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3 Glanrafon

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Llanwddyn, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "A very comfortable clean cottage with every thing neccessary provided."

    Set in lovely surroundings with a wonderful garden, hope to return soon, thanks Paul.

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Oct 2023

  • "A super cottage."

    A very cosy warm place in a beautiful setting and so quiet. Lovely of Paul , the owner to provide many logs for the burner. I shall certainly go back to this cottage when I can. A very comfortable place indeed.

    Reviewed by Ron4.4Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely relaxing stay at this cottage."

    It's a wonderful location, very quiet and peaceful but close to lots of things to do. The living spaces and rooms are a great size. With 2 children having the bath and shower options was ideal. We had a chilly evening or two despite it being August and being able to get a log fire burning was a treat. The only thing that would have made it perfect for me would have been a dishwasher but it was a wonderful week for great value. Kitchen well-equipped, a couple more better knives would have been appreciated. Fantastic playground with mud kitchen by Lake and artisans coffee place was popular. Walk to the waterfall at other end of the lake was a highlight. We enjoyed Lake Bala steam railway and a day out at Powis Castle.

    Reviewed by Sophie4.4Aug 2023

  • "A great well equipped cottage with a great quiet position and very accurately described"

    Thanks Nina,for your positive feedback....come back to stay again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nina5.0Aug 2023

  • "Thank you for letting us rent your cottage in such a beautiful location."

    We enjoyed the peace and quiet and good walks straight from the door. Our car wasn't needed all week! We hope to return one day. Thanks Heather


    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jun 2023

  • "We Thoroughly enjoyed our week in this lovely little cottage which was clean, well furnished and equipped."

    It is in a really beautiful, quiet location so close to Lake Vyrnwy and the impressive Dam. As RSPB members we particularly enjoyed spotting the wildlife while taking the short walk alongside the river and through the woods to the Dam and spending time in the little bird hide watching a wide variety of birds up close.

    The area is so unspoiled. No commercialism in sight... Just tranquility. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Russell4.4Jun 2023

  • "We had a great time the cottage was very clean and comfortable and best of all ..."

    We had a great time the cottage was very clean and comfortable and best of all peaceful and quiet, will definitely be booking again sometime in the future ❤️

    Another 100 % review..THANK YOU Richard Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday at 3 Glanrafon."

    The cottage is in a peaceful location not far from Lake Vyrnwy with plenty of walking trails from the door. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed sitting out in the garden after our walks.

    Thanks Janice hasten back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janice4.1May 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a superb peaceful location close to the very picturesque Lake Vyrnwy."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable and very well equipped, everything was there for our holiday right down to an umbrella for our one rainy day. Loved the sloping garden. Great walks direct from the cottage. Thank you again to the owner who very very promptly sorted our TV issue out, very appreciated. The village church is delightful only a short stroll away. Lovely coffee at the Artisan Cafe by the lake and some nice souvenirs. A very good well stocked friendly village shop with two adorable cats. All in all a wonderful relaxing week in a beautiful area. We left a few more tourism leaflets, collected along the way, for future visitors to enjoy.

    A fellow Cat lover......always welcome at number 3 Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.1Jul 2022

  • "Lovely, peaceful location with beautiful walks straight from the door."

    Helpful and friendly owner. The waterfall walk at the top of the lake was beautiful! Local shop is well stocked and Artisan's cafe is good for a stop off after a walk around the lake. Children's playground is really good too and well maintained.

    Thank you so much Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura3.8Jul 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage to stay for a peaceful break."

    The bathroom was good the beds very comfortable and very clean.It just needed a general dust and surface clean.Outside needed a lot of attention like some comfortable seating to relax and enjoy the nice weather and beautiful surroundings.We really enjoyed our week l will certainly return it was good value and with outside facilities improved it would be top stars no complaints from us.

    Thanks Graham glad you had a good time ...your constructive advice taken on board I would love to enhance garden..loungers,bar b que even hot tub!but I have kept everything as simplified as I could and in turn kept price of hire down hasten back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham3.1Jul 2022

  • "This is a well presented, cosy cottage set in idyllic surroundings."

    This was the perfect place for a break to get away from the stresses of work and just relax. It may sound a bit 'airy-fairy', but it felt like you could breathe in the peace and calm, and the worries and stresses justed melted away. Highly recommended and we hope to go back soon.

    Thank you Susan .The air here is Legendry..............and the night sky studded with stars Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2022

  • "Nice place and lovely house"

    Thank you...very proud to get a review 100% Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mutlu5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautifully located cottage."

    Lovely garden. Comfortable inside. Superb area for walkers and birdwatchers.

    Yes ..superb for birds and stars Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith4.1May 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage in a very lovely location."

    The cottage is a good size, clean and with good facilities. The owner is great, lots of information & very helpful. If you like quiet then this is the place for you. Phone connection is non-existant (which bothered me not at all) but the internet really very good. If I was picky the cottage could be improved with a full size TV. It was nice after a day out and about to settle in front of the TV with the log burner firing away. All in all - great.

    Thanks Justin glad you liked our little Gem Did consider bigger TV but very small cosy room may have been dominated by it Property Owner

    Reviewed by Justin4.4Dec 2021

  • "Great location, very close to trails."

    the cottage is very confortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by Benjamin5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great cottage with everything you need set in wonderful part of Wales."

    A very peaceful holiday away from the crowds.

    Glad you enjoyed your holiday Brian Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Jun 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our week at Lake Vyrnwy, the cottage is located in a very quiet spot by the river and a short walk to the lake, a lovely relaxing break - didn’t want to go home."

    The cottage was warm and cosy and had most items needed for a weeks stay. There is an excellent shop down the road which is family run and well stocked, they were so friendly and helpful - we can recommend the take away fish and chips we had on our first night. Great well marked RSPB walking trails close by and reasonable cost bike hire for our cycle around the lake. We were lucky with the weather and one day woke up to snow which was really pretty. We hadn’t heard of Lake Vyrnwy previously but so glad we have been able to visit such a beautiful place.

    Thanks..Hope to see you again soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey3.8Apr 2021

  • "Beautiful terraces cottage in a tranquil location by lake Vyrnwy."

    Everything we needed for our short trip was present! Comfy beds and a shower to die for. Paul was extremely welcoming. Would most certainly return in the not too distant future.

    If you like calm lovely ambience,dark skies,birds,brooks, still water,log fire and want to ESCAPE then number 3 is for you come back soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alexander4.7Aug 2020

  • "Nice cottage in a great location, a short, scenic walk from Lake Vyrnwy."

    Very peaceful and pleasant spot. The house is equipped with everything you need. This was our second time staying here. Would book again.

    Lets make it three soon Clover Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clover4.4Jul 2020

  • "After reading a negative review of our cottage shortly after booking we were slightly worried about what we would encounter, thankfully our fears proved unfounded."

    The cottage was more then adequate set in wonderful surroundings with everything we needed within a short distance. We hired some bikes and rode around the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy also we had some amazing walks including the Rhiwargor waterfall situated at the top end of the Lake. The cottage itself was very comfortable/clean and tidy and set in a very quiet and picturesque location, with Wi-Fi available our daughters were more then happy. We would not hesitate to recommend this cottage and hope to return in the near future.

    Thanks obviously saw through the review Lake Vyrnwy is remote,calm and quiet.Its not for everyone. The cottage is clean,wam and cosy Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Aug 2019

  • "Please Be Aware - Very Hot Water comes through straight away when taps are turned on."

    We were very pleased how clean the bathroom was. There were plenty of Towels & Lovely white Bed Covers in each rooms. Although the property was quite old - There was a cozy feel to the place. Excellent Surroundings to Explore. Also the Family Run Local Store has everything to meet your needs, with Andrew & Colleen making us feel very welcome to the Area. Enjoyed our stay very much - Hope to come back again. Janet, Mike, Jean.

    thanks Janet..yes the water is piping hot and the shower superb. We have hot water warnings on hot taps Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet4.4May 2019

  • "* The property was generally in a dirty state, with the kitchen and living rooms both requiring vacuum cleaning on arrival."

    * Bedsheets in master bedroom filthy and covered in mould * Spare bedsheets dirty and dusty * Carpets on upper floors dirty and not vacuumed * Waste basket in master bedroom not emptied, used tissues present * Kitchen not cleaned properly – there were crumbs on the breadboard, and hair, crumbs and sticky material in the fridge tray * Grill had not been cleaned since last use, with grease and crumbs present * The carpets and sofa/chairs in the living room were both very dusty and in need of deep cleaning * Window and window sills throughout the property were filthy and covered in mould. * Grouting and tiles in the shower dirty and mouldy * Bath had a hole in the tub * Mould and dirt on walls of bathroom When I called the owner to complain, rather than make any attempt to resolve the issues, his response was to express outrage at the complaint, to deny that there was any issue, and to accuse my family of having excessively high standards. Throughout the conversation his manner was confrontational and aggressive, to the extent that I had to ask him more than once not to talk over me. Furthermore and most importantly, he angrily issued the following statement: “Get your money back. Leave! No problem. I’ll refund you in full.” The combination of the unacceptably dirty state of the property, the filthy bedsheets, his unhelpful and intransigent response to my complaint and the offer of a full refund led us to our decision to leave the property forthwith, having been fortunate enough to be able to secure alternative accommodation for the evening after our initial conversation with the owner. Sadly when we called to inform him of our decision to leave, he promptly reneged on his offer of a refund and instead made a derisory offer of compensation. He continued to argue about the state of the property. He made an unfounded accusation that we were choosing to abandon the property as we had changed our minds at the last minute. He also make entirely inappropriate comments regarding our choice to leave the property and your opinion of its effects on our 8-year old son. We are still attempting to secure our refund from the property owner, with Sykes having been entirely ineffectual in negotiating on our behalf. We were forced to abandon our holiday as a result of this episode, and our first booking with Sykes will also be our last. The fact that they continue to allow a property owner with such low standards of hygiene and such contempt for customers to use their site is a damning indictment of the so-called service that they provide.

    Readers ALL of the other reviews and judge aboe comments Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robin1.6Apr 2019

  • "I have used Sykes Holiday Cottages before and, as with this time, I found them very pleasant and efficient to deal with."

    The cottage was a lovely cosy place to have my three week chillout. It is very near all the beauty of Lake Vyrnwy and a great place to walk whether by the lake or up in the beautiful woodland.

    Thanks Elizabeth Come back soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Great location so close to the beautiful Lake Vyrnwy. We wished we could have stayed longer.

    Stay longer next time Clover Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clover4.7Aug 2018

  • "Absolutely beautiful surroundings."

    Cottage in peaceful location. Weather was a bit disappointing but actually the lack of heat made it pleasant.

    Always warm and cosy inside ,despite the weather Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jul 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Electric central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (no ice box), washer/dryer, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Private garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 8 mins walk, pub and hotel 10 mins walk
  • Lake Vyrnwy 10 mins walk
  • Note: Rear garden is not suitable for guests with limited mobility as there are several steps and steep as on hillside and children should be supervised
  • This property has a £100.00 good housekeeping bond

The property

Llanwddyn 0.5 miles.

A delightful Grade II listed end-terrace, stone cottage enjoying a quiet location in a rural setting close to the small village of Llanwddyn and within a stone’s throw of the popular and beautiful Lake Vyrnwy and Sculpture Park.

Perfectly placed for enjoying the beautiful countryside, walking and cycling this lovely cottage is bound to appeal to couples, friends and families who just want to enjoy each other’s company and generally chill out.

Originally built as a workers cottage during the construction of the nearby Lake Vyrnwy dam, this charming cottage has been successfully renovated and now offers wonderful holiday accommodation.

Every care has been taken to ensure you have a wonderful stay and the cottage is tastefully decorated, in warm greys and pastel tones and styled to a high standard throughout whilst many of the original features and attributes have been retained.

The sitting room is warm and welcoming with slate flooring which extends throughout the ground floor.

There is a lovely inglenook fireplace housing a Clearview woodburner, ideal for those cosier evenings and is just lovely to snuggle up in front of after a day walking on the mountains or one of the many marked footpaths from the cottage.

A well-appointed and equipped classic country cream kitchen with Belfast sink and dining area is a lovely sociable space and caters for all your needs.

Upstairs you’ll find a spacious and modern bathroom with the benefit of a bath and separate shower and two comfortable bedrooms, which are light and airy, with the main bedroom enjoying a sunny aspect and lovely views.

Outside, there is plenty of parking and a rear yard with bike storage and adjacent to the cottage there is a wonderful wooded, natural hillside garden.

Steps leading up to a delightful grassy clearing with picnic bench is a perfect place to dine alfresco or just enjoy a relaxed glass of something chilled, taking in some glorious views across open countryside to the surrounding hills.

During the month of May the garden is awash with a sea of bluebells and the cottage is worth a visit then, just for this wonderful sight!

From the cottage there are some wonderful walks and the world famous Lake Vyrnwy Hotel is a 10 minute walk away and boasting 5-star cuisine and a friendly local pub with bar meals and an excellent choice of ales, so there is no need to even cook!

Lake Vyrnwy is an area of outstanding beauty, offering a good range of countryside pursuits such as sailing, cycling, horse riding and walking, together with an abundance of wildlife, this is truly a splendid area to spend a short break or longer stay if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The sparkling waters and wonderful vistas of Lake Vyrnwy are only a few minutes’ walk away and well worth a visit.

The larger towns of Oswestry and Welshpool are just over a 30 minute drive away, offering a more comprehensive range of amenities and the NT properties of Powis Castle, Chirk Castle, Attingham and Erddig are all within easy reach.

The wonderful sandy beaches of North Wales are within an hour's drive and this lovely cottage provides an ideal base anytime of the year.

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

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About the location


Lake Vyrnwy 0.5 mile; Welshpool 16 miles; Bala 17 miles.

Llanwddyn is a small village at the head of the Vyrnwy valley, only half a mile from beautiful Lake Vyrnwy, and the impressive Victorian dam. Standing close to the Snowdonia National Park, and between the Cambrian and Berwyn mountain ranges, this whole area offers stunning countryside. The lake and RSPB estate provides wonderful watersports facilities including windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and sailing as well as game and fly fishing. There is also clay pigeon shooting, cycle hire, birdwatching, numerous walking paths and many other outdoor activities. An ideal location for touring all of Snowdonia and enjoying the sandy beaches of the Cardigan Bay coastline.