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Hendoll Cottage 1

(Ref. 916895)

Fairbourne near Dolgellau, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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63 Customer Reviews

  • "A beautiful cottage surrounded by stunning scenery."

    The dog friendly beach is an easy walk from the cottage. A special thank you to the owner who drove from Birmingham to clean the patio after a recent flood, I really appreciated him going the extra mile; being able to use the garden with my dog, made me feel safe. It was my first time away on my own.

    Reviewed by Gill4.4Apr 2024

  • "Lovely cottage for two people (and possibly 2 children)."

    Cosy living room with a great woodburner and a well equipped kitchen. Very clean and well maintained.

    Reviewed by Anna4.7Mar 2024

  • "Dangerous front door steps: irregular, multiple styles, slippy."

    Steps of both back doors slippy. 3 Steps below side gate are wood and, yes slippy. The whole is a gullly from the side lane into the garden of No.1. Yes I suffered muscle pulls and joint injuries, and I'm generally quite fit. Most dogs could easily get over the low back wall. Otherwise ths accommodation is good, credit when credit is due. AM

    Reviewed by Andy3.8Mar 2024

  • "Another wonderful stay in Hendoll 1, simply perfect and the most comfy bed."

    This cottage has everything you need. I stayed here for a week on my own and I felt safe and not at all worried. Only one thing, an extra loo roll would come in handy as only one supplied for a week. Emily

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Feb 2024

  • "Electric went off one night toilet was downstairs and bedrooms struggle for me ..."

    Electric went off one night toilet was downstairs and bedrooms struggle for me disabled person hearing kept going off it was cold a lot off the time

    Reviewed by Paul3.8Jan 2024

  • "Comfortable, cosy cottage in a quiet setting, ideally situated for numerous countryside walks."

    Beach within 10 minute walk and plenty of other panoramic views in a short drive. This cottage was an excellent central base for a relaxing stay with plenty of beautiful local dog-walks.

    Reviewed by James4.7Jan 2024

  • "Lovely cottage and a great part of this country"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great place to be, walks from the house, lovely beach, shops near etc Cottage very comfy for 2 of us, 4 would be a squeeze."

    Main problem was it was cold downstairs in bedrooms, would recommend for summer stays but winter would be too cold (thermostat upstairs so radiators didn't come on downstairs). Upstairs lovely wood burning stove, great shower, all you need. Small enclosed outside area, but so many dog walks from house it wasnt needed. Loved the quiet road and night sky.

    Reviewed by Nick4.7Oct 2023

  • "We have visited this cottage before and this time everything remained of a very high standard."

    Spotlessly clean throughout well equipped and everything we required for our holiday. Good location with off road parking and within easy reach of several towns and beaches. Will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by Jayne4.7Sep 2023

  • "In many ways this is a really lovely property that is well equipped."

    Having said that, it wasn't perfect for us. The location is beautiful, and the house was tidy and clean, except for several wispy spiders in each room. To be fair, I should have expected that in a cottage of this style. There were a few small issues. The double bedroom didn't have enough space between the bed and the chest of drawers so several times I walked into the bed. The downstairs hall was very narrow, and the stairs were uncarpeted meaning they felt slippery without shoes. The heating system worked really well, but it was difficult to get much fresh air into the cottage. On the whole, I would recommend the cottage to any couple or small family that don't mind spiders!

    Reviewed by Alison3.8Jul 2023

  • "Spotlessly clean ,spacious and well equipped cottage with a nice enclosed garden ideal for the dog ,"

    Reviewed by Roy4.7Jun 2023

  • "Lovely deceptively spacious 2 bed cottage."

    Quirky upside down design.Nice location,tranquil stream nearby nice to listen to.Would recommended

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage very clean had a great break"

    Reviewed by Paul4.1May 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, great find."

    Fairbourne is a hidden treasure, having holidayed in Barmouth for the past 6 years it was a treat to stay somewhere quieter but still access to the busier town either by foot (3 miles) or a 5 minute train ride. Cottage was very comfortable and clean, had everything I needed for my stay with two dogs. Enclosed garden, quiet location and very easy walk to a wonderful beach. Cottage bedrooms are on the ground floor with the kitchen and living area at street level which I loved, milk, tea, coffee and cake provided for arrival Owners very nice and great communication. I will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0May 2023

  • "We were very happy with the standard of the cottage."

    It is very well presented and we had everything we needed. It is situated right in the heart of some stunning scenery with access to some great walks straight from the cottage itself. We really liked the character of Hendoll cottage with its period features and unusual layout. This was our second stay and we would definitely like to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very comfortable and exceptionally clean."

    Suited our purposes and great mainline train services to explore the area.

    Reviewed by Julie4.1Mar 2023

  • "Let’s just say we didn’t want to come home, this cottage is beautiful and in a great location."

    Spotlessly clean, very happy with our stay.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Feb 2023

  • "This was my second stay at Hendoll, but my first in Hendoll 1."

    It’s a lovely cottage, spotlessly clean, very comfortable, in a beautiful location and equipped with all the conveniences you need to make it a home from home. I would absolutely recommend Hendoll 1 (and 2!) to anyone looking for great accommodation on the edge of Snowdonia!

    Reviewed by Sian5.0Feb 2023

  • "Hendoll 1 was in an ideal location to explore the area, just a ten minute walk from the beach."

    The cottage was clean and cosy and we had everything we needed. We had a very enjoyable stay. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful property, lovely and clean, nice location central to lovely settings ..."

    Beautiful property, lovely and clean, nice location central to lovely settings in Wales, well equipped, lovely relaxing holiday, couldn't ask for more

    Reviewed by Toni5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely, well equipped cottage in ideal, quiet location."

    My only concern was that the front door-step & the top of the stairs could be a challenge to the less agile amongst us.. It is less than 15 mins walk to Fairbourne main line & miniature railway stations and the chippy & delicatessan (all recommended). Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Peter3.8Aug 2022

  • "Perfect holiday cottage."

    Beautiful location, quiet but convenient, nice garden and patio, Comfortable furniture. Will definitely go again!

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful property both inside and out."

    An excellent base for exploring the area. Would highly recommend to friends and family. Idyllic stream behind. Wonderful. Would definitely stay again. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Jun 2022

  • "Would recommend to my friends."

    Have booked for Christmas along with cottage 2 for friends.

    Reviewed by Hannah3.8Jun 2022

  • "A very pleasant cottage to stay in."

    We had everything we needed and were impressed with the standard of cleanliness. It was great to stay in a property with so much sense of history that was at the same time very sympathetically modernised. The beautiful beach is close by as are dramatic coastal walks. We would definitely like to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely clean cottage with everything we needed for our stay."

    Brilliant location within walking distance to the beach and amenities.

    Reviewed by Anita5.0May 2022

  • "6.5/10 cottage The location was great."

    Lots of things to do and see on both foot, car and train. There’s a fast flowing stream 2 metres from the front door which was lovely - the dog loved her morning paddle and you could hear it slightly when sat in the lounge/ kitchen. Parking outside was easy - we managed to unload everything on the doorstep and then park on the shared off-road driveway. The log burner was lovely (and much needed in a cold March) and they provided a bag of large logs. The only negative to the house being upside down was that it was absolutely freezing downstairs (particularly the hallway, but both bedrooms too) as all the heat from the log burner rose. The heating was good but obviously would not come on if the log burner had been on as the temp gauge was upstairs (very cold mornings). Lovely kitchen - plenty of cutlery and plates provided, and washing machine was good. Comfy bed downstairs, and the shower was great. Lots of storage for coats and clothes. TV was good too, Netflix on there - just don’t forget to log out! The little garden was perfect for our small cocker spaniel that doesn’t jump, but if you have a dog that likes hopping short fences, I’d be wary! We had to contact the cottage owner over a small query and he was very helpful and informative - lovely man to deal with if anything were to go wrong! The reason we wouldn’t give the cottage anything above a 6.5 was it’s cleanliness. Normally, I overlook reviews about how dirty a place is but they were not wrong. The sofa cracks has mountains of crumbs in (which lifted onto the main cushions when you sat down), the floor had not been mopped nor hoovered properly and was incredibly dirty, under the sofa wasn’t pleasant - our dogs toy got lost under there and it was not nice retrieving that! The kitchen pans had not been cleaned properly either and were lined with sticky white grease which we had to clean ourselves (bring your own induction pans as they were really bad - food getting stuck onto it even with a lot of oil), the log burner had not been cleaned (we cleaned it spotless ourselves) and soot went all over our clothing the first time we lit it. If they provided a hoover (which they need to!) we would have hoovered the place ourselves to make it more bearable. The cleanliness is not what you expect for a Sykes cottage, especially for the money you pay. Overall, it was a good stay and a lovely little cottage, it’s a shame a lot of the positive qualities were overshadowed by the dirt but if they upped their cleaning (considerably!) we’d stay here again.

    Thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry to hear of the issues you experienced during your stay. Should I have been made aware of this at the time I would gladly have sent a cleaner to put things right. Please be assured I am investigating this with the cleaner to avoid these issues for future guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amber3.1Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely time."

    The cottage is amazing(everything was working, strong WIFI, comfortable sofa and bed, nice and warm, plus chimney :) ) Spacious off-road parking, good location, beautiful views. My personal recomendations: Small things to add(improve), that will make this cottage even better: - missing shoe rack by the entrance - missing basic cleaning product, extra washing up+ sponges - Add one or two bigger pots to the kitchen (5L, 7L) and few more glasses( tumbler, pint) - Add bathroom wall cabinet next to mirrow to keep esential toilet stuff. - I would focus more on cleaning. A lot of cobwebs everywhere(easy to improve- it took me 10min to take them off whith the broom), fridge could be more clean. Other than that amazing place. Strong 9 out of 10 Thank you

    Reviewed by Maciej4.4Feb 2022

  • "The cleanliness issue was disappointing ; the owner , who lives at a considerable distance , had been let down and was very apologetic."

    We are sure he will do all he can to avoid a repetition. In any event , the fact remains that we had a superb holiday in a fabulous location. The cottage , the best we have ever stayed in, has been wonderfully converted from a barn and offers every comfort. The wood burning stove is excellent but there were no logs when we arrived . We had taken the precaution of taking our own logs but we suggest that a starter ‘kit’ should be provided except in high summer, and guidance given about buying more logs locally at a reasonable price. We emphasise that the electric central heating was very good. We found the representative of Sykes cottages very pleasant and efficient.

    Reviewed by Charles4.7Oct 2021

  • "Lovely dog friendly cottage in lovely grounds with good walks from the doorstep or using train and bus services."

    Reviewed by Angela4.1Aug 2021

  • "The cottage is lovely with everything you need."

    However we were slightly disappointed in the cleanliness of the cottage. There were dirt splatters all up the walls and cobwebs behind the sofas that had clearly not been cleaned either. In such circumstances we are in today i would have expected the cleanliness to be spot on, so i was disappointed with this.

    Reviewed by Kristie3.1Aug 2021

  • "The cottage, location and owner are all great."

    The patio garden is enclosed and quite private, off road parking in the larger adjoining garden. Our dog has arthritis so the step up to the front door presented us with a bit of a problem. There are a good number of local walks with great views, Fairbourne beach is lovely at low tide, the owner and neighbours are friendly, helpful and informative.

    Reviewed by April4.7Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was very good, plenty of walks in the area, beach was dog friendly as were most folks."

    We had a very enjoyable break with the dog for the first time. Will be looking to return there.

    Reviewed by William4.7Jun 2021

  • "Great location for visiting north west Wales."

    Clean and comfy cottage good for a couple or family of 4.

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Jun 2021

  • "An excellent well equipped little cottage with everything we needed for a perfect holiday."

    Warm, cosy and clean with lashings of hot water on demand. The enclosed garden area was perfect for our two dogs. A 20 minute walk to Fairbourne beach and a short drive to The George for meals. Would recommend Hendoll Cottage for a holiday and will certainly return.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2021

  • "Hendoll cottage 1 was comfortable, clean, warm and well positioned."

    Coastal path was just outside the front door and if my husband hadn't sprained his ankle on the second day we could have spent the whole week walking from the property. There was a slight problem on our arrival and the owner dealt with it immediately. Would we recommend this property yes we would, would we book it again yes of course. Fairbourne itself has two general stores and a super greengrocers. So despite the sprained ankle we had a good break.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0May 2021

  • "A lovely little cottage with a very helpful and friendly owner."

    A dish washer would have been good as a couple of items of the crockery could have been cleaner. The only downside of the present system is the 9.00am check out on the leaving day, which made it quite a rush, but understandable in these covid times.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Apr 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, clean and had everything we needed."

    It’s in a quiet area but not far from the beach and a few shops. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely location, set in woodland and hills, cosy little cottage, with lovely garden."

    Well equipped and clean. Looking forward to returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jul 2020

  • "A very nice cottage cloe to many attractions."

    Very friendly landlord and good communication..

    Reviewed by Ramin5.0Feb 2020

  • "The boiler didn’t work and the owner called out n engineer quickly for us"

    Reviewed by Matt4.1Oct 2019

  • "Really refreshed and relaxed after our holiday, everything i needed rural woodland and coastline."

    Be going again, the dog insists!! Mr s.mottram

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2019

  • "Found the stairs rather steep not really very good for anybody infirm we did enjoy the area very much"

    Reviewed by M3.4Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was absolutely beautiful, lovely surroundings and a perfect place to ..."

    The cottage was absolutely beautiful, lovely surroundings and a perfect place to retreat after a day climbing mount Snowdon, will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by Ashton5.0May 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our short time at Hendoll Cottage."

    The cottage itself was clean and tidy, well equipped and in a great location.

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Apr 2019

  • "The bathroom was not as clean as we would have liked, and bedrooms had dust and cobwebs in them."

    There was no heating in the lower ground floor hallway and temperatures did plummet during out stay. We thought there was a field at the rear for the kids and dog to play in but it was more a little low maintenance garden that was fenced off. The tea towel that was left for us smelt disgusting so we washed it but we did take our own anyway. The bowl still had grease around the inside of it and we were a little disappointed that the level of cleanliness and hygiene was not to our own standard.

    Reviewed by Elaine3.1Apr 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a good location."

    The weather was so lovely so we didn’t need to light the little log burning stove. The two dogs thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The cottage is on the lane leading up to the Blue Lake which is a absolute must to go and see.

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.1Feb 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage , full of character and charm and in a brilliant location."

    Will definitely be booking this cottage again

    Reviewed by Dominic5.0Nov 2018

  • "Nice peaceful location with some nice walks straight from the cottage."

    The walk to Barmouth over the bridge was lovely. Fairbourne beach is fabulous and huge! 15 to 20 minute walk to local well stocked shop. The chip shop there was good ...big portions and tasty! Lots of nice places to visit within 30 or so miles. The weather was good for October too. The cottage was comfy and cozy, kitchen had everything you'd need to cook a meal. All in all a very enjoyable holiday in this beautiful part of Wales.

    Reviewed by Maggie4.4Oct 2018

  • "Cottage warm and comfortable."

    Main complaint is mattress on double bed very uncomfortable and needs replacing urgently. We slept in the two single beds after first night. Cafetière was too small for two people let alone four. Otherwise well equipped.

    Reviewed by John3.8Sep 2018

  • "Great property, location was perfect, and booking and communication was easy."

    Reviewed by Theresa5.0Aug 2018

  • "An excellent cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    We had a fantastic 2 week stay and would like to return next summer. As others have commented a vacuum cleaner would be useful, especially after a trip to the beach. We would completely recommend this cottage anytime.

    Reviewed by John4.4Jul 2018

  • "Had a fantastic time."

    Impressed with kitchen facilities. During a hot summer like this one, would have been nice to have a pedestal fan. Only negative is that the floors are very noisy. Having said that, we would come back again

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Jun 2018

  • "Cottage is brilliant would benefit from a larger television"

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7May 2018

  • "The cottage is fine and we enjoyed our stay but you should be aware it is VERY remote."

    Fantastic beach not far away but only one shop, butty bar, butcher and a chip shop which is only open a few hours. Nothing for the kids but we loved the place.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Apr 2018

  • "The cottage was all that could be expected from a holiday cottage."

    We have therefore avoided the pitfall of comparing it with a family home! We enjoyed our stay. Everything worked. The location is ideal, being very quiet and accessible to a wide range of destinations. With a dog it was perfect, with walks from the house, as well as nearby. For information, and not a problem for us, was we had to park on the grass, as the other parking spaces were taken. This is something which can easily be addressed by slightly extending the hard surfacing.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2018

  • "We arrived expecting a lovely cosy cottage and we got that and much much more."

    The location, for people who enjoy walking, is exceptional. Walking left up the hill from the cottage quickly took us into the hills which became mountains. Turning right, we walked to the coast, and along the sea towards the bridge to Barmouth. The cottage itself was warm, very well equipped, clean and very well furnished and laid out. It exceeded all my hopes and expectations - thank you! The two lurchers loved it too!

    Reviewed by Su5.0Nov 2017

  • "Had a lovely time nice weather plenty to do nice walks around the cottage not ..."

    Had a lovely time nice weather plenty to do nice walks around the cottage not far to beach and shops sat outside in yard area

    Reviewed by Keith4.7Jun 2017

  • "Very clean and well presented cottage ideal for a weekend of walking and relaxing."

    Reviewed by Samantha4.8Mar 2017

  • "The pics on website do not do the cottage justice."

    Very homely and perfect for a relaxing break. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Feb 2017

  • "Everything about it was just perfect, cottage, location, even the weather!"

    The cottage was comfortable, very very clean and felt really homely.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Sep 2016

  • "Thanks, lovely quite cottage and in a great location, looked small from outside but had plenty of room, great Base for exploring Snowdonia and surrounding areas."

    Fairbourne shop pretty handy for most of basic things, highly recommended, thanks again.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.4Aug 2016

  • "Excellent place to stay,catering for all your needs,not far too beach,excellent walks,breathtaking views."


    Reviewed by Jennifer4.8May 2016

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  • Over ground and lower ground floors
  • Two lower ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Lower ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking in parking area behind cottages for 2 cars, additional roadside parking on lane outside cottage
  • Enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub and shop 10 mins walk
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Note: Property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £100.00. This property doesnt accept Sunday arrivals or checkouts
  • If you wish to book a short break, please book 3 nights from Friday or Saturday

The property

This wonderful barn conversion is a welcoming holiday home for couples or a family.

Upon arrival you will find a welcoming sitting room with a woodburning stove, high ceilings and exposed beams, along with a separate kitchen with dining area.

Stairs from the sitting room lead to the lower ground floor bedrooms and bathroom.

A delightful cottage in a beautiful part of North Wales.

Note: This property is next to Refs. 916896 and 916897, together they sleep 14.

Hendoll Courtyard Cottages

Fairbourne 0.5 miles. These stylishly and wonderfully renovated courtyard cottages are situated in the small village of Friog, just a ten minute walk from the coastal village of Fairbourne. These cottages are perfect for a traditional family holiday or for just a couple or friends who are looking to spend some quality time together exploring the area and one of the loveliest coastline in North Wales. These beautiful cottages have been sympathetically refurbished and individually designed by the careful conversion of 19th century barns. They can be booked individually or larger groups could book the three cottages together for those special occasions when the whole family can get together and celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. Situated just a twenty minute walk to the two mile stretch of a Blue Flag beach and surrounded by open farmland with a backdrop of woodland these delightful cottages provide the ideal base. The cottages are furnished with modern living in mind with WiFi and electric heating throughout, as well as fantastic character features, such as exposed stone, high pitched beamed ceilings and woodburning stoves, whilst great care has been taken to ensure there is everything you could need to ensure you have a comfortable stay and a wonderful holiday. There is private off road parking and each cottage has a paved courtyard area for you to enjoy, finish that book you’ve always been promising to, or simply take in the scenery. There are numerous short walks from the cottages and the beach is about a twenty minute walk away. Visit the Blue Lake, a very deep, clear blue pool in a mysterious cavern, which occupies high ground in the old Golwern Slate Quarry above Fairbourne. You are ideally placed to explore the mountains of Snowdonia, being in the shadow of the striking Cader Idris, and the area offers numerous outdoor activities such as pony trekking on the local beaches. The popular market town of Dolgellau is less than ten miles away and Barmouth, with lovely shopping and a regal harbour is just a three mile walk across the estuary bridge or a fourteen mile drive. This is a wonderful location for the perfect family holiday, all year round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Dolgellau 9 miles; Barmouth 13 miles; Aberdovey 15 miles.

Fairbourne is a seaside village in the Snowdonia National Park, which nestles between the beautiful Cambrian Mountains and Barmouth Bay. This coastal village rests beside a huge sandy beach, perfect for family fun and watersports. It is also home to the Fairbourne nature reserve. The well-known town of Barmouth, with its pubs, restaurants and beautiful beach, is only ten minutes away by train, or why not take a leisurely walk over the well-known Victorian Barmouth Railway Bridge with stunning views of Mawddach Estuary. The whole region offers excellent walks, mountain biking and watersports, boasts a variety of wild flowers, and is home to many species of birds that flock to the area's sheltered beaches and rock pools. Discover Dolgellau and delightful Aberdovey, and visit the magnificent sights of medieval Harlech Castle, Portmeirion Italianate Village and the wonderful Snowdonia National Park, all within a short drive. With plenty to see and do, this is a fantastic year-round holiday location.

Please be aware that pets should not be left in the property alone unless crated

This property doesnt accept Sunday arrivals or checkouts. If you wish to book a short break, please book 3 nights from Friday or Saturday

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas