Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This ancient stone cottage, known as "The Boathouse" and now restored to modern standards with spacious high ceiling living areas, is in the middle of a large private woodland in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, completely traffic-free with access via a good quality woodland track some 500 yards from the public road. The wood is part of one of the few temperate rain forests in the world, and has beautiful rare lichens on its ancient oak trees and two lakes, one just below the house. There are wonderful walks literally from the front door, up through the forest to reach viewpoints out towards Portmeiron, Harlech with its famous Castle, and the sea, and past the old mine-workings hidden in the woods. Two Ffestiniog railway stations are within 15 minutes walk through the trees, one a request halt built for a former owner of the wood, and the steam trains wind their way through the forest, visible from the house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Llundudno 35 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester 140 km, Nearest railway: Plas Halt 400 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, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The centre of the house is a large lounge with double-height wood-beamed ceiling, wood-burning stove and an attractive Ash staircase which winds up to the master bedroom on the first floor. There is a sizeable brand-new modern kitchen, extending dining table that easily seats 8, and an attractive wooden dresser. The ground floor also has two twin bedrooms, one of them with a generous picture window that looks out over the terrace and through the trees towards the Ffestiniog railway. The lounge has two large sofas, one of which converts to a bed, and two comfy red leather chairs. There is also a shower room on this floor. Upstairs, the master bedroom has an attractive sloping roof, with distant views through the rooflight windows and an en-suite bathroom.
|Further details outdoors|
The house has its own garden of over 200 square yards, with terrace, very secluded being in the middle of a private wood within Snowdonia National Park to which public access is limited to certain footpaths and to the woodland track which winds through the wood below the house. There is a ample space for parking several cars, or alternatively this house could be used without a car since despite its rural location, the Ffestiniog railway stations are not far away. The main access to the house is via an attractive driveway up from the forest track, and on the other side it has its own private footpath back down to rejoin the public routes through the woods on the other side. Maps showing the network footpaths through the woods are provided. Note: there may be forestry works in the woods as timber is harvested, this will mainly be well away from the house although forestry vehicles may use the forest tracks and on occasional days there may be work in the woods above the house.
Weekend lets are possible at many times of the year and there may be some flexibility about starting days for these, please enquire.
Please note, we regret that pets cannot be accommodated in The Boathouse. However, there is a good dry outbuilding next to the house and while we appreciate this is not appropriate for all cases, if you wish, you are welcome to use this for a dog to sleep in. The woods and surroundings are a wonderful area for dogs.
There is potential limited partial access for wheelchair users, please contact us to discuss before you book.
The North Wales region
The Snowdonia National Park is well known as one of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles, with classic trips to the mountain summit and walks in the surrounding area balanced by easy access to the beaches and wonderful castles of North Wales, plus other attractions such as the steam railways and tours of old slate mines. Perhaps less well known are the rare woodlands, representing some of the only temperate rain forests in the world, with a unique natural habitat for a very diverse eco-system of both animals and plant life, delightful mountain streams tumbling down between the trees, and miles of delightful walks.
On the doorstep are miles of woodland walks, and all of Snowdonia National Park is available for trekking, rock-climbing and mountain biking. In Portmeirion's Italianate village, about 15 minutes away (where TV classic "The Prisoner" was filmed in the 1960s) is one of the best restaurants in Wales and dinner guests can access the village after the visitors have gone home. Castles of King Edward and the Welsh princes abound, nearest is Harlech, about 20 minutes drive and in a superb location. Caernafon Castle is also easily accessible and a short drive beyond is the Isle of Anglesey where Prince William is based at RAF Valley. . Visit Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau, Europe's largest pumped hydro-electric plant at Electric Mountain, and Sygun Copper Mine. Porthmadog has an attractive harbour and a market on Fridays. On foot to the Ffestiniog railway, the tiny Plas Halt is ten minutes walk one way from the cottage, and ten minutes the other way is Tan y Bwlch, with its station buffet and train shunting.
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30 Jul 2014
"House is totally unsuitable for wheelchair access"
I agree with other reviews about the location and tranquility of the Boathouse but rented it on the basis that it had wheel chair access and it does not. I travelled with and elderly terminally ill ge… More
We were very sorry to hear of the problems encountered and immediately issued a refund in line with the guest's request. We would always encourage guests with special needs to contact us in advance to discuss, we will do our best to explain what is available and what is not, and to accommodate requests if we can. Instruction books for appliances have all been left in the drawers of the dresser; bedside tables are available in two of the three bedrooms, though not in the third; the TV digibox is fully working but is of a type that is not supplied with a remote. The small damp spot mentioned was not visible previously, it will be investigated at the end of the season, the house although having an ancient core, was completely rebuilt to modern building standards just 4 years ago and is fundamentally dry, solid and a pleasure to be in.
30 Jul 2014
"Beautiful solitude with so much to do"
Boathouse is beautifully located in a forest on the edge of a small lake, overlooking the Ffestiniog steam railway. Many scenic walks from the doorstep, yet within easy reach of the coast and the moun… More
24 May 2014
Just had a week at The Boathouse. Setting is stunning. Remote, peaceful, beautiful. Magical ancient woodland walks. Superb lakes. Fantastic base for wild swimming, walks, mountain biking, running, sea… More
18 Apr 2014
"An excellent place to stay"
What a place. An excellent location in the wood, well-appointed with washer-dryer, dishwasher and plenty of crockery. Loads of room for four although may be a squash with eight. Great for drying wet clothes due to open-plan nature with high beams. Very warm. Only a few small niggles ... The slightly rough track to get to the cottage could be tricky in very wet weather or with low-slung vehicles. Mobile broadband speed was rather sluggish for checking weather forecasts and keeping on top of emails, but hey, you don't stay a mile up a rough track in a mountain wood if you want full-on technology, do you?
28 Oct 2013
"An amazing place to stay"
The boathouse is a perfect place to stay. It's isolated, but close enough to all of the major walks around Snowdon. The house itself was very clean, the beds were really comfortable, the kitchen was very well equipped and it was warm throughout the whole building. The main gate leading in on the main drive was quite stiff and difficult to open and close, but is wan't a major issue. The lake is very pretty and well worth a good walk around.
Very reasonably priced and we had no issue getting our deposit back, although I would have preferred a bank transfer to return the deposit not a cheque, but that's just my personal preference.
28 Jun 2013
"clean, classy in a beautiful area with tawny owl at night"
we returned last week after a lovely secuded break. The Boathouse is a lovely place to stay and as a previous reviewer noted it is bigger than the pictures make it appear. Arranging the holiday was a… More
12 Nov 2012
"Idyllic settings for the perfect Cottage break :)"
Set in an Idyllic location closeby a lake amidst lush autumn woodlands, this made the perfect weekend getaway!The Cottage itself has a warm, cosy feel to it and is well equipped with fully functional … More
4 Nov 2012
"Excellent Holiday, Great Accommodation and Superb Location."
Me and the Girlfriend decided to stay at the boathouse for a week. By the end of the week we wished we had rented for longer. The Accommodation is set in the middle of a beautiful forest area. We took… More
15 Oct 2012
The Boathouse is perfectly remote, just what my husband and 2 yr old needed. We may have had some of the wettest weather for months, but the Boathouse was the perfect base to explore Snowdonia. The house was clean and warm on arrival, with everything we could possibly need for the week. Our daughter particularly enjoyed the spacious double height lounge area, as it served as a great stage for her ballet performances. The photos don't do the space in the house justice, I was expecting it to be quite small, but it was perfect.
17 Sep 2012
"Location, location, location!!!"
The Boathouse is everything the photos promise and more! It's a beautifully equipped house - with care and attention paid to details. But what adds to this holiday cottage and sets it well above … More
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