Madryn is a good place to stay if you are exploring North Wales on a budget, or are attending a local course of study. I provide simple, friendly, family style accommodation rather than a hotel service.
No smoking in or near to the house. No drugs. Please do not venture into the area used to process bio-fuel.
I am a semi retired, architect, designer, bio-energy consultant, musician (pipe organ), and some may say rather eccentric Englishman - who lives in, and loves North Wales. I sometimes have a teenage daughter when she is not with her boyfriend. I live in an isolated rural location 3 miles from the tiny university city of Bangor, and six miles from the north face of rocky Tryfan in Snowdonia, and fifteen miles from so many lovely beaches around the coast of Anglesey.
I see myself as a host rather than a traveller. I love showing visitors around North Wales, the mountains, lakes, and the fantastic coastline. I have a Gull sailing dinghy to get out on Padarn or Bala lakes, also two kayaks, and buoyancy for adults and children.
Both Bella and I love taking people down local caves and mines, and we have enough equipment (helmets and lights) for at least four people. We always start beginners with easy trips. I also have an SRT rope in a tree for practising Single Rope Technique.
I have a large garden where I grow vegetables and have a polytunel. Behind my house is small refinery for making bio-fuel from vegetable oil, which I use to run vehicles and also to generate electricity. I have an unusual ex-military Landrover 101 truck, than runs entirely on vegetable oil fuel.
I am building a 4 manual cathedral sized pipe organ and have a smaller experimental instrument that is already working, using the Hauptwerk program.
We don't like smoking or any sort of drugs at all, but don't mind some beer or wine. My kitchen is very small so it is best if I do any cooking required. Breakfasts are included in the Airbnb price. Guests are not to wash up, put things away or to do any house work. You are on holiday! My task is to make that as pleasurable an experience as I can.
I treat all guests the same way as I would treat members of my family who visit.
I have a cat called Misty who is very friendly. We may be able to cope with a visiting dog but we have not tried it yet.
The house is not wheelchair accessible.
It is possible to park off the road.
Given prior notice, I can collect visitors from Bangor station (3 miles). I am less than one mile from junction 11 on the A55 / A5. Buses go past the house. I can also take people to Bangor, castles, steam railways, beaches and the mountains etc. and if I am available I can be a guide for treks in the mountains.
I am always making things or doing creative work, so my house may seem a bit untidy, more like a studio or workshop. But the guest bedroom and the bathroom are kept very clean. Staying with me is more of a personal experience than staying at a hotel. If you are seeking a conventional hotel experience then this is not the right place or you. If you are interested in adventure, scrambling in the mountains, lovely beaches, scrounging for natural food, a log fire, and a homely, unfussed atmosphere then you may like this place. The distinction is very evident from the reviews - some people absolutely love what I offer, and a few don't.