(Vale of Ffestiniog) - Luxury Self Catering for up to 8 people in the Vale of Ffestiniog, Snowdonia, North Wales.
You certainly won’t drive past this one by mistake. Capel-Maentwrog, a converted 19th Century Calvinistic Chapel is a genuine landmark building. But as impressive as the exterior is, our fondness for this chapel was only further enhanced once we stepped inside. The huge lofted living space over 9m (30ft) high with polished slate floor and spiral staircase is truly inspiring. Everything about this property exudes luxury. From the piano black kitchen units to the Italian marble bathrooms with Villeroy & Boch fittings right down to the subtle floor level lighting. But it’s the space that stimulates your senses. Majestic windows allow an extraordinary light to flood into the chapel. More subtle perhaps are the acoustics. There seems to be a richness of sound as well as vision in this space. My recommendation would be to play a ‘Bruce Springsteen’ CD at full volume to help wake up the children. But you may have other preferences.
So, to describe the living arrangements. On the ground floor you walk through from the lounge into the dining and kitchen area. Big dining table so plenty of room for 8 guests as well as fully fitted kitchen complete with high spec appliances. A smaller side door provides wheelchair access. There’s also a ground floor loo.
We return to the lounge to ascend the steel spiral staircase up to the suspended first floor. One large en-suite twin room and one king size double bedroom, also en-suite. This double room has a partitioned child’s bedroom with plenty of room for a cot or small day bed. (Both provided). The styling is of course immaculate and the bathrooms are massive.
Up the spiral staircase once more and we have a further two double bedrooms. The original arched windows have been cleverly utilized up here to provide a dramatic wash of light over the marbled floors. One more bathroom up here with a nice big bath.
The Chapel backs onto Coedydd Maentwrog one of several woodland reserves in the Vale of Ffestiniog and a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ where ‘a complex mosaic of mosses, liverworts and ferns has evolved’. There are lots of footpaths accessible directly from the chapel.
The village itself was founded by the influential Oakley family who gained their wealth from mining slate in nearby Blaenau Ffestiniog. Slate from this area is said to have roofed the world. Its export was facilitated by a narrow gauge railway that ran from Tan Y Bwlch to the awaiting ships in Porthmadog. The steam train that continues to run along this line only carries tourists now. But its meandering route through un-spoilt countryside along the banks of the Dwyryd River makes it a must for all guests to the area.
Maentwrog, or Twrog’s stone is said to have derived its name when the giant Twrog hurled a huge bolder from a nearby hill into the village destroying a pagan alter. The stone still stands in the church courtyard, the giants thumb and finger prints clearly visible on its surface.
As well as giant imprinted rocks the village has two nice pubs serving food. Porthmadog, a popular shopping destination is a 10 minute drive away as is the historic town of Harlech with its world renowned golf course and historic castle. There are too many outdoor activities to list. But send me an email if you have any particular interests.
"Wow, what an amazing house, breathtaking scenery. We had a fantastic honeymoon here. Thanks so much. X"
Mr & Mrs Goold
"A great place in a great place – what more can we say. Had a great week. Recommend it? YES!"
Wilding and Playfor Family
"What a fantastic stay in an amazing unique property. The photos just don’t do it justice. I know that we are all going to miss the picturesque views from the balcony. I wish the sound system at home sounded as good as this one! Great for relaxing with a glass of wine and great company. Thanks. Andy.
I wasn’t sure what to expect but this place certainly beat any ideas I may have had. It has a wonderfull ‘feel’ to the place and I felt comfortable from the moment I walked in. I had an excellent break and look forward to my next visit. James"
Andy, James, Justin, Richard, Riaan, Denise, Isobel. South London