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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
Cot (cot-linen not provided)
High Chair
Central Heating
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First Aid kit
Fire extinguisher or blanket
3 Pets
Freezer (not icebox)
Washing Machine
Iron and ironing board
Smart TV
Mobile phone reception
Private Garden
Enclosed garden
Off street parking
Bike Storage

Floor Plans




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

Sally Whittingham

We all had the most amazing week at Cefn-Y-Maes. Becky greeted us and showed us around the beautiful house, it was even more impressive than the photos. We had BBQs and made daily use of the outside front garden. We walked to the Torrent Walk and St Mark’s church, the Grade 1 listed arts and craft church. A five minute drive and we were in Dolgellau for our food shop at EuroSpar, then TH Roberts for morning coffee and the best breakfast baps ever and a wander round the pretty town.

Ideal base as well to visit other attractions in the car – King Arthur’s Labyrinth; Harlech Castle; Barmouth and many others.

We shall certainly be returning.

Growcott family

5 stars! Cefn y Maes is a gem of a property inside and out, and we can’t wait to book our next visit. The house is located less than a 5 minute drive from the A470, but feels very secluded. The living rooms were so cosy, and the kitchen was incredibly well equipped. The beds were super comfortable and all the rooms were generously sized with amazing mountain views. The bathrooms were all luxurious. The house was spotlessly clean and tidy when we arrived. There was also a generous welcome hamper for us and our dogs. The outside space was secure and plenty of space to park our cars. Becky was a wonderful host, and always on hand if we needed anything.

Lesley Jones

WOW! It’s difficult to put into a few words how wonderful this property is. First class in every way and the attention to detail is second to none. The location is fantastic close to everywhere that makes a holiday break special, beach, mountains and country pubs. The furnishings are luxurious and the house has everything you could possibly need. The kitchen has an American fridge freezer with ice maker and a huge range cooker and is fully stocked with every utensil. The beds are super comfy and the bedding is first class The bathrooms have great showers and everywhere is spotlessly clean. There are so many wonderful features, too many to list, we loved the log burner. Becky is a lovely host who is there if you need here but not intrusive. We will definitely be back!

Jane Aldred

Wow what a beautiful property everything you need and more, very comfortable and clean. The decor is amazing very comfortable beds and fabulous location. We will definitely be back. Becky is a wonderful host lovely welcome and always on hand

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.

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