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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Another lovely stay."

    Minafon has everything you need, it’s very well equipped and comfortable. It’s in a lovely village with great walks from the door in the fresh air. There is a friendly pub within walking distance and the local people are friendly and welcoming. It’s our ideal place for a quiet, relaxing holiday set in beautiful surroundings.

    Glad you enjoyed your visit as much as previous ones Jennifer. Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We look forward to welcoming you again on future visits. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had. A lovely stay in this well equipped home from home every detail thought of ,we loved the snug reading and listening area ,nice touch ,has the weather wasn’t that good to us with our weeks stay meaning we spent more quality time in a room of our own choice being the two of us ."

    It has been well thought out by the owners . The area is beautiful plenty to explore and local people helpful and friendly .can fully recommend this property and will do so . We would also recommend the local vets Aran vets in the next village has unfortunately one of our dogs became quite ill upon our arrival and needed a operation quickly very friendly and supportive throughout .

    Glad to hear you made the most of your stay Alan despite a poorly pet and inclement weather. Hope your dog is now fully recovered. Thanks for recommending us to others. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Feb 2024

  • "We had a fantastic stay, everything we needed, and such a well-looked-after cottage with a beautiful garden."

    Comfortable with a good TV for rainy days when you want to relax, a great log burner which makes it magical. lovely comfortable bedrooms, we enjoyed it so much we have already booked for the same time next year. The best part of all for us anyway, no phone signal :-)

    So glad you enjoyed your stay Debbie.look forward to seeing you again same time next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Dec 2023

  • "Another fabulous stay at Minafon with four adults and two dogs."

    The cottage is well positioned for some lovely walks in the Berwyns and South East part of Eryri National Park. We recommend fish and chips takeaway from Market Square in Llanrhaeadr, as well as Sunday roast at The Railway Inn down the road in Penybontfawr. The cottage is well stocked with utensils and basics and we cooked in the cottage a lot.

    Thanks for your great feedback Emily. Glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the recommendations. Hope to see you again next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Nov 2023

  • "A very well equipped, cosy, clean cottage in a very pretty village Great ..."

    A very well equipped, cosy, clean cottage in a very pretty village Great communication with the owners We will be recommending Minafon to our friends

    So glad you enjoyed your stay Emma. Hope to see you again and maybe some of your friends! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a fabulous time in this lovely house in the peaceful village of Llangynog."

    It's a wonderful place to recharge your batteries and to forget about work and normal day to day life. The house was very well equipped and had everything we needed. It was very comfortable and warm. We have stayed there several times before, but the improvements the new owners have made mean that it's now even better. One small issue with the heating was resolved really quickly when we contacted the owners who were very friendly and helpful. We are hoping to return very soon.

    Thanks Jennifer. So glad you enjoyed your stay and liked the updates to the cottage. Lovely to speak with you and glad we were able to solve the thermostat issue promptly for you. Look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Sep 2023

  • "Minafon was a perfect base to explore the surrounding area."

    The property had everything you could possibly want and was really clean and comfortable with lovely hot water! We really loved the Book Nook. Many thanks to the owners and the housekeeper/cleaner. This was the first time we had booked through Sykes Cottages and the process was simply and easy, with excellent e mail communication.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Sep 2023

  • "We enjoyed our week at Minafon."

    The cottage was very well equipped, very comfortable especially the beds. It was lovely to have the garden and all the outside space was secure and safe for our dogs. We would recommend this cottage.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your positive comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Val5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely peaceful area."

    The cottage was very clean and cosy, very comfy beds, the lighter tog duvets were a nice option for the warmer nights. Parking easy just across the road, visible from the cottage. Thank you for the welcome pack, the Welsh cakes were delicious, we will be baking some at home. The dogs enjoyed the break too and were very settled Thank you.

    Glad you and your dogs enjoyed Minafon Michelle. The Welsh cakes from the local post office certainly are tasty aren't they. Hope your home-baked ones brought happy memories. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely and clean."

    Good quality appliances etc Comfortable and dog friendly too

    Thank you for the great feedback. So pleased you enjoyed your stay. We love it too. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ali5.0Aug 2023

  • "This cottage is perfect."

    We took our 2 children and 2 dogs and had the most wonderful time. Situated in the mountains, the views are beautiful and the walks plentiful. We ordered our groceries via click and collect and collected on the way, but there is a Spar and local shop a short drive away. The freezer space is small so be mindful of that, but this did not cause us any issues at all. I would book again in a heartbeat.

    Glad you had a lovely family break Cimone. What a good idea to use click and collect. Look forward to welcoming you back sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cimone5.0Jul 2023

  • "We loved this cottage it was just perfect for our stay with our 2 beagles."

    It’s well equipped, comfortable & in the perfect position for what we wanted to do.

    Glad you enjoyed Louise and thanks for letting us know about the garden chair which has now been replaced along with the rest of the patio set. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Jul 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday, very clean and tidy, enjoyed our welcome pack,lovely views."

    However we would like to mention about the garden I think because of the huge trees there were less sunlight in the garden i think the trees need trimming, otherwise everything was great would definitely recommend.

    Hi Arjina Glad you enjoyed your stay and the cottage. There has certainly been a growth spurt and we have trimmed some of the trees within our boundary since your visit. Hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Arjina5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely short break at Minafon."

    Cottage was extremely well equipped, clean and very comfortable. Excellent local information available and some of the best cottage user information I’ve seen. Loved the reading nook and vinyl records. Overall a lovely place to stay, would recommend.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay Nicola and enjoyed the Book Nook. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2023

  • "Cottage was beautiful and clean and everything in good working order."

    The setting was lovely The weather was lovely and it was a shame we couldn’t sit in the garden as the grass needed cutting The courtyard was very pleasant

    Pleased you enjoyed your stay Margaret. The grass mowing had been scheduled for the day you left so sorry the sudden growth spurt prevented you fully enjoying the garden but glad the weather was lovely enough to enjoy the courtyard and local area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nuala5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay, the cottage was very cosy, clean and comfortable."

    The garden is secure and ideal for children and pets. It is situated in a beautiful place with local walks to explore the surroundings.

    Thanks for your feedback Joanne. Glad you enjoyed the cottage and the area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely, everything we needed for our stay."

    Nice finishing touches, and history about property and area. Beautiful location. Good games provided for all ages. Owners very helpful and friendly when needed to contact.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay Kelsey and some of the games too as well as all the area has to offer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kelsey5.0Apr 2023

  • "A perfect cottage"

    So glad you enjoyed staying at Minafon, Steve. Hope to see you again some time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely weekend away, cottage was clean and very comfortable."

    Would highly recommend.

    So glad you enjpyed your stay at Minafon Kate. Happy New Year and hope to see you again in 2023. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Dec 2022

  • "Minafon has been beautifully transformed by the new owners with quality furnishings, a generous open country cottage style kitchen/dining room and a cosy comfortable lounge, with many table lamps creating warmth and focal points throughout the cottage which we loved."

    Lots of traditional features remain and many added special little touches made by the owners gave it a feel more like a home than a holiday cottage. Our family have stayed in Llangynog many times over the past 12 years and we would absolutely, without hesitation, recommend this wonderful cottage! Thank you Martin and Clare, we had a brilliant week and will book again hopefully in the not too distant future.

    Thanks for your lovely feedback on this site and in pur guest book. Our housekeeper was thrilled you commented on her high standards. So glad you enjoyed Minafon and our improvement s. Hope you will be back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valerie4.4Dec 2022

  • "This is our second trip to Minafon, we loved it so much that we visited again a year later."

    The cottage is small but cosy, located in a village with a welcoming local pub and some stunning walks right on the doorstep. We visited with our friends and our two dogs, which it's a perfect size for four people - the lovely garden is secure for the dogs (three foot fencing). My recommendations for others trip is to bring some firewood for the woodburner as the nearest shop didn't have any in stock and the cottage is cold in the winter - as you would expect from a lovely old stone cottage.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay Emily. Thanks for the heads up re the Post Office running out of firewood. We now warn guests to come prepared as it's so cosy with the log burner! Hope to see you and your dogs again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emily4.7Nov 2022

  • "Lovely holiday cottage in a beautiful area."

    We had a fabulous holiday - thank you.

    Glad you enjoyed your break at Minafon, Glen. Thanks for the positive feedback about the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at Minafon with our 2 dogs."

    Such a beautiful village with great walks all around and only a short drive to Lake Vyrnwy. The secure garden meant we were very comfortable letting the dogs in and out for the toilet and it was very cosy and warm inside with a very comfortable bed. Highly recommend for a relaxing stay in a gorgeous cottage.

    Glad you and your dogs enjoyed Minafon, Llangynog and the beautiful Tanat Valley Elif. Glad you slept well and that the log burner kept you cosy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elif5.0Oct 2022

  • "2 adults, 2 children (11&9) and a dog stayed for a week in August."

    The cottage was perfect for us, really couldn't fault it and it had everything we could need an more. It's in a beautiful location, and despite being on the road, it was really quiet. Some lovely walks out from the property and lots of good and varied days out via car. Thank you, we would happily return.

    So pleased your family including your dogs enjoyed Minafon and the surrounding area, Nicola. You are welcome back any time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful, clean cottage in wonderful location."

    Very helpful owners. Highly recommend and will return!

    Really glad to hear you enjoyed Minafon and the beautiful local area Louise. Hope to see you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2022

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with electric woodburner-effect stove, 1 x second-floor family room (with a double and a single)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail, and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with multi-fuel burner
  • Snug
  • Oil central heating with electric woodburner-effect stove and a multi-fuel burner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine
  • Smart TV with FreeSat, record player, Fibre WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available
  • Parking opposite cottage in FOC village car park
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.3 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: The cottage is situated close to the valley road, so some associated noise may be heard at times
  • Note: Sloping ceilings and some restricted head height in the second-floor double bedroom
  • Note: The second-floor bedroom is accessed via stairs from the snug
  • Note: Mobile signal is intermittent due to location
  • Note: Stairs are fairly steep
  • Note: No wood or kindling is provided for the fire

The property

Minafon, the former village post office, is an exquisite 140-year-old semi-detached stone cottage, set in the centre of Llangynog in Powys.

This delightful and spacious dog-friendly cottage has been carefully modernised to retain original features where possible, whilst providing a country cottage feel throughout with many contemporary comforts.

Minafon (meaning “edge of the river”) is traditionally styled with a log burner, exposed ceiling beams, a winding wooden staircase, a characterful attic bedroom and a book nook, where you can read and take advantage of the record player and selection of vinyls on offer.

Arranged over three floors, it offers homely accommodation, suitable for couples, friends, or a family, welcoming four guests and two well-behaved dogs.

Brimming with character, the cottage offers a welcoming sitting room, leading into an airy dining room with mountain views, opening into the bright country-style kitchen with a Welsh dresser, offering vistas of the garden and the far-reaching mountains, and a back door leading out to a sunny patio, with plenty of room for your four-legged companions.

The main bedroom, on the first floor, boasts a luxurious king-size bed, log-effect fire, beams and enjoys a scenic outlook over the village to the spectacular mountain scenery beyond.

The second bedroom is a charming attic room with exposed purlins, sloping ceilings, and a skylight offering a captivating view; as well as a comfy double bed, a 3-foot single bed is provided for variable sleeping options.

Both bedrooms are serviced by a modern first-floor bathroom overlooking the nearby hills.

A wonderful addition to this unique cottage is a cosy snug, accessed just off the first-floor landing area; this makes the ideal spot to sit and finish that book, write, draw or game at the antique writing bureau, chill by taking advantage of the record player and selection of vinyls or just have some peace and quiet, all while enjoying the beautiful countryside views in the relaxing chair or window seat provided.

The cottage is a stone’s throw from Llangynog’s historic New Inn pub, where you can dine alfresco from early until late or enjoy an evening drink under a parasol and watch the sun go down behind the mountains.

Minafon’s location in the stunning Tanat Valley makes it a superb base for walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers and climbers, with the excellent Revolution Mountain bike facility on the doorstep.

The Mick Extance adventure in the village provides opportunities for other high-adrenaline thrills and spills including off-road experiences.

For those wanting a calm but stunning walk, a trail leads from the cottage in the other direction to St Melangell’s Church, one of the remotest churches in Britain.

You can also enjoy a trip to Llyn Tegid, the largest natural lake in Wales near Bala, or Lake Vrynwy, both of which are home to a wide selection of water sports including sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking.

as well as cycle hire and fishing.

Lake Vrynwy has a RSPB centre and several signposted nature walks.

The cottage is also within easy reach of several charming towns, including Bala with its famous glacial lake, lakeside steam railway, opportunities for abseiling and white-water rafting and nearby golf course, Llangollen with its wonderful canal and steam railway, Oswestry with its delightful market and antiques centres, and the medieval market town of Shrewsbury.

Snowdonia National Park is just 20 minutes away, with Mount Snowdon, Barmouth and some of the North Wales beaches, Coed y Brennin and Beddgelert mountain biking trails, the Zipwire centre and steam train lines at Blaenau Ffestiniog, and the Roman town of Chester all around an hour’s drive away, so whether you love mountains, beach, walking, cycling, canals, rail, golf, water sports, nature, shopping or eating and drinking you are well located.

However you decide to spend your holiday, Minafon is a fantastic base to be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Bala 13.2 miles; Shrewsbury 32.4 miles

The pleasant village of Llangynog lies in the breath-taking rolling countryside of North Powys on the banks of the River Tanat amidst the beautiful Berwyn Mountains, and surrounding wooded hills and valleys. The area has a history of lead, silver, and slate mining, dating back to the 17th century but today it is a renowned location for climbing, birdwatching, walking, and cycling, with famous mountain bike trails near Dolgellau, and a mountain bike centre at Llandegla. To dine out there is the New Inn, a traditional pub, which enjoys scenic views of the Snowdonia Mountain range, and a short drive will lead you to a well-stocked Post Office to stock up on the essentials. Visit the historic market town of Bala for an action-packed day, where you can take up climbing, abseiling, mountain biking, as well as canoeing and kayaking on the glacial lake; it is a wonderful beauty spot, with excellent fishing and a variety of water sports, or perhaps visit Lake Vyrnwy, which has an RSPB centre and a sculpture park. Also, within easy reach is Llanrhaeadr Waterfall, the tallest single drop waterfall in England and Wales, or cross over the border into Shropshire to explore the town of Shrewsbury, steeped in history with its Grade I castle. This is a beautiful part of the country and is perfect for touring the rest of North and Mid Wales and Shropshire.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas