This impressive grade two listed period self catering cottage near Betws Y Coed in North Wales provides the perfect base for outdoor enthusiasts wanting to explore the Snowdonia National Park.
An imposing iron studded door leads guests through a small porch into a traditional kitchen diner. A log burner sits in a large stone inglenook on the left hand wall. The kitchen units are basic but well equipped and go nicely with the original slate floor in here. Guests can enjoy fantastic views of the garden and the rolling hills as they sit at the country-cottage type dining table.
Next door the spacious lounge also benefits from a real fire. A very welcoming sight after a long walk in the mountains that surround the cottage. The sofas are large and comfortable and there is a modern digital TV and DVD player in the corner.
Three bedrooms upstairs. Two double rooms and one twin room. One of the doubles has a nice en-suite bathroom with shower over bath. Whilst there is a second wc and washbasin this en-suite bathroom is the only shower in the cottage. As a result, this property might not suit two couples. Family groups or close friends shouldn’t find this a problem however. All three bedrooms are tastefully decorated and enjoy great views of the surrounding countryside.
The cottage is in a fantastic central location, within half an hour of leaving your front door you can be sunbathing on the beaches of Harlech, white water rafting on the Tryweryn or horseriding through the Gwydyr Forest.
Dolwyddelen has one pub, one shop, one restaurant, one church and one school. Not huge I grant you but I think all the basics are covered there and all within walking distance of the cottage. There are lots of walking routes up into the hills also available from your front door. If nothing else, all our guests should walk the short distance up to Dolwyddelen Castle which dominates the skyline in this rural valley.
Dolwyddelen Castle was built by Llywelyn ab Iorweth or Llywelyn the Great, during his reign over most of Wales in the early part of the 13th Century. Llywelyn’s birth place is closer still. Literally in a clearing at the foot of the garden a tree covered hill signifies the spot where an even older, wooden fort used to stand.
Betws Y Coed, a bustling little town famous with outdoor enthusiasts is only 5 minutes drive away, and has a larger selection of shops and restaurants. Bleunau Ffestiniog, 5 minutes in the other direction is better known for it’s industrial heritage. Slates excavated from the surrounding mountains are quoted as having roofed the world. This period in history can be relived by visiting the underground tours at Llechwedd Slate Caverns. The narrow gauge steam locomotive that used to hall slate down to the harbor in Porthmadog now carries tourists along one of the prettiest railway routes in the world. Another exiting new development in the town is the down hill mountain biking centre.
This extreme form of mountain biking complements the more well established cross country mountain biking centre at Coed Y Brennin. And on the way there, you’ll pass the newly developed fishing lake at Trawsfynydd. This 1200 acre lake contains both brown and rainbow trout, as well as Perch, Rudd and Pike.
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms. Bedroom1 - Double bed. Bedroom2 - Double bed. Bedroom3 - Twin beds.
Bathrooms: 2 bathrooms. 1 ensuite bathroom with bath and shower over. 1 wc and washbasin.
Facilities: Welcome hamper, log burner and open fire with starter pack of wood supplied, electric cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, kettle, washing machine, Iron with Ironing board, cot and high chair, TV and DVD player, CD player, WiFi, hairdryer, private parking and private garden, BBQ, bike storage
Sleeps: 6 +cot
Pets: Yes (£25 supplement)
Bed Linen: Provided
Cot and High Chair: Provided