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Islawrdref near Dolgellau, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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4 Customer Reviews

  • "Rall we loved our stay here."

    It is what it is...a very old and traditional Welsh farm cottage. The kitchen had modern appliances (which all worked, so not sure what happened to previous guests) and everything was clean throughout. There was also a thoughtfull selection of 'goodies' left as a welcome. The piano was a highlight! My daughter found the various music books and taught herself how to play over the course of the week (maybe it was a bit too early for Jingle Bells!). Cottage location was just what we were looking for, some beautiful scenery and walks were enjoyed. One point to mention, we decided to take my mother with us as a last minute thing and when we got to the cottage we discovered she couldn't actually get up the stairs, due in part to her own mobility issues. There is a stair banister rail up the first section but the second section had no support to hold onto, making it impossible for her to use the first floor bedroom. More importantly she was also unable to use the bathrooms so emergency purchase of a camping toilet (good old Amazon Prime!)to resolve the issue. However this was probably more on us than the property for not double checking access. Overall we absolutely loved our stay, a relaxing time, just spending time together as a family.

    Reviewed by Jane4.4Oct 2023

  • "Gilfachwydd is a lovely old Welsh cottage."

    It's full of character with dark beams and period furniture. It's also in a beautiful quiet location with a really nice private garden. A great base for a walking holiday. In terms of managing expectations, this was obviously once a family home. It's not a recently renovated property, which is part of its charm. So some of the appliances and fixtures are not the most modern, but everything we used works and the kitchen is well equipped. I would also add that it was very fair price compared to some other similar places. A couple of minor things - we could not find a key to open the doors from the conservatory to the patio, and the outdoor wooden patio furniture was looking a bit tired and could do with a refresh. In summary, a characterful and comfortable cottage and we would book again.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Oct 2023

  • "The furnishings and kitchen are tired."

    The place needs maintaining better. No instructions for the cooker and some parts did not work. Best part is the surrounding grounds.

    Reviewed by Robert2.8Sep 2023

  • "Really nice property in a superb location very peaceful."

    Reviewed by A4.1Jun 2023

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x family room with double and a single and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x double bed with pop up single available, and en-suite bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory
  • Central heating is a sustainable wood pellet boiler.
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power, and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot and stairgate available
  • Private driveway for 4 cars, Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio, and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.2 miles, pub 2.1 miles, Llyn Gwernan 0.1 miles
  • Note: There is an additional single bed on the landing for flexibility
  • Note: There are steps in the garden; please take care
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Note: There are sheep in the neighbouring fields and owners must take responsibility for this when bringing a pet

The property

Dolgellau 2.1 miles.

Gilfachwydd, a charming two-bedroom cottage, is located in a rural area of Islawrdref, close to Dolgellau, in Gwynedd.

Gilfachwydd is well situated in the Eryri National Park next to Llyn Gwernan and provides a characterful base for a family of six and their canine companion who wish to experience the wonders of North Wales.

Park up on the private driveway before entering the home and the welcoming sitting room with plush seats, a woodburning stove, exposed stonework, and original beams above.

Continue into the well-equipped kitchen/diner to meet your self-catering needs before congregating in the living/dining room, which offers enough of space for your family to dine and socialise.

Make use of the enclosed rear garden, which features a sprawling lawn and nice patio space to soak up the surroundings if you prefer outdoor dining.

Rest in one of the spacious family rooms, each of which has a double, single, and en-suite bathroom.

Start your day with a cup of coffee in the suntrap conservatory before travelling to Dolgellau, which is the area's closest centre of amenities.

Grab your hiking boots when you're ready to explore and climb Penygader (Cadair Idris), or take the New Precipice Walk/Llwybr Llanelltyd route for lofty views of the national park.

As you make your way to the shore, stop at Arthog Waterfalls first, before taking a ride on the Fairbourne Railway, a stroll along Fairbourne Beach, or playing a round of golf at the Fairbourne Golf Club.

In addition to being a well-liked beach resort, Barmouth offers a variety of amenities, or head inland to hike through the Abercorris North Wales Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and visit the Corris Mine Explorers.

Feel at one with nature at Gilfachwydd.

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 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 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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