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Hafod y Rhedrwydd

(Ref. 1091211)

nr. Betws-y-Coed, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "Disgusted by no heating or water and totally disgusted with the treatment by Sykes cottages and will never use again also would never ever."


    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your stay at Hafod y Rhedrwydd. We can only apologise for the experience that you have had during your stay. This is not the service that we want to provide and appreciate you letting us know this. Best wishes, Character Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane2.2Sep 2022

  • "We had an outstanding holiday."

    The location is one of the best we've been to and has waterfalls, wildlife and fantastic walks right on its doorstep. We will return in the future. 10/10

    Thank you for this great review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and made the most of the surrounding area. We look forward to welcoming you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2022

  • "I haven't received my petrol deposit back yet."

    The 10am check-out time is insulting given the myriad requests for tidying up before we leave and the price was innacurate as referenced on VRBO - no mention of the 124+ pound booking fee there and no mention on either sykes or vrbo of a 100 pound petrol deposit (which I haven't gotten back yet despite leaving with more petrol there than when we arrived)

    Thank you for your feedback. We can only apologise for the delay in payment of your deposit. We are chasing this with the owner to make sure it is given back to you and will update you accordingly. We hope that this did not create a lasting impact on your stay and would love to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David3.1Jun 2022

  • "Character cottages have been the worst company in the entire world to deal with, so much so, that I thought I had been scammed and I was surprised there was actually a property to go to."

    I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole! They kept saying I hadn't paid anything (I had paid it all), threatening to cancel my holiday and never returned my calls despite every person promising they would do so, right up until about 2 weeks before we arrived! The cottage location was INCREDIBLE!! Never been to anything so outstandingly beautiful. However, it could be listed and run better for the money I paid. It was not clear that all petrol costs must be covered IN ADDITION to the holiday costs paid and was lucky it ran out in the morning so we could get to a gas station. It should be more clear that as a result of the petrol generator, that the fridge is not in constant use (unless you are a millionaire to pay for the fuel prices these days) and thus it is safer not to buy too much food that may spoil or chicken products over night. Alternatively, it does not seem unreasonable that, as with any other holiday accommodation in the entire universe, you should not need to pay for routine utility bills, such as electric, therefore, sufficient petrol should have been provided. Especially when nothing was stipulated that petrol is an additional cost! Property was clean on entry but the flaking paint and rugs/boxes propped up made it not feel as cozy as it could as well as the passive aggressive stipulations on what is/isn't allowed. The garden outside could also be incredibly lovely but has been left for the nettles and thistles for half of it. In addition, there are numerous small improvements that could made this property 5* for no investment really. As the handbook said, it is a shame people felt the need to dismantle some of the ruins for a fire pit... So perhaps a chimner would be a nice addition. As well as: A bird table and bird book Some art on the walls Some more local books The use of towels A sun lounger Comfortable mattresses Toilet facilities appropriate to your stay, a week's holiday will need more than 2 toilet rolls and whilst hand soap and fairy liquid was available, bubble bath for that fantastic bath and some soaps and shampoos are provided routinely at cheaper cottages. Coffee, tea, uht milk and welcome biscuits would have nice after an exceptional drive to the lonely cottage too. Bigger and essential jobs for the simple functionality of the property desperately need to be addressed too, such as the render on the outside with a massive crack and the rotting single pane wooden window frames. This meant the property was freezing on arrival and as it was summer we had not packed thermals so we had to buy some. We believe the oil fire had been turned off on the master switch somewhere due to the passive aggressive notes in the handbook which complained about how much oil people had been using. There were heaters in every room but none were connected so I am not sure what the plan is there.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We apologise that your stay was not what you had hoped for and the way you feel about Character Cottages. As your booking was integrated, the emails you received were in fact automated and it was explained to yourself on several occasions that we would not be cancelling your stay. We appreciate your comments on the area of the property, as well as the suggestions for improvement. Please know that if you experience any issues as such in the future at another property, we are on hand 24 hours a day to assist you and resolve them as quickly as possible. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sophie2.2Jun 2022

  • "Great location, the owners were fantastic at sorting out any issues, the cottage was fabulous."

    MarkMay 2021

  • "Stayed there for a short period though enjoyed it a lot."

    The location is perfect, completely off-grid yet close to shops. House is beautiful and well maintained. All amenities are really good and satisfactory. Communication with the landlady was informative and helpful. Just a few heads-up in case if you wondering, The hot water is limited so use it carefully, I felt discomfort only on this facility. Kitchen stove is not a traditional stove so if you love cooking take your own stove for convenience. And the bedrooms do not have heating so be prepare if you visiting the place on cold days. The location will not disappoint you. I will definitely recommend this to my friends.

    DharmendraJul 2020

  • "In short this is a fantastic little gem of a property away from the hustle of everyday life."

    The cottage has everything you need and is warmed by the front room burner and the kitchen Range which did us proud! The scenery is spectacular and we just did not want to leave the place! Amazingly stunning all round!

    MichaelAug 2019

  • "I wanted to write a quick thank you for a lovely stay at Hafod Y Rhedrwydd at the end of August."

    We loved the location of the cottage, the amazing views and getting away from it all. We had one sheep who seemed to magically appear in the garden and not sure how they managed to get in as the gate was always shut, but the girls thought it was fun!

    AnnaJul 2019

  • "Great spot to disconnect from the rest of the world"

    TylerMar 2019

  • "All my family loved staying at this cottage within Snowdonia."

    It's beautifully set at a height near the top of this range of green hills, with a stream running through the property. There's plenty to explore round about and tourist destinations are easy to get to, and all within 40 minutes of scenic driving. There's a small price to pay for the beautiful spot with having to use a petrol generator and oil range stove which take a little getting used to. You also cannot drink the tap water but the owners provided plenty of bottled water. They also had a range of books to read, and TV/DVDs that my children watched at night. Broadband internet and wifi is present (When the generator is on) and was good enough to check emails and search the web for local attractions. We couldn't get enough of the views around this scenic cottage and would certainly rent this property again when visiting the area.

    AmerAug 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Ground-floor bathroom with claw foot bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with oil burning stove
  • Petrol generated electricity and heating with oil burning stove
  • Rayburn oil fired range cooker, microwave, fridge
  • toaster, kettle, Freesat HD TV, DVD player
  • Travel cot available
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawn and patio garden with furniture, rural views and stream
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3.7 miles

The property

Set in complete seclusion with no other house in sight, within Snowdonia National Park, rests this detached cottage, Hafod y Rhedrwydd.

Looking down 700ft to the valley below, Hafod is one of the highest of the houses in Wales and offers stunning panoramic views from all angles of the National Trust countryside.

It is the perfect rural retreat for a family of five, or group of friends who are seeking total relaxation, yet within easy reach of nearby activities.

A mountain road leads you up to the property, where you can park two cars at the start of the footpath, and make your way up to your wonderful, remote hideaway to begin your holiday.

The kitchen/diner oozes character and is the perfect room for socialising with your party, as the budding chef of the group makes use of the stunning Rayburn oil fired range cooker to cook up a delicious meal before you all gather around the wooden dining table to tuck into your meal and toast a glass of bubbly to the start of your holiday.

Retreat into the sitting room where you can kick back and relax on the welcoming sofas whilst watching a film on the HD TV, as the oil burning stove keeps you warm and toasty on a cold winter evening.

Before heading to bed, indulge in a relaxing soak amongst the bubbles in the claw foot bath, where you can appreciate the beautiful views down to the valley floor.

Upstairs there are three welcoming and homely bedrooms, two doubles and a single, making it perfect for a family.

All the bedrooms offer wonderful views across the hills and down the valley; the perfect sight to wake up to in the morning.

Catch the morning sunrise whilst enjoying a warming mug of coffee outside, where you will find slate terraces, historic remains of a 17th century Welsh longhouse, a mountain stream accessed across a slate bridge, all surrounded by stunning scenery and wildlife entering the garden, which you can admire sat at the outside dining table.

Notably, the surrounding countryside forms part of the Migneint SSSI, noteworthy for many species, including the spectacular Hen Harrier!

Relax from home cooking and head to The Union Inn which is a 19th century village inn, with a friendly atmosphere, located in the beautiful village of Tremadog, this little pub is a great place to enjoy some delicious pub grub with all the family, try some local ale, cosy up in front of a roaring fire or book a table in their more formal dining room.

Take a tour at Llechwedd Slate Caverns which is a working slate mine that has been open since 1836, where you can go deep into the mountain with temperatures is a pleasant 54F and learn all about the life of a slate miner.

Afterwards, enjoy a drink or meal in the Miner's Arms, overlooking the mountainous landscape.

Train fanatics will be delighted with the 13-mile-long journey through the scenic countryside and the outstanding natural beauty of Snowdonia, with a trip on the Ffestiniog Railway, which climbs over 650ft and ends at Blaenau Ffestinog slate quarries and mines.

For a fun day out, head over to Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay, to discover a range of animals including snow leopards, Sumatran tigers, chimpanzees, brown bears, bearded dragons and African toads to name but a few.

Enjoy the exciting and extensive Jungle Adventureland and Tarzan Trail Adventure Playground!

If you fancy a scenic walk along the beach, Harlech Beach is within easy reach and has beautiful golden sands and clean waters, with huge sand dunes creating an impressive backdrop, whilst the 13th century castle looks down over its rocky outcrop.

Spend your holiday in a stunningly rural location, yet close to activities and amenities, at Hafod y Rhedrwydd.

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About the location


Betws-y-Coed 8 miles.

The scattered, sleepy village of Cwm Penmachno is situated in the beautiful Machno Valley, just 8 miles from the popular town of Betws-y-Coed. Surrounded by dense woodland, magnificent mountains and flowing rivers, the whole area is a haven for walkers, birdwatchers, mountain bikers and climbers, whilst Betws-y-Coed itself offers a good range of shops, pubs and cafes. Here the River Conwy meets its three tributaries creating a host of cascading waterfalls, river pools and ancient bridges throughout the surrounding countryside, the most famous of which is the magnificent waterfall at Swallow Falls, situated where the River Llugwy meets with a spectacular chasm creating a sight not to be missed! With all of Snowdonia to explore and North Wales' Heritage Coastlines also within easy reach, this beautiful location is perfect for outdoor activities or a quiet “away from it all” holiday at any time of year!

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Note: Owner will withhold a £100 deposit which is returnable a week after your stay. This is on the basis that fuel allocation is not exceeded, as well as any damages/additional housekeeping that is required.

Note: Bed linen and bath mats are provided for guests, however, guests are requested to bring their own towels and tea towels.

Note: There is no street lighting and a torch is strongly recommended for arrivals after dark.

Note: The property generates its own electricity by way of a petrol generator in the outbuilding next to the house. Full operating instructions are provided.

Note: There is a stream running through the garden and extra care is required, especially if children are in the party.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas