'Slate stepping stones guide you to the front door of this beautiful, typically asymmetrical, 17th century stone cottage.'
Y Felin is a charming 17th century cottage, sleeping 4, in the rural village of Dyffryn Ardudwy, Snowdonia, half way between Harlech and Barmouth.
£375 - £825 per week
Short breaks available during winter months
A short grassy drive leads up to a private but sunny garden. (It never rains in Wales, honest!) Slate stepping stones guide you to the front door of this beautiful, typically asymmetrical, 17th century stone cottage.
Open the door and step onto the warm slates which cover the ground floor (this under floor heating is a marvelous thing). The entrance hall leads to the kitchen on the right. We’ve tried to combine modern integrated facilities, dishwasher, washing machine etc with original features like the ledged and braced doors and exposed beams.
Opposite there’s a cosy lounge complete with obligatory inglenook or ‘simne fawr’. Historically this room would have been the kitchen and the cultural heart of the house. The cast iron log burner is dwarfed by the supporting oak beam and is perfect for those romantic evenings cuddled up together on the couch. Flat screen TV and DVD for the children (or for dad to watch the football)
Upstairs there’s a modern bathroom where the original and ancient timber structure of the house is evident. Complete with ceramic bath and power-shower, there’s a nice view of the cows from the toilet if you leave the curtains open.
One bedroom has a fitted wardrobe etc and can be set up as a twin or double. The pine doors with cast iron latches and uneven floor ensures that oldy worldy atmosphere prevails. The doors are painfully low and few ‘visitors’ leave without banging their heads. The second bedroom across the landing has a double bed. We’ve left this one uncarpeted to show off the original gnarled oak floorboards. Both bedrooms have window seats overlooking the fabulous coastline about half a mile away and the Llyn Peninsula beyond.
In front of the house some old barns and stone walls combine to provide a secluded courtyard type garden which compliments the calm atmosphere of the house. Surrounding that is a 4 acre field and some very friendly welsh black cows. They’re usually more than happy to give way to a game of football or kite flying etc. The train station is about half a mile away and the bus stop is just up the road. But best of all there are two pubs within walking/staggering distance.
Dyffryn is a very friendly village complete with a small grocery store and butchers, post office and garage. The historic town of Harlech is 10minutes drive to the North and the seaside town of Barmouth is 10 minutes to the south. Moelfre and the Rhinog Mountain rage is just behind you and the beach is just in front of you. Could there be a more perfect locaton?
Harlech has it’s famous castle of course as well as a world renowned 18 hole links golf course. There’s an excellent pony trekking school in Dolgellau, a nearby market town. Other sports growing in popularity include kite surfing, sea kayaking and paragliding.
"Spent a lovely week in the cottage and could not fault it. Very clean, homely, warm and great views. Beautiful walks along amazing beaches and countryside….the perfect location for a peaceful, get away from it all holiday. Took the train to Barmouth, visited Betwys Y Coed and and did the precipice and panoramic walks but our top tip would be to just enjoy what’s right on your doorstop…. "
Neill and Alison, Kent
"Had a lovely long break, cottage fantastic, love the underfloor heating! Discovered the visitor centre at Coed Y Brennin. Great tea’s and shortbread not to mention the cycle routes. Wonderfull area. Will visit again."
Mike & Pauline. Oxfordshire.
"Plenty to do, lots of good places to eat. Went to Portmeirion on boxing Day –avoid the restaurant at Castell Daedraeth or check the bill carefully – they tried to charge us and extra £25-00! And the service was terrible.
The walk to the local beach is not too long – for those who are not of the walking persuasion! All in All a wonderful week. The cottage and the family running it are second to none – as you will have seen when you walk in."
Sarah, Barrie, Max + Alex. Porthcawl.
"Thank you very much for a great week in your lovely cottage. Visited all around the local area and had a couple of outstanding meals especially “La Plas” (WELL WORTH A VISIT). HARLECH. Great beaches nearby where Bean (Visla) could run and run. The fire is a must and really ends a great day in front of the tv with your feet up."
Thanks again. Shaun & Joy + Bean.
"Have had a lovely week. We came for a walking holiday + managed 4 walks within 5 days. Away from Snowdon hotspots would recommend The Dysynni Valley walks from Llanfihangel Y Pennant. The area is ‘monumentaly beautiful’. Also circular route from Beddgelert was well worth the effort (even in snow + sleet!)
The cottage is lovely + cosy to return to. (new converts to underfloor heating.)
Visited slate mine at Llechwedd on day not walking. Well worth a visit. Deep mine tour excellent. Time went too quickly. Will ensure we visit again + recommend to others."
Karen, Neil & Hannah Marrie
"Have had a few very peaceful days here in the lovely cottage. Have walked along the beach to Shell Island and gathered quite a collection of shells which will go in the garden at home as a constant reminder. Attempted Snowdon, but discovered half way up that had chosen the most difficult route!! Must do homework next time. (Legs still aching 2 days later). Barmouth + Harlech both charming. Didn’t have time to do everything that we wanted as so much to do!! We’ll be back, Thank you Gwion + Louise."
Lizy + Brian. Deepest Derbyshire
"A superb week at the cottage – every comfort and well equipped. The ‘Welcome Basket’ was greatly appreciated. The Arriva Coast railway was extremely useful and excellent value. It saved having to find parking and some of the rather large car park charges. The only drawback – it does not dovetail with the Ffestiniog Railway Timetable. Looking forward to the opening of the full route of the Welsh highland Railway. A week of fine weather certainly helped us to have such an enjoyable holiday."
Olive and Roy Bowley. Hampshire.
"Had a lovely week at the cottage – comfortable, picturesque and everything works. Walks down to beach just a good distance. We recomment ‘The Plas’ Restaurant, and the chips are declared ‘wonderful’ by my wife (who is an expert) Evening Meal very good, not cheep but it’s good to ‘push the boat out’ once on the holiday. Steam train trip to Ffestiniog from Porthmadog very enjoyable. We definitely would come back to enjoy another week."
Dave & Eve. Hertfordshire
"Throughout our week here we enjoyed visiting the local beach. Very much enjoyed crab fishing got 70 crabs on our last night. Enjoyed the slate mine mainly the deep mine. We have settled in so much that now it’s time to go home, could have done with another week. Thank you for making us feel so welcomed."
Lee, Julie Thomas