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In The Heart Of Coed Y Brenin Forest A Stunning Location With Panoramic Views



Updated: 27-Oct-2016
Cefndeuddwr Farm, Coed y Brenin Forest, Ganllwyd, Dolgellau, North Wales - A tranquil, rural location off the beaten track, yet only a short drive to Dolgellau or the coast.

We want everyone who stays with us to have a lovely time and don't want anyone to be disappointed. It is important to us that you have an accurate picture of where you are coming to stay. If you have an aversion to wellies, don't like animals, or are hoping for indoor swimming pools and a jacuzzi, then we are probably not for you. To find us you have to drive up a single track tarmac road through the forest for three quarters of a mile and then up a short track to the farm. You don't need a 4x4 - standard saloon cars are fine - but you might want to leave the Maserati in the garage.

The cottage has everything that you will need for your stay apart from your food of course, but we can help you out with eggs and other produce from the farm if needed.

The ground floor of the cottage has a very welcoming feel, with lots of character. The kitchen/living area is open plan with a separate shower room. There are two cosy bedrooms upstairs, with original oak beams, the master bedroom with a king size bed and the other with two single beds which can be fitted side by side to create another double.

The farm is a working small holding with 30 acres of flower rich meadows and oak woodland. We don't have any close neighbours and looking out from the elevated position of the farm you can't see any other signs of habitation. Look north west to the ridge of the northern Rhinog or south to the most uninterrupted view of the Cader Idris range that you are likely to see.

The farm is surrounded by Forestry Commission land, so you can roam freely beyond our boundary, wherever and whenever you want. Despite our remote feel, we are only five minutes drive from Ganllwyd village and fifteen minutes from the historical market town of Dolgellau, giving you the best of both worlds.

If you appreciate nature and wild places, love walking or riding and want to escape for a while to somewhere peaceful and tranquil, then we think you will enjoy your stay here.

We are 'dog friendly' for 'friendly dogs' ! There are various critters wandering around the farm, so all we ask is that you keep your dog on its lead when you are in the 'livestock zone'. It's a short step from our fields into the forest where you've got miles of trails to explore - and no traffic to worry about.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

What brought us to Cefndeuddwr was a desire to escape to somewhere quiet and secluded where we could live in a low impact way by growing a few vegetables and keeping a few animals. We both appreciate wild places and nature, and enjoy the ever changing landscape that surrounds us.

The farm is also home to the pottery workshop where Tyr makes a variety of functional ware and creative pieces.

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Speaks English, Finnish

14 Reviews

based on 14 holidaymaker reviews


Peace and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful old cottage has been so sensitively renovated and has everything you would want for location to just be quiet in the country! Very tidy and clean, with all you need for cooking. Tyr and John are so friendly and helpful. The farm eggs are so yummy! The views from the front, across the valley, are stunning at any time of day, or whatever the weather. Bring your binoculars, bird books,and tree guides.

We forget, in this day and age, what real darkness at night is, and how many stars are in the sky!!

With Coed y Brenin forest right out the door, you can put the car keys away for a few days, and be perfectly happy!

Would recommend this to anyone, just to chill-out. Thank you for letting us share it.


  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sharon, We'd both like to thank you for your lovely review. We're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay so much and share our appreciation for this place. Best wishes, John and Tyr
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a walking weekend. Fabulous cottage in a beautiful location. I was walking Y Garn on the Sunday and it was literally a 6 minute drive to our meet point. Beautiful cottage, lovely comfy beds. Lovely and clean. Farm eggs a super bonus.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sharon, Many thanks for the lovely review, we're very pleased that you enjoyed your stay - and got to scale Y Garn! Best wishes, John and Tyr
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Beautiful cottage in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Myself, my husband and our two Labradors had a wonderful break at Cefndeuddwr Farm. The cottage is beautiful with all the necessary facilities and, the location is just perfect. From here we were able to walk straight into Coed Y Brenin forest and spend a day exploring. Snowdon was also in easy reach - just a 40 minute (beautiful) drive away. Just lovely!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for the lovely review. We're very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and wish you well with 'the bump'. Best wishes, John and Tyr
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  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic time,John & Tyr are really helpful and friendly.The cottage is great,nice and secluded and with close easy access to the Forrest for lovely walks.Nice to have some fresh eggs on arrival left in the cottage.If you like the outdoors and seclusion then this is the place for you.We found everyone all around the area very friendly and some lovely pubs and restaurants near by and highly recommend the visitor centre in the Forrest for some cake and tea after a long walk. Will certainly be returning. The best cottage we've stayed at yet.Many thanks John & Tyr.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your great review Richard - you win the prize for the fastest review response! We're very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you to the farm again in the future. Best wishes, John and Tyr
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Lovely Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Great little cottage in a lovely part of Snowdonia. Coed y Brenin is superb for walking and mountain biking! Dragons back and beast trails highly recommended. From the cottage you can walk or bike to visiter center in 10 minutes or so, meaning no car parking charges!! Tyr and John and Rosco are very welcoming and have a lovely area of secluded land yet with good access to nearby Dolgellau and the coast.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for submitting your review Richard - great to get the bikers perspective! We're very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes, John, Tyr and Rosco....
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It was great (so we're going again!)

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely great week for us (parents and 2 children - Sam 8 and Anna 6). The cottage is super-cosy and the location is just perfect. Open the front door and you can't see another building, just fields, trees and hills. Coed-y-Brenin is an area that we already knew a bit from previous holidays and visits to the mountain biking centre in the forest, but this holiday gave us a new perspective. We were able to cycle from the cottage down to the trail centre in 10 mins so we cycled every day (including some great night-time rides). Also visited the castle and swimming pool in Harlech (both good).

The cottage is compact but beautifully renovated and appointed, being surrounded by fields and trees makes you feel very removed from everyday life!

Tyr and John made us feel very welcome indeed and the basket of eggs awaiting us on arrival was an unexpected treat! Special mention for Roscoe the dog, who greeted us like long-lost family at every meeting!

We had such a great time that we've already booked to spend another week here in Spring 2015 - can't wait!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well its a big thank you from us and a big thank you from Roscoe! Best wishes, John and Tyr
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From the Owner

Cefndeuddwr is quite an extraordinary place and moving here over twenty years ago saw the start of a 'life project' . The farm sits on the top of a ridge between two river valleys so benefits from wonderful panoramic views. The traditional stone and slate buildings are of historical importance and were all built between the 1500's and 1700's. The farm had been neglected for many years so its taken a lot of time and effort to get to this point - and there's still more to do ! Despite the scale of the project there has always been something uplifting about being here. The place has a remote, wild feel to it and the views are stunning. The area is rich in wildlife and living in the heart of the forest provides us with acres of space beyond our boundary to explore.

Activity and Interests


A half hour drive will get you to the unspoilt and quiet beaches of the coast of west Wales. There are extensive sandy beaches at Fairbourne, Barmouth and north towards Harlech.


The nearest airports are Liverpool and Manchester, both about two hours drive away. There are railway stations at Fairbourne and Barmouth, so if you don't drive or simply wanted a holiday break without the car, we can pick you up from either railway station by prior arrangement.


The village of Ganllwyd is 1 mile away and the historic town of Dolgellau a further 3 miles. Barmouth is a pretty seaside town 12 miles away at the point where the Mawddach estuary meets the sea. The town of Harlech 6 miles north of Barmouth is dominated by the impressive castle ,set on a bluff overlooking Cardigan bay.

Further Details:

Dolgellau is a small, stone built market town with a variety of shops in the town square. There are two supermarkets, high street banks with cash points, several restaurants and pubs and a post office. The town has a long history of attracting tourists many of whom come to walk up Cader Idris, the impressive mountain overlooking the town.


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Booking Notes:
You are welcome to phone us for a friendly chat on 01341 440270 or send an email to info@2waters.co.uk
We request a 50% booking at the time of booking with the balance due 2 weeks before your visit.
The cottage can be booked for weekend or midweek short breaks.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day for week long breaks is usually Saturday but we try to be flexible where we can.

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From the Owner

Most visitors comment on the peace and tranquility here and the freedom of the open space. Many hardly ever use their cars once they've arrived, preferring to explore the area on foot or by bike. Others are content simply to unwind at the cottage, enjoy a good book or have a camp fire in the evening. It's a great place for children to visit with places to explore and adventures to be made. Coed y Brenin forest has something for everyone. It boasts some of the best mountain biking trails in the UK; numerous walking and running trails; spectacular waterfalls and river valleys; fascinating history; and a fifteen minute walk down the hill gets you to the forest visitors centre. On the doorstep we have great mountain walking, beautiful estuaries, beaches and historical towns.

Property Type

  • cottage


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


  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The cottage has a single ground floor shower room, with a large shower enclosure, sink and toilet.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: A double bedroom and adjacent twin bedroom. Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with very comfortable king size bed, exposed oak beams and lovely views. Adjacent bedroom with twin single beds which can be linked to make a double if required. The master bedroom is accessed via the twin room.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Although there isn't a washing machine or in the cottage you're welcome to use our machine if needed. Outside: From the bench on the stone patio you have panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and forest. From the cottage you are free to explore the fields and forest from your front door, either on foot or bike. The cottage sits on a ridge between two beautiful river valleys. A short walk into the Eden valley will see you at the Coed y Brenin visitors centre from where you can follow extensive walking and mountain biking trails or enjoy a coffee and cake. The opposite direction takes you into the Mawddach valley with its stunning waterfalls and gold mining history. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Clean towels and bed linen are provided for you and replacement are always available should you require them. The property is thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom prior to the arrival of guests.

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