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Islawrdref near Dolgellau, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 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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8 Customer Reviews

  • "Was a lovely place to stay."

    Felt homely and comfortable. Was able to relax. The only thing we felt could have been added was a few camping chairs that we could easily move round the garden for sitting. Eg we would love to have sat at the end of the garden looking over the fields with a glass of wine. Apart from that, fantastic place and thanks for the effort to make it a great holiday. Will recommend.

    Reviewed by Martin4.4May 2024

  • "We had a great stay , we spent a long time searching for a property that suited us and our dog , the location is perfect for walkers, bird watchers, and your dog will love it ."

    The ever changing weather just added to the experience. Nothing bad to say about the place , in fact we are already looking to book again .

    That's lovely to hear, thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trevor4.4Mar 2024

  • "We loved our stay here."

    The cottage is warm cosy and full of character. The showers were hot and we slept well. The sun room is a great space for children to play. The garden is lovely and you get a great view of the stars on a clear night. Also well located if you want to do a bit of plane spotting at the mach loop. The location is great with lots of walks nearby. There were goodies in a basket for us on arrival which was much appreciated. Our son has been learning piano for a year but this was the first time we heard him play on a real one. We wouldn't hesitate to come back.

    Thank you, we're glad you had a good stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jan 2024

  • "As you walk into the property you are met with light switches that appear to do nothing."

    On eventually finding a light switch that works (on the other side of the room) there are two switches and maybe half a dozen bulbs out of over a dozen that actually work. Other switches covered with electrical tape. This makes it look dangerous and poorly kept. On trying to cook a Christmas dinner we found that one side of the oven appeared not to work. Someone related to the property arrived (to check other parts of the house) and offered a possible solution. This did not fix the problem. The oven had also not been cleaned for some time with bits of old burnt food still in it, and the glass doors thick with dirt and grease. The gas hob also didn’t fully work with 2 out of the 6 rings not lighting. The cupboards in the kitchen were extensive but lacking in basics, such as full sets of mugs and glasses. The property listing states that it can sleep 6, but doesn’t provide sets of 6 mugs or glasses of the same type. On walking through the property there were cobwebs everywhere and most window frames were covered with furry mould (this has clearly built up over months) The ‘sun room’ roof and door leaked resulting in pools of water on the floor when the typical Welsh weather hit. Along with the large fireplace in the sitting room which also had significant leaks, resulting in pooling water. The beds upstairs were cheap hard mattresses which were uncomfortable to sleep on. After a few days we cut our stay short by two nights as we couldn’t bare another night in the beds. There was an extensive list about keeping the property clean and charges for this not being done. It wasn’t clean to start with! We stayed when there was heavy rain, we couldn’t clean the kitchen floor after the dogs as there were no mop / floor cleaning products provided. A lot of cupboards were full of old bags and broken broom heads along with other random / dumped items. The property is also linked (the main door and porch rooms) to the ‘office’ for the campsite which is at the location. We stayed when this was not in use but I would feel would be very intrusive when the campsite is active. With people coming and going. The overall feel of the property is that it could be an amazing property but is severely lacking in maintenance and a decent cleaner. We felt ripped off for the money we payed and was disappointing for a Christmas holiday.

    Thank you for providing us with your feedback following your recent stay at the property. We do feel a little disappointed with this review given the more positive hand written note that you left at the property during your stay. Please be assured as a property owner that all such matters relating to property compliance and safety are in order and current and the simple explanation for the tape on the switch is to serve to prevent guests leaving the exterior lights to the property turned on, this has now been removed and a notification put in place. We are saddened that you did not use our 24 hours service to contact a member of our friendly team to assist you with any issues at the time of our stay, this information is provided to all guests within the welcome pack at the property. Following this feedback an extensive inspection of the property has been carried out, the kitchen is well equipped and we have placed updated user guides to the appliances. Windows issues and the reported leaking roof due to adverse weather at the time of your stay can no longer be identified but this will continue to be monitored. We have taken all your points into account and will take action as is necessary to ensure that we continue to provide an enjoyable stay for our future guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary1.3Dec 2023

  • "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.

    Thank you for your comments and glad you enjoyed your stay. I'm glad your daughter enjoyed the piano music which has helped more than one generation of our family learn. Sorry to hear about your mum's struggles with the stairs, it is a challenge to attach a handrail that doesn't make the stairs too narrow to access with a bag or a child. Property Owner

    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.

    Thank your for your comments. We have made a deliberate choice to keep the character of the house which we realise may not be to everyone's taste. I will make sure the conservatory key is labelled and the patio furniture is due for a refresh this winter. Property Owner

    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.

    We are glad you liked the grounds which we agree are beautiful but sad you disliked the traditional kitchen which had been stripped and rewaxed the month before your visit. We take on board your point about instructions for the cooker and will make sure some are available. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert2.8Sep 2023

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

    Thank you for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed the peace and quiet. Property Owner

    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
  • Note: The side porch to this property provides access to the adjoining campsite office only
  • Note: Stairs may not be suitable for everyone due to the inconsistent height and steepness

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 this traditionally furnished home-from-home.

Enjoy the original features of the sitting room with comfortable 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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Note: The porch to the side of the property provides shared access with the campsite office next door.
Note: Stairs may not be suitable for everyone due to the inconsistent height and steepness.