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Impressive Property At The Foot Of The Rhinog Mountains | Rheithordy

Dog FriendlyNear PubReal Fire

You’ll find this impressive property at the foot of the Rhinog mountains near Dolgellau and Portmeirion. In walking distance of the pub and Llyn Trawsfynydd, it has five beautiful bedrooms and sleeps up to nine guests.

A traditional slate-and-stone house dating from the 19th century, Rheithordy was built as the rectory for the village church. Recently restored, but retaining a wealth of original features, it is elegantly handsome and stylish.

We love the original fireplaces and sash windows, and the gorgeous Minton tiles and Aga in the kitchen. This is a great property for a large group, with plenty of space for extended family and friends - ideal if you’re looking for a place where you can bring grandparents along too. Including a fun games room with a table football and table-tennis in a separate outbuilding.

All the rooms are bright, well proportioned, and have lovely high ceilings. Sheep graze the fields beyond the garden, and there are uninterrupted views across Llyn Trawsfynydd to the mountains beyond. The landscapes in this part of the world are nothing short of sublime - it’s no surprise that Trawsfynydd was used as the location for Camelot in the 1990s film First Knight, starring Sean Connery and Richard Gere.

Shallow steps lead from the gravelled drive to a porticoed front door. From there, you’re into the hallway, which comes with oak floorboards and ample coat and boot storage. There are two sitting rooms downstairs, with plenty of scope for getting cosy with real fires, winged armchairs and deep leather sofas. You’ll find a handy downstairs loo, too.

The larger of the sitting rooms has double patio doors which open out onto a large, raised veranda. This is an idyllic spot any time of day, but especially in the evening. Westerly facing to the mountain ridge beyond, there can’t be many better places in the world to watch the sun slip slowly into the night.

The kitchen diner is a large, bright space with those beautiful Minton tiles, and the toasty Aga which sits in a large inglenook fireplace. There is a large fridge freezer, Belfast sink, and it is well equipped with everything you might need. The large oak dining table easily seats up to ten guests.

Upstairs there are five bedrooms, with one en suite kingsize, two further kingsize, a twin and a single. As you’ll see from the photographs, these are all bright, beautiful, and stylishly presented. The main family bathroom comes with roll top bath and gorgeous mountain views, as well as a large walk in shower.

Outside this impressive property at the foot of the Rhinog mountains you’ll find a large enclosed lawned garden and separate out building with games room. The property is dog-friendly, and just a short walk to all the amenities of the village beyond, including the Cross Foxes pub which offers a hearty menu to eat in or takeaway.

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Cottage Type
Dog Friendly
Near Pub
Real Fire
Cot (cot-linen not provided)
High Chair
Central Heating
First Aid kit
Fire extinguisher or blanket
2 Pets
Freezer (not icebox)
Washing Machine
Tumble Dryer
Iron and ironing board
Smart TV
Toys/ Games/ Books
Mobile phone reception
Games Room
Enclosed garden
Off street parking
Bike Storage
Additional Information
Views of Lake Trawsfynydd and surroundings mountains.
Balcony off lounge for 180° views.
Three gardens all of which are enclosed.
Separate out building with games room.

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The rural village of Trawsfynydd sits in the foothills of the Rhinog mountains, which are considered to be the wildest and most remote mountains in Wales. It is surrounded by sheep-grazed moorland, sweeping mountain vistas, and ancient coniferous woodlands including the Celtic rainforest of Coed Felenrhyd. It is a straight-up stunning part of the world, and a great escape for a restorative Welsh holiday.

There are some really beautiful walking routes straight out of the front door, from very pleasant circular strolls around Llyn Trawsfynydd (the lake is the third largest lake in Wales at around 5 miles long), to more robust walking routes up into the Rhinog mountains. With canoeing, kayaking, trout fishing, and a new cycle route around the lake, the cottage is perfectly placed for an active family getaway.

Trawsfynydd is within a very easy drive of some of Eryri (Snowdonia)’s most beautiful towns and villages, including Harlech, Dolgellau, Barmouth, Porthmadog, and Portmeirion. The coast - there are beautiful beaches at Harlech, Criccieth and Dyffryn Ardudwy - is a very pleasant 15 mile drive away.

Dolgellau, 13 miles south, is where you'll find the famous Precipice Walk and Cader Idris.

Just 4 miles away is Coed Y Brenin mountain biking centre, where you can bring your own bike or hire one from the Beics Brenin visitor centre. There are eight trails ranging from blue to black, so something for the whole family. There are also excellent running and walking trails through the woods.

Harlech, which is a beautiful 30 minute drive, 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 for a decent lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. If medieval castles are your thing, head a little further north to Criccieth and Caernarfon to see more of the great fortresses of Wales.

There’s easy access to many of Eryri (Snowdonia)’s most popular attractions and destinations from this impressive property at the foot of the Rhinog mountains. They include Zip World, Bounce Below and the Llechwedd Deep Mine experience and Ffestiniog steam railway at Blaenau Ffestiniog. The enchanting village of Portmeirion, with its Italianate follies, interesting shops, famous chinaware, cafés and beautiful gardens, is a 20 minute drive.

If you prefer to keep things lo-fi on your hols, you’re in great walking country. The Rhinog mountains offer some of the most spectacular landscapes in the UK with all-shades-of-satisfying routes and no shortage of spectacular spots for a picnic. And there are some interesting echoes from the past to be explored too, including the ruins of a Roman hillfort at nearby Tomen y Mur. Take a look at our blog for some Rhinog walking inspiration.

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Guest Reviews


Lovely property, very well equipped, spacious, clean and tidy. Amazing kitchen and a huge dining table for everyone to get together. Good location, we did a couple of day trips to the beach as well as Zip World and further up into Snowdonia. Loads of space, bedrooms were all very spacious. Very well furnished throughout. Pub in the village took a bit of getting use to, however the food was fantastic. The local shop in the village was very well stocked and open until 9pm. Would love to go back in the summer when the weather is a bit better.


Such a fab property for a large group – it was perfect for a rainy weekend, plenty of space for everyone and lots to do. The kitchen/diner area is so lovely with the AGA – a cosy place to play games and sit around the table for meals. All furniture etc is beautiful and the kitchen really well equipped. Lots of outside space, and a great games room. Highly recommend and we’ll hopefullly return. Thank you!


Fabulous house, incredibly well-equipped – a real home-from-home. Great location although it rained all week (as it did everywhere in the UK). We would like to return to the gorgeous house and I want an Aga 🙂

Kate Lomax

Lovely week. Lovely cottage, very comfortable and cosy especially with the the roaring fire going. Plenty of room for the dogs and grandson to run and play. Beautiful views everywhere. The games room came in handy with the weather.

Andrew Thompson

Had a fantastic weekend, beautiful property, large well equipped kitchen comfortable beds amazing views and lots of peace and quiet. Great place would happily visit again.


The Old Rectory is such a special place the house is just beautiful the views from the balcony are amazing we had a fantastic stay would definitely return didn’t want to leave

Carolyne Brown

The Old Rectory , what a lovely property to spend a holiday in .
We had everything we needed inside and out . The surrounding scenery is beautiful and a very peaceful area while still being connected to the village and surrounding areas of interest .
Our dogs loved the gardens which were totally safe and nice to explore .
Thank you for providing and comfortable clean holiday home well worth returning to , which we hope to do .

Caroline Morton

We absolutely loved our stay here. Beautiful house with stunning views and the added bonus of a games room. The garden was fully enclosed for our dogs to run around.
Thank you


Rheithordy is a really beautiful house, in a gorgeous location! Perfect for large families and dogs. We had a wonderful time there and we would love to come back again.

Sarah Hubbard

What a fantastic place to holiday, all the comforts of home, house well equipped throughout. The views are amazing from the balcony any time day or night. We enjoyed many a family hour around the long kitchen table, all kept warm by the Aga cooker. The garden was great for our two dogs who loved exploring and sheep watching. Plenty of room for all, bedrooms lovely and comfy. The Old Rectory is walking distance to a well stocked shop and we enjoyed fish and chips from the mobile chippy, Monday tea time, behind the Medical centre (5.30-8pm) very friendly staff and lovely fish and chips. We also ate twice at the Grapes Hotel, 10 mins drive, the food both times was excellent. All 7 of and 2 dogs loved it here and would love to return. Thank you.

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