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Hafod is one of the highest houses in Wales, set in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Hafod y Rhedrwydd - a cottage that sleeps 5 guests in 3 bedrooms

Welcome to Hafod y Rhedrwydd, brought to you exclusively by Character Cottages.

Please click More Details to read about the House Rules.

Hafod y Rhedrwydd is a cosy, detached cottage in the Snowdonia National Park. Looking down 700ft to the valley below, Hafod is one of the highest houses in Wales and is set in complete seclusion, with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding National Trust countryside. A mountain stream, crossed by a slate bridge, flows through the garden, which includes the remains of a 17th century Welsh longhouse. Despite its tranquil location, a wide range of activities are within easy reach of the house, including mountains, beaches, castles, towns and pretty villages.

Formerly owned by The National Trust, the house is built from traditional Welsh materials and has been beautifully decorated and furnished, with many character features, including wooden beams and floors, an oil burning stove, claw foot bath and a Stanley range cooker in the kitchen. Complementing these character features, the cottage has modern facilities, including Freesat HD TV.

Hafod sleeps up to five people, in three bedrooms, with one bathroom. The cottage is an ideal retreat for a family holiday or for groups of friends seeking peace and solitude amongst stunning scenery, yet close to a wide range of activities.

House Rules

Booking and payment

Character Cottages is a marketing agency and we do not own or manage any of the cottages listed on our website. Bookings made via us form a legal agreement directly between you and the property owner.

For bookings commencing more than 10 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 10 weeks prior to arrival.

All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.

Security deposits

Security deposits are not required.


Regrettably, pets are not accepted at Hafod y Rhedrwydd.

Bed linen and towels

Bed linen and bath mats are provided for guests, however, guests are requested to bring their own towels and tea towels.

Access, arrival and departure times

Arrival time at Hafod y Rhedrwydd is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a concealed key, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.

The house is located in a peaceful, but remote location at the head of a valley. There is no street lighting and a torch is strongly recommended for arrivals after dark.

Bed sizes and configurations

Bedroom 1: Double bed

Bedroom 2: Double bed

Bedroom 3: One single bed

Fuel and logs

Hafod y Rhedwyrdd is a secluded farmhouse cottage, which is totally "off the grid", creating its own power and sourcing natural water. Cottages like this are rare in the UK and a couple of key features should be noted:

The cottage generates its own electricity, using a petrol powered generator in the outbuilding next to the house. Operating instructions are provided and a degree of practicality and common sense is needed to operate the system;

The cottage is supplied by fresh spring water and is not connected to the mains water supply. On occasion, the water intake system can block due to natural circumstances, such as fallen leaves, which causes the supply to be interrupted. In such circumstances, guests are advised to unblock the intake filter and instructions on how to do so are provided in the cottage.

A £100 oil deposit is payable directly to the owners prior to the commencement of the holiday. Upon departure, the owner will read the oil meter and the resultant charge will be deducted from the oil deposit. The balance will then be refunded within a week of the date of departure. Please note that this is a private arrangement between the owner and the guest, which does not involve Character Cottages.

The property generates its own electricity by way of a petrol generator in the outbuilding next to the house. Full operating instructions are provided.

The house is supplied by fresh spring water and is not connected to the mains water supply.

Services provided

Hafod y Rhedrwydd has no landline telephone, however, the property does have an HD Freesat TV and DVD player.

Satellite broadband is available at the cottage. The first 2GB are provided free of charge, further usage is charged at its cost price of £10 per GB. Any charges necessary will be deducted from the oil deposit (see above).

Hafod y Rhedrwydd is in a remote location and guests should be aware that there is no mobile phone reception on most networks. There are no nearby houses or services and the nearest shopping facilities are several miles away, however, Tesco does deliver to the house.


Hafod y Rhedrwydd has private parking for two cars on its gravel drive.


Where a letting exceeds nine nights, a mid-stay clean, bed linen and towel change may be included in the price. Please check with us to confirm. Additional housekeeping services are available on request.

Child friendly facilities

One travel cot (without linen) is provided.

Initial consumables

Due to the remoteness of the cottage, there are no initial consumables provided.

Accessibility, health and safety

Hafod y Rhedrwydd is a period property, and has character features, including relatively narrow and steep stairs, some low beams and two floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.

There is a stream running through the garden and extra care is required, especially if children are in the party.

The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.


No smoking is permitted throughout Hafod y Rhedrwydd.


In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Betws-y-Coed in Bro Machno

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Kitchen
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom #1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom #1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom #2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom #3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Television
  • Garden
  • 5 garden chairs
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Hafod is one of the highest houses in Wales, set in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.
average rating of 3.5 based on 3 reviews

Needs updating. Description not clear enough regarding cooking facilities and lack of electricity

  • 2 of 5

Did not meet expectations. Was expecting more as very expensive to rent. The range cooker had to stay on constantly, making the kitchen very hot, and even then it took a long time to heat up to cooking temperature. We were aware that electricity came from the generator outside, but this had to be turned off when we went out, and also at night, then relit on return and on waking, which we found quite frustrating. The property could do with a bit of TLC to say the least. Also it could have done to be a bit cleaner, it would benefit from a deep clean. For instance we found a child's book under the settee and we daren't move the microwave as it was obviously filthy underneath. It may benefit from removing some of the knick-knacks. I must say that the setting was idyllic though a bit of a tricky road to get down onto the main road. It certainly wasn't value for money.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the cottage in 2013, the first day we spent researching the area and having a look around the area, once we got our bearings it was fantastic. the owners leave leaflets in the cottage which we found really helpful because we took our three children. we spent seven days there and still didn't want to leave because we hadn't done everything in the seven days.there are


children's play center

steam trains



sight seeing



swimming pools


all in less than 40min driving distance.

were booking again this year.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Manchester International Airport
Nearest Train
8 Miles

Car: A car is strongly advised when staying at Hafod, due to its remote location. The house is approximately five miles from the A5, which provides access to the motorway network, via the M54, and approximately nine miles from the A470, which runs North/South through Snowdonia.

Train: The nearest railway stations to Hafod y Rhedrwydd are Betws-y-Coed (approximately 8 miles away) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (approximately 9 miles away), which have regular services to various stations, for onward connections to the national rail network.

Plane: Manchester International Airport: 83 miles, approximately 110 minute drive; Birmingham International Airport: 120 miles, approximately 160 minute drive.


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  • Contractual booking deposit: 30.00% rent