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Remote Mountain Hideaway With Stunning Views



Updated: 04-Dec-2016
Cottage in Snowdonia National Park, near Caernarfon, North Wales - Perfect for exploring Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula

This is a grade II listed three bedroom cottage, with almost two acres of land full of streams to jump in and dens to build – and not a road in sight! One of just three dwellings in this beautiful valley, the nearest neighbour is about a quarter of a mile away. With a stream-fed water system and log burner which warms the house, you can really feel you are living the good life. There is simply nothing better than watching the sunset over the Nantlle ridge from the hammock or the patio. If you don’t mind total darkness, the odd cuckoo, and remote, peaceful hideaways, then you will love it. (If you are after night life, then perhaps not!).

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live on Anglesey in a farmhouse which was built in about 1644. I love this island, and the nearby mountains of Snowdonia. I also love these old houses, where so many lives have been lived in the past, and where lives continue to be lived today.

You will see in my cottages that most of my life has been spent with art in its many forms, as the walls are hung with original paintings and prints, and, at the Snowdonia cottage, many embroidered samplers of the kind that might have been produced by the people who once lived there.

I enjoy the changing seasons - the bare, almost monochrome winters, the full ebullient flowering of summer, the closing-down time of autumn and its balmy days, and the blossoming of spring, with its promise of long evenings and warm days ahead.

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Speaks English, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a stunning place! Perfect for exploring and reconnecting with nature. The views form the cottage are amazing and we all feel re-energized after our week there.” The Bates Family, Warwickshire

"This is the second time we have stayed in this house in Wales on our vacation. It was delightful the first time and this time even better. We love what you have done to the house, and the children are as happy as ever jumping the streams and getting wet. The Welsh seaside towns, ice-cream and fish and chips were awesome!" The Darby family, California US

“Thank you for letting us stay at your lovely house. We have had a great week and thoroughly enjoyed the delightful house and idyllic landscape. The girls loved it when we opened the front door for breakfast and could hear the sheep in the fields!" The Binney Family, Northamptonshire

"We just love this place - our second visit and we will be back. Perfect place to sip a glass of wine, watching the sunset" Tim, Karen & Phoenix, Newcastle

"We needed a base from which to walk Snowdon with our two boys. This cottage was exactly what we needed - comfortable, quiet and within 10 minutes drive of the Snowdon ranger path. Feeling lucky we found it!" Heather, Paul, Zak & Oli. Leamington Spa
Sep 2014
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


A piece of heaven in north wales

  • 5 of 5

This is the most perfect place I have ever stayed. It exceeds expectations in every way, is exactly as described and yet amounts to more! We took our two large dogs for a long awaited complete break from our busy lives. The enclosed half acre with its own stream, looking over a lake and surrounded byendless hills and valleys was perfect for all of us to wander out in our pyjamas at dawn, dusk and every time in between. The beautiful and tranquil house has everything you need in a well thought out and stylish interior. Warm in October, plenty of hot water, huge table to do jigsaws on and secluded enough to practice my cello. We had some wonderful days out notably in Beaumaris, found a great dogminder on Anglesey and ate some wonderful food - mostly at home as we couldn't see any reason to go out! I'll have to stop otherwise this review will become unbelievable....but really just the most perfect remote mountain hideaway!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A superb Welsh mountain cottage

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful old cottage stands in a magnificent location right on the edge of Snowdonia National Park and provides a perfect base for many stunning mountain and valley walks, including the Snowden Ranger trail, the nearby Mynydd Mawr ascent which gives spectacular views across the Snowden Range on a clear day, and several upland circuits from Beddgellert. The owner has presented a delightful, cosy and very homely cottage with tasteful, comfortable furnishings and a comprehensive, practical range of facilities. The log burning stove warms the house well and together with countless period features, creates a very welcoming and relaxing atmosphere which we enjoyed enormously. The helpful, accommodating owner is locally contactable should you need help, information or if problems should arise, although we experienced no difficulties at all. Some thoughtful touches such as logs and kindling to begin your stay were also provided. This is a fantastic property that doesn't disappoint in any way. It is highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The best cottage we have ever stayed in

  • 5 of 5

It was a stormy evening when we arrived at the cottage. After the initial awe when we drove through the beautiful countryside we were even more amazed when we entered the cottage. It was so spacious, clean, charming and traditional! The rooms are larger than they appear in the photos, very well furnished and the cottage has everything you could possibly need. We felt so cozy to sit by the big fireplace when it was howling outside! When the weather got better we sat outside and enjoyed the breathtaking views from the cottage and walked in the hills around. The whole place is magical and the cottage makes you feel like home. A big Thank you to the owner who was so nice to communicate with and made our stay so pleasant!

The Georgievs, Bulgaria

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Windy Wonderland

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic house!

We absolutely loved the space and everything is so nicely done and thought out.

The kitchen had everything we needed and the fire was bliss ;)

The wind howled through the countryside and there is nothing better than sitting at the fire with a good book.

It is such a brilliant space, everyone found a little nook and our 7 year old LOVED the upstairs room.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so delighted you had such a great break! Hope to see again
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  • 5 of 5

Hafod is such a beautiful place. Breathtaking scenery from the cottage and beautifully decorated interior gives a feeling of calm and tranquility. The garden is fabulous for children to explore, whilst a perfectly situated seating area is ideal for al fresco lunches, a glass of wine and admiring the view! Loads to do around and about -a great location for climbing Snowdon, taking a trip to Portmeirion and visiting Caernarfon castle. Highly recommended for a "get away from it all" holiday or short break.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We have now stayed at this property twice. I have 3 daughters - aged 9,6 and 4. They have declared this "their favourite place on earth"!

The decor is beautiful, it is fully equipped, beds are comfy, and most importantly it is so peaceful. I love this place - if we could be there every holiday we would be!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What wonderful feedback - Thank you. We hope you can come back soon!
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From the Owner

This cottage appealed to me instantly when I first saw it. It is in a remote place, and embodies the spirit of Wales. People who have lived here in the past were hard working men and women living close to nature. When I sit by the fire in the sitting room, I can imagine the families who have lived here and warmed themselves during the winter months by this very inglenook, the children climbing up to bed in the crog loft, while mother darned socks and father whittled a new sheep crook. Today, of course, life is much easier in this cottage, and everything you need is there, including electric heating, hot water, radio and TV, and a rather good mobile signal.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


Our nearest beach is Dinas Dinlle, which is 6 miles away.

Caernarfon is 7 miles away

Criccieth is 16 miles away

The summit of Snowdon is about 8 miles away

See more info on the website: www.abelshouse.wix.com/hafod


Travel times to places with the best public transport networks are shown below:

Caernarfon: 15 minutes

Bangor: 30 minutes

Porthmadog: 30 minutes

Abersoch: 45 minutes

Manchester: 2 hours

Liverpool: 1 hour 45 minutes

Birmingham: 3 hours


The summit of Snowdon is about 8 miles away

Llanberis is 11 miles away

Inigo Jones Slate museum is 4 miles away

Greenwood Forest Park is 11 miles away

Porthmadog is 18 miles away

Abersoc & Betws-y-Coed are 25 miles away

Further Details:

There are a stunning variety of short to very long walks from the door of Hafod. We have a beautiful lake further up the hillside, and the foot of the Snowdon ranger path is about 3 miles walk from the house. It is also fascinating to walk down the valley to the site of the Dorothea pit and appreciate the history of slate mining in the area.

Wherever you choose to go, we have every OS map you will need!

This area is a joy for those who seek out thrills and adventure. Take your pick from tree top climbing centres, the fastest and longest zip wire in the world, extreme mountain biking, speedboat riding, rock climbing, horse-riding and even gorge scrambling! There is also a great indoor climbing centre in Caernarfon for rainy days.

For children old and young, Hafod is like paradise. They can have total freedom in the garden, fields and the valley. You can sit back and relax knowing they can den-build from morning until night! There are some beautiful beaches and seaside resorts very close by - Criccieth and Abersoch being 2 of our favourites. There are also some lovely visitor attractions aimed at kids - an eco-theme park, a fairy park and the wonderful train & park of Portmerion.

Within 15 minutes, you can visit the splendour of Caernarfon castle, take a tour around a working slate museum at the Inigo Jones slateworks or visit Llanberis for the Snowdon Railway, Electric Mountain and Dolbadarn Castle.

We would also recommend a trip to Nant Gwyrtheyrn, the National centre for Welsh language - set in a stunning location on the Llyn Peninsular with wonderful history, cafe and walks.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
25 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Rate 1
18 Dec 2016 - 14 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
15 Jan 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
25 Mar 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
15 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
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3 Jun 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
23 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
16 Dec 2017 - 12 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 50% deposit is required to secure the booking.
The balance of the booking to be paid 2 weeks in advance of your arrival date.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day for most guests is Saturday but this may be flexible subject to discussion. Christmas and New Year holidays may require us to change this.
Arrival time is after 3.00 pm and departure time is by 11.00 am.

Notes on prices:
Please enquire for short breaks.
Price includes all cleaning, linen, electricity and firewood. You may wish to bring/buy additional coal and/or wood to use in the log burner if you are staying during the winter months.
All prices for 2016 are to increase by £60 to cover increased costs for cleaning, repairs and maintenance.

Half the rent is paid as a deposit when the booking is made, the balance by two weeks before the arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 04-Dec-2016
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From the Owner

The feeing of being away from it all is the overriding sensation I have here. The view over my favourite Snowdonia landscape - the Nantlle valley - is truly spectacular. The great walks directly from the cottage around the hills, the birdsong in spring, the gentle rattling of the little stream which supplies water to the cottage, and the extraordinary feeling of peace in this place, are some of the things which make this cottage so special.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


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


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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


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

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • There is a large family bathroom with wc, sink, bath and separate electric power shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed Bedroom 2 with double bed Bedroom 3 is in the crog loft and has twin beds. It is reached by steep ladder-like stairs.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: The cottage is on a private road. The road is uneven in places, so please take care. It does not require a 4x4! Outside: Large field, owned by Hafod & totally enclosed (c. 2 acres) in front of the house with streams, rocks and trees! Parking for 3+ cars Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble drier, boot rack and large area for boots, muddy clothes & waterproofs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: The property is cleaned on a weekly basis. All bed linen and towels are included. There is a dwindling supply of firewood at the property which is available for guests to use for their stay, but most of it will require you to chop it yourself. Axe and splitter in the outhouse. Other: There is a small lobby room with a selection of games in the cupboard. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO INTERNET AT THE COTTAGE. Guests use their mobile phones to access the internet, but you'll need to be by a window, as the walls are very thick.

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