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We were a group of 8 family members coming together to spend a week doing some lovely walks and exploring different areas. We had a wonderful day at Zipworld with all of us completing the descent. It's utterly amazing! We enjoyed the close proximity of the train and used this to our advantage to save drivers. The level crossing alarm is very heard from the house but serves as a perfect alarm call for someone to get up and make the tea in the morning! The trains are not frequent and are short, slow and gentle when they do pass. We missed having a good local pub as in previous venues this has been something we have all enjoyed, but there wasn't really the type of pub we like, these were more sports bars - not our scene. Harlech town is also quite small, but we caught the train to Barmouth a couple of times and enjoyed walks from there including a mooch around the busy town and a pint in 'The Last Inn'. Fairbourne steam train was really great, we went by train to Fairbourne and then climbed up to see the Blue Lagoon and returned back to Fairbourne and caught the steam train part way back to Barmouth, completing the journey on foot for the last 2 1/2 miles. This included crossing the main bridge over the channel and we thoroughly enjoyed doing this. We wanted to catch the little ferry boat that would take us across the water to Barmouth, but unfortunately it wasn't running. Maybe next time. All in all, a lovely week in a lovely house that we would all recommend to other groups considering Harlech.
The cottage was absolutely lovely, it was just what we wanted, we really enjoyed our stay there and would definitely stay there again it is just right for a couple, nice and cosy with a lovely log burner and kitchen. It is superbly renovated to a very high standard but still at an affordable price. Branwen was very welcoming and showed us all we needed to know about the cottage and the surrounding area.