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Llan Ffestiniog near Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 926720)



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35 Customer Review(s)

  • “Just one thing, we took our Amazon fire stick but were unable to use it as the TV was so old and who really needs a DVD player these days.”

    Large picture was disturbing while eating breakfast .

    - Jim, November 2021

The property

A delightful mid-terrace character cottage located in the small picturesque Welsh village of Llan Ffestiniog in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, three miles from the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Lovingly restored and maintained to a very good standard, Dolwar is deceptively spacious and offers generous accommodation over four levels.

Providing the perfect base for exploring this wild and rugged part of North Wales this cottage will suit couples and friends, keen walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts.

The cottage exudes warmth and charm with some lovely original and character features, such as exposed beams, stripped pine doors, slate flooring, and the decorative feature cast iron fireplaces and old cooking range, exposed lintels and deep window sills but not least of all, the superb addition of the central bespoke Italian spiral staircase which connects all the floors and makes this delightful cottage really stand out from the crowd!

This extraordinary ‘centre piece’ naturally divides each floor, starting on the lower ground floor with a modern, fitted and well-equipped kitchen extending to a charming dining area.

The ground floor has a sitting room with a comfortable sitting area with TV and views across the surrounding countryside at the rear and a more intimate sitting area to the front, an ideal place to simply relax and unwind.

There are two first floor bedrooms, both with the original cast iron fireplaces and grates, one benefitting from a king-size double bed and the other from the double bed with some wonderful views.

The second floor opens directly onto a landing area which makes an ideal area to sit and enjoy some peace and quiet, perhaps reflect or finish that book you started!

The bathroom with the benefit of a dormer window and the corner bath is the perfect place to soothe away those aches after a day on the mountains.

Outside, accessed from the lower ground floor, the rear cottage garden enjoys the morning sun and the seating area is the ideal place to plan the day ahead over a morning cup of coffee.

The 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.

There are some wonderful walks from the cottage and numerous lakes and waterfalls to discover.

The popular town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is just 3 miles away, and the whole area is steeped in heritage and history as it is famed for its slate quarry and the Ffestiniog narrow gauge steam railway which links it with the seaside town of Porthmadog, 13.5 miles away.

The little museum in Blaenau is worth visiting to learn more about the heritage and its bygone era.

More adventurous attractions at Blaenau Ffestiniog are the renowned Zip World Titan, Bounce Below and Zip Caverns, a subterranean system of trampolines and zip wires deep underground.

Also Antur Stiniog, the mountain bike downhill run and organisation and Surf Snowdonia are within reach.

The beautiful North Wales coastline and many wonderful sandy beaches are only a short drive away whilst Betws-y-Coed, the Italianate village of Portmeirion, Bodnant Gardens, and Mount Snowdon itself are all within easy reach.

This wonderful character cottage is an ideal base for exploring the area and is sure to delight at any time of the year.


  • Over four floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x first floor king-size double, 1 x first floor double
  • Second floor bathroom with corner bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Lower ground floor basin and WC
  • Lower ground floor kitchen with dining area
  • Ground floor sitting room.
  • Gas central heating, underfloor heating to bathroom, kitchen and dining area
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, DAB radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking outside cottage on a first come, first served basis
  • Rear cottage garden with two patio areas and furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (please bring own dog beds and towels)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Cottage accessed up 3 steps from the pavement
  • Note: Set over four floors with a spiral staircase, children and pets to be supervised and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: Situated close to a road, associated noise may be heard
  • Note: Some mobile networks have limited coverage in the village although EE network provides 3G in the cottage
  • Note: Check-in 4pm

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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!

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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