Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Idris Bach is laid out over three floors. It is a roomy, one-bedroom cottage for two people. All the rooms are bright and airy and there is central heating throughout, so it’s lovely and cosy all year round.
Idris (meaning "fiery lord") was the name of the little dragon in the enchanting 1980s cartoon, "Ivor The Engine", set in Snowdonia. It is also the name of a stunning mountain near Dolgellau (Cader Idris). We decided to name our cottage (and our dragon) Idris Bach ("Little Idris") in honour of that little dragon. "The Complete Ivor The Engine" DVD is provided in the cottage for you to discover/reminisce during your stay.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Estuary beach 10 mins walk. Coastal Beach 5.2 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: 0.3|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
A good night's sleep is perhaps the most important part of any holiday. We hope the goose down and feather* duvets and pillows, and organic cotton linens on a super-comfy, hand-crafted, kingsize bed will give a luxurious feel to your stay.
The bedroom’s TV has a built-in DVD player in case you can't drag yourself out of bed. If you need help waking up, there's a clock radio with an mp3 input.
When you are lounging in bed in the morning, it might seem a long way down to the kitchen, so there's a small kettle for you to make a cuppa or two.
The large wardrobe with built-in drawers should provide adequate space for your clothes, and there's extra drawer space in the bedside cabinets. We've also provided a hair-dryer in case you leave yours behind.
From the living room you can enjoy the fabulous mountain view without even having to get up off the sofa!
There's also a cuddle chair for you to snuggle up together in – though you may want to keep it all to yourself and just curl up to read a book or enjoy the view.
Of course, there's also a TV (with freesat) and DVD player, as well as a stereo with DAB radio, CD and iPod dock.
There's a selection of DVDs, CDs, books and board games to keep you entertained, as well as walking guides/maps and even a Spanish guitar in case you wish to serenade your companion.
The kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven/grill, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with freezer compartment, toaster and there's a washing machine, ironing board and iron in the utility room.
There are a few restaurants within walking distance but the kitchen is well-equipped with all the pots and pans you might need if you choose to cook at home every night.
There is a spacious dining area. The table is carefully positioned by the window to allow you take in the scenery while you dine.
A stable door opens onto the patio, so that you can enjoy the view of the Snowdonia mountains and the Glaslyn estuary whether you choose to sit inside or out.
The bathroom features a walk-in electric shower, Egyptian cotton towels and, with the blind open, one of the best loo views in Wales. It is situated on the top floor next to the bedroom.
|Further details outdoors|
Idris Bach cottage is perched on a hillside, with a south-facing garden enjoying uninterrupted views of the Glaslyn estuary below and the Snowdonia mountains towards Harlech and Cader Idris beyond.
The garden is on two levels, with the lower terrace featuring a small summerhouse, where you can sit and enjoy the view and watch the sheep grazing below even when it rains!
The cast-iron table and chairs on the top patio outside the kitchen are a little too heavy to move around, so there are also folding chairs in the summerhouse provided for you.
Within 100 metres of the property.
The North Wales region
Whether your passion is hiking, climbing, steam trains, relaxing by the seaside in summer, or even just staying cosy inside in winter and enjoying the views, Idris Bach cottage is perfectly situated to enjoy what North Wales offers.
Penrhyndeudraeth, home to the Snowdonia National Park HQ, is ideally situated for exploring all of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula.
With several public footpaths around Penrhyn, there are lovely walks to do without even leaving the village, including Penrhyn estuary and the Gwaith Powdwr Nature reserve and a beautiful forest walk up to Rhyd with magnificent views
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16 Jul 2014
Comfortable little end of terrace for two, with a high pressure shower and comfy bed, living room and kitchen over three levels. Good selection of maps, guides, CDs and DVDs, but bring a radio for th… More
25 Aug 2013
"What a Fabulous Cottage!!"
A beautifully refurbished quarryman cottage. Spotless and welcoming. Central to all the main locations of North Wales; it's stone's throw from Porthmadog, Portmeirion, and Harlech - within … More
19 Jan 2013
"Relaxing, cosy, comfortable Victorian Miners' Cottage"
We stayed for a week in January and despite the weather outside being cold it was warm and cosy and comfortable. It is just a short step to many walks with outstanding views and being on the edge of … More
29 Dec 2012
Our stay at Idris Bach was great. The quiet relaxed atmosphere of the cottage set in the most stunning scenery made for a wonderful break. The cottage was warm and cosy with the traditional look we … More
20 Dec 2012
"Very happy repeat customer"
This is now my third stay and my second successive November. So I've experienced how the property handles in both Summer and the darker months.As a chronic asthmatic, I am also qualified to comme… More
11 Dec 2012
"Absolutely awful - Worst holiday cottage experience in 30 years!"
Cottage booked for last week in August.. Property suffers from an extensive damp problem which is evident from the terrible smell as soon as you walk through the door. There is mould throughout the pr… More
Although this is an old stone property, there is not an extensive damp problem. We have a dehumidifier running downstairs to ensure this. After a lot of rain, you may see a patch of damp in the entrance hall by the front door, as this small hallway is not heated and is on an outside wall. There is a draught excluder on the inside door from this hall into the living room to keep the house warm and cosy.
When they arrived at the property and were unhappy, we asked the guests what was wrong, the lady just kept repeating that she didn't like the property and asking for a refund. When we spoke to her again an hour or so later she wasn't much more forthcoming and couldn't explain what the problem was, apart from the fact that there are wheelie bins outside and the slightly rusty letterbox made the property "tacky" and "not as described in the listing" (the front door, including the letterbox has since been re-painted). Only a few days later when they called asking for a refund did they complain about damp, and the husband claimed that he has asthma. We commented that if his asthma was really bad, and given the possibility of damp in old cottages in North Wales, it might have been a good idea to ask about this before booking a cottage. We offer hypo-allergenic duvets and pillows to guests if required and he had not requested those. We did not say that damp is acceptable, although it is indeed common. Given that the husband had mentioned a different Tourist Board-rated 5-star property that they had also been considering booking, we could not help but form the impression that they had simply booked the wrong one, and when they arrived they realised their mistake, they contrived a complaint in order to demand their money back. We gave a substantial refund as a goodwill gesture, which we were assured by our legal advisors was more than generous in the circumstances, and this malicious review is clearly their response to our not caving to their demands for a full refund plus their travel expenses!
The road is narrow but is perfectly wide enough for two cars to pass. You can park directly beside the front door to unload, and parking is less than 100yds walk from the cottage.
When the reviewer complained on arrival that she was not happy with the property, it was apparent that her husband had booked the cottage, and she was labouring under the impression that the cottage had a 5-star rating from the Tourist Board, which we have never claimed. We believe perhaps they were confused as we had 5-stars on our Trip Advisor review rating. We are proud that everyone who has stayed has been really happy with the cottage as you can see from the other reviews.
26 Aug 2012
"Comfortable cottage, good views, sun terrace - great base for exploring area"
Just back from a v enjoyable time based in this comfortable terrace cottage. It's on side of a hill in large village location and arranged on three floors, with sunny terrace outside - catches su… More
28 May 2012
"A little cottage worth roaring about"
We were in dire need of a holiday. Idris Bach ticked all the right boxes - comfortable, quiet, friendly, beautiful surroundings, plenty of day trips nearby but also perfect for relaxing 'at home&… More
11 May 2012
"Most relaxing holiday ever!"
We booked a holiday at Idris Bach because we needed a relaxing break from a few stressful things at home, and we weren't disappointed. The cottage was lovely - wonderful views, comfy sofas, a cos… More
2 Apr 2012
"Exceptional holiday cottage"
Beautifully appointed cottage, all mod cons, incredibly comfortable and cosy. It was genuinely like home from home, with lots of attention to the little domestic details that take the stress out of a … More
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