Dolgellau, Snowdonia & the Llyn Peninsula

  • 5 Star
  • This property can be found on Niche Retreats
  • Detached, private, scenic, peaceful and cosy - just some words to describe this beautiful Snowdonia holiday cottage on the foot of Cadair Idris near Dolgellau.

You can book this property from:

  • £595 per week
  • £85 per night
  • 5 Star
  • This property can be found on Niche Retreats


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 king/super-king bed
  • 1 single Zip&Link bed (combine for king/super king)


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • 3 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Wet room


  • Travel cot
  • Highchair
  • Stairgate


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

How far to ...?

  • Beach 10 miles
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Shop 1.5 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Sea or coastal views

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Watersports
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Pony trekking/horse riding


  • Walk-in shower
  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bath/shower room
  • Wet room

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am


Standing quietly in the foothills of Cadair Idris, this tastefully refurbished 18th-century former farmhouse is surrounded by fields, woodland, and the mountains, and captures all that is warm, peaceful, and welcoming about Wales. Whether you’re a climber, hiker, mountain biker, or you’re just plain old trying to get away from it all, this charming self-catering cottage will nestle you in the kind of comfort that will make you feel alive again.

For outdoor enthusiasts

Located just a mile and a half from the market town of Dolgellau, Penclogwynau makes for a great base for outdoor enthusiasts and holidaymakers alike. Featuring a stable door leading out to the garden, exposed-beam ceilings throughout the house, and a cosy inglenook fireplace with wood burner in the sitting room, the cottage clearly understands the richness of its heritage and traditional Welsh farmhouse roots. Balancing this rustic charm are tasteful, modern luxuries like underfloor heating and comfy seats, both in the sitting room and in the reading area. Top this all off with the serene views from every window, then imagine being able to come home to this after an invigorating day out. On cloudless evenings, dine and have a few drinks al fresco. Afterwards, gather around the fire pit and watch the stars, with the burbling sound of the nearby stream in the background.

Bedrooms and bathrooms

On the ground floor of the cottage is an underfloor heated wet room with WC. Then, cosily tucked under the gables via a small, steep staircase, the bedrooms in this wonderfully peaceful house offer heart-stirring views across fields, woodland, and the Snowdonia hills and mountains to the north. The king-size master room features exposed original roof trusses and beams, and further benefits from an en-suite shower room. The next bedroom also boasts exposed beams and a king-size bed (which can be split to smaller beds on request) . Both rooms share the convenience of the family bathroom, with its large claw foot bath, charmingly set under more exposed beams and a low, sloping ceiling – the perfect place to let the remnants of the day soak away.


There is extensive level off road parking areas adjacent to the property. A tumble dryer is available in the garage. The garage also provides secure storage for your bikes. We can provide a high chair, stair gate and a cot, but ask that you please request these on booking and that you bring your own cot linen. We welcome two dogs at this property but please note they must remain on the ground floor only. Pet owners should be aware that the cottage is surrounded by sheep pasture.

Special Note: Please be aware that the stairs are steep and narrow and therefore not suitable for guests with limited mobility.


Do not hesitate to book this cottage! This absolutely deserves 5 stars, the location is stunning, one mile from Cadair Idris paths, few mins into town and main roads out of Dolgellau, the comfort and facilities within this cottage is everything you need. And the gardens and setting is beautiful. I stayed here on my own with my pooch. Dexter loved the gardens and watching the sheep (safely from this side of the fence!) it’s open plan and so comfy, the bed is really comfortable and it’s silent and dark at night. The bath is much needed after a day of walking, which can be done straight out the front door. The owners are really helpful and approachable. There is nothing I can fault here just that I’m sad to have had to go home and will be trying to book again as soon as it is available! The weather was stunning so I didn’t even get to use the log fire but I can imagine how much more cosy it would be sitting by the flames! That’ll be a winter break for me. Please try foxes path up to lake gadair up part of Cadair Idris, and turn left out of the lane and drive to the national trust lakes and mountains through the gates along the lane. All gorgeous sneaky places to walk and rest by. Thank you to the owners for looking after this property so well and thinking of everything you could possibly need to enjoy a peaceful, tranquil break!

Ms S,

We stay in lots of properties that claim “dog friendly “ and they have spare bowls, dog towels, even leads and Pooh bags.

Mrs S,

An absolutely beautiful cottage, so quiet and peaceful with beautiful views. Ticks all the boxes for us, extremely clean and comfortable , the dogs loved it too. The wet room downstairs was a godsend after walks with the dogs. Will definitely book again. Highly recommend.

Miss T,

This is the most attractive property I have have ever stayed at in the UK. The property itself and its situation with stunning views of the natural scenery are absolutely perfect!

Mr S,

Lovely cottage in peaceful surroundings. Warm, clean & got everything you need. Easy to get to main road to get to places but then it is still secluded . Dog loved large garden. Have visited before & will visit again.

Mrs M,

Our stay at Penclogwynau really could not have been better. Having paid out peak season rates, this cottage still delivered good value for money, and was a very comfortable stay in spectacular surroundings. We made good use of all the cooking options and enjoyed using the firepit after watching the sun go down behind the mountains.

Mr L,

We had the best week in Penclogwynau. Cottage is very comfy and well equipped. Fantastic secure garden for our Collie. Can walk to Dolgellau via a bridle path further up the lane. Dog friendly pubs in Dolgellau. Easy drive to Snowdon and Zip World Penrhyn Quarry. Nearer to cottage is walk to Cader Idris. Cottage is very warm!

Mrs C,

Wow, beautiful cottage in the most amazing location. When we arrived the cottage was lovely and warm on quite a cold day and is very comfortable. We soon made ourselves at home. The views are absolutely stunning in all directions and we loved sitting out on the patio taking them all in. The cottage is an ideal location. Half hour walk to the village, 20/30 minutes car drive to the coast and so many walks on the doorstep. We'll definitely be back!

Mrs W,


This detached Snowdonia holiday cottage is located 1.5 mile south-west of Dolgellau market town, on the lower slopes of mount Cadair Idris. It sits in its own grounds on a rocky knoll with stunning and extensive 360º views. Enclosed by substantial dry stone walling, the surrounding farmland is mainly well kept sheep pasture. It is possible to walk to Dolgellau along a scenic country lane and this pretty town also happens to be home to more than 200 listed buildings - more than any other town in Wales.

There is no shortage of highly recommended restaurants in Dolgellau and the surrounding area either. Amongst the favourites are Y Meirionydd, Gwin Dylanwad Wine, Tafarn y Gader Tapas and The Royal Ship Hotel, all in Dolgellau itself (1.5 miles). Just outside the town you also have Bwyty Mawddach Restaurant (2.5 miles). The Royal Ship and The Unicorn are also recommended in Dolgellau. There are some amazing cafes such as T.H. Roberts and amongst the other amenities there are 3 supermarkets, a local butchers, grocer, bakeries, chemists and 3 banks.

The Dolgellau area of southern Snowdonia offers an extensive range of footpaths and signposted walks to suit all abilities. In addition to the obvious challenge of Cadair Idris, Dolgellau is also the starting point of the Mawddach Trail (walking and cycle route to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and Barmouth on the coast). Coed y Brenin's world renowned Mountain Biking Centre is also within 10 miles and there are 2 glorious sandy beaches at Fairbourne (10 miles) and Barmouth (12 miles).

Some of the other popular attractions in the area includes Bounce Below (the largest underground trampoline in Europe) and the Zip Wire ride in Blaenau Ffestiniog. You also have the National White Water Rafting Centre near Bala. For something a little more relaxing, you have options such as Harlech Castle’s World Heritage site, the Centre for Alternative Technology, Corris Craft Centre and King Arthur's Labyrinth. Most of Wales’ narrow gauge railways are also located in this area, including Talyllyn narrow gauge railway and the Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog line. If that's not enough, you also have RSPB Reserves and two Osprey Nest viewing hides nearby.


  • Cadair Idris – 3 main routes starting from Dolgellau (from the doorstep), Minffordd (4.5 miles) and Abergynolwyn (13 miles).
  • Mawddach Trail – Dolgellau - suitable for all ages – walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users. 1.5 mile
  • Precipice Walk – Llanfachreth - suitable for all ages. 3.5 miles from your Snowdonia holiday cottage
  • New Precipice Walk – Llanelltyd - suitable for all ages. 3.5 miles
  • Torrent Walk – Brithdir - moderate leisure walk approx 2½ miles along the river. 5 miles
  • Panorama Walk – Barmouth - suitable for all ages. 12 miles


  • The Mawddach Trail – As above, 1.5 mile
  • Coed-y-Brenin Mountain Biking Centre – Suitable routes for all ages. 10 miles


  • From river fishing to Llyn Cynwch lake fishing, there are a range of opportunities to go fishing in the Dolgellau area – suitable options for all ages.

Horse riding

  • Bwlchgwyn Pony Trekking Centre - suitable for anyone over 4yrs. 8 miles


  • Fairbourne Beach – sandy beach. 10 miles
  • Barmouth Beach – long, sandy beach with Blue Flag award. 12 miles

Water sports

  • Bala Lake – sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, raft building etc. 18 miles
  • National White Water Centre, Canolfan Tryweryn – White Water Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing. 22 miles