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Hen Aelwyd yr Urdd

Llan Ffestiniog, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 986172)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage and very central to everything loved the extra touches by the owner leaving milk and bread etc for us great selection of DVDs the only thing for us that lacked was a garden as the very small space at the back of the cottage wasnt big enough to enjoy with our dog."

    The cottage itself had everything we needed and was very clean and homely would definitely recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by IreneJun 2022

  • "Finding the cottage was a bit fraught and first impressions were not what we expected but on opening the front door our spirits were lifted."

    The cottage was excellent facilities were great although we had to phone the owners to find out how to work the TV nothing like the one we have at home.dont think I will have a log burner installed at home it was costing around £10 a day in logs. The local hotel the Pengwern made us so welcome we felt sorry to leave. highley recomend this place

    Reviewed by GillianMay 2022

  • "I stayed here for a solo trip to wales, it was a lovely stay."

    The cottage was nice and the owners had left some butter, milk and bread along with some logs and kindling which was a lovely touch. The location is ok, it’s close to a beautiful waterfall which is an hour walk and the local fish and chip shop was great. Friendly locals.

    Reviewed by LucyApr 2022

  • "Comfortable little cottage."

    Nicely furnished throughout. Just right for one person and their dog to go exploring from.

    Reviewed by LucindaMar 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage very comfy very warm."

    Lovely welcome pack left for us bread,butter,milk cakes etc. The only problem was tv very hot and miss. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by VickiJan 2022

  • "Really lovely cottage, good location for travelling around, everything you need for a comfortable stay, the only issue we had was the tv signal was very poor, as we didn't go out every evening."

    The local shop was very good, the local hotel bar was great too, was made to feel very welcome on the nights we ventured out. The walk to the waterfall was a nice morning out too.

    Reviewed by AndreaSep 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Has everything you need.

    Reviewed by SherlockAug 2021

  • "Small but perfectly adequate…shower could be improved… lovely that owners left us butter, milk bread chocolate etc!"

    It was a nice touch!

    Reviewed by TimothyAug 2021

  • "Lovely warm cottage in a very quiet and tranquil area, easily accessible walks close by and picturesque scenery to take in."

    Hosts were fantastic and very accommodating.

    Reviewed by KatieAug 2021

  • "The listing stated there was a garden which we wanted for the dog however it can hardly be called a garden, closer to an area where the bins are hidden, the place was also smaller than it appears on the images and there is little nearby in the way of restaurants or takeaways and we had to drive to blaenau ffestiniog."

    However if you are looking for a location to explore snowdonia and spend most of the day out the house this place is perfect.

    Reviewed by LiamMay 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in the holiday cottage in Wales."

    It was everything we needed. Clean, comfy and a lovely spot to retreat after our days adventures in the mountains of Snowdonia National Park. The only slight negative was although the oven was usable it wasn't great and the dials have rubbed off.

    Reviewed by Katie-janeAug 2020

  • "The parking situation is not quite as described."

    The reality of parking on the road next to the property is very small. Whilst on the first evening we did managed to get a space there when there is space for 4 vehicles, the locals soon made their 3 vehicles take up 4 spaces for the rest of the week so no parking was available there or on the road at the front of the property. Sometimes a hazard caused by those that see "visitors" as outsiders. Yes there is a public car park 100 metres round the corner but it should be stated that this is the most likely place to find parking suggesting there is ample parking outside or on the main road would not be correct and many people may wish to consider this further.

    Reviewed by BenJul 2020

  • "The cottage is brilliant, well equipped with everything you may need, in the ..."

    The cottage is brilliant, well equipped with everything you may need, in the middle of snowdonia natural forest, it is so peaceful

    Reviewed by DeanAug 2019

  • "The cottage had everything we could want and the owner had even provided fresh breads and milk for our arrival and there were all the kitchen implements etc that you could possibly need."

    We couldn’t work out how to use the tv so text the owner and he came straight back on the phone and helped us get it sorted as it turned out to be operator error! The only minor issue we would comment on is that the cottage overlooks a storage yard which isn’t terribly attractive. However as we were out most of the day it didn’t really matter and the views beyond are stunning. We had a lovely relaxing stay and would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2019

  • "Perfect stay in beautiful village."

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2019

  • "One of the best holiday cottages I've ever stayed in."

    We will definitely be staying there again

    Reviewed by MarkApr 2019

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the Cottage and thank you to the owners for leaving some basic provisions."

    The only minor problems were, firstly, being able to keep the log burner running, some instructions would have been helpful for those of us who have not used one before. And we did not realise how quickly the logs burned. Secondly, the freezer space in the fridge is quite small and this limited the amount of frozen food we could store. We generally like to spend our evenings in relaxing, and like to cook in rather than go out. And lastly, regarding cooking, the oven took a long time to heat the food we cooked. We may have chosen the wrong oven setting, however the correct settings were unclear on the dial. However, these minor problems did not spoil what was a pleasant stay for us and we would certainly stay again.

    Reviewed by MikeApr 2019

  • "The cottage we stayed in was lovely and extremely well equiped."

    However the wood burning stove was the main way of heating the cottage (the two tiny radiators did virtually nothing), it cost us about £35 to buy enough coal, wood etc.. to heat the cottage, it was a very cold week and we spent our evenings in the cottage. I think people would be well advised that there will be extra heating layout and that the woodburner is the main source of heat because I had assumed that the electric heating would do the main heating and the woodburner was a lucky extra. Other than that a really super cottage.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know your thoughts, feedback is very important to us. We are glad you loved the cottage and found it well equipped. We are sorry to hear that you felt the cottage wasn't warm enough, this has not been raised previously. We can only think that the two extra radiators that we provide may have not been on the right setting. We also provide a starter pack for the log burner for each guest as stated in the property details. Thank you once again and we hope to see you soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ClareMar 2019

  • "Lovely homely cottage with everything you could need, ideal base for exploring ..."

    Lovely homely cottage with everything you could need, ideal base for exploring and beautiful walks to be had in the village with the dog

    Reviewed by MonicaNov 2018

  • "We enjoyed the lovely walks with our westie Jess and visited some lovely places."

    The views were spectacular and we would not hesitate to return to wales in the future.

    Reviewed by LesleySep 2018

  • "On the plus side: I cannot complain about the Cottage itself, inside it was very clean & comfortable, and the Owners had very generously provided a welcome basket of Provisions, Milk in the Fridge, and even Logs & Coal for the Dual Fuel Stove."

    Also you are within walk of a very scenic area. The downsides: There is no Garden & no rear access to the Gravelled Yard/Bin Storage at the back. No problem if you don't have a Dog, but hard work if you have to keep getting-up to take the Dogs out for a walk every couple of hours for a pee. Also you cannot park directly outside, as the Cottage faces onto a narrow access road, between the Yard & the rear of the other properties. Reality versus expectation was the real let-down. The Photos of the Location were carefully taken to avoid showing that the "Property is opposite a small, quiet local authority storage yard, which is well kept with views extending towards the Moelwyn Mountains". Unfortunately, if you had listed the actual View as seen from the Bedroom window, as this was the only place you could view the Mountains from the property, I would not have Booked this Cottage. The "Yard" itself is approximately 400 feet long, by 100 feet wide, filled with large drums of cable, skips, sheds & large shipping containers. All of this is between the Cottage & the View of the Mountains, which spoils the View somewhat! Also, the Yard was accessed as early as 6.30am, with banging & vehicles, which set the dogs off. The Photos were very very misleading, I Booked that Cottage based on the views as supposedly seen from the Cottage. The only way to see these views of the Mountains was to go out of the Cottage & up the hill towards the Local Shop, or around the other side of the Yard. There is also no views of a Lake, and we were unable to locate that view altogether! This Cottage would be great just as a base to venture out from, or you need to hide from the world.

    Reviewed by RebekahSep 2018

  • "A good base for exploring north Wales, extras in cottage was welcomed, thank you."

    Reviewed by PennieSep 2018

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  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with multi-fuel stove.
  • Electric heating with multi-fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV with FreeSat, combi DVD/CD, iPod dock with radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking available 50 yards from property (can park outside cottage to unload only)
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Small rear gravelled area with bistro table and chairs
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (please bring own dog beds & towels)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Village shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Rear gravelled area is enclosed but not completely secure
  • Note: Property is opposite a small, quiet local authority storage yard, which is well kept with views extending towards the Moelwyn Mountains
  • Note: Shower is over a bath, however due to hot water tank capacity showers are only advisable
  • Note: Adults only, no children allowed (inc. infants).

The property

Set in the popular village of Llan Ffestiniog in the magnificent Snowdonia National Park, this pretty Welsh cottage is tucked away in a peaceful position and away from passing traffic, enjoying views towards the Moelwyn Mountains and Stwlan Dam.

This lovely cottage is the perfect cosy retreat for couples seeking a romantic getaway from it all.

Dating back over one hundred years, this delightful little cottage is full of charm and character and is well-presented, offering compact and comfortable accommodation.

The cottage is open-plan downstairs with exposed ceiling beams throughout, a well-appointed kitchen with dining area, ideal for that romantic, candlelit supper.

Meanwhile, the sitting area boasts a comfy sofa and armchair and a splendid inglenook fireplace complete with fantastic warming multi-fuel stove, perfect for snuggling up in front of for a romantic night in.

Upstairs is a spacious and inviting double bedroom with lovely views out towards the Moelwyn mountain range, as well as a modern shower room.

Village facilities are all within walking distance, the village pub serves food and offers a warm Welsh welcome, and a good selection of wine and real ales, and the thriving town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is only three miles away and is becoming increasingly popular amongst those seeking some thrills.

Zip World Titan, the longest zip wire in Europe, Bounce Below and Zip Caverns, a subterranean system of trampolines and zip wires deep underground.

There are some lovely walks from the doorstep, a favourite is to Cynfal Falls, a wonderful dramatic waterfall hidden away in the wooded valley of the Cynfal River, and the spectacular gorge is within the Ceunant Cynfal National Nature Reserve.

There are fantastic views of the mountains and the sea and there are lovely woodland areas along the route.

There is a wealth of activities in the surrounding area with great walking and climbing, fascinating caverns to explore and the beautiful North Wales coastline and beautiful sandy beaches at Morfa Bychan and Harlech less than half an hour's drive away.

A character cottage, a perfect base for a couple that is sure to delight at any time of the year.

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About the location


Blaenau Ffestiniog 4 miles; Porthmadog 9 miles; Betws-y-Coed 15 miles.

The old slate quarrying village of Llan Ffestiniog quietly rests close to the impressive Manod and Moelwyn Mountains, near the centre of Snowdonia National Park. Nearby Blaenau Ffestiniog, once the world's capital of slate quarrying and in the 19th century known as the 'City of Slate', offers a range of shops and pubs, whilst the surrounding area boasts a variety of things to see and do. Take a tour around Llechwedd Slate Cavern, enjoy a ride on the famous Ffestiniog Railway or simply take some time to admire the stunning mountainous views available from all aspects. With excellent walking, mountain biking and cycling, wonderful sandy beaches, great fishing, a wealth of delightful towns and villages scattered throughout the area, Zip World, Bounce Below and the beautiful Vale of Ffestiniog and Cynfal Waterfalls to the west, this lovely location has something for everyone, at any time of year!

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