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Holiday Cottage in Coed Y Brenin Forest North Wales | Maes-Y-Coed

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This wonderful holiday cottage sits in a small clearing in the famous Coed Y Brenin Forest in Snowdonia, North Wales. The original brick built cottage has been combined with an oak clad extension to provide holiday accommodation for up to 8 people. State of the art construction combined with a biomass burner and photovoltaic panels has helped owners Chris and Charlotte, create a tasteful and stylish carbon neutral property in this most natural of environments.

We enter the cottage through the new oak extension. A big open plan space that includes a comfortable sitting area, dining area and kitchen. High vaulted ceilings and large windows give the space an immediate sense of light and freshness. The kitchen is fitted with some lovely oak units and worktop as well as a dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer and modern cooking range.

Family meals can be enjoyed around an oak dining table that then leads us onto the sitting area. This is where that impressive wood pellet burner is housed. The fire provides a beautiful focus point for the room whilst simultaneously heating the slate flooring beneath your toes and providing plenty of hot water for the entire house. Glass patio doors on the other side of the room open out onto a raised patio area with views out over fields and surrounding forest.

All 4 bedrooms are in the original brick part of the cottage. The main family bathroom is here as well. This bathroom has a large walk in shower, an elegant white bathroom suite and the luxury of a heated slate floor. There is also a separate wc next door if some guests are understandably hogging this bathroom.

The first of three double bedrooms has a beautiful en-suite bathroom with a shower over bath arrangement. The second bedroom doesn’t have the luxury of an en-suite but is equally as spacious and enjoys the same wonderful uninterrupted views over the fields. The 3rd immaculately furnished with a modern bed and contemporary fittings. Finally we have a 4th twin bedroom. Again, pristine linen and perfect attention to detail.
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Cottage Type
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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
No Pets, Cooker, Hob, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, TV, Smart TV, Toys/ Games/ Books
Private Garden, Enclosed garden, Off street parking, BBQ
Additional Information
Peaceful, secluded location, amongst fields with plenty of off-road walks straight from the door.
Half a mile from the nearest property.

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A 10-minute drive through the magical Coed Y Brenin forest will lead you to the clearing where the cottage is located. A private drive will take you across a field of grazing sheep and passed a disused barn to the curtilage of the cottage. This includes a parking area, lawned sections and patio as well as the cottage itself.

A lot of our guests will hopefully bring their mountain bikes with them. The famous ‘Beast’ trail is easily accessible form the cottage and this, in turn, will lead you to the new visitors centre and cafe where you can access a larger network of mountain biking trails that crisscrosses the forest. Bike hire is also available.

The market town of Dolgellau is about 12-mins away by car and has a nice selection of pubs and restaurants. The seaside town of Barmouth is about 20-mins to the west, the larger town of Porthmadog is about 30-mins to the North. Bala has a number of water sports centres and is 30-mins to the East from the cottage.

Walkers will also delight in this location. The precipice walk nearby is included in many guidebooks. The more formidable challenge of Cader Idris will also be on many peoples checklist.

There are two many attractions nearby to list, but a visit to Harlech Castle is recommended as is the Centre of Alternative Technology near Machynlleth. There are a number of National Trust Properties nearby including the wonderful Cymer Abbey. Children (and possibly adults) might prefer to explore the underground caverns at King Arthur’s Labarinth or the slate caverns of Llechwedd.
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Guest Reviews

Martin White

May 23, 2022

From the moment we stepped inside this beautiful house, we felt at home. The super well equipped kitchen was a joy to cook in, and with the open plan kitchen/living area, it was was a great social space. Super comfy beds, were really welcome after an awesome day walking up Cadir Idris. The patio was lovely to sit out and enjoy the surrounding countryside.
Definitely one to return to.

August 17, 2019

Amazing cottage in the middle of the forest. Very peaceful. Cosy and warm, and equipped with everything you could possibly need.

Great walks and rides from the front door, and your own outdoor wild swim pool about a mile away too…

Chris Goodall
July 24, 2019

May we just say that the towel rail in the en-suite bathroom can actually be turned on when the heating is off. Perhaps we don’t make this obvious, but the switch over the door into the bathroom can be used to electrically heat the towel rail. The reason we don’t advertise this is that it is quite rare for the temperatures to be so high that the heating never comes on. If future guests do use the electrical heat into the bathroom radiator, please do turn the switch off on leaving.

Thank you very much for the other nice comments.

Chris Goodall

Carol, Scotland
July 23, 2019

Thankyou for a lovely stay at your house. We were also pleasantly surprised at how much bigger the house was compared to what we expected. There seems to have been alot of thought in providing everything needed to make our stay comfortable and to a high standard. We read the manual and found the extra foldable red chairs thanks but in the end used the bench for the kids and the chairs that were at the table and in one of the rooms (more comfy at table height).
It would be great if there was space to park bikes out of the rain – we did so under the eaves but as we had 6 bikes this didn’t keep all of them dry and if out in wet for the week it wouldn’t have been great. Luckily we had decent weather. The tranquility of the house location was lovely and being able to get onto the bike / walking tracks so easily was fabulous.
One improvement could be to ensure the ensuite bathroom radiator can be overidden to dry off towels. That bathroom seemed to hold the moisture quite a bit even with windows open to air.
Lovely to see the setup for heating and insulation efficiency, well done. Great to see the original house renovated and being merged with a quality extension. The layout and style works very well.

Kim Hare
July 23, 2019

We had a lovely break as usual at this cottage. Beautiful surroundings. The cottage is very well equipped – lots of lovely kitchen ware that is much appreciated! The cottage itself is very comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated set in peaceful surroundings. We will definitely be booking again!

(One little aside that you might like to pass onto the owners was that we noticed a spot of damp on the skirting board in the master bedroom below the window on the LHS).

October 3, 2018

What a great house! Lovely conversion, great location in such a beautiful forest – it made our family mountain biking weekend a success! We’ll definitely be back.

Chris Goodall
September 13, 2018

Hello Lisa, I’m very glad you enjoyed your stay at the house. We obviously need to make clearer that there are two foldaway chairs in the store. Apologies. But, in addition, we are adding another chair in early October that can be moved from one the bedrooms to the main room. I hope you are able to return. Chris

September 11, 2018

Excellent little hide away and very well equipped kitchen.
We loved everything about it, isolated and very tranquil. Another lounge type chair would be beneficial we think as settee really only seats 2 and with 3 other single chairs, one person is really left sitting at the dinning table if you take 6 adults.
Will definitely be returning

Chris Goodall
July 25, 2018

Dear Ms Mcauley,

Many apologies for the chair, which was broken by the previous tenant. I am very sorry that we weren’t able to get a replacement delivered on time. However the house now has a new comfortable armchair. We do advertise the house as suitable for six adults and two children and I believe the seating is properly sufficient for this number.

We have checked the high chair and it is working well. Perhaps the catch under the table was not engaged? We will leave a note to remind people.

Ms Mcauley mentions dust in the corners of the rooms. We schedule five hours cleaning between guests and this is usually entirely sufficient to keep the house spic and span, as other guests from DIoni have noted.

PAM Mc Auley
July 21, 2018

Stunning location up in forest.
Cottage lovely and very high standard well equipped.
However we had problem with lounge seating only 2/3 seater settee in lounge and chair however the chair has completely collapsed and you could not sit on it, so we used 3 other cane seats but still Not enough adequate Comfortable seating for 8 adults in evening.
Not sure if anyone else had told owner so we thought it should be mentioned.
Likewise we had 9 month old with us and the high chair is not safe it leans forward and we could not use again maybe no one has mentioned to owner. Whom lm sure will organise a knew one.
Also the cleanliness was ok but cleaners have not moved or lifted anything in house to clean under corners etc all dirty and fluffy. If they were my cleaners they need pulling up. Has built up in house.
Only small things we all had a wonderful weeks holiday in cottage and would deifinately return if above comments acted upon.

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