Craig y Gronfa Barn
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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Self Catering cottage in beautiful area of Southern Snowdonia.
New barn conversion to high standard with stunning views of mountains.
•Sleeps up to 6 (one double bedroom + one twin bedroom + 2 single sofa beds in lounge). We have a travel cot or bring your own.
•Fully equipped including fitted kitchen, oven/hob, fridge, tv and dvd player
•Dining table with 6 chairs. Strapped booster seat for small child available if required.
•Log burner with one load of wood supplied (additional unlimited wood available for £20)
•Green central heating and hot water (including underfloor heating)
•Free wi-fi access
•Outdoor table tennis
•Over 10 acres private land to explore (including woodland, streams and waterfalls)
•Spectacular views of the mountains and river valley
•Some of the most scenic walking in the country (planned circular routes starting from the property are available)
•Two 3000 ft mountains to climb nearby Aran Fawddwy (3 miles) - can be seen from property, Cader Idris (5 miles)
•Many cycle and walk ways through Dyfi (Dovey) Forest and Southern Snowdonia mountains and valley
•Interesting history of area - Red Haired Brigands of Dinas Mawddwy, King Arthur's reputed last battle site in view.
•Less than half hour drive from sandy beaches at Aberdyfi and Barmouth
•Excellent pub/restaurant half mile away. 3 other pub/restaurants in Dinas Mawddwy (2 miles away).
•Village shop/cafe half mile away
•No pets (there are reasonably priced dog/cat kennels nearby)
•Bedding and towels included
•Parking outside cottage
•Large garden area for sole use of cottage (size of a small field but mowed and surrounded by woodland and bordered by stream).
•Outside table and 4 chairs. Small BBQ.
•Currently no washing machine or drier but there is a large double belfast sink and whirlybird
Note: The 300yd drive up a hill to the property is a bit rough in parts although no problem for a normal car. If you have a very low sports car you may have to park at the bottom and walk up.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aberdyfi, Barmouth, Fairbourne, Borth 30 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Machynlleth 16 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The North Wales region
Situated at the edge of the Southern Snowdonia region. This is much less well known than the northern part but in our opinion is more unspoilt and beautiful. Two of the highest mountains nearby (3000 ft) - Cadair Idris and Aran Fawddwy (latter visible from property) - both make great walks with Cadair Idris being very popular if you want company. The Dyfi Forest is on the opposite side of the valley - this is a massive area with no roads and only has forest tracks and cycle/footpaths so is great for exploration and you are unlikely to see other people although lots of interesting history - old slate workings, buildings etc.
There are several nice sandy beaches within 1/2 hour drive including Aberdyfi and Barmouth.
Places of Interest/things to do nearby
- Fishing (licenses available for Dyfi river from nearby post office)
- Golf (Machynlleth, Borth and Aberdyfi)
- Quad Biking (8 miles)
- Boat Trips (Aberdyfi)
- Center for Alternative Technology (10 miles)
- Ynys Hir Bird Reserve (15 miles)
- King Arthur's Labyrinth (Corris - 10 miles)
- Steam Railways (several with 20 miles)
- Machynlleth first Welsh Parliament dating from 15th century (10 miles)
- Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Centre (14 miles)
Village shop 1/2 mile away selling most of the basics with an attached very reasonable cafe. Village also has a large pub/restaurant. Several other pubs/restaurants in nearby villages.
Area has very interesting history with Red Haired Brigands of Dinas Mawddwy in 16th century. Also reputed last battle of King Arthur at Camlan in view of property. Also several medieval house platforms were found in the 1970s very near to the property which you may come across on your walks.
We have documented several local walks which you will find in the property along with other information about the cottage, local area and places to visit.
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14 Jul 2014
"Nice place but in the middle of nowhere"
Lovely little barn conversion on a farm but take essentials, only small shops locally so expect to drive wherever you go.… More
7 Jul 2014
"Beautifully renovated cottage, Lovely views from cottage, friendly owners"
Lovely warm welcome, guided tours around property on arrival. The welcome book was very helpful. Lovely views from the cottage, and plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing. Would defini… More
21 Apr 2014
This Converted Barn is finished to a high standard and the location is ideal for walkers or cyclists. We traveled as a family with three young children and always found something to do in the area. … More
27 Feb 2014
"A clean and modern barn conversion that's a brilliant place to explore from"
The barn has been converted to a really high standard, with a modern feeling. The fittings are very high quality and everything has been kept beautifully clean. The owners are really lovely and happ… More
6 Dec 2013
"A serendipitous encounter...."
My friends and I had a great holiday here. The cottage was really spacious and felt very cosy with the fire and heating. It had everything you could need to enjoy a week away. There was also a lot of … More
23 Oct 2013
"Great place, fantastic views,"
It is a great place if you have a car. No good without one. We did all our own catering. The barn is spacious with every thing you need to enjoy your stay in North Wales.
15 Oct 2013
"Gorgeous location; cosy barn!"
My partner and I were delighted with the barn: it is clean, warm and beautifully converted. The owners were accommodating and friendly...we really had the perfect holiday!The location of the barn in S… More
27 Jul 2013
"Great modern converted barn in scenic area"
The barn was ideally placed for us being within half an hours drive of most major sightseeing attractions, and was beautifully converted with modern furnishings. We enjoyed watching the jet fighter planes weaving through the mountains. I would suggest that the property may not be so suitable for tiny children, but my teenagers thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want to go home. We were only the 4th/5th holidaymakers in this new conversion, so these few extras are suggested, not a criticism, just things which we would like...a bin outside, some pegs for the washing line, a large mirror near a plug so you can dry your hair etc., and although a microwave has been provided, a four burner hob instead of two would make cooking easier for a larger family, or if not, a wok so we could cook in one pot. All in all we would recommend this place, and would have no hesitation in returning.
25 Jun 2013
"perfect description of location and property"
This cottage has a stunning view and has been sympathetically and lovingly restored by its owners. With a large lawn to eat alfresco, weather permitting, this was a welcoming retreat internally. Heating and lighting are 'green', but perfectly adequate and the cost of running was included in the price. The rooms were clean, reasonably furnished and the kitchen well equipped. There was some very good walking directly from the property and other things to do nearby. The warm welcome was appreciated. You do need a reasonable level of fitness to get the most from a stay here. The owners are still finally equipping the property and currently there are no bedside lamps, but this is a minor niggle and I am sure will soon be rectified. Free Wi-Fi was also most welcome, for those of us who needed to keep in touch.
14 Jun 2013
"Lovely spacious, modern cottage surrounded by beautiful green mountains & sheep !"
We had a lovely holiday in this cottage, we have 3 small children, they loved it, huge garden and grounds for them to run and explore including woods and a small stream.
It was lovely to look out the door at the beautiful hills. The cottage is modern, comfortable, good heating system and clean.
Everything is new and nice, comfortable beds, There were only a few little things that would make the stay even more comfortable, I think these things will come with time as the cottage is newly renovated. No washing machine - but they are getting one soon, a microwave would be useful as there are 2 rings to cook on, not 4, there were lots of glasses but no wine glasses and poor wifi.
Overall the cottage is lovely and comfortable, great for a peaceful rest in the countryside. We went to Barmouth Beach twice during our stay, it was about 30mins drive which is not boring because of the beautiful countryside, the beach has a big car park, shops including an ice cream shop called knickerbocker glory the shop is very pink and sparkly. The beach has lovely sand and was not busy.
Thanks for this good review and for the comments regarding improvement. We would just like to add that we have now put a microwave in the cottage and sorted out the Wi-Fi by installing an extender in the cottage which should give a good signal to the whole cottage. Also in light of the comment regarding wine glasses we will also be getting some of these.
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