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Secluded Cottage in Heart of the Snowdonia National Park



Updated: 05-Dec-2016
Cottage near Maentwrog, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, Wales - Set In 30 Acres Of Privately Owned Mountain Woodland, Excellent Walking From Front Door

It is a large stone cottage nestled in privately owned woodland in the hills above Maentwrog. The cottage has been sympathetically renovated and furnished. It has wooden and slate floors throughout, and a wood burning stove in the main living area. It is surrounded by a large area of private garden with a table and benches for eating outside. The cottage is powered by both mains electricity and wind and solar.

The surrounding land overlooks the Vale of Ffestiniog, one of the most beautiful and best preserved wooded valleys in Britain. It is an excellent area for walking, bird watching, mountain bike riding and swimming. A swimming lake and Plas Halt request stop of the Ffestiniog Railway are both within easy walking distance.

The picturesque village of Maentwrog with two good pubs is two miles away. The cottage's location 10 miles from the sandy beaches of Harlech to the south, and 10 miles from Snowdon to the north makes it an ideal base for exploring Snowdonia. ACCESS: the cottage is 3/4 mile from the road along a track which is in places steep, narrow and rough. It is passable to all cars (except low slung) and not suitable for unconfident drivers. SUMMER: Hafod y Llyn cottage is also available, please see our hafod-art.co.uk website.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Noelle Griffiths is an artist who paints and makes artist's books. She and her family live in Hafod y Llyn, the old gamekeeper's cottage on a 30 acre estate in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. Hafod Cottage (nearby but out of sight) was the old stables and dog kennels for the estate and was renovated in 1992 as a holiday cottage. Noelle teaches art part-time in Wales and Spain.

Finca Acehuche is set in a three acre olive grove in SW Spain. She and her family spent summers camping on the land before building a house in 2009.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"The lovely Hafod cottage is the perfect getaway, it offers a tranquil and secluded setting in what seems to be your own woodland. There is plenty to explore - particular highlights are the steam train with its request stop a few minutes from the cottage and a secluded lake where we spent the most relaxing afternoons. I came here as a child and returned as an adult last summer! If you want to getaway from everything, explore Wales or just chill in your own private space, then Hafod cottage is perfect!" B. Bowen
Jan 2011
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Stunning location and gorgeous cottage

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a week at this fantastic cottage. No wifi and no tv which was heaven! The location is simply stunning with a stream running along the bottom of the garden with the forest beyond that. The cottage had everything we needed and housed our family of 4 and 2 dogs comfortably. None of us wanted to leave, especially the dogs! If you want to get away from it all then this is the perfect place, we've already booked for next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage in a wonderfully quiet setting

  • 5 of 5

We loved this cottage. It's set in lovely woods in a very quiet peaceful area but yet still near to everything you want - beach, Snowdon, shops and amenities. The cottage is very comfortable, log burner and good kitchen. Pretty and natural garden which goes straight into the woods. Walk to the steam train stop in 10 minutes - which we all loved. This a fantastic place, very highly recommended indeed. Perfect getaway.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a wonderful holiday cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our 10yr old dog Bucky stayed in this secluded haven just a couple of weeks ago. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Admittedly, the weather was very kind to us. We had 20C+ temperatures every day which was a bonus. We wanted a secluded location and this fitted the bill perfectly as we were surrounded by acres of wooded forest. Lovely walks for the dog. The sound of the Ffestiniog railway in the distance was so nice to hear. We took our dog on it for a 2 and a half hour trip and he loved it! Black Rock Sands in Morfa Bychan just 20 minutes away was a nice day out. It is a dog friendly beach.

It was lovely meeting the owners Richard and Noelle albeit briefly! Thanks for the welcome when we arrived and for showing us around the cottage. The wood burner had a generous supply of logs. So much so we had a fire almost every night without having to get any extra logs.

All in all a fabulous holiday! We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at Hafod! and hope to meet you all again.
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  • 5 of 5

One of the most beautiful places we´ve ever been in holiday.

In the house you find everything you need.

You can start your walks direct from the frontdoor

NO cars no streets, just silence, nature and breathtaking views to the snowdonian mountains.

We will come back :)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you loved staying at Hafod! We hope to see you again. Noelle
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Simply perfect

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from beautiful week in a gem of a cottage. Perfect for children and dogs this cottage was in a secluded spot with stunning walks from your door. It was clean and comfortable and contained everything you would need. The owners were very helpful and We were greeted with a roaring fire. The only negative is that it is booked up fully for the summer. We will definitely be returning next year. Thank you Noelle and Richard for a lovely break away.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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One of the most beautiful places in Wales

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic!

The cottage is simply superb, located in an incredibly quiet and peaceful nature reserve. It is an beautiful location and feels very remote and away from the hustle and bustle of some of North Wales busier locations.

Booking the cottage was easy and the communication from the cottage owners was excellent. We felt very prepared and knew exactly where we were heading. On arrival we were also personally greeted by the cottage owners, the fire was already burning and the cottage was very clean and tidy.

The cottage is well stocked with everything you need and it has a beautiful calming feel to the place. In the evening there is nothing better than lighting some candles, making a hot drink and relaxing to the sounds of the fire.

A fantastic venue for a holiday and we will certainly stay again.


  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a lovely review - I am glad you loved Hafod! We enjoyed meeting you all and hope to see you soon.
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From the Owner

Noelle has been living at HAFOD since 1988 when she married and moved into her husband's family home. Set in 30 acres of mountain woodland, she and her family have lovingly restored the land to its former beauty by felling conifers, re-planting with oaks and returning some land to pasture in 1991. It is 3/4 mile from the road, along a track which passes through some beautiful scenery. It is private with no other cars apart from ours and our guests. It has wonderful walks from the front door, as well as a request stop (5 minute walk from Hafod cottage) for the Ffestiniog Railway. A swimming lake is a ten minute walk away. It is the perfect place to relax in nature and explore Snowdonia.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Liverpool at 95 Miles Nearest Barpub : Oakley Arms Hotel at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Holyhead at 55 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Harlech at 9 Kilometres Nearest Train : Blaenau Ffestiniog at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Grapes Hotel at 1.2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Borth y Gest at 8 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

A folder with information about places of interest, walks, shopping etc is in the cottage.


Beaches of Harlech, Criccieth, Borth y Gest, Morfa Bychan all approx 20 minute drive.

Beaches of Lleyn Peninsular approx 40 minute drive.

Beaches of Anglesey and North Wales coast approx 1 hour drive.


Liverpool and Manchester airports approx 2.5 hour drive. Train to Blaenau Ffestiniog or Penrhyndeudraeth approx 15 minute drive. Bus stop for local service and Traws Cambria (Bangor - Cardiff) buses approx 15 minute walk. Ffestiniog Railway, Plas Halt request, stop approx 10 minute walk. Car is recommended.


Ffestiniog Railway request stop 10 minute walk.

Maentwrog with 2 pubs approx 5 minute drive.

Beddgelert, Snowdon, Porthmadog, Harlech, Portmeirion Italianate Village, Slate caverns, mountain biking & zip wire at Blaenau Ffestiniog, Coed y Brenin mountain biking tracks all approx 20 minute drive.

Lleyn Peninsular 45 minute drive.

Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth 1 hour drive.

North coast towns of Llandudno, Conway and Colwyn Bay 1 hour drive. Anglesey approx 1 hour drive.

Further Details:

Information folder in cottage about places of interest, shopping, restaurants etc.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season 2016
5 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
christmas and new year 2016
21 Dec 2016 - 4 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 4 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Feb half term - easter
11 Feb 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
May bank holiday
27 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July & August
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Hafod cottage (2 dogs allowed) available all year.
Hafod y Llyn cottage available easter and summer holidays (1 dog allowed). Please enquire or see website.
TRACK TO COTTAGE is not suitable for unconfident drivers. In places the track is is steep, narrow and rough. We drive ordinary cars (Citroen C5 and Peugeot 206) and access is fine for most cars unless they are low slung.

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From the Owner

Hafod is very secluded, our local road is 3/4 mile away so you cannot hear or see traffic. You can walk to the local pub along paths and a track, only crossing the road once! Our cottage is nearby and but out of sight. Access is along a track which in places is narrow, steep and rough. Not suitable for unconfident drivers. HAFOD is close to the sea - sandy beaches of Harlech or the beaches near Porthmadog of Borth y Gest or Criccieth - all approx 20 minute drive away. Snowdon mountain range is also approx 20 minute drive. Lots of castles, slate caverns, the Italianate village of Portmeirion are all approx 20 minutes drive.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • One large bathroom with WC, handbasin and shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with small double bed and single bed. Bedroom 3 with single bed (downstairs).


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Hafod cottage sleeps 5. We accept a maximum of two dogs. Please do not arrive as a group with more people or dogs! Contact us first. Additional charges will apply. Outside: The cottage is surrounded by large area of private land. A table with chairs and benches are provided for eating outdoors. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels are not provided. Bedlinen can be provided at extra cost. We do not provide towels.

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