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B&B in Running for Most Welsh in the World Award

A Gwynedd B&B owner is in the running for an award for providing the warmest of Welsh welcomes.

Mirain Gwyn has run the Taldraeth guesthouse in Penrhyndeudraeth on the edge of the Eryri National Park for the past eight years and is passionate about the Welsh language, culture and heritage.

She and husband Geraint welcome guests from around the world to the former Victorian rectory, which has a five star Gold rating from Visit Wales.

Now Mirain has been shortlisted for an award at the Gwobrau Mwyaf Cymraeg yn y Byd (Most Welsh in the World Awards) organised as part of the Bwrlwm ARFOR scheme run by Anglesey-based consultancy firm Lafan.

The aim of the competition is to celebrate all things Welsh in business across the four counties with the highest percentage of Welsh speakers, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Gwynedd and Anglesey.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Aberystwyth on June 20.

Mirain said:

“I am passionate about the Welsh language, its culture and heritage and our visitors get a taste of that from the moment they step in through the door.

“It is not just the warm welcome in Welsh that they receive but it extends throughout the guesthouse.

“Guests are offered tea or coffee with homemade Welsh cakes and Bara Brith served on 1970s Portmeirion Totem pottery designed by Susan Williams-Ellis as soon as they arrive.

“The house is full of Welsh antique furniture some of which date back to the 17th century. My father was an avid collector and his influence can be seen in the house.

“It's a shame that the craftsmen who made the dressers did not include their names so their history is lost – unlike the clocks in the house which have the names of their makers on them.

“We have paintings of local scenery by Welsh artists on the walls with Welsh textiles such as Welsh wool tapestry blankets and Laura Ashley fabric and Welsh organic wool duvets and pillows are made locally at Harlech.”

At breakfast guests can feast on locally sourced produce and are often served by Mirain’s young daughters, Anest, 11, and Alis, 8.

“Guests are often surprised to hear us speak Welsh with each other but then understand that the language is the one we use naturally throughout the day. It is what they would expect to hear if they travelled abroad and they are often fascinated to hear Welsh,” she added.

The purpose of the competition is to encourage businesses to use Welsh to boost their bottom line.

A spokesperson for ARFOR said:

“Our aim is to create a buzz around the use of Welsh in a business or commercial environment and how it can help businesses thrive and provide careers for our young people so they don't feel they have to move away.

“We have received dozens of nominations from a variety of businesses across the four counties of Ynys Môn, Gwynedd, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire and those shortlisted for an award are those the judges feel are doing their utmost to use and promote the Welsh language on their premises, their marketing and their social media channels.

“We have 30 finalists and we are conducting a public vote on social media.

“We wish all of them the very best of luck at the forthcoming award ceremony and hope the other nominees continue their good work in using and promoting our language.”

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