Gellilwyd Fach

Dolgellau, North Wales Snowdonia

  • 5 Star
  • This property can be found on Niche Retreats
  • Scenic, private setting at the foot of Cader Idris. Only 1.7 mile from your holiday cottage Dolgellau market town offers a great range of restaurants & cafes.

You can book this property from:

  • £580 per week
  • £83 per night
  • 5 Star
  • This property can be found on Niche Retreats


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 2 king/super-king beds
  • 2 single Zip&Link beds (combine for king/super king)
  • 1 sofa bed


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided
  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Travel cot
  • Highchair
  • Stairgate

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Sky TV
  • Welcome pack
  • Countryside views


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Watersports
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Pony trekking/horse riding


  • Walk-in shower

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am


What a setting - this beautiful detached cottage enjoys an amazing, tranquil and private location at the foot of Cader Idris, within its own enclosed grounds. The views of the Snowdonia peaks and surrounding countryside are breathtaking. Even better, only 1.7 mile away from your holiday cottage Dolgellau market town offers a great range of restaurants, cafes and shops. Gellilwyd Fach is a traditional, Grade 2 Listed early 19th Century stone built farmhouse with distinct features eg. curved wall and tall chimney. Sensitively renovated, it offers a glimpse of days gone by, yet with all the current modern expectations.

Ground Floor

Kitchen - Fitted units with appliances including, refrigerator with ice box (additional small freezer available), electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. Small table and seating.

Living room - Spacious double aspect room with exposed beams, unusual curved wall, quarry tiled floor and large stone/slate fireplace housing a wood burning stove. Dining table, comfortable seating and Smart TV.

Parlour - Cosy double aspect carpeted room with exposed beams with double sofa bed and feature fireplace (non-working). Lamps, books, games etc.

Entrance porch includes coat and boot storage as well as a separate, front porch with slate floor, settle and additional coat hanging space.


Master bedroom - Impressive room with beams and high ceiling, original floorboards and curved wall. Super king oak bed, wardrobe and dressing table including large mirror. Also includes sofa.

2nd bedroom - Charming dual aspect carpeted bedroom with exposed beams with comfy zip & link bed (available as super king OR two 3ft singles). Bedside tables, chest of drawers, lamps and clothes rack.

Large bathroom comprising roll top bath, spacious quadrant shower, basin and toilet.


The enclosed grounds include a spacious, tranquil garden at the rear, featuring an unusual stone picnic area, BBQ and amazing mountain views. There is also a separate slate slab patio area with seating.

Ty Golchi – separate building housing the freezer, providing secure bicycle storage with outside hose.

Additional Information

  • Welcome Pack including local produce as well as tea, coffee, sugar and milk on your arrival
  • Bed linen, hand and bath towels provided
  • Oil central heating and electricity included
  • Generous quantity of logs provided for your arrival. Further supply can be purchased at £5 per basket.
  • 2 hairdryers provided
  • Wifi available
  • Travel cot, high chair and stairgate available on request
  • Double sofa bed available @ £16 per night for up to 2 extra guests
  • No pets or smoking inside the cottage
  • Plenty of parking space
  • Other items provided include:
    • Kitchen: salt and pepper, tea, instant coffee, sugar, kitchen roll, washing up liquid/dishwasher tabs, dishcloths and/or scourers, tin foil and cling film.
    • Bathroom: liquid hand soap, shower gel and toilet rolls.
    • General cleaning products: ECOVER shower cleaner, anti-bacterial spray etc.


Beautiful cottage, in beautiful location. Perfect place to get away and recharge your batteries. The location was so peaceful and the cottage very comfortable.

Mrs W,

Superb farmhouse , very cosy had everything we needed including a lockable outhouse for bikes. Bed suitable for 6’6  couple. V unusual in older properties.

Mrs H,

An exceptional property in a stunning location. So comfortable, well equipped, tastefully furnished and with lots of thoughtful touches in every room. Thanks so much to the owners for their hospitality. Would not hesitate to recommend highly.

Ms T,

Beautiful and welcoming house in a lovely quiet location. Very well-equipped. The garden has bird feeders, and there's a lovely stone table to watch the stars from. Highly recommended.

Mrs S,

The location is superb - not far from the foot of Cadair Idris and a very short drive from Dolgellau. The cottage itself is utterly charming. We will definitely go back!

Mrs G,

Our fourth visit to this wonderful cottage. As soon as you walk through the door and feel the warmth and see the cosy sitting room lit with lamps- you feel relaxed. The welcome treats are always different and we look forward to seeing what Welsh delights will be there to try. Another great break with windy walks and beautiful autumn colours. We can’t wait to return in the spring!

Mrs S,

Fantastic in every way!!!!

Mr B,

Beautiful property with some fabulous character. Set in lovely peaceful surroundings only a few minutes drive from Dolgellau. A number of good walks very close to property.

Mr P,

A beautifully presented cottage in a quiet, rural location yet less than two miles from the facilities in Dolgellau. A major plus is that there are many beautiful walks to be taken direct from the cottage, or after a short car journey, including climbing Cadair Idris.

Mrs H,

Fabulous location, spacious and characterful property kitted out with all the essentials and some lovely touches (eg picnic kit, BBQ)

Mr R,

Beautiful cottage which is very well equipped. A lovely array of goodies in arrival and super helpful to have tea and coffee etc there in case you arrive without the basics. Real attention to detail in everything- from te baker of logs to bbqs to excellent linens and towels. Comfy beds too, essential after a day’s walking. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Mrs S,

A stunning and unique property. Lots of gorgeous original features. I loved the views from the master bedroom. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the property is an excellent base for all the activities the area provides.

Miss V,

We feel so lucky to have found this cottage. It's situation is idyllic, peaceful and beautiful. The cottage is cosy, clean and has everything you might need. The location is great, it feels isolated and in the countryside but Dolgellau is close as well as beautiful lakes, waterfalls and great beaches.

Dr R,

A really lovely property in the most delightful setting with stunning views in all directions. You would never know that ‘civilisation’ - Dolgellau - is a couple of minutes drive away. Complete peace and quiet, under the shelter of Cader Idris. The myriad hues of the vibrant green of the trees, fields and hedgerows and the drifts of violet blue bluebells will linger as part of our memory of this lovely haven. Not to mention the sound of bubbling streams and the amazing diversity of birds. The property is 10/10, but the setting is 20/10! Already anticipating our return.

Mrs P,

Gellilwyd Fach is a welcoming cottage in a beautiful spot. With the backdrop of Cadair Idris and the Mawdach estuary only a short distance away, it’s the perfect place for walking, biking or simply relaxing in stunning scenery. The welcome pack of local produce was a really lovely touch. The whole family loved it.

Mrs S,

A comfortable cozy cottage. Great location if a bit tricky to find. Wonderful to be able to step outside the door and wander a few fields or further. Great family activities nearby for younger kids including the Mawddach trail, Coed y Brenin for walks or biking and More shorter lovely walks nearby, too. Well equipped kitchen and wonderful hosts.

Ms G,

This is our second trip here, we stayed back in March and have just booked to come again in August - we love it here. It is so peaceful and quiet which is the antithesis of where we live near Gatwick. Dolgellau is a lovely little town and the views around are wonderful. We spent our time doing really rather little apart from reading and chatting and watching the birds, thing we never have the chance to do at home. We loved the Christmas touches - the decorations and the holly. Also how the cottage has been furnished. A really super cottage - thank you. Also continue to be impressed by Best of Wales - very good customer service. We look forward to seeing the area in summer.

Couple from H


Gellilwyd Fach is situated in the foothills of the Cader Idris mountain range and, although secluded, has close proximity to a wide range of amenities. From your holiday cottage Dolgellau - a picturesque market town in southern Snowdonia, with its impressive architecture, is easily accessible and within walking distance along a scenic 1.7 mile country lane. Dolgellau also happens to be home to more than 200 listed buildings - more than any other town in Wales.

During your stay at Gellilwyd Fach holiday cottage Dolgellau will provide you with all the amenities you need. This includes excellent restaurants, cafes, shops and pubs, as well as banks and supermarkets, a local butchers, grocer, bakeries and chemist. Amongst the highly recommended restaurants are Meirionnydd and the Royal Ship in Dolgellau town centre, as well as the Stakehouse and Tafarn y Gader tapas bar. Outside town, Bwyty Mawddach Restaurant in Llanelltyd (3.4 miles) is also worth a visit whilst Indiana Cuisine in Fairbourne (10 miles) offers an authentic Indian fine dining experience. For a relaxed, social night out, head to Gwin Dylanwad Wine Bar or if a pint is your preference, Royal Ship in the town centre is recommended. There are other restaurants and pubs that could also be listed; the truth is, you will be spoilt for choice.

If you love the outdoors, the Dolgellau area of Snowdonia will deliver on this front as well. It boasts an extensive range of footpaths, signposted walks and cycle trails to suit all abilities. In addition to the obvious challenge of Cader Idris, right on your doorstep, Dolgellau is also the starting point of the Mawddach Trail (walking and cycle route to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and Barmouth on the coast). The world renowned Mountain Biking Centre at Coed y Brenin is also within 10 miles and there are 2 glorious sandy beaches at Fairbourne (10 miles) and Barmouth (12 miles).

Other popular attractions in the area include Llechwedd Slate Caverns and Zip World at Blaenau Ffestiniog (24 miles), which is also home to the largest underground trampoline in Europe. King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris Craft Centre and the Centre for Alternative Technology offer great days out whilst 'Abaty Cymer' Abbey and Harlech Castle’s World Heritage site are both significant heritage attractions. Most of Wales’ narrow gauge railways are also located in this area, including Talyllyn narrow gauge railway and the Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog line. If you prefer to travel on water, the National White Water Rafting Centre near Bala will cater for your needs. It should also be mentioned that there are RSPB Reserves and two Osprey Nest viewing hides nearby.


  • Cader Idris – 3 main routes starting from Dolgellau (from the doorstep), Minffordd (4.5 miles) and Abergynolwyn (13 miles).
  • Mawddach Trail – Dolgellau - suitable for all ages – walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users. 1.7 mile
  • Precipice Walk – Llanfachreth - suitable for all ages. 3.5 miles from your cottage
  • New Precipice Walk – Llanelltyd - suitable for all ages. 3.5 miles
  • Torrent Walk – Brithdir - moderate leisure walk approx 2½ miles along the river. 5 miles
  • Panorama Walk – Barmouth - suitable for all ages. 12 miles


  • The Mawddach Trail – As above, 1.7 mile
  • Coed-y-Brenin Mountain Biking Centre – Suitable routes for all ages. 10 miles


  • Harlech Golf Club - Royal St. Davids - 18 hole golf course. 20 miles


  • From river fishing to Gwernan Lake and Llyn Cynwch, there are a range of opportunities to go fishing in the Dolgellau area – suitable options for all ages.

Horse riding

  • Bwlchgwyn Pony Trekking Centre - suitable for anyone over 4yrs. 8 miles


  • Fairbourne Beach – sandy beach. 10 miles
  • Barmouth Beach – long, sandy beach with Blue Flag award. 12 miles

Water sports

  • Bala Lake – sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, raft building etc. 18 miles
  • National White Water Centre, Canolfan Tryweryn – White Water Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing. 22 miles