussier about where I stay when I’m travelling with George.

Luckily, I needn’t have panicked and we found the perfect place at Bron Eifion Country House and quickly got it booked.


Bron Eifion Country House Criccieth

Bron Eifion Country House North Wales

Bron Eifion Country House Lounge

Bron Eifion Country House Reception Room


Baby George at Bron Eifion Country House

Bron Eifion Country House Gardens

Twin bedroom at Bron Eifion Country House

Bedroom At Bron Eifion Country House

Bron Eifion Country House is a 4-star hotel in Criccieth, North Wales. It has a Visit Wales Gold Award and ranks as one of the top 200 hotels in UK and Ireland. It was just 25 minutes from our previous hotel in Portmeirion and we managed to get a large twin room with plenty of space for George’s cot.

The building was constructed in 1883 so it’s filled with gorgeous charm and character. It was the kind of place where I felt like I should be drinking whiskey and smoking cigars in the drawing room. Only it was far too sunny for that so we opted for G&Ts in the sunshine. The staff were friendly, the reception areas were grand and the gardens were beautiful. But when staying at Bron Eifion it’s the surrounding area that’s the main attraction. And what a beautiful area it is.

It’s a 20 minute walk to Criccieth where there’s the stunning beach and Criccieth Castle. You’re also really close to other gorgeous beaches like Pwllheli, Nefyn, Abersoch, Harlech and Porthmadog. You could honestly spend a week here and spend one day visiting a different beach. That would be an amazing holiday!

Porthmadog Beach

Porthmadog Beach

Criccieth Beach

Criccieth Beach

Criccieth Beach

Criccieth Beach

Beach in Criccieth, North Wales


Criccieth Castle, North Wales

Criccieth Castle

Criccieth Castle


Porthdinllaen Beach

porthdinllaen, North Wales


Porthdinllaen Beach


porthdinllaen Wales

Porthdinllaen (again)

porthdinllaen, Gwynedd

Yea, Porthdinllaen is really pretty

porthdinllaen views

OK, last photo from Porthdinllaen

North Wales

Gorgeous views during the drive home

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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • June 8, 2015

    Wow! What lovely beaches and a fab country house! It’s great to read about places to stay in the UK for weekend getaways. I’m off to Wales (south wales though) for a long weekend in September 🙂

    Gemma x

  • June 8, 2015

    I LOVE North Wales, those beaches look beautiful and I have to say, George is sooooo cute! x

  • June 9, 2015

    That’s it, I need to go to Wales. I’m convinced now. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels 🙂

  • June 10, 2015

    I’d really love to visit Wales this summer, I feel bad that I still haven’t been! Your accommodation looks so ideal.

  • June 14, 2015

    I visited North Wales for my birthday in January and it was gorgeous. I can’t wait go go back! Stayed in the perfect little place in Meantwrog.

    Always forget what lovely beaches there are in Wales. Reminds me of Norfolk as they’re so wide and long and virtually empty compared to the likes of Bournemouth & Brighton!


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