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



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "The property is absolutely gorgeous and has everything that you could possibly need for a holiday."

    Communication from the owner was really good and I knew everything I needed to know days before arrival. The area is absolutely stunning and the view from the garden whilst having my breakfast was beautiful and peaceful. No noises other than the birds and sheep bleating in the nearby fields. You are close to mountains, beaches, towns and countryside with plenty of things to do while you’re there. I will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by SaraMar 2022

  • "Beautiful quirky property, everything and more that the property description stated."

    Views from the back of the house were lovely.

    Reviewed by AndreaFeb 2022

  • "A homely and yet deceptively sized cottage."

    Very well laid out and very clean upon arrival. Nice little garden to rear with nice views as well. No problem with outside parking. Would certainly stay again.

    Reviewed by PaulJan 2022

  • "Absolutely wonderful property, location and provisions."

    Host was really helpful and we loved it so much we have already booked again for April!

    Reviewed by MirandaDec 2021

  • "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 .

    Reviewed by JimNov 2021

  • "Dolwar was a beautiful cottage which was well furnished and comfortable."

    It was cleaned to a very high standard. We really enjoyed our stay here and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2021

  • "Comfortable with wonderful staircase."

    Close to shop.great scenery.Bath and shower could be difficult for elderly people.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2021

  • "Was peaceful and enjoyable."

    All the facilities were on hand . Enjoyable walks 10 minutes away.would recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2021

  • "We had a wonderful holiday in North Wales."

    Dolwar was the perfect base for touring Snowdonia close to the mountains and the sea. The accommodation was first class and the facilities superb. Jane could not have been more helpful in making our stay a real home from home. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2021

  • "Dolwar was an absolutely lovely place to stay!"

    It exceeding expectations with all the little details they really do think it everything you might need. It’s not far from lots of lovely walks and shops. The beds were so comfy and all the facilities were great. 100% would stay again.

    Reviewed by FrancescaApr 2021

  • "Dolwar is a beautiful home."

    We had a magical stay. The home was warm and furnished to a high standard. Perfectly located to explore Snowdonia and in particular the Ancient Atlantic Oak Forest in the Vale of Ffestiniog. Jane was very kind researching and then sending us information on forest walks for us to do. We would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2020

  • "This was our third visit to Dolwar and we enjoyed our stay as much as ever, Due to Covid 19 many of the local attractions weren't open, but we did lots of walking in the surrounding countryside instead."

    We also brought books for when it was too wet to go out. The Covid precautions the owner had put in place in the cottage were reassuring and made us feel safe. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dolwar. It is comfortable and cosy and we had a lovely, relaxing time. The Bara Brith went down very well too!

    Reviewed by RobOct 2020

  • "Great cottage with great location."

    Very cosy.

    Reviewed by AgnieszkaNov 2019

  • "This is the second visit to Dolwar."

    ..lovely cottage, well appointed and central for visiting Snowdonia.

    Reviewed by RobOct 2019

  • "We stayed for a week, four adults and two Border Collies."

    Surprising amount of space,for us all.The Cottage itself was very clean,and furnished well. We undertook a few evening trips to the Pub, 400 metres away ,which accepts dogs in the bar area,and found the locals to be most welcoming. The village itselfs ,really can only be used as a base to explore further,although within half an hours drive your in and amongst Snowdonia. Would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2019

  • "Dolwar is a really lovely cottage and well positioned for exploring Snowdonia."

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2019

  • "My friend and I had a fab stay at Dolwar."

    The cottage is really spacious and comfortable and had everything we needed. There was a problem with the oven on our first morning, but Jane jumped to the challenge and the whole thing was replaced by the time we got back. The views from the back of the house are absolutely beautiful and really peaceful. We couldn’t fault the cleanliness and presents of the house. The only thing missing that would have been helpful would be a notice of bin collection day. Location wise it’s great with easy access to lots of attractions. I can highly recommend the Titan zip wire which is less than a 15 minute drive away. The Ffestiniog railway is great fun and gives a unique view of the countryside. “Normal” trains also run through the station and are much cheaper than expected, so it’s a good way to give the driver a break. All in all we loved it and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by JackySep 2019

  • "Loved everything about the cottage ."

    Only problem for us with taking 2 german Shepard dogs we had know where to take them with out using the car .

    Reviewed by JenniferJul 2019

  • "Perfect location for travelling to bike trails and beautiful walks on your doorstep."

    Recommend visiting Betwys-y-coed, Coed Y Brenin, Antur Stiniog along with a visit to Llandudno. Plenty to do and see along with the beautiful scenery surrounding you.

    Reviewed by PerriJul 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in an ideal location for exploring North Wales."

    Reviewed by MichelleJun 2019

  • "Dolwar is a beautiful little cottage that is well looked after by its owner."

    We had a great time and everything was there so we had no reason to worry about forgetting anything!

    Reviewed by AlexisMay 2019

  • "Cottage was lovely comfortable the views where spectacular the beds were ..."

    Cottage was lovely comfortable the views where spectacular the beds were really comfortable the only thing that needs sorting is the garden down the bottom of the garden behind the shed it wasn’t secure one of the dogs jumped on the wall and nearly got into the next doors garden and also the garden was over grown

    Reviewed by IanApr 2019

  • "Great cottage, really comfy and warm with everything in it thst you need, secure garden."

    Great village to be in, everyone is friendly, definitely recommend this cottage, the only down side is the shower is hand held but would still use the cottage again.

    Reviewed by AnitaMar 2019

  • "Excellent cottage - very interesting renovation."

    Reviewed by MatthewMar 2019

  • "Very cosy cottage, easy to get to near main places to visit."

    Everything we wanted to have .my dog also loved it she is 11and managed the spiral staircase better than myself would definitely go there again , by the way the mattress was one of the best I had ever slept on in all the years we have been in cottages and that's saying something

    Reviewed by DebbieMar 2019

  • "Had a great time staying at the cottage over Christmas."

    The cottage was in an ideal location to explore North Wales from, travelling to Betws y coed, Anglesey, and so many other lovely places. A trip to one of the local Zip world sites is recommended, such great fun and so much to do. The cottage itself was clean, warm, cosy and contained all mod cons. The under floor heating on the bottom floor was perfect for this time of year especially on those chilly mornings to keep the toes warm. The cottage from the outside looks small but is set across 4 floors and finished to a high standard, all major supermarkets within a short-ish drive, just google which you prefer but all in all a good cottage which would recommend to others. (I noted a comment about wi-fi) I can safely say the wi-fi although not the purpose of the stay was also of a great standard and was able to stream effortless with no blips. Would recommend the cottage to others. Thanks to Sykes and Jane.

    Reviewed by AnthonyDec 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, well situated for the local areas and beyond."

    The cottage had everything you would want and more. Chocolate biscuits and milk in the fridge on arrival for a welcome cup of tea, lovely touch. No need to take bath towels, lovely white fluffy ones. No problems with boiler when filling the bath, trick was not to try and fill too fast, water was lovely and hot. Loved the decor, the spiral staircase was fun, certainly got you fit. Might not be good for someone with impaired mobility though. Only one minor recommendation, a plug-in night light on the landing outside the bedrooms. For someone who needs to use the bathroom in the night and does not want to disturb others by switching on the lights, it would be useful. We had a lovely week in the cottage and wouldn't hesitate in recommending.

    Reviewed by DonOct 2018

  • "Had a lovely holiday in Dolwar, its location was perfect for us, as we mainly went for Zip World anf other attractions in the area."

    Cottage was lovely, cozy, had great character. Unfortunately the boiler went out after our second day. We have contacted the owner Jane, who went above and beyond trying to help in any way. Due to this issue was not their fault, and the response time and care they showed, i have to say they are great hosts. I would recommend this place to anyone who would like to be in the middle of North Wales, and have a quiet night, and eventfull days. Sykes also contacted us within the day, showing they truly care. Thank you, we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by SzilardAug 2018

  • "The cottage is done lovely, really nice furnishings and comfy beds."

    Only drawback is lack of storage. There are no wardrobes at all, just small hooks and small drawers for clothing. In kitchen there is no space to put food except on work tops. Kitchen has good facilities though, washer/ dryer, cooker, fridge and small seperate freezer which was handy.

    Reviewed by MelanieJul 2018

  • "Property was reasonable value for money with the glaring omission of the failure to provide even a small freezing facility, a real problem in such a hot week."

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2018

  • "Lovely house with great views, cottage garden and the amazing spiral staircase maximised space, plus the neighbours were friendly."

    Each room has comfortable seating, spacious and lovely aspects over the garden and valley making them feel light and airy. We hardly noticed any noise from the road outside, although an A road it is very light on traffic. The only minor drawbacks for us were shower, no room to stand up; and lack of freezer (so no ice-packs for day trips). Location excellent, not busy with tourists, but waterfall an easy walk and other lovely walks on the doorstep or a short drive away.

    Reviewed by JonathanMay 2018

  • "The cottage was beautiful with outstanding scenery at the back."

    We had a very relaxing weekend break. The local pub was very accommodating. Overall everything was excellent would definitely book again

    Reviewed by ChristineApr 2018

  • "It was a lovely warm and cosy cottage."

    The ubderfloor hearing was a lovely touch as well as the John Lewis towels and soft bedding. It was very comfortable in that respect. There was an issue with the bath and hot water. They boast a lovely corner bath (one of the reasons I booked) and I specifically got some lovely bath bombs to relax in it with. Sadly the there is an issue with the hot water and it would run out without making a dent in the bath leaving you to sit in a bit of a puddle. There is no shower in the property either. This required multiple resets of the boiler which wasn’t ideal or relaxing. It took the hot water a while to reach the bathroom after resetting the boiler too so forget having a relaxing bath I tried 3 times and failed.

    Reviewed by YaseminApr 2018

  • "Jane was excellent and went over and above what could be expected, from the thoughtful touches of milk and toilet roll on arrival, to supplying a stairgate for our dogs on request and answering all questions about the area and helping locate other properties when our car broke down and we may have needed to stay longer than planned as dolwar wasn't available."

    The property was lovely with stunning views out over the hills and the kitchen was really well stocked with utensils we needed. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by RebeccaMar 2018

  • "Dolwar is an absolutely lovely property to stay in and fulfilled all of our expectations and needs for our few days away."

    Despite being on a several floors, this did not cause any problems and everything we could think of was provided, even a little bottle of milk in the fridge that we forgot to buy on the way, so we could have a nice hot drink on arrival. We will definitely try to stay again and hope that everyone else enjoys their stay as well.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2017

  • "Overall, highly pleasant."

    The owner of the cottage was easily contactable and had a warm manner when corresponding with us. The cottage was delightful and the quality of the decor was superb. The fluffy John Lewis towels were a nice touch, especially when wrapped up in one after a long hike up the mountains! Would recommend and would happily re-book this cottage.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2017

  • "The cottage was just as described, there was everything that you could possibly need for a comfortable stay,!"

    We love the spiral staircase and the underfloor heating, the Cath Kitson bed linen and supersoft towels where an added luxury as were the toiletries and the lovely little tray of coffee and biscuits on arrival. It was a great location for what we needed and super handy having the shop couple of doors down, the owner made things very easy for us and we will definitely be rebooking in the summer.

    Reviewed by CarlaOct 2016

  • "Brilliant"

    Reviewed by EmmaSep 2016

  • "Very clean and comfortable cottage in a good location for visiting many sights in North Wales."

    The conversion/modernisation of the cottage is excellent, and the spiral staircase covering four floors is simply fantastic. The bathroom is compact but fully functional. The village has a small shop and community-owned pub with good food and ales.

    Reviewed by IanSep 2016

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  • 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

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.

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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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