Shirley a Yorkshire lass and Jeff a Lancashire lad bought the derelict mill in 2007 after looking nationwide for an unusual property to renovate.
Despite family and friends thinking we were mad, we decided to do all the work ourselves and apart from loosing 2 caravan awnings (1 to a gale & 1 to snow) enjoyed every minute. Spent our 1st night in the mill Oct 2008 no heating or kitchen but thats part of the fun.
A passing comment that the mill would make a great B&B and our next adventure started. Meeting people from all over the world, we should have done it years ago.
To ensure our guests are not disturbed we only accept advance bookings, no signs at the entrance.
Easy walks, well most of them.
A footpath runs through our grounds (next to the stone wall), it leads to a footbridge over the river and on into the village of Bethesda with shops and pubs (10 minutes walk). Incidentally we have a posh new doctors surgery & chemists on your left when on this walk.
In the woods is an old graveyard (through the kissing gate & diagonally left), take a torch when its dark “really spooky”.
About 100m from our entrance is Felin Fawr workshops wander round the back and you’ll find a second hand book shop just past the derelict waterwheel.
The Felin Fawl workshops are also part of the Lon Las Ogwen cycle way and a 30minute walk along the valley will take you to Ogwen bank waterfalls, continuing for about 90minutes up the Nant Ffrancon pass will bring you to lake Ogwen with a café and bus stop to return home.
For stunning views down onto LLanberis & its castle with Snowdon in the background. A 15 min drive and a 20 min walk. On leaving the mill turn right onto the road and then immediately left for Mynydd LLandygai, continue to T junction at the top of the hill & turn right, at next T junction turn left, continue to next T junction (approx 2 miles) & turn right, then take first left turn & down the hill, continue to T junction & turn left, continue approx 2 miles to the end of the road where you will find a turning circle & parking area. Kissing gate gives access for the easy walk to Dinorwic quarry high above llanberis.
If you are feeling more energetic, after parking your car continue along the narrow tarmac road, past the outward bound centre, continuing along dirt track to the end, footpath is on your left down the hill, continue about 300m, turn left at the sign for the barracks, at the other side of the derelict barracks is one of the quarry inclines, up you go to the top, at the top turn left if your legs will let you (large stone to rest on) continue to view point fantastic views, footpath continues to car park with quarry buildings on your right.
Bangor pier, a little gem with coffee & cake at the end. Take the A5 into Bangor & as you come into Bangor, Turn right on the left hand bend just after KwikFit. A few nice pubs here with food, the pier is about 300m along with parking.