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

Bedrooms 3
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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).

More Details

Floriane Place-Verghnes-Wood
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
17 January, 2018

About Floriane Place-Verghnes-Wood

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.

Floriane Place-Verghnes-Wood purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Floriane Place-Verghnes-Wood chose Penmachno

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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!).

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Penmachno in Bro Machno

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • 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
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
Cleaning materials included but the property is professionally cleaned before each rental (cleaning fee included in your quote).


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Peaceful Location, between a real ale pub and a stream. Walks from the Door.
average rating of 4.785714 based on 44 reviews

Exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was spotlessly clean, and welcoming. So comfortable and cosy, we really loved it. There was everything we needed and more to make our stay a great one. The bed was so comfortable and warm, we slept very well. We liked having a dishwasher, we have one at home, as I hate washing up, so it was nice not to have to wash up by hand while we were away. We didn't use the log burner as the cottage was really warm enough with the wall heaters. The cottage is situated in a great position, easy to get to lots of lovely places from. We didn't have too good weather so we had to drive everywhere, not good weather for walking across fields. We had brought our dog, and were pleased to see that so many places in Betswy-Co-ed allowed us to take him in. We found several lovely places to eat.

From Rosemary & Chris Finch

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

This is a gorgeous property. It's very well maintained and was spotlessly clean. We loved the village and real ale pub. We didn't eat in the pub, but we found everything we needed in nearby Betws-y-Coed.

Our only issue was that parking was tricky at times but we always managed to find somewhere.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review! Parking can be a bit trickier during peak times (i.e. during the school holidays, when everyone comes back from their day's excursion in the evening), but there's always space somewhere down the road. Out of the school holidays, it's usually possible to park just outside the cottage.
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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: 15-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 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: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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: 03-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Conwy Falls Cafe
"Yummy scrummy, pet and and child-friendly"
Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Liverpool John Lennon
Nearest Barpub
125 Metres
The Eagles
Nearest Ferry
48 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Motorway
55 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Penmachno, Wales

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
February half-term
10 Feb 2018 - 18 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter break
29 Mar 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Apr 2018 - 3 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May bank holiday
4 May 2018 - 7 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May half-term
25 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer holidays
21 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2019
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

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