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Converted chapel in the heart of the Coed Y Brenin forest - WI FI - SKY

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

Spacious 5 bedroomed house set in woodland gardens

Hermon Mawr is a detached property of great character built from traditional stone under a slate roof. This former chapel has been converted to make a lovely holiday home. It is located in a secluded woodland garden, near to another cottage with its own stream running through the grounds. Excellent walks through the forest from your doorstep and mountain bike trails...so no need to get in the car! Not far away you will find the market town of Dogellau and beautiful sandy beaches at Barmouth, Fairbourne and Portmadoc. The large farmhouse kitchen has a cooking range with all the latest appliances and has been fully equipped for all your catering needs. Spacious living room with wood burning stove in brick inglenook. Dining room, children's playroom. Cloakroom/W.C. Two staircases to first floor either end of the house. Two double rooms. Three twin bedded rooms. Two bathrooms/WC's, one with shower cubicle.

The grounds are spacious and private, beautiful views from the garden and picnic benches for outside dining, plenty of parking space.

More Details

Gail Bouch
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
8 October, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

The chapel was excellent and we had a really nice few days with fabulous weather.
Oct 2012
  • 1 of 2


Nearest Airport
92 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Cross Keys
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
55 Miles
Junction 7 M54
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Car: necessary

Located in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, in the heart of the Coed Y Brenin forest, this spacious former chapel has a large, secluded, woodland garden, with a stream running through the grounds into the Afon Wen river. It is surrounded by breath taking scenery and beautiful walks that can be taken from the doorstep. Enjoy exploring the forest with its clear streams and cascading waterfalls, rocky craggs and gold mining history and observe the rich wildlife of red squirrel, buzzard, otter and deer. The area is well known for mountain biking, walking, climbing, game fishing and sea angling.

The Coed Y Brenin Forest park is nearby and is world renowned for its fantastic network of bike trails and walks for all levels of ability. Facilities include a visitor centre, bike hire, 'Go Ape' tree top challenge and restaurant.

The house is 6 miles from Dolgellau which is a pleasant market town with a good variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and a leisure centre. The family resort of Barmouth is 12 miles away and boast a blue flag sandy beach, one of many that can be found along this unspoilt coast line. The Victorian resort of Fairbourne (11 miles) also has a sandy beach and pony trekking is available from here.

It is ideally located for bird watchers and nature lovers who will be able to appreciate the beauty of the Mawddach Estuary. There is a RSPB centre at Penmaenpool, established in the old signal box of a disused railway, the trackbed providing pleaseant shoreside walks. For train enthusiasts the Great Little Trains of Wales at Towyn, Ffestiniog and Bala make an interesting day out.

Mount Snowdon, Wales highest mountain is approximately 15 miles away, a great climb by foot or you can take the mountain railway. Cader Idris, the second highest peak is only 4 miles away from the house. This will also challenge the energetic with some stiff scrambles and rewards with stunning views.

You can easily reach Porthmadog for a day trip and the beaches at Borth Y Gest and Black Rock Sands are highly recommended. Port Merion is also less than an hours drive with its famous village used in the 1960's 'Prisoner' series.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ganllwyd in Gwynedd

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Downstairs toilet and washhand basin
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • linen and bath towels included.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Initial basket of logs for wood burner included in price. Available locally at your own cost to replenish after this. Telephone is payphone. Garden with unfenced pond and stream. Water supply is private spring fed


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Converted chapel in the heart of the Coed Y Brenin forest - WI FI - SKY
average rating of 4.625 based on 10 reviews

Hidden Treasure

  • 5 of 5

Fantastically kitted out house, any house that caters for 10 people has to have a good kitchen and this house did not disappoint! It had everything we needed to feed six hungry children and four exhausted adults after a day in the hills and it was the hub of the house. The house was large enough to loose all of the children in and they had great fun doing laps of the house using both staircases. The best thing was being able to head out straight from the house into the woods, miles of woodland trails to explore, streams and rivers to paddle in and an abundance of wildlife to spot. Being within traveling distance from Snowdon and Ogwen Valley was fantastic and the near by beaches of Barmouth and Fairbourne was an added bonus. The children enjoyed the train ride at Fairbourne and the beach there was easily accessible and also had a play park close by. Would definitely visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing weekend, amazing place/location

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting Wales over the May bank holiday for a few years now and always stayed at different places but we will definitely be going back to this house. As there is 10 of us plus 3 kids it can be quite difficult to find somewhere that will fit us all in.

The drive down to Dolgellau was beautiful, and when we pulled up at the house we were all blown away by how beautiful this house was. Virtually set in the middle of nowhere, we found it was the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend. There are plenty of places to visit in the surrounding areas by car, we spent the day at Barmouth Beach where there was some lovely pubs and restaurants.

The house itself was amazing, with a large living room and large kitchen, it was everything we could have asked for and more. We went for a hike every morning which was very relaxing, lots of bugs and insects for the kids to find and a lovely waterfall nearby if you can find it.

Gail was fantastic, very helpful and efficient throughout, will be booking our return trip soon!

Thanks for a fantastic weekend

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your fantastic review. We are all glad you enjoyed the holiday as much as our family does. Hope to welcome you again. Kind regards Gail
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A fantastic break in the heart of the forest

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic weekend at this extremely well equipped house in the heart of the forest. The scenery around the cottage is stunning and we enjoyed walks from the door and further afield in the forest. Two of us were running the Wales Trail Half Marathon in the Coed Y Brenin forest and we're thrilled to discover that the route went within walking distance of the house. The rest of the party were able to pop up at various parts of the course to cheer us on. The kitchen in the house is ideal for leisurely meals and games and has a great range of equipment that would satisfy the most serious of cooks. The bedrooms and the lounge are comfy and well-furnished. The younger members of the party (and some of the older ones) enjoyed extended games of hide and seek and 1,2,3 Dunya (not sure how to spell that!) and the two staircases added to the challenge. We completed one of the 1000 piece jigsaws provided as well as the race and left relaxed and recharged after a great break in this beautiful part of the world.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. We are glad you enjoyed the house and the area as much as we do. Kind regards Gail
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Amazing house - perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here to spend five days catching up with friends who live far away. The place is amazing, so remote and the best location to relax and get away from it all. We spent our time exploring the area, cooking good food, having drinks, relaxing in the garden and living room. The boys enjoyed gathering wood and twigs for the fire and bbq! Luckily we had some sunny weather, though it was also lovely to sit in the living room and play cards and watch films. Also we had a few rounds of hide and seek! I definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, sleeps lots of people.

  • 4 of 5

Had a great Mountain Biking weekend in the Coed Y Brenin forest. Ty Capel is deep in the woods and circled by the 'Beast' trail so you can ride straight from the house or pop home home for lunch half way round the trail. The location is pretty special and the property spacious with a really well equipped kitchen. I would recommend this house to any one but it is a 20 minute drive to the nearest town Dollgellau for supplies. Everything was clean and tidy and the owners are really nice, although was no contact number that I could see to ask questions during our stay. Great place to visit if you are looking for rural north Welshness.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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large family house in woodland setting

  • 3 of 5

Tucked away deep in the forest, this is a large and comfortable house for a family holiday. Although remote, it is only a 20 minute drive to find shops and cafes etc, although some of the road was an unmade track. We were a party of grandparents, children and grandchildren (child ages 2 -9) and enjoyed pottering around in the garden and by the river and many forest walks. When the sun shone (it rained a lot!) we travelled to Barmouth which has huge sweeping beach and lots of activities. Coed Y Brenin visitor centre is excellent and we cycled and walked some of its trails and enjoyed its café and playpark. There is a large craft centre about a half hour drive away, also with good playpark, where the children got to make their own chocolate bars! The house has a wonderful, large kitchen with a huge table which we used for all our family meals. It is very well equipped with everything you could possibly need, including items for baking, if you felt the urge. We enjoyed the wood burner in the lounge in the evenings when it felt a little cold, and there is a large flat screen TV in lounge. There are many books and games to enjoy and a small children's play area with some toys and books. Overall, we found the house comfortable and spacious and the children loved the staircases at either end of the house. However, we did feel that some of the furnishings were very well used and could benefit from updating and the cleaning before our arrival could have been carried out in a more conscientious manner. This is the reason we have awarded the house three instead of four stars.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed the house and the area as much as we do. One of the access roads to the house is via the forest track due to a temporary road closure, however you can also take a diversion on a tarmac road all the way to the house. We will update our directions to show both routes (forest track is a bit quicker) Thank you for your feedback on cleaning and furnishings. We will review both of these points and take action where appropriate. Kind Regards Gail
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ganllwyd, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
17 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Change over day is usually Saturday but we can accommodate other days on request.

Basket of logs included in initial rent. Available locally at your own cost after this.

Short breaks and weekends available out of main season at 70% of full weekly rent.

25% non refundable deposit by bank transfer or cheque to secure the booking reservation.
Balance is due four weeks prior to the rental (also non refundable).
£150 security deposit required, payable before the holiday. This is refunded once the house has been checked and confirmed that left tidy and free from all rubbish, food and damage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.