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Pen Y Bont

Mallwyd, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay (Ref. 25712)


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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Loved it. Such a beautiful location."

    Easy enough to get to all the mountains and beaches. But well away from the tourist trail Lovely walks and cycles near by. Will be back

    Thanks Gordon, we couldn't have said it better ourselves! Property Owner

    Reviewed by GordonApr 2022

  • "Wonderful location, great for exploring the amazing sights mid/north Wales has to offer."

    Comfortable cottage with a beautiful river literally on the doorstep. The fire was so welcoming on cold evenings (they sell some reasonably priced firewood at the local garage). Camlan farm shop just up the road were great for bits and bobs too. The contact we had was really helpful when the river got a little close for comfort, as were the neighbours who were lovely and reassured us we would be fine and we were. Nothing major but the only thing that would have improved our stay was an extra tea towel, some oven gloves and some new pots and pans.

    Thanks for the lovely comments. All of the minor issues you mention have been resolved. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LynseyFeb 2022

  • "Fabulous character cottage in a stunning location!"

    We LOVED this cottage and the river outside. We spent much of our weekend on a window seat gazing outside. Being February the water was fast flowing and noisy and we saw the river rise a few feet overnight and enjoyed the changing scene. The cottage was clean and welcoming, and we soon lit the fire and made it cosy. More wood would have been nice but we had brought plenty with us. The bed was really comfy with clean white bedding which is alway appreciated. Outside space limited but that’s obviously due to the river right by the cottage, and it’s on a lovely quiet lane to walk your dogs and the local pub is dog friendly too. We were sad to leave and would love to return and see the stunning scenery in different seasons.

    Thanks Richard, it is great to hear that you had a good time. Please come back and visit again, the scenery is wonderful at any time of year, and changes daily as the river levels alter. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RichardFeb 2022

  • "We have had an amazing time!"

    ! The weather has been very generous given that we are Jan/Feb. Aswell as exploring everything possible local on foot, we have also put quite a few miles on the car and taken in the amazing views that Wales has to offer!! Our 4 year old son asked if we could live here . The house is amazing and the scenery is to die for. We have loved the pheasants and sheep (we have explored the river a lot and have found a lot of small bones and skulls - what could this be?)

    Thanks Tom and family, lovely comments and very much appreciated. It would be great to welcome you back again in the summer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TomJan 2022

  • "Great get away cottage."

    If you are looking for a quite, peaceful break in a remote, quite spectacular location, then this is for you. The cottage is set next to a cascading river so wildlife is everywhere, dippers, pheasants, red kites, buzzards, herons..etc. There is a road straight infront of the main entrance and in summer I can image this could be a problem if you have dogs, we stayed there in November so only 1 or 2 vehicles per day. Also there are 1000's of pheasants EVERYWHERE, so dogs must be on leads around the cottage. There isn't much to do locally, the Brigands pub and small garage are 10mins walk, so you do need to travel for food if required. The logs and kindle for the fire are very expensive locally so take your own if needed. I would recommend Barmouth and Lake Vyrnwy waterfall for days out. The cottage could do with new bedding, leak in bathroom fixing and a dusting of cobwebs....that's just a personal preference, other people may not see these as necessary. Communication with the property owner was 1st class when we did need assistance, thankyou. All in all an enjoyable, if not rainy, experience which I would recommend. Dean & Judith

    Thanks Dean, Glad you had a good time. The lane never gets busy but due to the abundance of wildlife we do always recommend that Dogs are kept on a lead. There are other amazing places nearby and we are always happy to share our recommendations. We have just changed cleaning companies and so hope we will be back to our normal high standards again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DeanNov 2021

  • "Cottage lovely and in beautiful surroundings , checking in and out times need adjustment, check in at 5pm- check out at 9am have never had holiday with such late check in and early check out times."

    Found oven very difficult to work , also washing machine had been left with a large number of wet smelly towels

    Sorry Brenda, the changes to check in and out times are a direct result of covid advice and we will go back to our normal times as soon possible. We have replaced the oven since your visit and changed cleaning companies and we hope that we can return to our normal very high standards as a result. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BrendaOct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage would go back again so quiet, My Husband took loads of photos of the all kinds of birds."

    We took our cat billy did not want to come home. Thank you for the lovely shortcake biscuits. V Nuttall.

    Thanks Valerie, so glad you had a great time and it would be lovely to have you visit again, with Billy of course, who I am sure loved watching the birds on the river! Property Owner

    Reviewed by ValerieSep 2021

  • "First impressions of Pen y Bont cottage is a lovely, charming cottage in beautiful surroundings, but when you settle in, you realise it is very tired and has not been very well maintained."

    As you walk in the kitchen the door catches the open flap of the fuse box. I tried to shut it but it wouldn`t stay shut. In fact the whole box was very loose and in danger of falling off. The cooker, (which was different to the one in the photograph) had a burner which only gave a limp yellow flame. The duvet covers were of flannelette (again, not the ones in the photograph, which are white) and of a red, pink and an off-white striped pattern, which didn`t give you much confidence of the cleanliness of them, and when we removed the covers and pillow cases at the end of our stay to aid the cleaners, we were horrified to find that the duvets and pillows were covered in large brown stains, and obviously hadn`t been washed for a while. A pity, because Pen y Bont could be a perfect holiday getaway with some TLC, and these simple to fix things let it down badly.

    We are sorry we did not meet your expectations on this occasion, but thanks for your useful feedback. All of your comments have now been addressed. We have replaced the oven, dishwasher and fuseboard since your visit and, as have now changed our cleaning company, we are sure that if you were to visit again your lasting impressions would be as good as your first. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage inside and out, this was an amazing place right on the river, ..."

    Lovely cottage inside and out, this was an amazing place right on the river, kid's went swimming every day, some beautiful walks, owner was so helpful when are car broke down, finding us a garage and bus and train routes and will be booking again for next year

    Thanks Gary, glad you had a good time, it will be lovely to have you come back and hopefully try out some more of the amazing beaches mountains and lakes, by car this time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by GaryJul 2021

  • "The only disappointment we had in our holiday was the lack of bats"

    Sorry Gethin, but I am sure you saw Red Kites, Herons, Dippers, and if really lucky the Kingfisher? Property Owner

    Reviewed by GethinApr 2021

  • "Lovely river views and cosy cottage"

    Thanks Pauline, we totally agree with you. Come back again in the spring or summer, its beautiful in any season. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulineOct 2020

  • "Had a lovely week the views from the cottage are amazing would return and stay again ."

    Reviewed by TracyOct 2020

  • "A relaxing break in a quaint cottage in a fantastic location."

    Reviewed by AmandaDec 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage in gorgeous surroundings."

    Reviewed by DebbieOct 2019

  • "We had a wonderful week at pen y bont, warm comfortable, everything you could possibly need, a shady property therefore no sun, so next time we shall look for a more open aspect, of course that’s a personal taste."

    Reviewed by FrankSep 2019

  • "My partner and I really loved the quiet beautiful setting beside the river."

    The cottage itself was well equipped for a comfortable stay. However I would like to say that our 1st evening there enjoying the lovely cosy atmosphere of the log fire, we had night time visitor a small bat appeared and started flying around the lounge totally unexpected. However overall out of the 7 nights of our stay only 2 were bat free. Our last night was completely ruined by a total of 3 flying around in the lounge so we were unable to enjoy the cosy fire and ended up spending the entire evening in the kitchen which we were not happy about. Apparently people had mentioned seeing bats in the visitors book.

    Reviewed by PSep 2019

  • "This cottage is absolutely stunning."

    We came for our honeymoon and I couldn't recommend it enough. The property is immaculate, not a speck of dust anywhere and is extremely well equipped. The owners leave a folder with all the information you could possibly need for your stay. The views from the cottage are surreal. To wake up, and go to sleep to the sound of the river is lovely. We met bats, we saw an otter and we're inundated with views of pheasants. This place is magical and we've already booked to come back.

    Reviewed by StephanieAug 2019

  • "Excellent place just to relax !"

    Reviewed by PamelaMay 2019

  • "Lovely time had by all."

    Cottage is perfect. Bluebells out. Tea and welshcakes on arrival.Ideal location to explore the area, river is captivating.

    Reviewed by SimonMay 2019

  • "Cottage in nice position but as a small side road the amount of traffic was unbelievable and the speed they travel was the same,there is no garden only the deck and its NOT safe to have your dog off the lead !"

    !! then there is the walkers bus loads of them you cant sit out to be quite as they walk past the deck every few minutes and to make things worse they stand at the side of the deck to take pictures of the waterfall someone even sat by the river in front of us !!.Cottage suffers from lots of cob webs which wouldn't take long to sort,i know older places get cobwebs but not to the extent of these in the house other parts could do with some tlc which is a shame,final comment the bathroom is down stairs which could mean up and down for a lot of people during the night, but wont be a cottage for us to go back to.

    Thanks Iain, unfortunately the main road was closed during your stay which sent more local traffic down the lane, which is normally very quiet. The property description makes it clear that dogs and children should be supervised due to the unfenced river, which, due to the stunning views, cause walkers to stop to take a look too. Most are very envious that our guests get to wake up to that view! Property Owner

    Reviewed by IainApr 2019

  • "This place is just gorgeous, surrounded by beauty at every corner."

    This was the peace and comfort much needed. Thank you

    Reviewed by MichelleMar 2019

  • "This is a truly wonderful cottage with epic scenery in every direction."

    We had a lovely week here. We were toasty warm with a roaring log fire. Lots of lovely walks and surrounded by nature. Lots of red kites, buzzards, herons, dippers to name a few. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by RosamundFeb 2019

  • "We had an amazing time at Pen Y Bont cottage, it has the most amazing scenery."

    The cottage itself is well equipped and very comfortable, sitting by the fire listening to the river was perfect. Amazing wildlife, and some lovely walks.

    Reviewed by GemmaNov 2018

  • "Charming cottage set in beautiful countryside."

    Friendly locals and such an amazing view from the bedroom window. Loved it here, thank you.

    Reviewed by LouiseNov 2018

  • "The booking was easy."

    .. this is the 3rd time we have booked with sky cottages... the prices are very affordable!! The cottage was very easy to locate even at night... just followed the instructions. The owners I think had made sure that the cottage was heated!! When we arrived the heaters were on and it was beautifully warm! We had a lovely time and wI'll definerely come back... the view of the river is just amazing...

    Reviewed by SylviaNov 2018

  • "Fantastic location, loved this cottage, all amentities including log burner, views from window to river, spent days local walks, watching heron and bats, had the most relaxed holiday and re charged batteries!"

    Reviewed by LesleyOct 2018

  • "Outstanding surroundings & location perfect location to explore Wales & Snowdonia"

    Reviewed by PieterAug 2018

  • "We had a lovely break at Pen Y Bont and the scenery and peace and quiet was just what we needed."

    Highly recommend this lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings,

    Reviewed by HeatherAug 2018

  • "Lovely old cottage in a beautiful location overlooking the river."

    Wildlife in abundance with pheasants, bats, red kites and mink. Due to the really hot weather the spring that feeds the water supply had dried up and we had to switch to the bore pump, an interesting twist. The locals are very friendly and always stop for a chat. The RAF enjoy their low fly pasts which can be a bit noisy but a fantastic sight to see. Local beaches at Barmouth and Aberdovey are well worth a visit. Overall a lovely relaxing holiday

    Reviewed by LanceJun 2018

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable with exceptional views."

    The balcony is a great add on but isn't very private as there are a lot of walkers who stop there to take pictures which isn't ideal when your sitting down to eat. We took our dog and on the first day she nearly got hit by a car that came zooming up the lane, thank God she was on her lead and I managed to drag her onto the verge. That made me very nervous as the front door is the only door on the cottage and is directly off the lane. There was road works going on in the area so maybe the lane was busier than usual. The views are spectacular and the Fox pub was great for food and drinks. Lots of great walks and the beaches are lovely.

    Reviewed by Mark JosephJun 2018

  • "Great, ideal, location."

    Stunning views and places of interest all within easy driving distance.

    Reviewed by BarbaraJun 2018

  • "The cottage was amazing and in such a lovely place in wales."

    It was a stunning cottage both inside and out and if I could I would buy it and live there. The 1st thing I would change though is the shower. it is awful. I am a fan of a shower especially after long walks in the beautiful countryside. My only negative was the shower so if you are looking to stay there, then prepare for either freezing cold dribble or scolding hot dribble. other than that, I would certainly stay there again and recommend.

    Reviewed by MichaelMar 2018

  • "The cottage is in an idyllic location."

    It is well equipped and pleasantly decorated. The local scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. The flag-stone floors throughout the downstairs are cold underfoot, I wish I had taken my slippers! We had a wonderful week at Pen Y Bont and have already booked our next Sykes holiday for Easter 2019.

    Reviewed by EmmaMar 2018

  • "A couple of tiny things: a) it would be good to have a roll of kitchen paper and of clingfilm."

    B) We used the maps in the drawer for walking, but found that they really are out of date: on one the promised footbridge had obviously been gone for years, and the river was too high to wade across at this time of the year. On another walk we found it extremely difficult to fight our way through high gorse and bramble, or even to see where the path might be. It cannot have been used for ages. We have marked this on the maps in the drawer.

    Reviewed by JetteMar 2018

  • "We loved this cottage."

    The location was staggeringly beautiful, almost on top of the river Dovey. The cottage was warm, clean and very comfortable. We would love to come back and have, already, recommended it to friends. We stay in cottages most school holidays, and this one definitely tops our list so far. Thank you xxx

    Reviewed by LiljanaFeb 2018

  • "Cottage was cold despite all heaters on full and wood burning stove lit."

    Also due to the water supply coming from a spring lots of condensation in the bathroom, but no heat source to help evaporate some of the water. Shouldn't have to get wet feet when using the bathroom. Also a heater in the bathroom would make it more comfortable when getting out of a warm shower.

    Reviewed by JamesDec 2017

  • "We visit the area often but have never stayed anywhere quite as unique as the location of this cottage."

    It was warm on our arrival and well cleaned. It was comfortable throughout and very well equipped, having everything that we needed. The views of the river from the cottage are delightful and we were amazed that the river couldn't be heard inside. There is ample room for parking and there is lots to do in the local area. The cakes at T.H.Roberts at nearby Dolgellau are to die for and the cottage was well placed for visits to Averdovey, Zipworld and Mount Snowdon. A lovely holiday all round.

    Reviewed by AyleneOct 2017

  • "We had a lovely stay very clean Cottage ..."

    We had a lovely stay very clean Cottage Outstanding view Dogs loved the walks Would highly recommend hope to stay again next year

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage in an excellent location very peaceful."

    The cottage had everything you could want in it and felt clean warm and welcoming on our late evening arrival.

    Reviewed by PaulaJul 2017

  • "Delightful cottage in very pretty countryside,we had 2 dogs with us and the location and the river couldn't of been any better."

    All in all,a very quiet ,stress free weekend.

    Reviewed by JoApr 2017

  • "Perfect long weekend getaway, so peaceful, didn't want to leave."

    Reviewed by RossMar 2017

  • "THis place was easy to find from instructions given -- this place is fantastic - ..."

    THis place was easy to find from instructions given -- this place is fantastic - it was a shame to leave to come home - i could quite easily live there permanantly - the position is brilliant - you get used to the sound of the waterfall quite quickly and sitting on the decking with a glass of something enjoying the scenery is very hypnotising - -- there is no TV signal but plenty DVDs to watch ( we took a few of our own ) -- we didnt miss the TV - mobile signal is poor ( depending on your network ) but you can live with that -- the surrounding scenery and places to go and thing to do - ( we ran our of days ) I am a fly fisher and i could not find much info on web before we went but when you get there - there is an angling shop in most towns and villages or the post offices will give you plenty opportunities ( REMEMBER if your not from England / Wales you woll need a rod license )

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2016

  • "Stunning cottage in an amazing setting."

    The owners have clearly thought about what their guests might want and need and have provided it. The cottage was immaculate and the decking area gave us a comfortable way to enjoy outside. We're definitely planning on coming back to Pen Y Bont for another relaxing break.

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2016

  • "Stunning location next to the river!"

    Great walks,brigands inn pub 10-15min walk away with fantastic food and extremely friendly staff.

    Reviewed by JaniceAug 2016

  • "Great location, scenery to die for."

    Reviewed by AlanMay 2016

  • "This is an amazing cottage!"

    everything you need and more plus such a peaceful location, it was like a home away from home im already planning my next visit

    Reviewed by HannahNov 2014

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  • Two bedrooms with river views: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Wall-mounted electric heaters with woodburning stove
  • Electric range cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV (for DVDs only), DVD, CD, 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 on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: Private water supply which is tested annually
  • Note: No TV reception
  • Note: Cottage stands on the banks of the unfenced River Dovey, children and dogs must be supervised
  • Note: The property has seasonal protected bats that live in the vicinity of the property, so there is a chance of a visit

The property

Mallwyd 0.7 miles.

A traditional, stone-built detached cottage, formerly the River Bailiffs Cottage, standing on the banks of the River Dovey, which nestles between wooded hills and mountains on the edge of the village of Mallwyd, in the beautiful Dovey Valley in the Snowdonia National Park.

Featured in an online article by The Sun, this very special Mallwyd cottage is described as 'the ultimate escape' and provides stunning views of the River Dovey from both bedrooms, as well as from a wrap-around decked area outside.

It has been lovingly renovated, and recently refurbished, retaining its exposed beams and an impressive inglenook fireplace with a woodburner and an original bread oven, which all help to create a warm, cosy and romantic atmosphere throughout the cottage.

As well as having full double glazing, this Mallwyd cottage offers an ideal combination of charming original features and contemporary fixtures and fittings, perfect for a romantic break or family holiday.

If you feel like spending an evening out, there is an excellent pub just a 10-minute walk away, The Brigands Inn.

This is the perfect location for climbers, walkers, mountain bikers, fishermen and birdwatchers, as this Mallwyd cottage is surrounded by the wonderful facilities of the Snowdonia National Park as well as the magnificent coastline and sandy beaches of the nearby Cardigan Bay and Llyn Peninsula.

For something different visit Zip World or one of the other adrenaline adventure sites which the area has to offer.

Dolgellau and Machynlleth both offer a good range of shops, pubs and restaurants, while Aberdovey and Barmouth are both very popular seaside resorts.

A charming Mallwyd cottage in a truly lovely riverside location, where if you are very lucky you may capture the Salmon leap the waterfall.

It is ideal for enjoying this beautiful part of Wales.

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About the location


Dolgellau 11 miles; Machynlleth 10 miles; Aberdovey 20 miles.

Mallwyd is a small rural village surrounded by beautiful countryside, in the breathtaking Dovey valley, which is overlooked by the wonderful Aran Mountains, in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park. The village boasts the renowned Brigands Inn, originally a 15th century coaching inn which today prides itself on its welcoming atmosphere and quality dining. There are three other pubs close by, and the Meirion Woollen Mill stands on the banks of the River Dovey and is open to visitors. The delightful market town of Dolgellau, which nestles beside the foothills of one of Wales' most spectacular mountains, Cader Idris, is only 11 miles away and its 17th Century bridges, church and variety of pubs and eating houses create a pleasant atmosphere. Aberdovey, a delightful seaside village with harbour and beautiful sandy beach is 20 miles and perfect for an exciting day out. This whole area is a paradise for walking, climbing, mountain biking and birdwatchers amidst all of Snowdonia including the nearby Coed-y-Brenin Forest with its famous mountain bike trails. Discover the beautiful Mawddach Estuary walks, miles of stunning sandy beaches, narrow gauge steam railways, golf, and a huge range of outdoor pursuits. A superb base for an all year round holiday amidst some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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