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Modern, comfortable and secluded cottage high up in fields near Dolgellau

Overview

Property

Updated: 05-Dec-2016
Your holiday at our property can be as quiet or busy as you choose.

Maes yr Eglwys Wen sits in the middle of fields in the Coed y Brenin forest, just north of Dolgellau in southern Snowdonia. Approached by a private road, the house is tranquil, comfortable and very well-equipped.

Our preferred changeover days are a Friday, weekend breaks are available Friday to Monday or mid week specials Monday to Friday out of high season. We are ideally situated to make the most of a mid week break in this tranquil area of North Wales.

It offers very easy access to the famous mountain bike trails of the Coed y Brenin forest and the innumerable local walks. Novices can easily rent bikes locally and cycle the family trails. The house is also only 25 minutes away from North Wales' fun new attractions, Zip World and Bounce Below, which are a great day out for the whole family. Downhill mountain bike trails at Antur Stiniog, Blaenau Ffestiniog are also a fun day out for the more adventurous in your group.

Originally built as a forester's cottage in the 1920s, the house was extended and completely refurbished in 2014. The old cottage now contains four bedrooms - two large doubles, a standard double and a bedroom with two single beds. There are two bathrooms and an additional toilet. The house can accommodate eight people but we prefer to offer it to a maximum of six.

We added a large living area to the old house with a high vaulted ceiling and large windows. This room leads straight out onto a sunny and sheltered patio, perfect for summer meals or quiet reading. We provide a barbecue and eight outdoor chairs and tables.

The kitchen is very well-equipped with an induction range cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. We also have a breadmaker and microwave. The dining table seats eight in comfort. The sitting area has sofa and easy chairs as well as the wood burning stove which heats the entire house.

Maes yr Eglwys Wen has internet access, satellite TV and radio and DVD/CD player.

The four bedrooms are all newly furnished to a very high standard with chests of drawers, hanging space and bedside tables. The floors in the old house are polished wood while the new building has slate tiles. The spacious bathrooms also have slate flooring throughout. A high chair and travel cot are provided.

The house is surrounded by a fenced garden. Although it is not huge, there is plenty of space for children to run around. The parking area can comfortably accommodate two cars. An outside hose allows mountain bikers to clean their bicycles after a tough day on the trails.

The house is about 200 metres from the nearest public highway. Those seeking a quiet and untroubled holiday will find Maes yr Eglwys Wen an ideal place. But the house is not remote. It is about ten minutes to Dolgellau, a small market town with supermarkets, Boots, banks and plenty of pubs and restaurants.

The sandy beaches of southern Snowdonia are less than half an hour away. Harlech with is majestic castle and miles of sandy beaches and Barmouth, a traditional seaside town. Cader Idris, one of the highest mountains in Snowdonia and a challenging walk, can be got to by car in about twenty minutes. The beautiful Mawddach estuary is closer, and offers good walks and easy cycling routes on the Mawddach Trail. We are also only 20 minutes away from CAT, the centre for alternative technology.

We refurbished and extended the house to the highest environmental standards. The heating uses renewable wood fuel and in summer the bulk of electricity is provided by solar panels. The high levels of insulation make the house warm even on the coldest nights.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

The house was bought by the present owners' father in 1972 after it had been left unoccupied for three years. We completely rebuilt and extended it in 2013/14. We paid particular attention to creating a near carbon-neutral property by using wood pellets for heating and solar panels for electricity.

The extension was carefully planned to be as unobtrusive as possible in this unspoilt area. That's why the new extension sits behind the old house. We used local architects and builders who gave us quite exceptional service.

Speaks English, Welsh, written French

2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

4

An expertly converted cottage in a super location.

  • 4 of 5

The accommodation was of a very high standard, extremely clean and the welcome pack was most....welcome! Plenty of space for 5 adults and 3 children and a superb location for the mountain biking members of the family. We only encounters 2 issues that may or may not be solvable - the pellet burning stove was very efficient, too efficient, making the lounge area extremely hot simply to heat the water!! Maybe think of another way of heating the water during the hot summer months (we were very lucky and enjoyed wall to wall sunshine all week!) The 'green' roof concepts on both flat roofs is a very eco friendly idea but unfortunately they are also perfect breeding grounds for swarms of midges and mosquitos. This meant we were unable to enjoy breakfast outside even though the weather invited us to do so!! And we all returned with more than a few nasty bites!! Having said all that I do think we will be returning but maybe not during the hot season - a winter break sounds very inviting!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Glenn, Thank you for the appreciative comments. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay at Maes yr Eglwys Wen. You mention two problems that you experienced. The first was that the main room was too warm during the unusually hot weather of your stay. Perhaps this room is indeed over-insulated. We find that on very sunny days in summer all the doors can be left open and the blinds closed, keeping the temperature reasonable. The second worry was the midges that made it difficult to remain outside on the terrace at mealtimes. For a few weeks every year, the midges in rural Wales can be troublesome (we have not had any problems ourselves with mosquitoes) until the swallows and the bats have got the population under control. Insect repellent candles, widely available in local stores, will deter the midges in the early summer; we keep a supply in our outside store which guests are very welcome to use. Thank you again for your comments. Chris and Charlotte
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5

Great for families

  • 5 of 5

Our family, seven of us, spent Christmas week at Maes yr Eglwys Wen and it proved to be perfect for us. It is a clean and we'll maintained property and we'll would have no hesitation in recommending it with a rider concerning location. It is quite remote being about 2 miles, on narrow roads, from the A470. For us the remoteness was excellent, no traffic noise etc. and no light pollution, the only noise to be heard is the breeze in the trees the river and sometimes sheep in the field surrounding the cottage. As for the actual accommodation it is in two parts, an old stone built bungalow has been converted into four bedrooms, a family bathroom one bedroom with an en - suite extention. All the beds are very good quality and most comfortable. There is a modern extention which blends very well with the old cottage. The extention comprises an open plan kitchen dining room and lounge with TV and wi-fi. The whole property is heated with a pellet burning fire which also heats the water, there is an outside store which is well stocked with 10kg. bags of pellets. The extention and en-suite extention benefit from under floor heating. The whole property was very comfortable and we will be booking again.

If you want to be close to a town, shops and a pub, this property is not for you. If you want peace and quiet, mountain biking, forest walks and love the countryside, you will not find better, we were totally delighted with this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

The house is about as quiet as you can find in England and Wales. One previous guest said you'd have to go a remote Scottish island to find comparable calm - and absence of artificial light.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Tyn y Groes Hotel at 2 Miles Nearest Train : Morfa Mawddach at 8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : at 5 Miles Nearest Beach : Barmouth at 8 Miles Car: necessary

PLEASE NOTE.

The postcode for this property will NOT take you to the right address using a SatNav.

Please contact us for directions. Maes yr Eglwys Wen is not difficult to find but the postcode WILL NOT get you to the house.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Christmas 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£1,190
for 7 nights
£1,190
 
 
6th January to 16th February 2
7 Jan 2017 - 16 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£600
 
 
24 February to 30th March 2017
24 Feb 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£600
 
 
14th April to 20th April 2017
14 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£890
for 7 nights
£890
 
 
28th April to 25th May 2017
28 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£600
 
 
26th May week
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£890
for 7 nights
£890
 
 
2nd June to 30th June
2 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£710
for 7 nights
£710
 
 
7th July 2017
7 Jul 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£890
for 7 nights
£890
 
 
14th July to 25th August 2017
14 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£1,190
for 7 nights
£1,190
 
 
1st September 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£890
for 7 nights
£890
 
 
8th September to 22 September
8 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£710
for 7 nights
£710
 
 
20th Oct to 26th Oct 2017
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£890
for 7 nights
£890
 
 
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
£1,190
for 7 nights
£1,190
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£315
for 3 nights
From
£105
From
£130
Fri,Sat,Sun
£600
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Older Snowdonia properties tend to be very difficult to heat, dark and to have very low ceilings, particularly in the bedrooms. However if you are looking for comfort and space as well as lots of natural light, this is an excellent house to visit. Our house is an ideal base to explore North Wales, with the majority of attractions no more than a 30 minute drive away. You get the tranquility of our lovely secluded property snuggled in the mountains, with the added bonus of being only a 20 minute drive from the nearest beach. North Wales is mountains and coast, your stay at our house will ensure you get the best of both.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 1300 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, 'Drench' shower inside glass partition. Slate floors, tiles
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Fully slate tiled.
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 5ft bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, 5ft bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, 4ft 6 bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Full width (i.e.not IKEA) beds
  • 2 King Size bedrooms looking out to front of house (south). One double looking to rear. Two single beds in bedroom 3 looking to east.

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • A multitude of walks from the door as well as great mountains within a short drive.

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