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The Cottage

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

'Frondeg' (Pretty Hill) is a delightful 17th century, traditional stone, former blacksmith's cottage in the centre of the tiny hamlet of Mallwyd famous for it's 14th century church and the home of the 'Gwylliad Cochion Mawddwy' (the Red Bandits of Mawddwy), a bunch of red haired Highwaymen from the 16th century.

Mallwyd is situated in the famous Snowdonia National Park and lies half way between the market towns of Dolgellau (9 miles) and Machynleth (10 miles). The cottage has recently been re-furbished but has kept it's original features such as it's oak beams and stone fireplace with a wood burning stove.

The cottage has two bedrooms one of which is accessed through the other making it ideal for families, There is a large double bed in the main bedroom and bunk beds (single on top, double to lower) in the second bedroom. The shower room is light and airy catching the morning sun.

The large slate tiled open plan ground floor boasts a fully equipped galley kitchen, a lounge area with wood burning stove and satellite TV and two very comfy sofas. The dining area seats 4 comfortably and has views of the nearby hills.

Outside the kitchen to the back of the cottage there is a utility room with washing and drying facilities. Here there is a bench where you can sit and relax with your morning coffee. The doorways are low so you will need to mind your head.

To the front of the cottage is a well established garden part lawned and with a raised decking area with table and chairs and a bar-b-que for summer dining.

The many and varied country walks start from the front door and there is fishing in the nearby Dovey river just down the lane from Frondeg. There is also a petrol filling station, an award winning pub, a shop and post office and a cafe in the village.


Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Aberdovey 32 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 300 m
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Machynlleth 16 km
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, DVD player
General CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details outdoors

Off road parking is close to property in a well lit lay-by

The North Wales region

The area of Southern Snowdonia and Northern Powys is a region of many fascinating contrasts.

There are mountains and valleys to climb, to walk, to ride or just to look at, there are lakes and rivers, waterfalls there are beaches to the west, slate mines to the north, steam railways running up and down mountains and along the coast, water sports in Aberdovey and Bala, restaurants and cafes to eat and drink are plentiful, and some of the best fish and chips you will ever taste are found in Machynlleth at Hennighans’.


Machynlleth also boasts a fully equipped leisure centre the “Bro Dyfi” with a swimming pool and cafe. Good shopping and a market on Wednesday are also found in “Mac”.

The tranquil coastal town of Aberdovey is 9 miles west of Machynlleth whilst farther south the seaside towns of Aberystwyth, Aberaeron and New Quay are but a short drive away.

There are many nature reserves in this part of the Cardigeon area.

The Cambrian coastal road from Aberdovey, through Tywyn and up to Dolgellau should not be missed as is the Tal-y-Llin road from Tywyn. Don't forget your camera.

In Dolgellau you will find shops and pubs, cafes and restaurants,, try the coffee and cakes at the internet cafe in Parliament House found in a former hardware store.

Some of the areas best walks and cycle paths are found in Dolgellau. More details can be found at the Tourist Information Centre.

Carrying on north from Dolgellau the mountain of Snowdon is found. You can walk up to the summit or take the train to the restaurant at the top.

Barmouths’ beaches, Harlechs’ castle and Portmeirions’ “Italianate Village” are all found to the north. Shopping and the famous Ffestiniog railway are in Porthmadog and there are some nice beaches within walking distance.

The lakes of Bala and Vyrnwy and the stunning scenic village of Betws-y-Coed are all less than an hour away.

Bala has many activities to offer on it’s lake, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing etc. Take a picnic with you to Betws-y-Coed.

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8 May 2014


"Quaint and cosy cottage"

My partner and I and another couple stayed in Frondeg over a bank holiday and had a lovely time. The cottage is quaint but not too small and fitted us 4 very comfortably. The kitchen was well equipped for making all of our meals and when we got the fire going on one of the nights, it heated up the place beautifully. The cottage was very clean and well kept, and had all the essentials such as washing up liquid, hand soap, towels and bed sheets. The views around the cottage are absolutely stunning with mountains and hills all around.
The cottage is situated in a little cluster of other cottages with a pub called the Brigands Inn and a service station that stocked all the essentials such as milk, eggs, bread, and even wine.
I found the location to be ideal for us. We spent the days mountain biking at Coed y Brenin which was only a 30 minute drive away, and climbing Mt Snowdon which was approximately 50 minute drive away. Then went to the Brigands Inn for a well earned drink at the end of the day.
Brigands Inn is a great pub only a few meters from the door of Frondeg. The staff are friendly and the menu looks great, however we made the mistake of not booking a table during a bank holiday weekend and were disappointed to find out when we had arrived, after a big day out on Snowdon, that the place was completely booked out! Would recommend booking.

All in all a lovely place that added to a lovely weekend!

25 Mar 2014


"Well fitted out and cosy cottage in a great setting"

The cottage is small, but well fitted out and extremely comfortable. Nice wood burner.
Probably best suited to a couple with two smaller children. Fine for two plus dogs.
Dog friendly.
Steep stairs, as detailed in the brochure, would be difficult for the elderly or infirm.
Do not rely on mobile phone being always available. O2 and Vodafone are borderline in the village and highly intermittent in a thick walled cottage.
The Brigands Inn which so only 100 metres away is a fine pub/restaurant.
The area is beautiful. The Dyfi/Dovey valley is magnificent and Cadar Idris area is stunning. Great beaches at Barmouth and Tywyn.

16 Mar 2014


"Fantastic cottage in wonderful location"

We stayed from Sunday until Friday and had a brilliant time. The cottage is excellently located for fantastic walks from the door and locally. The cottage was immaculate and well stocked with basics s… More

5 Mar 2014


"Peace and Relaxation."

My partner and i recently stayed at this superb cottage tucked away in lovely quiet part of Wales. The thoughtful little extras left behind by the owners made for a great start to our break, the kind of extras that are easily forgotten when staying away from the comforts of your own property. Most days we enjoyed peaceful walks around the beautiful picturesque countryside surrounding the cottage and would then pop into the local public house for a few beverages early evening. We would finish the day relaxing in front of the open fire. Would recommend staying at the cottage to all friends and family, can't wait to return next year.

24 Feb 2014


"Cosy cottage"

What a lovely place cottage was very clean,had everything there that you needed.The log fire was lovely and cosy after a day out in the wet and windy weather we had.A fantastic relaxing weekend.… More

5 Nov 2013


"A lovely little retreat"

Just returned from a long weekend with my partner and 6 month old. Frondeg is a charming little cottage, very clean and spotless. Geoff, the owner, was extremely helpful aswell which made the stay mor… More

18 Oct 2013


"What a stunning place to stay !!!"

We found this cosy retreat after searching for something that would fit us all perfectly (2 Adults, 1 Child), and its certainly did that. Very convenient location for loads of local walks and garage, … More

5 Sep 2013


"Great cottage"

Had a lovely stay at Frondeg Holiday Cottage with my partner. Cottage was clean, tidy and cosey, perfect for a couple or small family. Not far from market town of Machynlleth.
Property was ideally situated for day trips to Aberdovey, Barmouth and Aberystwyth.
Would definately stay there again if planning holiday in Wales.

26 Jul 2013


"unclean and cleaner extremly rude"

we travelled to this cottage in july, it was very dirty. rugs not hoovered, old food on the table, spilt food on the tiled floor, down front of grill and oven also in the fridge, hair, grease and cobw… More

18 Nov 2011


"A refreshing country break"

A lovely, clean and easily accessible cottage, set amongst other small cottages in the village of Mallwyd. Approx: 8 miles either way from 2 small welsh towns and short drives from great walks and san… More

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