Pentre Wern is a stylish and contemporary barn conversion near Dinas Mawddwy. The barn sits on the south facing slopes of Aran Fawwddwy looking down onto the valley that runs between Machylleth and Dolgellau.
The accommodation, recently renovated, comprises three bedrooms and an open plan ground floor area of lounge, dining area and kitchen. The lounge boasts a nice leather sofa and a modern flat screen digital tv with dvd player. Over on the other side of the room there’s a lovely oak table surrounded by elegant dining chairs and a long church pew.
The best feature here however is the fantastic rotating log fire. You can face it towards the dining table as you sit down to have your meal then turn it around to follow you as you retire into the lounge. It’s well worth lighting the fire just for that romantic touch but it’s worth mentioning that the barn is more than adequately heated by an external carbon neutral wood pellet burner. A comforting thought in this unspoit setting.
The kitchen is vey well equipped. Everything you’d want, a large fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave and large cooking range. There’s a nice bright feel here, and again, clean modern lines characterize the space.
There’s one bedroom on the ground floor. It’s a little snug in there, but great if any of your party has any mobility problems. The bed can be made up as a double or a twin, so let us know if you have a strong preference. There’s also a wc with a nice large shower on this ground floor.
Climb up the plush open tread staircase to get to the other two bedrooms. The master bedroom again, has the option of being a twin or double room. Walk across the connecting walkway with it’s glass and brushed steel balustrade to the 3rd bedroom. 3 single beds in this room, great for the children perhaps although the beds are full sized. These two rooms share a central bathroom with a nice, large freestanding bath. (If you’ve had a long day in the mountains make sure you get in there first and lock the door behind you!)
The cottage overlooks fields of grazing sheep and cows and out onto similar lush fields on the far side of the valley. The back garden in contrast has more of a woodland feel. A maze of grassy pathways wind their way between trees and shrubs. Just perfect for a game of hide and seek. Although the small brook which winds it’s way through the garden means that younger children shouldn’t be left unsupervised.
This southern part of Snowdonia is less well known than the north. But the mountains here offer a wealth of walking opportunities in much the same way. Arguably a day in these mountains is more satisfying due to the fact that they are more undiscovered.
Other traditional attractions such as fishing, narrow gauge railways and craft centers are all accessible from the cottage. But more adventurous activities have certainly gained a firm foothold in this area. As well as white water rafting and mountaineering, there are numerous challenging mountain biking trails in the area. The owners Russ and Nicki are keen bikers themselves so there’s a secure lockup for bikes, available for guests.
Nearby towns include the seaside resorts of Abedyfi and Barmouth which are both about 30mins away by car. About 20 mins away by car, the market towns of Dolgellau and Machynlleth are steeped in Welsh history. The lakes at Bala and LLyn Vyrnwy are other popular destinations.
Bedrooms: 3 bedrooms. 1 double or twin on ground floor. 1 double or twin plus 1 bedroom with 3 single beds on 1st floor
Bathrooms: 1 wc with shower on ground floor. 1 wc with free standing bath on 1st floor
Facilities: Welcome hamper, Dishwasher, fridge freezer, digital TV, DVD, free WiFi, secure bike store
Bed Linen: Provided
Towels: Not Provided
Cot and High Chair: Not Provided
Location: A stylish and contemporary barn conversion near Dinas Mawddwy in southern Snowdonia
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"We’ve had such a lovely time at Pentre Wern & felt at home very quickly…you’ve done a fantastic job in the barn."
Nicki & James. St Albans
"Thanks for a wonderful break, the cottage is fabulous, a real home from home. We all had a great time, thanks for your tips & advice."
Janette & Kieth. Liverpool
"Thanks so much for a lovely welcome, we’ve had a great time this week & really enjoyed our stay at Pentre Wern. The place is beautiful, you’ve done a fantastic job here & its in a really lovely spot."
Andy & Amy. Cheshire
"Great barn in a great location, hosts very helpful. Would highly recommend and will return."