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Bontddu near Dolgellau, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "The pod was absolutely beautiful."

    Very clean and cosy. The pod is very secluded so you have lots of privacy. There's plenty of outdoor space for the dog which was perfect for us. I would 100% stay here again. However, unfortunately we did run into a few minor issues with the hot tub, there was a leak in the tub which resulted in us having to refill the tub several times which in turn cooled it right down. ( I have sent the owners a private message to inform them) Id recommend bringing some fire wood or kindling with you also! Mrs Lloyd came to say hello a few times, she's so friendly!

    Reviewed by Sophie4.4Feb 2024

  • "Such a lovely and clean property, very inviting and welcoming."

    The scenery is amazing and it is so tranquil. Some lovely walks around and not far from towns and the coast. Would highly recommend. My only query was the hot tub as it had a small leak and we were not provided with that information before arrival however we managed to work it eventually.

    Reviewed by Isabel4.7Feb 2024

  • "Lovely place to stay."

    Nice and peaceful and clean. Will definitely be booking again. The cat was very friendly too.

    Thanks so much! x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kial5.0Jan 2024

  • "We had a lovely time at the property."

    We were greeted at the gate and escorted to the property by Mrs Lloyd who regularly checked up on us. There was an issue with the central heating upon arrival but was quickly rectified by the owners. The hot tub was rather disappointing though. There is a water leak on the top inlet hose from the fire which meant low water levels. There is also a filter missing from the same inlet hose into the hot tub which meant ash was in the water.

    We are very sorry about the hot tub, the filter was ordered and unfortunately took over a month to arrive! Sincerest apologies x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lewis4.7Jan 2024

  • "Was a lovely stay, the place was very clean and very well looked after with modern interior."

    Such a beautiful and secluded location. We very much enjoyed our stay, thank you.

    Reviewed by Carmen4.4Jan 2024

  • "Limited storage for clothes would benefit with a few baskets under settee ."

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Dec 2023

  • "Absolutely flawless, no faults at all!"

    Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed your stay x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Nov 2023

  • "Great secluded stay, perfect for escaping the fireworks that scare our dog on bonfire night."

    There is one pod in the field next door and a couple houses nearby but it’s designed so that it’s pretty private for both. Amazing peaceful surroundings, river / stream on your doorstep! Mrs Lloyd (owners cat) was a character and very sweet! WiFi is also very good (you’ll need it as no signal) Hot tub got up to heat in November (give it a couple hours and a big fire). A little more kindling to get it going would be nice though. The price is very fair for such a great spot at a nice property. There were a couple downsides but only worth noting and didn’t detract from our stay: - The blinds are quite awkward and one kept falling off. They are also more like privacy semi-transparent rather than blackout so we found there was no point using them - Storage is very limited as you might expect, don’t bring huge bags. - Slight odour in bathroom noticeable occasionally, nothing an air freshener couldn’t help - Mattress and pillows not the best but got used to it - A bit more info in booklet may be helpful e.g. walks, using hot tub, recommendations nearby - Nothing against the property but we found much of the shops, cafes, restaurants etc in surrounding towns are more often than not closed during off season. We highly recommend this if you’re looking for a peaceful getaway and is perfect for a dog too.

    Reviewed by Seb4.1Nov 2023

  • "This is a perfect holiday spot."

    The location is fantastic - it is tucked away in the midst of Snowdonia, however it is only a short drive to local attractions and eateries! It is a lovely pod, so spacious and cosy! Clare and Gethin were so friendly and accommodating - We will definitely go again, and would recommend it to anyone! Just be nice to Mrs Lloyd!

    We would live to see you again! Mrs Lloyd too!! x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Evan5.0Oct 2023

  • "I recently stayed at Briallen and what a wonderful stay."

    The cottage was so homely and deceivingly spacious, even though there is another pod it is very private. I would definitely recommend and i will be returning

    So glad you enjoyed it x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jade5.0Oct 2023

  • "Location was absolutely perfect, and the views were incredible."

    The pod had all the essentials needed for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Rachael4.7Oct 2023

  • "Instructions on how to operate the hot tub and how long it takes to heat up would have been beneficial"

    Reviewed by Joanne3.4Oct 2023

  • "Lovely little pod in a quiet and scenic location, carefully placed to not be overlooked by the farmhouse or the pod in the adjacent field."

    Kitchenette works best for two-pan and microwave meals, but good choice of pubs/eateries within 20-25 mins drive. Hot tub works well, just build a good fire in the burner and give it a couple of hours first.

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay in Briallen, the pod was ideal, and very clean and we'll equipped, the surrounding area was beautiful, lovely to sit and listen to the river."

    We will definitely recommend and return to this property.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Aug 2023

  • "The pod and its surroundings were gorgeous!"

    It was really nice to be surrounded by wildlife and our neighbours (four little black sheep) were lovely. My dog loved having all that space to roam. Unfortunately the mattress wasn’t that comfy, the springs really dug in and the feathers from the pillows kept spiking us.

    Reviewed by Fern3.8Aug 2023

  • "The property is in an excellent location however don't take to many clothes as ..."

    The property is in an excellent location however don't take to many clothes as there is no where to put them also there is no oven but apart from this I had a very relaxing break

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely location."

    Really close to Barmouth . Instant hot water good Wi-Fi . Will book again . Thanks for renting your great cabin . Cheers wayne ,Lorraine and Charlie x

    Reviewed by Wayne5.0Aug 2023

  • "Amazing, cute little cottage for two."

    Really well presented and felt like a really cute little hobbit hole. Would definitely escape here again. I won't let it detriment the review, but I'd recommend blackout blinds for the windows. In the summer, it obviously lights up the whole hut pretty quick. But isn't really a problem with the pod. Absolutely great little snug.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely relaxing stay a real get away from it all ."

    Welcome pack very much appreciated. Absolutely luved it . Very clean and everything you need .

    Reviewed by Joann5.0Jun 2023

  • "Really nice little find."

    Nicely tucked away. Super quiet location, which was not overlooked. Well decked out pod with a really nice and powerful shower, which is unusual. Hot tub made the stay. Would definitely recommend and stay again.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2023

  • "We stayed at Briallen from 18-20th May."

    It really is amazing, so quiet and tranquil. The surrounding countryside/scenery is amazing. The pod itself is really brilliant, it’s a lot more spacious than you think and it’s very clean and well maintained. The Welsh cakes, crisps and Prosecco was a lovely touch and there was also a pint of milk in the fridge. Everything has been thought about to make your stay perfect. If there was one thing I had put as ‘mark down’ it would be the logs for the hot tub. Because they’re pressed saw dust/chippings I found they weren’t getting hot enough to heat the tub. But that didn’t impact our stay at all, as it’s equally relaxing sitting on the deck listening to the brook and nature. If the hot tub is a big thing for you though just take your own logs and you’ll be fine. I would 100% book this stay again, as it’s just what we wanted and made my birthday! Thank you Clare and Gethin!

    Reviewed by James5.0May 2023

  • "What an amazing place to relax and be in nature"

    Reviewed by Sean5.0May 2023

  • "Beautifully clean well kept modern pod, in an amazing totally private location, excellent base to visit surrounding areas of outstanding beauty and excellence, well recommended any time of the year."

    Reviewed by Donna5.0May 2023

  • "We had the best time."

    We will definitely be back we have loved every second. The owners couldn’t do enough for us.

    Thanks for the ki d words guys! Hope Guinness enjoyed hos stay too!! Xx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Apr 2023

  • "We stayed here for 4 nights 17-04-2023 for my birthday and we absolutely loved it."

    The pod was so clean and lovely and the area was stunning. Nearby to two local towns so not far from the beach and plenty of nice walks. Our dog had the best time.

    Reviewed by Abbie5.0Apr 2023

  • "We absolutely loved this little place!"

    Even nicer than it looks in the photos, extremely private, very cute and pretty, comfortable, and clean. Also location is absolutely perfect, very remote and feels very much out the way but still was easy to get to the nearby town which had some lovely restaurants. Could not recommend it enough.

    Reviewed by Marisa5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent stay would definitely recommend as it’s brilliant how it’s ..."

    Excellent stay would definitely recommend as it’s brilliant how it’s enclosed i had no worries about my dog wondering off

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Mar 2023

  • "Absolute gold mine!"

    We absolutely loved our stay!!

    Reviewed by Kayleigh5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had amazing time, the owners are really lovely people."

    On our second day of holiday I got really big migraine therefore my partner contacted them and ask for painkillers. They came within 20minutes with paracetamol and save our romantic night! Highly recommend!

    So glad you enjoyed your stay and your migraine didn't ruin it! Thank you for you lovely comme ts x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alena5.0Feb 2023

  • "Very enjoyable stay."

    With the privacy, relaxation and tranquility we needed. Thank you for the lovely gifts to welcome us on our arrival.

    Thank you! X Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Jan 2023

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay, we were very happy."

    Just a little feedback to help. A dish or two that could be used in the microwave to cook would have been useful, we struggle a little to cook at the property.

    Reviewed by John4.4Dec 2022

  • "Outstanding"

    Thank you! X Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Dec 2022

  • "I had a great week at Briallen."

    The weather was amazing - snowy, sunny and dry, temperatures well below freezing, yet the pod was cozy and warm. I did some great walks with my dog Ashie, both locally from the pod, and also up to Bryn Cader Faner stone circle. The pod has everything you need, and Clare and Gethin leave a welcoming gift of local waffles, crisps and wine. Gethin was really friendly and helpful. Thank you both for a lovely holiday!

    Thank you, so glad you enjoyed your stay x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martha5.0Dec 2022

  • "What a fantastic place!"

    We booked the pod for a few days relaxing break which we thoroughly enjoyed. We arrived to find complimentary drinks and snacks which proved welcoming after a long drive before climbing into the hot-tub with another drink in hand to view the stars and listen to the ripples of the nearby stream. The pod was clean and tidy with everything provided and the central heating keeps the place nice and warm even on some of the cold frosty mornings. The pod is ideally placed to visit the Snowdonia area and Barmouth is just down the road for meals and walks along the beach. We were sad to leave such an idyllic setting and will be looking to book again in the future.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope you come again soon x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Nov 2022

  • "Feather mattress and bedding not very good for asthma suffers"

    Reviewed by Mick4.7Nov 2022

  • "The pod is in a lovely tranquil setting and feels very private."

    The accommodation was as advertised and again was superb . The hosts had also left some nice goodies which was a lovely gesture . We met the hosts who were extremely friendly and this certainly makes a difference and In the welcome pack they left their contact details . Unfortunately due to the weather we couldn’t use the hot tub, which was a shame so we had to drink the Prosecco instead !!. Definitely recommend .

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Nov 2022

  • "I had a lovely stay with my partner at Briallen."

    The place is beautiful and so are the surrounding areas. The owners had put some little bottles of wine and some Welsh crisps and waffles out for our arrival, this was a lovely touch. The pod was clean and had everything needed for a short stay. Would definitely go back there.

    Thank you! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! X Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melonie5.0Nov 2022

  • "It first time we stayed in a pod and this part of Wales."

    Was not disappointed on either.The pod has everything needed.It cosy and comfortable. Has everything needed inside for your stay.We did have a problem with the TV when arrived. Phoned owner clare who was very helpful. It was due to other occupants hadn't signed out on netflix so would recommend to check first. On arrival we were welcomed by Mrs Lloyd their cat. She beautiful disappointed didn't see her after but could have been due to we had a dog. Horses in field side of pod were very friendly. Pod is located to so many places and lovely walks nearby. Only one disappointment was that we left day early as thou only booked 4nights but was 5nights. Barmouth is a must to visit. Lovely beach. Would definitely recommend this place and hopefully stay here again

    So glad you enjoyed your stay with us! And yes, Mrs Lloyd gets her nose put put of joint if you have a dog and makes herself scarce!! Haha! She's a character!! Hope you come back for another visit! X Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "Just perfect retreat for a couple wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle."

    The pod is perfect size and comfort wise and comes with everything you need. Great location. Set in a great location. Hot tub was lovely too.

    Glad you had a relaxing stay x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Oct 2022

  • "It wasn't clear that the hot tub doesn't have electricity on the booking therefore it was just like sitting in a bath with no bubbles."

    Also I was surprised to read that we were expected to dispose of our refuse and hot tub ashes upon vacating the property - something that I haven't come across previously. It would also have been beneficial to have enough solid fuel to heat the hot tub for the 2 nights that we had booked. Otherwise our break was lovely in a clean and comfortable pod in a beautiful setting

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8Oct 2022

  • "My partner and I have just returned from a really lovely weekend here."

    It was so quiet, peaceful and really relaxing. The surrounding scenery was really beautiful and also very private. We particularly loved Mrs Lloyd and she really made our holiday! She visited every day for a fuss and purred none stop. Gethin was also very friendly and helpful and very quick to respond when we asked for extra logs for the hot tub, which was very much appreciated. The hot tub does take a couple of hours to warm up but we just lit it in advance and it really wasn't a big deal. We did find the TV a bit tricky to get working and we wondered if there was an issue with the remote? As we couldn't seem to select anything to actually watch when we had Netflix on. However, we did use the Wifi and was able to mirror from our phones. All in all, we were sad to come home and would recommend to anyone! Thanks for a lovely stay :)

    The television has a button on the remote to access the mouse that you guide along the screen to select what you want. This is new technology to me!! Cost me £99 for a technician to come out and show me how to use it! I'm not too great with these new fangled things! All instructions are in the guest information. Glad you enjoyed your stay xx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amber4.1Oct 2022

  • "Property was excellent although the location was rather remote."

    But yes no complaints at all.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2022

  • "Me, my partner and our dog had a lovely couple of days at Briallen pod."

    It is completely private and feels as though you are in the middle of no where but with in a ten minute drive you have the lovely little town Dolgellau with beautiful pubs and takeaways and then Barmouth is 10 minutes in the other direction; great seaside town! There is a little river opposite the pod which is very relaxing. The hot tub took a while to heat up but we got on with having our dinner and enjoying the scenery.. the tub is defiantly worth the wait. We would definitely recommend if you are looking for a wholesome getaway !

    Reviewed by EMMA4.7Aug 2022

  • "This was an almost perfect stay."

    The pod was kitted out tastefully and to a high standard including the shower. The log burner hot tub was super. Easy to light and warmed up quickly (hint - get the fire roaring and that heats the water quickly, then let the fire burn low :)). You can hear owls and see the occasional bat at night. You can hear the brook too. The immediate area is fenced so fine for the hound. The ponies in the adjacent field provide a perfect arrival and departure committee. Only suggestion is that you put a nice sign on the car park area as well as the gate to the pod. The privacy of the pod which is great makes it difficult to find. This was a truly relaxing and memorable break and I certainly will visit again when the opportunity arises.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Aug 2022

  • "Me and my partner hiked snowdon for a sunrise hike when we stayed here, journey to penny-pass was just under an hour away and we completed the hike in 5 and a half hours."

    Overall our experience here for a few days and the hike itself was fantastic. Our cabin had all the facilities required, there was even a hammock inside to use within the area as you are just surrounded by nature. Very private !! Hot tub was a good size for us both to get in, bed was comfy, can't complain to much. The owners were also there to support if needed which was also reassuring. Thanks again :)

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2022

  • "A little difficult to find initially but what a hidden gem!"

    Really beautiful place to stay. We were very lucky with the weather. The dog loved the space to run around and it was very secure. I would most definitely return and recommend to anyone wanting a peaceful get away.

    So glad yoy enjoyed your stay! You had some great weather!! Hope to see you again, Gethin and Clare x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma Louise5.0Aug 2022

  • "The holiday in this place was magical, the house was clean and tidy, ideally situated, morning coffee accompanied by the sunrise, evening hot tub under the starry sky."

    Indeed walking paths very close from the cottage. I like this place very much, I recommend it with all my heart.

    Reviewed by Joanna5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely pod, it was very clean and my partner really liked Mrs Lloyd who came to visit us each morning, took a while to get the hot tub warm but plenty of wood was provided."

    Only downfall was the fact there was no curtains, even though the pod is private I felt that curtains are needed for some privacy and peace of mind at night time. Plenty to visit around the area and the pod is located in perfect location to enjoy the sunshine.

    For anyone who reads this, Mrs Lloyd is our farm cat and not a person haha! Glad you enjoyed your stay, we are waiting patiently for our blinds to arrive, sorry about that. Clare x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kelly4.4Aug 2022

  • "A beautifully appointed Pod, whilst compact, everything provided was quality."

    Lovely welcome pack. Stunning rural location. For those staying at the pod, there is a very well equipped EuroSpar in Dollgellau. Minor issue with WiFi on arrival, which was dealt with quickly by owners who made us feel welcome throughout but did not intrude on our stay. The WiFi was excellent, strong with a good range outside the pod. Quite tricky to find the first time, the B road in the directions is a steep and winding single track road, when you get to the cattle grid, you are about ⅓ of the way to the telephone box.

    Thank you for being patient and lovely 1st visitors at Briallen! We're glad you enjoyed your stay! Clare & Gethin. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Allister4.7Jul 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Studio-style layout with double bed, kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Gas central heating
  • Combi microwave/oven, 2-ring induction hob, toaster, kettle, fridge
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking available
  • Front decking with furniture, wood-fired hot tub, and fire pit
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5.8 miles, pub 2.8 miles

The property

Dolgellau 5.9 miles.

Tucked away on the outskirts of Bontddu near Dolgellau, Gwynedd, is this fantastic studio-style pod, Briallen.

Enjoying a superb location on an 850-acre hill farm within the Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park, surrounded by rolling countryside and a neighbouring stream, Briallen is a wonderful pet-friendly choice for couples seeking a romantic escape.

Be greeted by a front decked area with table and chairs, a perfect spot to enjoy alfresco dining by the fire pit or relaxing in the wood-fired hot tub, complimented by the sounds of the flowing stream.

Step into the open-plan living space, where you will find a well-equipped kitchen, dining table for two, and a sitting area with plush sofa and a Smart TV.

The pod also features Bluetooth speakers installed in the ceiling so you can listen to your favourite tunes!

After a day of exploring, freshen up in the well-appointed shower room, before climbing into the sumptuous double bed to catch your rest.

For your local amenities, head into Dolgellau, where you can dine at Royal Ship, pick-up essentials at the convenience store, picnic in Dolgellau Park, or stroll along the Afon Mawddach.

There are also footpaths direct from your door and plenty of hikes in the Rhinog mountain range, including incredible views from the summit of Rhinog Fawr, whilst historians should follow the Clogau trail to the iconic Clogau gold mine.

Wildlife lovers will find plenty to discover in Eryri (Snowdonia), such as RSPB Mawddach Woodlands, and Coed Ganllwyd National Nature Reserve.

For a day at the beach, make the drive over to Fairbourne, where you can bathe on the sands, paddle the shores, hop aboard the Fairbourne Railway for scenic rides, test out your swing at the excellent golf club or tuck-in to a meal at Penrhyn Bar & Grill.

A wealth of scenic walking and cycling trails are available from your front door, where further afield, you can take on the famous Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) Peak, renowned for being the highest mountain in England and Wales, enjoy underground mine tours at Zip World Llechwedd, or explore the World Heritage Site of Dinorwig Quarry.

For a romantic getaway you won’t forget, choose Briallen.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs. 1009900 and 1010125, together sleeping up to 13 guests.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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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 Eryri (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 Eryri (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:

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  • Christmas