When you are travelling through the gorgeous Snowdonia National Park, you will, at some point, need to take a bit of time for yourself to relax, unwind, and refuel with a nice, hearty meal. After all, you will likely be trekking through dense woodland, hiking up the sides of craggy peaks, and tromping your way through swampy marshlands. It’s only natural that you’ll work up an appetite!
Unfortunately, when you’re travelling with your dogs, this is not always possible – many places just won’t let them through the door, especially if you’re after restaurant quality food. Luckily for you, Elen’s Castle is happy to welcome dogs into their bar lounge area, where the menu is exactly the same as the one in their restaurant.
This means that you can enjoy such fine offerings as Conwy Valley lamb shank with mashed potato and leek, served with a rosemary jus, and the wild rice, spinach and honey roast, which comes with a summer veg ratatouille, all while your dog relaxes at your feet without a care in the world.
Make sure you finish your meal with the “Chockarocka” – a white and dark chocolate cream pie – before heading back to your cottage for a well-deserved night’s sleep.
Elen Castle can be found in Dolwyddelan, a small village in the Conwy borough between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Betws-y-Coed.
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The town of Conwy is a popular tourist destination in North Wales, primarily for one major reason: it is home to the rather impressive stone structure that is Conwy Castle, as well as the town walls that accompany it.
Deganwy is a lovely little village in a prime location: just nestled in between the coastal resort town of Llandudno and the historic walled town of Conwy. Sitting on the banks of the Conwy River, it is a fantastic place to visit for a day – explore the village at your leisure, while enjoying the incredible views of the sea, of the estuary and of Conwy Castle.
Conwy Morfa Beach is a large expanse of golden sands, a big, sandy bay that becomes larger and larger as the tide goes out, until it links up with the rest of the beaches around Conwy Bay. It is one of the many beaches of Clwyd that are completely dog friendly – that is, you and your dogs can enjoy the entirety of the beach, at all times of the year.
Escape to the countryside and access nature straight from your front door. These cottages are away from towns and villages but often a short car journey from ammenities.
All of these cottages accept pets so all the family can come on holiday together. North Wales is a great place for dogs with plenty of open space if needed. There's no extra charge either!
Enjoy everything Conwy has to offer by staying in a cottage in and around the town or Conwy Marina. Attractions include Conwy Castle, the town walls, Plas Mawr Elizabethan House, The Royal Cambrian Academy of Art, pleasure cruises and a wide range of shops and restaurants.