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Y Gribyn

Islawr-drefnear Dolgellau, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 1075515)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved this little place."

    The remoteness and peace and quiet plus being able to get out into the hills from our doorstep was all great. Generally, the standard of facilities was good and as we were out a lot of the time we didnt require luxury. There were a few things that didn't work properly, for example the bedroom radiator was difficult to alter as the instructions on the display panel were faded .. I suspect it needs a new battery? The kitchen utensils were of a good standard but the ktchen was oddly equipped for two people with some very large saucepans and no small pan; no small plates to have some toast or a sandwich on and things missing that you might expect to be there such as a sieve and a casserole dish from which to serve a shepherds pie we made. The TV is so tiny we used my iPad instead. Overall we enjoyed our stay and it is very likely that we will book this property again but the kitche felt that it had been equipped with whatever the owner no longer wanted in their own kitchen, rather than being thought about in terms of what two people might want for a week's stay. There is a very nice secluded walled area at the rear of the cottage, whihc would have been nice to use but it was overgrown with brambles and bushes and there was no key (promised in the instructions) to access garden furniture in the shed. Finally, the instructions on where the second set of keys were was incorrect and it took us two days before we noticed them hangin on a hook high up on the ceiling.

    We are so pleased you loved staying at Y Gribyn; it is indeed a magical location. However, we were sorry some of the details of the cottage did not meet your expectations. We haven’t known the radiator indicator in the bedroom to have a faded display panel and will look into that. As you suggested, we have now supplied small plates, a small saucepan, sieve and casserole dish, as we can understand how useful these may be. We are also sorry that the TV screen was too small for you, though this is clear in the interior photographs, and we had felt that a larger screen would have altered the character of the cottage in a negative way, but we will think further about this. The garden furniture you refer to was already set up for you on the terrace. The locked garden shed is for our mower and other garden equipment; we normally keep that garden furniture in the unlocked shed next to the terrace, which is also useful bike storage for guests. We are in the process of clearing the brambles at the back. As new owners our gardening priorities have been to the front of the property, but we are catching up with the bramble situation! There is no second set of keys, there is one key for the main French doors which you picked up on arrival from the key safe; the second key (for the side door) indeed hangs up inside on a hook by that door. We are sorry if this was confusing. Thank you so much for your feedback, we are delighted that you have booked to return next year, and hope that you will be happy with our changes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobApr 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage in a quite area, had everything you could need for a few days away, it’s small so perfect for just a couple and a dog."

    Good location for trips to Barmouth, Fairbourne, Bala ect…nice restaurant/hotel just down the road too for meals out. It can get cold but that’s expected with a cottage, when the heaters are on it soon warms up, the bed has a heated electric mattress protector which was left on for us on our arrival day, that was a nice touch! The road up to the cottage is single track so you just have to be cautious driving up to the property at give way points but it’s not a busy road. Enjoyed our stay, Would defiantly come again!

    Thank you so much for your comments, we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay, and look forward to welcoming you back to this part of Snowdonia in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RachelApr 2022

  • "Beautiful walks from the property ."

    Mountains and river on your doorstep . Only a few miles to the stunning beach at Fairbourne . I’ve had a fantastic stay again , the property is everything I need with great amenities . Thank you for letting your property and sharing this stunning location .

    We are delighted to hear that you continue to enjoy staying at Y Gribyn—your third visit! We love this part of the world and are keen to share it with others. Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by TaraMar 2022

  • "Some good and some not so good ,the location was excellent very easy to access ..."

    Some good and some not so good ,the location was excellent very easy to access the not so good was the property was very small , nothing like the photos on entering there was a musty smell in the bedroom which we later discovered was due to damp on the wall right by electrical socket, we brought our own iron but there wasn’t any ironing board no mirrors for blowing wife’s hair , the kettle leaked, it is ideal for walker’s but not suitable for people our age 70 plus

    We are pleased that you found Y Gribyn to be an excellent location but we're sorry to hear that you were not completely satisfied with your stay. We would like to take this opportunity to respond to the points that you have made. It is certainly not our intention to indicate that the property is larger than it is, and hope that the two-seater sofa and other elements in the kitchen/living room makes its proportions clear. As Y Gribyn is a 150-year-old stone cottage, we are aware that there is one small area that can be prone to slight dampness occasionally. We have not detected any musty smells, but will keep this monitored. We do not supply an iron or ironing board given the restricted storage space we have available. There is now a hand mirror in the bathroom in addition to the wall mirrors in both the bathroom and bedroom – thank you for alerting us to this. It is likely that stovetop kettle was over-filled, and water escaped through the spout when it boiled as we have checked this and not detected any leaking. We acknowledge that the cottage is most attractive to walkers and to people of any age who enjoy outdoor activities. Thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MatthewMar 2022

  • "Fantastic ."

    I have booked again . Many Thanks .

    Reviewed by TaraNov 2021

  • "We had a nice quiet stay for the weekend,the owners had their firework party the day before we arrived as our dog hates them which was ever so considerate of them."

    Lovely surroundings.

    Reviewed by MarkNov 2021

  • "We enjoyed the lovely walks, owners were very hospitable, and kind."

    A beautiful part of Wales , lovely views. A thoroughly enjoyable break, would love to return.

    Reviewed by BarrySep 2021

  • "The cottage had no clothes storage whatsoever which for 7 nights is poor."

    Bedroom was very damp with mildew on the walls and no pole to open the velux roof windows. Cooking facilities were good and cottage in an excellent location

    Thank you for your feedback. As one of our first guests we were sorry to hear that you encountered these issues, which we are now addressing. We have now installed a wall mounted cupboard for clothes in the bedroom, which could not comfortably accommodate a chest of drawers. As with many 15- year-old stone cottages, condensation and moisture can be a challenge, especially in the autumn and winter months. From November there will be a powerful and quiet dehumidifier to help address this. There is also now a small step-stool so that the Velux windows can be easily opened for further ventilation. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BobSep 2021

  • "Small cottage but everthing you need really quite and great views lovely place to stay and dog friendly"

    Reviewed by KennethSep 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • One 4ft double bed
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge/freezer
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Bike storage
  • Enclosed side patio with bike storage and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 1.8 miles, shop 4 miles
  • Please note: The property is within farming land so dogs need to be kept on lead when outside

The property

Boasting a rural position on the foothills of Cadair Idris in Islawr-dref near Dolgellau, is the inviting, stone-built cottage, Y Gribyn.

Tucked away and providing a great little base promises a refreshing retreat for a couple or a sole traveller looking to escape their busy daily routines to explore this stunning part of Wales; Y Gribyn is ideally situated for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the magnitude of opportunities on offer within the Snowdonia National Park, as well as relaxing days on the picturesque coast.

Offering an open-plan living space with a compact kitchen area, drop-leaf table and chairs, along with a charming sofa to curl up with your loved one as you settle down for the evening to watch a favourite film.

As the evening draws to a close, head along the hallway to find a nicely presented double bedroom with a window that floods the space with natural light and looks out towards the surrounding countryside.

On a sunny afternoon, spend time on the patio and take in the picturesque surroundings.

For those special occasions, venture into the centre of Dolgellau where you will find a selection of restaurants and pubs, as well as several shops for picking up the essentials.

For those feeling active, you will find a magnitude of walks from the doorstep of the cottage which includes the mountain peak Cadair Idris, including The Mawddach Trail, or keen cyclists will be delighted with the nearby Coed y Brenin Forest Park.

Alternatively, head to the coast where you can soak up the sun at the sandy beaches, Fairbourne awaits with its long stretch of shingle shores and beachfront golf club.

Further along the coast is the delightful town of Barmouth, a place making for a great day out, where you can go crabbing in its Marina, climb to Dina Oleo and view the beautiful stone-built town below, or simply bask in the sun on the popular Traeth Abermaw Beach.

Make your way into the Snowdonia National Park to find more outdoors activities, from thrilling zipwires to kayaking in white waters; or continue to travel along the coast to discover more picturesque settlements, including the Italianate village of Portmeirion.

A joyful couples break is waiting to be experienced at Y Gribyn.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Fairbourne 10 miles; Barmouth 20 miles; Aberdovey 10 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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