Bron Olau

Maentwrog, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 956213)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

  • Mrs Neil
    September 2017
    “wonderful place to stay .access ...”
    wonderful place to stay .access bit scary as have to walk down main road for 50 yards but worth it .
    wonderful place to stay .access bit scary as have to walk down main road for 50 yards but worth it .


  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

Maentwrog 2.2 miles.

This charming semi-detached cottage is neatly tucked away and nestled amongst some lovely woodland and scenery.

Situated in an elevated position in a semi-rural location in the little hamlet, known as Rhyd y Sarn, which is almost half-way between the pretty little village of Maentrwog and the larger historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.

There’s no vehicle access and parking is just 50 yards away in a layby.

Ascend along a public footpath and this little hidden gem will be revealed.

Bron Olau is the perfect romantic ‘get away from it all’ retreat and is a great base for a couple from which to explore this beautiful part of North Wales and the Snowdonia National Park.

Oozing charm and character, Bron Olau dates back some 200 years and boasts some wonderful features such as exposed stone, exposed beams, purlins, slate flooring and an impressive inglenook fireplace in the sitting room with a warming wood burning stove, ideal for a cosy evening in.

A modern, well-appointed kitchen and bathroom will ensure you’ll enjoy all the comforts of home and a spacious Sun room will allow you to offload your outdoor gear.

The characterful double bedroom boasts high ceilings and stripped wood floorboards.

The garden is a lovely feature and is mature and well stocked with a wonderful woodland backdrop, various seating areas means you can sit and relax after a day walking in the mountains, enjoy the tranquil and peaceful setting with a glass of your favourite tipple and with very little light pollution, what a great way to end the day, star gazing long into the night.

There is so much to do here; you’ll never have long enough to discover everything on offer.

As well as some wonderful walks from the door, Blaenau Ffestiniog is fast becoming the adrenaline capital of Wales, offering a unique range of adventures, Zip World Titan and Caverns, Bounce Below and Llechwedd slate caverns, all worth a visit.

For something a little more leisurely you can get the Ffestiniog narrow gauge steam railway to the lovely harbour town of Porthmadog, stay here to do a spot of shopping or you can hop on the Welsh Highland Railway across to Beddgelert and Caernarfon, with its majestic Medieval Castle.

Just a short drive away you’ll discover miles and miles of sandy beaches and dunes.

There is so much on offer to keep you busy in the Snowdonia National Park, you’ll just have to come back to fit it all in!

Everything is within easy reach of this homely cottage which can be enjoyed any time of the year.


One double bedroom. Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove. Boot/Sun room.


  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine
  • Smart TV with Freeview and Netflix, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games and CD’s
  • Power, fuel and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking on first come, first served basis is in a near-by layby
  • Enclosed front patio with furniture and lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 3 miles, pub 2.2 miles
  • Note: There are four internal steps and a narrow and low doorway from the kitchen to the boot/sun room and bathroom
  • Note: The bedroom is open to the stairs
  • Note: The footpath leading to the cottage is approximately 25 yards long(please note there is a slight incline to the footpath leading to the property)
  • Note: Whilst the garden is enclosed it is not secure, dogs must be supervised at all times as sheep are often roaming free in the woods
  • Note: Adults only, babes in arms welcome but not suitable for toddlers or children.

About the location


Tan y Bwlch 0.5 miles; Blaenau Ffestiniog 3 miles; Penrhyndeudraeth 4 miles; Porthmadog 7 miles.

Maentwrog is a village and community in the Welsh county of Gwynedd, lying in the Vale of Ffestiniog just below Blaenau Ffestiniog, within the Snowdonia National Park. The River Dwyryd runs alongside the village, on the periphery and adds to the picturesque environment. The village has its own highly regarded traditional inn, the Grapes Hotel, well known for its food and atmosphere and the Oakeley Arms is also nearby. The scenic area around Maentwrog has many public footpaths plus the beauty spot of Plas Tan Y Bwlch and the Ffestiniog Steam Railway are also within a few miles. Nearby Plas Tan y Bwlch, substantially rebuilt during the 19th century by the Oakeley family on the site of a first house probably built in the early 17th century, overlooks the village. Plas Tan y Bwlch has its own halt - Plas Halt - on the Ffestiniog Railway, and nearby Tan-y-Bwlch railway station is the railway's principal intermediate station. Maentwrog means Twrog's stone and according to legend, a giant known as Twrog hurled a boulder from the top of a hill down into the settlement, destroying a pagan altar. This stone is said to be the one located in St Twrog's Church courtyard. It is said that if one rubs this boulder one is fated to return to the village in the future. The village settlement expanded in the 19th century to house workers from local slate mines. Within the village community is the imposing Plas Tan y Bwlch, home of the Snowdonia National Park Study Centre and former residence of the Oakeley family. A superb base from which to discover the Snowdonia National Park and all of North Wales.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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