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3 Blue Bell

Cilgwyn near Penygroes, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 1013552)

4.2

Good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a very pleasant stay at the cottage ,it was a perfect base for our holiday exploring snowdonia."

    The views from the cottage and garden was stunning.Our car was not adequate to negotiate the track down to the cottage because we were concerned we may cause damage to the car.The first part of the track untill the gate is ok to drive,after the gate you will notice a uneven potholed section that you need to drive slowly over it and maybe not damage your car,after you clear that beside the first house you will notice a slab which sits quite high (this is where my car exhaust hit the floor) now we getting to the narrow point between the walls which was the easiest bit,here you need to take a right sharp turn down to the parking spaces and i got stuck almost hitting the neighbours van as i was unnable to get any traction to reverse.Luckily the helpful neighbour helped me by moving their van,sharing their knowledge and giving me a push.After we unloaded we moved the car and never attempted to park there again prefering to leave it at the top of the track.Apart from the track everything else was as expected,we had everything we needed and we didn't want to leave. The track lets the property down and was a lot worse than expected.

    Reviewed by AurelJul 2022

  • "The property was dirty, just generally could have done with an intensive clean."

    I know it’s an old dated property but just because a property is old doesn’t mean it can’t be sparkly clean. The track leading to the property is a total joke, I know it is stated that it’s not great but that’s an understatement. We were in a SUV and just managed to get down it but I wouldn’t have been able to if we were in a normal car as the divets and bumps in the road are impassable. The bigger holes could be patched up for not much money. However the area of North Wales is beautiful.

    I am sorry that you found the cottage ‘dirty’ and you felt the need to request compensation 3 days after leaving the property. Had you contacted the cleaning company with any concerns on your arrival they would have come back, as they had cleaned it before your arrival. We accommodated your late booking (2 days prior to your arrival), and when advised of your complaint being a few cobwebs, sweet wrapper behind a cupboard, dust on an extension lead, throws in a cupboard (I don’t know what the issue was with this) and a drawer of random items (batteries, light bulbs, instruction manuals) I think your review is a little harsh. As a gesture of goodwill I offered 15% discount off a future booking, I am glad you enjoyed the location and I am sure as a family of 5, you wouldn’t have found cheaper accommodation for your 2 night stay. Please also consider it’s a 3 star rated property, on the side of a mountain, you may be more comfortable in a non rural 4 or 5 star rated property. Kind regards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LucaJul 2022

  • "The stay and views was amazing."

    The road down to the cottage though was horrendous and caused a lot of damage to under my car due to such an uneven track. It needs repair and I had to park at the top on the road and walk up and down everytime.

    Thank you for your review and I’m glad you enjoyed your stay and the amazing views. Unfortunately the cottages are reached by a track as opposed to a road, I have tried to note this in the description of the cottage and that care needs to be taken when driving down it. There were previously stray sheep roaming and grazing which was far more precarious with lambs, but are thankfully no longer an issue! Property Owner

    Reviewed by LeahJun 2022

  • "Everything as described, had a lovely stay and was lucky with the weather which meant we could take advantage of the lovely views from the garden and sit outside."

    Parking not for the faint hearted but 2 spaces available and doable with a confident driver, I had help being guided in. Had some lovely food locally, Pant Du Vineyard 1.5 miles away which did a lovely breakfast, again with glorious views and wine tour if you wanted! Highly recommend Cwellyn Arms at the foot of Snowdon, around 8 miles away for a lovely evening meal. All in all had a lovely stay, beds and sofas extremely comfortable, the cottage itself was clean and tidy, good value for a 3* accommodation.

    Reviewed by OliveSep 2021

  • "We had a fab time however it was spoiled by the constant noise from work ongoing with the adjacent property which at times was like being next to a building site, the noise was from 6am until after 10 pm everyday inclusive of The weekends this had impact on out grandson who had autism as he is extremely sensory to noise, there was a lot of coming and going from workmen that had to go through the front entry of the property that we were staying in."

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in unique location."

    Unfortunately rainy weather meant we couldn’t make the most of the views but they were still there! Despite the rain, the cottage was warm and cosy, it certainly did not feel damp as stated in a previous review, yes there was a damp patch but nothing to warrant bad feedback. I believe from the neighbours it’s been difficult to get tradesmen at the moment, I’m sure this cottage would be higher star rated if it was redecorated, which would mean a higher rental charge! I found it to be extremely cosy and comfortable, very comfy sofas and I loved the bed, had a great sleep. It’s a shame people give bad reviews, if you expect a 5 star luxury hotel then this isn’t for you, it’s rural and peaceful, quaint and characterful. I also wouldn’t rent a 3 bed house expecting a single person discount, again it’s not a hotel! This was my second visit, I find it good value for money, it was more expensive to rent a caravan on a holiday park, which isn’t my type of holiday! I love the views and location, spent some days in Anglesey then went down to Abersoch, best of both worlds, able to climb Snowdon (which you can see in the distance from the garden) or go to the beach, closest being about 6 miles away, which my dogs love! I will say there are 2 parking spaces at the bottom of a slope, it does help to have someone guiding you in until you get used to how much space there is to manoeuvre, it looks worse when you’re in the car than it actually is, I’ve experienced worse parking situations in city centre car parks though, so again it’s not impossible or impassable as in previous reviews, just depends on size of vehicle/ ability of driver! All in all, a lovely cottage and I enjoyed my stay.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and appreciate what the cottage has to offer. I can confirm it has been impossible to get tradesmen due to the pandemic and I do have a scheme of improvements in mind, but this is reliant on getting reliable tradesmen! Many thanks once again and hope to see you return in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by OliveJul 2021

  • "The bedroom is damp."

    Not only did it smell damp but felt damp. I had to sleep with a wide open window to allow in fresh air. The approach was impassable so I had to leave my car at the top of the hill and trail my belongings back and forth. The house demands repair/upkeep. The carpet is torn and badly fitted and the place really needs updating. I have stayed in much better places for the money and was offered no discount for single occupancy.

    Thank you for your review. I am sorry you were disappointed and you couldn’t drive down the track to the property, it is not impassable as we get our own van and 4x4 to the parking spaces, as do many others. I am also sorry you thought the bedroom was damp, there is a dehumidifier at the property that you could have used, It is a 3 star rated 175 year old stone cottage on the side of a mountain in North Wales and we do get lots of rain. In regards to pricing, it is good value compared to other locations, hotels and static caravans, but at the cottage you get a private garden with lovely views, a log burner, broadband with unlimited WiFi, access to Now TV and sole use of a 3 bedroom property, close to Snowdonia, Anglesey, down to the Llyn Peninsula and beyond! Property Owner

    Reviewed by DeborahJun 2021

  • "A lovely cottage with stunning views all round, great location for exploring with lots to do for all ages."

    The cottage was well equipped and very cozy, unfortunately the mattress in the main bedroom is not the comfiest, although the others were fine. NEighbours were friendly too We were blessed with lovely weather for our stay. Lovely garden space out front and we would definitely visit again. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars .

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2021

  • "A very well stocked cottage , lovely large bathroom with walk in shower , kitchen had lots of pots , pans, oven trays and utensils , the beds were extremely comfortable, the heating was on constantly so it was lovely & warm at all times."

    ... the location was fantastic to reach all of Gwynedd & Snowdonia areas , the views and walks are fantastic and breathtaking ! If your not comfortable with the parking situation and find it a squeeze you can park next to number 1 Parc Bell Just through the gate and just walk down to the cottage .. highly recommend especially for walkers !

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2020

  • "What a wonderful and the most refreshing experience I have had at Blue Bell, it completely exceeded all my expectations."

    The drive up to the cottage was as if we had gone back in time, rural and un spoilt including sheep grazing on the track. While making our way through a narrow access (my car is an A6 Avant, got through no bother) this invited seclusion and security, I immediately felt safe knowing we would be uninterrupted by unwelcome traffic and vehicles. When we arrived, It was a grey day however the cottage was so inviting, as we entered the warmth and cosines of the place was amazing, we lit the already laid fire and we had started our break. Hats off to our hosts it has been finished to a very high standard with beautiful furnishings and a sense of a home away from home. A little welcome pack was adorable and so thoughtful. Blue Bell cottage is warm and inviting, clean to the point of immaculate, we had all the facilities we required to make our own packed lunch and meals to see us through the week. The beds and bedrooms are so comfortable and clean, the bathroom had under floor heating plenty of hot water this was most welcome after out walking on a very wet, cold Welsh day. The outdoor space, oh my, beautiful rural garden, seating area with a magnificent view that we could not get enough of. I am unsure why some reviews have been so negative, access is narrow and steep but honestly what do you expect in that environment a motorway, maybe a stair lift. The comments regarding it smells of wet dog is ludicrous, the location meant it was often covered in cloud, go Tenerife, the floors were not damp neither were the soft furnishings. If you want peace and quiet, beautiful surroundings of the welsh hills, with a comfortable clean cozy place to stay I recommend here 100% if you tarmacked roads, carpark, guaranteed sunshine go on a package holiday. I will be staying again no doubt whatsoever, thank you Blue Bell, you where amazing.

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2020

  • "The cottage is cosy & comfortable, a good sized porch at the front for coats & boots & we loved the open plan living /dining /kitchen area & the very comfy sofas in front of the log burner just added to the cosy cottage feel."

    A well equipped kitchen had us cooking every night except once. There is a lovely shower room with an additional porch area at the back of the cottage to allow the drying of damp outdoor gear if the weather isn't kind. The bedrooms are of a good size & the bed was so comfortable, just what was needed after a day walking in the surrounding area. The view from our bed was fabulous, stunning views to wake up to & even at night the view was lovely. The area is very quiet with no road noise to be heard & the only traffic which passed was the odd helicopter. The garden is small but perfectly adequate for sitting & eating out & the lower viewing platform gives a better view of the surrounding hills. We spent practically the entire holiday in & around the cottage, choosing to do local walks with our dog rather than venturing out & about, just to be in the peace & quiet & stunning surroundings was enough. A previous reviewer had said that the cottage was dirty & we were a little apprehensive but this was definitely not the case. We have holidayed in lots of cottages over the years & all in all this was a very enjoyable cottage experience, we'll definitely return. The final approach & parking is a little unique but any competent driver will take this in his stride with no problems.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2020

  • "Absolutely wonderful!"

    After reading the previous reviews I was unsure what to expect but the cottage far exceeded my expectations! There were 2 parking spaces, clearly identified in the information provided by Sykes and the guest book, which was very informative. Amazing views, we had fantastic weather for a couple of days so were able to sit out overlooking the mountains and quarry. The cottage itself is very quaint and ‘cottagey’ exactly what we wanted, rural but not isolated. It was very clean, warm and cosy, the sofas and beds were really comfortable, I had a great sleep! There was plenty of entertainment with Now TV, we could log into Netflix, there were also DVDs and board games! Having stayed at dog friendly cottages before, I was very impressed with the cleanliness and quality of furnishings. The location was also excellent with shops and takeaways less than 2 miles away, it was easy to reach Snowdon, Llyn Peninsula and Anglesey. It was great to be away from a main road or housing estate, the access is via a track, which was unique and topped off our country cottage experience. The track was narrow at one point but completely doable, (there were vans that had driven through it). All in all it was a wonderful, relaxing holiday, we were very lucky with the weather so we could fully appreciate what this lovely cottage has to offer.

    Reviewed by OliveSep 2020

  • "The approach road to the cottage scraped both sides of my car, the cottage cleanliness need to be reviewed as although it was pet friendly it smelled of wet dogs and urine, large stain under dining table, when you turn the boiler up to obtain heating and hot water the co sensor alarmed every time."

    The record guest book must have been completed by the cleaners as no one would have made these comments as it was that bad we came home on the Monday after two days.

    Thank you for your review. I am sorry you didn’t enjoy your stay and the track scraped your vehicle. The reviews in the guest book are genuine, we have had some lovely guests that have enjoyed their stay and appreciated a 3 star rated 175 year old stone cottage on the side of a mountain in North Wales. Yes we accept dogs and have suffered rainy conditions so I guess there have been wet dogs in the property. As for the heating, it is a MiGo energy saving control so it maintains a constant temperature in the property. The fire was laid for you which makes the cottage warm and cosy, extra logs could’ve been purchased locally. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2020

  • "Just perfect ."

    cottage scenery and wildlife just amazing

    Reviewed by ChristopherAug 2020

  • "The cottage itself is lovely."

    The view is amazing. The kitchen could do with more utensils such as a grater and colander. The main issue was access. The description said 2 car parking spaces. What it didn’t say was that it was through the narrowest gap between 2 properties with slate rocks sticking out. The path itself was extremely uneven so one divet and your car would be in the wall. As a result we had to leave our cars about 500 yards away up a steep rocky lane. This was hell when it came to loading up. Definitely unsuitable for anyone with limited mobility. Also because of the location of the cottage and it frequently was covered in cloud the whole place was damp. The moisture made the slate floors wet and the soft furnishings damp.

    Thank you for your review. If the colander and grater are missing I will replace them as soon as possible. I am sorry that you couldn’t park at the property, we get a VW Transporter van down the track, although as it is a track, care is required when driving down it. We spent a lot of time there over the winter and in the middle of July, but did not experience the damp fabric that you describe, however we will look into that when possible. In respect of the wet floor, I presume you are referring to the bathroom, there is underfloor heating available to eliminate the effects of condensation on the floor, this just needs to be switched on (the switch is labelled and located outside of the bathroom). I am glad that you enjoyed the cottage otherwise, the fact that it is ‘off the beaten track’ is what we love about it or we wouldn’t have such amazing views. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 2020

  • "The cottage is well appointed in a beautiful position."

    The sitting area down some steps at the end of the garden is delightful and a real sun trap. The final approach to the property is the drawback It is very narrow and a big car would not get down easily. The turns at the end to get to the parking space are very tight with jagged walls around. The parking space is difficult to get into and will not take two normal size cars.

    Thank you for your kind review. I’m glad you enjoyed the cottage and it’s location. I would like to clarify that the 2 parking areas are the tarmac area by the wall and the flagged parking space in front of the metal farm gate. I am sorry that this was not made clear but I will put signs up for future reference as soon as I can. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2020

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Summary

  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and woodburning stove
  • LPG central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, Tassimo coffee machine
  • TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Gravelled garden with seating and bike storage
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome however you are responsible for them at all times and you must ensure that they are kept under control at all times due to livestock, they stay off the furniture, you clean up behind them inside and out
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.7 miles, pub 1.9 miles
  • Note: The access to the property is via an old cart track which is uneven and reaches a narrow point between a stone barn and wall, vehicle/van of 1.84m can fit through, care to be taken when driving.

The property

Penygroes 1.7 miles.

This traditional quarryman’s cottage rests in a peaceful location within the village of Cilgwyn in North Wales.

High above the Nantlle Valley, this quiet getaway is positioned in one of the most desirable settings in the area, enjoying superb views over the Snowdonia National Park.

Step into the entrance porch, where you can leave your jackets and boots before continuing into the open-plan living area.

Immediately catching your eye is the original stone and slate fireplace, which houses a cast iron multi-fuel burner, providing a warm and cosy feel to the house.

Adjacent to this inviting setup is the traditional cottage-style kitchen, with an open plan design, fitted with a wooden base and wall units that compliment the exposed stone and slate of the fireplaces; the kitchen is equipped with the necessary appliances to ensure a stress-free cooking experience, along with a breakfast bar where you can enjoy your toast and cereal whilst planning for the day ahead.

Head upstairs to find the spacious landing and three bedrooms, including the master double bedroom, which boasts an exposed roof beam as well as an original cast iron fireplace and, of course, the panoramic view of the valley; there is also a second double and single.

Completing the interior of 3 Blue Bell is the ground-floor contemporary shower room with double walk-in shower and underfloor heating, so you can get ready for each day in style.

For a moment of peace of quiet, sit out in the gravelled garden amidst a variety of well-kept shrubs and bushes with a stunning view to appreciate, or make your way into the village of Penygroes to find a local supermarket, which is handy for grabbing those last-minute essentials.

A few miles further rests the principle town of Caenarfon, with its historic castle, shops, restaurants and cafes, whilst Llanberis, the starting point for many routes up Mount Snowdon, is also within easy reach.

Beach lovers can spend some time on the beautiful Blue Flag beach at Dinas Dinlle, offering a sloping shoreline, sand dunes and rock pools, just six miles away.

This deceptively spacious cottage offers something for everyone.

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About the location

PENYGROES

Llanberis 8 miles; Caernarfon 6.5 miles.

The lovely quiet village of Penygroes is situated around six miles from the historic castle town of Caernarfon, bordering the Snowdonia National Park with beautiful scenic walks and mountain views easily accessible. A good selection of shops, cafes and pubs are available in the village and the wider local area is full of restaurants and activities such as golfing, swimming, tennis, surfing and horse riding to name but a few. Plas Dinas Country House is also nearby, which is home to some great history as well as The Gun Room restaurant. The beaches on Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula can be reached in about half an hour, while the beach at Dinas Dinlle is just a 10-minute drive away. Nearby, Caernarfon is home to Caernarfon Castle, which is well worth a visit, with further shops and cafes available, as well as steam train trips. Portmeirion is also a short distance away, featured in the TV series ‘The Prisoner’. Just 8 miles away is the Welsh Heritage centre which has a licensed cafe at Nant Nwrtheyrn with magnificent sea views from it's decked dining area. Beddgelert is a very attractive village, surrounded by the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, with a fabulous arts and craft shop, and several pubs. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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