14th Century Snowodnia Cottage on the grounds of an Elizabethan Manor house stone spiral staircase, original oak beams
Laundry-Cottage just oozes character. A unique 14th Century stone built cottage with its original inglenook, hand carved oak beams and a spiral stone staircase. You can almost taste the history in this place. The cottage sits within the grounds of an Elizabethan Manor House, Cors Y Gedol, which was built in 1576 by Richard Vaughan. And, as the name suggest, was used as a laundry for the grand house. But don’t worry, you wont be asked to do any of the ironing during your stay.
As you walk in through the front door the kitchen and dinning area is to your left and the sitting area is to your right. The kitchen is simple but well equipped. The sitting area is comfortable and the living flame gas fire set in the impressive inglenook gives the room that sort of natural focus point. Little things like the material for the hand made curtains and cushions have obviously been carefully selected and add a touch of class to the property. A whitewashed stone corridor leads off to the ground floor twin bedroom and bathroom. Mind your head! Some guests could argue that the bathroom next door is a bit small. But I guess big bathrooms weren’t a priority during the 14th Century, and I think it actually ads to the character of the cottage.
The stone spiral staircase then leads up to a large first floor bedroom. The original cruck timber frame painted black is offset by the whitewashed walls. The irregular lines and texture are a real welcome contrast to today’s straight edges and wipe down surfaces. Perhaps the cleaners wouldn’t agree. Anyway, I could go on about this cottage for ages but I’m worried I’d bore you. 14th Century, stone spiral staircase in the grounds of and Edwardian Manor House. What more do you want?!
The directions to this property read “turn right in the village through the gated entrance. Proceed up the drive for just over a mile..” I should add of course that the ‘gated entrance’ is the original stone structures erected by Richard Vaughan in 1576. The 1.5 mile drive is as straight as an arrow and leads directly to the Hall at the far end. It’s flanked by ancient woods on both sides and the wide grass verges are covered with snowdrops and daffodils in the springtime.
The cottage itself has a large private lawned area which looks out over a field and then some woodland. Beyond that you’ve got the 7 miles of sandy coastline that stretches from Harlech to the north down to Barmouth in the south. The rugged Rhinog mountains provide a back drop to the property and presents a true wilderness for keen walkers. A couple of pubs in the village both serving food. But probably a bit too far to walk after dark.
A quick internet search will show that there are lots of things to do in the area. Adrenaline educing activities as well as more relaxed pastimes. Sites of special historic interest as well as sites of special scientific interest. The world’s your lobster as my gran once said.
Bedrooms: 2 bedrooms
Bathrooms: 1 with shower cubicle
Digital TV +Freeview, DVD Player, Hair-dryer
Sleeps: 4 +cot
Bed Linen: Provided
Cot and High Chair: Provided on request
Location: A 14th Century stone cottage on the grounds of and Elizabethan manor house.
Stayed at the cottage in June the cottage is fantasic for a couple and had everything that you need wonderful welcome pack from the owners thank you for that, books and dvd’s on offer very clean and cosy.
Cottage is about 1 mile from a lovely beach shops and a good pub the Vicoria for good food, we highly recommend this cottage loved it so much and the location, a very pleasant stay thank you to the owners and Dioni all the best from Jill and Ian.
IAN DREW SUFFOLK
"Well it has to be said that it was a privilege to have been able to stay at your ancient little cottage. For some reason I was drawn to it having scoured hundreds of cottages on so many sites and the very clever video with the lovely welsh man clinched it!!
It was like going back in time, the location perfect but we didn’t have time to wander past the Hall where we were told by “Tony” from the Van that there are beautiful walks up there. Perhaps a few ideas for the local walks would be useful left in the cottage. It didn’t help that we had forgot our maps of the area.
The cottage was spotless and the gifts of wine and chocolates after a tiring journey was just the ticket.
My two teenage daughters could not believe their luck that the internet had only just been installed so needless to say they were very happy.
Having found just four days when we could all spend together (not easy to achieve) I could not believe that the four nights which we wanted were free of course the rest of the time appears to be fully booked
You have a wonderful property and must be very proud to share it with others who appreciate it.
Thank you very much I would highly recommend to all my friends"
Deb Seaton and family
"Laundry Cottage is one of the loveliest cottages we have stayed in so far and we have stayed in very many!! We loved the peaceful location, the beautiful walks, the smell of wild garlic, the comfy bed and everything about the place. We were very lucky to have picked a week of fine weather and took full advantage by spending time on the beach. We also travelled on the Cambrian line train which we found to be great value and very comfortable. We were surprised how much the area has to offer and plan to return very soon. Our two dogs Megan and Ferdinand didn’t want to leave and neither did we! I hesitate to recommend Laundry Cottage as I would like to keep it all to myself but I know that wouldn’t be fair. It’s fab!!"
Olwen and Tom Guildford, Leicester