Located in the delightful village of Criccieth this is a wonderful place for a getaway. This property is effectively an apartment in the top two floors of the auction house (a former Methodist chapel), and that connection is apparent the moment you open the door. Everyone who walks in goes 'wow', the sheer size of the main living space is one thing, but it's the object d'art that make the place so fabulous. I would describe it as Victorian gothic - faux medieval, with suits of armour, paintings, and a menagerie of wonderful taxidermy. A fireplace and comfortable sofas provide a cosy spot in which to enjoy the gallery of interesting things.
There are five bedrooms in all which range from luxurious to comfy and functional. The top floor has a double with a view of the castle and small en-suite and a twin room - ideal for a family of four. The downside of the top floor is that it is accessible via a narrow spiral staircase - definitely not disability friendly, and the double room can get chilly with the draughty round window. The family bedroom (for 3) on the main (first) floor is beautifully appointed with a wonderful full en-suite bathroom to luxuriate in. The other common bathroom is similarly appointed and the remaining smaller double and twin are also good if a little less extravagant. There is a wide range of ostentatious antique furniture throughout which strangely doesn't seem to clash with the modern appliances as you might imagine.
The dining room has a wonderfully long table with a large kitchen with more drawers than you know what to do with. Smeg appliances are a nice touch, especially the large range cooker. It can be hard to find objects in the kitchen at first, and these could do with a full review - more sharp knives and lids for pots please! These are minor niggles though.
We stayed with ten people all told including three kids under 10. We thought the lack of garden would be an issue, but the size of the property gave the kids plenty of room to play. That said it's not ideal for very young children 5+ is best. Parking was mostly ok, with private space for one or two cars in a spot opposite, next to a larger public car park. The large TV could have used a DVD player, but we brought a Chromecast and iPads to use with the decent broadband connection.
It's worth mentioning how lovely Criccieth is too. As well as a good number of pubs and restaurants you can see what a real high street used to be like before big supermarkets. Welcoming butchers, grocers, and bakers shops sit alongside craft and gift shops to ensure the basics of living are taken care of as well as the needs of tourists. It's a great base in which to explore Snowdonia and the Ll?n peninsular.
In summary be prepared to be amazed and in awe of this genuinely unique property. A lot of love and money has gone in to making it special. Stuffed animal heads, birds and foxes are not to everyone's taste so be aware of this. However if you want a special venue for a get together with friends or family or a base to explore the wonderful sights of north west Wales you'll be hard pressed to find a better place to stay.