Hen Aelwyd yr Urdd is a pretty Welsh cottage which dates back over 100 years. The cottage exudes a friendly welcome and a cosy ambience and is situated in a quiet location away from the main road and passing traffic in the village of Llan Ffestiniog, known locally as Llan and sometimes shown as Ffestiniog on maps, and is a close neighbour of larger and better known Blaenau Ffestiniog which is about 3 miles away. The village stands amongst some dramatic scenery and stands atop the glorious Vale of Ffestiniog, in the Heart of the Snowdonia National Park and is ideally located for the many attractions the area has to offer.
The cottage is away from the main thoroughfare, and with no passing traffic makes it a 'perfect getaway from it all' location. There are some fantastic walks, lakes & waterfalls from the cottage, and the area is great for fishing and golfing. The Pengwern community village pub and shop is only a 2 minute walk from the cottage.
The slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is only 3 miles away and offers an array of eating establishments, pubs, shops, chemist, garage & leisure centre/swimming pool. Blaenau Ffestiniog is also the home to the World Famous Ffestiniog Narrow Gauge Steam railway which links to the harbour town of Porthmadog.
Every care has been taken to ensure our guests have a lovely stay and we have tried to think of everything, right down to a very comprehensive information folder, maps and even a compass. The cottage is ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway anytime of the year. We welcome well behaved dogs (2 maximum).
Features & Facilities include:
• Open plan living accommodation with well appointed lounge & dining area with inglenook fireplace housing an Aga multi fuel stove on a slate hearth, and exposed beams throughout the downstairs.
• The kitchen area is well equipped with electric cooker/grill, hob and extractor hood, microwave, fridge with icebox & washer/dryer.
• Double bedroom with matching corona bedroom furniture. A light & airy bedroom
• Upstairs shower room is well appointed.
• Complimentary bottle of wine & welcome gift on arrival
• Electricity & starter pack of fuel for Multi fuel stove included.
• Bed Linen, towels and tea towels are all provided, together with the following 'consumables': Washing up liquid, washing up brush, cloth & sponge, washing powder/liquid, dishcloths, and tea towels. Liquid soaps by washbasins, toilet roll and bin bags. We also provide a small supply of Tea, Coffee & Sugar and a selection of Herbal & Fruit Teas. There is also a condiment set of Salt, Pepper & Vinegar, and a small selection of assorted herbs & spices.
• 2 well behaved dogs welcome (please bring own dog beds and towels)
• Roadside parking 50 yards from property (can park outside cottage to unload only).
• Village shop, Post office & Pub all within a 2 minute walk
• Strictly No Smoking
• LCD TV/DVD with FreeSat, CD/radio & iPod dock. There is a good selection of DVD's, books & games
• Small rear courtyard
Note: Property is opposite a small, quiet local authority storage yard, which is well-kept and well screened from view. Note: Shower is over a bath but due to hot water tank capacity showers only are advisable.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Black Rock Sands, Morfa Bychan 15 km|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Blaenau Ffestiniog 3 km|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Nowhere else in Britain will you find such variety, in such a compact area, as you will in Snowdonia - or Eryri as it is known in Welsh. There are many places to visit, and things to do in Snowdonia, so come and enjoy what's on offer.
The village stands amongst some dramatic scenery; to the east there is the broad open, moorland wilderness of the Migneint, whilst to the south and west, Llan Ffestiniog stands atop the glorious Vale of Ffestiniog, a deep sheltered valley of thick woodland and green river meadows.
Llan Ffestiniog has a shop and post office and the nearest pub is a short walk from the cottage. The Pengwern Arms, an old Coaching Inn dating back some two hundred years has opened it's doors once again for the first time in over two years as a community pub, bought by the community for the community. A warm welcome awaits you. The renowned Grapes Inn, a 17th Century Coaching Inn and Restaurant is also only two miles away. The area is good for fishing and golf.
From the village's old railway station, a path runs parallel to the railway down into the wooded valley of the River Cynfal, leading to the picturesque Cynfal Falls, (Rhaeadr Cynfal). The rock above the falls is known as Huw Llwyds pulpit, named after a 17th century wizard and bard. The river tumbles further down into the alpine-style valley, to join the River Dwyryd and more romantic scenery. Further up the river there are other waterfalls, including Rhaeadr Y Cwm, with a 120ft drop.
Its lofty situation, atop the lovely Vale of Ffestiniog, makes Llan Ffestiniog a good base for a quiet relaxing break, whilst being centrally located for excursions further afield, such as the World Famous Ffestiniog narrow gauge steam railway, Llechwedd slate caverns, many CADW heritage sites, the Italianate village of Portmeirion and many beaches only being a short drive away.
A short drive away is Coed y Brenin, one of the best mountain bike centres in Britain and, the best bit is, it's free! Bikes are available for hire and the visitor centre offers a good selection of snacks. Llechwedd slate caverns is also home to the new World class downhill mountain bike tracks & trails.
In 1776, Lord George Lytton toured through Wales, when he arrived at Ffestiniog he wrote; “Nothing remarkable occurred in our ride, until we came to Ffestiniog, the Vale before which is the most perfectly beautiful of all we had seen .... with the woman one loves, with the friend of one's heart, and a good study of books, one might pass an age there, and think it but a day. If you have a mind to live long and renew your youth, come and settle in Ffestiniog”.