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Secluded Cottage in Heart of the Snowdonia National Park

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

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 large wood burning stove in the main living area (heats radiators and hot water). It is surrounded by a large area of private garden with a table and benches for eating outside. 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 sports models) and not suitable for unconfident drivers. The railway crossing limits width/length of vehicles to standard transit van measurements. ACCESS: We are situated 3/4 mile from the main road along a track which is rough, narrow and steep in places. (Not suitable for unconfident drivers.)

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.

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Noelle Griffiths
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

About Noelle Griffiths

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 1991 as a holiday cottage. Noelle teaches art part-time in Wales and Spain.

Noelle Griffiths purchased this cottage in 1962

Why Noelle Griffiths chose Blaenau Ffestiniog

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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 outside the pub!

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, zip wire and bounce below, mountain bike riding at Coed y Brenin, the Italianate village of Portmeirion are all approx 20 minutes drive.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Blaenau Ffestiniog in Llanfrothen

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • One large bathroom with WC, handbasin and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 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).
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
Notes on accommodation: Hafod cottage sleeps 5. We welcome a maximum of two well behaved dogs. Outside: The cottage is surrounded by large area of private land. A table with chairs and benches are provided for eating outdoors. Linen: Bedlinen can be provided at extra cost, please enquire. We do not provide towels. Heating and electricity: Large multi-fuel stove in the living room heats hot water and radiators throughout the cottage. Some lights are powered by wind and solar power, so these lights should not be left on unecessarily.


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Secluded Cottage in Heart of the Snowdonia National Park
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amazing stay!!😁?

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful loved everything about staying at the cottage will stay again next year!!

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
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Lovely Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A lovely well equipped cottage in a beautiful location. Quiet and secluded with lots of walks all around.

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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Tranquil & homely

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our weeks stay very much. The cottage was exactly as we had imagined. Our dog was worn out every day! A very special place to relax and unwind. Harlech and Barmouth beaches very beautiful and of course, the mountains were spectacular. Thank you to Noelle and Richard for making us welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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A lovely spot; secluded but well situated for the National Park, coast, Anglesea, etc.

  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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We had a nice relaxing week at Hafod. Some great walks nearby

  • 4 of 5

It was nice to have no tv or internet and to have time to relax together as a family. The cottage was clean and warm and welcoming on arrival. Richard had made up and lit the stove which was great. The kitchen was quite compact and with limited storage space if you plan on cooking a lot which we did but this was not a problem. Having the steam trains so near was lovely to hear and see. The electrics and hot water set up could do with simplifying for ease of use and a toaster and electric kettle and a mains power socket in the kitchen would be a welcome addition. All in all a nice cottage in a peaceful location and helpful owners on hand if needed. Great for peace and quiet and quality time away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tranquil retreat

  • 5 of 5

Complete bliss, we stayed for a week with 3 kids and 2 dogs, could not of wished for a better off grid retreat.

Richard could not have been more helpful whilst we were there.

Beautiful walks straight from the door in a really nice part of wales.

We will be returning in the future. The Wests

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
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Nearest Airport
95 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Oakley Arms Hotel
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Grapes Hotel
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Borth y Gest
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season 2018
3 Nov 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
christmas and new year 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 8 Feb 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Feb half term-Easter
9 Feb 2019 - 12 Apr 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jun 2019 - 6 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas and New Year 2019
21 Dec 2019 - 4 Jan 2020
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

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Hafod cottage (2 dogs allowed) available all year.
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 access is fine for most cars unless they are low slung. Please check a long vehicle or camper van first.
Gas and a good supply of firewood and coal is provided. Extra coal can be bought locally if required.
Electricity is charged at 20p per unit.
We provide duvets and pillows but we do not provide bed linen or towels.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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