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Troed yr Aran

Dinas Mawddwy - North Wales Snowdonia

This delightful, pet friendly self catering cottage, Snowdonia offers a beautiful retreat for 6 in a tranquil valley, at the foot of Aran Fawddwy mountain.
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accepts 2 pets
  • WiFi internet
  • Hot Tub
  • Open fire or woodburner
59005
£397 - £879 per week *

Description

This delightful, pet friendly, detached cottage offers a beautiful retreat with a private hot tub in the tranquil surroundings of the Cywarch Valley near Dinas Mawddwy. Set at the foot of Aran Fawddwy, the highest mountain in southern Snowdonia, Troed yr Aran is an ideal location to explore Mid and North Wales. Traditional village pub, café and craft centre within 2.5 miles. Great walks from the doorstep, fishing available on nearby river, close to world renowned mountain biking centre and a wide range of other popular attractions. 

Ground Floor

The beautiful large kitchen has an oil Rayburn set in a brick fireplace, dishwasher, oven, hob and grill, fridge, microwave and dining table. Very well equipped, plenty of cupboard space and Portmeirion crockery.

Stylish and spacious dining room with another, large dining table.

The large living room has a wood burning stove set inside an old slate and stone fireplace. Comfortable and cosy room also equipped with TV and DVD player.

Utility room with washing machine and dryer, freezer, bike storage and ironing facilities.

Upstairs

Spacious, tastefully decorated double bedroom with excellent views.

Second double bedroom, also tastefully decorated with views over surrounding fields.

Cosy third bedroom with a bunk bed.

The spacious bathroom has a basin, WC, bath and shower over bath.

Garden

Beautiful, enclosed large garden and patio area with a hot tub, garden furniture, barbecue, and access to the surrounding fields.

Additional Information

Bed-linen, towels and hairdryer provided

Central heating, electric and initial fire wood supply included.

Travel cot and high chair available on request. Please bring your own cot bedding with you.

Games / jigsaws / dvds / books

No mobile network - ideal if you're looking for a real break away from every day distractions. If you need access to a phone however there's a pay phone provided at the cottage (receives incoming calls).

Ironing facilities

Dogs allowed (maximum of 2) for a small additional fee of £20 per dog. A third dog can also be considered if they're small dogs.

Ample off-road car parking, including undercover parking.

Bike storage

Wifi included

This property has a £150 good housekeeping refundable bond, which is payable to Best of Wales along with the balance of your holiday. Alternatively, you can waiver this bond by paying a non-refundable fee of £5 per person instead.

Features

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Double beds
  • 2 Bunk beds
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accepts 2 pets
  • WiFi internet
  • Hot Tub
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Friday changeover
  • 20 Miles from a beach
  • 2.3 Miles from a pub
  • 4 Miles from a shop
  • Private parking
  • Bed linen provided
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • No smoking
  • Towels provided
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Highchair available
  • Travel cot available

Prices

Reviews

Very nice place in the middle of natural countrysideMr Stijn Thierens - 30th July 2018
Fantastic. Lovely location and property. Outside is good.Jenn from Kent - 29th May 2018
Fantastic location, beautiful property. Will certainly return one day. Excellent from start to finish, many thanks!Andrew from West Sussex - 16th April 2018
This is a beautiful property in a truly amazing location. Nestled away from it all in a gorgeous valley with just sheep for company, it’s a real gem. Wonderfully furnished and cosy throughout, the house is perfect for a relaxing getaway with family or friends. Wonderful log burner for cold nights. The hot tub is perfect and the views are spectacular. Owners are attentive and made us feel very welcome, keeping us well stocked with logs! I would love to return one day.. we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Steven from West Midlands - 12th April 2018
The cottage was fantastic. We adored it. A home from home. I will be recommending it to all my friends. The local area was fantastic, we would recommend it to anyone. A fantastic booking experience, website and online booking was easy. Booking information, confirmation and directions to the property were sent promptly, we would certainly use this company again.Keith from Devon - 19th February 2018
This place was insanely beautiful. Cannot wait to come back. You'll not be disappointed.Billie Cheesman - 5th February 2018
We had an absolutely cracking time here on our girls weekend for my 31st birthday. Beyond stunning location, positively idyllic. Cottage itself surpassed our expectations, lots of giggles had by all throughout the stay. Hot tub made for an extra special addition and hosts were second to none. Would definitely stay here again and recommend to others without a second thought. Absolutely LOVED it. Unfortunately due to an emergency we had to leave quickly on our final morning and didn't get chance to write in the visitors book before leaving, so apologies for that.Lianne Saad - 8th January 2018
Lovely location, really clean and tidy, plus fully equipped for a family holiday.
Recommendations: Local pub, Red Lion, had great food and realy good value for money. We enjoyed hiring bikes and also going on the King Arthur underground tour.Rachael from Lancashire - 2nd September 2017
The holiday was wonderful, relaxing and exactly what we hoped to find.
The Jacuzzi was by far the cream on the cake! Personal recommendation: Good place to eat: Fox Crosses. Beautiful beach near by: Barmouth and a bit further: HarlechChristian from Germany - 20th August 2017
Fantastic. Great cottage, great facilities, stunning location.
Recommends: Bala lake and steam train.David from Newcastle upon Tyne - 25th June 2017
Beautiful property in stunning location. Black Rock Sands at Porthmadog was out of this world. By far the best beach if you have dogs. Absolutely stunning.Couple from Kelso - 29th May 2017
A wonderful location and a very comfortable, well-provisioned cottage. Best dog friendly cottage we have found. Loved Zipworld and Bounce Below at Ffestiniog but book in advance. Best food was at The Cross Foxes, Dolgellau and at Norbar near Barmouth.Family from York - 4th May 2017

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Local Area

The cottage is situated in the peaceful Cywarch Valley (Cwm Cywarch in Welsh) near Dinas Mawddwy in Southern Snowdonia. Situated 15 minutes from both the market towns of Dolgellau and Machynlleth, it is an ideal location to explore Snowdonia and Mid Wales.

Surrounded by fields, streams, wildlife and farm animals, the cottage is just 2.5 miles from the nearest village pub (with good food) in Dinas Mawddwy and 4 miles from the nearest garage and grocery store. Dinas Mawddwy is also home to Meirion Mill craft shop and café.

There are many activities that can be enjoyed during your stay at Troed yr Aran self catering cottage. Snowdonia’s very own Aran Fawddwy (2971ft) provides a great challenge for walkers and there are plenty of good valley walks to try out as well. There is also a world renowned mountain biking centre just north of Dolgellau at Coed-y-Brenin. Salmon and trout fishing are available on the river Dyfi. Pony trekking is also available locally. 3 miles north of the cottage, Bwlch y Groes (the highest pass in Wales) leads to Vyrnwy and Bala lakes with their wide range of watersports.

Popular attractions in the area include the Centre for Alternative Technology, Corris Craft Centre, King Arthur's Labyrinth, RSPB Nature Reserves (including Lake Vyrnwy), and Mari Eluned Jewellery Gallery. Or you can take a trip on one of the nearby narrow gauge railways. The nearest sandy beaches can be found in Fairbourne (20 miles) and Barmouth (21 miles).

Walking

Aran Fawddwy – Starting in dramatic Cwm Cywarch, this route to the summit of Aran Fawddwy is one of the great walks of Snowdonia. The scenery is superb with deep valleys and rolling hills the main characteristic of the area. Only 9 metres (30 ft) short of being a member of the Welsh 3000s, it’s the 16th highest summit in Wales. 0.1 miles from cottage.

Dyfi Valley Way – follow the River Dyfi from the estuary in Aberdyfi to the source at the summit of Aran Fawddwy and back down along the south side of the river via Machynlleth and down to Borth. Maps and guides can be obtained at the Tourist Information Centre in Machynlleth. Join path 0.1 miles from cottage.

Glyndwr's Way is a long distance footpath in Mid Wales that was granted National Trail status in the year 2000. Maps and guides can be obtained at the Tourist Information Centre in Machynlleth. Join the path in Cemaes, 10 miles.

Torrent Walk – Brithdir - moderate leisure walk approx 2½ miles along the river long. 10.5 miles

The Mawddach Trail – Dolgellau - suitable for all ages – walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users. 12 miles from cottage

Cadair Idris (mountain walk) – 3 main routes starting from Dolgellau (12 miles), Minffordd (12.5 miles) and Abergynolwyn (18 miles).

Precipice Walk – Dolgellau - suitable for all ages. 12 miles

Fishing

Guests can have access to the river that runs to the owners' farm. 0.1 miles from the cottage

River Dyfi offers excellent fishing and is famous for its brown trout, salmon and sea trout. Guests can also have access to fish the Dyfi on the owners' land. 2.5 miles from the cottage.

There are also a range of opportunities to go fishing in the Dolgellau area with suitable options for all ages.

Cycling

The Mawddach Trail – As mentioned above.

Dyfi Mountain Biking – Bike hire available at The Holy Trail shop in Machynlleth. All routes start from Machynlleth. 16 miles

Coed-y-Brenin Mountain Biking Centre – Suitable routes for all ages. 18 miles

Golf

Machynlleth Golf Club – 9 hole golf course. 16 miles

Water sports

Bala Lake – sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, raft building etc. 16 miles

Lake Vyrnwy – Canoeing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing - suitable for the whole family. 16 miles.

National White Water Centre, Canolfan Tryweryn – White Water Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing. 21 miles

Pony trekking

Bwlchgwyn Farm Pony Trekking Centre - suitable for anyone over 4yrs. 20 miles.