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Gorgeous Stone Cottage At the Foot Of The Berwyn Mountains | Ceseilgwm

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This gorgeous stone cottage at the foot of the Berwyn mountains comes with fantastic views across rolling farmland to the hills and mountains beyond. It sleeps up to five guests in two bedrooms.

It couldn’t be more picture perfect. Ceseilgwm is a lovely, solid, stone Welsh cottage which occupies a rural hillside position just outside the small village of Llangwm. It’s the kind of place that is just begging to be hunkered down in.

The Berwyn mountains – which run from Llangollen in the north, down to Bala in the west and Oswestry in the south – stretch out before it. This is a quiet but beautiful corner of north east Wales, ideal if you are looking for a holiday that is slightly off the beaten track.

There are superb walking, cycling and wildlife watching opportunities straight from the front door. The views are quite inspiring – if you are in anyway artistically inclined, pack your notebook, sketchbook, pencils and pens.

Open the front door into this gorgeous stone cottage at the foot of the Berwyn mountains and you’ll find a small porch which is ideal for casting off boots, wellies and coats.

From there, step left into the sitting room with lovely sofa and chairs arranged around a warm woodburning stove. The colours are muted, the cushions are plump. It’s a supremely cosy set up.

The kitchen is at the back of the cottage. Recently renovated, it has lovely shaker style cupboards and oak top work surfaces. There is a gas hob and electric oven, and plenty of storage space. The kitchen is well fitted out with all the pots, pans and utensils you would expect, and more. There is a breakfast table that seats four.

There is a separate dining room at the front of the house, with big views of the landscapes beyond. Also downstairs, you’ll find a handy downstairs loo.

Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, one king and one twin. You can still see so much of the cottage’s original character – we love the latched wooden doors and the fireplace in the main bedroom. The bedrooms are beautifully presented and very restful. Again, they come with fabulous far-reaching views across the countryside. There is a shared family bathroom with a bath and separate walk in shower.

Outside of this gorgeous stone cottage at the foot of the Berwyn mountains there is an enclosed garden with a bench style table on the dining terrace. It is a fabulous place to sit and contemplate the sights and sounds of this beautiful corner of the world.

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Cottage Type
Dog Friendly, Real Fire, Farm Stay
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, Cot (cot-linen not provided), WiFi, High Chair, Central Heating
2 Pets, Hob, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, Smart TV
Enclosed garden, Off street parking, BBQ, Bike Storage, Private Garden
Additional Information
Mobile reception is not very good but phone calls can be made through the wifi.

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If a beautiful, peaceful, rural location is what you are after for your next holiday cottage in Wales, then this could well be it. Ceseilgwm is extremely quiet and tucked away, but just a short drive from many of the region’s most lovely towns and attractions.

The Berwyn mountains – which run from Llangollen in the north, down to Bala in the west and Oswestry in the south – stretch out before it. The views from the cottage are quite inspiring – if you are in anyway artistically inclined, pack your notebook, sketchbook, pencils and pens.

The cottage is a 20 minute drive to Bala, or 30 minutes to Llangollen. The market town of Corwen, ancestral home of Owain Glyndwr, the last native born prince of Wales, is just a 15 minute drive – check into Corwen’s small museum to find out more about Wales’s national hero. Just outside Corwen, you’ll find the Rhug Estate Organic Farm Shop and bistro – well worth a visit if you want to stock up with some of the region’s best local produce.

Bala is home to the largest natural lake in Wales, and a whole host of water sports including white water rafting, sailing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. There is a wonderful steam train which huffs and puffs passengers up and down the lakeside. And the town’s high street is well worth a visit too – if you like to sample local brews on your holidays, head to Stori Beers for an impressive selection of Welsh ales and gins.

Llangollen is a thriving town which is home to plenty of interesting shops, cafés and restaurants. One of our favourites haunts has to be the Corn Mill gastro pub in the centre of town – in suitable weather it’s well worth sitting out on the pub’s terrace which stands on stilts over the River Dee. The magnificent Pontcysyllte aqueduct is a short drive from Llangollen, as is the Valle Crucis Abbey. Or if you’re feeling energetic, walk up to the town’s atmospheric castle ruins, Dinas Brân.

The cottage is a half hour drive from Betws y Coed, also known as the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park. Again, Betws is a thriving town with plenty to do and see, from galleries and bistros to outdoor gear shops. Betws is surrounded by the Gwydir forest which is home to family-friendly cycle trails, as well as the big climbs and descents of the Gwydir Mawr a Bach / the Marin Trail – a must-do for any serious mountain bike fan.

There are superb walking, cycling and wildlife watching opportunities straight from the front door. There’s a lovely short circular up the Pen y Pigyn hillside at Corwen, or try the North Berwyn Way, which climbs the wild mountains between Corwen and Llangollen, for a bit more of a challenge.

Not forgetting numerous activities at Llyn Brenig and Llyn Alwen, both close by and offer wonderful walking, cycling, adventure playground for kids, cafe etc.

Nearby family-friendly attractions to this gorgeous stone cottage at the foot of the Berwyn mountains include Zip World Fforest with its forest zip safari and tree top nets (25 minutes), and Bounce Below, Llechwedd Slate Caverns and Zip World Titan (45 minutes).

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

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Guest Reviews

Silvia Brown

Dear Dioni,
We had a great time at Ceseilgwm.
The house space worked very well giving me the quiet that I’m needed to focus on studies and the family, including the dog, good areas for relaxing.
The cottage is well furnished and provided us with everything we needed for cooking, eating and relaxing. We struggled with the dryer as we could not plug it anywhere and finding a plug would have meant moving the appliances, so we ended up buying an extension lead instead.
The location worked beautifully for us, out of the beaten track but still close to attractions and busy tourist centres, like Betws-y-Coed. It was also good to have a fast EV charger a short distance away, in Corwen, giving us more security with our movements in the area.
I think we all felt a little unsettled not having an obvious way to recycle. We separated recyclable materials and took them with us looking for the nearest sorting bins, but could not find any. Having information about where to recycle would be good, or even better bins to separate materials at the cottage, or a place in Llangwn where to take recycling. The same goes for composting. It would be great to have a composting bin where to dispose of compostable waste.
Even though we know the area, it would have been good to have had dedicated information regarding services and attractions in the area.
It was great to see the heating system in action, the house was so lovely and warm, even when the temperature was 1 degree outside! It has renewed our interest in getting an air source heat pump for our house.
Many thanks for a lovely week!

Shelley Summerfield

Just had a wonderful weekend away in this delightful cottage. Exceptionally well equipped and lovely and warm. A very remote location which is exactly what we wanted. Would loved to have known a little bit about the history of the cottage. Maybe a guest book would be nice to share experiences for other guests and also an outside tap for washing off the dog and very muddy boots. In Autumn / Winter you need your wellies at the ready to open and close the 3 farm gates as you drive to / from the cottage.
Not sure if we needed to recycle as no information in the cottage.
Beds super comfy- cosy, relaxing stay.
We would definitely return

Louise Stanley

The cottage and the area that it’s situated in is simply stunning! With beautiful views aplenty.

The cottage was spacious enough for 4 and a dog, the beds were very comfy.
The cottage is well equipped, with all that you should need.

There are some wonderful walks straight out of the cottage door. Porthmadog is about an hours drive, the drive itself is one of beauty if you go over the hills! Same for Barmouth too! Lot’s of places to go for some lovely walks or mountain biking – Our children enjoyed Coed y brenin, which had a skills trail.

We shall definitely return, lot’s more to discover 😀

David Kemp

The house was lovely and clean on arrival. Was an amazing place to stay with lovely views and hiking opportunities. Was also close enough to facilities and towns for exploring but was very secluded and private as well.
Would highly recommend staying at this place, and will definitely return here in the future.

Jackie Davies

This well appointed cottage set in open countryside is as peaceful as it comes. Excellent for bird spotting and walking.

Firstly it would be extremely helpful to have the name of the cottage written on the gate at the entrance to the access road for the cottage. The only sign states ‘no public access’. The track is difficult to see when the grass is high.

On arrival: firstly the security box for the key to the property was firmly stuck and needed a screw driver to release the front. Secondly the farmer rolled up to the cottage gate soon after our arrival accompanied by a large herd of heifers and 3 bulls. He advised us not to walk down the access road as Cedric the bull was particularly feisty! One of the reasons we booked the cottage was to give us access to open country without moving the car so this option was limited by the presence of these lively beasts. As they frequently leant over the boundary fence, obviously curious, we felt we had to rustle up more defences as one bit of wobbly wire could have meant they gained access to the compound.

We found the cottage very comfortable with good Wi-Fi, TV and comfortable beds. The toaster was not working properly and there were no egg cups but otherwise the kitchen was spot on. (Maybe a new frying pan?). Showers were great apart from our last evening when the water pressure dropped for some reason. And we never mastered the heating! We did not feel the need to light the stove.

It was a great stay which we thoroughly enjoyed. The whole area looked spectacular in the June sunshine.

A small thing – we had no contact from the owner Fiona. It didn’t matter but it would have been nice.


This is a lovely cottage in a fantastic location, ideal for those who love the countryside and getting away from it all. The drive up to the house is not for the faint hearted so do not attempt in a sports car!
Unfortunately the directions to the house we received in the email were very poor, and omitted some very important details; as a consequence we had a stressful time trying to find the house. However once you know where you are going, all is as it should be. We would definitely visit again, now we know where it is!

Robert Candey

Our stay at the cottage was wonderful. The cottage was extremely well presented, with all the mod cons you would need, and was a real home from home. The bedrooms and the ensuite bathrooms were really nice and the whole house was spacious for our family of 4 and dog. We really loved the location as well at the foot of a mountain which made for some great walks right from our doorstep. To top it off….the owners Richard and Fiona were super friendly and attentive to our needs and we’ll definitely be heading back at a future opportunity and could not recommend this place enough.

Carol and martin

What a lovely place everything about it loved it, the views outstanding, gorges walks can’t fault it, cottage lovely and cosy beds very comfortable everything you need in the kitchen, will definitely go again we did not want to come home, the calfs entertained us the silly little things they do 😀 . Thank you Fiona and Richard for our goodies much appreciated and for a great holiday 😀


We had a lovely 2 weeks at the cottage. It’s so peaceful, the cottage is well equipped, comfortable and plenty of space for 4 of us. The location is beautiful, away from the crowds but within reach of lakes, mountains, beaches and castles.

Chris and Michael

The cottage and location was amazing. Peace, quiet and beautiful relaxing countryside , all that was needed. Plenty to do in surrounding areas. Bala has shops for everyday needs (be prepared for large food Bill’s if you cook at cottage). Cottage was comfy but needed some TLC. Beds very very comfy. Kitchen brilliant. En suite needed attention, especially handbasin. Family bathroom gorgeous.The two chairs in the lounge were extremely uncomfortable, base had gone one one, as well as threadbare arms. Just needed re upholstery. Style of chair was beautiful. If you suffer with back probs these are not for you. Entrance lobby plaster coming off walls. Need some comfy outdoor furniture to soak up views and a parasol if get hot sunshine. If you want peace, tranquility, amazing scenery this is definitely the cottage for you.

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