North Wales B&B with a difference2

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Esplanade, Penmaenmawr, Wales LL34 6, United Kingdom

We still have availability for some dates throughout April 2014, for the Double Bedroom. Please see calendar.

The Space

Free wi-fi internet connection, near to A55 express way, Manchester 1.5 hours away, close to all the major North Wales climbing areas including The Great Orme and Llanberis. The owners, Jim & Julia, are very active climbers and fell runners and know the region like the back of their hands! In addition to this Jim operates a guided trail/ mountain running & walking service called "Run to The Hills (North Wales)". He is also Single Pitch Award (SPA) qualified to instruct basic rock climbing skills and techniques and they can direct you to all the best rock climbing & running venues in the area . Clean bright rooms and a great breakfast is guaranteed. Evening meals can also be provided on request.

Tariff is £25 per NIGHT per PERSON.
£500 per month (Nov-March) & £600 per month (Apr-Oct) per PERSON.
£950 per month(Nov-March) & £1050 per month (Apr-Oct) for COUPLES.

We are also ideally placed to accommodate competitors in events such as, the legendary Snowdon International Race (every July), Snowdonia Marathon (October) and the "Slateman", "Sandman" and "Snowman" triathlon events. Competitors in the annual "Etape Eryri" cycle race are also welcome.

We encourage LONG TERM RENTAL for individuals / couples & students (studying at Bangor University) in excess of two months or longer, please contact us for a special rate.


Accommodation comprises of a nicely presented,
- Bedroom No.1: A Double bed room with new en-suite toilet and wash basin, 22" Flat Screen TV with DVD player and plenty of storage.

- Bedroom No2. A Single "Cottage style" attic bed room (no en-suite) with 16" Flat Screen TV with DVD player.

* Downstairs shower room and bath.
* All rooms have tea & coffee making facilities.
* Free access to laundry facility and kitchen.

The property overlooks the sea with STUNNING views across the Menai Straits towards the Isle of Anglesey. The village of Penmaenmawr is also is within easy reach of the historic castles of Conwy, Beaumaris, Penrhyn and Caernarfon. Regular public transport (rail/bus)links to the towns of Llandudno, Bangor and the Roman City of Chester (see further info. below).


Penmaenmawr is famous for its quarrying heritage (a bit like most of North Wales really!!). "Craiglwyd Quarry" began extracting stone in 1834 and continues to this day... albeit a much scaled down operation! The rock is extremely hard 'Diorite' and is used mainly for road and railway construction. There are many fascinating high level walks that include the remains of the old quarry. It is also possible to climb further up the hillside and reach the historic 'Druids Stone Circle (Meini Hirion) which lies on the windswept moorlands high above the village. This well-preserved relic of Prehistoric Britain is around 3,000 years B.C! In addition to this, there is also a Prehistoric Axe Factory nearby. This was one of the most important stone axe manufacturing sites in the whole of Europe.

Today, Penmaenmawr is a very popular seaside village benefitting from clean 'Blue Flag' beaches and easy access.

We offer the following guided, qualified and fully first aid trained, instruction for the following activities. This should be paid separately and on the dates chosen :
1. SNOWDON DAY: £45 per person (£ 80 couples) Including transport, packed lunch & guided climb up and down of Snowdon Mountain, The highest peak of Wales & England at 1085 mtr. Choice of routes - All 'Energetic' ( 10-12 miles) required a reasonable level of fitness.

2. ANGLESEY (HOLY ISLAND) DAY: £45 per person (£ 80 couples). Experience spectacular Coastal Scenery around North & South Stacks and Holyhead Mountain. 6 - 14 miles, depending on ability and fitness. Price is including transport, packed lunch.

3.ROCK CLIMBING DAY: £55 per person (£ 100 couples) Introduction to Welsh Rock Climbing, including transport, packed lunch and specialist equipment.

Guided itineraries can be arranged on request. Please consult with Jim & Julia directly. Price on application.

Why not try your hand at a 30 metre abseil down a sheer rock face into a spectacular river gorge ? We offer a half day abseil experience in the beautiful Lledr Valley (near Betws-y-Coed). You will be expertly shown how to descend a vertical rock face - all in complete safety from someone who has been involved in climbing for over 30 years. Cost per person: £40 (including all equipment and transport to and from the site).


Conwy Town and its famous castle are approximately 4.5 miles away and well-served by regular public transport. Conwy's spectacular castle was built in the 13th Century for the King Edward 1st. Today it is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. One can marvel at its huge, preserved towers and ramparts. A tourist walk around the castle walls gives a completely different view of the streets and quaint alley ways below. Conwy is also famous for the 'UK's SMALLEST HOUSE'! Measuring a mere 3m high x 1.8 m wide, this tiny one-up, one-down was once owned by a 6 foot high fisherman! There is also a good range of pubs, restaurants, cafes and fish & chip shops.


Llandudno, with its lovely pier stretching out to sea, is an excellent example of a Victorian- Era seaside resort. Bustling with hotels and all major high street stores, Llandudno is a great place to go shopping for gifts etc. Nearby is the Great Orme Copper Mines where tourists can visit this 4000 year old Bronze Age site and journey along its network of underground passages. Archeological excavations still continue to this day and visitors can see how our anscestors turned copper ore into valuable metal.


Penmaenmawr is within very easy reach of the beautiful Isle of Anglesey with its rugged, sea cliff coastline, world famous Menai Suspension Bridge and moated, Beaumaris Castle.

Mount Snowdon at 1085m is Wales' (and England's for that matter!!) highest peak. The village of Llanberis sits at its base and is an ideal destination for anyone interested in outdoor sports such as mountain walking, running, rock climbing/scrambling or kayaking. Llanberis can be reached in sub-thirty minutes from Penmaenmawr by car.

Local 'SAVER' (WEEKLY/MONTHLY) bus passes can be purchased in the University City of Bangor. These passes are valid throughout most of North Wales. They represent a huge saving over multiple daily ticket purchases. Ideal for anyone wishing to visit/ tour any/ all of these attractions and more!!

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 2
Extra people: $43 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $260 /week
Monthly Price: $1039 /month
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Me and my boyfriend had an amazing stay with Jim and Julia. We went to north Wales for an active outdoors trip and we could not have had a better time. Our highlight was going climbing with Jim and Julia whose expertise helped us achieve some difficult climbs, and they may have introduced us to a new favourite hobby. The advice they gave us on activities to do was excellent. Jim's expert knowledge of Snowdonia led us up a rather nerve-racking route which had spectacular scenery and really appealed to our active nature. Jim also took my boyfriend on a run in the mountains showing him the best trails and views north Wales has to offer. Finally Jim and Julia are just great people and we really enjoyed getting to know them and would love to meet up or climb with them again in the future. Stay in touch.

    April 2014
  • I decided to take some time out before starting a uni degree. I could not have chosen a nicer couple to spend it with. Both Julia and James were very welcoming.
    My bedroom was perfect and the rest of house was spotless.
    Breakfast was more than adequate.
    I would definitely stay again, also it was convenient for being close enough for me to visit my grandmother.
    I enjoyed to walk up Snowdon and was pleased with myself that I done it in good time. I should thank James for that as he set the pace and was encouraging. It was tough and grueling at times but the reward on reaching the summit made it all worthwhile.

    April 2014
  • James and Julia were really nice and welcoming.
    We had a great stay. They both have very good knowledge of the area and can suggest an infinite amount of things to do.
    Absolutely recommended ;)

    March 2014
  • We stayed with James & Julia for two nights and found them to be really lovely hosts who take a lot of time to help you plan out what you would like to do in Snowdonia. Finding the place can be a little tricky but most of the neighbours are really friendly and will direct you in the right way. The place itself has great views out to the ocean and is very clean. The room is a little small but as we were not staying for very long this was good for us. The place is also very conveniently located if you want to head out trecking, to Conway Castle, Electric Mountain or the Slate museum. Overall I would recommend staying here if you are around Snowdonia!

    November 2013
  • My wife and I very much enjoyed our six day stay with Jim and Julia. In addition to being terrific hosts, they provided valuable insight to the special and varied opportunities northwest Wales provides visitors.

    Their location, between Conwy and Bangor was perfect for the day trips we scheduled throughout the area.

    Finally, we especially enjoyed getting to know Jim and Julia on a personal basis. We left their home after our stay feeling that we had made two new international friends that we would welcome the chance to reconnect with again sometime in the future.
    Regards, Jim and Susan Eaton, Minneapolis, MN USA

    October 2013
  • James and Julia were very welcoming and the bedroom was clean and comfortable - including tea tray and sweets! Lovely views from living room and breakfast table. James has fantastic knowledge to share about the area - both for walkers/climbers and tourists. He suggested a guided walk which I didn't have time to do this visit, but definitely want to come back again and take his offer up.

    September 2013
  • Very good experience. Jim and Julia have fascinated us with his personality and his life story. We felt at home chatting with them and listening to their tips on what to visit in the area. They know very well the area in which they live. One day Julia accompanied us along the nature to see a waterfall. The experience was magnificent. Jim and Julia ... well done!

    September 2013
  • James and Julia are the perfect hosts. James has such a knowledge of the area and will go out of his way to help. I had a great time at the zip wire but would have loved to have gone up Snowdon with a guide who is know to RUN up the mountain for FUN.


    will definately come again

    August 2013
  • Great Time outdoor and indoor with James and Julia. We had a very pleasant stay in a very clean house with kind hosts. James guided us in a tour on the mountains training the kids in rocks climbing and Julia cooked for us a very indonesian dinner...delicious. Best place in North Wales.

    August 2013
  • Very clean and comfy room with a great view! The hosts a very helpful and polite. A great stay in a great BnB. Easy to find and good to stay! Recommended!

    August 2013
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JIM KELLY: Jim Kelly was born in London in 1963. He first entered outdoor sports whilst at school in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Climbing became his main passion with early ascents of Alpine Peaks such as Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa/ Dufourspitze between 1982 and 1983. Thereafter, Jim went on to instruct climbing and caving at several outdoor centres in England and Wales. In 1988 he moved to Sheffield in order to undertake a degree in Sports and Recreation Management. It also allowed him plenty of time to climb in the Peak District! Most recently Jim moved to North Wales where mountain running has become a new ‘obsession’ with him. It also happens to be where he met Julia, his wife. In his 18 months of running Jim has completed both the arduous Snowdonia Marathon (his first ever marathon attempt!) in 03:44:05 and went on to complete the International Snowdon Run in a very respectable 01:35:07. Although Jim now works in retailing, guide book writing and feature writing for running and climbing magazines is increasingly absorbing more and more of his spare time. With several other titles in the pipelines, the future looks set to become a whole lot busier for him! JULIA KELLY: Julia Kelly was born in Indonesia in 1967 where she trained as a merchandising manager for many big-name designer fashion houses. She came over to the UK in 2007 where she met and married Jim. Julia has keen interest in rock climbing, mountain scrambling, photography and design. Her knowledge of information technology has been invaluable in the production of this guide. Most recently Julia & Jim have established “Run to the Hills(North Wales)” guided off-road running services for beginners and experienced runners alike. "A MOUNTAIN RUNNER'S GUIDE TO SNOWDONIA" REVIEWS : * REVIEW 1 : By Martin Cortvriend (Welsh Fell Runners Association Newsletter December 2010) It was early December, and Santa, in the form of TrailGuides editor Keven Shevels, arrived early, a crisp new copy of A Mountain Runner’s Guide to Snowdonia landing on my doorstep. I became acquainted with Keven purchasing the company’s pocket training guides on all things off-road running which proved very popular prizes at IMRA races in 2008 and 2009. TrailGuides have published a significant number of walking guidebooks over the past years, but this is their first guide with mountain runners in mind. Volumes of this genre are scarce: Steven Fallon covers “Classic Hill Runs and Races in Scotland” while two books detail the Rocky Mountains (“Running Colorado’s Front Range” by Brian Metzler and Steven Bragg’s “Run the Rockies”). It is the publishing company’s largest running book so far (at 192 pages) and the first in full colour (indeed richly adorned with pictures). The new cover design template is sleek and, all things considered, adds-up to warrant the retail price of £18.99 also considering the limited print-run. Hill running remains a niche-market, even if a growing one, a fact we may cherish on reflection. Let me move on to what I liked in particular about the book. Firstly, as a mountain runner I appreciated the sympathetic vision that author Jim Kelly brought to the book. He clearly loves Snowdonia in the way Kenny Stuart loves his Lake District, Kevin Shevels his Cheviots, and I my Wicklow Mountains, and what mountain runner would not like to see their favourite areas best runs put to print? The book early chapters deal with where to stay, where to eat and other basic information before launching into a description of the Ferguson Grading System. Here-in routes are rated from 0 (easiest) to 16 (hardest) across three categories (Trail, Fell, and Mountain) and five aspects of the route: Distance, Navigation, Terrain, Remoteness and Height Gain, a comprehensive system which left me missing only the total climb of the route (route descriptions provide starting and finishing elevation and gradient). You can use the Ferguson rating to get a quick idea of each run and the author has extracted a wide span of routes to cater for runners of all levels. You will find a selection of entry level routes, the easiest rated “4”, such as the popular 5 mile Moel Y Ci fell-race, and the hardest a series of runs rated at an ominous “13”. These more beastly challenges include the Nantlle Ridge Circuit consisting of “long grassy ridge slopes and cwrms with intervals of steep rocky sections and easy scrambling” or the Peris Horseshoe Circuit (based on the Peris Horseshoe race) with a daunting 17.5 miles and this advice from the author “It would be totally inadvisable to attempt this route in bad or uncertain weather.” The many, like this reviewer, who were introduced to Snowdonia through the International Snowdon Race, would rightly expect to see the route as part of the book and we are not disappointed. The low rating of “7” may not be recognised by all former competitors but the description of the gradient certainly plays on the memory, to pick a snippet: “This route is sustained uphill with some steep sections. Fast, hard your knees and don’t trip!” Apart from descriptive text and a Ferguson rating, the book provides everything I would imagine to need should I venture into Snowdonia: You have a rough map (with information on what map to buy for the area), key grid references, expected time, starting point, and notes on access (always crucial). I felt suddenly more closely acquainted with most routes reading through the detail which both goes into the terrain (“the terrain is a cocktail of steep rocky paths, loose scree, high rocky pinnacles, steps and ridges…”). The bulk of detail for each route is dedicated to step-by-step instructions accompanied by pictures, no lack of humour and colourful commentary, and even a sly dig at hill-walkers footwear! The author does not intend to dumb down the content or leave us with the false impression that you can simply pick up the book and go out with no further preparation, the raised finger in the description of the “Snowdon Horseshoe” a warning to all: “Despite its “marketing” as a tourist attraction, regrettably, it (red: Snowdon) claims several lives each year, often through personal negligence and/or inexperience”. A Mountain Runners Guide to Snowdonia is tightly edited throughout except for the unfortunate “forward by Kenny Stuart” on page 7, but this is quickly forgotten as you enjoy the old champions opening. Once I put down the book, I felt inclined to join in on Kenny’s encouragement for TrailGuides to publish a series on the Lake District. While no guidebook is likely to ever surpass Wainwright’s seminal series, unbolting the door to the Lakeland fell-racing routes would not be a redundant effort. What did I miss? Well my first instinct was to look for the Welsh Three Thousand Foot Challenge and the “Paddy Buckley Round” but these are not confined only to Snowdonia and, as the author points out in the early chapters, are aptly covered by Roy Clayton and Ronald Turnbull’s meritorious “The Welsh Three Thousand Foot Challenges”. In any case, you will find several parts of the Paddy Buckley as separate routes among the total twenty-five on offer (such as the afore- mentioned Nantlle Ridge Run). I gladly place A Mountain Runner’s Guide to Snowdonia next to its older cousin on my bookshelf and while lighter on exposition, it is certainly the easier of the two books to bring with you and apply in the field, thanks in no small part to the sturdy binding and durable cover. If you’re interested in Snowdonia already, you should buy this book, if you’re looking for ideas for a running holiday, you should buy this book and if you are merely curious or a collector of mountain running books, the advice still stands. * REVIEW 2 BY RENE BORG Borg Mud, Sweat and Tears website January 2011 There are dozens of guides for walkers in Snowdonia lining the bookshelves of outdoor stores from Betws Coed to Caernarfon to Conwy not to mention hundreds of B & B’s and guest houses in between. Not any on running in Snowdonia - they’re rarer than hen’s teeth, although I did read an excellent book on the Welsh 1000’s some years ago (which will have to be rewritten in the light of the remeasuring of Glyder Fawr!) Jim Kelly’s book is therefore a very welcome production and he’s clearly had a most enjoyable time putting it together. His chapters consist of a list of 25 routes in Snowdonia, most of them traversing much the same ground as some of the many mountain races in the area. This includes classic routes such as the Carneddau and the Peris Horseshoe but Jim has also included some shorter circuits based on Mike Blake’s Tuesday nigh t race series. Maps are included with grid references and a detailed description of each route and the type of information included is just what a runner would want to know about the terrain, etc. The format is easy to follow and, being used to the ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ categorization of fell races, I was interested to see the more detailed Ferguson Grading System applied to each run. So often during race s I have wished that I’d previously recce’d the route and although this book does refer to many specific races it should not be relied on as an authoritative guide to race routes. Race organiser’s (including me!) have a habit of changing routes for various reasons. In some cases Jim has described the specific race route as with the Snowdon Mountain Race, in others he has, understandably, devised an alternative more interesting circuit than the straightforward up and down race route (e.g. Cnicht, Moel Hebog and Moel Siabod). Furthermore the Moel Wnion route follows a quite different circuit to that of James McQueen’s race in March and Jim has managed to shorten the Tal-y-Fan route by a couple of miles. Nevertheless the various routes stand on their own as excellent runs in their own right and I’m sure even the most traveled runner will find something new in this book. I’m particularly tempted to try the alternative descent of Cadair Idris! In short it’s an excellent book full of useful and detailed information about the varied and beautiful running terrain to be found in Snowdonia. It’s amply illustrated with plenty of photos taken by Julia Kelly – quite a lot depict Jim himself either racing the race or in a more relaxed mode with a grin on his face. If only I ’d known in advance I could have sent him one or two photos of me to include as well! BOOK 2 "A Trail Runner's Guide to North Wales is available NOW.
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