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Detached Period Cottage With Stunning Views Over The Picturesque Dovey Valley



Updated: 26-Sep-2016
Cottage near Machynlleth, Southern Snowdonia, Wales, UK - Peaceful Location in the Foothills of Snowdonia, 15 Minutes Away from Coastal Resort of Aberdovey.

In a secluded unspoilt location high on a hill with stunning views across the Dovey valley. This well equipped cottage is peacefully set in 150 acres of farmland with its own large enclosed and stockproof garden. Carefully renovated, it retains many original features and is furnished in keeping with its style and age. The cottage serves as a home when not let out. Machynlleth (5 miles) has shops, restaurants, cycle hire, and leisure centre with swimming pool. Sandy beach, sailing and golf are also available in Aberdovey 12 miles. RSPB sanctuary at Ynyshir 10 miles, red kites and other birds can be spotted from the cottage. Centre for Alternative Technolgy 5 miles. River, lake fishing and sea fishing nearby. Cycle paths, clay pigeon shooting and quad biking available within 2 miles. Close proximity to the the Great Little Trains of Wales. Scenic walks and cycling from the doorstep (cottage situated on bridleway). Pub, shop and post office 1.5 miles.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I take pride that, Penycoed, on the doorstep of Southern Snowdonia (W244) and my Knightsbridge flat in Eresby House (E2379) are first and foremost family homes rather than purely holiday lets.

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Speaks English, Russian, Welsh

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Mary

We'd just like to thank you for the lovely stay we had at Penycoed this August. We're still missing those lovely early morning views across the Dyfi Valley and the sound of the red kites overhead, as well as the garden and fantastic array of flowers and climbing plants that adorn the cottage. Hope you continue to let it out during the summer months (or any other time of the year for that matter) as we would like to return one day.

Kind Regards

Graham, Romayne, Ruby, Dominic & Lottie (the dog)

House lovely and warm, cosy and welcoming. Dog thought garden wonderful. Pizzas at Wynnstay and Indian good. Spanish deli in Abeystwyth utterly fantastic. Bed extremely comfy-whole place pretty much perfect. Andy and Rebecca Archer, Carlisle

The perfect antidote to a stressful London life - Bob and Gloria, Richmond, London

Picturesque and comfortable cottage with beautiful views, great location for exploring mid Wales and Snowdonia - Mander family, Brighton
Jun 2010
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful and homely

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is pretty and, nestled within acres and acres of farmland, is set in a beautiful and tranquil location. There are stunning views in all directions which can be seen from all of the upstairs rooms. Downstairs rooms look out onto the large, well maintained and secure garden. The cottage is traditionally decorated with a cosy, comfortable and homely feel. It is kept in a good state of repair as are the modern facilities. An electric shower ensures everybody gets a decent hot shower! We were provided with more towels than we needed and everything was very clean and tidy. We were also provided with wood for the fire which, despite being August, was lovely (and most welcomed) in the evening.

We didn't meet the owner of the property but she was easily contactable and communicative and was extremely friendly, welcoming and hospitable - even allowing us to run over the check-out time on the last day!

We were a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 teenagers) with 3 small dogs (thank you SO much for allowing us to bring them!). It was absolutely perfect for our short stay and would not hesitate to recommend it to anybody wishing a rural retreat whilst still being a short drive from amenities.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house and garden

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I really enjoyed our 4 night stay at Mary's beautiful traditional Welsh home. We particularly liked the garden and summer house, and our little dog loved the countryside walks. The property was very clean and well equipped. Communication with the owner about arrangements was friendly and prompt. I would recommend to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely & Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a most relaxing week in this pretty cottage. we were blessed with good weather & enjoyed breakfast in the delightful garden watching nesting birds & soaring kites & buzzards - joy!

It was still chilly in the evenings & it was great to have heating "on tap" although we did not light the lovely fire for which logs were provided. Bed for me a little uncomfortable but I do suffer from back pain. Shower was fine. Wi Fi very useful, excellent signal too. Telly a little small but good to have sky although we hardly watched TV for a change! Location beautiful, overlooking the Dovey river. Machynlleth a pretty place, decent Co-op for supplies. All in all a wonderful week.

Thank you Mary!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A most peaceful and relaxing holiday in a lovely secluded cottage nestled in beautiful countryside. Definitely dog friendly garden - Harley loved it!

Just what we needed.

Thank you Mary for a most welcome stay in your lovely home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely stay in this very peaceful cottage. Our only neighbours were the sheep and the owl at night. It is truly a wonderful place to unwind from the stresses of everyday life. The cottage was clean and comfortable and very welcoming. Our only criticism is that the kitchen could be better equipped for self catering - cooking utensils etc.

The dog loved it and the garden being so well enclosed and secure was a bonus.

Directions were excellent as was pre holiday communications. All in all it is a little piece if heaven - a dream on a hillside with stunning views.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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short break

  • 4 of 5

Amazing little cottage, sat out in the eve taking in the amazing views sipping prosecco, was lovely. Well equipped, everything we needed was there including sky tv. Disappointed that the pub definitely wasn't a walking mile away. Would have rated the cottage 5* had the shower worked, it was freezing cold.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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From the Owner

Penycoed has been part of the family farm for generations. It is situated on a hill in the picturesque Dyfi valley on the gentle southern slopes of Snowdonia. The coast and the old estuary port of Aberdovey, now a well known tourist destination, with its sandy beaches, sailing and golfing opportunities are a short drive away.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


Sandy beaches are 14 miles away at Aberdovey and Borth


Nearest aiports are Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool.


Nearest village (Cemmaes) 1 1/2 mile. Nearest town, Machynlleth 5 miles. Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth 5 miles. Museum of Modern Art Wales, Machynlleth 5 miles. RSPB Reserve Ynyshir (includes Osprey watching) 10 miles. Clay Pigeon shooting. Numerous fishing, rivers, lakes and sea

Quad biking. Walking/climbing. Numerous high class restaurants including one of international recognition.

Further Details:

Supermarkets available in Machynlleth. Fuel available Machynlleth and Mallwyd (5 miles). Banks available Machynlleth. National Library Wales. Aberystwyth 18 miles. Shops, restaurants Machynlleth. Wynnstay Hotel), Brigands Inn Hotel (Mallwyd). Leisure centre Machynlleth.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
15 Oct 2016 - 5 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please book by e-mail/telephone. Deposit 33% on booking. Pets allowed. Maximum two dogs. First dog included in tariff, second dog additional £20.

Changeover Day:
Weekly bookings normally taken from each Saturday. Weekday bookings taken from Monday and Friday (other days may be considered). Arrival after 4pm. Departure before 10am.

Notes on prices:
Maximum of two dogs, first dog free, second dog charged at £20 per pet per week.

All prices inclusive of oil for central heating and first basket of logs. Subsequent baskets of logs can be supplied if required

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From the Owner

Being a city dweller, the cottage with its large enclosed garden continues to provide the perfect retreat and antidote to a stressful life throughout the year. Carefully renovated, it retains its period features and is furnished accordingly. In winter, the large inglenook with its open log fire provides the perfect opportunity to relax, whilst in summer the substantial lawns, planting and high hedge provide private spaces to relax when not enjoying the wider amenities of the area. Whilst being secluded, it has amenities such as restaurants, pubs and even a village shop and post office nearby. The acclaimed Centre for Alternative Technology is a few miles away.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • forests

Leisure Activities

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


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • One common bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4. Maximum 4 adults, Two adults and three children can be accommodated, camp bed or cot available, please enquire. Notes on bedrooms: One double bedroom, period iron and brass half tester bed (half canopy). Twin bedded room (two single beds), Z-bed and cot also available.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Central heating and electricity included. Initial supply of logs included, thereafter at cost. Telephone (honesty box). Natural borehole water supply. Highchair available. Outside: Large garden, enclosed by high beech hedge. Lawn, flower beds, patio area. Wooden summer house with garden furniture. Ideal for children, pets, outdoor dining and study. Cycle storage available. Boat storage available (indoor, extra charge). Summer house and wooden patio furniture. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included changed after one week. House cleaned after one week. Other: Beamed dining room. Dining table seats six.

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