Y Goeden Eirin is situated in the hamlet of Dolydd between Bontnewydd and Groeslon in Gwynedd. It was originally a granite cowshed belonging to Hendre Farm, but it was sympathetically renovated as a dwelling house at the beginning of the nineteen eighties. A very successful small licensed restaurant was run there by the present owners for a few years, but the house was then sold, and ceased to be a restaurant.
It was bought back once more by the original owners in 2003, and this year we decided to offer bed and breakfast as well as an evening meal for residents and non-residents in our licensed dining room. Eluned and John Rowlands offer a personal welcome to visitors from around the globe in their home which has a thoroughly Welsh atmosphere and where Welsh is the lingua franca.
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“The welcoming Eluned and John have created an unusually delightful space … Bathrooms are chic. Wonderful food is served alongside the Bechstein in the beamed dining room … a stylish spot from which to explore the country.’
Alastair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay: British Bed & Breakfast (2006)
'Dear Dr John & Mrs Eluned Rowlands, We're just writing to let you know that we've had a deeply complimentary letter, sprinkled with warm sentiments, about you and your home. I know that folk are far more likely to put pen to paper when they feel they have a complaint, so this is praise indeed ... we do appreciate that this glowing feedback is the result of your doing things extraordinarily well.'
Nicola Cross, Editor, Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay: BBB
‘…a superb bed and breakfast establishment that
offers comfortable, spacious yet cosy, accommodation at affordable prices.’
Guide to Rural Wales(2007)
'Heartfelt thanks to both of you, John and Eluned,
for the princely welcome we had at your home recently. You went to considerable effort to ensure a memorable evening for Ngugi and the staff of the School of Welsh, and he left with a special impression of the district and its hospitality. You are Welsh ambassadors of the first rank!'
Professor Gerwyn WiIliams, Head of the School of Welsh, Universtiy of Wales Bangor
‘I will take the memories of your wonderful Welsh hospitality, John’s patience in helping me to pronounce the Welsh language, and above all … the music, both at Bryn’s Opera Gala and here at Y Goeden Eirin, which made me have a “calon hapus”. We’ll meet again.’
Cimarose from the Netherlands and Barcelona
‘Taurus and Leo were satisfied no end … A memorable Sunday and Monday.’
Elin and John Hefin
'Mae croeso anghyffredin
A bord yn ffit i’r brenin
A’r gwely cyfforddusa ‘rioed
Wrth droed Y Goeden Eirin.'
Dic Jones a Siân, Blaenannerch
‘Excellent accommodation in every respect. A house brimming with welcome (with the paintings on the
walls a bonus).’
Anne and John Breese
‘Wonderful to stay in your SIX STAR “cowshed”!
Where else could one find a Bechstein Grand in the breakfast room?’
Peter Fisher (violinist)
‘Lovely rooms, delicious breakfast, fabulous
countryside and such kind and generous hospitality.’
Peter Hewitt (pianist)