Historic cottage, set in a stunning rural location in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales. Nestled at the foothill of Moel Siabod mountain with the Welsh Castle of Dolwyddelan standing proud on the hillside above. Near Betws y Coed, the cottage is also close to Zip World Safari, Zip World Titan and Bounce Below, numerous walks, bike trails, canoeing, underground mine tours, climbing, fishing, and much more. Alternatively, you can relax; try out the numerous award winning restaurants in the area and take in the laid back pace of Welsh country life.
Dol y Castell is a semi-detached, grade II listed building where John Jones, Talysarn was born; one of Wales’ most prominent Calvinist Methodist preachers (1796-1857). A marble monument in his honour is located at the drive to the cottage.
Situated across the main road (A470) is the historic castle of Llywelyn the Great built between 1210-1240. It is one of the few remaining Welsh built castles and can be visited daily between 9am - 6pm.
Fitted kitchen with an electric oven, dishwasher, fridge & freezer, washing machine and a large wine cooler.
The dinning room has a large table with 7 chairs in front of a multi fuel stove and garden views.
Through to the lounge and you have a room perfectly furnished for relaxing and soaking in the ambience of the house. It has a welcoming woodburner along with a large 3 seater leather sofa, 3 leather armchairs, a footstool and a wooden chair. Smart TV and DVD player, small library of books, maps and games.
There are 3 bedrooms upstairs, the largest consisting of a king size bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and en suite facilities. The en suite consists of a shower, toilet and washbasin.
The second has a double oak bed and features similar furniture to the master bedroom above.
Bedroom number three has a king size bed and a single bed.
The large bathroom has a bath and separate shower, toilet, washbasin and heated towel rail. It also has amazing countryside views.
Use of the extensive wooded garden is exclusive to Dol y Castell guests. The holiday cottage next door has another separate garden at the far end of the grounds. Al fresco meals & drinks can be enjoyed at the garden table and chairs. From the garden unique views up towards the castle are accompanied by the relaxing flow of water from the nearby stream.
- Welcome pack provided for stays of 7 nights or more. Includes Welsh cakes, coffee and tea, sugar and milk.
- Bed linen, hand and bath towels and hairdryer included
- Central heating and electricity included. Dol y Castell benefits from 2 multi fuel burning stoves (wood and coal) - one in the Dining room and the other in the Lounge. Fuel can be purchased in the village shop.
- Internet access included (please bring your own laptop)
- Highchair and 2 cots available upon request. Please bring your own cot bedding with you.
- Pet friendly - maximum of 2 for a small additional fee of £20 per pet.
- No smoking inside please.
- Free parking
- There is a pub (Gwydr) and hotel (Ellen's Cottage) in Dolwyddelan, both of which serve food. 4 miles east is Betws y Coed, which has a veritable selection of eateries, shops and walks.
- Bus and a very scenic train (station opposite primary school) depart from the village to Betws y Coed daily.
At a Glance
- Sleeps 6
- 3 Bedrooms
- 2 Bath/shower rooms
- 2 Pets allowed
- WiFi available
- Open fire/woodburner
- Towels provided
- Travel cot available
- Equipped with a highchair
- Equipped with a dishwasher
- Equipped with a freezer
- Equipped with a washing machine
- No smoking
- Private parking
- Nearest shop: 0.6 mile away
- Coast: 19 miles away
- Nearest pub: 0.6 mile away
Dol y Castell self catering cottage is situated within a mile of Dolwyddelan village (pub/restaurant, shop etc) in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. The cottage is situated in a beautiful spot near the A470 halfway between Betws-y-Coed (North Wales’ main walking centre) and Blaenau Ffestiniog (6 miles each way). It lies at the foot of Moel Siabod mountain, and is overlooked by the impressive 12th century Welsh castle.
This semi-detached cottage also enjoys exclusive access to the large, enclosed rear garden with open panoramic views of the Lledr Valley. Across the valley is another notable building - Ty Mawr Wybrnant, the birthplace of William Morgan who translated the bible into Welsh in the 1580s. Walking, trekking, canoeing, underground trampolining, zip wires, mountain biking, golfing and fishing are just a few of the selection of outdoor activities available in the area.
There is an abundance of lakes, rivers, hills and mountains nearby and you can walk up Moel Siabod from the door at Dol y Castell. Popular attractions include the village of Betws-y-Coed and Swallow Falls, Conway Falls, Fairy Glen, Snowdon with its Mountain Railway, Dolwyddelan Castle and Llechwedd Slate Caverns at nearby Blaenau Ffestiniog. Also, further along the coast are Bodnant Gardens and Conwy Castle. The nearest beach can be found at Morfa Bychan near Porthmadog.
Moel Siabod (Snowdonia mountain walk) – Dolwyddelan over to Capel Curig. Rewarding route for experienced walkers. 0 miles - from the doorstep.
Gwydir Forest to Pont y Pair Bridge – 5 mile walk starting from Betws-y-Coed. Suitable for all ages (2-3 hours). 6 miles from cottage.
Llanrwst Walk – Llanrwst. Easy / moderate 3.5 mile circular walk (approx 2 hours). 10 miles from cottage.
Carneddau (Snowdonia mountain walks) – Challenging walks, including the 2nd and 3rd highest peaks in Wales. Nearest route starts in Helyg, Capel Curig. 11 miles
The Glyderau (Snowdonia mountain walks) – Llyn Ogwen. Challenging range including 5 of the 14 highest peaks in Wales. 11 miles from cottage.
Geirionydd & Crafnant Lakes (passing Fairy Falls) – Trefriw. Moderate circular walk (approx 3 hours). 12 miles from cottage.
Llyn Cowlyd (Snowdonia Leisure Walk) – Trefriw. Moderate / strenuous walk (approx 3 hours). 12 miles from cottage.
River Llugwy – Betws-y-Coed. Here you will find 2.5 miles of river that can be fished either with bait or fly. 6 miles.
Llyn Crafnant – Try your hand at catching local trout in the beautiful surroundings of Conwy Valley. 12 miles.
Betws y Coed Golf Club – 18 hole golf course, open to non members all year round. 6 miles.
Gwydir Forest - Mountain biking with miles of forest trails, including the Marin Trail. Suitable for all levels. 8 miles from cottage.
Penmachno Trail – This 18 mile trail takes you through the scenic countryside of the Conwy Valleys. 10 miles
Gwydyr Stables – Penmachno. Individuals or groups welcome. Fully trained and qualified staff along with the 30 horses to choose from depending on size and ability. 8 miles.
The Fairy Glen – This is a thrilling experience for the expert canoeists among you! 2km of the best hard sections of the British Isles await you along the Fairy Glen, Betws-y-Coed. 6 miles.
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