Coch Gwan

Hafod Fawr Forest near Llan Ffestiniog, Wales (Ref. 2648)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Llan Ffestiniog 2 miles. An attractive 18th century, detached cottage in a wonderful "away from it all" location in the Hafod Fawr Forest, on the slopes of the Cynfal Valley, two miles from Llan Ffestiniog, close to the centre of Snowdonia National Park.

This former farmhouse combines original character and modern facilities, with exposed beams and a stone fireplace with log burner creating a real cottage atmosphere.

The tranquil setting offers stunning views of the Snowdonia Mountain Range and is superb for climbing and walking, or mountain biking along the excellent trails in the area.

The Manod Mawr/Bach mountains and the hidden Manod Lake are 4 miles away, or visit Porthmadog with its marina and the enormous beach at Black Rock Sands.

Betws-y-Coed, Portmeirion, Harlech Castle and the Ffestiniog Railway are all within easy reach.

A peaceful retreat, ideal any time of the year.


Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, WC & underfloor heating. Fitted kitchen. Utility/drying room. Sitting room with dining area & log burning stove.


  • Electric storage heaters with log burner in sitting room
  • Electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • DVD (screen for watching DVDs available but no TV reception)
  • Wireless broadband
  • Electricity & starter pack for log burner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Front grassed area with stunning mountain views, rear garden with stream, furniture & BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.9 miles, pub 4.2 miles
  • Note: Unfenced stream-children should be supervised
  • Note: This property is situated 1 mile from the main road, up a steep forestry commission track, which can be dangerous in snow & icy conditions.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “A Sublime Location.”
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    • “I have just returned from a week at 'Coch Gwan', I have stayed at many holiday cottages in Wales over the years as this is as good as it gets. The location is extraordinary, a manageable drive along an occasionally bumpy track, through a forest and up into the hills and the cottage sits surrounded by forest on three sides facing a fabulous view across the valley and to the mountains beyond with only a distant farmhouse in sight. The track is rarely used and during my stay I spotted three cars and one cyclist. The cottage is beautifully modernised and extremely warm and comfortable with no TV but a DVD player and fast internet connection. Outside is an equal delight, to the front a table and chairs for absorbing the view and a wild garden at the rear with an abundance of wild plants attracting butterflies, birds and bees and a natural waterfall and stream. At night it is very dark and you would struggle to hear anything, completely blissful. The roads in North Wales are good and from here it is very easy to reach most of the main tourist sites and popular walking trails, the locals are also very friendly. This is a good time to visit Snowdonia, true the weather can be unpredictable but the colours are fabulous, heather and gorse everywhere and magnificent reddish Rowan buds everywhere.”

    PutneySW, London, United Kingdom, September 2013

    • “Tranqility”
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    • “The instructions on how to find this gem were excellent, the home was spotlessly clean most welcoming. The facilities provided were excellent all you want for a relaxing break. The views were to dry for , no wonder the owner has difficulty leaving each time they visit”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Shropshire, May 2012

    • “A beautiful cottage, with a great 'feel' to it, stunning views.”
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    • “This is a beautiful cottage and you can tell its well cared for. The caretaker keeps it very clean. The views are absolutely stunning. The only thing that spoilt it was the forestry road - you have to travel about a mile along this road to get to the cottage and most of the road is particularly bad with pot holes. But that is my only 'moan'. We had a lovely holiday and pot holes or not we would definitely visit again.”

    Lesley Speakman, Manchester, August 2011

    • “Stunning place to stay”
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    • “From start to finish this Cottage was amazing. The service from the owner was great giving us clear directons and making us feel at home before we had arrived. From the stunning log fire to the breath taking views it was perfect for the get away from it all break we were all looking for. The local attractions were good, all the information about the local area could be found either on the owners web site or in the cottage. The only thing we didnt like about the cottage was we had to leave, but already booking again for this summer.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Witney, March 2011

    • “Heaven on earth”
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    • “This is the second time we have stayed here. We were lucky enough to arrive in clear weather before the snow arrived. Once it arrived - what a place to be! Peaceful, comfortable, well equipped - nowhere better to be snowed in. The owners have thought of everything, making it so enjoyable to stay. The neighbours were helpful, and very attentive to the fact that we were snowed in! We cannot recommend this cottage, its location etc enough. We have every intention of returning - more than once! Bliss.”

    Lynne, Andy & Monty, Lancashire, February 2011

    • “Amazing setting for a very well furnished cottage”
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    • “On arrival the cottage was acceptably clean, very well furnished and equipped and in a delightful, quiet setting with wonderful views (when the misty wet weather let us see them). It was lovely to be able to have our dogs with us and to be able to walk out of the front door and for miles with no danger from traffic. The weather was terrible, so we didn't get to see as much as we would have liked of North Wales, but what we did see was amazing, both mountains and beaches. Blaenau Ffestiniog is not very special on a wet October day, a very run-down and unattractive town.”

    Jen, Devon, December 2011

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    • “We love this cottage, it is our second visit and we would book a third, if it was available. The setting is perfect, and the cottage is spacious and comfortable. It is a wonderful place for a holiday.”

    Mr Parkin, Lyme Regis, July 2015

    • “A fantastic secluded location with stunning views. The conservatory was an excellent place to sit and watch the Jays and squirrels feeding in the beautiful wild garden. There were plenty of forest walks right from the doorstep, from which (providing you're fit enough) you could reach the open fells and tarns above the forest. The only word I could say for the first half hour after arriving was 'Wow!' A brilliant cottage and a wonderful holiday, and Misty, our border collie agrees!”

    Miss Foulger, Market Rasen, May 2015

    • “We enjoyed the peace and solitude and the location being so remote.”

    Mrs Armstrong, Derby, May 2015

    • “The perfect cottage, with stunning location and views. Would not hesitate to recommend.”

    Mr Gultnieks, Pateley Bridge, December 2014

    • “Coch Gwan is in an excellent location and is a beautiful secluded cottage in amazing rural surroundings. Was surprised how spacious the cottage was yet still had a homely feel. We would highly recommend and cant wait to return.”

    Mr Morgan, Canterbury, November 2014

    • “It was our second stay at the cottage and again we had a wonderful time. Beautiful location fantastic walks for the dogs. We will return.”

    Miss Mobberley, Swadlincote, November 2014

    • “A beautiful cottage, in a perfect secluded location. Great facilities, looking forward to a return visit. It was faultless. We have stayed in many cottages in lots of locations - this cottage was one of the best.”

    Mrs Sutton, Liverpool, October 2014

    • “Great location for getting away from it all and a lovely cottage.”

    Mr Jarvis, Kettering, September 2014

    • “An excellent very well equipped cottage in a superb setting. A great place for our two dogs. Would definitely look to stay here again before anywhere else if holidaying in Snowdonia in the future.”

    Mr Mayhew, Plymouth, September 2014

    • “A fantastic holiday cottage in a fantastic forest setting. The views and garden were amazing. The stream passing through the garden kept the children entertained, along with the fire pit and tree house. A very relaxing holiday only a short ride from all the attractions. We would go there again.”

    Mrs Smith, Hull, July 2014

    • “The location, far away from the hustle and bustle. Very quiet, fantastic view and stunning scenery.”

    Mrs Blackmore, Lydney, June 2014

    • “The cottage was in an amazing, secluded setting, with great walks and exercise opportunities from the door for our dogs. We would definitely return, hopefully in the near future.”

    Mrs Hilliard, Nuneaton, May 2014

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About the location


Blaenau Ffestiniog 4 miles; Porthmadog 9 miles; Betws-y-Coed 15 miles.

The old slate quarrying village of Llan Ffestiniog quietly rests close to the impressive Manod and Moelwyn Mountains, near the centre of Snowdonia National Park. Nearby Blaenau Ffestiniog, once the world's capital of slate quarrying and in the 19th century known as the 'City of Slate', offers a range of shops and pubs, whilst the surrounding area boasts a variety of things to see and do. Take a tour around Llechwedd Slate Cavern, enjoy a ride on the famous Ffestiniog Railway or simply take some time to admire the stunning mountainous views available from all aspects. With excellent walking, mountain biking and cycling, wonderful sandy beaches, great fishing, a wealth of delightful towns and villages scattered throughout the area, and the beautiful Vale of Ffestiniog and Cynfal Waterfalls to the west, this lovely location has something for everyone, at any time of year!

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