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Two Bedroom Quarrymans Cottage in Maentwrog North Wales | Hiraeth

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This lovely two bedroom quarryman’s cottage in Maentwrog, North Wales, comes with a cosy fireplace and gorgeous valley views from a raised deck. It sleeps up to three guests, with one double and one single bedroom.

Hiraeth - which translates as a deep longing or wistfulness for Wales (it’s ok, we feel you) - is a traditional quarryman’s cottage in the small Snowdonia village of Maentwrog.

Recently renovated, and stylishly presented with lots of original features, it is ideal for a romantic holiday getaway.

The cottage sits in the Dwyryd valley just below Blaenau Ffestiniog, and is close to Harlech, Porthmadog and Portmeirion. Cradled by timeless mountain landscapes, it’s a part of the world that is steeped in myth and legend. Maentwrog is a key player in the Mabinogion, a medieval collection of eleven epic tales set in Wales, and a little-known literary masterpiece.

The village is said to take its name from the maen - or stone - that was thrown by an angry giant called Twrog to smash a pagan altar. The large stone he threw is said to be the one in St Twrog’s Churchyard, in the centre of the village. Legend has it that if you rub the stone, you are destined to return to the village forever more. Keep us posted if you try it.

But we need to get you there first, so let’s get back to the cottage. We love it. The front door opens into a fabulous open plan living space, with a living area and kitchen diner on the ground floor. It exudes warmth and welcome with a rich, earthy colour scheme.

In the living area, a comfortable leather sofa and armchair are arranged around a magnificent inglenook fireplace. There is a wood burner to keep things cosy, and we love the original beamed ceiling, rustic stonework, and slate hearth.

The kitchen diner is brand new, shiny, and very well equipped. There is an easy-to-use electric oven and hob, microwave, and plenty of storage and prep space. A neat little dining table has a ‘secret’ under-table stow for the chairs, to maximise your space outside of meal times.

Upstairs, you’ll find two lovely bedrooms and a separate bathroom. Just like downstairs, the bedrooms have been beautifully presented, preserving some nice original features which give this cottage so much character. There is a large double bedroom with shower over bath, and an additional single bedroom.

Outside this two bedroom quarryman’s cottage in Maentwrog, North Wales, there is a splendid raised deck which has far-reaching views down the valley towards Portmeirion. Ideal for al fresco drinks and dining, and an idyllic place to enjoy a sundowner or two.

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Cottage Type
Near Beach, Near Pub, Real Fire
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, Cot (cot-linen not provided), WiFi, High Chair, Smoke detector, Carbon monoxide detector, First Aid kit, Fire extinguisher or blanket
Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, TV, Toys/ Games/ Books
Private Garden, On street parking, Bike Storage
Additional Information
Tremendous views from large, private, decking area, accessed via rear of property.
Sympathetically restored to include a lot of original features, oak beams, stone walls,
multi fuel stove inside large inglenook fireplace.

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You’ll find this lovely little two bedroom quarryman’s cottage in Maentwrog, North Wales, a small Snowdonia village in the Dwyryd valley below Blaenau Ffestiniog. It is close to Harlech, Porthmadog and Portmeirion.

Head around 8 miles to the coast and you’ll reach the lovely harbour town of Porthmadog, which has a high street full of independent shops. The harbour has a good selection of restaurants and cafes, and if you’re a fan of real ales look out for the Purple Moose brewery too. Porthmadog is also home to what will be your closest large supermarket (there’s a large Tesco on the High Street).

From Porthmadog, a 20-minute walk will get you to the seaside village of Borth-y-Gest, where you’ll find attractive sandy beaches and a couple of traditional style cafes. The wonderfully eccentric Portmeirion is a short distance from Porthmadog and another great place to spend the day.

You can jump on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways at Porthmadog for a magical ride through Snowdonia. The railways run a regular service throughout the year, it’s a fabulous way to explore Snowdonia’s landscapes.

Around 20 minutes’ drive north from this lovely little two bedroom quarryman’s cottage in Maentwrog, North Wales, you’ll find the supremely pretty Snowdonia mountain village of Beddgelert. This is a great place to potter about, and maybe even take a picnic to enjoy on the riverbank. There are some great family-friendly walks around the village, and ample opportunities for post-ramble refreshments.

The historic town of Harlech lies around nine miles to the south. Harlech is home to a clifftop UNESCO World Heritage Site medieval castle and one of the best links golf courses in the UK at Royal St David’s. Its hills and winding lanes provide plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, and some great places to eat. Beach lovers should check out the sandy dunes at Harlech’s beach, and Morfa Dyffryn.

If you are into adventure and outdoor sports, you could not be better placed to enjoy a multitude of activities on offer – gorge walking, climbing, walking, kayaking, white water rafting, canyoning, SUP etc are all readily available throughout the area from a number of different activity providers.

Or you could just pull on your walking boots and head out of the front door. The cottage is perfectly placed if you fancy taking on Cnicht for breathtaking mountain scenery and one of Snowdonia’s best 360-degree summit panoramas. The best route up is from the nearby village of Croesor. Pen y Pass, the starting point for Snowdon’s Miners’ Path and Pyg Track, is less than 20 miles to the north.

This lovely little two bedroom quarryman’s cottage in Maentwrog, North Wales, is perfectly placed for the bucket-list experience of Zip World Velocity at Bethesda. The Deep Mine Tour at Llechwedd, Bounce Below and Zip World Titan at Blaenau Ffestiniog are even closer at 5 miles away, or you could make it a real adventure and travel there on a steam train (departures from Porthmadog).

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Guest Reviews

Nicola Bermingham

Lovely break. Cottage was as described with everything you needed and more. Really cosy and clean. Lovely welcome hamper. Really prompt response from owners when I made contact. No trouble parking a few steps from door. Stunning views from back terrace. Local pub serves lovely food with great staff. Just what we needed.

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