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Hen Gelligemlyn - The Annexe

Ganllwyd, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 930868)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "Great hosts and I really enjoyed my stay."

    The large window to the garden was just a dream to sit and watch. I had a beautiful time

    Reviewed by MartinSep 2021

  • "This is fantastic accommodation very clean and well equipped, central to all the things you are likely to do in North Wales the owners are very nice and obviously take great pride ensuring you have a great stay highly recommended will definitely return."

    Check out my you tube channel where over the next few weeks I will be uploading some of the things we done whilst there Frazer Cozens

    Reviewed by FrazerJun 2021

  • "The annexe is beautifully presented, spotlessly clean and comfortable."

    Our welcome basket was overflowing with goodies, as well as including essentials for our stay and was much appreciated. Thank you to hosts Gavin, Sarah and family, who were welcoming, friendly and kind. We hope to stay here again.

    Reviewed by SamanthaJun 2021

  • "We had a splendid week at this excellent cottage ."

    Reviewed by KeithMay 2021

  • "When planning this holiday I was looking for somewhere which was accessible for people with limited mobility and I struck gold with The Annexe."

    Communication with Sarah was excellent. On arrival we were immediately made to feel welcome by the whole family (including the dog). The Annexe far exceeded expectations. Spacious, clean, well equipped, comfortable accommodation in a beautiful setting. The main bedroom is on the ground floor and has a spacious en suite with a good sized shower. This room looks out onto the lawn leading down to the river.. a view i could never tire of. Upstairs there are 2 more bedrooms and a bathroom.. all clean and comfortable. The sitting room is stunning , a large room with a woodburner and a good supply of logs and bi-folding doors out onto the lawn and the views i mentioned earlier. The kitchen has everything you need and more.. even a wine cooler. There was a very generous hamper with Welsh cakes, bread, milk, chocolates, tea, coffee, wine and more.. this was a lovely touch. There is no mobile signal but there is a decent WiFi provided. There are laundry facilities too - they even provided the capsules for the washing machine. Our hosts were welcoming and accommodating whilst respecting our privacy and social distancing . Their 2 boys were extremely polite and sociable. We would highly recommend the Annexe. If you need level access accomodation this is perfect. There are wheelchair/scooter accessible walks within a mile from the accomodation too. We are already planning our next visit..

    Reviewed by TanyaSep 2020

  • "Almost too beautiful to believe its a just a couple of hours away Owners were so friendly and helpful."

    Would visit again for sure.

    Reviewed by AnjanetteAug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage and surroundings."

    The owners and their family couldn’t have been nicer and were incredibly welcoming. A little slice of paradise in beautiful North Wales.

    Reviewed by JodieAug 2020

  • "Hen Gelligemlyn is in a very good location to discover North Wales."

    There are also lots of beautiful local walks so you do not need to go far to experience the lovely countryside. Sarah and Gavin are extremely accommodating and there was a welcome hamper for us on arrival which was very much appreciated. The Annexe is very equipped and clean and has a lovely view onto the garden. Our boys (9 and 7) played football with the owners children before/after days out which was nice. They are a lovely family. It was our first trip to Wales and the Annex was perfect. We will definitely be back. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by KatieJul 2020

  • "The owners were so helpful with the current crisis occurring."

    We really couldn't have wished for more helpful people. They always responded quickly and we had a fantastic holiday, in a wonderful cottage in beautiful surroundings! We love it there. We've been before and we are likely to go back again.

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2020

  • "This is by far the best cottage we have been in as a family."

    It is so comprehensively equipped we didn’t need any of the usual things we normally take with us. Sitting in the lounge and looking through the bi-fold doors on the wonderful view is unforgettable. There is nothing negative to say about this property and we cannot wait to stay again.

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect in every way."

    Rooms are spacious and comfortably furnished, everything was spotlessly clean. Although the inside of the cottage is quite rustic in appearance the kitchen and shower/bathroom were modern. We only cooked once but found everything in good and clean order. Before our arrival the owners put a welcome-hamper on the table with wine, chocolates, bread and Welsh cakes. They could not have been more welcoming or friendly. I am sure we will return. The general location of the cottage, whilst remote, offers easy access to main towns nearby as well as many attractions that are worth visiting. Our main reason for choosing this cottage was the remoteness and the dark skies we needed for some star-gazing. Sadly, the weather was not too good and we only had one cloudless night sky. During this night, however, we put up the telescope and can truly say that we have never seen the Milky Way as superbly before.

    Reviewed by ErikaSep 2019

  • "Great location, excellent accommodation, very friendly welcoming owners."

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2019

  • "It was great!"

    Erg luxe huis in stille relaxte omgeving. Prachtige uitzichten.

    Reviewed by IngeJul 2019

  • "This cottage should show as 5* plus!"

    It was very comfortable, with everything we needed, lovely fresh bed linens and towels on comfy beds. Showers were excellent with good water pressure and no hardness to the water. I liked the fact the drinking water tap was fully filtered. The extra drinks chiller in the kitchen was a real boon for cans and bottled drinks. The lounge and bedrooms are roomy and very comfy. Sofas were great and our only regret was it was too warm to use the log burner. Internet was absolutely fine, but be prepared for no mobile phone service much of the time. It is in a mountain backed valley after all!! The gardens were beautiful and the surroundings like something from an exotic film. A sumptuous cottage, in a sublime location. What a slice of paradise!

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2019

  • "Great cottage."

    Nice and clean. Lovely hosts.

    Reviewed by JaneMay 2019

  • "So nice to be back at a cottage which we remembered fondly from Spring last year."

    My husband commented that it was better than he’d remembered. Super games and kitchen setup. I cannot believe we won’t be back again in the future.

    Reviewed by RebeccaMay 2019

  • "One of the best holiday lets we have ever had."

    The situation of the property was very good. It was really well equipped, comfortable and warm. Gavin and Sarah were first rate hosts. We will go again

    Reviewed by RobertMar 2019

  • "The cottage was home from home and provided a fantastic break."

    The owners were exceptionally accommodating and their boys were ready made playmates for our children. The walks and cycling were second to none. We live in the Yorkshire Dales, bordering the Lake District and this area definitely didn’t let us down.

    Reviewed by GarethFeb 2019

  • "The Annexe is a wonderful property, in a wonderful location, with wonderful owners."

    Everything about this holiday experience is carefully thought out. Can thoroughly recommend!

    Reviewed by SallyFeb 2019

  • "Everything about The Annexe is perfect, starting with the lovely warm welcome from the owners when we arrived to the modern comfortable accommodation."

    The property is very clean and well equipped and certainly feels like home from home. The spacious garden and football pitch were a great hit with our kids, and the location makes it a great base to explore the area, although there are so many walks to do right on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2018

  • "Accommodation really comfortable."

    Broadband unavailable for most of the week but this did not deter our enjoyment of this fabulous location.

    Thank you for your feedback.. I have now installed Wifi boosters to ensure a stronger connectivity for future guests convenience. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2018

  • "We had a lovely time in The Annexe of Hen Gelligemlyn."

    Our hosts were really nice and made us feel very welcome. The Annexe was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. The area was very beautiful within forest with many lovely walks and central to many other areas of interest to visit. My first time in this area of Wales and would definately recommend The Annexe as a great place to stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by SueSep 2018

  • "Well, what can we say about this accommodation."

    The location is stunning with breathtaking surroundings and the river at the bottom of the garden gives a wonderful background noise. We were met by Gavin one of the owners on arrival who showed us what we needed for a comfortable stay. There was a courtesy hamper with a few essentials and local produce (thank you) which we enjoyed working our way through. The Annex is well set out with a cosy feel, it had all you could need in the kitchen if you decide to eat in, there were books, dvd's, the Sky TV with Sports was a bonus and children's board games which we made use from. The Wifi worked when it wanted but this was a blessing in disguise as it enabled us to get a way from everything. Gavin and Sarah were perfect host and were around if needed, their boys ( 9 & 7) provided daily entertainment fo my 3 children (9,5 &5) whether it was taking them picking apples in the orchard, fishing by the river, organising football practice / matches or bike races. They were a lovely family and all ensued our stay was the perfect one. The surrounding area of the accommodation was made up of stunning mountain views with the river a constant divide. We had some wonderful walks and would bring the bikes to try the mountain bike trails when we return. Just 15 mins to Barmouth this holiday has all you need just a short trip to the seaside and shorter journey to tranquility off the waterfalls. On the last evening we were treated to a clear sky and the star gaining was unbelievable, I must remember the telescope for the next visit. Wheather you want to enjoy th mountain range and go walking/biking or want to build sand castles on the beach this is the perfect location and the perfect accommodation. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2018

  • "We have just returned from a lovely week staying in the beautiful Annexe."

    Absolutely spotless and beautiful decor throghout. It has everything and more that you will ever need. Such a friendly welcome from the family on arrival. There was so much to do for my children, the owners children kept them entertained for hours, picking apples & blackberries, playing football, exploring on the bikes and much more, just great. I would highly recommend the Annexe for anyone.

    Reviewed by JoAug 2018

  • "The cottage was very comfortable with a very well equipped kitchen and new appliances."

    The two bathrooms were also excellent. Beds were comfortable. The owners were very welcoming but not intrusive and sharing the garden was no problem. The hamper left for us was very generous. Close to main routes without traffic noise. A very enjoyable week and lucky enough to have good weather.

    Reviewed by JoanJul 2018

  • "Sarah, Gavin and the family were a joy to meet so friendly and helpful."

    The Annexe is in a beautiful part of Wales with the shops and beaches not to distant,the only sound you hear is the breeze rustling through the trees and birdsong of the various birds which abound this site.If you are looking for peace and tranquility this is the place just sit by the river to see a great variety of birds even the occasional trout jumping from the river pools this must truly be a little corner of heaven.

    Reviewed by DerekJun 2018

  • "A very comfortable and well appointed cottage with friendly and helpful owners."

    In a beautiful area for walking, cycling and enjoying some of the " Little Trains of Wales".

    Reviewed by JackJun 2018

  • "This is a lovely quiet spot with friendly hosts."

    The recently renovated property was perfect for us as a couple and when joined by our parents.

    Reviewed by BenedictJun 2018

  • "We had the BEST time in the Annexe at Hen Gelligemlyn - perfect location and beautiful property."

    Sarah and Gavin were such perfect hosts and my son had a brilliant time playing with their two lovely boys. The area around the property is gorgeous, lots of lovely walks as well as the fantastic river. There's lots to do, we can highly recommend the Fairbourne pony trek on the beach and the Ffestionog railway to Porthmadog. Overall we simply couldn't ask for a better break - we've already arranged to return and we can't wait! x

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2018

  • "We knew the location of this cottage was good but hadn’t expected the river for the children (and me) to play and swim in."

    The secure bike storage was another big plus for us. This is one cottage I expect we’ll return to.

    Reviewed by RebeccaMay 2018

  • "The Annexe at Hen Gelligemlyn was exactly as described: well equipped and perfectly clean."

    The location is terrific, especially if you like walking, biking etc - it's also got a big garden and isn't far from the coast, so really ticks all the boxes. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming: apart from the indifferent weather, the holiday could hardly have been better. Booking through Sykes was straightforward and efficient, as we've come to expect - the Sykes website is easier to use than others we've tried to find just the right property in the right place - and at a sensible price.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage and setting, very comfortable and well equipped."

    The owners live next door and were lovely, their sons took our toddler under their wings. So much to do close by, we enjoyed mountain biking, bike rides and walks with toddler, a trip to Barmouth and a walk up Cadair Idris. Ran out of time to do everything we wanted to, so will just have to come back! :-)

    Reviewed by SarahApr 2018

  • "The location is fantastic and the owners were warm and welcoming."

    The cottage is warm, cozy and spacious. The river down the bottom of the garden gives a tranquil feel and we loved playing in it. The area is amazing for walks and they are all within a short drive. Plus you can nip to the coast. I'd love to go back here again.

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2018

  • "Brilliant location and a fantastic cottage."

    Everything you need and more in this cottage

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2018

  • "We had the best week staying Hen Gelligemlyn - The Annexe and would definitely recommend to anyone that is interested in a trip away in the UK and I am also looking for another date that I can go too, we loved it that much we will definitely be back."

    The location was amazing - in the mountains, quiet, peaceful and so scenic but lots of things to do a short drive away. The Annex owners- we can not be more thankful for having such a great family support us with our stay, they were there to welcome us, give us any information we needed, to re-stock the fire wood and their children were so sweet and polite the boys ended up playing football / boxing with them. A huge thank you Gavin who help direct us to a special location and was so helpful. The Annex itself is just stunning, beautifully finished with great views out of the bi-fold doors, it had everything you needed for a comfy and cosy stay - the fire for me was a highlight. Again just such a lovely week in a lovely location in a breath-taking annex!

    Reviewed by AbiDec 2017

  • "The Annex is a beautiful, spacious and modern barn conversion."

    The accommodation had recently been renovated to a very high standard and had all modern requirements without compromising on the historical charm of exposed brickwork, original fireplaces and a beautiful log burner. Set in lovely grounds opposite stunning mountain views and a short amble to the bottom of the garden leads to the river. The location is excellent for driving to the local beaches at Barmouth or the many spectacular forest, river or mountains walks, starting a short drive away. The accommodation was immaculately presented and very clean. We received a welcome pack that was really thoughtful and not expected. The owners, Gavin, Sarah, Gethin & Arwyn made us feel very welcome throughout our stay. There was lots of useful information at the cottage on the best walks, they told us how to find local attractions and even how to get to the Bonfire Night celebrations in a nearby field. The neighbours who live a little way down the track were also so welcoming and friendly. The local Spar shop, a useful 5 minutes drive in the car had all we needed. We found the local community just so friendly and helpful. I very rarely revisit a holiday location but this will be one that I go back to again and again because it was so perfect... I know exactly where I will be spending my spring break!

    Reviewed by SuzanneNov 2017

  • "The Annexe is perfectly placed for exploration of this part of the National Park and Welsh coastline."

    The facilities were excellent. The kitchen had everything you could need, the living area was spacious and comfortable with a lovely view of the garden and surrounding hills. The bedrooms were comfortable. Everything was immaculately presented. The facilities for bikes and boots were also excellent. Gavin and sarah were on hand with information on the local area. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by SuzanneOct 2017

  • "We had a wonderful week in this very comfortable property, in a very well placed location for visiting attractions in Snowdonia and beyond."

    The property itself was so comfortable and clean and everything was provided for by the owner's who where so very welcoming . A week is simply not enough in this wonderful location, would we return ? Most certainly.

    Reviewed by EileenSep 2017

  • "Everything about our holiday was perfect."

    The cottage was lovely, warm and more than comfortable and the owners made us feel very welcome and that nothing was too much trouble. We would recommend it completely. A lovely holiday in excellent surroundings we will certainly make return visits.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2017

  • "We stayed here for our family holiday with our 3 year old, and 7 month old, and my in-laws came for a few days in the middle of the holiday as well."

    This is a glorious place to stay - well equipped, beautifully decorated and situated (there's even a river running at the bottom of the garden - behind a fence for safety!), but most importantly the owners were so friendly and welcoming, with loads of suggestions for places to visit with the boys. The property is a fairly short drive from the nearest town, with loads of outdoor things to do really close by. We didn't have time to do everything we wanted in the week, so we'll have to visit again sometime! Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by RuthAug 2017

  • "This is a fantastic cottage in a beautiful setting."

    It's really well fitted out, but keeps the charm of the original 17th century property. The garden is very large and, with the river accessible from the property, had plenty there to entertain our children. The location is very good for exploring Snowdonia with many key attractions under 45 minutes drive time. The property owners are really approachable and helpful. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by ChristopherAug 2017

  • "Nothing could have been more perfect about our holiday at Hen Gelligemlyn, from the warm welcome, the comfortable and stylish accommodation to the perfect location close to spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches and loads of opportunities for family activities."

    A real gem.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2017

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The property

A delightful cottage adjoining the owner’s home, located in a semi-rural setting, this property is surrounded by a myriad of walks and beautiful scenery in the scattered village of Ganllwyd.

Coed y Brenin is only 3.5 miles away and only 5 miles to Dolgellau.

This lovely cottage provides a great base and excellent holiday accommodation for couples, friends or a family who wish to explore this lovely area.

Sympathetically refurbished and renovated to a good standard, this charming cottage is lovingly maintained and well-presented by the owner, and maintains many of its wonderful features such slate flooring, exposed stone, ledge and brace doors and exposed beams and purlins whilst modern day comforts have been successfully incorporated without losing any of its charming appeal.

A spacious open plan kitchen with dining area welcomes you in.

The kitchen area is well-equipped and caters for all your needs and the dining area is perfect for enjoying a family meal together, there is even a cosy sitting area where you can sit quietly and finish that book!

The sitting room, once an old barn has been beautifully incorporated into the cottage and now provides a wonderful living space with a warming wood burning stove and comfy sofas.

The light and airy feel is enhanced by the high pitched ceiling and bi-fold doors which open up the whole length of the room so you can take in the garden, hillside scenery and enjoy the country air on balmy summer evenings.

There are three bedrooms, the main bedroom is on the ground floor and benefits from an en-suite shower room, and upstairs there is a twin, a single and family bathroom.

To the front of the cottage is a patio with picnic table so you can look out across the garden towards the hillside whilst enjoying alfresco dining or enjoy a morning coffee whilst relaxing in the rear courtyard.

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

There is secure bike storage and an outside washing area, making this a perfect base for biking enthusiasts. Dolgellau is 5 miles away, offering shops, pubs and restaurants for light snacks.

Alternatively, why not spend a few days relaxing on the sandy beaches at Aberdovey, Barmouth or Fairbourne?

Or explore the medieval castles at nearby Harlech and Criccieth, or slightly further afield Caernarfon. At the end of the day return to this lovely cottage to relax.

A great base anytime of the year.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area and seating area (seats 5)
  • External utility room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, drinks fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room, TV with Basic Sky and Sky Sports, DVD, Bluetooth speaker, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate
  • Ample off road parking
  • Secure bike storage inc. outside bike cleaning area
  • Front patio with picnic table, rear courtyard with furniture and a lawned garden with a separate mini outdoor football pitch (shared with owner)
  • Sorry, no smoking and no pets
  • Shops 5 miles
  • Pub with restaurant 2 miles
  • Note: Upstairs bedrooms and bathroom have low exposed beams, sloping ceilings and restricted head height
  • Note: Regulations required that the twin room was fitted with a top hung Velux window and so does not have a window restrictor, therefore this room may not be suitable for young children
  • Note: As with all open water areas, children must be supervised and care should always be taken
  • Note: Wifi not suitable for business use

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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!

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas
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