As soon as we drove over the cattle grid, down the drive and saw Pandy Isaf , we knew. We knew that was where the next chapter of our life, our adventure, would take us. I once won a Feng Shui consultancy visit. I was working from home, we had just moved in to our house and there was a competition on the radio – to win thousands of pounds worth of furniture. Next thing, I was on the telephone, live on air , talking to Henry Kelly and I got the answer correct. No, I didn’t win the furniture, but I won a Feng Shui visit. Long story short, the gentleman who made that visit told me that a house calls you. That’s how you end up living where you do.
Anyway, that was 2 years ago this month. 2 years ago that we first visited Pandy Isaf and Dolgellau. Now I am greeting guests here, as I was greeted then. It took us nearly a year to get here. But bearing in mind we lived about 4000 miles away and had a house to sell and so much more to organize, time flew.
We arrived in March,
our furniture arrived in April and …
we opened our Bed and Breakfast in June.
So what has our first year in Dolgellau been like? There are so many things that we love about our home, running the B&B, the town and the surrounding area.
The Torrent is on our doorstep and this is a fabulous walk. You would think that the Hobbit was going to jump out from behind the big boulder covered in moss, or they are going to be filming Lord of the Rings a bit further up the track. The waterfalls are spectacular.
The Precipice Walk is a 5 minute drive away and has spectacular views of the Mawddach Estuary.
Then there is Cader Idris !
Dolgellau is a small town with picturesque stone houses and everything you really need. We have a butchers, bakers, (not yet found the candlestick makers) deli, outdoor gear shop, greengrocers, pubs, cafes, restaurants, a wine bar, a post office, a vet, doctors, dentists, a small hospital, a weekly market in the back of the pub, a monthly farmers market, regular live music at a number of different venues, weekly yoga classes, coffee shops and more (but no fast food chains, thank goodness! ). Actually, the local fish and chip shop is for sale….
The mountains, the lakes, the coast, …
… the castles, the forests, the small towns and pretty villages. When people ask what is there to see – it is hard to summarise. It really depends what it is you are looking for and where you have been before. Within an hours drive we also have an Italian themed village (Portmeirion), Zip World, Surf Snowdonia, Bounce Below and as well as the castle ruins dotted around, there are also some fabulous National Trust properties.
We have moved a number of times over the years – to different towns, villages, countries and states within those countries. Everywhere you live becomes part of you and the people who surround you are so important. We have been welcomed with open arms here. Yes, we really miss our friends that we have gathered along the way – but – those extra bedrooms don’t half come in handy ! We had 22 nationalities in our first month and we have had some wonderful guests . And they keep coming back !
Whilst it was the beauty of the area that captured us initially, there were 3 sounds that were unmistakable when we first arrived. The sound of the river at the side of the garden, the birds singing in the trees and the sheep chattering away in the field the other side of the river. Today, these are the sounds of home.