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Penlan

Beddgelert, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 6909)

4.3

Good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "Just returned from a beautiful sunny week in Bedgellert."

    Lovely cottage in amazing setting. Surroundings are beautiful, moutain views from the windows, yet only a minutes walk to the river and village which has a wonderful river for dogs and children to paddle in! Shops, pubs, cafés and a great ice cream parlour. The main downside for us was the bed. My husband woke up every morning with back pain and ended up sleeping in the pull out guest bed in the lounge instead. Apart from that, the cottage is lovely. I would suggest a parosol for sitting outside and an outdoor table and chairs. The bench is ok, but not particularly comfortable. We had to come indoors after a while, whereas a parosol would have meant we could enjoy the weather/views for longer. Would 100% recommend, but please improve the mattress!

    Reviewed by LauraAug 2022

  • "An absolutely charming cottage and perfectly sized for a family of 4."

    The cottage was spotlessly clean and had everything you would need. The area itself is absolutely beautiful and a perfect base to visit the Sbowdonia area. We would come back and stay here without hesitation.

    Reviewed by NatashaJul 2022

  • "What an absolutely delightful place."

    Felt so at home staying here, the perfect relaxing holiday. Lovely clean cottage, and well equipped. After only one day, we knew we wanted to come back next year

    Reviewed by MarkJul 2022

  • "Spotlessly clean on arrival."

    Lovely bungalow with beautiful scenery. Trouble free booking with Sykes. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by GlenJul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Good value for money, comfortable not luxurious. Improvements have been made to the kitchen so the photos don’t do it justice. Had a problem with the smoke detector going off over night due to a battery fault. Reported and dealt with the same day. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by GerryJun 2022

  • "We are very happy with our staying in Penlan."

    The location is really good, the house is tidy and clean with a bit history. The only problem we have there is the internet, it will be perfect with WiFi.

    Reviewed by RoseJun 2022

  • "This was a fantastic property both for location and as a base."

    The only negative was all the bed mattresses, they were very uncomfortable and old, they need replacing, even a memory foam topper would be better than nothing

    Reviewed by EvelynMay 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, stunning views from front to back as surrounded by mountains ."

    Cottage very clean and well equipped. Perfect for relaxing or hiking and walking. Village itself also has great facilities to add to your stay. Definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by RebeccaApr 2022

  • "We loved our stay."

    Perfect, secluded location in beautiful surroundings yet only a 5 min walk from the village. Great views from the front door and we really enjoyed our morning coffee accompanied by the beautiful dawn choruses. Only negatives were no WiFi or Virgin Mobile connection but we had a great week despite that. Suggestions would be supplying an Iron and ironing board, hair dryer, bird table in the garden and maybe board games for a rainy day. All in all we had a great holiday though. Thank you.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage located in a great spot with fabulous walk right on the doorstep."

    The views from the master bedroom across Beddgelert were a joy to wake up to.

    Reviewed by CraigApr 2022

  • "Lovely, cosy cottage with a superb view of the mountains."

    I love the link with the Rupert author.

    Reviewed by ElizabethFeb 2022

  • "The house and the place in which it is located is great, close to shops, restaurants, etc."

    As for cleanliness: moldy curtains and walls in the rooms. In the kitchen, dirty cups in shelves, too small kitchen equipment. However, the worst thing was that at night, large and small snails were coming out from under the furniture in the kitchen, during the week of my stay I caught and threw away 16 snails. I have taken photos as if someone would not believe it. In general, I rate the stay at home as average.

    Reviewed by ArturDec 2021

  • "A proper break."

    No Wi-Fi, but that's marvellous. I visited Penlan with my Uncle Fred back in 1969, and great memories restored. (Just after Paul McCartney had visited him. . (with the frog song.)) Lovely cottage. Sufficient, Thank you

    Reviewed by StephenNov 2021

  • "We stay in beddgelet every year, by far this is the nicest cottage we have stayed in."

    Cosy, warm and clean.. gorgeous gardens and views ....can't wait to stay again!!!! Many thanks

    Reviewed by HelenNov 2021

  • "Just come back from a wonderful week at Penlan, what a lovely comfortable cottage, it certainly did not disappoint us."

    It had everything we needed, comfortable beds, a lovely shower and peace and quiet. A few minutes walk to the village below the cottage. Would definitely recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by SueSep 2021

  • "A great holiday cottage in a lovely location."

    Could be better if the cottage had a wifi connection as we struggled to get local information on Friday evening when we arrived.

    Reviewed by IanAug 2021

  • "We had a really lovely week at Penlan."

    Clean and comfortable accomodation. The views from the front of Penlan are stunning. We loved our morning cuppa and evening glass of wine sitting outside with that view. An iron and hairdryer would have been useful so I would suggest taking one if its important to you but it certainly did not impact on our wonderful stay! Thank you

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2021

  • "We’ve staying in Penlan before so knew there was no Wi Fi but as we are older we felt vulnerable as there is no phone signal either."

    The cottage is cosy and clean with.everything you need for your holiday. Just would be better with Wi-fi or a phone.

    Reviewed by JenniferJul 2021

  • "This is a lovely little cozy cottage in a fantastic location, the scenic walk into the village of Beddgelert is only a five minute stroll, the cottage is well furnished and was beautifully clean."

    Reviewed by EvelynMay 2021

  • "Stayed here April 2021, lovely walkers cottage in a fantastic setting, immaculately clean thanks to Esther."

    There were little things missing like clothes pegs, egg cups, kitchen tongs would be good too! The cottage was lovely, however the windows in the living room and bedroom have failed glass units which have condensation inside, this really spoilt the fantastic views from inside to the mountains opposite. The front door doesn't seal properly which is a major problem, this is why it gets quite cold in the cottage. The walks around the village and in the hills close by are stunning and the village its self is lovely and friendly.

    Reviewed by IanApr 2021

  • "The hot water failed on the second day, so on a three day break, our only break this year, we had no hot water for two days."

    We understand things happen, but what we don’t understand is the total lack of help from the caretaker who was the contact in the welcome folder. I was told nothing could be done until the day we were going home and that the shower was working, no explanation as to why the water couldn’t be fixed. He lives nearby but asked me to check the consumer unit, which I did and it was fine. I told him my wife needed a bath as it helps her fibromyalgia and that we would leave early, he replied “ok”. Everything was fine with the cottage itself and we would recommend it, but the lack of help did spoil our only break this year having worked all through lockdown as key workers.

    Reviewed by PhilDec 2020

  • "Enjoyable stay for our first time in North Wales,and Beddgelert was a lovely village with good amenities and great views of countryside eg Snowdon,also close to Bets w coed,Porthmadog."

    Reviewed by JacquieAug 2020

  • "Beautiful little cottage that offered good value for money!"

    Excellent location.

    Reviewed by LizJul 2020

  • "We been to penlan a few times now as it is so relaxing in a great location"

    Reviewed by StevenMar 2020

  • "A good location for walkers."

    The cottage was very comfortable, modern kitchen and guiet

    Reviewed by AlanNov 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage, really enjoyed the stay."

    Very well equipped, heated up really quickly, bed really comfy! Perfect base to go and explore the area, although check opening hours of nearby pubs/cafes if you’re going off season.

    Reviewed by CarrieNov 2019

  • "Nice location ."

    Nice views from cottage. Good location for local village. And getting to Snowdon for walks.

    Reviewed by AllenNov 2019

  • "I have stayed at Penlan for 5years in total because I love the cottage and surroundings so much."

    So it is with a heavy heart to see that the owners do not appear to have invested anything in the cottage facilities for over this period of time. The cottage decor is looking tired and so does the furniture. The mattress in the double room is very worn and sags in the middle so much that if I laid on one side of the bed I would roll right into the middle because of this. The mattresses in the back bedroom with the bunk beds weren't any better and are in a bad state. Also this bedroom lacks a bedside table and has a folding chair with a lamp on instead ! Totally unacceptable for the amount of money being charged. There is no mirror in this bedroom either and just needs a few little tweaks to complete this bedroom. Now onto the living room the faux leather sofas are so uncomfortable and could do with better and more cushions, the two cushions in the cottage presently are scruffy and stained so I used my pillows. The cottage lacks warmth not from heating but furnishings a couple of throws and a coffee table to complete the room (had to put drinks on floor) On a plus side on the surface everything is spotless but don't look behind the furniture you have been warned. I notice that Penlan is advertised for 5 people but from my experience this would be too crowded and the cottage would comfortably have 3 people staying there. It seems to me the owners have turned a blind eye on Penlan and just let the money roll in but this customer has had enough and sadly will not be returning again as I can find better value for money

    Reviewed by JanSep 2019

  • "This cottage needs some tlc."

    The mattresses are not good on any of the beds and I spent the week sleeping on the bottom bunk which was my only option. The sofas need updating as they sink at the back. The cottage is in an excellent place and we loved the walk down to beddgellert for dinner in the evenings. Would like to say we would be back but not this time. No welcome pack either and the parking is not ideal as the neighbours have carers in and block the drive.

    Reviewed by WendyJun 2019

  • "There appears to be a problem with waste collection at this cottage."

    The bins were half full when we arrived. The instructions told us put the bins out on the Thursday which we did , placing them in a prominent position. The waste was not collected.

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, amazing views!"

    Generally good in terms of facilities. Only reason didn’t give top rating for facilities was that the bathroom heater did not work.

    Reviewed by VictoriaApr 2019

  • "Amazing location, stunning views all around, locals were very welcoming and knowledgable and the walks around the cottage were breathtaking."

    Reviewed by ChristianMar 2019

  • "The best thing about Penlan cottage is its location and that is truly beautiful."

    We had a wonderful time in this incredible landscape. A couple of tweaks to the cottage would have made the week really special. Although we knew there would be no wifi or phone coverage, we found this was more of a disadvantage than we had anticipated. In winter months when local venues often vary their opening times, it was very difficult to find out accurate information. We would happily have paid a little more to have this facility. I was disappointed to find that the stove equipment in the photographs is no more than a flame-effect unit which does not provide heat. In fact the cottage is heated by three storage units which aren't robust enough for most people's needs. I can't describe the cottage as cosy. The patio had been fenced off so that it was not possible to gain access to it. It would be a lovely place to pause. There were no house notes available nor anything to welcome us on arrival. These things are not make or break but their absence contributed to a general sense of apathy towards the guests - a shame in a cottage with such potential.

    Thank you for your feedback, We are sorry to hear that some minor tweaks impacted your stay, We are glad to hear you still had a great time at the property. We will be making the owner aware of these tweaks and make sure they are rectified for future. Again thank you for your feedback and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JessFeb 2019

  • "Out third visit & it was very enjoyable."

    The heating & fencing still need improving though! Very clean & well prepared, however.

    Reviewed by J ADec 2018

  • "We were delighted to be staying in our childhood favourite Rupert The Bear's enchanted cottage in such beautiful countryside."

    The cottage itself is fairly basic but cosy, clean and full of the spirit of Rupert's creator and illustrator Alfred Berstall. It is also ideally placed for many wonderful North Wales attractions. We had a magical time there and would return again.

    Reviewed by I MNov 2018

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Fantastic location.

    Reviewed by SteveSep 2018

  • "This is a lovely cottage, the perfect size for our family of 4."

    We like to walk, hike, kayak and swim, and this location is perfect for all of these. The cottage has all the facilities we needed, it was especially useful to have a washing machine. This is our second time staying in Penlan and we do not usually go to the same location more than once, so that is probably the best recommendation of all!

    Reviewed by JudeAug 2018

  • "Penlan is a lovely cottage."

    Just a few minor things would make it perfect. A new mattress on the bottom bunk as the springs can be felt. A clothes horse to dry clothes indoors after using the washing machine as it’s not always possible to hang them outside. An iron. WiFi connection in the cottage as no phone signal. Bottom branch of tree pruned as gets caught in car tailgate. In spite of these niggles we had a wonderful holiday in the most beautiful surroundings. Would recommend future visitors to sit outside on a clear night and look at the stars. What an awesome sight. Now looking forward to next year. God willing!

    Reviewed by JenniferJul 2018

  • "There were no towels at the property."

    It was difficult to contact the number as there is no signal for mobile phones and no Wi-fi in the cottage. I had to use a phone box. I was then told no towels are provided. I was not informed of this beforehand and for two hundred pounds a night is incredible. We then had to travel to find towels to purchase instead of enjoying the holiday. The cottage should provide Wi-fi or at least this information should be published before booking. The bed was of poor quality- for the price it should be a good quality bed. The garden was a wasteland covered in mown long grass, probably cut for the first time this year, with no flowers at all. The cottage itself is lovely and is in a beautiful location and it is a shame that the owners put in zero effort to made it welcoming.

    Reviewed by JillJun 2018

  • "House was lovely, comfortable and was exactly as described."

    I would recommend this property to friends, as well as the village as everyone was so lovely.

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2018

  • "Fantastic views, 5 mins from village."

    Cottage was well equipped and comfortable. Had a lovely peacefull break, would recommend.

    Reviewed by BernardMar 2018

  • "JUST CAME BACK FROM A LOVELY HOLIDAY AT PENLAN, FROM 3rd to 10th MARCH 2018."

    WHAT A LOVELY QUAINT COTTAGE, EVERYTHING WE NEEDED FOR OUR STAY, WELL EQUIPED KITCHEN ELECTRIC HOB / OVEN, MICROWAVE, GOOD SIZE FRIDGE FREEZER, AND COSY LIVING ROOM WITH A NICE VIEW OF THE MOUNTAINS. BEDROOM IS VERY NICE ALSO WITH A GOOD VIEW OF THE MOUNTAINS. BACK OF THE PROPERTY IS SECLUDED GARDEN WITH ONLY A ROCKFACE THERE, SO NO ONE PASSING OR LOOKING IN, AS WE BOOKED FOR THE WEEK DURING THE BAD WEATHER OF THE BEAST FROM THE EAST, TRAVELLING FROM THE WEST MIDLANDS WAS UNSURE WE'D GET THERE, NO PROBLEMS AND ALL ROADS WERE CLEAR TAKING THE A5 ROUTE, HOWEVER THE COTTAGE AS A PRIVATE DRIVE ONLY FOR 1 CAR ON A STEEP BANK,LEVELS OUT AT TOP DON'T PANIC , THIS WAS THE ONLY PLACE I HAD TO DIG OUT THE SNOW & ICE TO GET CAR UP, BE PREPARED TO REVERSE DOWN THE STEEP DRIVE AS THE NEIGHBOURING COTTAGE ALSO PARK UP THERE AND NO ROOM FOR TURNING ROUND WHEN THERE'S ANOTHER CAR THERE. BUT THERE IS A SMALL CLEARING AT BOTTOM OF DRIVE TO LEAVE CAR OR ANOTHER CAN BE SEEN FROM COTTAGE. COTTAGE IS HEATED USING STORAGE HEATERS, THE ONLY ONE THAT SEEM'S TO WORK EFFECTIVLY IS THE FRONT BEDROOM, OTHERS ARE NOT SO GOOD, THERE'S IS ALSO A DIMPLEX ELECTRIC STOVE 2KW FAN HEATER THAT AS A MIND OF IT'S OWN AND SWITCHES OFF THE HEAT WHEN IT FEELS LIKE IT, PLUS THE FLAMES START GOING DOWNWARDS INSTEAD OF UP AHAH, SO DON'T RELY ON IT (should be replaced) BATHROOM AS A FAN HEATER THAT WORKS OK, BUT NEEDS TO BE ON FOR A WHILE TO WARM ROOM UP PRIOR TO SHOWERING ETC, ELECTRIC SHOWER WORKS FINE, AS IT WAS THIS TIME OF YEAR WE TOOK OTHER PEOPLES ADVICE FROM REVIEWS AND TOOK A COUPLE OF EXTRA FAN HEATERS WITH US AND IT WAS A GOOD JOB WE DID. IT WOULD BE NICE IF TV AND DVD PLAYER WERE LARGER AND BETTER CONDITION FOR THE COSY NIGHTS IN, THE OTHER AREA OF OUR CONCERN WAS MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH SONS BACK HOME AND FAMILY ETC. WE USE THE THREE 3 NETWORK AND SIGNAL IS ABOVE HALFWAY AND GAVE US PEACE OF MIND BEING ABLE TO KEEP IN TOUCH, YOU CAN ALSO GET MOBILE BROADBAND BY CONNECTING TO YOUR PHONE , SO I WAS ABLE TO CARRY ON WITH EBAY AND GENERAL SURFING. IN OUR OPINION THIS IS A GREAT LOVELY COTTAGE IN A FANTASTIC SPOT AND WITH A HISTORY OF RUPERT BEAR AUTHOR ALFRED BESTALL WHO ALSO DID ILLUSTRATE FOR ENID BLYTON BOOKS. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT,LOADS OF WALKS AND CLOSE ENOUGH TO VILLAGE HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE REVISTING FOR ANOTHER STAY. Kelvyn & Penny ROGERS, WOMBOURNE

    Reviewed by KelvynMar 2018

  • "Our 4th consecutive February stay in Penlan, perfect location, lovely cosy cottage with everything you need after a day in the mountains."

    Reviewed by StevenFeb 2018

  • "As we suspect no one had been in the cottage the previous week, it took a little warming up given the recent snow etc."

    Whilst there are storage heaters in the rooms, they don't really seem to be man enough to warm the place quickly - the same goes for the electric stove heater in the lounge which worked intermittently. However, as we have done in the past when renting in a mountain area cottage, we had taken a couple of small portable fan heaters to help and the place was soon warm. The cottage was small, clean and functional and in an area we know very well. Although it states that Penlan could house up to five adults, that would be quite cramped - as two adults plus a large dog, it was comfortable for us. As per some other comments by past renters, wi-fi access would be appreciated - there is apparently a land line into the cottage so I cant see a major issue? We are looking at potentially renting Penlan again later this year.

    Reviewed by JonDec 2017

  • "Fantastic location, beautiful cottage however, it was very cold (some blankets would have been appreciated) no towels either."

    The cottage has been modernised but to a cheap and very basic standard, also the hot water tank wasn't big enough to fill the bath. The bed was uncomfortable and very low to the ground and would not recommend staying there if you suffer with a bad back.

    Reviewed by NickDec 2017

  • "There were no towels in the bathroom."

    Luckily we had taken a couple

    Reviewed by AndrewDec 2017

  • "I've already sent an email with all the details"

    Reviewed by DeniseNov 2017

  • "We have been to this cottage before & it is a beautiful location."

    The cottage is generally well equipped & comfortable - the only fault is that the bathroom can be chilly & there is quite a drop on the side of the cottage which is unfenced - not good for small children nor bouncy dogs. This time also, I think that the cleaning was somewhat rushed. However, it's a lovely, friendly cottage & we would visit again.

    Reviewed by J ANov 2017

  • "Loved the link to Rupert the bear."

    ..Fantastic location close to all local attractions..

    Reviewed by AllanAug 2017

  • "We had a wonderful time as usual, the booking was easy and the information ref."

    Key collection and contact details was accurate. We always holiday self catering and love the location of this cottage.

    Reviewed by BeverleyMay 2017

  • "Lovely cottage in a wonderful location."

    good for walking and local sightseeing. would highly recommend

    Reviewed by GeorginaApr 2017

  • "This was our third year at Penlan its a fantastic location and beautiful cottage."

    Reviewed by StevenFeb 2017

  • "To be fair, we know Beddgelert very well having holidays in the area for over fifty years!"

    We have always known "Penlan" and particularly loved it especially for its connection with Rupert the Bear. We never thought in our wildest dreams that we would be able to actually stay there ! So this holiday was very special to us, to be able to be in the presence of A.E.B. to see some of his pictures and his materials and tools (displayed in the cottage) was truly wonderful for us. It was cosy and full of character,the weather was kind to us, and we had a wonderful holiday visiting all our old haunts !

    Oct 2016

  • "Only thing we found was the Storage Heaters do not all work and the instructions are not very clear."

    . But there was a spare heater in the bedroom so we used that. All in all it was a very cosy cottage... Gardens could do with a little bit of tending to. Overall this was a fantastic holiday in a fantastic location.. We shall be returning one day.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2016

  • "Needed a shower mat in bath there wasn't one."

    Would have liked wireless connection. Cottage had improvements since last visit but loved the cottage and area as always

    Reviewed by AmandaAug 2016

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Summary

  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x adult bunks with additional pull-out bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin & WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area & electric woodburner-effect stove.
  • Electric storage heaters with electric stove in sitting room
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV/DVD, books/DVDs
  • Electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car and additional parking at the bottom of the cul de sac on a first come, first served basis
  • Garden with patio to rear, grass & woodland all around, furniture, mountain & woodland views
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops & pubs 5 mins walk
  • Note: Max 4 adults
  • Note: Check in time 4pm, check out is 11am.

The property

Beddgelert 0.3 miles. A charming, detached Beddgelert cottage, set in quiet woodland in an elevated position above the picturesque village of Beddgelert in the Snowdonia National Park.

This Beddgelert cottage is affectionately known as Rupert Bear's Cottage in memory of the author and illustrator of the Rupert Bear stories, who lived there from 1956 to 1986.

He gained his inspiration from the local countryside and wrote the Rupert Bear stories from here for many years.

This secluded Beddgelert cottage has two bedrooms, a sitting/dining room, and a well-equipped kitchen area, both with exposed wooden beams.

The gardens and woodland surrounding this Beddgelert holiday home provide peace and tranquillity, yet the cottage is only a 5-minute stroll into the centre of Beddgelert.

There are miles of walking tracks around, some starting from outside the door of this Beddgelert cottage.

Further afield are the beaches of Porthmadog, Italianate Portmeirion, castles at Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech and the coastline of the Llyn Peninsula.

A fantastic Beddgelert cottage, in a great location at any time of the year.

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About the location

BEDDGELERT

Porthmadog 6 miles; Caernarfon 13 miles.

The picturesque village of Beddgelert lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park at the foot of Mount Snowdon. Beddgelert is a bustling village with arts and craft shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, centred around the Afon Glaslyn river. A 20 minute stroll along the river will take you to the Aberglaslyn Pass, one of North Wales’ most famous beauty spots. The Welsh Highland Steam Railway passes through the village on its journey from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. Beddgelert is famed for its monument to the Welsh Prince Llewelyn's dog, whom the Prince killed thinking it had attacked and killed his son, only to discover afterwards it had been defending his son from a savage wolf attack. With Porthmadog, Portmeirion, Borth y Gest and the whole of the Llyn Peninsula easily reached, this is an ideal location for a Welsh holiday.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas