Beautiful grounds. Welcoming host. Would definitely return
"Lovely property in a great location."
Very clean and tidy and a good base to visit North Wales.
"Peaceful location, a few minutes walk into the town of Dolgellau."
Beautiful house and garden on the river bank. Great base for walking and cycling,
"Our first visit to North Wales and this accommodation and location is perfect."
The cottage adjoins the owners part of the building and is in a very private position a short 10 minute walk away from the lovely town of Dolgellau which has plenty of individual shops and businesses.
The cottage is arranged with the very large lounge positioned on the ground floor, everything else is on the first floor, accessed via a set of spiral stairs. The stairs may be unsuitable for some potential visitors but we had no issues with them at all.
All bedrooms were of a very good size, the kitchen and bathroom were were contemporary in style and more than adequate for a holiday cottage.
The outside space is stunning! The owners have created a beautiful garden with lots of visiting wildlife, all wrapped around the mesmeric river which adjoins the property.
Roland, the owner was extremely helpful in providing us with a warm welcome, all the mandatory H&S advice,the interesting history of the original buildings on the site plus lots of other information on places to visit and eat.
We can thoroughly recommend this property and owners for a superb holiday or weekend break.
"The cottage was very comfortable and we particularly enjoyed the lovely gardens."
Several 'extras' e.g. milk and wine on arrival, plus numerous other thoughtful items, were very much appreciated, albeit unexpected.
"We had a beautiful holiday in this superb location."
It was really peaceful and we appreciated the beautiful gardens
and wildlife. The owner has invested a lot of time and energy in the property
which has been furnished to a high standard. He was most helpful and we really appreciated his kindness.
Craig family N. Ireland Sept 2021
"Lovely setting by the riverside."
A beautiful garden with lots of wildlife. A great base for lots of days out. Plenty of guides and info in the cottage to plan activities. Guest review book was useful for recommendations too. Very clean and given little extras which was a lovely touch. Kitchen area was a little small to sit for 6 of us around the table but plenty of space in lounge table to sit and eat, you would just have to get used to spiral staircase / take food downstairs. This did not impact our overall view of the cottage though. Thank you for a lovely stay.
"Lovely cottage and gardens, just a few minutes walk into Dolgellau."
The accommodation was beautifully clean and has plenty of space. We spent several evenings enjoying the BBQ in the gardens by the river. On other evenings we had very good meals in Dolgellau which is a perfect location for exploring Snowdonia. The owner was very helpful and made our stay really memorable.
"We had a really enjoyable holiday in the Felin Ship, (me my wife and 21yr old son)."
The location to Dolgellau was a short 6 or 7 minute walk. The accommodation was really tidy with a beautiful garden with a river flowing past the bottom, there is an area near the river to use a disposable bbq with all utensils supplied. You are adjoining the owners house which we found to be no problem, the owner Roland was a great source of information on all the local places and was available if you had any problems. All in all a superb break and we will return as there is so much to do in the area including great mountain bike trails, the property has truly secure bike storage with is hard to find.
Thanks for a great holiday!
"The cottage is in an absolutely beautiful setting where the owner takes great pride in the garden with its' many wildlife and plants."
The lawns reach down to a superb river setting where there is a barbecue and picnic table and seating if so desired.
The two of us enjoyed our stay there but feel that the cottage although advertised as taking six guests would not accommodate six quite as easily.
However we would certainly consider another stay there.
"Really enjoyed our week at Felin Ship."
Excellent base to walk in the surrounding mountains. Roland made us feel very welcome & would definitely recommend the area.
"Felin Ship was a very well-equipped and lovely cottage by the river."
Great attention was paid to making sure we had everything we could possibly need during our stay, such as BBQ tools, high quality linens, games and any cleaning product we might need. It was a great find!
"Lovely cottage in beautiful riverside garden."
Comfortable beds. The spiral staircase was a bit of a problem especially if you want to take a hot drink down to watch tv.
The town was lovely, lots of nice places to eat and only a few minutes walk from the cottage, however beware it is a busy road and part of it with no pavement or street lights.
We had a lovely time.
"The cottage was furnished throughout to a very high standard."
It was exceptionally clean and very comfortable.
The landscaped gardens, which extend down to the banks of the river Wnion, are an absolute delight and have clearly been created by a modern Capability Brown.
There are many little trails between the shrubbery, where one is often surprised to find a strategically placed bench with another lovely view of the river.
Roland, the owner of Felin Ship, proved himself to be very knowledgable about the many walks and places of interest in Snowdonia and was a real mine of information:
as well as being always on hand (or easy to contact) if needed, but always very much in the background.
I can say without hesitation that there is not a finer place of this type in the whole of Wales!
"Lovely cottage and a superb host in Roland."
Proper secure bike storage was most welcome. Lovely walks from the front door so no need to use your car.
"Felin Ship exceeded our expectations in every way."
The cottage is comfortable, well equipped and perfectly located for exploring beautiful mid-Wales. The riverside garden is a wonderful place to while away a few hours.
"Fantastic location, beautiful property and stunning gardens overlooking the river."
Inside the property was immaculate and lots of additional touches to make your stay more enjoyable. The owner was very accommodating, we were greeted and welcomed to the property and provided with a full guided tour with details of facilities.
"Great accommodation and location!"
Could not have asked for more! Clean, very comfortable beds, well-equipped kitchen, good wifi, beautiful riverside setting... We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Felin Ship surrounded by hills and beaches. The owner, Roland, was very welcoming. He left us to enjoy Felin Ship and we didnt see much of him during the week, but we knew that he was available if needed and would go the extra mile to be helpful (e.g. taking in a delivery, posting items that we had left behind etc.!). We would definitely recommend this property and hope to return one day (2 adults and 2 children (8 and 11 yrs)
"We had a fantastic time."
The cottage was perfect for us and in a fantastic location. Loads to see and do right on the doorstep. Will definitely return. Many thanks.
"Felin Ship is a beautiful cottage next to the owners house."
It is well equipped, very comfortable, ideally situated on the outskirts of town,right on the river in stunning grounds and very comfy beds! The owner (Roland) is very welcoming, allows you privacy, but is available if needed!!!
"We had a lovely stay at Felin Ship."
Roland is an excellent host and nothing is too much trouble for him.
Everything that we could need was provided and more.
We would definitely stay again if in the area.
"A wonderful place to stay."
The beds are very comfortable. The garden is a fabulous place to sit and watch the river go on its way down to Barmouth while drinking a glass or two.
"Absolutely immaculate place to stay, beautiful gardens and a lovely owner (Roland) on hand with advice in a totally inobtrusive way."
Great local walks and access to cair idris. Nearby town had essentials. 10mins to beaches. 10mins to Snowdonia national parks.
"A very well presented holiday cottage, very clean, lovely furniture and comfortable beds."
A professional and considerate owner, nice touches like a bottle of wine and fresh milk for making tea or coffee on arrival (sachets supplied.). The owner has provided excellent information about the local area and always willing to give further advice to make your visit successful. Useful additional touches include hand cleaner, washing up liquid etc. Cottage does have a spiral staircase and so care is needed if you have young or mature adults in your party. The owner also explains river safety upon arrival which is especially important for younger children. The Riverside location is enhanced by carefully maintained mature gardens. A lovely setting. Dolgellau is a small town with adequate facilities and is perfectly located to explore Snowdonia or Mid Wales. Excellent walking opportunities on your doorstep. Overall a splendid property in a great location, managed professionally by its owner. North Wales has much to offer and you will always want to go back.
"The private garden of the cottage set next to the river was beautiful."
The cottage was very comfortable, especially the beds. Roland was the perfect host, friendly and helpful. A very enjoyable stay.
"The quality of the fittings and furniture are excellent."
The bed was so comfortable we slept incredibly well. The garden is gorgeous and sets you up for the day after breakfast by the river. An outstanding week for us. The location for Dolgellau and the surrounding area is perfect.
"We primarily chose this cottage because of the photos of the gardens, and the spectacular setting next to the river, and we were not disappointed."
We were lucky to have good weather and we were able to make use of the table and chairs provided in the garden, watching the wildlife whilst the sun set. The cottage itself is nice, the furniture is of excellent quality and the bed linen and towels are so soft. The kitchen is functional and has all the self-catering facilities you would need (including a bottle of wine and milk in the fridge on arrival – thank you Roland), however, if the cottage is at full capacity (it sleeps 6) you may struggle to fit everyone around the table in the kitchen so would need to use the table located in the living area, which would mean carrying food down the slightly tricky spiral staircase. As there was only two of us we used the table provided in the kitchen which was fine for us. Roland the owner is very knowledgeable and friendly, and we found the various maps, leaflets and books available in the cottage very useful – we even completed a couple of the walks from the local walking books provided. Overall, we enjoyed our stay immensely, and we would highly recommend the cottage for anyone who wants a tranquil place to stay, but with plenty of things to see and do right on their doorstep.
"Both the cottage and its setting are a credit to Roland (the owner)."
Furnishings and fittings are top quality and most comfortable. There are plenty of walks close by without having to use a car and plenty more if you do. The local countryside is stunning both inland and coastal. Dolgellau has nice shops, restaurants and pubs plus the Euoro Spar is excellent for quality foodstuffs. All in all a perfect choice should you wish to explore Snowdonia.
"My wife and I recently spent a very enjoyable week at Felin Ship."
The place was very clean and very well equipped, and everything worked, which made a pleasant change. The extensive gardens leading down to the crystal clear river were a delight and wonderfully maintained. We are a mature couple, but we did not find the spiral staircase to be a problem. Although it was not pointed out to us, we found the outside stone steps on the end of the property to be very useful when moving large or awkward items up to, or down from, the bedrooms or the kitchen. The huge secure storeroom alongside the property was very useful for me to store my bike, and could be equally useful for storing other bulky items that were best stored outside the living area. The small kitchen diner was fine for the two of us but as there are three double bedrooms, the kitchen might be a bit crowded if all the beds were occupied. There is plenty of car parking space and a large turning area, but do watch the mirrors when driving out of the property as the exit is on a blind corner.
"Felin Ship was everything, and more than we expected."
The cottage was set in beautiful landscaped gardens, with a river running at the bottom making it an idyllic and tranquil retreat, just what we needed. The cottage itself was very well equipped with everything you could possibly need. It was beautifully decorated, and everything was to a very high standard; the beds were comfortable, the bedding itself was just like snuggling into cotton wool, and I’ve never felt such soft towels as what Roland’s are, not even new ones, would love to know his secret.
Dolgellau itself is a very pretty town, with cobbled streets lined with beautiful little cottages and all the amenities you need, all within easy walking distance from rhe cottage.
Would highly recommend the cottage, and Sykes Cottages.
"Cottage was superbly situated in glorious grounds by the river."
Dolgellau is an excellent centre for walking, cycling and sightseeing.
"The Cottage and gardens were amazing, and very spacious."
Roland the owner had put a lot of thought into the little extras provided.
We had a really enjoyable week despite inclement weather, the river runs at the bottom of the garden and the seating areas give great views.
There’s plenty of walking in Dolgellau and it’s a great base to visit the rest of snowdonia national park.
We will definitely return next year.
"The property's main plus feature is the well kept garden and its beautiful aspect onto the river."
It is really close to the town yet is peaceful and secluded and very very relaxing. The cows and sheep, herons, egret and kingfisher seen enjoying the riverside were especially lovely.
Roland's thorough introduction clearly outlines how he expects you to treat the house and garden which is not difficult. Once he knew what activities we were hoping to do he supplied excellent resources which really helped us make the most of the area.The lovely weather also helped:)
The town is quirky and has super cafes to enjoy and its proximity to Cader Idris and the beautiful Mawdach Estury means that you do not need to waste time in the car to get the best of coast and mountain in the area.
The cottage and especially the kitchen was very clean and well supplied but was a little tight for the 2 days there were 6 adults there. The kitchens position upstairs means carrying food down the spiral stairs or outside steps to eat in the garden was too difficult.
The beds were really comfortable and we all slept well.
I would definitely recommend this cottage and garden and hope to return at some point in the future.
"Felin ship cottage is a clean and comfortable well equipped cottage."
The setting is idyllic, the garden over looking the Afon Winon. We watched a little Egret,Dippers, Wagtails a Heron and a Kingfisher with sheeps and cows grazing on the opposite bank. The garden is the produce of a lot of hard work on Roland’s part. Roland made us very welcome, telling us of the history of the mill and his renovations of the cottages of which he should be very proud.
"The cottage was exactly how we had hoped it would be- clean, comfortable and in a beautiful, peaceful setting by the river."
The shops and eateries in Dolgellau were within easy walking distance and yet we felt we were out in the countryside in the heart of stunning Snowdonia.Roland was very helpful and friendly- we really benefited from his local knowledge.
"Mr Stainton Williamson (Roland) when you get to know him was an excellent host and very helpful we will definately return at some stage in the future,so much we have not done."
"What a great place to stay."
Just on the edge of Dolgellau, but 5 minutes from a supermarket and 10 minutes from the centre of town. The cottage also met our requirements, particularly my sons' needs for wifi, somewhere safe to store their mountain bikes, a decent shower, and somewhere to get a good night's sleep.
I had a slight concern that the owner lives next door, and was worried him intruding on our holiday, or our intruding on him when we used the shared garden. I needn't have worried. After an initial tour of the property Roland left us to enjoy the holiday, but was available if we needed any help. He made two specific suggestions about places to visit and eat, both of which turned out to be excellent.
The house itself was comfortable if you wanted to sit indoors. There were also plenty of films available on the tv to watch on the occasional rainy day that Wales sometimes has.
On sunny days, the garden was a delight to sit in, with it's lawn running down to the river.
Finally, would I stay there again. Most emphatically yes. It was one of the best cottages we have stayed in
"We booked the cottage for a short break with the family and grandchildren but wish it could have been longer."
The gardens and river had a real wow factor as we drove in. It was equally special to come back to from our days out. Great choice of things to do. Roland could not have been more helpful with our arrangements providing advise on what to do in the area. Great for mountain biking, walking or just relaxing by the river. Recommend “the Precipice walk” Loved the cottage. Everything we needed.
> Thank you Roland for being so accommodating.
"Our stay at Felin Ship fitted our needs perfectly."
It was somewhere to meet and relax as a family and within easy walking distance of Dolgellau. When we arrived the owner was very welcoming, gave us a tour of the garden and property and he offered help at any time, should we need it. The cottage was smart, clean and comfortable with a well equipped kitchen. The highlight was the garden. Absolutely beautiful and its location on the river made it unbeatable on the warm, sunny days we had. A thoroughly enjoyable stay. Thank you Roland!
"Rowland was a very informative and through host."
Very helpful in all aspects. This cottage is in such a wonderful position with great views and sits very close to the river.
Thanks Rowland for a great stay.
"Nice few days at Felin Ship but there are a couple of things that prevent me from giving it 5 stars."
Upon arrival it is very much made clear that you are staying in the house of the owner, and with a strict regimented tour of the grounds and cottage one is left feeling somewhat intimidated and a feeling of intrusion. One is reminded of this when reading the welcome book with rules and regulations and seeing the numerous printed labels.
The guest accomodation lacks homely feel and the sitting room, which is linked to the owners cottage by a internal door, combined with the office blinds and abundance of leaflets makes the space feel more like a doctors surgery waiting room than a place to relax.
It is decorated however to a good standard and holds good furniture, however as of december 2017 the bedrooms didnt have any kind of heating which was countered by a lovely tog 3000 duvet which was if anything too warm but any uncovered body part felt the cold of the night. Taller people may struggle in bed as they have foot plates on which calls for some contorsion of the legs.
Owner hospitality 2/5
It is with sad regret but the owners nature did let it somewhat leaving the group feel uncomfortable, though reading other more positive reviews, this may well be just our group. I hope you have a better experience.
NOT a place for muddy mountain bikers!!
"A fantastic spot with great view in front of the river."
The summer house and garden is lovely, and Felin Ship is very close to the centre of Dogellau whilst feeling very private and "in the countryside"
"Felin Ship was a lovely cottage with an exceptional garden."
Well equipped cottage with everything (beds, sofa, crockery, cutlery) of a high standard.
"The garden was impressive with plenty of space for parking."
There was a BBQ and utensils, a comfy sofa, bed and free WiFi. We found ourselves within a central location to lots of attractions. This cottage should be on anyone's short-list without a doubt.
"A great cottage with a lovely garden and river view."
"The location was wonderful."
The garden was large, tidy, with river frontage, a barbecue area and outside seating. Dolgellau was a five minute walk away, and had supermarkets, shops, restaurants, pubs and bike hire. All three bedrooms were the same size, with similar décor. The owner was pleasant and helpful, without being intrusive. The walking was great; mountains for the active, and a stroll along the estuary for the not so fit.
"Wonderful place with a fantastic garden and view to the river."
"The cottage was just perfect and had everything we needed."
The owner was very welcoming and he has obviously worked very hard to create such a wonderful environment, including the garden which is beautiful. The cottage is situated in a great location for exploring the area and we managed to combine several walks, with plenty of relaxation during our week there.
"A beautiful cottage with amazing grounds and river view."
The owner is extremely pleasant and is keen to ensure that you make the most of your stay. The cottage has furnished to a high standard and is close to trails, beaches and Coed y Brenin which all our family enjoyed.
"Fantastic, peaceful location overlooking the river."
The shops, pubs and restaurants in Dolgellau were within very easy walking distance. Great accommodation and garden, with the best fitted out kitchen we've come across! Have already recommended it to our friends!!
"High quality accommodation, furnishings and host's thoughtful attention to detail ensures everything you would need for a trip away from home is catered for."
Lovely garden and river view make for a very relaxing break. Very convenient for shops so no need to stock up on too much food for the bigger family.
"The superb garden setting with a fantastic river frontage."
"We had a really nice week - this cottage is in a great location overlooking a lovely river and countryside, with an immaculately kept garden going down to the rivers edge with a BBQ area by the riverside."
There is not another building or road in sight, however it is just on the edge of town and really conveniently situated for the shops, supermarket and restaurants - everything is just a few minutes walk away. We could not fault the location or cottage in any way. There is a lot to do in the area; the Mawddach trial leading to Barmouth is lovely to walk or cycle, there are many mountain walks and mountain biking at Coed y Brenin. The local beaches are also lovely. The owner who lives next door was particularly helpful, he has a great knowledge of local walks and places to visit.
"Nice garden, the river view, well equipped cottage, beautiful location."
"Very well turned out property, with plenty of space."
The Owner is particularly informative with a wealth of knowledge of the local area and the best places to eat.
Property was great, comfortable, and well furnished. The owner was very welcoming, helpful, friendly and approachable.
"This property was great, lovely gardens, the host was very friendly and helpful."
There is lots to do especially if you enjoy the outdoors.
"Beautiful property, great location and very helpful owner."
Lots to see and do around the area. Easy to walk into Dolgellau, good selection of places to eat.
"Beautiful location, excellent accommodation."
"Great location: lovely property with garden descending to a beautiful little river."
Ideally situated for walking around Cader Idris, beach at Barmouth and cycling down estuary. Definitely somewhere we'd go back to. Owner very helpful.
"The cottage was lovely, we would definitely stay again."
"The owner was very friendly and helpful."
Lovely, relaxing cottage. Great surroundings. Whole family enjoyed our week here.
"Great location, friendly host who was there if you needed."
Lots of walks, it's just a great place to stay!
"The cottage is finished to such a high quality with everything needed for a perfect stay!"
The owner is very friendly and helpful, offering expert knowledge of the local area. He made us feel very welcome and relaxed!