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Peaceful Location, between a real ale pub and a stream. Walks from the Door.



Updated: 20-Nov-2016
3 bedrooms

A traditional Welsh cottage in the village of Penmachno, in the beautiful Machno valley, nicely tucked away from the hordes of tourists and yet only a stone’s throw away from the popular villages of Betws-y-Coed (4 miles) and Llanrwst (7 miles). The cottage is entirely double-glazed. It was lovingly renovated in 2011 (wood-burning stove, exposed beams, original stone walls in the living-room and the master bedroom, slate floors and Travertine bathroom tiles) and decorated in a cosy 1950s style. If you have young children, the cottage is fully equipped with high chair, travel cot, stools, safety gates, etc.

Description of sleeping capacity:

Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms)

Notes on bedrooms:

Bedroom 1 with king-size bed.

Bedroom 2 with small double bed.

Bedroom 3 with junior bunk beds (170cm length).

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am a university lecturer/landlord/writer/mum. My husband is a graphic designer/illustrator/property developer/dad. He's English, I am French and our kids are bonkers. North Wales is where we recharge our batteries.

Speaks English, French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thought your cottage was great, clean, comfortable and really easy to maintain. It is in a fantastic location, as well as walking, we also went to Zip World, Surf Snowdonia and went crabbing in Conwy - all were within easy reach and, had we been there for longer, there we a number of other activities we could easily have accessed.
Aug 2015
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40 Reviews

based on 40 holidaymaker reviews


The perfect get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a place to unwind, to enjoy the peace and beauty in the surrounding countryside and then to come back to a cosy cottage with a wood burning stove or a pint at the very close local then this is for you. Penmachno is a sleepy little village built on two sides of a river with lovely walks and mountain bike trails on the doorstep. You are just 4 miles from Betws y Coed and 2 miles from Conwy Falls so you don't have to venture far for shops, restaurants and spectacular scenery and falls. Floriane, the owner, is available by telephone or email and there is a local contact should you need anything. The cottage is well equipped and has heaters in addition to the wood burner so you will be very toasty even on the coldest of nights. The small garden is dog friendly. Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely home and we hope to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great home from home

  • 5 of 5

A brilliant place to explore a beautiful area . Lovely walks straight from the door and many things to do and see within a short drive .

Cottage is really well equipped and very cosy . We are a family with two boys and we all had a relaxing holiday . Local pub also served good food but only certain days and definitely advisable to book . We are all certainly hoping to make a return visit .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Modernised well equipped 3 bedroom cottage in a very peaceful location.

  • 3 of 5

Situated approximately 10 minutes drive from Betws-Coed, the modernised terraced cottage offers comfortable well equipped accommodation.

Parking is limited but we always found a space. The enclosed rear garden was essential for keeping our dog out of mischief, and was a real sun trap at the end of the day when it finally decided to make an appearance!

I thoroughly enjoyed our early morning walks into the forest, towards the National Trust property - almost made it one morning!

Overall, we had a very good holiday. Thank you for letting us stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Clean, excellent wi-fi and comfortable beds! Very well equipped.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is lovely, clean and very well equipped. It usually takes me a couple of nights to get used to the bed, but it was really comfortable and i got a great night's sleep on the first night. The cottage is very well situated, with easy access to cycle routes and walks/runs.

We enjoyed our stay and will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful stone cottage , well equipped, and in a friendly little village perfectly situated to explore the beauty of Snowdonia and North Wales.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy cottage in Northern Wales

  • 4 of 5

We spent three nights in this cottage in the beginning of July. It shares walls with adjacent cottages but we never did hear the neighbors. The small hamlet/village is quiet and serene. Its important to note that this cottage does sit in a really tight lane and it is hard to get parking on the street in front of the cottage. When cars are parked on the street, it can be tight for other cars to drive through. There is parking available in the back of the cottage area too.

The kitchen was very spacious and equipped with most anything we needed to cook breakfast. The washing machine is medium sized and there is no dryer (although there is a large drying rack provided to hang dry clothes...fit perfectly in the kitchen). There are also no closets in the cottage but there are places to hang jackets and such on the wall. Heaters throughout the house worked well.

The accessibility to a computer, Apple TV, and a modern television was awesome. The WIFI worked really well. It was enjoyable to sit in the living room and watch a show after a long day out.

The beds were pretty firm, European style. Some Homeaways provide basic toiletries like shampoo, bath soap and lotion but this one doesn't (other than hand soap) so bring any toiletries you need with you (otherwise the closest store is a few miles down the road in Betws-y-Coed). This was not a problem as we brought our own.

The biggest issue we had, if you will, was the number of spiders we killed and cobwebs around the cottage. The owner Floriane, upon hearing about this, had a chat with her housekeeper so at least the cobwebs should not be an issue in the future. Spiders may still be as they do not call pest control unless dealing with bigger pests. Spiders are unavoidable in a cottage of this age and most were Daddy Long Legs but one was not and it was large, black and scary. My husband killed upward of 10 spiders (7 the first day alone) while we were there. None of us were bit by any spiders however.

Also, with no dryer present, an iron and ironing board would have been helpful. Finally the water pressure on the shower is weaker but again it is an older cottage so that could be a feature of the plumbing.

Overall its a good location in North Wales among the beautiful Snowdonia mountains (must visit the pretty Fairy Glens). We enjoyed our stay and would recommend for families with small kids. Floriane is super nice and provides great/ample instructions to access and enjoy the cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

As we lived in Manchester (we've since moved to the greener pastures of Macclesfield), we had been thinking for quite some time about finding a place to escape to at the weekend. We set off to explore various parts of Snowdonia National Park in April 2011. And then we found it: we just instantly fell in love with the village of Penmachno (it reminds me of the village I grew up in in Auvergne). Its unpretentiousness, its location (not touristy and yet only 5 min away from restaurants and shops), the sheer beauty of the landscape in any season. It just takes our breath away each time we go and I don't think we'll ever tire of it.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Liverpool John Lennon at 75 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Eagles at 125 Metres Nearest Ferry : Holyhead at 48 Miles Nearest Golf : Betws-y-Coed at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Betws-y-Coed at 4 Miles Nearest Motorway : M56 at 55 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Betws-y-Coed at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Snowdonia at 7 Miles Nearest Beach : Harlech at 20 Miles Car: recommended


Harlech, 40 min by car, 20 miles.

Black rock sands (Porthmadog), 40 mins by car, 20 miles.

LLandudno, 40 mins by car, 20 miles.


Airports: Liverpool John Lennon (75 miles), Manchester (85 miles), Birmingham (120 miles).

Train station: Betws-y-coed (4 miles), regular trains via Llandudno to Chester, the North of England and Scotland. London and Cardiff 4 hours away.

Ferry: Holyhead port on Anglesey (47 miles), regular connections to Ireland.

Local buses run frequently between Betws-y-coed and Penmachno but a car is recommended.


Betws-y-coed 4 miles. LLandudno 20 miles. Chester 55 miles.

Harlech 20 miles. Caernarvon 30 miles.

Further Details:

Ideally located for a range of activities:

- Walking: the Machno Valley is a beautiful location in the heart of Snowdonia National Park and there are many pleasant walks from the village including the spectacular Conwy Falls and the Machno Valley itself. You are spoilt for choice, with walks through the Gwydir Forest and over the hill to the Lledr Valley and the villages of Dolwyddelan and Pont y Pant.

- Mountain-biking: the Penmachno Mountain Bike Trail starts from the edge of the village and runs through the forests of Snowdonia.

- Monkeying about (in trees or in caverns): the cottage is a mere 2 miles from Go Below Underground Adventures, 5 miles from Zipworld Fforest, 12 miles from Zipworld Titan, Zipworld Caverns and Bounce Below;

- Surfing (yes! inland!): the cottage is 12 miles away from Surf Snowdonia, the UK's only inland artificial surfing lake;

- Fishing and canoeing on the River Conwy.

- Lazing at the beach – the cottage is only 20 miles to the sea (North or West).

- Horse riding at the Gwydyr Stables, located on the hillside above Penmachno. The riding centre offers a wonderful location for horse riding, pony trekking or extended day trail rides.

- Golfing: courses at Harlech, Porthmadog, Conwy, LLandudno and Betws-y-Coed.

- Sightseeing: castles, slate caverns, steam railways and a number of nearby National Trust properties and gardens (Ty'n-y-Coed Uchaf, a preserved traditional Welsh farmhouse; Ty Mawr Wybrnant, the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan who translated the Bible into Welsh; the magnificent Bodnant Garden).

After all this, you will be glad to know the cottage is a mere 125 yards from The Eagles, a real ale pub with a beer garden.

And if you have young ones in need of entertainment, the village has a decent playground and many flat paths easy on little legs.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Christmas and New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
February half-term
11 Feb 2017 - 18 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
31 Mar 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
April II
22 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May bank holiday
28 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May half-term
26 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
5 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer holidays
22 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Cleaning and linen fee £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Prices are for the property per week (or per night where specified) in UK Pounds and are inclusive of electricity, bed linen, towels and cleaning.

For weekly stays, the changeover day is normally a Friday but we can be flexible on this (e.g. Saturday is often preferable in the summer). Please check with us and when possible we will be happy to oblige.

Check-in time is 4pm, check-out time 10am - unfortunately, we cannot allow early arrivals or late check-outs as this is the time required for the cleaning company to ensure the cottage meets your expectations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

The complete and utter silence (apart from owls at night and sheep in the day), the quality of the beds and soft furniture, the fact the cottage is equipped with everything you may need, the large bathtub (with a wider square bit at the shower end) and the log burning stove. It's simple: we didn't skimp on anything as we made it primarily for ourselves (but we like to share!).

Property Type

  • cottage


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


  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library


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

Location Type

  • mountain
  • river
  • rural
  • village


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

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • caving
  • surfing
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 60 m²


  • Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom with q-shaped bath/electric shower over, hand basin and WC.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, King-size bed (150 cm wide)
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, Small double (120 cm wide)
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Child Bed, Junior bunk beds (170cm long). Travel cot.
  • Please note bedding arrangements: bedroom 3 is only suitable for children. Maximum occupancy is 4 adults, 2 children and 1 baby.


  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Cleaning materials included but the property is professionally cleaned before each rental (cleaning fee included in your quote).

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