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Impressive Property At The Foot Of The Rhinog Mountains | Rheithordy

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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
Pet Friendly, Near Pub, Real Fire
Linen, Towels, Cot (cot-linen not provided), WiFi, High Chair, Central Heating, First Aid kit, Fire extinguisher or blanket
2 Pets, Games Room, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, Smart TV, Toys/ Games/ Books, Mobile phone reception
Enclosed garden, Off street parking, BBQ, 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 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 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

Clare Fairclough

Seven of us – 4 adults and 3 children (ages 12 and 13) plus 2 dogs have just returned from a 4 night stay at the Old Rectory. We can not recommend this property enough. The house was spotless clean and so well equipped with everything you could possibly need. It has been immaculately furnished to the highest standard.

The views from the balcony are stunning and very peaceful. It was lovely arriving back to the house after a day out.

The girls especially loved the games room that was in the grounds of the property. The house was also well equipped with board games and books. There is plenty to keep the whole family entertained, including our two dogs who loved the gardens surrounding the house.

The house is in an ideal location for visiting the surrounding the areas. Our girls particularly enjoyed visiting bounce below which was only a short drive away.

There is nothing negative we can say about the Old Rectory, it is by far the loveliest house we have holidayed in and will definitely be returning.

Thank you so much

Ali Hughes

Lovely weekend break at a very well equipped holiday home. Rheithordy was beautifully warm and welcoming on arrival due to the aga in the kitchen. Lots of space for eight guests and everything we could need so we didn’t move from the area other than to walk the dogs to the lake. The large balcony was ideal for coffee or something stronger and got the sun all day with fabulous views over the lake to the mountains. Only issues were a leaking shower in the en-suite and the bin lid wouldn’t close in the kitchen but despite this, would definitely visit again.


Beautiful house with stunning views. We found it was in the perfect location to explore snowdonia and there was not a shortage of things to do! The house was spotless when we arrived and had everything we could need and more. Thanks for an amazing stay!

Greg Keefe

The house definitely has a wow factor. The size or the house and gardens makes it a great base for a larger family or group and the house is furnished and equipped to a high standard throughout. Would definitely return!

Helen Mitchell

We have stayed in some beautiful houses but The Old Rectory is certainly at the top of the list. The house is beautiful inside and out. The attention to detail is amazing. The furniture, furnishings and fittings are top quality. The house was immaculately clean.
We loved the aga. We would love to return in the winter to enjoy the fires and warmth of the aga.
The gardens were fabulous for our 2 weimeraners. The walls too high for even them to escape.
What can we say about the views of the lake and mountains watching the stunning sunsets each night. We were so lucky with the weather.
It is such a quiet location, but not isolated being next to the village. The bridge over the lake is an experience to walk over. The mobile chip van, that is behind the doctors on a Monday evening, is too good to miss.
For anyone who loves walking, beaches or just chilling on the balcony, this house is delightful.
We would and will definitely return.

John Hardwick

We all had a fantastic holiday in the beautiful Old Rectory, including the dogs, amazing house , amazing views and lovely friendly village, so relaxing but also central for our trips out to the coast, wished we had booked for 2 weeks , my eldest daughter has already booked for July 2022. See you again soon. Thank you


There are some places where you stay when on holiday, then there are those which define the holiday itself. The Old Rectory is the latter; superbly situated within an amazing mountain setting, yet within 20 minutes of some of the finest coastline in the UK. We enjoyed both, but none more than simply relaxing on the balcony & in the garden enjoying the ever changing Snowdonian views & the almost perfect dark sky. Beautiful property in a very special part of the world. We will most certainly be back, as will Sylvie, our very contented whippet.

Theresa Pearson

We stayed in July 21 during a heatwave and what a week we had! The house was everything we could have hoped for and more. I could never get bored of those sunsets or the moon reflecting on the lake or the peace and tranquility……we were relaxed from the minute we arrived (helped by a beautifully cold bottle of wine and Bara Brith and Welsh cakes kindly left by the owner) Our boys are 11 & 14 and loved the house too and were equally in love with the scenery. I particularly enjoyed using the really well equipped kitchen – even managing to enjoy cooking on the AGA following the easy instructions left for us:)) There is so much to do in the surrounding areas we could have stayed a month and never gotten bored – we loved Harlech Castle and beach (but accidentally drove up the steepest road in Britain!) Black Rock Sands (a beach you drive on to) Portmeirion is beautiful as is Beddgelert. We ate the best sausage rolls ever in Porthmadog and loads more. There was also an added bonus of a mobile fish and chip van parked in the village on Monday evening which was delicious. One of our best holidays ever. Thank you so much


Seven of us (plus two dogs) have just returned from our holiday at Rheithordy. We chose it for the views and the amount of space the house offered (5 bedrooms, 2 sitting rooms, big kitchen-diner, big balcony) and it over-delivered on all counts. It is very well equipped and beautifully furnished. We loved spending time here in between adventures on the beaches, on the mountains and in the valleys. Coming home to this property each day really made our holiday! All in all a beautiful home in a stunning setting. Thank you.

Sue Anderton

I choose this house because of the views and we weren’t disappointed. Gorgeous location overlooking the lake and the mountains, so relaxing. It was also a fabulous base to get out and explore Snowdonia, including Porthmadog and Snowdon. The house was well equipped and the enclosed garden was great for the dog.
We loved it and would love to come back for another visit.

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