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Delightful Comfortable Cottage With Pretty Secluded Garden

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Rhyd, Nr. Beddgelert, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales - Peaceful Setting And Ithe Hamlet Of Rhyd Located To Access Beaches, Lakes, Mountains And Culture

One of the main features of Pen-y-Bryn is the pretty south facing garden. The semi-detached cottage has a very private and secluded front terrace which has been laid to slate surrounded by a low slate topped wall, there is also a built in table. A stone barbecue and gravelled area leads down to a lawned area. The garden has a rustic, countryside feel with mature plants and a giant 150 year old (approx) Rhododendron Tree. The hamlet of Rhyd is set in a beautiful location with Pen-y-Bryn nestling comfortably amongst nearby lakes and beautiful woodland and mountains walks. The area of North Wales offers a vast array of tourist activities. Climbers, ramblers and family holidaymakers can explore the stunning Snowdon Range, with Moelwyn Bach sitting directly behind the cottage. For the sporty visitor North Wales offers a large amount of Golf Courses to suit all abilities, many set in the most dramatic of locations. For those who are interested in mountain biking the Forestry Commission Mountain Bike Centre can be found in Coed-y-Brenin.

There are numerous narrow guage railways in North Wales, one of the most attactive and popular of these is the Ffestiniog railway which runs from Portmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The picturesque station of Tan-y-Bwlch is a 15 min walk from the cottage.

The area is renowned for historical castles, including Caernarfon with its pomp and grandeur to the nearby Harlech and Criccith Castles dramatically located on the stunning coastline. Numerous family activities can be found to entertain children of all ages from Butterfly Farms on the Isle of Anglesey to Adventure Courses and rock climbing for the more demanding of teenagers. The breathtaking mountains create a stunning backdrop to the village of Rhyd, while some of North Wales most stunning beaches can be found only a 15 mins drive away offering visitors the chance to experience a truly diverse holiday experience.

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Pamela Marsden
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2018

About Pamela Marsden

We have spent 20 years enjoying this wonderful cottage. Our children, friends, family and more recently holidaymakers, have all appreciated this much loved holiday home.

Over the years we have improved Pen-y-Bryn turning it into a comfortable well equipped house. Finished with period and contemporary pieces of furniture, we have tried to compliment the existing features of a 160 year old Welsh Cottage.

Pamela Marsden purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Pamela Marsden chose Blaenau Ffestiniog

The location of the village is ideal, quiet yet not too remote.

Visitors are offered the 'best of both worlds' - expansive beaches, beautiful coves and dramatic mountains all blending together to create what I feel is one of the most stunning landscapes in the UK.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“The perfect cottage for a quiet holiday in North Wales”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

The cottage is a beautifully located, very well appointed with a traditional atmosphere with wood-burner, exposed beams etc. The very attractive garden is pretty secure for children/dogs, and the surrounding countryside is perfect for cycling, fell-running and so forth. If you jump in the car all of Snowdonia's attractions are easily accessible. The nearest pub/shop are around 2 miles away which some people might find inconvenient (although we never have), and the pub is certainly worth the walk. Personally I feel this is the perfect cottage if you are looking for somewhere quiet to enjoy the Welsh countryside

“A real gem.” 5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2013

"We enjoyed our first visit so much, we came back to the UK for a two month stay at the cottage. The cottage is tranquil, warm and snug.

Feb 2014
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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: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • One spacious ground floor bathroom, with electric over head shower, full size bath, cupboard with water heater, night-store heater.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Pretty room with very comfortable king size bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Full size wooden bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , ground floor bedroom with 4ft double bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1 x Master with king-size brass bed 1 x Full size bunk beds 1 x 4ft double brass - this bedroom is narrow and it may not be suitable for two large adults (ground floor room)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: There are some steps leading to the cottage (through two gates to ensure safety for children) that some elderly people may find difficult. Outside: As the cottage is built on a hillside it is important young children are supervised at all times when using some areas of the garden. Garden furniture is stored in the utility area, the slate table is an ideal area to enjoy sunny lunches and evening drinks. The BBQ is ideally located to enjoy the pretty front garden. BBQ fittings are stored in the under-stairs cupboard. It is possible to park cars directly outside the cottage (on B road), but we do advise that for longer periods cars are parked in the parking area (approx 25 metres from cottage). Utility Room: Washer/Dryer, microwave, cloths dryer, ironing board & iron extra storage space. Stored Garden furniture Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen & bath towels can be arranged with owner, please ring for charges. Each bedroom has an ample supply of duvets, pillows and extra blankets for cool evenings. Tea towels, dish cloths, bin liners, bath mats hand towels are all included.


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Delightful Comfortable Cottage With Pretty Secluded Garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Nice property in a great location for both the mountains and the beach

  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice and convenient cottage. Superb views

  • 5 of 5

All you need for a relaxed vacation! Cousy living room with (extra) stove heather with logs. Spacious kitchen and comfortable bathroom. Three nice bedrooms. Beautiful front and back garden with superb views.

The surroundings are really beautiful. Lovely to walk and explore. The kids loved climbing on the rocky hills.

Close to station of Ffestiniog Steam Realway, a magnificent experience. Also only 20 minute drive to the beaches of Harlech.

Don't forget to go up Snowdon!

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Welsh cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely cottage, had everything we needed for a short break in snowdonia. The log burner was great to come back to after a long trek up and down Snowdon with 3 children. Thankyou Pamela.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sue for your comments, it was a pleasure having you to stay at our cottage. We'd love you and your family to visit again. Regards Pam
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Perfect place with the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in the cottage could not have been better. The house is situated in the midst of beautiful Snowdonia hills and views from the garden were exceptional.

The cottage itself was well equipped and we had everything we needed for our little break. Also, the master bedroom was stunning and the bed was huge and comfy.

I would definitely like to stay here again and I feel that there was still so much left to discover all around the area.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments, we would love you to visit the cottage again. Pam
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Rhyd Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A really well appointed cottage and very comfortable. Lanes a bit narrow between cottage and main roads so be prepared to brake HARD on occasions (if you want to keep the front end of your car away from the boy-racers LOL) Ideal location for walkers.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely Long Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed for 3 nights from 1st May to 4th May in this lovely cottage and had a wonderful time. We had not visited North Wales for many years and were reminded of what a beautiful area this is to visit. The cottage was very clean, comfortable and cosy with a lovely log burner for the evenings. There is a nice slate table on the terrace allowing us to sit and eat outside during nice weather.

We found there to be plenty to do in the area from visiting the lovely coastal towns of Criccieth and Abersoch to walking up to the waterfall at Croesor and the highlight of our stay visiting the beach and headland at Nefyn with the 'pub on the beach' The Ty Coch serving food and drink with a lovely relaxed atmosphere proving very popular. The pretty villages of Beddgelert and Betws y coed along with Snowdon are only a short drive as are the beaches at Borth y gest (very pretty) and Black Rock Sands which is larger and has vehicle access.

Many thanks to Pam for all her help and clear instructions.

We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Oakley Arms or Brondanw Arms
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Tan y Bwlch or Portmadog for mainline
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Both the Brondanw Arms and The Grapes at Maentwrog
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Borth y Gest or Blackrock Sands, Portmadog
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The Ffestiniog Railway can be found at the nearby Tan-y Bwlch Station (1.5KM) In fact the whistle of the steam trains can be heard winding their way through the Vale of Ffestiniog which sitting in the garden. Nearby (1.5km) there are some beautiful forestry walks giving access to breathtaking lakes - an absolute favourite for the bold swimmer! Blaenau Ffestiniog is a short drive with its fascinating and educational Slate Mines while the Electric Mountain Centre can be found at Llanberis. Portmerion, the fantasy world created by local architect Clough Williams Ellis is only 6km away. For those who are interested in mountain biking the Forestry Commission Mountain Bike Centre can be found in Coed-y-Brenin.

The area is renowned for historical castles, including Caernarfon with its pomp and grandeur to the nearby Harlech and Criccith Castles dramatically located on the stunning coastline. Numerous family activities can be found to entertain children of all ages.


Choice of dramatic and picturesque beaches. Nearest Borth-y-Guest 11km away.


Pen-y-Bryn in the hamlet of Rhyd which is located between the small villages of Garreg and Maentwrog on the B4410, approx 2.5 miles off the A487 and approx 7 miles from Portmadog.

Nearest main line train station: Portmadog

Ffestiniog Railway can be accessed at the picturesque Tan-y-Bwlch Station aprrox 0.75

Nearest Airport Liverpool 72 miles

Nearest Ferry Holyhead 43 miles


Nearest convenient store Llanfrothen - friendly shop & cafe approximately 3 miles.

Penrhyndeudraeth approx 4.5 miles PO, Bank, Spar, Paper shop etc.

Portmeirion approx 5.5 miles - large supermarkets and collection of shops and cafes/pubs/art galleries/takeaways

Beddgelert & Borth y Gest approximately 6 miles.

Tan y Bwlch Station (Ffestinog Railway) 1.5 mile - nice walk from cottage via lakes


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
February Half Term
10 Feb 2018 - 24 Feb 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Easter 2018
17 Mar 2018 - 14 Apr 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rental is Sat to Sat in peak periods
A deposit of £100 is required to reserve cottage, with the remaining amount due 6 weeks before holiday commences.
Short breaks available out of season - please call for further information.

One well behaved dog is welcome - please ring for further information.

The cottage sleeps a maximum of 5/6 (The downstairs 4ft double bed may not be suitable for two large adults)
Please contact owner if you wish to visit with more than 5 visitors.

Changeover Day
Changeover Day - Sat to Sat peak summer periods
Flexibility all other times

Notes on prices:
FUEL NOT INCLUDED IN RENTAL PRICE - please speak with owner for short break offers

Electricity charge approx £7 to £25 per week approx depending on amount of visitors and time of year - this is an estimate.
Logs for Log Burner £3.50 per bag

Bed linen and bath towels are not included in the price - please speak to owner to agree rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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