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Very Good 4/5 Score from 2 reviews

Capel-Maentwrog at the foot of the Vale of Ffestiniog

Converted Chapel | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Capel-Maentwrog, a converted 19th Century Calvinistic Chapel is a genuine landmark building. You certainly won’t drive past this one by mistake. But as impressive as the exterior is, it just gets better when you step inside. Everything about this property exudes luxury.

As you step in through the arched front door and enter the the church the ceiling is over 9m (30ft) above you. And with a polished slate floor and spiral staircase the space is truly inspiring. Majestic windows allow an extraordinary light to flood into the chapel. More subtle perhaps are the acoustics.

There seems to be a richness of sound as well as vision in this space. My recommendation would be to play a ‘Bruce Springsteen’ CD at full volume to help wake up the children. But you may have other preferences. The kitchen is equally impressive with piano black units, high end appliances and subtle floor level lighting.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Black Rock Sands 10 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Liverpool John Lennon 150 km, Nearest railway: Penrhyndeudraeth 5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking
Further details indoors

So, to describe the living arrangements. On the ground floor you walk through from the lounge into the dining and kitchen area. Big dining table with plenty of room for 8 guests as well as fully fitted kitchen. Wheelchair access is provided by smaller side door. There’s also a ground floor loo.

Up the steel spiral staircase to the suspended first floor and we have one large en-suite twin room and one king size double bedroom, also en-suite. The double room has a partitioned child’s bedroom with plenty of room for a cot or small day bed. (Both provided). The bathrooms are huge and the styling is of course, immaculate.

On the next floor there’s two more double bedrooms. And one more bathroom up here with a nice big bath. Arched windows provide a dramatic sweep of light over the Italian marble floors.

The open plan nature of these floors gives guests a fantastic view out through the tall windows onto the Dwyryd river and the valley opposite the church.

Further details

Our prices includes heating, towels & linen, plus a little welcome pack when you arrive.

The North Wales region

Porthmadog, a 10 minute drive away, is a popular shopping destination. Harlech with its famous castle world renowned golf course is 1o minutes in the other direction. There are too many outdoor activities to list. But send me an email if you have any particular interests.


Maentwrog, or Twrog’s stone is said to have got its name when the giant Twrog hurled a huge bolder from a nearby hill into the village destroying a pagan alter. The stone still stands in the church courtyard, the giants thumb and finger prints clearly visible on its surface.

The village was founded by the Oakley family who profited from mining slate in nearby Blaenau Ffestiniog. Slate which is said to have roofed the world. The narrow gauge line and steam train that was used to carry the slate to the nearby harbour of Pourthmadog has been lovingly restored. It only carries tourists now, but its meandering route through fantastic countryside makes it a must for all guests to the area.

As well as giant rocks the village has two pubs, both serving food. There are lots of footpaths accessible directly from the chapel. The Chapel backs onto Coedydd Maentwrog a woodland reserves in the Vale of Ffestiniog and a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’.

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21 Sep 2014


"In need of some TLC"

We arrived on Saturday afternoon to find the lights in the master bedroom ensuite didn't work; neither did the bedside lamps. I tried to contact the caretaker without any luck so i contacted the… More

3 Nov 2012



The camera certainly doesn't lie, in fact it does not do the property justiice. It's a stunning convertion with every need catered for, even down to the welcome pack of goodies left for our arrival.

It's an ideal base, within close distance of heritage railways, challenging walks, intresting slate mines and a stunning mountain range.

We did a lot of research to find this property and oh boy did we come up trumps. The chapel has everything we needed on the inside and two eating establishments within walking distance on the outside what more could we ask for.

Without any doubt we would highly recommend this property to any larger party as it comfortably holds 8 adults with space to spare.
We will be looking to hire this chapel again in the future, unless the owner has sold it to us in the meantime!!

Many Thanks
Mick & Carolyn, Michael & Rosie, James & Nicola, Ben & Katie (23-74 years)

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