This was a peaceful cottage situated off a small country road. The property came with all creature comforts for a family self catering holiday, though some things need a bit of updating (hence not awarding 5*).
The out door space with free roaming sheep was fully enjoyed by my kids and the wood burning fire in the living room was appreciated during the colder evenings/night.
The cottage is ideally located (if you have a car) to explore snowdonia national park, beaches etc. There are plenty of forest walks galore!!
The local village store is just 5 mins drive away and most large super markets will do door step delivery. You might want to arrange this for the day of your arrival. Advance booking is required to get a suitable delivery time slot; though they don't deliver frozen goods.
1. Llanberis Lake Railway. Make sure you take the steam train ride and walk up to the old hospital (must).
2. Ellan Valley
3. Zip World Activities: Advance booking required! Do this before arriving
4. Mount snowdon railway: Advance booking required
5. Go below underground cavern activity: Advance booking required
6. Colwyn Bay: Hopefully all the work would have been completed by the time you arrive
It was a lovely cottage very cosy, clean and homely, my 5 year son loved the hobbit door and was very happy in his bedroom. The garden was great for for my dogs as it was safe and they couldn't get out so I didn't have to worry about them - they loved it too!! The only thing I would say is there is no outside tap which would be useful with the dogs, also the shower pressure was a bit of an issue. It was great for walking and and the views were beautiful, very peaceful and relaxing.
We stayed in this beautiful barn conversion for 3 nights and appreciated the cottage itself and the impressive surroundings. The cottage is full of character and very well-equipped (including full kitchen with fridge/freezer, oven, microwave, hob, dishwasher, all utensils) and we appreciated the owners setting up a cot and highchair for our 9-month-old daughter. It was a bonus to have a proper cot rather than a travel one. For others with children, look in the cupboards in the living room - there are great toys including a train set that will probably appeal to many adults too!
The owners don't live on site but were around over the weekend and were very helpful and friendly in communication ahead of time and then in person.
The cottage is set in beautiful surroundings, although note you will need a car and there are no shops etc within walking distance (plenty within an easy drive though). You can do a lovely riverside walk along an old tramway by walking a short distance along the road away from Pandy, taking the small slip road off to the left, and then following public footpath signs. There is also a small garden to the front of the cottage and a large field to the rear.
We found everything to be clean and well maintained.
As others have noted, the upstairs layout is unusual in that you access the main bedroom from one set of stairs (and these are open to the living room) and the bathroom and children's bedroom from a different set. There is a half-height door between the two bedrooms that can be shut off if not needed.
We have just returned from a 7 night stay here and have to say it was wonderful. It was our first holiday bringing our 3 month old baby away. On arrival to the cottage, we grateful for the tea, coffee and biscuits that had been left. The cottage was very clean, and had everything and more that we needed for our stay. I am usually very fussy about cleanliness but was more than happy with the standard. Plenty of logs were provided for the fire which was lovely. Sky TV and wifi were available, no problems at all with the signal. We cooked at the cottage a few nights and the kitchen is very well stocked. A cot was available if needed (we didn't as we brought our own) and a baby bath was left out for us, which we used. The surrounding area was breathtaking with lovely walks and views by the river running close to the cottage. Further out, we had days out including the Ffestiniog steam railway, Portmerion, the aquaduct, Llangollen steam train (wonderful walk and views in Carrog, and a lovely pub called the Grouse served us with delicious food there) we ate at the Cornmill (Llangollen centre) over looking the river (gorgeous food and views) and also the Hand (about 3 miles away) - food amazing. We would definitely recommend all these places and the cottage and will definitely return at some point. If you book here, I hope you have a great time like we did
We enjoyed a lovely stay Erw Gerrig cottage. Mary & Rob were easy to communicate with prior to & during our stay if we needed.
The cottage was clean & didn't smell of dog. Bedding & towels were provided & there was fresh milk in the fridge when we arrived. The 3 children enjoyed sleeping together in the one room which was great as we didn't need to have 1 child in a room on their own.
We cooked in on a few nights and the kitchen had everything we needed. I'd arranged a food delivery for our arrival evening so packing was much easier & the car wasn't full of cereal, butter, snacks etc. It was also handy having the washing machine & tumble drier so I didn't need to undo my holiday rest by trawling through loads of washing when I got home.
There are some Sky channels available on the TV & some DVD's provided for the evenings if you are just relaxing in & the wood burner warmed up the cottage really well & gave a wonderful cosy feel on the couple of chilly evenings we had. The Wifi is a little intermittent but Rob explained that it is improving and we were able to access it in the mornings for info about local activities/places to eat & I was able to download books onto my Kindle.
The location is great for activities and we went horse riding, quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, zip wiring & fishing. We also spent a day on the beach which was about 1 1/4 hr drive away & beautiful and we also visited a waterfall & walked across an extremely high (knee trembling) aquaduct!
There is a field/wood behind the cottage which our children (aged 12, 12 & 10) took the dog to each morning for a run & play. It was secure & I didn't feel worried about them up there.
The surrounding area is beautiful & we went for a few dog walks down by the river which the children were able to paddle in in their wellies when the water wasn't flowing too fast. We also walked high up in the hills across farms which was refreshing & energetic! The children loved climbing to the very top!
All in all this was a lovely holiday, we were all happy with the cottage, the location & all the activities available to us.
Thank you Mary & Rob.
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