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9:00 AM 6th December 2020
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5-Star Boutique ‘Hostel’ In The Heart Of Snowdonia

As the Snowdonia National Park celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2021, Wales’ very own ‘picturesque Paradise’ has revealed a new aspect of itself: a five-star boutique hostel fit for the most aristocratic of walkers!

The Rocks at Plas Curig, a privately-owned luxury hostel and holiday cottage is just a stone’s throw from Snowdon and the Glyderau Mountains and only a short drive from the North Wales coastline.
However, while the stunning landscape is what visitors might expect from a walkers’ hostel, the interior and style of 'The Rocks' is more akin to a boutique hotel, albeit a family-friendly one.
Bedrooms are beautifully designed, spacious and have private showers, there are numerous cosy nooks in which to read and plan the following day’s hike, and outside guests can sit around the new fire pit against a backdrop of Snowdonia’s mountains.

‘The Rocks’ owner Christian Wynne, who has owned and run the hostel alongside his designer wife Annie since 2018, said: “With a love for adventure and the great outdoors, we decided after seven years in Central London that we were finally ready to leave the bright lights.

“We have family links in the area and when we came across the hostel we knew we’d found our home. With Annie’s flair for creativity, we have refurbished the interiors and now 'The Rocks' has the top-notch facilities to match the location and is one of Britain’s finest hostels.”

Wales’ only independent 5-star hostel, the hostel, is perfectly located for outdoor lovers wanting to enjoy the best that Snowdonia has to offer. Situated in the village of Capel Curig, in a building that has been a hostel for over 80 years, ‘The Rocks’ sleeps up to 59 people across 14 spacious bedrooms and dorm rooms.

Dogs are welcome too. The family rooms and dorms contain beautiful built-in bunk beds, with each bunk having a personal charging point, lamp and curtain.

Think quality mattresses, fluffy duvets and the finest Welsh woollen blankets. There is a well-equipped kitchen for communal dining, ample bicycle storage and a drying room for when the Welsh weather gets wild.
Guests can buy local wines, ciders and craft ales from the knowledgeable receptionist and enjoy them beside the fire-pit on the hostel’s terrace, watching the sun set over the Snowdon Horseshoe.

For those looking for an unforgettable party or celebration for up to 65 guests, the entire hostel, along with the cottage, can be hired. This can include a fully-catered option, with local chefs serving the finest Welsh produce, alongside extras such as local gin tastings, yoga sessions and paddleboarding.

Price: a night at ‘The Rocks’ costs from £27.50 per person, depending on room size and season. Dogs cost £5 per dog per night. Exclusive hire is from £1,965 per night, but this cost can be reduced in the quieter midweek months if there are significantly fewer people in the group.

For more information on The Rocks at Plas Curig, visit therockshostel.com or call 01690 720225.