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Bryn Cemlyn

(Ref. 4588)

Ganllwyd near Dolgellau, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 12 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely spacious house in beautiful wooded valley."

    Lots of bathrooms and toilets, all very clean. We had a fair bit of rain, but still nice walks from the house, enjoyed by kids and dogs. The playroom was also very popular. A wonderful 4days with extended family.

    Reviewed by Jem4.7Dec 2023

  • "It was a fantastic cottage in an amazing and beautiful location."

    Was very clean and comfortable and ideal for our party (husband and I, 3 daughters, 2 son in laws and 3 grandchildren. And Smithy the dog!). We asked if a Christmas tree could be provided and 2 were left, plus boxes of lights and decorations so the children had great fun decorating the tree. The welcome pack of Prosecco, milk and mince pies and doggy treats was much appreciated. A really wonderful stay at a stunning house. The photographs really do not do it justice.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Dec 2023

  • "I really loved this property, extremely spacious, very clean and organised."

    Amazing river down below. Would love to revisit again.

    Thank you for your king feedback, glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mustapha5.0Sep 2023

  • "Was a beautiful house and can't failt it in anyway to be honest and will definitely be back if you would have us"

    Glad you enjoyed your stay. You’re welcome back anytime Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is an excellent holiday house in a great location."

    The house is huge with plenty of room for our family of 10 plus a couple of partners. There is a large cellar which is used as a games room with a pool table, table tennis table and dart board. The house has everything you need including a lovely big kitchen and dining room and the lounge can easily fit everyone in with five settees and four armchairs. The bedrooms are all large and the beds very comfortable.There is a river at the bottom of the garden which we swam and kayaked in. This is without doubt the best holiday house we have stayed in and is very competitively priced. The owners are very helpful, friendly and easy to contact. We have already book for next year.

    I am glad you had a good holiday at Bryncemlyn and thank you for your lovely feedback . See you next year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Aug 2023

  • "What a wonderful time we had at the cottage and it was so much bigger than we expected."

    We will definitely be back.

    Glad you had a good holiday. Thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely property surrounded by stunning scenery."

    Location ideal for access to Barmouth, Fairbourne and lots of lovely walks. Big spacious property with plenty of amenities. Loved the basement games room and fact that there was a dryer down there which we need to use a few times with the rainy weather! WI-FI not brilliant with lots of people connected, but I guess that’s to be expected! The current photos of the property don’t do it justice as it looks to have had a recent refresh with new carpets and sofas.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. Glad you had a good holiday. Must get some new photos taken. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gaynor5.0Jul 2023

  • "A lovely house, perfect for our family."

    A book with useful information (how to use the DVD etc) / up to date menus and pamphlets could have been useful. Many thanks

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely place very cozy."

    We have a few issues which were quickly resolved by the lovely owner.

    Reviewed by Hussein4.7Dec 2022

  • "The cottage is in the perfect location to reach both mountain walks and beaches."

    It is really spacious and well kitted out, and everything was lovely and clean. The river at the bottom of the garden is truly wonderful and was a godsend for us and the dogs as there was a heatwave. The only two things that would stop me giving top marks are that the beds are not that comfortable. And the second thing for me would be that I could not let the dogs off lead as the cottage is on the main road and the back yard where the picnic tables are is not secure. However, new mattresses and I would definitely go there again!

    Glad you had a good holiday at Bryncemlyn. Shame the beds werenot comfy, can you specify which ones were not that comfortable please, I can go ahead and change them. Thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa4.1Aug 2022

  • "Our 3rd visit to Bryn Cemlyn, a large rambling house, plenty of room for everyone We thought the sitting room was amazing, the views from the full length windows were beautiful ( even when it rained!"

    ) The tables and chairs in the window spaces were extremely popular plus plenty of sofas to seat everyone Everything we needed was there, we’ll definitely be back. An ideal base for a 3 generation family holiday

    Thank you for your kind review, glad you had a good holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sonia5.0Jul 2022

  • "The house was fantastic and the family"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2022

  • "We stayed in August 2 families Fantastic cottage set in the most beautiful location."

    The cottage was spacious even with 10 people, we all had our own space, the dinning room and outside area was large enough for us all to sit round and the games room was a great addition. The only thing that let the cottage down was the kitchen, there was not enough work space or cupboards for food nor were there any instructions on how to work the oven and it wasn't big enough for 10. Would I recommend this cottage absolutely as the location was perfect and we had an amazing time

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Jul 2021

  • "My friends / family who stayed with me said beds are not very comfortable ..."

    My friends / family who stayed with me said beds are not very comfortable otherwise everything is alright, we really like the location and the house

    Reviewed by Tamara4.1Jul 2021

  • "The property was amazing."

    When I booked this holiday I didn't realise how big and spacious it was. It was basic but comfortable. I found the oven difficult to use at first because the dials have worn away and the beds were a little worn. In the main lounge there are four large leather sofas, the room was massive , plenty of room for my family which consists of 6 adults, 2 toddlers (under 2 years) and 1 infant and 1 dog. We made use of the games room and to our joy we found bats in the cellar. The walk down to the river was a little tricky but added to the fun. Plenty of parking - we had 3 cars on the property. Due to covid we kept to ourselves so I can not honestly say how friendly the locals were as we didn't use any of the pubs but I am sure they were fine judging how friendly the owners were. The scenery was beautiful, I loved the house, we left Wales wanting to move and live there. As a family we will definitely be going back to the same house.

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Sep 2020

  • "We all loved the house."

    Amazing walks from the door. Short drive to the beach at Barmouth. House is on a noisy road but we got used to it, it didn’t spoil our enjoyment of it. The owner was very friendly and extremely helpful when we had an issue with the fridge freezer. The games room provided hours of entertainment with table tennis and pool. Would definitely go again

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2020

  • "Honestly, blown away by the size and the facilities."

    We have already decided to make this an annual family holiday location! Loved it, beautiful setting and location.

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0Sep 2020

  • "I couldn't in all honesty recommend this placet o people with very young but mobile children or people with mobility issues, far too many stairs."

    Having got that out of the way this house is fantastic, 3 x 3 seater settees plus 2 x 2 seaters in the living room and still not overcrowded. Very large kitchen and dining room. Good sized bedrooms only one of which wasn't en suite and the games room was a bonus. Yes it is on a main road, but I have heavier traffic going past my own home. Well situated to many attractions and OK the pub down the road isn't up to much, but there is a good selection of restaurants within easy reach. I would definitely book again and would recommend to adult parties

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2019

  • "Great location for walking and mountain biking"

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Mar 2019

  • "Bryn Cemlyn is a beautiful place to stay."

    My family had a fantastic time and will definitely be going back. The games room was a real hit (with the big kids too). With so much space my little one has now mastered the art of walking and climbing up and down stairs. Amazing

    Reviewed by Gina4.4Aug 2018

  • "A lovely property and definitely one I would recommend with a great location."

    The only thing I would say is that the listing needs updating. The listing describes a Pub within walking distance, however this has been closed for sometime.

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Dec 2017

  • "Excellent base for a large group, as long as the bedroom arrangement suits (two triples)."

    Close to sea, forests and mountains, with walks directly from the house. It is on a busy road, but gated.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4May 2017

  • "The beds were a little uncomfortable, but everything else was fab."

    Reviewed by Joanne4.6Nov 2016

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  • Over four floors
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x 2nd floor family room with double plus single & en-suite shower, basin, WC, 1 x 2nd floor twin, 1 x family room with king-size double plus single & 'Jack-&-Jill' en-suite with corner bath, shower cubicle, basin, WC (also accessed via landing), 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin, WC, 1 x double with basin
  • 2nd floor bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, basin, WC
  • First floor basin, WC
  • Ground floor basin, WC
  • Fitted kitchen with Newood cooking range
  • Dining room with TV/DVD
  • Living room with log-effect electric fire
  • Large basement with utility room & games room with pool table, table tennis & darts.
  • Oil central heating with electric fire in living room
  • Electric range with double oven & 5-ring ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer inc. icemaker, 2nd freezer in utility, washing machine, dishwasher, tumble dryer in utility, 2 x TV/DVDs
  • All fuel & power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • 2 x travel cots, 2 x highchairs
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Cellar storage for bikes inc. tap with hose
  • Front sitting area with furniture, & views over river & forest
  • Two dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 5 miles
  • Pub with restaurant 3 mins walk (along A470)
  • Note: Property is on the A470.

The property

A detached, stone-built, Victorian property in the scattered village of Ganllwyd, in the Coed-y-Brenin forest, 5 miles from Dolgellau.

A versatile Dolgellau cottage, this large house stands in its own grounds overlooking the River Mawddach and the wooded hills beyond.

This Dolgellau cottage is perfect for family breaks, providing spacious, well equipped accommodation including family bedrooms, four bathrooms, a spacious living room, games room and forest views from many rooms.

This Dolgellau cottage stands amidst beautiful scenic countryside in the Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park, renowned for its mountain bike routes, magnificent walking trails, spectacular waterfalls, nature reserves and other exciting outdoor pursuits.

Dolgellau is 5 miles away, offering shops, pubs and restaurants.

This impressive Dolgellau cottage is wonderfully situated for enjoying the surrounding National Park, as well as the huge sandy beaches of Barmouth and Fairbourne, ideal for family fun and watersports.

At the end of the day return to this imposing Dolgellau cottage to wine, dine and relax.

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About the location


Dolgellau 5 miles; Barmouth 10 miles.

The scattered village of Ganllwyd is surrounded by extensive Coed-y-Brenin Forestry Commission and NT parkland, at the head of the beautiful Mawddach Estuary, overlooked by the Cader Idris Mountain Range. The nearby town of Dolgellau is a superb base for a holiday - perfect for combining the outdoor pursuits of Snowdonia with relaxing days out on the sandy beaches of Barmouth, Fairbourne and Aberdovey. Dolgellau offers a good selection of shops, pubs and places to eat and there are excellent restaurants in many of the nearby coastal resorts. A location famous for wonderful mountain biking routes and walking trails, for quiet outdoor recreation with superb scenery, mountains, forests, spectacular waterfalls, castles and beaches all close to hand, but without the crowds!

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas