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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Twenty plus years ago, my parents would spend a week at the Trefeddian every spring and we would pile all the kids in the car and join them, along with other family members, for a weekend for a lovely family get together. So, plenty of happy memories associated with this place.

My mother-in-law's birthday coming up and we needed somewhere for Sunday lunch, so booked up.

Aberdovey is one of those places that, whilst not exactly stuck in a time warp, hasn't succumbed to the brasher, noisier elements of modern life - an updated bucket and spade seaside holiday kind of place. The Trefeddian is a little way out of the village, on the road to Tywyn, placed above the road, looking over the golf course, the sand dunes, to the beach and the bay. Fabulous views.

As we pulled up to the front door to drop my mother-in-law off (there are a small number of Disabled Access parking spaces right by the entrance) I looked along the front of the hotel and could see a line of panama hats sitting outside enjoying the sun. This for many typifies the clientele of the hotel and, at this time of year, is probably accurate; but this would dismiss too quickly what the Trefeddian has to offer. On a lighter note, good to see that the traditional wooden bench seats have been updated to modern, upholstered garden furniture - much more comfortable to sit in whilst relaxing and admiring that view.

Entering the hotel, we enjoyed a drink before lunch in the bar, also refurbished. This is set at the rear of the hotel - a long, narrow building - so no views, but a pleasant atmosphere.

The dining room is spacious and light, particularly if you are lucky enough to have one of the tables by the windows (which we were). The staff are attentive and friendly and service is good. The menu had sufficient choice for everyone, vegetarians are catered for, from a traditional roast to other, more adventurous choices.

Reading other reviews, there has been criticism that starters had clearly been plated up beforehand. Probably true, but our starters were cold and could easily have been prepared in advance and kept cool; we didn't have a problem with this. Indeed, with an elderly parent in tow, for whom speedy service seems to be an essential requirement of eating out (!) it was a good thing. There was, however, no element of rushing us or feeling that we had to finish our meal; the waitress asked us between each course whether we would like to have a few minutes or move on.

The food was artistically presented, the tableware and linens lovely quality; no paper napkins here.

We enjoyed a relaxed meal in lovely surroundings and were very well looked after.

We retired to the lounges for coffee and tea after our meal. The hotel offers adults only and family friendly lounges, both very comfortable with a selection of large, squishy sofas and more upright, supportive chairs. Coffee was uninspiring, as it often is in hotels. Perhaps the bar offers individual, higher quality, coffees.

We left my mother-in-law relaxing in the lounge with a cup of tea and had a wander around the ground floor of the hotel, a walk down memory lane if you will. What we love about the Trefeddian is that it doesn't stand still. It would be easy to just carry on offering what it always has and it would probably chug along with it's regular and faithful clientele but, over the years, it has undergone extensive refurbishment and decoration and has managed to keep up with the trends, whilst still somehow maintaining those qualities which it's regulars love about it.

We sent pictures of the games room to our adult children, who all responded positively, saying what good memories they had of the hotel. We noticed from the menus available that a Children's Supper is still provided, late afternoon, the drying room is still there for all those swimming costumes and walking gear. The swimming pool has been given a face lift and, as stated before, the lawns at the front have been stocked with ideal lounging furniture.

The bungalow directly next to the hotel has gone and something else is currently being constructed in it's place, another nod to the fact that the hotel doesn't sit on it's laurels, but tries to move with the times.

We have just retired, late fifties/early sixties, and could see potential for holidays here with the extended family; just as my parents used to do, showing that the Trefeddian does know it's market and has managed to keep that on trend.

Definitely worth a visit for lunch, afternoon tea, or try for a stay; this is relaxing comfort, with easy service, where you will get just enough 'posh' without feeling that you, or your kids, have to be on your best behaviour.

A truly multi generational location.

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled with family
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3  Thank FiftyFifty5050
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

There are great sea views from the Hotels gardens, Dining Room, other rooms to sit and enjoy a drink or talk to other guests, bedrooms also have very good sea views across the golf course to the sea. The Five Course Evening meal was excellent, very good selection of food on all courses and certainly no complaints on the Breakfast again great selection available. Sunday Lunch very good. Hotel very clean and all staff friendly and polite at all times. This hotel is very dog friendly and some dogs did tend to bark in the night which can be disturbing at times. Hotel is in an excellent location we really enjoyed our 4 night stay.

Stayed: June 2018
Thank Richard1945
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Reviewed 21 June 2018

This is a grand hotel on stop of a hill overlooking the Dyfi coastline. It’s far from cheap (it was about twice the room rate of all the other hotels I stayed in on this trip), but that includes a huge breakfast and four or five course dinner.
It caters mainly for an older customer base, but if you wanted to somewhere to chill for a couple of days I think it would be great for a couple of any age. Downstairs there are a whole series of different bars and lounges with loads of sofas, books and even a communal jigsaw on the go. However, the room I stayed in was very small especially considering the room rate, although it was wasn't lacking anything important.
The food reflects the clientele, the meals were well prepared, with good quality ingredients but very traditional. There's Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and the staff were uniformly friendly and helpful.
The location is great if you're arriving by car and there is ample parking on-site; a little less so for public transport (which is very limited in the area anyway). It’s a brisk ten minute walk to the station and a little further to the town centre for shops.

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled solo
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Thank Phil S
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Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed our four night stay. Room nicely furnished with matching pine tables etc. Food very good with plenty of choice. Stunning views from front of hotel. Friendly staff. Most of our fellow guests were pension age- children were catered for to an extent but think this really an adult hotel. Feel this should be 4 star-prices a bit high for a 3 star

Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank RooAylesbury
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Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

Thank you for all your help with our stay.
Our wedding had a wonderful start we had wonderful photos in Trefeddian and out side.
Thank you once again.
Trefeddian you made us proud. And the weather was perfect.

Stayed: June 2018, travelled with friends
Thank Elen J
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