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Barmouth lies along the North Western coast of Wales, wrapped around Cardigan Bay at the mouth of the River Mawddach. Early 20th-century advertisements for the resort town would sell a visit "for mountain, sand and sea", and they hit the nail on the head. It's not just the long stretches of golden sand and the lapping of the ocean near your Barmouth bed and breakfast. You're just a stone's throw from the mighty Snowdonia National Park, with its glistening lakes and granite peaks. During the summer, the town bursts into life with families coming for nostalgia-inducing donkey rides along the beach, to drop crabbing lines into the sea to catch supper or gorge on freshly fried fish and chips. Lazing on the beach might not be an option during the cooler months, but if you're looking for a little seclusion, cosy pubs serving up British fare and spectacular walking trails without the crowds, it might be just the ticket.
The bed and breakfasts in Barmouth have always been the accommodation of choice for adventurers looking to hike in Snowdonia and families who want to bask on the sunny beaches. Some are housed in the handsome Georgian townhouses that line up along the promenade, overlooking the beach and the glittering ocean. If you're looking for budget options, try 1 of the traditional B&Bs a little further away from the beach – they offer more than you'd expect for the price. Alternatively, the country cottages found just outside the seaside town provide access to mountainous walking trails that start right from the doorstep. Whatever you're looking for, search through the extensive listings on Expedia to find the perfect match. Here, you can scroll through the descriptions and photos, then book in just a few clicks.
When you check into your guestroom you'll find everything you might expect from a hotel, particularly in the boutique Barmouth B&Bs, where spacious ensuite bathrooms stocked with toiletries, big double beds covered in crisp linen sheets and flat-screen TVs on the walls are the norm. If you're looking for a place to park your car or a family-sized room, the friendly owners are always accommodating. When you get back from a day at the beach or a hike up in the mountains, you can kick off your flip-flops or muddy boots and enjoy a little afternoon tea. Each morning, you can awake to the sound of the ocean lapping against the sand. There'll always be a home-cooked breakfast waiting for you downstairs. If you're not sure about what to do for the day, you could always ask the owners, whose insider knowledge of the area is invaluable. Have you thought about combining your seaside retreat with a few days in the capital, Cardiff?
It's hardly surprising that most of the things to do near your Barmouth bed and breakfast are centred around the sea. A good starting point is the pretty harbour, where you can see the yachts bobbing on the waves, cast a line to hook a fish or try to catch sight of the dolphins jumping in Cardigan Bay. There are several quayside attractions that are worthy of some time away from the beach. You can step back in time at the late 19th-century Sailors' Institute, discover the history of Victorian Barmouth at Ty Crwn or marvel at stories of brave sea rescues at the RNLI Lifeboat Museum. If time permits, you won't want to miss a trip on the Fairbourne Steam Railway, from which you can appreciate the beautiful surroundings. Alternatively, see if you can score some tickets for the amateur dramatics at the Theatr y Ddraig.