In a secluded unspoilt location high on a hill with stunning views across the Dovey valley. This well equipped cottage is peacefully set in 150 acres of farmland with its own large enclosed and stockproof garden. Carefully renovated, it retains many original features and is furnished in keeping with its style and age. The cottage serves as a home when not let out. Machynlleth (5 miles) has shops, restaurants, cycle hire, and leisure centre with swimming pool. Sandy beach, sailing and golf are also available in Aberdovey 12 miles. RSPB sanctuary at Ynyshir 10 miles, red kites and other birds can be spotted from the cottage. Centre for Alternative Technolgy 5 miles. River, lake fishing and sea fishing nearby. Cycle paths, clay pigeon shooting and quad biking available within 2 miles. Close proximity to the the Great Little Trains of Wales. Scenic walks and cycling from the doorstep (cottage situated on bridleway). Pub, shop and post office 1.5 miles.
Cottage near Machynlleth, Southern Snowdonia, Wales, UK - Peaceful Location in the Foothills of Snowdonia, 15 Minutes Away from Coastal Resort of Aberdovey.
- english, Welsh
- Calendar last updated:
- 20 Jan 2019
About Mary Williams
I take pride that, Penycoed, on the doorstep of Southern Snowdonia (W244) and my Knightsbridge flat in Eresby House (E2379) are first and foremost family homes rather than purely holiday lets.
Mary Williams purchased this Cottage in 1949
Why Mary Williams chose Glantwymyn
Penycoed has been part of the family farm for generations. It is situated on a hill in the picturesque Dyfi valley on the gentle southern slopes of Snowdonia. The coast and the old estuary port of Aberdovey, now a well known tourist destination, with its sandy beaches, sailing and golfing opportunities are a short drive away.
What makes this Cottage unique
Being a city dweller, the cottage with its large enclosed garden continues to provide the perfect retreat and antidote to a stressful life throughout the year. Carefully renovated, it retains its period features and is furnished accordingly. In winter, the large inglenook with its open log fire provides the perfect opportunity to relax, whilst in summer the substantial lawns, planting and high hedge provide private spaces to relax when not enjoying the wider amenities of the area. Whilst being secluded, it has amenities such as restaurants, pubs and even a village shop and post office nearby. The acclaimed Centre for Alternative Technology is a few miles away.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Tired, Disappointing, requires a massive overhall and update, not what we hoped for. Avoid.
The only thing I can say that is good is the location, quiet, peaceful with lovely views over the Dyfi valley.
Before we went the website advises that directions will be on the app, the only thing on the app is a post code, I called the owner a week before and was promised details in the post, the day after we came back still nothing has arrived. Put the Post code in Google maps and miraculously it takes you to the front door and as for keys well it is obvious when you get there.
When you enter the house the first thing you notice is no welcome pack, every cottage we have visited in the last 20 years has had a folder with details of the property, H&S instructions, details of the appliances and info about the local area, here nothing. Didn't find a visitors book until the morning we were leaving, tucked away in a draw, the last entry 2014.
In the kitchen there is an old fridge with a broken door mounted bottle stand, a dishwasher, washing machine and an electric hob and oven, no instructions provided for anything There were no cleaning supplies only half a bottle of washing up liquid a very old used sponge and a brush, many of the plates in the cupboards and the only baking tray were dirty and I had to wash up before we could eat.
In the sitting room are 2 sofas and an armchair all very old with fraying covers, gave no support and were very uncomfortable.
Upstairs 2 Bedrooms, the main has a metal frame wood slated double? bed, that is very small, if you are 6' plus you would struggle. My wife referred to it as a brick as it is VERY firm, so she tried the single beds in the 2nd bedroom. These must be as old or older than the sofa's. consequently she did not sleep well at all and kept falling asleep in the car when we went out.
This property requires a major update with new furniture a priority.
We have been coming to this area for nearly 20 years, and we love west Wales, there are lots of really nice properties in the area but sadly not this one, sorry.
"In response to a review that goes beyond fair criticism for a cottage that routinely achieves ‘excellent’ 92% plus rating.
I would refer you to the glowing reviews on the Homeaway website. That a 5 Star cottage can become a 1 star cottage in a week beggars belief. You gave me no indication during your stay that you found Penycoed wanting. I am sorry that the cottage did not fulfill you expectations, but as you did not contact me nor respond to my attempts to contact you, I was unable to rectify matters, for you.
In response to the points of your complaints and criticisms:
Directions were emailed to you, and the post code takes you direct to the door.
It is not practical for my caretaker to leave a Welcome Pack, and I not advertise that I do so. Fire procedure instructions, extinguisher and refuse collection details are prominently located in the kitchen. There is a first aid box. The simple central heating controls have notes above them, and there is no restriction to the central heating. The television has notes next to it. There are always fresh flowers placed in the vases at each changeover.
There are notes regarding the operation of appliances in the end drawer of the dining room dresser. The hob, microwave and toaster are all new this year.
Washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, scourers, cloths and kitchen towels are provided.
The sofas are not new, but they are hand built with properly sprung bases and backs and were bought for their quality and longevity. They are re-upholstered as necessary, rather than be disposed for new.
The cottage contains many antique pieces of Welsh furniture of a type and quality not found in the majority of holiday lets, but I am quite happy to share these with my guests, and likewise my guests appreciate the character they add to the cottage.
The bed is antique also, albeit with a clean, modern quality named brand orthopaedic mattress. Nobody has complained about the size of the beds before.
Penycoed is a period property with contemporaneous Welsh oak furniture, Such pieces are passed from generation to generation, and the majority of guests appreciate the character and style of the cottage in its secluded rural location."
What a beautiful place to stay . Thank you Mary for making us feel so welcome .
Such a wonderful host we will definitely go again
Lovely cottage and location
Beautiful cottage. Had everything we wanted and the open fire was just what is needed after a long day's walk!
Wonderful base for lots of walking, stunning views.
So lucky to have found this place, completely out of the way where your only neighbours are the sheep and the cows! you could hear a pin drop.
We used it as a base to go out each day for lovely walks with the dog, Mary was extremely helpful and the place was spotless when we got there. the scenery is beautiful and a world away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
If you are looking for tranquillity and some easy, or challenging! walks, this is the perfect place to stay.
A lovely little cottage, perfect for family or friends
We had a lovely long weekend- the cottage is very cute and garden is beautiful. It is quite remote but we drove to both Barmouth (45 minutes) and Aberdovey (25 minutes) We would definitely stay again.
Pretty cottage with beautiful views
We are just back from a great stay in this cottage. The location is very tranquil with beautiful views over the valley. If you're looking for somewhere to get away from it all, this is the place. Our kids loved the big garden and looking out for kites and squirrels. The cottage has everything you need for your stay including good WiFi and Sky tv for rainy days. There's also a supply of magazines and books which were much appreciated. The owner, Mary, is very helpful and suggested outings for us in the area. Our favourite places were the Vale of Rheidol steam train, Aberdovey seaside resort and King Arthur's Labyrinth.
Sandy beaches are 14 miles away at Aberdovey and Borth
Nearest aiports are Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool.
Nearest village (Cemmaes) 1 1/2 mile. Nearest town, Machynlleth 5 miles. Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth 5 miles. Museum of Modern Art Wales, Machynlleth 5 miles. RSPB Reserve Ynyshir (includes Osprey watching) 10 miles. Clay Pigeon shooting. Numerous fishing, rivers, lakes and sea
Quad biking. Walking/climbing. Numerous high class restaurants including one of international recognition.
Supermarkets available in Machynlleth. Fuel available Machynlleth and Mallwyd (5 miles). Banks available Machynlleth. National Library Wales. Aberystwyth 18 miles. Shops, restaurants Machynlleth. Wynnstay Hotel), Brigands Inn Hotel (Mallwyd). Leisure centre Machynlleth.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: Please book by e-mail/telephone. Deposit 33% on booking. Pets allowed. Maximum two dogs. First dog included in tariff, second dog additional £8 per day Changeover Day: Weekly bookings normally taken from each Saturday. Weekday bookings taken from Monday and Friday (other days may be considered). Arrival after 4pm. Departure before 10am. Notes on prices: Maximum of two dogs, first dog free, second dog charged at £20 per pet per week. All prices inclusive of oil for central heating and first basket of logs. Subsequent baskets of logs can be supplied if required