I don’t make a habit of reviewing hotels, B&Bs and the like, but I think I’ll have to make an exception in this case. My brother and I had planned to spend some days in North Wales, and we needed somewhere to stay that was conveniently located for the places we needed to get to, and reasonably priced. Geoff did all the research, came up with a shortlist, and we agreed on the Wenallt Guest House in Penrhyndeudraeth as the best option.
We arrived on Wednesday evening, where we were greeted by Ian, who showed us to our rooms. Now I’ve stayed in a variety of hotels over the years, and what I generally expect to be offered is a room with a bed, maybe a chair or two and a table if you’re lucky. What we got at the Wenallt were rooms that would be classed as “huge” by most hotels, complete with a sofa and an armchair and big windows with beautiful views. The en suite bathrooms were well-equipped, complete with toiletries and bathrobes. The TVs had a good selection of channels thanks to Freeview Digital, and there were even free biscuits with the tea making kit.
Breakfast was as good as I’ve had anywhere else – there’s the usual selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurt and fruit juice to start, then your choice of cooked breakfast is prepared to order. Hosts Ian and Sarah like to use local produce wherever possible, and it’s all of the finest quality – I particularly enjoyed the mushrooms. More toast is always on offer, too.
There’s a very useful information folder in the room, which gives information on places to eat, things to do, and places to go. This tipped us off to the local Indian restaurant – the Lemon Tree, where the service was friendly and the food very good indeed.
So, if you’re planning a visit to Snowdonia, or North West Wales generally, you should definitely consider staying at the Wenallt. We liked it so much that we’re planning to go back next year.
During our stay in the B&B, I enjoyed a few cups of tea, opting for the Earl Grey. But I was a little concerned about the packet the tea bag came in. It seems to be trying to be two Lords at once:
But which is it?
 I do that occasionally, makes a change from my usual high-octane coffee
 You know, that bloke who stands on top of a column in Newcastle.
Just had a rather strange email from the KGB. Now I thought they’d been disbanded, renamed or some such after the Soviet Union broke up, but it seems they’re still in business. Their cover is some kind of discount deals operation, but who’s going to believe that?
One of the features of the due out any day now OS X 10.7 (or Lion to give its friendly name) is that the direction of scrolling is reversed by default. After many years of scrolling working the same way, this is likely to cause confusion for many users, though it does mean that iPhones and Macs will now behave the same way, which may be a good thing once we’ve all got used to it.
A MacWorld article alerted me to a little bit of free software that lets you reverse your scroll direction on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. I’ve installed it, and it’s working nicely. It’s definitely a bit odd at first, but I’m getting used to it. This works well with a trackpad – I suspect it would be harder to get used to with a scroll wheel mouse…