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Spectacular Views, Amazing Location In Heart Of Snowdonia

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Dolwyddelan, Nr. Betws-y-Coed, snowdonia, North Wales

Delightful holiday cottage in the village of Dolwyddelan, in the heart of Snowdonia. Secluded but not remote and with easy access to main transport links. 4 bedrooms, 2 double, 1 single(plus fold out bed), 1 bunk bed room, and cot. Sleeps up to 7 people. 3 large reception rooms, full central heating, log effect electric fire. Comfortably furnished. Fully equipped kitchen including, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, cooker, electric oven and 4 ring hob, two fridge freezers. Cot and high chair provided. Plenty of off-street parking. Beautiful location with spectacular mountain views. Set in 4 acres of garden and meadow-land with a stream and the River Lledr running through the grounds. Perfect location for walking, cycling and all mountain pursuits. The beaches of Harlech, Llandudno and Borth-y-gest are all within 30 mins drive. The cottage includes fishing rights on the Lledr. The village centre, 5 minutes walk, has all facilities including a shop, post office, pub, restaurant and railway station. The Conwy valley rail line is a day out in itself, linking to Llandudno (the beach and Great Orme), Conwy (castle and historic town), Betws-y-Coed (resort town and gateway to Snowdon), and Bleaunau Ffestiniog (Britain's best steam railway, and slate caverns). Also links to the main rail network to London etc at Llandudno. Flexible booking arrangements allow for long weekends or mid-week breaks. Find it on the A470 midway between Betws-y-Coed and Bleanau Ffestiniog.

More Details

Nicola Bull
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2017

About Nicola Bull

.My name is Nicky. I have been an owner of Pont Arenig since 1990. my father lived in the house for many years and furnished and decorated it in keeping with the age of the property. My children spent all their holidays at Pont Arenig, climbing mountains, cycling along the quieter lanes and playing in the river. On wet days we always found plenty to do. Our greatest and most lasting love however, are the trains of North Wales! steam, electric or diesel they all are captivating and pass through unparalled scenery.

Nicola Bull purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Nicola Bull chose Conwy


What makes this cottage unique



Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Dolwyddelan in Conwy

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • river
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs bathroom has shower, toilet and washbasin
  • Upstairs bathroom, bath, bidet, toilet and washbasin. Downstairs toilet and washbasin separate shower area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Bunk beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Fold out bed can be placed in any room
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size double, bedroom 2 double bed, bedroom 3 single with fold out bed available, bedroom 4 bunk beds, cot available.
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: This is an old property with character and still maintained as a family home. No smoking is allowed anywhere inside the property. Well behaved pets are accepted at the owners discretion. Outside: A well kept garden surrounds the house with lawns and perennial plants and bushes. A stream flows to the side of the driveway. There is a gate at the end of the driveway leading to the fields, used for lambing in spring then left for hay. The fields are great for football, cricket or frisbee. The River Lledr borders the property and there is a beach area that is great for stone skimming, bar-be-ques and sunbathing. Guests may fish for salmon (providing they have a rod license) and swim. Utility Room: Mop, bucket, drying racks, hoover, broom, dustpan and brush, ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Property is cleaned before guests arrive and for longer stays cleaning is available after 7 days for no extra charge. Linen is changed weekly, kitchen towels are provided but guests need to bring their own bath towels. Other: Conservatory, large table with chairs, rattan coffee table and chairs. Dining room: Large table with extent able leaf, seats 8,


Very Good! 4/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Spectacular Views, Amazing Location In Heart Of Snowdonia
average rating of 4.0 based on 12 reviews

Great place, could do with a good clean

  • 2 of 5

Very tired place, very dirty.

I had to clean the bunk bed room, and remove a layer of cobweb before I'd let my children sleep in there. I dropped a banana on the dinning room floor. I considered the 3 second rule, but when I picked it up, it was covered in dog hair and dirt.

The wallpaper is mouldy and peeling off, all over the place. The oven took 50 mins to reach temperature. The beds creaked so bad, they wake you as you move, and the bedding is cheap and nasty

All this is such a shame, as the location is epic, and the house could be so welcoming, with just a tiny bit of effort.

I really hope the owner reads this and makes some changes so that other people's stay isn't as disappointing as ours

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always very disappointing when someone posts a bad review, this is especially so when a guest has failed to inform the owner of any problems at the time. Complaints and issues such as this guest experienced can usually be rectified immediately, all that is needed is a quick phone call. All my guests receive an information sheet prior to arrival, this includes phone numbers of who to contact if there are any problems. My housekeeper is always available. Having said that, all these issues are now being addressed. It would appear that a key member of staff was taken into hospital. Unfortunately, as a consequence of this, our usual high standards had slipped, due to Please accept our apologies.
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Wonderful Country Home in Snowdonia

  • 4 of 5

Our family group of 8 enjoyed our brief (2 day) stay in this country home. The home has space for 7 in beds and a small cot suitable for a child or small adult. On the positive side, the home is cozy, comfortable and well-situated within a 3-minute walk of the village of Dolwyddelan. The home is well-appointed and there are amazing views of the mountains and Castell Dolwyddelan from the home and garden. The babbling river and "hidden" garden walk added to the charm of the home. Also, the location is convenient for visiting both Snowdonia and Conwy and the owner has lots of information about the sights, activities and hikes in the area on hand at the home. Also, and importantly, the owner's communications were very timely and clear. We did not cook any meals, so I cannot speak to the kitchen facilities other than to say they appeared adequate, though the kitchen is somewhat compact. The only negatives of mention were the few cobwebs and small spiders we found and lack of hot water upon our arrival. The hot water was easily remedied by switching the boiler on and the spiders -- well, it is the country and a certain amount of critters and insects are to be expected. Neither of these things detracted from our very pleasant stay. In fact, I have already recommended this home to a family member and friend.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. There is a cot for a child and an adult size quality fold out bed. This is usually stored in one of the back rooms. I'm sorry about the cobwebs. My housekeeper is always available if you can't find something or if anything is amiss. I'm delighted that you have recommended Pont Arenig to someone else.
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Great setting, spacious, good value. Would consider returning.

  • 4 of 5

Found the house no problem, loved the views of the mountains and the castle through the valley. The house was a Good size for the 8 of us. (4 adults, 1 teen 3 young) the kids loved the garden! The decor as others have mentioned is dated but that added to the homely feel for us. I would agree though there are a few minor repairs that are needed. The conservatory is big and the views great but the door needs looking at and the seat cover needs replacing, the living room was cosy with books and a few games, the kitchen was fine, dining room was big enough for us all to eat and play games at night. There was a spare kids duvet we found at night but didn't realise till the morning it had a load of holes in it, just wants binning! The spare fold out bed isn't great although my 7 year old had no complaints. And finally there is crack in the tile in the shower that wants sorting or it will get worse and become more costly to fix. The water pressure and temperature was great though, no complaints about that! Overall I was pleased with the house, we all had a great time and I was pleased with the price. The house doesn't need "modernising" but with a few minor repairs and maintaining it would get 5 stars. Thanks for a great few days.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I will make a note of the minor repairs you have listed. Unfortunately guests do not report the damage they cause and repairs can't always be dealt with immediately between changeovers. Everything you mention is news to me, with the exception of the fold out bed which has been repaired. We don't even have a 'kids' duvet, maybe previous guests left it behind. I will chase all these things up with my housekeeper.
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Great cottage lovely location

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was absolutely lovely. Had everything we needed (8 adults and dog) awesome views. Great location too.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect for what we needed.

  • 4 of 5

We are two families with two boys each, 9 and 11 years old. We came to Wales to visit Bounce Below and after having no luck on Airbnb, we found this perfect house at a not too expensive price (about £60/family/night). The house is clean, quaintly decorated and has real Welsh character. It was nice to see the family pictures and to feel that the house has been so loved. The garden was perfect for the boys-a field to run around in! The stream also provided a lot of fun for them. The village is walking distance and we made use of the hotel for a drink and the Spar to get cheap postcards and provisions we had forgotten. We spent one day climbing up Snowdon (a half hour or so drive) and it was sunny with perfect views. The next day we went to Bounce Below (advance booking essential) which is literally down the road from the property. The house has four good sized rooms and both double bedrooms had views of the mountains. The double beds were a bit rickety and even turning over made lots of squeaks which we rectified the second night by putting a blanket between the headboard and the wall! The housekeeper (Diana) was there when we arrived and she was so friendly and helpful. The extra bed (guest bed) which we needed had broken slats but we managed. The shower downstairs is good and the house was lovely and warm. The kitchen is well-stocked although the oven is a bit slow. We would love to come back if we visit again. Last year we were ripped off for £100 a night with a cold and dreary bunk room in a Youth Hostel which looked beautiful on the photos (except we were sent down to a 1970s outhouse which looked like schools stayed there!) so it was great to be in a proper house at a very reasonable cost. Thank-you for having us in your lovely house!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for you lovely review. The fold out bad has now been fixed and I'll get the other beds tightened up. Diana is always available to sort out any issues including creaky beds!
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  • 4 of 5

The cottage is very cute and cosy.

It was initially difficult to find and we were unable to have access to the property at the time stated we could which was slightly inconvenient.

The location is not far from Snowdon, and is a nice stroll into the village which has a pub and hotel where you can get food, or buy it yourself from the SPAR.

Some of the decor is dated, but for a short stay it was fine. No TV was not a problem as the Wifi means you can just download games on a tablet if you don't want to play any if the board games.

The photos do not do it justice as we were pleasantly surprised with how big it was - very spacious!

The 8th bed - camp bed - was not very suitable however. It broke when it was sat on so the floor had to be used.

Overall, very nice :)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, I'm so glad you had a good holiday. I'm disappointed that you did not contact me immediately about the 'broken' fold out bed. I have an excellent housekeeper who deals with such things straight away and she would have made sure no one slept on the floor. However, your point is now noted and the bed will be repaired or replaced.
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Y Gwydir
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Ellen's Castle Hotel

Special interest holidays:

Fishing on site


30 minutes drive to Harlech, long sandy beach backed by dunes and magnificent castle. Borth-y-gest 30 minutes drive or 1 hour by steam train! sandy beaches, coves and islands plus lovely cafe! 30 minutes drive or 30 minutes by classic scenic Conwy railway, typical Victorian resort, pier, promenade with Punch and Judy and seaside activities.


Under two hours drive from Liverpool or Manchester airport. Dolwyddelan station is served by six trains a day to Llandudno Junction, direct connections to London, Manchester and Birmingham. Car is not essential, regular bus and train service, village shop and pub 5 minutes walk.


Cottage on edge of village, shop 5 minutes walk. Station 10 minutes walk, connect at Blaenau Ffestiniog for Ffestiniog steam railway to Porthmadog. Ellen's castle 5 mins walk. Harlech and Portmeirion less than 30 minutes drive. Pen-y-pass, base for ascent of Snowdon 30 minutes drive, Betwys-y-coed Snowdonia tourist town, shops and hotels, including spa open to non-residents 15 minutes drive, 10 minutes by train.

Further Details:

Local shop very well stocked with everything you could need, gives cash back. Bank and post office in Betwys-y-coed. More shops in Blaenau or Porthmadog(30minutes). Masses of things to do: walking,cycling,climbing, high rope challenge, pony trekking, canoeing, beaches, steam railways, ancient castles, Portmeirion, Bodnant gardens and other national trust properties. Hydo-power stations, Snowdon railway, lakes and local food.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Dolwyddelan, 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
23 Jul 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Nightly Rate
12 Aug 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Nightly Rate
2 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Nightly Rate
29 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Card payment £15

Booking Notes:
Contact owner to check availability, deposit of 20% taken to confirm booking, balance must be paid 6 weeks before arrival. Once balance is paid full house details, including access to keys, are sent to guests.

Changeover Day:
Changeover flexible

Notes on prices:
Please contact owner about pricing for short breaks or longer periods.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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