Having done minimal research prior to our stay, we were delighted to find that The Saracens Head is not only a lovely place itself, but also that the village of Beddgelert in Snowdonia is absolutely stunning!
We spent some time exploring the village and shops including the dog friendly Beddgelert Woodcraft where Elsa decided that she wanted a wooden egg to play with… after carrying it to the till, where we duly paid for it, she happily trotted down the street with her new toy!
Beddgelert also has a train station for the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. (Although we didn’t travel on the train that day, we did take Elsa on their train from Porthmadog to Blaenau another day while we were in Wales.)
|Elsa got her very own ‘Rover’ ticket!|
Eating at The Saracens Head
After checking into the hotel and freshening up, we headed down for dinner. We had booked a table, and it was a good job too as it got very busy throughout the evening! Elsa was so tired that she fell fast asleep under the table while we enjoyed a pleasant and relaxing evening meal while sampling some of the local tipple!
The Gelert Room
The rooms have been refurbished beautifully and ooze traditional country style. Elsa was treated to a complimentary dog biscuit but no bedding or bowls were provided so don’t forget to take your own home comforts when staying here with four legged friends. We were in the Gelert room which had a lovely view of the picturesque area to the front of the hotel.
Elsa with her treat that we found in the room
The Legend of Gelert
As we hadn’t done any research about the area prior to visiting, our curiosity about the meaning of the name Gelert/ Beddgelert quickly grew. The free wifi came in handy and when we started Googling we were very interested to find out about the story behind the Legend of Gelert, find out more here.
We found the local area to be quite compact and easy to navigate with plenty of signposted public footpaths. Once we set off we soon found our way to Gelert’s Grave. Surrounded by the Welsh mountains, open fields and more than a few sheep it’s easy to find and a must visit for anyone who wants to experience the tangible local history of the area.
- The Saracens Head has a small car park for guests
- There is additional car parking available in town
- Lots of beautiful areas to walk around, perfect for exploring or perhaps searching for Geocaches
- Phone reception is pretty good and there is WiFi available at The Saracens Head as well as some of the other restaurants/ pubs.
Caernarfon, Beddgelert, Caernarfon LL55 4UY