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Nant Y Gwernan

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Dolgellau, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "We had an absolutely incredible stay and we couldn’t have asked for anything better!"

    The place was super clean, the bed was comfy, the WiFi and sky channels were good and finally, the garden was just superb, the dogs really enjoyed playing in it and there were even tadpoles in the little pond! Will definitely be coming back!

    Thankyou for your wonderful feedback. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon. liz & ian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2024

  • "Second visit and the cottage more than lived up to our memories."

    All positive as for us, two adults & dogs, it was just what we wanted over Christmas. Our last visit was in late January and Dolgellau had seemed drab but at this time it was bright, alive and welcoming to visitors. The weather was as bad as forecast but truly awesome to watch from inside through the massive windows. We had one temperate day when we got to Barmouth beach. But … walking the lanes by the cottage in the howling wind and taking time to really look around me and take it all in, I was awe struck by the wild beauty, and, yes, will be back.

    Hi Brenda, it was lovely to welcome you back. Unfortunately the weather can be a bit wild up here sometimes. However we love visiting in the winter and watching a good storm from inside the warm and cosy cottage! See you again soon liz & Ian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brenda4.7Dec 2023

  • "The location of the property was excellent."

    Amazing views and access to walking from the cottage really convenient. The cottage was warm, cosy, peaceful and relaxing However there were a few housekeeping issues which needed attention These were listed and left as requested by the owner. Generally there was a a feeling that the cottage inside and out needs a little TLC and that housekeeping cleaners give more attention to ensuring the kitchen and utensils were perfectly clean. This being said we enjoyed our stay and will probably return next year

    Thankyou for your feedback, which we always welcome, good and bad. It's important to know of any problems you've experienced during your stay, in order to ensure all is good for our next guests. The issues which you mentioned have been addressed and the cottage has had a whole new coat of paint and is now looking refreshed and loved! Thanks again for booking your stay at Nant Y Gwernan. liz & ian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.4Dec 2023

  • "A lovely property and very spacious."

    Just the dreadful weather stopped us from doing more.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely property in a gorgeous picturesque setting."

    The fixtures and fittings were nice quality. Location was great for a short drive into the village for pubs and restaurants and there is easy access by road to surrounding areas and beaches to visit and some great walks. Bedding was good, pots, pans and plates were nice quality. Downsides - although well equipped generally there were a few omissions such as no wardrobe in the double bedroom or nearby for using which we had not expected. Although the bunks are described as adult we feel this is optimistic and our 5’8” son only just got in the lower bunk and couldn’t really get on the top bunk without bumping his back on the lamp/ceiling etc. There was surprisingly only one bedside lamp in the master bedroom, there weren’t enough wine glasses for 5 people, there was an issue with mould in the bunk bedroom (owners did try to clean this wall when we notified them) and master bathroom ( shower could have been much cleaner) and whilst the kitchens, bathrooms and bedding were clean the house generally felt as though it hadn’t been hoovered or had been hoovered after the last visitors but not freshened up before our visit (no idea which). There were other peoples socks in the master wardrobe, rubbish under the sofa in the extension and generally it needed a good vacuum to get rid of dust/debris/dead flies round the edges. There really was an issue with spiders/spiders webs in all rooms but particularly in the bunk room (owners said they were aware of this so not sure why it wasn’t dealt with) in the corners and the edges of ceilings/skirtings/under things which we hoovered three nights running to get on top of the situation. The house is a really lovely large cottage but had a slightly neglected air about it, with weeds growing up all the way around the house itself and a dead bird on the roof which was there on our arrival. I would recommend the property and the location is fabulous, but think the owners need to ask the house keepers to up their game. We appreciate, particularly in a rural setting there will be all sorts of creatures, but most of what we found was just careless house keeping. On a positive note, we had a peaceful break, with beautiful views of the lake and mountains from a lovely house.

    Reviewed by Sarah3.1Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful location and grounds."

    Very comfy beds. Good hot showers. Really well equipped. Loads of walking/hiking from the door- easy strolls round the lake, hiking up the pony path, or hike/scramble up the foxes path. Many other routes too. Wonderful quiet lanes, tracks and bridleways, including national routes for cycling.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2023

  • "If you are looking for a quiet chilled holiday with the most beautiful view through the window, this is for you."

    Lots to do without driving too far, spectacular scenery, challenging walks, some not so challenging, two beaches less than 30 mins away, what more could you want! The cottage, in Jan, was clean, comfortable, warm and beautifully decorated. There are no negatives about this place, just good luck finding it for the first time in the dark!

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Jan 2023

  • "Had the most amazing week in this beautiful home."

    We were so comfortable and although the weather was atrocious we loved watching the lake through the huge windows. There is so much to do in the area and we look forward to visiting again.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage with gardens down to the lake."

    Peaceful location with no other properties in sight. Our dogs loved the lake, local walks and exploring further afield. We will visit again in a year or two.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great holiday cottage and location."

    The cottage is well equipped and some lovely little touches with the dog treats, bowls, bed, fruit bread, kitchen roll, some dishwasher tablets / washing up liquid etc. The owner is really great at communication and there are lots of manuals / notes to assist in the working of the white goods / boiler / cooker. The decor and facilities are of a high standard and we loved the view from the house. We weren't able to do as much as we wanted due to a prior sprained ankle but we can recommend: NT - Bodnant Gardens Bala Lake - we had a 2.5 hour group canoe lesson Coed Y Brenin (Forest for biking and walking) Copper Mines & Beddgelert (great ice cream shop) Ffestinog Railway Food / Drink: George III Pub Royal Ship Cosy Fish and Chips Tafarm Tapas Norbar (Barmouth) for a sunny day / evening - food and drink with a chilled vibe and overlooking the sea We will be back as we loved the location and need to come back to do all the walks we wanted to do.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Aug 2022

  • "Everything you could want in a very comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    Great property with outstanding views

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Apr 2022

  • "Thanks very much for your amazing cottage,we have all enjoyed a wonderful stay and a peaceful,stunning view!"

    Hopefully we will be back, see you soon again! Heidi

    Reviewed by Heidi5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a great stay, wonderful views with a nice, relaxed atmosphere."

    Lovely to have the sheep visiting the garden (good job we closed the gate). Good walks from the door (right on the edge of the National Park). All equipment, crockery and furnishing of high quality. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Jill4.7Mar 2022

  • "Nant Y Gwernan is a very comfortable cottage in the right place for some fine walking in Snowdonia."

    We really enjoyed our stay and hope to come back again next year.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful and homely cottage."

    It was a wonderful stay with the family and the dogs and the country walks were breathtaking

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jan 2022

  • "Beautiful, well equipped cottage in a wonderful location with spectacular views and lovely garden which our 2 dogs enjoyed immensely."

    Great walks from the doorstep and 30 mins from Lake Bala which was wonderful for watersports and swimming.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful setting and good base to visit the many attractions of North Wales."

    Very comfortable house with quality furnishings and an attractive, well kept garden. It was thoroughly cleaned - one of the visibly cleanest houses we've stayed in which we were very grateful for. We would love to return one day.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful house with fantastic view."

    Everything perfect.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had the most wonderful week at Nant Y Gwernan."

    What a very special house in a beautiful location. It was the most peaceful and relaxing place. We loved sitting by the lake, watching the heron and listening to the sheep in the valley (and no other noise at all!). The bed was the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. The house is fantastic - with everything you need for your stay. Exceptionally clean and comfortable. We were so pleased to be able to bring our dog to such a lovely place. The owners even left a dog bed, bowls, blanket, towel and dog treats - which was just great and very helpful. The house is located very close to the Pony Path to Cadair Idris (walkable from the house) and also easy driving distance to several amazing beaches (Barmouth, Harlech, Fairbourne). We also walked along the Mawddach Trail, with a good lunch spot at the George pub, looking over the toll bridge at Penmaenpool near Dolgellau. This is a wonderful part of Snowdonia and the house is in the perfect location to enjoy the national park.

    Reviewed by Erica5.0Aug 2020

  • "The owners have thought of everything to make your stay comfortable."

    Beautiful location and peaceful surroundings. Will be staying again from the moment you step through the door it's like home.

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Jul 2020

  • "A really beautiful cottage with a beautiful setting on."

    A Snowdonia lake under the Cader Idris that you can walk up from the cottage. A stream half a mile down the road and beautiful lakes further along the lane perfect for cycling and exploring. Out in the Snowdonia countryside with Dolgellau 2.5 miles away for all your needs. Perfect!

    Reviewed by Norma5.0Mar 2020

  • "Everything you could possibly want in a home away from home but everything was to a high end spec even down to the kitchen utensils."

    Fabulous setting. What more could we of asked for.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage is of a very highly standard - comfy and cozy throughout with amazing views."

    There are lots of local walks and the beach at Barmouth is a great place to take the dogs (summer restrictions apply). The Last Inn in Barmouth is lovely and is dog friendly. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend it.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Nov 2019

  • "Absolutely amazing setting and cottage, home from home."

    Did not want to leave. All the luxury comforts one would expect in 5* Hotel accommodation plus more. This cottage is one to try and never forget! Exceeded expectations on all levels. This cottage would suit the Artist, Photographer, Walker, Climber, a great place to relax and more. Will be booking again.

    Reviewed by Loretta5.0Oct 2019

  • "The house was very comfortable and perfectly equipped, we would love to stay there again when we return to Snowdonia :)"

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Aug 2019

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double, 1 x double, 1 x adult bunk room
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, WC and basin
  • Ground floor WC and basin
  • Open-plan living/kitchen/dining area
  • Utility
  • Snug room with gas fire and Smart TV
  • Electric central heating and gas fire
  • Rangemaster cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with Sky, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3-4 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Lawned garden with lake view
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles
  • Note: Garden is not enclosed and leads down to the lake, children and pets should be supervised at all times
  • BBQ.

The property

Dolgellau 2.8 miles.

This spacious, detached cottage lies at the foot of Cader Idris in an idyllic lakeside position, a few miles from the market town of Dolgellau in Snowdonia National Park.

Originally an old dairy, Nant Y Gwernan provides a superb family base for a exploring the area or simply relaxing amongst the picturesque scenery.

Kick off your boots in the entrance hallway and step into the glorious open-plan living area, filled with an abundance of natural light.

You will immediately be drawn towards the sliding patio doors which truly bring the outside in, offering lovely views of the lake and opposite woodland.

Prepare home-cooked meals in the contemporary kitchen, featuring gloss black units and an oak worktop for a stylish finish.

Adjoining the setup is a dining table with seating for all the family to gather round and enjoy a hearty feast, as well as a sitting area for taking in the splendid view.

Explore the ground floor further and discover the cosy snug room, dressed in a quaint country theme, with chesterfield style sofas and an alluring gas log effect for relaxation, and a Smart TV with Sky for entertainment.

Climb the stairs up to the galley style landing which shares the bedrooms down two wings.

The master bedroom features a generous super king-size bed and glass Juilet balcony, offering admirable views over the lake and towards the woodland.

Just outside the master is a modern shower room with slate tiling and gloss white fixtures.

Set down the other wing is the double bedroom and adult bunks, along with a family bathroom.

Perhaps the highlight of the property is the stunning garden space, where you can sit on the picnic bench with a glass of wine or dine alfresco style with a stunning backdrop.

Thanks to the waterside location and an abundance of shrubs and flowers, several beautiful dragonflies are attracted to the area, which adds to the wild garden feel.

If you can ever take yourself away from this beautiful location, then bustling town of Dolgellau is only a short drive away and offers several tea rooms, shops, restaurants and pubs.

A number of outdoor activities can be enjoyed in the area, with the Cader Idris mountain range just a short walk away and the largest mountain bike trail in Wales, Coed Y Brenin, four miles away.

Alternatively visit the sandy beaches of Barmouth, Fairbourne and Aberdovey for a welcome change of scenery.

A relaxing escape in a beautiful location.

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About the location


Fairbourne 9.3 miles; Barmouth 10 miles; Aberdovey 23.2 miles.

This small, beautiful market town is located in the heart of southern Snowdonia, between the imposing Cader Idris mountain range and the sea. It’s a superb base for a holiday - perfect for combining the many outdoor pursuits on offer in Snowdonia with relaxing days out on the soft sandy beaches of Barmouth, Fairbourne and Aberdovey. The town itself offers a good selection of shops, five pubs and a wine bar, along with a number of excellent restaurants, cafes and two bakeries, that produce fresh bread and cakes each day. Dolgellau is home to over 200 listed buildings, allegedly the highest concentration in the whole of Wales, and the town is also a designated 'cycle break centre' boasting a range of dedicated cycle routes all around the area. Close by is the Coed y Brenin mountain bike trail and this location is ideal for quiet outdoor recreation with superb scenery, mountains, forests, waterfalls, castles and beaches all close to hand.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas