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Hot tub, mountain views and a steam train running through the garden | Rhiwgoch

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A stunning Welsh farmhouse with a hot tub, mountain views and a steam train running through the garden. That’s right, we said a steam train running through the garden.

What right-minded person could spend even a fleeting moment in this truly wonderful house without falling in head over heels in love.

Rhiwgoch is a solid, handsome, stone-and-slate Welsh farmhouse which has been recently – and beautifully – renovated. It has a hot tub, mountain views and a steam train running through the garden. More on that in a mo.

Four bedrooms, including one double on the ground floor, make it a roomy Snowdonia cottage stay, ideal for a family or group of friends. It is bright, exceptionally well presented, and wears its style with a discrete but knowing confidence. This is a house that has ‘made it’, and will make you feel like you have made it too. It sleeps up to seven guests.

You’ll find it in the most idyllic rural setting. Cradled by Snowdonia’s mountain landscapes, long views take in beautiful peaks and hills as they roll down to the Irish Sea. Porthmadog is a short drive away. You’re close to Portmeirion, Beddgelert, Criccieth and Harlech too. A wonderful part of North Wales.

But let’s get back to the accommodation. This is an eighteenth-century home which has been lovingly restored by someone who really knows their stuff. Light oak beams and curved window frames add warmth, character and texture. A generous amount of attention has been paid to detail.

A large farmhouse kitchen is exceptionally well equipped with everything you could possibly need to cook up the most hearty of holiday feasts. We love the red clay floor tiles and slate window ledge, and the colossal oak beam that sits over the inglenook range. There is plenty of storage space in attractive oak cupboards.

You’ll find a breakfast table in the kitchen, with a more formal dining table – which accommodates up to eight guests – in the beautiful timber framed conservatory next door. This is a real wow factor room with big landscape views. It’s also where you can sit and watch the Ffestiniog steam train as it chuffs its way between Porthmadog and Blaenau. The line runs right through the bottom of your garden.

Also downstairs you’ll find a large sitting room – a beautifully furnished bright room with supremely comfortable sofas and a big easy chair (you might want to claim this for yourself, early on). There a woodburning stove in here, and lovely views from the windows. It’s the perfect place to put your feet up and relax. Sliding doors take you back into the conservatory and dining room.

At the opposite end of the ground floor, there is a very decent sized double bedroom with a separate shower room and toilet – ideal if you have anyone in your party who finds the stairs bit of a chore. Because the bedroom is down the corridor from the main living area, it’s quite private and quiet too.

Upstairs there are three more bedrooms: one double, one twin and a single with the option of an extra pull out bed. Again, all the fabrics and furnishings are really beautiful up here, everything is high quality, tasteful and new. There is another good size bathroom upstairs with a nice bath to relax in!

The house is set in large gardens which blend into the big landscapes beyond. There is a terrace for al fresco drinks and dining, and further seating with a small stove for toasting marshmallows and the rest on the lawn. There is a private hot tub here too, with the most stunning 360-views. An idyllic place to enjoy a sundowner or two.

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Cottage Type
Pet Friendly, Hot Tub, Real Fire, Farm Stay
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, Cot (cot-linen not provided), WiFi, High Chair, Central Heating
2 Pets, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, Smart TV, Mobile phone reception
Private Garden, Enclosed garden, Off street parking, Bike Storage
Additional Information
Cottage suitable for 'assisted' wheelchair guests, i.e. there is a ground floor bedroom and bathroom but there are some small steps.

Wales coastal path goes through the property.

For a larger group you can book neighbouring property Stablgoch

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This beautiful Welsh farmhouse sits in an elevated position over the Vale of Ffestiniog, in the Snowdonia National Park. By day the views are of mountains and coast. By night, thanks to this region’s Dark Sky Reserve status, you’ll have stars in your eyes too.

Your nearest village is Penrhyndeudraeth, which has a small high street with a Spar for basic supplies and a nice little coffee shop.

Head slightly further afield in the direction of 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 Village is a short distance from Porthmadog and another great place to spend the day.

If you didn’t manage the flag down the steam train as it crossed your garden at Rhiwgoch, 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, with family-friendly and some themed events in school holidays.

Around 15 minutes’ drive in the other direction, towards the mountains, is 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.

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. Big days out don’t have to cost much round here.

Beach lovers should check out the sandy dunes at Harlech, which also has a fantastic medieval castle. In fact, if it’s castles you’re after, you’re literally surrounded by them. Caernarfon and Criccieth are well worth a visit.

You are 40 minutes from the foot of Snowdon, Zip World’s Fforest Coaster and Zip World. The Deep Mine Tour at Llechwedd Mine, Blaenau Ffestiniog is a short drive, or make it a real adventure and travel there on your steam train (departure from Porthmadog). You can wave at the house as you pass.

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Guest Reviews

Colin Williams

Had an amazing weekend break in Rhiwgoch with family. A lovely, spacious farmhouse with stunning views. The bedrooms are large and spacious with very comfortable beds! Spent nights sat in front of the log burner after a wet and windy day. Rhys and Carys were amazing hosts and very welcoming. Ideal place to relax in beautiful surroundings and step away from the hustle and bustle without being to far from local amenities. Will most definitely be returning.


We had a lovely family Christmas week at Rhiw Goch.
The amazing festive hamper was very welcome and the beds were some of the most comfortable I have ever slept in.
Hope to return again some day, maybe in the summer this time, to see the steam trains run passed the bottom of the garden.

Pat Jolley

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Rhiwgoch, we had to reschedule from 2020 due to Lockdown and we were so excited to be able to stay at last! The farmhouse is well laid out and very cosy, perfect for us, our friends and our dogs. The garden and surroundings are stunning, we really enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub, enjoying the views towards Harlech both in daylight & evening. We found a lovely woodland walk from the farmhouse and came across a lake, which would be great to swim in on a hot, sunny day! We would definitely recommend visiting Portmeirion and nearby Borth Y Gest, the food at the Seaview cafe there was excellent. We certainly plan to stay again in the future, we had such a fantastic and relaxing time.

Tash and ged

I love this place and will be returning for my 4th visit next year. It’s great to stay in or venture out to see surroundings…we have done most things in Wales from mine experience with Mark the mole at Corris to zip world and much more
But this cottage is surreal and a dream come true to us ..and we stop and pinch ourselves every time.


Charming, comfortable and clean cottage in a stunning remote location. Ideal for complete peace and relaxation; especially the views from the hot tub. Ideal for walking right from the door of the property. Lots to see and do in the area. Hosts friendly with local knowledge. Thank you for a fabulous few days. We look forward to booking again.

Martin Dowse

The approach to Rhiw Goch builds your anticipation and you are not disappointed. The Farmhouse built from the rock of the hillside looks like its been there for centuries. Inside the house is laid out in a user friendly manner. We unloaded our suitcases and we then explored the garden which hold all sorts of secrets. The Hot Tub on the rock was very surreal but most enjoyable. The lower garden was in effect a viewing platform to watch the trains go by. The trains must whistle before they pass so it was a signal to the family to rush down and wave to the passing train, we made lots of instant friends!!! You may see a little white cat who has adopted the house, do not worry he does not enter but he does pass for a small lamb to some in our family. If you like trains, wilderness, nature and a few sheep to converse with this is an ideal place. You have been warned we will return!

Alice Gainsford

The location and views from the cottage are second to none.. To be so close to both the mountains and also beautiful sandy beaches means that there is so much to do and explore. The hot tub was a real bonus which we all enjoyed but especially my children. So relaxing. Rhys is a very friendly host and helped us with information about the area and different ideas about where to go. Thank you.

Sue McLaren

Rhiw Goch was an absolute delight and we all (four adults, two children and two dogs) found it very difficult to leave this slice of heaven; I wonder if Rhys ever has problems with squatters?
A very beautiful and comfortable house set in splendid surroundings, with the excitement of both the hot tub and the steam train, it was an absolutely wonderful setting for our family to enjoy being properly together again after a long time. The house is not only beautifully positioned but also very conveniently positioned, you can happily pretend to be in an idyllic mountain fastness, while knowing it’s only five minutes to shops and an extraordinarily good vegan restaurant, and not much more towns, cities, beaches and castles.
It was utter bliss and we can’t wait to visit again.

Carol Warden

Where to begin. This cottage is quite simply stunning, not just the location & outside scenery but the interior matches the beauty & standards set outside. Rhys & Carys have thought of every detail possible. From the moment we unlocked the door we fell in love with the cottage & cannot wait to return.

Mary and family

We’ve just returned from a fantastic stay 4 night stay at Rhiwgoch as a group of 5 adults and 3 young children– what a beautiful cottage in an amazing setting between mountains with great views and lots of privacy. The cottage is really laid out with plenty of room and chill out spaces. Bedrooms are all spacious, kitchen was great for cooking family meals and it was lovely to sit at the large table in the conservatory to eat. Close to supermarkets Tesco, Lidl, Aldi in Porthmadog (about 10min drive) Hot tub was great and so relaxing with the views and even local sheep the other side of the fence. We were lucky to have great weather and it was lovely to sit out and explore the garden. We visited the lovely unspoilt sandy beaches at Morfa Bychan (which you can bring a car onto) and Harlech. We also had a lovely walk through the nearby forest. Although the train wasn’t running yet for passengers we were lucky to see it passing by a couple of times, much to the delight of my grandchildren. Rhys the owner was very welcoming and had left us a cake complete with candles and beers/prosecco as he was aware that we had originally booked for 2020 for my sons 30th Birthday. Would definitely go back again

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