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Ael Y Bryn

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Ffestiniog, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "We felt very much at home for the week we spent in this lovely cottage."

    Our Border Terrier Milo loved the enclosed garden, which we also relaxed in after I had climbed Yr Wyffa. The views across to the mountains are breathtaking, and there are plenty of beautiful places within a 30 minute drive. I particularly enjoyed driving through lovely scenery with very quiet roads. The only downside for us is that the walk from the village (and pub) is quite an uphill climb which my disabled wife couldn’t manage in a wheelchair. The local pub however, is well worth a visit for a lovely meal. Overall, we made the right choice to stay here and loved our week.

    So glad you and your wife enjoyed your stay. Means a lot you felt you had made the ‘right choice’! Also glad Milo loved the garden. Hopefully see you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jun 2024

  • "Well equipped and comfortable cottage."

    Nice views and useful garden. Didn't get to try hot tub due to bad weather.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay Richard even in the wet weather. Sorry you didn’t get to try the hot tub sadly the Welsh weather is beyond my control. Thanks again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jun 2024

  • "Beautiful property, well maintained with everything you need for a relaxing holiday."

    So glad you both enjoyed your stay. Many thanks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2024

  • "Loved our stay at Ael Y Bryn."

    Cottage had everything we needed and hottub a real bonus after a long day. Couldn’t fault anything and highly recommend for visiting Snowdonia, Llyn peninsula and North Wales.

    Thanks Mike so glad you both and pooch had a lovely stay!!! Hopefully we can welcome you back again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike5.0May 2024

  • "Lovely cottage with fantastic views very clean and tidy, great central location for visiting north wales."

    Welcome basket was lovely as were the dressing gowns, hottub was lovely could only use for the first part of the week due to the weather. Storage heaters as there design don't react quickly to.sudden changes in the weather so was cold no starter pack of fire wood as par the listing which we didn't realise until it was too late so worth getting some just in case.

    Thanks Richard I’ve picked up with Sykes re the listing as the starter pack for the fire is only provided in the winter months November to March and April/October is weather dependant. This has now been altered. The storage heaters are reactive and kick in if the room drops below 20 and will generate a charge if they are needed. Thanks for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard4.7May 2024

  • "Wow! What Beautiful views!"

    I loved waking up in the morning and opening the blinds to see the sheep and lambs in the field opposite. This lovely little cottage has everything you could ask for, the bed is super comfortable and the kitchen is well stocked! The location is out of the way of all the little towns, but is a small drive to the nearest town if you’ve forgotten anything! Angela the owner was so helpful if we needed anything only a message away! Thank you for a lovely stay at Ael Y Bryn

    Thanks Ashleigh for such lovely feedback. I’m so glad you had a great break at Ael y Bryn and a wonderful time exploring the area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ashleigh5.0Apr 2024

  • "This is a fantastic little cottage, perfect location for walking in Snowdonia."

    Well equipped with everything you need for a self catering getaway. We stayed 2 nights and it was perfect. After walking up cad Idris the hot tub was a welcome. Angela has refurbished the cottage perfectly. I've already shared this amongst my friends and I'm sure they will be booking soon.

    Thanks for the great feedback Catherine and thanks for sharing with your friends and family that’s brilliant. I actually do a minimum of a 3 night stay but I was able to accommodate the change over with your booking so just a note to anyone wanting a 2 night stay please check with Sykes first. If I can accommodate it I will. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Mar 2024

  • "This place is an incredible find."

    Just on the outskirts of Llan Ffestiniog, this is located far enough out that it feels remote and private, but close enough to be able to walk to the local shops and pub. It's easy to reach Porthmadog in about 15 mins as well. As soon as we stepped in, it felt like home. It was cosy with homely touches everywhere. You can tell the owner really cares. There was a book left with all the useful information and where to find certain things, a FULLY equipped kitchen, a little goody box too. The bed was amazing and some of the best sleep I've had in a while. We've been in touch with the owner since we've left, but she is easily reachable should you need anything during your stay. We will definitely be booking to come back.

    Thankyou so much for this lovely feedback and appreciation for the hard work that goes into the cottage. I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Mar 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage ,very well appointed with a lot of thoughtful touches ."

    Nice quiet location but near enough to a host of great places to visit , we visited Criccieth,Porthmadog,Blackrock sands ,Conwy and Betws y Coed to name a few. Stunning view from the front of the cottage . The hot tub was great.

    Thanks for such positive feedback, so glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope you come again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Mar 2024

  • "Had a lovely week in this fabulous little cottage."

    All our needs were catered for. Enjoyed waking up to amazing views! Great welcome package and the bed was so comfortable. Will definitely be visiting again

    Thankyou Joanne for such lovely feedback. Really glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Mar 2024

  • "Sykes review."

    ?? Thank you again, Angela, for such a wonderful stay at Ael Y Bryn. The cottage is everything you need....warm, cozy, very comfortable, fully kitted out kitchen, great views and a super location with log burner and hot tub for some lovely evenings by the fire or out under the stars. Blessed with a pretty much dry week, we had some wonderful walks and great meals in local pubs and restaurants. Lovely crisp snow on a couple of mornings added to the stay. So thanks again, and for anyone reading this, I wouldn't hesitate to book again. Alan & Jade

    Thankyou Alan & Jade for such lovely feedback. I genuinely appreciate it and so glad you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to your return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jan 2024

  • "10/01/2024."

    We have just arrived home from the beautiful Ael Y Bryn. I cannot recommend this beautiful cottage enough. It’s in a perfect location for walks, local shops, a pub & it’s roughly a 30 minute drive if you wanted to climb Snowdon. The cottage had everything we wanted & more. It was clean, the log burner was amazing, enclosed garden for our dog & the hot tub was perfect from after a long day out hiking. The owner is lovely she gave us the biggest warm welcome & the views are perfect. Will defiantly be coming back 10/10 !!

    Thankyou James for such lovely feedback! I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay at Ael y Bryn and will be back!!! Looking forward to welcoming you both and the lovely waffle again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Jan 2024

  • "Beautiful holiday cottage."

    Exceptionally clean with everything you need. The views from the bedroom window are stunning and all you can hear outside are the sheep and running water from the hillside. Bed is huge and very comfortable. Log burner (wood, kindling, firelighters provided) is lovely for cosy evenings in. Hot tub is amazing with lights changing the water different colours and has waterfall feature. Was so wonderfully relaxing just looking up at the stars. There was a lovely welcome pack and message from Angela the owner (who had messaged us previously to see if we wanted Christmas decorations left up or took down which was nice of her to ask us).Kitchen very well equipped, bathroom lovely too. Obviously being so rural there are no takeaways that deliver that we could find, so just bear that in mind if you are hoping to call for a takeaway to be delivered but they are not far in the car to collect as was the big co-op and Spar. We took our little dog and there was a bed provided, poo bags, bowls, and treats etc we had brought our own but we didn't need to (you could tell the owners are dog lovers) . Rightly so dogs are not allowed on the bed. We took our dog out with us the whole time (so many places allow dogs) but if you have a dog who sneaks on the bed when you go out you would need to shut them in the kitchen as there is no way else of stopping them getting upstairs. We had the most amazing stay here, we slept better than we had in years and we really didn't want to leave. Feel totally recharged and would come back again in a heart beat.

    Thankyou Clare for such positive comprehensive feedback. A lovely review thanks and greatly appreciated. Looking forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks for booking. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jan 2024

  • "Ael Y Bryn."

    .. What a slice of paradise! If your looking for a holiday or even a little weekend away, stop looking, stop scrolling and choose this gorgeous little cottage! Angela was such an accomodating host, giving us so many reccomendations of things to do or see whilst we were there, the cottage was beautifully clean and cosy! We had absolutely everything we needed! The hot tub was certainly an added bonus! We were so sad to leave, but already excited to come back. We also donated a jigsaw for the cottage, so if you stay here - please let us know how you get on. Thank you Angela, Ael Y Bryn was simply amazing

    Kelly thank you so much for booking! What AMAZING feedback I couldn’t ask for more and I’m super grateful. Looking forward to your return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Nov 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, making time for relaxing and visiting local attractions."

    The cottage was perfect with fantastic views. We loved how cosy it was as well as being really well equipped. There were some touches that really stood out for us such as the dog station, plenty of large fluffy towels & bathrobes and a personal welcome note and basket. You can tell that real thought has gone into making the cottage a lovely place to stay.

    Thankyou Jennifer for such lovely feedback. I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay at Ael y Bryn! Hope you come back and stay again to make more memories. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Oct 2023

  • "Finding such a nice place that accommodates dog is really hard to come by."

    The house itself and the location are beautiful, everything was catered for. The one small downside was that the chlorine in the hot tub seemed quite strong, but that’s just splitting hairs.

    Thanks for your feedback I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay. The chlorine is a slow release system in the filter I will look into the settings. Thanks for letting me know. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Ael-Y-Bryn and would thoroughly recommend staying there - it's compact, yet spacious – don’t quite know how it manages that!"

    A very comfortable and well equipped cottage with everything you need, the owner showing a lot of attention to detail – very impressive. It’s quiet, with lovely views. Easy car parking. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the area from there – lots to see and do, even in mixed weather. The hot tub after a day’s exploring was very welcome! Altogether a fabulous holiday base.

    Thank you Gillian for such lovely feedback. I’m so glad you had a lovely holiday and enjoyed staying at Ael y Bryn. I hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely gorgeous, charming , peaceful cottage, what a fantastic holiday , all the home comforts, spotlessly clean , the attention to detail outstanding everything you could possibly need Our two Springer spaniels loved the garden totally escape proof & the added bonus of a beautiful hot tub to sit in while your surrounded by Nature."

    5 ⭐ a credit to Angela.

    Thank you for such lovely feedback and appreciating all the hard work that’s gone into the cottage. Look forward to welcoming you back soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Jul 2023

  • "A beautifully refurbished, sparkling clean cottage with all the home comforts whatever the weather."

    The owner has thought of everything and gone the extra mile with super comfy bed, loads of kitchen equipment, plentiful huge sumptuous towels, stack of books & DVDs etc. V fancy hot tub too! Lovely views as the clouds roll by, if you're lucky some gorgeous sunsets from bedroom window seat. Hope to be back, great location for exploring all round the area, walk from the door or easy drive to sea or mountains

    What gorgeous feedback !!! Thank you so much I’m so glad you had a super stay and loved the cottage. Look forward to welcoming you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jul 2023

  • "What a beautiful home for our holiday, inside and out."

    Much appreciated the Welcome pack and other touches like the fresh flowers. Lovely views and a great location for exploring the region. If we ever come back to Snowdonia in the future we will definitely want to stay here again.

    Thanks so much for the great feedback. It is most appreciated. I hope you do come back to snowdonia so we can welcome you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay hot tub was really nice, comfortable bed."

    It would be good if garden was secure on all sides for dogs. Otherwise lovely little cottage some nice touches, especially welcome pack.

    Many thanks for your feedback and I’m grateful you enjoyed your stay. Re the garden as the owner of 2 cocker spaniels who could escape out of a maximum security prison they were the testers. The garden is walled on three sides and a fence between the neighbours. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michel5.0Jun 2023

  • "I came here for a week with my partner and our puppy, we were amazed from the moment we walked in, the place is beautiful, it has everything you need and Angela had a little welcome box and a dog station with everything we needed!"

    Not to mention the views were incredible and the cottage is close by to so many beaches and pubs such a great location, I would highly recommend anyone to come here for a little get away, very romantic and if you have a dog this is the perfect place to go! Super grateful to have created memories here.

    Thankyou Courtney for this amazing feedback. I’m so glad you had a fantastic time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Courtney5.0Jun 2023

  • "Absolutely gorgeous."

    The cottage is stunning with amazing views. Could not have asked for better

    Thanks for your lovely feedback and appreciation of the cottage! Glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2023

  • "If I could give 12 out of 10 then that would be more accurate."

    What a lovely cottage, didn't want for anything. Good location for exploring North Wales. Handy shops nearby and a very nice fish & chip shop.

    Thanks for the lovely feedback Karen I’m so glad you had a super holiday. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2023

  • "Me, my partner and our two pooches stayed here for two nights for my partners birthday."

    All we can say is wow. Absolutely beautiful cottage, looks and smells amazing, equipped with everything we needed and more and a home from home. We enjoyed everything about it, especially the hot tub and the views from the garden both front and back. We loved our little welcome basket and the welcome note left by Angela. Thank you so much for making my partners birthday so special and we will definitely be both back again and be recommending this beautiful cottage to others. Thank you.

    Thanks Lucy for the amazing feedback, so glad your partner enjoyed his Birthday and you had a great stay at Ael y Bryn. Look forward to your return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Apr 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, the cottage was beautiful and had everything we needed and more."

    Thanks for the positive comments Beth I’m so glad you all enjoyed your stay. Look forward to you returning. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Beth5.0Apr 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage!"

    Thank you so much, Angela had everything for us, we will definitely be back if that’s ok. So clean and so cosy! we managed to relax and unwind when the weather was bad which was perfect. Daisy our dog didn’t want to leave! Best place we have ever stayed in and we do a lot of air bnbs. Already recommended it to a friend. Sorry we didn’t leave a note in your book we remembered when we had left! if your thinking about booking this cottage do it :)

    Thank you Carly for the fab feedback and the recommendation!! I’m so glad you had a lovely relaxing break. Look forward to seeing you all back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carly5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was just as lovely as described and had great views."

    The location was rural but also convenient for many attractions. The owner kindly left a card and a lovely gift basket which was much appreciated. When we needed assistance she was quick to respond and very helpful. I have already recommended the cottage to a friend who is thinking of visiting the area.

    Thank you Rachel for such lovely feedback. Hope to see you again and I look forward to your friend visiting!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Mar 2023

  • "The cottage is perfect and it was finished for me by snow on the hills which made the views even more spectacular."

    There is a log burner which throws heat and flickering flames into the sitting room and gives such a joyful feeling to the place. The kitchen is equipped with everything anybody could want and overlooks a big back garden which looks up to the hills but also has a hot tub. I love that it was a slate miner’s which has been brought up to date with taste and colour. I felt as I think anybody would feel completely at home in its lovely atmosphere. Angela has got this right and I hope to go back again and again.

    Thank you Elizabeth for your lovely feedback. Look forward to your return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Mar 2023

  • "What an absolutely fantastic place to stay."

    The accommodation was beautifully decorated and had catered for everything a guest might need. The standard of cleanliness was A+++ both inside and out. The welcome basket was a lovely touch and the fact that it is situated in such a quiet and picturesque location The icing on the cake. Will definitely be returning. A*.

    Thanks Ross for such fantastic feedback. Hope you visit again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Feb 2023

  • "The cottage is fabulous, the interior was just beautiful, Angela the owner has done her very best to make sure everything you need is there, it is just so cosy and comfortable, the hot tub is an additional delight, especially early evening when the stars are out just devine."

    We arrived to find a handwritten welcome card, also a delicious welcome pack, including a bottle of bubbles. Thank you Angela

    Thanks for the lovely feedback Stephen hope you will be back again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2023

  • "It was a pleasure to be the first guests at thus amazing cottage."

    The owner has worked very hard to provide such a beautiful place. She has left no stone unturned in equipping the place. The hot tub was perfect! Lovely and quiet at night for a fab sleep. The views across the mountains breath taking. We will surely be back to recharge our batteries again ..thank you! Beverley

    Thankyou Beverley so glad you enjoyed your stay! - Angela. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Feb 2023

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  • One king-size bedroom
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent (only during winter months)
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking available on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Front patio with furniture and rear garden with lawn, patio and hot tub
  • One well-behaved dog welcome (This property does not accept any other pet types)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles and pub 0.6 miles
  • Note: There are three steps up into the kitchen, please take care
  • Please note: this property has a minimum stay of 3 nights
  • Please note: The starter pack for the woodburning stove is only available in winter months

The property

Ffestiniog 0.5 miles.

Settled on the outskirts of the quaint village of Ffestiniog, Gwynedd in Eryri National Park (Snowdonia) is the charming, end-of-terrace Ael Y Bryn.

This wonderful, stone-fronted, dog-friendly cottage benefits from a welcoming and thoughtful-presented interior where a woodburning stove makes the heart of the home, a large rear garden with hot tub and a breath-taking location overlooking the rolling welsh countryside in a fun-filled national park; the perfect setting for couples seeking a romantic getaway in North Wales.

Cross the threshold into your new home-from-home and unwind on the plush sofa in front of the soothing warmth of the woodburning stove while your partner pampers you with a delicious meal prepared in the fully-equipped kitchen.

Dine together at the table positioned by the window where the fabulous countryside views provide a memorable backdrop; later step outside to admire the stars filling the sky over Pant Llwyd from the bubbling hot tub, the perfect end to a day full of exploration.

When the evening draws to a close head inside to wash off the day’s adventures in the sleek, ground-floor bathroom before climbing the stairs to slope off to sleep in the well-appointed king-size bedroom.

If you can tear yourself away from this romantic bolthole venture into the heart of Ffestiniog where you can pick up all your self-catering essentials at the local store or enjoy a much-need break from the kitchen with date night at Y Pengwern, indulge in delicious food here while your canine companion rests at your feet and you raise a toast to your romantic retreat.

There are an abundance of walks and trails from your doorstep as well as woven throughout the national park, all offering spectacular views across the rolling countryside; the brave among you may even try to summit Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) to experience stunning sunrises, sunsets and unbeatable views.

Other notable, nearby attractions include Zip World Llechwedd where you can experience the scenery from a unique vantage point as you zip line over the quarry, you can also tour the underground mines and even play golf in them, the 13th-century ruins of Dolwyddelan Castle and the iconic Italianette village of Portmeirion.

Experience all this and more at Ael Y Bryn.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Porthmadog 12 miles; Betws-y-Coed 12.4 miles; Llanberis 28.6 miles

A community resting Gwynedd, Wales, Ffestiniog is charming base for those wishing to explore the Snowdonia National Park. Made up of the settlements of Llaan Ffestiniog and Blaenau Ffestiniog, the community offers a wide range of amenities catering to a variety of tastes. Best known for its railway, running over a 40-mile route to experience the beauty of the North of Wales up close, there's plenty of scenery to explore in the area too. The community benefits from a scatter of shops, varying from local stores, to big name brands, predominantly in Blaenau Ffestiniog, a historic mining town with a bustling centre, here you can find a plethora of eateries and places to drink too, making it a great stop for a celebratory meal followed by a glass of fizz. In easy reach you can also find the Zip World Slate Caverns and Bounce Below, boasting slate mine history and spectacular views, here you can take to skies on a zip wire, get lost in a whole new world of the caverns, or bounce into adventure in the caves; there's a plethora of excitement to explore. Choose to embark on a journey like never before by climbing to the peak of Mount Snowdon, or head to Portmeirion, an Italianate village boasting beautiful architecture, exotic gardens, sandy beaches and more. Head to Porthmadog and discover its rich maritime history and picturesque harbour, or venture over to the Holy Island to find even more history and ferry trips over to Ireland! Surrounded by so much excitement, the community of Ffestiniog is a perfect base in Wales at any time of year.

Note: This is an adults-only property. If bringing with you an infant / babe-in-arms, please enquire beforehand.
Please note: this property has a minimum stay of 3 nights.
Please note: The starter pack for the woodburning stove is only available in winter months.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Christmas