A wonderfully spacious and relaxing place to stay - whatever the capricious Welsh weather may throw at you! If you spend a week here I assure you that you will want to come back.
The property is detached with its own parking and garden with fantastic views across to the majestic Cader Idris (I fell in love with this mountain while I was there and had to buy a print by a local artist to take home with me). The cottage is close enough to walk into Dolgellau (1 mile or so, but still feels 'miles away' up in the hills).
Inside, the property is spacious and tastefully decorated, blending traditional stonework and slate flooring in the hall with a very modern kitchen and comfortable furnture in the lounge. Overall a stylish blend of the modern and antique furnture. There is a lovely log burner in the lounge - a must for us as my wife loves tending a real fire! Bedroooms are lovely - a strangely soothing blend white and pine / oak. The beds are very comfy and we slept like lords. Only thing I would add is a few more pictures and a few more pieces of antique furniture, but that would be my preference if I owned the property and would consider them dust traps if I was letting it as a holiday cottage - which is what it is!!
Things to do locally (or within easy / scenic driving distance):
Precipice Walk: fantastic views over the Mawddach estury, Cader Idris and views to the hills to the north of Dolgellau where the (v small amount!) of Welsh Gold in our wedding rings came from - very romantic! (Our rings were made for our wedding in May by the jeweller Kelvin Jenkins in Machynlleth - a real character, but that is another story!)
Torrent Walk: a rare example of a temperate rain forest environment (honestly)
Cregerren Lakes: absolutely stunningly beautiful - isf you are lucky enough to see them on a sunny day!
Snowdon: Walk up or be lazy (like us) and take the train up and walk down: wonderful views on the way up, zero visibility at the top (just enough to eat an Oggie and drink a glass of wine by!
Portmeirion: Essential if you ever watched the 60s classic 'The Prisoner', perhaps less impressive if you didn't. A good meal can be had at the Castle restaurant on site, which gives free access to the village if you buy a 2 course lunch. Highlight was pre-lunch drink in front of an absolutely enormous real fire.
Eating: Two good restaurants local to the cottage: Mawddach: pricey but stylish and very high quality food. George III hotel - lovely 'olde worlde' bars and we thought the food was excellent (we had a belly pork dish and a rabbit dish). We also cooked - as the kitchen is very well appointed. However, the real treat for us was takeaways! (Terrible to admit this crime against health and haute cuisine!) We never eat them at home - but on our holiday we had curries, fish and chips and pizza! All very good and all from down the road in Dolgellau.....what a great week we had!
Just to say that the owner Margaret and her partner Jonathon are very friendly, want you to have a great time and are ready to help if you have any questions / concerns / problems.
Very highly recommended.
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