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Secluded Cottage in Heart of the Snowdonia National Park

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage near Maentwrog, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, Wales - Set In 30 Acres Of Privately Owned Mountain Woodland, Excellent Walking From Front Door

It is a large stone cottage nestled in privately owned woodland in the hills above Maentwrog. The cottage has been sympathetically renovated and furnished. It has wooden and slate floors throughout, and a large wood burning stove in the main living area (heats radiators and hot water). It is surrounded by a large area of private partially fenced garden with a table and benches for eating outside. ACCESS: the cottage is 3/4 mile from the road along a track which is in places steep, narrow and rough. It is passable to all cars (except low slung sports models) and not suitable for unconfident drivers. The railway crossing limits width/length of vehicles to standard transit van measurements. There are steps down to the cottage.

The cottage is powered by both mains electricity and wind and solar.

The surrounding land overlooks the Vale of Ffestiniog, one of the most beautiful and best preserved wooded valleys in Britain. It is an excellent area for walking, bird watching, mountain bike riding and swimming. A swimming lake and Plas Halt request stop of the Ffestiniog Railway are both within easy walking distance.

The picturesque village of Maentwrog with two good pubs is two miles away. The cottage's location 10 miles from the sandy beaches of Harlech to the south, and 10 miles from Snowdon to the north makes it an ideal base for exploring Snowdonia.

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Noelle Griffiths
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2018

About Noelle Griffiths

Noelle Griffiths is an artist who paints and makes artist's books. She and her family live in Hafod y Llyn cottage (available to rent for part of the year), the old gamekeeper's cottage on a 30 acre estate in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. Hafod Cottage (nearby but out of sight) was the old stables and dog kennels for the estate and was renovated in 1991 as a holiday cottage. Noelle teaches art part-time in Wales and Spain.

Noelle Griffiths purchased this cottage in 1962

Why Noelle Griffiths chose Blaenau Ffestiniog

Noelle has been living at HAFOD since 1988 when she married and moved into her husband's family home. Set in 30 acres of mountain woodland, she and her family have lovingly restored the land to its former beauty by felling conifers, re-planting with oaks and returning some land to pasture in 1991.

It is 3/4 mile from the road, along a track which passes through some beautiful scenery. It is private with no other cars apart from ours and our guests.

It has wonderful walks from the front door, as well as a request stop (5 minute walk from Hafod cottage) for the Ffestiniog Railway. A swimming lake is a ten minute walk away.

It is the perfect place to relax in nature and explore Snowdonia.

What makes this cottage unique

Hafod is very secluded, our local road is 3/4 mile away so you cannot hear or see traffic. You can walk to the local pub along paths and a track, only crossing the road once outside the pub!

Our cottage is nearby and but out of sight. Access is along a track which in places is narrow, steep and rough. Not suitable for unconfident drivers.

HAFOD is close to the sea - sandy beaches of Harlech or the beaches near Porthmadog of Borth y Gest or Criccieth - all approx 20 minute drive away. Snowdon mountain range is also approx 20 minute drive. Lots of castles, slate caverns, zip wire and bounce below, mountain bike riding at Coed y Brenin, the Italianate village of Portmeirion are all approx 20 minutes drive.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The lovely Hafod cottage is the perfect getaway, it offers a tranquil and secluded setting in what seems to be your own woodland. There is plenty to explore - particular highlights are the steam train with its request stop a few minutes from the cottage and a secluded lake where we spent the most relaxing afternoons. I came here as a child and returned as an adult last summer! If you want to getaway from everything, explore Wales or just chill in your own private space, then Hafod cottage is perfect!" B. Bowen
Jan 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Blaenau Ffestiniog around the Llanfrothen

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • One large bathroom with WC, handbasin and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with small double bed and single bed. Bedroom 3 with single bed (downstairs).
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Hafod cottage sleeps 5. We welcome a maximum of two well behaved dogs. Outside: The cottage is surrounded by large area of private partially fenced land. A table with chairs and benches are provided for eating outdoors. Linen: Bedlinen can be provided at extra cost, please enquire. We do not provide towels. Heating and electricity: Large multi-fuel stove in the living room heats hot water and radiators throughout the cottage. Some lights are powered by wind and solar power, so these lights should not be left on unnecessarily. Electricity is charged 20p per unit (see meter), please leave money at the end of your stay. Access: There are steps down to the cottage from where you park, please enquire if you are concerned. Hafod cottage is 3/4 mile from the road along a track which is narrow, rough and steep in places. It is not suitable for unconfident drivers or vehicles larger than a standard transit van. Please enquire if you have a camper van.


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Fantastic and relaxing place

  • 5 of 5

This is a secluded, spacious and lovely cottage middle in nature which is, by the way exactly like the pictures on the website. It is private and 1 km from a swimming lake and 20 min walk from the pub. As describes it is a basic cottage with little luxery but good beds.

The dogs love it very much and wouldn't come inside. You can make wunderfull walks directly from the cottage. The dogbeach ad Harlech is just a 20 min. drive. If you want to you can take the Steam train from the stopping place nearby.

The trip to the cottage up the Mountain is adventures but easy to do If you have some confidence in your drivingskills and your car. It is certainly not horrible and we did it in our Posh car as Noelle called our Alfa 159 stationcar.

We are certainly comming back.

BTW. Forget the previous review it is totally not the reality we experienced in early July.

Imka, Ronald, Kiara and Remy

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review.
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Adequate accommodation fabulous area !

  • 3 of 5

The walk down to the cottage was steep and there wasn’t any real pathway which was difficult on arriving and departing with luggage. The cottage was basic but had what we needed(except no microwave or tv) the walks etc were amazing we all loved it including the dogs.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming & tranquil

  • 5 of 5

We are 2 adults, 2 children and a small dog who enjoy the outdoors. Simply but comfortably furnished in an arty way, we found the cottage encourages a simple and gentle lifestyle... eating breakfast together with the milk jug on the table, playing games by candlelight (there are lights too) in the evening - things we'd never do at home!. There are no mountain views from the cottage (which was a minor disappointment) but the cottage is surrounded by beautiful woodland in which we watched the Jays in the evening and other birdlife. The mountain view from just above the cottage is great though and from all the tracks around the woodland. With the steam train stop just 10 minutes walk from the house, and miles of forestry tracks we hardly went anywhere in the car. The beds as mentioned in previous reviews are very comfy. It was a bit of a pain to take bedding but there's something nice about having your own stuff to make the place feel like yours for a week. The owners have left some really useful information on things to do and walks in the area although an OS map is a handy addition to this. A note pad for guests to leave comments and additional info would be good too. We had a great walk by getting the steam train by the cottage (Plas Halt) up to Tanygrisiau and then walked back (6 or 7 miles) to the cottage via slate mines, the mountains Moelwyn Mawr and Bach with beautiful views up to Snowdon and then down through moors and woodlands to home. Another day was taken up biking around the wonderful tracks with a tea stop at Plas Tan y Bwlch train station and a spot of fishing (not with any success!) and paddling in the nearby lakes. A rainy day was taken up with a train ride into Porthmadog and a visit to a fantastic coffee and cake shop (I've never seen such huge brownies) called Siop Coffi TH. The only car trip was well worth it to Llyn Gwynant (nr Beddgelert) for a spot of kayaking and rock jumping (wet suits recommended) and Plas Brondanw (4 miles ish up the road) to the gardens and another fantastic walk up the valley. There is plenty more to do in the area but we ran out of time... and it would have been nice to have a day sitting in the sun by the cottage and reading a book... we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage to get away from it all

  • 4 of 5

Wonderfully secluded cottage in the Snowdonia mountains. There are quite a number of steps to climb down from the car with luggage and the drive to the cottage is on a very narrow lane, although if you follow the instructions you have no need for concern. Crossing the railway is fun, especially if you time it right to see the train!

The cottage itself was clean and comfortable, bearing in mind that there is a distinct lack of mod cons, a deliberate decision I think on the owner's part to limit energy consumption - you will find a fridge with icebox, a gas oven and hob (best lit with matches), hot water heated by solar/stove/immersion heater (depending on weather and inclination), and a radio/cassette/CD player. There are limited electricity sockets and some of the lighting is from wind/solar so runs on dc. There are also plenty of candles and fuel for the stove. You will need to leave payment for electricity usage but I think the average was about £5 per week. You will not find an electric kettle/toaster/hairdryer.

We had a wonderfully relaxing week, visiting some attractions and doing some local walks as well as a bit further afield, although the weather wasn't amazing. The children knew there would be no internet/tv and simply spent their spare time playing and exploring outside, even in the rain. We were all sad to leave.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful and secluded location.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying at the cottage and exploring the forest walks as well as daytrips to other towns. The railway trips to Blaenau (a Kurdish pastie and bread from the Model Bakery are recommended) and Porthmadog were fun.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A peaceful, secluded retreat - our 5th stay

  • 4 of 5

This was our 5th stay at Hafod, stretching over 8 years.

First things first - the cottage is hidden away in 30 acres of private woodland in the foothills of Snowdonia. If you are expecting all mod cons, needing wi-fi, TV etc, this probably isn't for you. If you are after a secluded, peaceful retreat with all the basics covered, I cannot recommend it enough.

The drive up the the cottage is a little intense, but definitely fun.

The cottage itself is full of quaint character, sleeping 5 comfortably, run mostly off solar & wind power.

If the weather is bad, you can huddle in front of the multifuel stove. If the weather is good, there are many walks right from the back door through the woodland with all it's teeming life.

There is also a lovely pub just down the road, if you can catch the Sunday carvery, you will not be disappointed.

Four stars instead of five, because there are probably some internal improvements that could be made - nothing drastic, maybe some newer crockery, more toilet roll...

All in all, we love the place. Our teenage kids have virtually grown up there over the years and still want to return.

Take a step away from the rat race & breathe...

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
95 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Oakley Arms Hotel
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Blaenau Ffestiniog
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Grapes Hotel
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Borth y Gest
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

A folder with information about places of interest, walks, shopping etc is in the cottage.


Beaches of Harlech, Criccieth, Borth y Gest, Morfa Bychan all approx 20 minute drive.

Beaches of Lleyn Peninsular approx 40 minute drive.

Beaches of Anglesey and North Wales coast approx 1 hour drive.


Liverpool and Manchester airports approx 2.5 hour drive. Train to Blaenau Ffestiniog or Penrhyndeudraeth approx 15 minute drive. Bus stop for local service and Traws Cambria (Bangor - Cardiff) buses approx 15 minute walk. Ffestiniog Railway, Plas Halt request, stop approx 10 minute walk. Car is recommended.


Ffestiniog Railway request stop 10 minute walk.

Maentwrog with 2 pubs approx 5 minute drive.

Beddgelert, Snowdon, Porthmadog, Harlech, Portmeirion Italianate Village, Slate caverns, mountain biking & zip wire at Blaenau Ffestiniog, Coed y Brenin mountain biking tracks all approx 20 minute drive.

Lleyn Peninsular 45 minute drive.

Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth 1 hour drive.

North coast towns of Llandudno, Conway and Colwyn Bay 1 hour drive. Anglesey approx 1 hour drive.

Further Details:

Information folder in cottage about places of interest, shopping, restaurants etc.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage around the Blaenau Ffestiniog,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season 2018
3 Nov 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
christmas and new year 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 8 Feb 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Feb half term-Easter
9 Feb 2019 - 12 Apr 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jun 2019 - 6 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas and New Year 2019
21 Dec 2019 - 4 Jan 2020
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Hafod cottage (2 dogs allowed) available all year.
TRACK TO COTTAGE is not suitable for unconfident drivers. In places the track is is steep, narrow and rough. We drive ordinary cars (Citroen C5) and access is fine for most cars unless they are low slung. Please check a long vehicle or camper van first.
Gas and a good supply of firewood and coal is provided. Extra coal can be bought locally if required.
Electricity is charged at 20p per unit.
We provide duvets and pillows but we do not provide bed linen or towels.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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