Easy Living Magazine
Easy Living magazine February 2013
Llety Bodfor chosen as one of the Top 5 best beach hotels for under £100 worldwide.
A homely bed and breakfast in the dreamy seaside village of Aberdyfi, with all the luxuries of a five star hotel , including plush leather sofas , chandeliers and chunky mattresses.
Book a room overlooking Dyfi estuary and the soft , golden sands of Cardigan bay.
llety BODFOR voted highly commended Best UK Coastal Getaway
The perfect escape, a little piece of tranquility with sea views, beautiful rooms and every attention to detail.
GO CHIC AT THE SEASIDE
North Wales is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK but until recently there was a distinct lack of boutique B&Bs - most places seemed to be a morass of swirly carpets catering for the socks and sandals brigade. Thankfully, places like Llety Bodfor are changing all that. This designer guest house in the peaceful seaside village of Aberdovey nestling in Cardigan Bay is a great find. Taking seaside chic to new heights, rooms are as good as anything you'll find in the hipper resorts of Cornwall and the views will leave you breathless.
If you could draw a picture of a perfect seaside town, Aberdovey (Aberdyfi in Welsh) would be it. Thankfully, the fantasy doesn't end there, as the pretty village is also home to a dreamy hideaway, Llety Bodfor. This seafront townhouse is as far away from a scary B&B as you can image - kitted out with roll-top baths, wooden floors, a dash of retro memorabilia and best of all, sensational views across the estuary and Cardigan Bay. Click here read the full article
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Llety Bodfor, Aberdyfi, Wales
Behind Aberdyfi's golden, powder-soft sands sits the intimate boutique hotel Llety Bodfo. It has just eight rooms, featuring such touches as squishy leather sofas, old church pews and roll-top baths. There's no restaurant, though drinks are available on an honesty basis in the lounge. - The Times, 29th May 2010
Seaside without the tack, and b&b with no trace of chintz. Llety Bodfor, in the lovely Welsh seaside village of Aberdyfi, is a stylish, eight-bedroom boutique hotel. The beautiful sea-inspired décor, Frette sheets and gorgeous chandeliers…Tuck into the Welsh organic breakfasts, and sink into the squashy leather sofas for a tipple in the evenings. - Elle Travel
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Juliet's first experience of staying in Wales involved itchy eiderdowns and scary breakfasts. Fortunately this stylish contemporary townhouse next to the beach in Aberdovey couldn't be further from that, she says. "Expect huge covered beds, giant TVs, pretty, fully stocked bathrooms and mouthwatering morning meals" - The Independent 50 Best British Hotels
‘Toast of the coast’
Picture windows in each of the eight rooms look out across the beach to Cardigan Bay. The rooms are light and airy with roll top baths, widescreen TVs and seaside memorabilia – it might be a set of antique oars or an ammonite from the shore.
At Llety Bodfor, a luxurious boutique hotel, you can even buy much of your room. Had a good night's sleep?
Then take the bed home with you - along with the sofa, the paintings on the walls and the hotel's homemade soap. All the furniture and fittings in the eight bedrooms and suite are for sale.
Designer Ann Hughes grew up in Aberdyfi but moved to Cardiff before returning to open the hotel with her husband Gareth and their children. 'We've come home for exactly the same reason as the tourists come,' said Ann.
'People are looking for a natural quality of life, a return to old values lost. They want the British seaside as it used to be,' she says, 'but with comfortable accommodation. I think everyone expects their holiday home to be at least as comfortable as their own.'
Each room at the Bodfor is individually decorated and furnished in contemporary style, using furnishings sold in her adjoining shop, Seld (it means Welsh dresser).
The overall effect is one of comfort and designer elegance, but without pretension. The warmth of the reception at the Bodfor and elsewhere in Aberdyfi is an essential part of the resort's appeal.
More than a B & B but not quite a boutique hotel, Llety Bodfor, in the pretty mid-Wales coastal village of Aberdyfi, is a real find.
Part of a pastel-painted terrace of Victorian townhouses, the exterior gives little away, but inside, Llety Bodfor comes into its own. The welcoming lounge / bar / breakfast room is all funky sofas and rustic furnishings, with pleasing touches such as a collection of LPs for guests to play, and an honesty bar... views across the estuary and out to sea.
The bed was big and comfy, and the look — Frette linen, brown leather sofa, wide-screen TV and DVD player — was both contemporary and homely... and the bathroom oozed sexiness: roll-top bath, powerful shower and White Company smellies.
Llety Bodfor brings back memories of childhood seaside holidays in terraced Victorian B&Bs - except that the blend of modern and traditional designs in this townhouse hotel is far more stylish than anything you experienced as a kid.
Rooms are open, airy and elegantly decorated with leather sofas, widescreen TVs and tremendous views across the Dyfi estuary and of the boats bobbing in the harbour. The townhouse style also makes for a great place to hang out and relax if the weather turns sour.
Excellent breakfasts are provided in the lounge, featuring local specialities such as leek and laverbread tart with Pant ys Gawn goat cheese, and Anglesey smoked salmon. The menu changes daily.
The recently renovated Bodfor Hotel in Aberdyfi is one of interior designer Ann Hughes’ latest projects. And with such fantastic views from every window, who could ask for anything more?
Ann and husband Gareth worked with a local builder to completely renovate and rejuvenate the house and the end product is quite stunning, with the attention to detail meticulous. Llety Bodfor is a relaxing and harmonious haven.
The elegant downstairs offers a comfortable seating and eating area as well as a shop with the three-floor luxury serviced accommodation consisting of a self catering apartment and four suites, two large double rooms and two single rooms. All the rooms are light and spacious, contemporary and classic.
llety has spacious, clean rooms enlivened with details such as driftwood furniture, wooden blinds, a harp, and old chunky radiators. The views are inspiring: the townhouse is on the sea front, with Snowdonia National Park behind.
Stout townhouses look out to the sandy beaches of Aberdyfi along Bodfor terrace and one of these is llety Bodfor. The reception doubles as a shop and the downstairs lounge features leather sofas, driftwood furniture and a harp. Rooms are simple wooden floors and little designer touches and most have two big windows offering sea views of Cardigan Bay.
WHERE CAN I MAKE A SPLASH?
You don't need to spend a fortune to stay in some style on the Welsh coast. One of the most glamorous seaside options is Llety Bodfor (01654 767 475; www.lletybodfor.co.uk; doubles from £115, including breakfast and newspaper). It's a B&B in a classic Victorian town house beside the water in pretty Aberdyfi, on the Cambrian coast. The eight light and spacious bedrooms are comfortably chic, with warm colours, leather sofas, roll-top baths - and great views across Dyfi Estuary and Cardigan Bay. The sleek looks have been created by the owner (and interior designer) Ann Hughes, whose attention to detail extends to the epicurean breakfasts served downstairs at a large communal table