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Elegant 18th Century Country House with Cader Idris views | Cefn-Y-Maes

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Arriving onto the formal drive of Cefn-y-Maes, a 18th century house with Cader Idris views, you'll know you made the right decision about your choice of accommodation. The grand circular driveway leads to the front of a spectacular property, packed full of character and charm. A traditional building across two floors on split levels and painted a bright white, the property features four large bedrooms, sleeping eight in total. With a number of reception rooms, it's the ideal property for a large group or family who want to socialise as well as split off into smaller groups. Please be aware that there is no-smoking allowed inside the property.

The front door of the charming property opens into a hallway leading into all three reception rooms. To the left, a small number of steps lead down into the main reception room - a stunning lounge with separate dining area to the rear. The beautifully furnished lounge area has windows to two aspects, allowing light to flood in. A mix of lightly coloured fabric sofa's and leather armchairs create a comfortable socialising space, centred around an inviting log burner built into an exposed stone wall. The walls are decorated in a beautiful pale green, and ornate wall light fittings provide atmospheric lighting. To the rear of the space, a dining area seating four sits alongside a desk area for guests that may need to do a little work during their stay. To the opposite side of the hallway, a second lounge area with TV is classically decorated, focused around an ornate period fireplace. Pale blue walls, antique furniture and range of seating including sofas and armchairs create a comfortable and bright room, that works well as a breakout from the main lounge area.

The third door from the hallway leads into the property's formal dining room. A large farmhouse dining table sits to the centre of the room, seating eight, ideal for evenings where the whole group can get together catching up on the days adventures. A second doorway from the dining room leads past a cloakroom into the stunning and well equipped kitchen of Cefn-y-Maes. A modern kitchen with limestone effect tiled floor, there are units to three sides finished in white gloss with a stone coloured worktop, grey walls and splashback. A large range cooker takes centre stage, alongside a built in eye level microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee machine. A central island counter and breakfast bar features additional storage and prep space, along with two high stools, making this the perfect and sociable cooking space. The opposite end of the kitchen includes a four seater dining table, perfect for relaxed breakfasts.

Heading up the stairs of this 18th century house with Cader Idris views, there are four generously sized double rooms along with three bathrooms. The master bedroom with en-suite is a stunning room with a large ornate wooden super-king framed bed sitting alongside two bedside tables with lamps. An antique chest of drawers is located opposite the bed, along with an LED TV and free standing full height mirror. The en-suite to the master bedroom beautifully combines rustic with modern in its décor. Distressed wood effect flooring gives way to white modern bathroom units including a WC, basin, bathtub and separate shower cubicle with rainforest head. Bathroom tiles in shades of grey blue add a touch of colour to this stylish space.

Across the landing is a large room with a superking zip and link bed which can be divided into two single beds if required, bedside cabinets, an antique chest of drawers and an ornate freestanding mirror. Decorated in neutral colours, with a stunning swallow print headboard and cosy throw over herringbone pattered blanket. With the addition of a clothes rail, side chairs and corner table, it's a comfortable and cosy room. A beautiful shower room sits next to this bedroom, including a large shower cubicle with rain forest head, WC and basin in a Victorian style. Patterned tiles on the floor add colour to this bright bathroom, and the original sash window provides fabulous views out across the surrounding landscape.

The third bedroom of the house, includes a kingsize bed with bedside tables and lamps along with an armchair tucked in the corner next to a desk unit. The room is decorated in pale shades of green which contrasts well with the pink shades of the soft furnishings. The fourth and final bedroom is a lovely bright space with windows to two aspects, and wonderful views. A beautiful bed sits between two bedside tables, opposite a large antique wardrobe unit and dressing table. Two cosy armchairs and coffee table feature in the corner next to one of the windows, providing an additional spot in this wonderful property to grab some privacy. Completing the upstairs layout, the house's third bathroom is fitted out in a traditional style. Dark Wooden floorboards sit under the Victorian style bathroom units including a basin, WC and roll top bath with shower over.

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Cottage Type
Dog Friendly, Real Fire
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, Cot (cot-linen not provided), WiFi, High Chair, Central Heating, Smoke detector, Carbon monoxide detector, First Aid kit, Fire extinguisher or blanket
3 Pets, Hob, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Iron and ironing board, TV, Smart TV, Mobile phone reception
Enclosed garden, Off street parking, BBQ, Bike Storage, Private Garden

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Surrounded by gorgeous countryside at the foot of Cader Idris, to the rear of the property a large garden provides plenty of opportunities for outdoor socialising with a number of seating areas. The perfect place to wind down after a day exploring with a sundowner, admiring the fabulous scenery. For dog owners, there is a field opposite which is perfect for a morning walk. Rather than spend all of your time at the 18th century house with Cader Idris views, what could be better than conquering the mountain itself. At 893m, Cader Idris is the highest mountain in Southern Snowdonia (Eryri) and can be seen for miles around. It's not an easy hike on any of the three recommended routes, but worthwhile if your fitness levels meet the challenge.

Cefn-y-Maes is only a five minute drive to the popular market town of Dolgellau, which is great base for some fabulous walks such as the Mawddach Trail, following the picturesque Mawddach Estuary. Closer to home, a fantastic nearby hike is the Torrent Walk which is a 1.5 mile round trip following the Afon Clywedog. A beautiful woodland walk through a gorge provides scenic views of the river and some fabulous waterfalls. A few miles north of Dolgellau, Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park is a haven for mountain bikers or hikers, in a stunning woodland setting.

Heading west from the property, the seaside resort of Barmouth is a 13 mile drive. A quaint seaside town, Barmouth has a large expanse of golden sand beach to explore and provides an awesome vantage point for the mountains of Southern Snowdonia. Heading north east, the lakeside town of Bala is popular with water sports fans. The Bala Adventure and Waterports Centre on the shores of Llyn Tegid provides a number of activities on the lake and in the surrounding area. Try your hand at water sports including kayaking, windsurfing or sailing or for a more relaxed experience, hire a boat or paddle board to get out onto the water. Other activities available include abseiling and mountain biking. There's something for everyone. This area of Southern Snowdonia is a fabulous base for a trip to North Wales. With epic mountain scenery and spectacular coastline, it's a great alternative to the busier spots in the heart of the National Park.

Here's a link for more information on the local area that you might find useful:
Things to do in Dolgellau

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Guest Reviews

Rebecca Brookes

Just returned from a week at Cefn y Maes. We have stayed in many cottages over the years and can honestly say this this was the best. Beautifully furnished, very comfortable and extremely well equipped. Lovely welcome hamper which even included toys for our two dogs, and the field in the grounds was perfect for them to have a lovely morning stroll before a day of action walking. Lovely walks from the door and perfect for biking locally. Becky the owner is always on hand to answer any questions and help with anything at all. Will definitely be our 1st choice when next visiting wales!

Julie Clarke

We have just returned from a lovely weekend in Cefn y Maes. Becky was there to meet us as we arrived and was lovely and very helpful. The house was beautiful and we couldn’t have asked for more. We will definitely be back next next year for our annual get together. Thank you Becky


We have just returned from a Christmas break at Cefn-Y-Maes. The house was beautiful and gave us plenty of space to spend time together as a family.
The house is very well equipped, lovely decor with quality furnishings throughout. This all made the stay more comfortable than other rentals we have stayed in.
The local town was pleasant to stroll around although most businesses closed over the Christmas period. We would love to explore more of the area in finer weather and when everything is open.
Becky was a great host, friendly and available to help throughout our stay. Thanks for having us!

Katie Walker

What a beautiful house in a perfect location! The house is spacious, well equipped and spotlessly clean. The location was ideal for local walks but also very easy to reach tourist spots further away. We rode our bikes (which we could store handily in the lockable bike shed), went canyoning, swam in lakes, ate at lovely local restaurants and made so many lovely memories. Dolgellau is a quaint little town and I must note that it has several EV charge points which meant we were able to keep fully charged for day trips!
I fully recommend booking Cefyn-Y-Maes it is perfect for a family holiday!

Rainbow family

A really beautiful cottage, equipped with everything you would need, plus some! Excellent location, ideal for keeping the whole family entertained.
Becky, the owner is just lovely & Cefn-Y-Maes is by far the best of the 7 Dioni properties we have stayed in and a testament to all her hard work. Would highly recommend, 5*
We will definitely return.

Ian Bradbury

Cefn Y Maes is an ideal holiday home for all the family. The house is very clean and the beds are incredibly comfortable. There is plenty of space inside. Outside was brilliant for our dogs and the field to exercise them in was a brilliant addition. Becky is a great host and always on hand if you have a question about your stay.
Located in south Snowdonia near to the town Dolgellau, the location is ideal to explore Barmouth, Harlech and also into the mountains.
Overall the standards throughout the property are very high and I would highly recommend Cefn Y Maes as a perfect holiday home for all the family.

Chris Leworthy


We’ve just returned from a week at Cefn-Y-Maes and what a property it is. It has been furnished beautifully and tastefully and has been equipped with everything you could need for a really relaxing break. It is spacious, comfortable and peaceful and comes with walks on your doorstep, a short run to steam trains, sensational beaches and castles and scenery which will take your breath away.

It also comes with the owner, Becky, who was just perfect. Only there when you needed her, on hand to give advice on good places to go, and extremely kind and charming. This property is a massive tribute to her, so much so that we found it difficult to believe that she would let her house be made available to us!

There were two of us, plus our dog who was made particularly welcome. We had a wonderful week of weather and a wonderful stay at Cefn-Y-Maes. Would return in a heartbeat.

lisa Eccles

We have just come back from an absolutely wonderful stay as a family of 6 and 2 small dogs. We really couldn’t have asked for anything better. The accommodation is absolutely immaculate, the grounds are beautifully maintained with easy access to breathtaking walks and stunning views. The house is really well equipped and very spacious and spotlessly clean, each bedroom also very spacious with such comfortable mattresses and pillows. Each room is beautifully decorated with such an eye for detail. We would highly recommend this property and its very private location. We look forward to returning to this beautifully renovated 18th century house. Thank you Becky for looking after our every need
Lisa & Andy

Emily Doyle

We have just got back from an amazing stay at Cefn-Y-Maes with 6 of our friends. The property is beautiful, has everything you could need for an enjoyable holiday and the owner was fantastic in terms of communication and help during our stay. The views from the property are breathtaking and the accommodation is decorated to the highest of standard. We would highly recommend for a group or family holiday and can’t wait to return!

Jeremy Hartley

This is truly a beautiful home with amazing surroundings and views – you just feel so much at peace there.
We stayed for a week and could not have been happier with our holiday there. We did not want to leave!
It is a great location with plenty to do and see in the surrounding areas and without too far to drive.
We cooked most evenings and the kitchen is superbly equipped with everything you might need.
The house was very clean and tastefully decorated. The bedrooms are large with comfy beds and quality linens and the bathrooms spacious too.
Our favourite room was the main living room – big but very cosy and well appointed.
Becky is a wonderful host and we would highly recommend this wonderful home.
Jeremy Hartley

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