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Gellilwyd Fach

Dolgellau - North Wales Snowdonia

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.
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi internet
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
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£434 - £813 per week *

Description

What a setting - this beautiful detached cottage enjoys an amazing, tranquil and private location at the foot of Cader Idris. 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 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.

Upstairs

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.

Garden

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
  • 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.
  • 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.

Features

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 King size/super king beds
  • 1 Sofa bed
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • WiFi internet
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Saturday changeover
  • 12 Miles from a beach
  • 1.7 Miles from a pub
  • 1.7 Miles from a shop
  • On a working farm
  • Private parking
  • Bed linen provided
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • No smoking
  • Towels provided
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Highchair available
  • Stairgate available
  • Travel cot available

Prices

Reviews

Just stunning, such a tranquil location and the quality of the property was exceptional. The property is stunning both in presentation and location. If you are looking for peace and quiet, yet still with convenience to get to places this is the place for you. We hope to return. Great communication and straightforward booking process.Nigel from Kent - 11th July 2018
Better than expected - superb in every respect!Nicolas from Hampshire - 4th June 2018
Wonderful cottage in a marvellous location - Very enjoyable week - Thanks Mr stephen hammonds - 13th May 2018
Amazing! Fantastic service and a great website, lovely welcome. Beautiful location and a wonderful setting for a fab week away. Just a perfect all round experience.Martina from Essex - 9th April 2018
What a wonderful place. So quiet and yet only a short car ride to Dolgellau. We will definitely return. Helen from Surrey - 30th March 2018
It was an absolute pleasure to stay in Gellilwyd Fach in the coldest week of the winter. Iola made us very extremely welcome and looked after us so well throughout the week. The welcome pack was awesome and we so appreciate the extra logs to keep us warm. An ideal venue with so much to offer. We will totally recommend this cottage and hope to return! Miss Emma Cusdin - 5th March 2018
This cottage was the perfect place to spend a quiet Christmas. The quality of the building is complimented by the quality of the furnishings and it is clear that the owners have spent time and money renovating the cottage to be sympathetic to its origins, make it such a wonderful place to stay. Even in winter, when many of the local attractions in the area are closed, with a pair of wellies you can just wander along the paths around the cottage, or drive to some of the well known walking trails (like The Torrents and The Precipice walk). Dolgellau has some delightful little independent stores and tea shops. The owners are friendly and will be on hand should you have a problem, or not if you prefer to be left alone. It pains me to share this little slice of heaven, but they deserve for it to be a success as they have obviously put their heart into the place. It's a little gem of a cottage.Couple from Peterborough - 28th December 2017
The owners of the property were so friendly and helpful, perfect house in a perfect location. Beautiful house with everything we needed, stunning countryside, friendly, helpful owners and excellent customer service from Best of Wales - yet again. Thank you. Booked the property over the phone, very helpful, pleasant, professional young man who dealt with us. Excellent customer service. Susan from Bristol - 18th December 2017
A beautiful, spacious and characterful cottage in a lovely setting and with all the facilities you could need. It was great to be able to walk all the way up Cadair Idris from the house, and to come back to a warm and cosy house after a cold, damp day on the mountain. The owner was very helpful in sending directions and other information.Rory Hodd - 2nd December 2017
A truly fantastic place, you won’t want to leave. I should say bad things so it’s available when we go back, which we will, as it was superb. The owners have done a fantastic job. Attention to detail is fantastic. Didn’t want to leave. Andrew from North Yorkshire - 13th November 2017
We came up for our 1 year wedding anniversary and have had a brilliant time. The house is gorgeous and had everything we could have needed! Would highly recommend this house and will definitely be back!Couple from Wiltshire - 12th November 2017
We have had a fantastic week here, the house is so comfortable and well kitted out, we wanted for nothing. The attention to detail is superb, which makes it even harder to leave! We did some great mountain bike riding in Coed y Brenin and Antur ‘Stiniog. We had some good meals out. We will definitely be back next year! Andrew, Judith and Peter from North Yorkshire - 6th November 2017
This is a beautiful cottage in a stunning location! So lucky to have found it on the website. The cottage is really cosy - lovely furniture and furnishings, and very well equipped. We had a lovely comfortable stay. We made the most of the weather and enjoyed some great walks. We also went to Blaenau Ffestiniog for the Titan Zipwire and Bounce Below as well as the White Water Rafting Centre near Bala.Jacqueline, Alex and Sophie from Worcestershire - 2nd September 2017
Beautiful, peaceful setting, characterful old farmhouse furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Welcome basket with local produce was very much appreciated. Enjoy the circular walk to lake from the doorstep and the local seasideKatharine - 8th August 2017

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Local Area

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.

Walking

  • 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

Cycling

Golf

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

Fishing

  • 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

Beaches

  • 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