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Charming Snowdonia Cottage, In Private, Off Road, Setting

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Parking


About the property

Tranquil Location, 5 Minutes Walk To Cross Foxes Hotel, Bar And Restaurant

Ty Trol, at Gwanas Fawr, is located on the historic site of an early Medieval Grange of the Knights Hospitallers, first recorded in 1284. As well as being a site of historic interest, Gwanas Fawr is a beautiful setting for Ty Trol. There are fantastic views of the Cader Idris mountain range from the track leading to the cottage, along side which there is a delightful bubbling stream.The cottage has a living/dining area, 2 bedrooms (double and twin rooms) , a bathroom, outside seating and garden areas.

It is off road in a lovely setting and easily accessible from the A470.

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Gareth Wyn Jones
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Welsh
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2017

About Gareth Wyn Jones

I am Welsh (my first language is Welsh) and I was born in the area but moved away for many years before returning. I live at Gwanas Fawr with my wife Odette and we love living here because it is so beautiful. I am an artist and the setting is very inspirational. Some of my work is hanging in the cottage and guests are welcome to visit my gallery in the farmhouse.

Gareth Wyn Jones purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Gareth Wyn Jones chose Gwynedd - Snowdonia

We came here because this part of the world is very lovely and Gwanas Fawr, where the cottage is located, is especially beautiful and historically interesting. It is the site of a Medieval Grange of the Knights Hospitallers, first recorded in 1284, and local records indicate a farmhouse at Gwanas by the early 16th Century. The medieval barn at Gwanas was also used as a secret Catholic Chapel following the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538 by Henry Vlll, and a stone cross in the barn wall and fashioned iron door hinges, remain as evidence today.

What makes this cottage unique

Gwanas is an exceptionally peaceful location. The cottage is separated from Gwanas Fawr farmhouse by large stone buttresses to the front and rear of the cottage, which makes it very private. There's also lots of wildlife and especially varied bird life to observe.

Conveniently situated off the A470, 3 miles from Dolgellau, the cottage provides an excellent base for walking, fishing, cycling, painting, writing, and is close to the market towns of Bala and Machynlleth and the seaside town of Barmouth.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Dolgellau in Llanelltyd

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom with bath/shower over, wc. wash basin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Fuel costs are included in Tariff. One large box of logs is supplied free of charge for the log stove. Additional large box of logs is £10.00. Outside: The back door of the cottage opens on to a patio area, with outdoor furniture. There is a large area of lawn to the rear of the cottage, boarded by trees and shrubs, and a path leading to the stream. There is also a parking area adjacent to the cottage. Utility Room: There is a store cupboard with ironing board and vacuum cleaner. Linen and towels included, and changed weekly. The cottage is served by a private water supply, which comes from an underground spring at Gwanas Fawr.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

Charming Snowdonia Cottage, In Private, Off Road, Setting
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews

Excellent cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous, cosy cottage. Well equipped and well furnished. The location is just perfect, fields, mountains, peace and quiet. Just what we needed ! Great garden and patio area, all very private. The owners were very helpful, genuinely nice people. The town of Dolgellau, which is just a short drive away, ha great restaurants, tea shops, cafe's and the Bakery and Mr Roberts the butcher, are a must to visit. We hope that we will be able to return again one day soon. A fabulous holiday

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic cottage in Snowdonia

  • 5 of 5

I had a good feeling about this cottage when I first saw it online and I'm glad that we weren't disappointed when we arrived! The homemade scones certainly helped! It's peaceful and cosy, has a well stocked kitchen, a great wood burner and a lovely garden out the back. The owners are very friendly and it was very easy to book and pay for the cottage. We climbed the nearby Cadair Idris, visited Abersoch and Porth Neigwl beach, walked in Coed y Brenin forest park and did the precipice walk on the outskirts of Dolgellau. We made the majority of our meals but really enjoyed the tasty fayre at the nearby Cross Foxes Inn. We would definitely recommend this cottage and wouldn't change a thing!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cozy holiday hideaway

  • 4 of 5

Well equipped cozy cottage - nice open plan layout and the woodburner providing a nice focal point. Odette and Gareth live in the other end of the cottage and were friendly hosts. Lovely to be welcomed by fresh flowers and delicious homemade scones with jam. The pretty and unspoiled market town of Dolgellau is only a few miles away with its many coffee shops, places to eat and local butchers, greengrocers and bakeries. The mountain scenery is stunning and there are many well documented beautiful walks in the area. It really is the perfect getaway place. We would both thoroughly recommend it and we will definitely come back again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just to clarify, we (Gareth and Odette) live in the farmhouse adjoining the cottage, which is separated from us by large buttresses front and rear, so the cottage is actually very private.
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Wonderful location and lovely cottage with all ame

  • 5 of 5

Arrived at cottage on Thursday 26th May 2016 to a warm welcome from the owner. We stayed 4 nights and had a terrific time. The cottage was cosy and comfortable and had all amenities. Centrally heated throughout which was not needed as the weather was beautiful. The scenery in the area is amazing, mountains, fields and forests, just stunning. We went to Barmouth and spent a hot sunny day on the beach, we also visited Portmeiron and Porthmadog. The scenery is beautiful. I would highly recommend this accommodation and will definitely return again. Forgot to mention there were scrumptious sones waiting for us when we arrived..

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

A friend and I recently stayed in this lovely cottage for a 4 night break. It's in an idyllic setting, yet close to beautiful towns and villages, and with breathtaking scenery all around. The cottage is extremely well equipped and comfortable, and the owners who live in the adjoining farmhouse are very welcoming and helpful. The delicious scones on arrival were a wonderful surprise and treat! I would definitely like to return for a longer stay, and would recommend the cottage to anyone wanting to explore this beautiful part of the country.

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cozy cottage, fantastic location.

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, traditional cottage with a well equipped kitchen and the amazing welsh countryside outside your back door. We had a lovely stay despite the weather being particularly unkind! Arriving home soaking wet we soon warmed up and dried out in the warmth of the cottage even without lighting the log fire. We'll definitely be using this as a base for further outdoorsy holidays soon.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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Car: recommended

There is a gallery in Gwanas Fawr farmhouse showing Gareth's art work, many examples of which are hanging in the cottage. Guests are welcome to visit the gallery.

HOW TO FIND US: Directions to the property

(Don’t use Sat Nav as it will direct you to the wrong property!)

O.S. Grid Ref: SH 7712 1662

If travelling from Dolgellau, drive for 3 miles on the A470 heading towards Dinas Mawddwy. After passing the Cross Foxes hotel on your right continue for 0.2 of a mile (passing 2 lay-byes on your left). Indicate right when you see a horse and cow road sign on your left, and a farm yard on your right. Turn right onto the farm track which will take you over a small bridge, and when the track divides, fork left for Gwanas Fawr.

If Travelling from Dinas Mawddwy cross over the Mountain pass on the A470 and take the last left turn before the Cross Foxes Hotel, there is a farm yard on your left follow the farm track which will take you over a small bridge, and when the track divides, fork left for Gwanas Fawr.

If coming from Aberystwyth turn right at the Cross Foxes, then follow the first instructions above.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Dolgellau, Wales

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
high season
10 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Short stays are available outside of the summer high season period (minimum stay 2 nights). Details on request. Change-over day in high season periods is Saturday.
Check in time is after 3pm on day of arrival. Check out time is before 11am on day of departure

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.