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7 St Marys, Arthog, Mawddach Estuary, Snowdonia – Home 413825 House

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

7 St Marys, Arthog, Mawddach Estuary, Snowdonia – Home 413825

Excellent 5/5 Excellent – based on 26 reviews

  • House
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

House / 4 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Welcome to 7 St Mary's Terrace, our recently renovated, 4 bedroom self-catering Holiday Home, located at the edge of Snowdonia National Park in Arthog, Gwynedd, Wales.

The house is perfectly situated in a fantastic rural location, close to beaches & mountains, on a quiet lane leading to the small, unmanned railway halt of Morfa Mawddach and has superb views across the RSPB Wetland Reserve to the hills and mountains beyond.

This extremely comfortable property with it's original Victorian features and high ceilings, has been decorated in soft, restful, pastel colours and is furnished & equipped to a very high standard.

7 St Mary's is ideally placed whatever type of Holiday you prefer.. whether it's relaxation, beaches & fishing, or activities such as walking, cycling & water sports. Within a few minutes (50 metre) walk you can be on the famous Mawddach Trail and a 30 minute (1.5 mile) walk takes you across the impressive Victorian

Welcome to 7 St Mary's Terrace, our recently renovated, 4 bedroom self-catering Holiday Home, located at the edge of Snowdonia National Park in Arthog, Gwynedd, Wales.

The house is perfectly situated in a fantastic rural location, close to beaches & mountains, on a quiet lane leading to the small, unmanned railway halt of Morfa Mawddach and has superb views across the RSPB Wetland Reserve to the hills and mountains beyond.

This extremely comfortable property with it's original Victorian features and high ceilings, has been decorated in soft, restful, pastel colours and is furnished & equipped to a very high standard.

7 St Mary's is ideally placed whatever type of Holiday you prefer.. whether it's relaxation, beaches & fishing, or activities such as walking, cycling & water sports. Within a few minutes (50 metre) walk you can be on the famous Mawddach Trail and a 30 minute (1.5 mile) walk takes you across the impressive Victorian bridge, over the Mawddach Estuary into Barmouth.

A holiday home perfectly suited to large or extended families and groups that enjoy the great outdoors.

The spacious, fully equipped kitchen / diner is our favourite place to socialise, with a large farmhouse table for 8 people to gather around and enjoy a meal together, whilst the sitting room, with its wood burning stove, provides a cosy space for relaxing and reading or watching TV.

We have four good sized bedrooms, one King size and two Twins on the first floor and a Double on the ground floor.

An additional first floor room with desk, office chair and comfy armchair, can serve as a study or just a quiet reading room.

There is a bathroom on the first floor with bathtub & shower over, as well as a ground floor shower room, both with electric showers, WCs & washbasins.

We also have a useful laundry area complete with washing machine, tumble dryer, coat and boot storage, plus space for a pushchair if you have little ones.

Our ground floor bedroom, together with our ground floor shower room (with fold-down shower seat) & WC, means 7 St Mary's is ideal for people with restricted mobility.

The front garden has been landscaped and terraced to provide a slate-paved Al fresco dining area complete with large table and seating for 8. Just perfect for enjoying the scenery whilst sharing a meal & bottle of wine with family or friends.
Two additional paved areas can be used for whatever you prefer... maybe relaxing in the sunshine, setting up a Barbecue, or as a kiddies play area.

There is also a secure bike store for 3 to 4 bikes (depending on size).
At the rear of the property is a small, enclosed, courtyard area with outside store, washing line and seating.

Ample parking is available on the lane to the front of the property.

Other features of note:-

- Wi-Fi included (unlimited downloads)
- Flat screen TV with Freeview HD
- DVD / Blu-ray / CD player / MP3 Player / Internet Media Centre
- Playstation 2 with a large selection of games
- Internet Radio / Music Station with iPod / iPhone Dock & USB / Aux Music input
- Selection of books, games and jigsaws

- Electric cooker with double oven
- Microwave Oven, Toaster and Slow-cooker
- Large fridge/freezer
- Large walk-in pantry
- Dishwasher

- Electric night storage heating, oil radiators plus a wood burning stove
- Electricity and an initial supply of kindling & logs for the stove are included
(additional logs and kindling may be purchased locally)

- Yale combination safe (wide enough for laptops)
- Travel cot, highchair, fire safety guard and stair-gate are provided (you would need to bring your own baby bedding for the cot)
- Bed linen & bath and hand towels are included in the price (you would need to bring your own beach towels)

- Outside Picnic Table & Bench seats for 8
- Kiddies Picnic Table with integral sandpit under table top
- Barbeque
- Secure bike store for 3 to 4 bikes

- Friday change-over day
- Short Stays during the Off-Peak period are available.
- No smoking
- Some pets are welcome - please contact us for more information.

- Home produced pork, bacon, sausage, eggs and cheese are available from our neighbours Sue & Jim Alger at Ynysgyffylog Barn Farm (less than 100 yards up the lane).

Location description from owner

The North Wales region

Snowdonia National Park really is the jewel in the crown of the region and is home to Mount Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa, the highest mountain in Wales and England. There are a choice of trails to the summit, but If you don't fancy the hike to the top, you can take a steam train up to the visitor centre instead. There are countless trails to walk and peaks to conquer in the Park and the scenery is simply breathtaking.

There are plenty of gorgeous clean sandy beaches in the region, from the quiet secluded ones to those in the larger seaside towns with a good choice of facilities close to hand. These west facing Cardigan Bay beaches are host to some of the most spectacular sunsets in the country and from early Springtime through to the Autumn, pods of dolphins and porpoises can be spotted close to the shoreline.

Other activities in the region:-

- Enjoy a day exploring the Italianate village and beautiful gardens of Port Meirion, where they filmed the classic 1960s series The Prisoner.
- Visit nearby historic Harlech Castle and climb the battlements.
- Sail on an underground adventure at King Arthur's Labyrinth and visit the slate mine and craft centre at Corris.
- Visit the Centre for Alternative Technology near Corris.
- Take the kids to Shell Island beach, shells are guaranteed!
- Take a ride on the spectacular Cambrian railway line, it runs between Machynlleth in the south, hugging the coast, all the way to Pwllheli on the Llyn Peninsular in the north.
- If steam power is your thing, try one of the many great little trains of Wales such as the Ffestiniog, Welsh Highland, or Talyllyn Railways.
- Play golf on the 18 hole course at Aberdovey.
- Visit the fascinating Dyfi Osprey Project at Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve, Glandyfi near Machynlleth (opening again in Spring 2014).
- If mountain biking is your thing and you have exhausted Coed y Brenin, there are also trails to be found to the south of Machynlleth.

Arthog

7 St Mary's Terrace is located about 8 miles southwest of Dolgellau in Arthog, down a quiet lane just off the A493 which leads to the small, unmanned railway halt of Morfa Mawddach. It is in an exceptional rural position at the edge of Snowdonia National Park and overlooks the RSPB Wetland Reserve of “Arthog Bog”, with superb views of the ever changing hills and mountains beyond. The area is a Mecca for bird watchers and nature lovers alike, as Arthog Bog is designated as a site of special scientific interest due to the weird and wonderful variety of plants, flowers, butterflies and birds that can be found here. Ponies and sheep are often seen grazing together with their foals and lambs in the Springtime.

A footpath cuts through the Reserve directly onto the famous Mawddach Trail. Alternatively the Trail can be accessed by a short walk down the lane towards the station. This superb, flat waterside path is a 15km disused railway line and was featured on TV in “Railway Walks with Julia Bradbury”. It is ideal for walking or cycling and runs from Dolgellau, along the southern side of the beautiful, unspoilt, Mawddach Estuary and over the iconic bridge into Barmouth,. Around midway along the Trail at Penmaenpool, is an old wooden toll bridge which crosses the upper part of the estuary. The family-friendly George III pub is located here and serves a good selection of beers & food.

From 7 St Mary's, it's a 1.5 mile walk or cycle ride along the Trail, over the impressive Victorian Afon Mawddach bridge (Britain's longest wooden railway bridge and the longest viaduct in Wales) and across the Mawddach Estuary into Barmouth. A small toll is payable during peak season. Alternatively you can cross the bridge by hailing the train at Morfa Mawddach station, or it takes around 25 mins to drive there.

Barmouth is a lively, traditional family seaside resort with a fabulous sandy beach and numerous cafes, restaurants and pubs.
We like the Last Inn for good pub grub... and Bistro Bermo for something a bit special.
For other evening entertainment, the Dragon Theatre in the centre of town hosts a regular variety of events such as film, music and drama performances.
There is a large Co-op supermarket next to the station, together with a good variety of other shops and galleries.
Fair ground rides and an amusement arcade can be found on the sea front and fishing trips are available at the quayside.
You can catch the little passenger ferry to the opposite side of the estuary from Barmouth and then take a trip on the Steam Railway into Fairbourne... Great for the kids!

Fairbourne is also a 1.5 mile walk away, or about 5 mins by car or train and 10 mins by bike, with a selection of small supermarkets, a Post Office (you can withdraw cash here during opening times), an excellent fish & chip shop, a butchers, launderette and great Indian restaurant called Indiana Cuisine. Fairbourne has a superb beach with rock pools at either end of a two mile stretch of sands.

Dolgellau, about 15 minutes away by car (or you can catch the bus nearby), is the largest local town and has a full range of shops including 2 large supermarkets and a good variety of cafes, pubs & restaurants. Our favourites here are the Y Meirionnydd for fine dining and T H Roberts for its amazing cakes and location in an old, listed Hardware store. The Mawddach Restaurant, just outside Dolgellau on the road to Barmouth offers a great menu serving good quality, locally sourced produce.

To the north of Dolgellau, about 25 minutes from Arthog by car, is Coed y Brenin Forest Park with a dedicated mountain biking centre and walking trails.

A 10 min drive or train ride to the south takes you to Llwyngwril, with another good beach and pub/restaurant . Further south, around 25 mins by car or 20 mins on the train, is Tywyn, home to the Talyllyn Steam Railway.
As well as a good selection of shops and cafes, it has a long sandy beach, an indoor public swimming pool and a wonderful restored independent cinema and live events venue, the Magic Lantern. Our favourite Tywyn restaurant is a super, buzzing little Bistro called “Salt Marsh Kitchen”, which opened in the summer of 2013 and specialises in using fresh, local, seasonal produce.

Southern Snowdonia is quieter than the Northern mountains, you can be in the hills all day and not see a soul. There are endless walking options from the doorstep, from leisure walks along the Mawddach Trail, coastal paths and promenades, or local hill walks & picnicking around the glorious Cregennan Lakes, Blue Lake and Arthog Falls, as well as longer, tougher mountain walks such as to the peak of Cadair Idris. For a good choice of guided walks for all abilities, Barmouth Walking Festival is held in September each year and takes advantage of the fabulous walks and dramatic landscape accessible in the Barmouth area.

After all that activity, make sure you treat yourself to a hearty cooked breakfast with the award winning produce from our neighbours Sue & Jim Alger at Ynysgyffylog Barn Farm (less than 100 metres up the lane). A great choice of home produced sausages, bacon and eggs, in addition to pork loin, belly pork, gammon and cheese. No set opening times... just go to the gate and yell!

Other activities you can enjoy locally:-

- Fishing, Sailing and Watersports.
- Pony Trekking from Bwlchgwyn Farm, just a few minutes away... Enjoy riding along the beach
- Bike hire available in Dolgellau and Barmouth
- Landscape Photography, Sketching and Painting
- Golf at Fairbourne - 9 hole course

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 4: Double Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
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Smoking
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House rules

Some pets are welcome at our discretion - please contact us for more information. Pets are not permitted in any bedrooms or on soft furnishings. Pets should not be left alone in the property. There is an additional £25 charge to bring a pet.

Strictly no smoking inside the property.

Not suitable for Hen or Stag parties.

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About the owner

Ian and Mandy S
Response rate:
90%
Calendar updated:
19 Sep 2016
Years listed:
2
Based in:
United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English


This House has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 13 Jan 2014. Located in Gwynedd, it has 26 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £490 to £1075.

The Owner has a response rate of 90% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 19 Sep 2016.

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“Lovely house”

Reviewed 12 Apr 2016

We stayed at 7 St Mary's Terrece over the Easter Hols , 2 families with 3 teenagers and one slightly smaller one . The house is lovely and ideally placed for walking with lots of routes detailed in the visitors book . It was very clean, beautifully decorated and had plenty of space for us all. One of our party has reduced mobility so the down stairs bedroom and shower room were fantastic . The kids liked running up the nearby hill on part of the Mawddach trail and the views were amazing . My daughter especially liked the office room to escape to with her lap top for some revision time or so she said ! We loved the fact we could walk into Barmonth across the bridge, which had lots of lovely shops ,cafes and pubs ( we caught the train once as the weather turned, it was only around £7 for family return ) The chaps went off to find the fishing lakes are near by and also fished off the bridge but didn't catch anything, too cold for the fish I suspect . We would love to return .

“Fresh and in a quiet area”

Reviewed 7 Jun 2015

Easy access and a ground floor double bedroom and bathroom Separate dryer and washer Very clean and well thought out accessories Used local farm for eggs Nice flat walks and accessible train Warm and cosy during wintry weather Three generations catered for Barmouth larger town than expected Pretty drive into town Moved single mattress to smaller bedroom for teenager Who appreciated play station games Thanks Karen for such a clean presentation

“Kids loved it”

Reviewed 6 Mar 2015

We stayed at 7 St Mary's for February half term with our two children .Lovely location & lovely house. The complimentary tea and coffee with Welsh cakes was most welcome after a 7 hour journey! Recommend it highly.

“Excellent”

Reviewed 26 Feb 2015

The house is very stunning&slovenly cosy. We had a great time there. We love to plan another stay in this lovely house.

“"So close to heaven"”

Reviewed 9 Jan 2015

When I booked St Mary's Terrace it was to relive some old childhood memories from over 30 years ago that I'd shared with my family and old friends whilst holidaying in North Wales. I didn't expect in all my wildest dreams to find the haven that awaited us, as I did with St Mary's Terrace! Cosy, stylish, it cried out to all our whims. MP3 player,a play station if needed, a log fire, and hairdryers in every bedroom, I forgot I was away on holiday as I felt so at home! Magnificent views,from all its windows and an incredible old trial along side a railway line that took us over a rickety old bridge Straight into the nearby town of Barmouth. With stunning views over the vestry and the greenest of hills all around, I will never forget my trip to St Mary's Terrace and the fun we all shared together and it will remain in this old heart of mine forever!

“Wonderful!”

Reviewed 30 Sep 2014

We visited 7 St Mary's Terrace for a week in September to celebrate some special family birthdays. The property is fantastic, beautifully decorated and incredibly well thought out. From the cosy living room to the comfortable bedrooms and lovely kitchen and dining area with enough room for us all to sit down and eat or play the many board games available. The location is very picturesque with the gorgeous coastal path only a few minutes away. It is ideally situated to make the most of the walks around the area and a lovely stroll across the estuary bridge to Barmouth makes for a great day or evening out - you can even get the train back if you are too full after a meal at one of the many restaurants! We can also recommend a trip to the Cregallan Lakes which is only a short drive (or walk for the more hardy visitors) for some breathtaking scenery. Ian and Mandy were very attentive hosts and have obviously put a lot of thought into the cottage as every need was catered for. In addition, they provide a wealth of information about the local area within the property and made contact to confirm we had arrived safely and were enjoying our trip. All in all it was a very relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of daily life - I don't think any of us wanted to come home and we will definitely be returning!

“This house is brilliant”

Reviewed 16 Sep 2014

At the risk of not being able to get a booking at 7 St Mary's again, I have to be honest and give this a brilliant review. The house is beautiful, well decorated, well equipped and in a great location. All the household equipment you could possibly need for a large party was included, Stacks of crockery and cutlery. Plenty of pots and pans. The wine and chocolates left for my birthday were a lovely touch and gratefully received. Thank you. This will not be the last time we stay at 7 St Mary's. Great home from home.

“Beautifully appointed”

Reviewed 11 Aug 2014

7 St Mary's is a beautifully finished and extremely well-equipped house. The bedrooms are all very comfortable and every small detail has been attended to down to hair dryers and mirrors in the right place. Plenty of space for all of us throughout the house although we only used 3 out of the 4 bedrooms, it may have been a little squashed with 2 more adults particularly in the living room. However, the kitchen/dining area is delightful and with the extra loo and shower downstairs makes it more comfortable for everyone. The kitchen is extremely well-equipped especially for a family like us with young children. The additional plastic cutlery, crockery etc... We're much appreciated as were the travel cot, stair gates and high-chairs. The finish and furnishings are stunning and we lives the pictures of the local area. The front garden has been finished beautifully also and the large outdoor table us a delightful spot for watching the sun set on the Bog opposite (much more beautiful than its name suggests) and hills behind Arthog. The children's Sandpit was also an excellent example of how the owners have gone the extra mile. We are familiar with, and absolutely love, the local area. Highly recommend the miniature steam railway, walk across Barmouth Bridge followed by fish & chips, Coed y Brenin for a walk and lunch as well as biking, George III for a decent sandwich. I would not recommend however the Indian restaurant in Fairbourne; bland food, very watery daal and curries and also he totally overcharged us.

“The best holiday home I ever stayed in....by a long way”

Reviewed 30 Jul 2014

Comfortable and spacious. Well organised. Particularly useful were the laminated local maps. We took one on our walks.

“Perfect Holiday”

Reviewed 25 Jul 2014

7 St Marys is a great holiday cottage, tastefully decorated, equipped with everything you need and still feeling spacious enough even with all the bedrooms full up. The surrounding scenery is beautiful, with plenty of walks from the doorstep and Barmouth is only a short walk across the estuary bridge. It is truly a great location for a relaxing week, although there is no end of stuff to amuse you if you are an outdoor lover. I will miss walking out to the estuary bridge each evening to watch the sun setting over Barmouth. Would definitely recommend as I had a fantastic week with my extended family and hope to return to this lovely part of the world before too long.

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