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Y Bwythyn at Henfaes

(Ref. 951909)

Rhydymain near Dolgellau, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our second stay and we enjoyed it as much as the first."

    Look forward to going again.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent in every respect."

    A delightful cottage.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent stay."

    Like a home from home.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2023

  • "This was our second visit and it did not disappoint."

    The house is perfect, Bruce and Lorraine have thought of everything to make our stay comfortable and easy. The views are amazing, if they could bottle the peace and quiet they would be millionaires! Cannot thank them enough, was everything we needed.

    Thank you for your feedback. Glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. Will have a look to see how we can bottle the peace and quiet! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lizi5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely Cottage in a great location with friendly owners."

    The view from the garden is superb. Definitely recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0May 2023

  • "Superb cottage, exactly as pictures show Lovely views from the garden."

    Perfect Owners, friendly, helpful, next door. Really pleasant walks from the door, local farmers helpful when we got lost. Excellent week

    Reviewed by keith5.0Apr 2023

  • "Y Bwythyn at Henfaes is a great place to stay."

    It is clean, spacious, comfortable and well equipped. The cottage has obviously been lovingly restored and has a lot of character. We liked the peaceful setting and the views across the valley. We also appreciated the folder full of suggested walks - do go and do the torrent walk - the scenery is breathtaking. We also enjoyed meeting the goats, pigs and Barley the dog. We were two days late for family reasons and the owners were very kind and friendly. We thoroughly recommend this cottage and hope to return. Thank you, Mike and Elaine

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2022

  • "Very cosy and ideal for our requirements"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2022

  • "We loved our stay here, perfect cottage to return to after busy days out."

    Relaxing garden space to enjoy the peace and quiet and stunning views. Kids loved saying hello to the goats too.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2022

  • "Stunning across all-around"

    Reviewed by Krzysztof5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful property in a lovely setting with lovely views across a valley to the hills and fields of sheep."

    Very well equipped cottage, I can't think of anything that we needed which wasn't there. We spoke to one of the owners who was very friendly informative and let us know they were available in the event of any problems other than that we were left to enjoy our break.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Feb 2022

  • "The property is set in a superbly tranquil setting with a stunning view of the opposite hillside."

    It was spotlessly clean on arrival and we found it well equipped with a good level of comfort. The cottage’s situation means it is totally private having a lovely large garden which teams with bird life. It proved to be a welcome haven to return to in a slightly unsettled week weather wise and we found it well located for exploring a beautiful area with which we were previously unacquainted.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Oct 2021

  • "Second visit to cottage."

    Spotlessly clean with everything one needs. Excellentblocation

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2021

  • "This property was beautifully presented and set in a very peaceful and relaxing location The whole cottage was decorated to a high standard and provided everything we needed for a good stay."

    The owners were very pleasant and helpful. I would definately want to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was really lovely, with modern appliances in the kitchen and utility room."

    the furniture was comfortable as were the beds. The cottage was extremely clean as expected. It is set in beautiful countryside and is a very relaxing place to have a holiday.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Sep 2021

  • "Really lovely cottage - very clean and very spacious, with wonderful views."

    The hosts were friendly and there is so much to do in the area. We will definitely be staying again.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Aug 2021

  • "Excellent cottage in lovely surroundings."

    Very friendly and helpful owners and the documention about the cottage and local walks, etc was the best I've ever come across.

    Reviewed by Lez5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was excellent with quiet location facing good views."

    The service from Sykes was good and we would consider using them again and perhaps going back to Y Bwythyn.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jun 2021

  • "Ideal base for exploring."

    Lovely location and excellent for birdwatching from the patio.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2020



    Reviewed by Stewart5.0Aug 2020

  • "We selected Y Bwythyn at Henfaes due to it's location and the photos of the outside space, wanting a complete change of scenery and an escape from the Covid madness."

    On arrival we received a warm, socially distanced welcome from Bruce and we were immediately struck by how fantastic the cottage was. It's certainly bigger than it looks in the photos and the views from the living room and bedroom windows are stunning. It was fantastic having the goats on site and our children loved going to see them every day. Bruce and Lorraine supplied plenty of visitor information including some nice touches with the history of the property and a beginners guide to learning Welsh. Location-wise, the cottage couldn't have been better placed with lots of local walks including the wonderful Torrent Walk. We were able to visit Dolgellau, Portmeirion, Corris Craft Centre, the Mountain Zoo at Colwyn Bay and Barmouth beach without spending too long driving in the car and there's plenty of shops within a short drive for keeping the fridge stocked with food. We really enjoyed our too brief stay at Y Bwythyn and will definitely stay there again when we next visit North Wales.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jul 2020

  • "If you want to go somewhere with a bed so comfortable you don't want to get out of, then when you do the chairs are so comfortable with a brilliant view that you don't want to go out."

    But you do - onto the patio in a secluded large garden still with the views. The whole house is exceedingly well presented - large enough towels to wrap yourself in, lovely kitchen equipment and super heating. The whole house uses spring water and solar power and has been developed by the owner with much forethought.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2019

  • "Had everything we could have wanted and more."

    Extremely happy and would return if holidaying in the area.

    Reviewed by P5.0Apr 2019

  • "An amazing cottage."

    Very clean and contained everything you needed. Immediately felt like a home from home and the owners are very welcoming. The enclosed gardens was perfect for our two little ones (1 and 3) and they loved seeing the goats. An ideal base to see the sights of north Wales. Would recommend a stay and look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Apr 2019

  • "We were made to feel very welcome with a complimentary bottle of milk in the ..."

    We were made to feel very welcome with a complimentary bottle of milk in the fridge and some welsh cakes in a tin - a nice touch This cottage is ideal for anyone wanting to spend their holiday walking around the hills and valleys and there were lots of suggested walks printed out in a folder in individual plastic folders; ideal to borrow on a day out

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely and is in a great location."

    It is well located both for the coast and mountains. It is really well equipped and comfortable. The owners are very welcoming and helpful. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2018

  • "Nicely presented cottage in a peaceful scenic location"

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Sep 2018

  • "This cottage is very peaceful with lovely views while being easily accessible from a main road and in the middle of a very beautiful part of Wales with lots to see and do within easy reach."

    The Robinsons are friendly and helpful and have put a lot of thought and effort into providing everything a visitor would need. The cottage itself has been well designed and offers everything a family of 4 would require.

    Reviewed by Fern5.0May 2018

  • "Y Bwythyn cottage is excellent."

    The property has been renovated to an exceptional high standard, the facilities and views are fantastic. The owners are extremely helpful, on hand if needed and on site. Whilst giving you full privacy. Access to activities and attractions are very easy via the main "A" roads and the local shops are only a few miles away. Highly recommended and would book again.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Apr 2018

  • "Excellent cottage and we were made very welcomed by Bruce and Lorraine."

    The goats are cute and scenery out the back is fab. A great deal of time and effort has been invested in the property resulting in a great place to stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2017

  • "Fantastic place will be going back again."

    Everything was perfect and is a credit to the owners.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2017

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location The owners are very friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Aug 2017

  • "The holiday was fabulous and the cottage was fantastic."

    ...a real home from home and had everything we needed. It is in a fabulous setting and there is plenty to do in the nearby towns and villages....with a beautiful walk just down the road. The owners were really lovely and made us really welcome....we would definitely recommend this cottage and would also love to go back.

    Reviewed by Jeanette5.0Jul 2017

  • "The cottage is in the Snowdonia National Park and located in an excellent position to explore both the more popular areas of Snowdonia, mid-wales around Aberystwyth and also up to the places like Portmeirion (a good day out)."

    The local roads are good and offer stunning views of mountains and lakes. The cottage is about 5 miles from Dolgellau which can provide most of the essentials needed for a self catering holiday and about 7 miles from Barmouth which has a great sandy beach and good for a "bucket and spade" day out for the family. The cottage was exceptionally clean and well equipped and the owners were very helpful and friendly, providing excellent information on how to reach the cottage. The cottage comes with its own private garden area and stunning views across a wooded valley. The cottage is a two story renovation with the bedrooms and bathroom on the upper floor. Our only reservation is that the stairs although short, with a half landing, are quite steep. Having said that, we are 70+ with reasonable mobility and we coped OK getting up and down. We can thoroughly recommend this property and look forward to a return visit.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2017

  • "Quite exceptional cottage."

    Located overlooking a valley and mountains beyond. Very quiet location with a warm south facing patio and garden. Red Kite and Buzzards are regular visitors to the valley and at night the Inky black sky takes Star gazing to a new level, the Milky Way is very clear to see. The cottage is detached and has been sympathetically modernised. It is warm and snug and very spacious. Comfortable beds in large rooms and the whole property benefits from high ceilings. Large kitchen with separate utility room. The bathroom is modern with bath and excellent shower. Shops and petrol only 5mins away at Dolgellau. Everything is provided and the owners Bruce and Lorraine live in the Manor House on the grounds. Very nice couple with lots of local knowledge and made us feel special without being intrusive. Rhydymain is located between Bala and Barmouth with lots to do and explore for all age groups. Fantastic 7 days holiday and the whole family want to go back. *****

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Biomass central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, 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 and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed patio and lawn area with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking and no pets
  • Shop and pub 5.8 miles
  • Note: The landing is small and leads to three individual staircases of three steps, care to be taken.

The property

Dolgellau 5.8 miles.

This delightful and spacious stone-built detached cottage is situated next to the owner’s Victorian villa within their 6 acres of land in the small rural village of Rhydymain near Dolgellau.

Dating back to the 1700s this lovely property is ideal for families or friends looking for a peaceful country retreat in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

The property has been attractively furnished throughout and combines modern convenience with original features such as slate flooring/windowsills, and wood lintels.

The property also has notable eco-friendly credentials with its use of biomass for heating and photovoltaic panels generating electricity.

Through the side entrance there is a versatile utility room, including a separate toilet that leads to a characterful kitchen/diner, both have the original slate flooring.The kitchen has an original cast iron range, but for decorative purposes only.

The kitchen is well-equipped with modern appliances and a dining table that ensures family meals can be enjoyed together.

The comfortable sitting room has a warming wood burning stove ensuring a cosy stay, whatever the time of year.

Stairs lead up to a small split-level landing where three individual staircases of three steps lead to the two well-appointed bedrooms and to the modern family bathroom.

On warmer evenings open the patio doors from the sitting room to the enclosed slate patio area.

Here you can dine alfresco whilst soaking up the fabulous countryside views.

Being situated in the fantastic Snowdonia National Park there are walks from the door of this cottage, and cyclists will enjoy the famous mountain bike routes at nearby Coed-y-Brenin.

The town of Dolgellau is a short drive away and is home to a good selection of shops, pubs and places to eat and there are excellent restaurants in many of the nearby coastal resorts.

Visit the beautiful Mawddach Estuary with its array of birds and wildlife or discover glorious sandy beaches, slate caverns, historic castles, golf, fishing and scenic narrow gauge railways.

A well-located cottage whatever you choose to do.

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About the location


Dolgellau 5.8 miles, Barmouth 15.4 miles; Aberdovey 25.6 miles.

Rhydymain is a small rural village situated in the heart of southern Snowdonia, surrounded by the spectacular scenery of wooded hills and mountains. The village is famous for its association with Richard Burton's first ever film, The Last Days of Dolwyn and there is a blue plaque in the village to commemorate this. The wonderful Cader Idris Mountain Range and Coed Y Brenin Forest Park, which provide some of the best mountain biking in Europe, are both nearby, while relaxing days out on the soft sandy beaches of Barmouth, Fairbourne and Aberdovey are within easy reach. The nearby town of 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 for quiet outdoor recreation with superb scenery, mountains, forests, waterfalls, castles and beaches all close to hand.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas