7 St Marys Terrace
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Welcome to 7 St Mary's Terrace, our recently renovated, 4 bedroom self-catering Holiday Home, located at the edge of Snowdonia National Park in Arthog, Gwynedd, Wales.
The house is perfectly situated in a fantastic rural location, close to beaches & mountains, on a quiet lane leading to the small, unmanned railway halt of Morfa Mawddach and has superb views across the RSPB Wetland Reserve to the hills and mountains beyond.
This extremely comfortable property with it's original Victorian features and high ceilings, has been decorated in soft, restful, pastel colours and is furnished & equipped to a very high standard.
7 St Mary's is ideally placed whatever type of Holiday you prefer.. whether it's relaxation, beaches & fishing, or activities such as walking, cycling & water sports. Within a few minutes (50 metre) walk you can be on the famous Mawddach Trail and a 30 minute (1.5 mile) walk takes you across the impressive Victorian bridge, over the Mawddach Estuary into Barmouth.
A holiday home perfectly suited to large or extended families and groups that enjoy the great outdoors.
The spacious, fully equipped kitchen / diner is our favourite place to socialise, with a large farmhouse table for 8 people to gather around and enjoy a meal together, whilst the sitting room, with its wood burning stove, provides a cosy space for relaxing and reading or watching TV.
We have four good sized bedrooms, one King size and two Twins on the first floor and a Double on the ground floor.
An additional first floor room with desk, office chair and comfy armchair, can serve as a study or just a quiet reading room.
There is a bathroom on the first floor with bathtub & shower over, as well as a ground floor shower room, both with electric showers, WCs & washbasins.
We also have a useful laundry area complete with washing machine, tumble dryer, coat and boot storage, plus space for a pushchair if you have little ones.
Our ground floor bedroom, together with our ground floor shower room (with fold-down shower seat) & WC, means 7 St Mary's is ideal for people with restricted mobility.
The front garden has been landscaped and terraced to provide a slate-paved Al fresco dining area complete with large table and seating for 8. Just perfect for enjoying the scenery whilst sharing a meal & bottle of wine with family or friends.
Two additional paved areas can be used for whatever you prefer... maybe relaxing in the sunshine, setting up a Barbecue, or as a kiddies play area.
There is also a secure bike store for 3 to 4 bikes (depending on size).
At the rear of the property is a small, enclosed, courtyard area with outside store, washing line and seating.
Ample parking is available on the lane to the front of the property.
Other features of note:-
- Wi-Fi included (unlimited downloads)
- Flat screen TV with Freeview HD
- DVD / Blu-ray / CD player / MP3 Player / Internet Media Centre
- Playstation 2 with a large selection of games
- Internet Radio / Music Station with iPod / iPhone Dock & USB / Aux Music input
- Selection of books, games and jigsaws
- Electric cooker with double oven
- Microwave Oven, Toaster and Slow-cooker
- Large fridge/freezer
- Large walk-in pantry
- Electric night storage heating, oil radiators plus a wood burning stove
- Electricity and an initial supply of kindling & logs for the stove are included
(additional logs and kindling may be purchased locally)
- Yale combination safe (wide enough for laptops)
- Travel cot, highchair, fire safety guard and stair-gate are provided (you would need to bring your own baby bedding for the cot)
- Bed linen & bath and hand towels are included in the price (you would need to bring your own beach towels)
- Outside Picnic Table & Bench seats for 8
- Kiddies Picnic Table with integral sandpit under table top
- Secure bike store for 3 to 4 bikes
- Friday change-over day
- Short Stays during the Off-Peak period are available.
- No smoking
- Some pets are welcome - please contact us for more information.
- Home produced pork, bacon, sausage, eggs and cheese are available from our neighbours Sue & Jim Alger at Ynysgyffylog Barn Farm (less than 100 yards up the lane).
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fairbourne or Barmouth 2.5 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Liverpool John Lennon Airport 150 km, Nearest railway: Morfa Mawddach Station 150 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
The North Wales region
Snowdonia National Park really is the jewel in the crown of the region and is home to Mount Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa, the highest mountain in Wales and England. There are a choice of trails to the summit, but If you don't fancy the hike to the top, you can take a steam train up to the visitor centre instead. There are countless trails to walk and peaks to conquer in the Park and the scenery is simply breathtaking.
There are plenty of gorgeous clean sandy beaches in the region, from the quiet secluded ones to those in the larger seaside towns with a good choice of facilities close to hand. These west facing Cardigan Bay beaches are host to some of the most spectacular sunsets in the country and from early Springtime through to the Autumn, pods of dolphins and porpoises can be spotted close to the shoreline.
Other activities in the region:-
- Enjoy a day exploring the Italianate village and beautiful gardens of Port Meirion, where they filmed the classic 1960s series The Prisoner.
- Visit nearby historic Harlech Castle and climb the battlements.
- Sail on an underground adventure at King Arthur's Labyrinth and visit the slate mine and craft centre at Corris.
- Visit the Centre for Alternative Technology near Corris.
- Take the kids to Shell Island beach, shells are guaranteed!
- Take a ride on the spectacular Cambrian railway line, it runs between Machynlleth in the south, hugging the coast, all the way to Pwllheli on the Llyn Peninsular in the north.
- If steam power is your thing, try one of the many great little trains of Wales such as the Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland, or Talyllyn Railways.
- Play golf on the 18 hole course at Aberdovey.
- Visit the fascinating Dyfi Osprey Project at Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Glandyfi near Machynlleth (opening again in Spring 2014).
- If mountain biking is your thing and you have exhausted Coed y Brenin, there are also trails to be found to the south of Machynlleth.
7 St Mary's Terrace is located about 8 miles southwest of Dolgellau in Arthog, down a quiet lane just off the A493 which leads to the small, unmanned railway halt of Morfa Mawddach. It is in an exceptional rural position at the edge of Snowdonia National Park and overlooks the RSPB Wetland Reserve of “Arthog Bog”, with superb views of the ever changing hills and mountains beyond. The area is a Mecca for bird watchers and nature lovers alike, as Arthog Bog is designated as a site of special scientific interest due to the weird and wonderful variety of plants, flowers, butterflies and birds that can be found here. Ponies and sheep are often seen grazing together with their foals and lambs in the Springtime.
A footpath cuts through the Reserve directly onto the famous Mawddach Trail. Alternatively the Trail can be accessed by a short walk down the lane towards the station. This superb, flat waterside path is a 15km disused railway line and was featured on TV in “Railway Walks with Julia Bradbury”. It is ideal for walking or cycling and runs from Dolgellau, along the southern side of the beautiful, unspoilt, Mawddach Estuary and over the iconic bridge into Barmouth,. Around midway along the Trail at Penmaenpool, is an old wooden toll bridge which crosses the upper part of the estuary. The family-friendly George III pub is located here and serves a good selection of beers & food.
From 7 St Mary's, it's a 1.5 mile walk or cycle ride along the Trail, over the impressive Victorian Afon Mawddach bridge (Britain's longest wooden railway bridge and the longest viaduct in Wales) and across the Mawddach Estuary into Barmouth. A small toll is payable during peak season. Alternatively you can cross the bridge by hailing the train at Morfa Mawddach station, or it takes around 25 mins to drive there.
Barmouth is a lively, traditional family seaside resort with a fabulous sandy beach and numerous cafes, restaurants and pubs.
We like the Last Inn for good pub grub... and Bistro Bermo for something a bit special.
For other evening entertainment, the Dragon Theatre in the centre of town hosts a regular variety of events such as film, music and drama performances.
There is a large Co-op supermarket next to the station, together with a good variety of other shops and galleries.
Fair ground rides and an amusement arcade can be found on the sea front and fishing trips are available at the quayside.
You can catch the little passenger ferry to the opposite side of the estuary from Barmouth and then take a trip on the Steam Railway into Fairbourne... Great for the kids!
Fairbourne is also a 1.5 mile walk away, or about 5 mins by car or train and 10 mins by bike, with a selection of small supermarkets, a Post Office (you can withdraw cash here during opening times), an excellent fish & chip shop, a butchers, launderette and great Indian restaurant called Indiana Cuisine. Fairbourne has a superb beach with rock pools at either end of a two mile stretch of sands.
Dolgellau, about 15 minutes away by car (or you can catch the bus nearby), is the largest local town and has a full range of shops including 2 large supermarkets and a good variety of cafes, pubs & restaurants. Our favourites here are the Y Meirionnydd for fine dining and T H Roberts for its amazing cakes and location in an old, listed Hardware store. The Mawddach Restaurant, just outside Dolgellau on the road to Barmouth offers a great menu serving good quality, locally sourced produce.
To the north of Dolgellau, about 25 minutes from Arthog by car, is Coed y Brenin Forest Park with a dedicated mountain biking centre, walking trails and Go Ape with its tree top adventure course and zip wires.
A 10 min drive or train ride to the south takes you to Llwyngwril, with another good beach and pub/restaurant . Further south, around 25 mins by car or 20 mins on the train, is Tywyn, home to the Talyllyn Steam Railway.
As well as a good selection of shops and cafes, it has a long sandy beach, an indoor public swimming pool and a wonderful restored independent cinema and live events venue, the Magic Lantern. Our favourite Tywyn restaurant is a super, buzzing little Bistro called “Salt Marsh Kitchen”, which opened in the summer of 2013 and specialises in using fresh, local, seasonal produce.
Southern Snowdonia is quieter than the Northern mountains, you can be in the hills all day and not see a soul. There are endless walking options from the doorstep, from leisure walks along the Mawddach Trail, coastal paths and promenades, or local hill walks & picnicking around the glorious Cregennan Lakes, Blue Lake and Arthog Falls, as well as longer, tougher mountain walks such as to the peak of Cadair Idris. For a good choice of guided walks for all abilities, Barmouth Walking Festival is held in September each year and takes advantage of the fabulous walks and dramatic landscape accessible in the Barmouth area.
After all that activity, make sure you treat yourself to a hearty cooked breakfast with the award winning produce from our neighbours Sue & Jim Alger at Ynysgyffylog Barn Farm (less than 100 metres up the lane). A great choice of home produced sausages, bacon and eggs, in addition to pork loin, belly pork, gammon and cheese. No set opening times... just go to the gate and yell!
Other activities you can enjoy locally:-
- Fishing, Sailing and Watersports.
- Pony Trekking from Bwlchgwyn Farm, just a few minutes away... Enjoy riding along the beach
- Bike hire available in Dolgellau and Barmouth
- Landscape Photography, Sketching and Painting
- Golf at Fairbourne - 9 hole course
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30 Sep 2014
We visited 7 St Mary's Terrace for a week in September to celebrate some special family birthdays. The property is fantastic, beautifully decorated and incredibly well thought out. From the cosy living room to the comfortable bedrooms and lovely kitchen and dining area with enough room for us all to sit down and eat or play the many board games available. The location is very picturesque with the gorgeous coastal path only a few minutes away. It is ideally situated to make the most of the walks around the area and a lovely stroll across the estuary bridge to Barmouth makes for a great day or evening out - you can even get the train back if you are too full after a meal at one of the many restaurants! We can also recommend a trip to the Cregallan Lakes which is only a short drive (or walk for the more hardy visitors) for some breathtaking scenery.
Ian and Mandy were very attentive hosts and have obviously put a lot of thought into the cottage as every need was catered for. In addition, they provide a wealth of information about the local area within the property and made contact to confirm we had arrived safely and were enjoying our trip.
All in all it was a very relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of daily life - I don't think any of us wanted to come home and we will definitely be returning!
16 Sep 2014
"This house is brilliant"
At the risk of not being able to get a booking at 7 St Mary's again, I have to be honest and give this a brilliant review.
The house is beautiful, well decorated, well equipped and in a great location. All the household equipment you could possibly need for a large party was included, Stacks of crockery and cutlery. Plenty of pots and pans.
The wine and chocolates left for my birthday were a lovely touch and gratefully received. Thank you.
This will not be the last time we stay at 7 St Mary's.
Great home from home.
11 Aug 2014
7 St Mary's is a beautifully finished and extremely well-equipped house.
The bedrooms are all very comfortable and every small detail has been attended to down to hair dryers and mirrors in the right place.
Plenty of space for all of us throughout the house although we only used 3 out of the 4 bedrooms, it may have been a little squashed with 2 more adults particularly in the living room. However, the kitchen/dining area is delightful and with the extra loo and shower downstairs makes it more comfortable for everyone.
The kitchen is extremely well-equipped especially for a family like us with young children. The additional plastic cutlery, crockery etc... We're much appreciated as were the travel cot, stair gates and high-chairs.
The finish and furnishings are stunning and we lives the pictures of the local area.
The front garden has been finished beautifully also and the large outdoor table us a delightful spot for watching the sun set on the Bog opposite (much more beautiful than its name suggests) and hills behind Arthog. The children's Sandpit was also an excellent example of how the owners have gone the extra mile.
We are familiar with, and absolutely love, the local area. Highly recommend the miniature steam railway, walk across Barmouth Bridge followed by fish & chips, Coed y Brenin for a walk and lunch as well as biking, George III for a decent sandwich. I would not recommend however the Indian restaurant in Fairbourne; bland food, very watery daal and curries and also he totally overcharged us.
30 Jul 2014
"The best holiday home I ever stayed in....by a long way"
Comfortable and spacious. Well organised. Particularly useful were the laminated local maps. We took one on our walks.
25 Jul 2014
7 St Marys is a great holiday cottage, tastefully decorated, equipped with everything you need and still feeling spacious enough even with all the bedrooms full up. The surrounding scenery is beautiful, with plenty of walks from the doorstep and Barmouth is only a short walk across the estuary bridge. It is truly a great location for a relaxing week, although there is no end of stuff to amuse you if you are an outdoor lover. I will miss walking out to the estuary bridge each evening to watch the sun setting over Barmouth. Would definitely recommend as I had a fantastic week with my extended family and hope to return to this lovely part of the world before too long.
8 Jul 2014
St Mary's Terrace is very well placed for Barmouth and the surrounding area. We walked over the estuary bridge, took the train and also took the Fairbourne mini train/ferry combo. Very exciting f… More
5 Jun 2014
"Great little getaway!"
I stayed at st Mary's with a group of 8 people aged 21 - 28 for a weekend and our stay couldn't have been any better! The location, just a twenty minute walk from barmouth was great for peo… More
10 May 2014
"truly out standing accommodation"
When we arrived at 7stmarys we could not beleive our luck what a beautiful house.
Every thing you needed was there even a game station for children .
And refurbished to a very high standard nice pastel colours bright and airy
Ian & Mandy had left tea coffee and milk which we thought was very nice
We would highly recommend 7stmarys to any one. And Believe me you will not be disappointed
Will certainly be back
THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN For a great break
We're so pleased you had a lovely holiday and thank you very much for leaving the great comments in our guest book and for taking the time to post a review...we really do appreciate it. Looking forward to welcoming you and your family back to No 7 very soon.
16 Apr 2014
"Large house with everything in a perfect quiet setting close to walks and nature"
We stayed 8 persons in the house, 2 grandparents, 2 parents and 4 children between the age of 3 and 14, boys and girls. We had an absolutely lovely time in the house. The house is spacious with really generous sized bedrooms and common living areas. The whole house is squeaky clean, really really clean, and has newly been refurbished throughout. Everything is thought through, there are helpful hints and advice everywhere, which makes it easy to stay as a guest, as you do not have to spend a lot of time guessing how the house or the heat or the water works. Easy peasy. The kids enjoyed the board games en masse, and the TV and DVD player complete with movies appropriate for all ages. We took little local walks, which was easy as the trail was just down the road at a bend. Going left, you will head for the town of Barmouth and the railway bridge across the estuary, going right you will head along the trail north through the forest along the Arthog Bog. We took daytrips in the car to other areas of Snowdonia, but really, had we stayed in the area just walking around, it would also have sufficed. We saw the sunset on the stone beach in Fairbourne, which is appr. 5 min. by car from the house. We walked across the railway bridge to Barmouth, and enjoyed a day at the beach there, as well as attempting to take the train back, but on the day it had problems, so we walked back and admired the views, was passed by another train, talked to the sheep, compared our shells, ate sweets, it was lovely. Across from the house is the Arthog Bog - complete with sheep and ponies, that we talked to every day. We cooked in the house, and the kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need for real cooking. It is easy, and makes the day so much more umcomplicated. All appliances are new, including washer and dryer. There is sand-toys to take to the beach, and a small sandpit out front hidden in the kids seating arrangement. It is possible to bring bikes (which we would have loved to do, the area is perfect for biking around, walking to everything takes some time) and have them locked in at night. There is a train stop just down the road, which connects to Fairborne and Barmouth, an crosses the railway bridge when going north. The communication with the owners were exquisite, we were in good hands on email and sms all the time, every question answered swiftly, always super polite and very helpful. The neighbours stopped and asked if we were having a good time. It was really a good vacation. The house is terraced, which does not show on the pictures, but this should not put anybody off, as the area is a real secluded and quiet lane into nature, and really quiet, when we were there we didn't see or hear our immediate neighbours, and the terraces out front are secluded and private, so there would be no problem even if somebody were home next door.
We're really pleased to hear that you had such a lovely family get together at No 7 and thank you so much for taking the time to post this review. You have given us some excellent feedback and have included lots of useful information that will be of benefit to future guests… We really do appreciate it and it's reassuring to know we are getting things right. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to No 7 in the future.
25 Feb 2014
"A beautifully renovated home in a spectacular location"
The care and attention paid by the owners to the decor and the details in this newly renovated property are immediately apparent; this meant that everything we needed (and more) was to hand and that our stay was very relaxing and comfortable. From the well equipped kitchen to the very comfortable beds this is a first class holiday let. The location was superb if you are looking for scenic walks or cycle rides or even if you wanted to travel around Snowdonia. The walk across the viaduct to Barmouth is to be recommended. Although we drove, there is a railway halt a short walk away, so travelling here by rail is a real option. We will be returning and have recommended it to all our friends.
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