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Bright And Airy Holiday Cottage In The Hills | Alwen

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Alwen is a bright and airy holiday cottage up in the hills of North Wales. This recent barn conversion with a modern open plan layout has been furnished with real style and elegance. The inclusion of a welcoming log fire combined with it’s quiet remote location make this the perfect destination for couples wanting to get away from it all.

The open plan living area has floor to ceiling windows that run along the length of this room giving it an ultra modern feel. Teal kitchen units are offset by 3 large lamps that hang down over the work space. All the appliances are new and there is everything you would need and expect for catering during your holiday. The contrasting vintage fold down dining room table and chairs works really well against everything else.

The sitting area is again simple and stylish. A corner sofa and retro arm chair provide the seating and the small tables, a mix of wood and teal bring it altogether. The large wood burner at the end of the room brings that essential cosy element. The fire and the underfloor heating will naturally make this spacious room toasty warm in those winter months.

The bedroom has a more romantic almost mediterranean feel to it. A beautiful bed with velvet headboard and lots of plump cushions is flanked by some beautiful bedside lamps and terracotta walls. The ensuite bathroom has white brick style tiles in contrast to the wooden floor and a shower over bath arrangement.

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Cottage Type
Pet Friendly, Real Fire
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, No Cot, WiFi, No High Chair, Central Heating
2 Pets, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, TV
Private Garden, Off street parking, BBQ
Additional Information
DVD player
iPod dock
DVD Library
Please note - there is only limited phone reception


Floor Plans




The cottage is situated in the heart of the Alwen Forest, just a few minutes walk from the Alwen Reservoir. The reservoir is over 3 miles long and surrounded by over 26 miles of tracks through the forest and moorland that are ideal for walking or mountain bikes and the cottage is unique in that miles of cycle lanes and forest tracks are accessible right from your front door. The Alwen reservoir itself is only a five minute walk away.

A 40 minute walk away (or less than 5 minutes by car) is the Brenig Reservoir which has wonderful view across the hills of Wales and also a modern visitor centre and cafe. You can also hire bikes, boats, go fishing and explore the circular route that surrounds the lake.

The cottage is 16 miles away from the famous tourist town of Betws Y Coed and 11 miles from the more traditional market town of Bala. Betws Y Coed is home to the Swallow Falls and the Fairy Glen as well as the Marin Mountain Biking trail and Zip World Fforest with its zip wire safari high in the tree tops and the new 1km long zip Fforest Coaster ride. Bala is where you will find all the watersports on Llyn Tegid including SUP, Kayaking, canoeing and sailing. The National White Water Centre is here too.

The larger castle town of Conwy is under an hour away, as is Portmeirion and Surf Snowdonia, a unique inland surfing lagoon near Llanrwst. Snowdon and Zip World are also under an hour away and is a beautiful drive through the heart of the mountains. Foodies might also enjoy popping in on the award winning Rhug Farm Shop or the wonderful Bodnant Food centre.

Visitors here during Jan and Feb will enjoy the possibility of snow as the cottage is located above the snowline.

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Guest Reviews

Beth and Ben
September 11, 2020

A lovely little find nestled into the forest landscape – feeling cosy yet open at the same time.

Beautifully designed – really appreciated the mixture of materials used on the outside of the cottage and LOVED the warm colours of the bedroom, making it stand out from your usual cottage interior.

Very friendly owner who is there if you need her but still makes you feel like you have your own private space to relax – a real getaway. We loved how there was no WiFi and no phone signal – once you’re up onto the main road there is signal if you need it.

The water pressure is a funny one but it didn’t bother us as we were in a rural landscape so you would have to expect it if you stayed here.

Upon arrival there was wine, tea, coffee, sugar, milk and biscuits – very yummy biscuits!

Would definitely stay here again in the future! Perfect for walkers!

Karen and Gary Jones
September 7, 2020

We stayed for two nights in this beautiful property. We had passed it a few times on our way to Alwen Reservoir, and didn’t realise it was a holiday let. We found it on this website Dioni. So glad we did. So relaxing, with a beautiful garden to relax in Had my morning coffee watching the birds – swallows flying above my head, and chatting to each other on the telephone line above. Five minutes walk to the reservoir, and it’s magical walk around it. Very comfortable and warm. Loved the log burner! Would definitely stay again.

July 21, 2020

Two year Wedding Anniversary Stay!
15th to 19th of July 2020
Great bed – very comfortable
Lovely kitchen layout – plenty of utensils to use – had all the basics of crockery, cutlery, oven dishes, knife block knives, chopping board and many other items
Good oven and decent dish washer
Having a splashback at the stove would have been good
Bathroom layout was nice – Great skylight – water pressure via kitchen tape and shower head would not have a constant flow – water pressure went fast to slow – annoying when your trying to have a shower
Plenty of skylights through the property which I loved – awesome natural light coming through
A food waste bin would have been great – we did plenty of cooking and had food scrapes
Recycling and general waste bin – Wales is big on this
As description states, no WiFi and phone reception – this was fine with us – just an FYI if you were curious
Lovely view
TV is free to view channels – system was slow to load Guide or change TV
Nice surroundings
Plenty of places to go for walks without needing the car or drive far

Jackie Thomson
September 28, 2019

Just returned from an amazing week at Hafod Y Llan. Right from the start Lucinda and Scribble gave me and my two dogs the most warm and wonderful welcome. Nothing was too much trouble for Lucinda including refencing part of her garden just so that my tiny terrier rascal couldn’t find the smallest of gaps through the fence and gate which is completely dog proof for any other dog!!!!! In addition when my little rascal went missing Lucinda and Scribble both came out to help!!!! Very quickly my girl was found with their help!!!!!
Furthermore, the accommodation was 5 star!!! Warm, welcoming and kitted out perfectly. The welcome pack was spot on including wine and chocolate biscuits. Even a dog bowl was provided. In a perfect location with so many walks from the door step I hardly used my car. I can not recommend this place any higher. Me, Rosie and the little minx Lily will certainly be back!!!!

Alan Hartley
September 3, 2019

Was a little disappointed there is no view just a big hedge in the way and wifi would be really useful as there is no phone service but I would still recommend staying there lovely location cottage was clean and comfortable we enjoyed our stay

Sheree Burgon
August 28, 2019

Stunning location great for walks and cycling. Peaceful great for dogs. The cottage is beautifully designed and decorated. Loved it definitely going back there. Lucinda was lovely and welcoming.

Sheree Burgon
August 28, 2019

The barn is beautifully designed and decorated. It has all the requirements for a relaxing stay.
Lucinda has provided extra little touches of tea, coffee, biscuits and wine, water in the bedroom.
Set in beautiful gardens she has created a lovely outdoor space to sit in.
I would highly recommend this place for a stay. Simply beautiful.

Katie Critchley
August 13, 2019

We had the most wonderful & relaxing time! The Alwen reservoir was a great 7 mile walk, not a difficult one but great to tire out the doy. The cottage was cosy and decorated beautifully.. we will definitely be back! Our favourite UK break away.

June 22, 2019

My partner & I enjoyed this barn so much, it’s in a great location in the forest by the reservoir, the peace & quiet is great. We were on a four day biking holiday & all the mountains we wanted to bike up were not that far by car. Would highly recommend this barn for people who enjoy the out doors & being away from the noise of towns. Would definitely return.

Malcolm, Jayne & Tilly
October 31, 2018

Excellent location for a relaxing break. We loved the area and the local walks. Very comfortable property.

If you want to eat out though plan ahead.

Would recommend Abuls Spice in Corwen if you like Indian food. The Italian, Con Amici in Denbigh was also excellent. Both are a good 10 mile drive away though.

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