This stone quarryman’s cottage, built in 1875, is in the sleepy village of Cwm Penmachno, Betws-y-Coed, which is situated in the beautiful Machno Valley and is surrounded by dense woodland, magnificent mountains, flowing rivers and waterfalls. The cottage is attractively decorated and furnished, sleeps 6 with three bedrooms and one large bathroom (with bath and separate shower). A comfortable sitting room has spectacular views and is kept cosy by a wood burner.
A generous sized dining area and kitchen also benefit from the presence of a large wood burner and, again, beautiful views. The rear of this cottage has a lovely enclosed slated area where you can sit and relax and take in the spectacular sight of the surrounding mountains. There is room for two cars in an off road parking area.
The whole area is a haven for walkers, birdwatchers and climbers. Mountain bikers, of all abilities, can enjoy many kilometres of local mountain bike trails, including The Gwydyr trail built in association with Marin bikes (the cottage itself is located very near to the fantastic Penmachno Mountain Bike Trail).
Betws-y-Coed itself is just eight miles away and offers a good range of shops, pubs and cafes. Wonderful beaches such as Harlech, Shell Island and Black Rock Sands are well within an hour's drive and there are others on Anglesey and Lleyn peninsula.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Harlech 33.2 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Betws-y-Coed 12.4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
• The front room has a comfortable window seat from which you can enjoy the marvellous views.
• The cottage has three bedrooms; one with a king sized bed, another with a double bed and the third with an
adult bunk bed.
• Our cottage has satellite television and a large collection of DVDs.
• The hi-fi has a lead for connecting MP3 players.
• Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda home delivery are available to this cottage.
|Further details outdoors|
The rear patio area is enclosed and has patio furniture and a barbeque.
North Wales offers so much variety. The coast line includes a hundred miles of coastal paths, golden sandy beaches such as at Harlech with its 13th century castle, beautiful estuaries with abundant marine and bird life, vibrant coastal towns and pretty villages including the traditional sea-side town of Barmouth and the amazingly unique Portmeirion. Enjoy traditional seaside fun in Llandudno, with its grand prom and pier or fantastic sailing and surfing on the stunning Llyn Peninsula. In Borth-y-Gest (18.5 miles away) you will find picturesque sheltered coves with sandy beaches where it is ideal for children to play in pools.
There are, apart from the lofty and majestic Snowdon (3560ft), 14 climbable mountains over 3000 ft, which are part of some of the most breath taking scenery in the British Isles. Snowdon can be reached on the charming mountain railway that operates from Llanberis during the summer months. Other wonders of North Wales which never fail to make a lasting impression are its crystal clear lakes, sparkling rivers, moody moorlands, deep valley passes and enchanting glens and waterfalls.
The culture and identity of this wild and romantic Snowdonia region has been significantly shaped by the myths, legends and folklore that are associated with almost every lake, hill, mountain and village, the most well known figure being King Arthur. In fact, North Wales’ castles include some of the finest surviving medieval forts in Europe.
North Wales is great for rail enthusiast with the Conwy Valley line, the Cambrian Coaster from Machynlleth to Pwllheli via Porthmadog and various narrow gauge steam trains. Garden enthusiasts are spoilt for choice and there are mines, potteries, woollen mills and several art galleries. Children can enjoy many attractions including the North Wales Zoo, the Sea Zoo on Anglesey, and Greenwood [adventure] Park. In fact, the region offers endless activities from walking to mountain biking, fishing to water sports and golf to horse riding and tree top adventures.
Cwm Penmachno is a perfect base from which to explore the wonderful hill, mountain and forest walks in the surrounding area. Being surrounded by dense woodland, magnificent mountains, flowing rivers and spectacular waterfalls, the whole area is a haven for walkers, birdwatchers and climbers.
Betws boosts The Marin Route (also known as the Gwydyr Trail), a challenging 25km mountain bike ride through the stunningly beautiful Gwydir Forest, just 1km north of the village itself. To the south of the village there is the easier Llyn Elsi Route, a 10 km circular ride.There are two further routes, totalling 30km, in Penmachno just 4km south of Betws- y- Coed. The world-renowned red bull circuit at Coed Y Brenin ( a 35 minute drive away) is the mountain biking mecca of north Wales with some really intense rocky, rough and tumble singetrack is also a must visit for the avid mountain biker. If you are looking for something gentler for all the family to enjoy then you will not be disappointed as the area has a further 100km of local routes and trails over waterfalls, lakes and open mountain vistas, along with bike hire facilities.
The riding centre at Gwydyr Stables (formerly Ty Coch) is just over 5 miles away from the cottage and, being surrounded by breathtaking scenery, is a wonderful location for horse-riding, pony trekking or extended day trail rides.
An interesting small National Trust property near Cwm Penmachno is Ty Mawr Wybrnant where William Morgan (later Bishop) was born. He was the first to translate the Bible into Welsh over 400 years ago.
In under 50 minutes you can get to the lovely beach at Harlech. The surrounding dune area is one of the finest examples of a natural dune system in Britain and is a lovely place to spend the day no matter what the weather. Harlech castle is regarded as one of the finest, if not the finest, examples of medieval British defensive architecture. The pretty town of Harlech lies on a hillside above the castle. Between the dunes and the town of Harlech are the championship links of the Royal St. David's Golf Club. What more could any visitor wish for ..... sun, sea, sand, a historic Castle and fantastic scenery in which ever direction they choose to look. Traditional seaside fun can also be had in Llandudno (45 mins away) with its grand prom and pier, and Anglesey (1 hours drive.) Fantastic sailing and surfing can be found on the stunning Llyn Peninsula. Also, all of Snowdonia's 1000 metre peaks are less than a half an hour drive away.
Within a few miles of this Cwm Penmachno cottage is the outdoor pursuit’s centre of Betws-y-Coed. Known as the Gateway to Snowdonia, this mainly Victorian town is North Wales' most popular inland resort and is surrounded by dense woodland and magnificent mountain country, making it a haven for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts alike- the whole area is full of interesting walking and cycling routes as well as excellent spots for bird watchers. The area also offers opportunities for fishing, water sports, golf and horse riding. At Betws-y-Coed the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the west, and the beauty of the area is enhanced by cascading waterfalls, river pools and ancient bridges. Most famous of all are the magnificent Swallow Falls, situated where the River Llugwy meets with a spectacular chasm, creating a sight not to be missed. The village has award winning restaurants, a choice of pubs, grocery shops and gift shops, a miniature railway, a riverside golf course and the Woodland High Rope Activity Centre and is home to The Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre.
The church of St. Michael, in Betws-y-Coed, dates back to the 14th Century and is one of the oldest in Wales. In addition to the stunning countryside that surrounds Betws-Y-Coed, there are a number of National Trust properties just a short drive away. The town is also the start of the beautiful Conwy Valley, which leads to the coast and the lovely towns of Llandudno and Conwy.
Located only a short distance from Beaver Bridge, on the outskirts of Betws y Coed, is The Fairy Glen, a secluded and enchanting gorge on the river Conwy. With a combination of rapids and cascades that are channelled into a narrow ravine, and wooded banks and rock walls clothed with vegetation, The Fairy Glen remains one of Betws-y-Coed's main attractions and is a favourite with artists and photographers alike.