It’s probably true to say that there’s nowhere else quite like St Curig’s in North Wales.
Ancient and modern stylishly combine in this B&B set within a 19th century church in the mountain village of Capel Curig.
Where else can you sleep beneath a carved stone pulpit, enjoy a hot tub under the stars or play table tennis beneath a fabulous 19th century mosaic ceiling? And all with lovely views of Snowdonia’s mountains from every window…
This was the vision Alice Douglas had when she first came to the village ten years ago and decided to make the church her home.
The story of the conversion, a rollercoaster ride through planning regulations, builders and love affairs was described in Alice’s fortnightly Sunday Times column.
So, it’s probably also true to say that there’s nowhere else like St Curig’s for atmosphere.
There are four stylishly designed, comfortably sized, en-suite rooms, two with hand-carved four-poster beds and two twins. There are another two doubles with shared bathroom one of which has a sofa bed that is popular with families.
A bunkroom with four beds is ideal for walkers and climbers as well as being a favourite with teenagers. The room is shared, as are the slightly bracing bathroom facilities, but the view to the Carneddau mountains and access to all the other facilities – including a drying room – make this a bunkroom with a difference.
Breakfast is served at a large communal table in the spacious kitchen on the mezzanine level giving a bird’s eye view of the church’s glittering mosaic ceiling. A hearty full Welsh breakfast, that will power you up any of the surrounding hills or fuel you through a day of sightseeing, is served here. But lighter options are always available too.
For refuelling in the evening, three pubs serving meals are in easy walking distance and there are good restaurants within a 20-minute drive.
On a typical weekend, the B&B is full of walkers and climbers, families, writers, photographers, romantics … and there’s never a dull moment.
This is a family home, with all the toys pets and friends that that involves. You’re likely to be greeted by Brecon, the friendly German Shepherd, and the cats may want to curl up next to you on the sofa. But, if you’re not a dog person, let Alice know and she will keep him inside when you arrive.
It’s also worth knowing that the atmosphere at St Curig’s at times can be that of a house party. And, because of the nature of the building, those lying-in may hear some noise in the morning from early risers keen to get out on the mountains.
That said, all guests are asked to keep noise to a minimum after 11pm when the pinball machine is switched off and the table football machine is off-limits.
By then most guests are ready for their beds and a good night’s sleep in preparation for another day out in Snowdonia…