|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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Croesor Bach is a stunning, traditional farmhouse, with an abundance of character features and its own garden. Situated in a beautiful, secluded location at the top of the picturesque Upper Croesor Valley, the house is perfect for anyone seeking a quiet and tranquil holiday.
Croesor Bach is a traditional, detached farmhouse, with its own garden, serenely positioned at the top of a valley, within the stunning Snowdonia National Park. Despite its tranquil location, a wide range of activities are within easy reach of the house, including mountains, beaches, castles, towns and pretty villages.
The house is built from traditional Welsh materials and has been beautifully decorated and furnished, with many character features, including wooden beams, whitewashed stone walls, a grand Stanley range cooker in the kitchen, and a large inglenook fireplace with a real fire and a bread oven in the living room. Complementing these character features, the cottage has modern facilities, including wireless internet access and Free sat HD TV.
Croesor Bach sleeps up to nine people, in four bedrooms, with one bathroom. The cottage is an ideal retreat for a large family holiday or for groups of friends seeking peace and solitude amongst stunning scenery, yet close to a wide range of activities.
Croesor Bach is approached up a quarter of a mile long private drive, which opens out into a large parking area. The house is entered via an Entrance Hall/Boot Room, which leads into the kitchen.
The main ground floor rooms are:
- Kitchen: The heart of the house, containing a large oak dining table, with seating for eight (nine, with an extra chair), free standing wooden units and a grand Stanley range cooker. The kitchen has an abundance of farmhouse character, yet is equipped for modern living, with facilities including a microwave, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, fridge freezer and 5 ring gas hob;
- Dining room: Leading off the kitchen, the dining room is another beautiful farmhouse room, with wooden beams and a wooden floor. The large dining table has six chairs and can seat nine, by adding chairs from the kitchen dining table;
- Living room: Also accessed from the kitchen, the living room contains three large leather sofas and an inglenook fireplace, with a real fire and bread oven. There is also a Free sat HD TV, DVD player and an iPod dock.
Wooden stairs lead up from the living room to the landing, off which are four bedrooms and a family bathroom, all with lovely wooden floors:
- Bedroom 1: Contains a double bed and a single bed;
- Bedroom 2: Contains two single beds;
- Bedroom 3: Contains a double bed;
- Bedroom 4: Contains a double bed;
- Family bathroom: Contains a bath, separate shower cubicle, toilet and basin.
Heading back downstairs and outside, the enclosed garden surrounds the house and has beautiful views across and down the valley. There is a terraced area, with an outdoor table and chairs, from which to sit and enjoy the peaceful scenery.
Security deposits are not required.
Regrettably, pets are not accepted at Croesor Bach.
Bed linen and towels:
Bed linen and bath mats are provided for guests, however, guests are requested to bring their own towels and tea towels.
Access, arrival and departure times:
Arrival time at Croesor Bach is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
The house is located in a peaceful location and requires two cattle gates to be manually opened and closed, en-route. Weather conditions can be unpredictable and there is no dedicated road lighting during the last few miles of the journey, therefore, a torch and an umbrella are strongly recommended. The final section of the road is on uneven gravel tracks and some sports cars may experience difficulty.
Bed sizes and configurations:
- Bedroom 1: Double bed
- Bedroom 2: Double bed
- Bedroom 3: Two single beds
- Bedroom 4: Double bed and a single bed
Fuel and logs:
A £100 oil deposit is payable directly to the owners prior to the commencement of the holiday. Upon departure, the owner will read the oil meter and the resultant charge will be deducted from the oil deposit. The balance will then be refunded within a week of the date of departure. Please note that this is a private arrangement between the owner and the guest, which does not involve Character Cottages.
Central to the operation of the house is the oil-fired range in the kitchen. Operating instructions are left for guests, the range being similar to an AGA but with central heating capability.
Electricity and gas are included in the letting price. The house is supplied by fresh spring water and is not connected to the mains water supply.
There is a fireplace in the sitting room and an initial supply of logs is provided; further logs are available locally.
Croesor Bach has free wireless internet access, HD Free-sat TV, DVD player, CD and iPod dock. A telephone is also provided, with an honesty box for the cost of calls made.
Croesor is in a valley and guests should be aware that mobile phone reception can be very poor.
Croesor has parking for four cars on its private drive.
Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean and linen change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services are available on request.
Child friendly facilities:
Two travel cots (without linen) and one high chair are provided.
Due to the remoteness of the cottage, there are no initial consumables provided.
Accessibility, health and safety:
Croesor Bach is a period property, and has character features, including relatively narrow and steep stairs, some low beams and two floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.
No smoking is permitted throughout Croesor Bach.
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Llanfrothen And Croesor
The places that local people hold dearest to their hearts are often those that are most deserving of inclusion in guide books, but are completely overlooked. The Meirionnydd communities of Llanfrothen and Croesor are two such places. Those people “in the know” take delight in visiting these villages to enjoy peaceful, unspoilt surroundings where natural beauty is abundant and photo opportunities lurk around every corner.
There’s been a strong community in the area since medieval times. According to tradition, the local church of St Brothen’s dates back to at least the 6th century. Although the church is now redundant, it’s cared for by Friends of Friendless Churches, so you can still go inside and have a look around. Much of the fabric of the building dates to the 13th century, but inside you’ll see fixtures and fittings belonging to anywhere from the 15th century to the 19th, when the church underwent significant restoration works.
While there are popular tourist attractions nearby, for example, the Glaslyn Osprey Project at nearby Pont Croesor (handily located near the station for a trip on the Welsh Highland Railway), and Portmeirion, just down the road at Minffordd, the real delight in Llanfrothen and Croesor is just being there, soaking up the peaceful atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. The Ring (the local name for the village pub, The Brondanw Arms) is a great place to do this.
For walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, Croesor has plenty to offer. This tiny village sits at the foot of Cnicht, “The Welsh Matterhorn”, and is a great place to start if you’re planning to explore Cnicht and the Moelwyns. En route there’s a community-managed cafe and gallery, Oriel Caffi Croesor.
If you’re hiking from Croesor, as well as discovering all the unspoilt scenery, you’re bound to come across the old mine workings of Croesor Quarry and Rhosydd Quarry. Long since closed down, parts of these quarries are still accessible to caving enthusiasts and experienced mine explorers. The above-ground remains are highly evocative, with huge walls and inclines that dominate their surroundings. There are walks from the house to suit all ages: very gentle, following the route of the Croesor tramway beside the stream (see flocks of choughs); up the Land-Rover track to Croesor mine (1 1/4 hours walk up); or for serious walkers, over the top of Cnicht and around the head of the valley, returning via Rhosydd (3.5 hours at least). Simply reaching the ridge above the house gives one marvellous views - take a picnic!
If you’re not feeling especially energetic, it is worth paying a visit to Plas Brondanw. This was the ancestral home of Portmeirion’s creator, Clough Williams-Ellis, and while the property is less obviously striking than the famous Italianate village, it’s a wonderful place to visit. Beautifully designed and tended formal gardens, with gorgeous topiaries, ponds, statues and follies, are backed by the equally stunning Snowdonia landscape. Here, pristine order meets mountain wilderness, and the results are truly breathtaking.
Situated on the west coast of Britain, covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is the largest National Park in Wales. The complex and diverse geology of Snowdonia has done much to shape the present landscape. Great mountain ranges have been pushed up out of the oceans only to be slowly eroded away. Volcanic rocks have produced distinctive features on Snowdon, Cadair Idris, the Glyderau, the Carneddau and Arenig.
Snowdonia has some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in England and Wales, with Snowdon in the North and Cadair Idris in the South. Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales at 1,085m and in Welsh is known as 'Yr Wyddfa'. In all there are more than 90 summits over 2,000 feet and 15 over 3,000 feet.
As well as its famous mountains, Snowdonia boasts the largest natural lake in Wales, picturesque villages, such as Betws y Coed and Beddgelert, and a long coastline of sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs and glorious estuaries. The Ll?n Peninsula, next to Snowdonia, is a protected “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.
The area around Snowdonia is steeped in culture and local history, where more than half the population speaks Welsh.
There are numerous tourist activities in and around Snowdonia. Please visit the Character Cottages website for a selection, which gives you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available. Further information is available from Tourist Information centres, which are located in many towns.