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The Boathouse Cottage

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Description from owner

Description

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.

Location

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.

Location description from owner

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.

Maentwrog

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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Key Info

  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
    Beds in other rooms: Double Bed
  • 1 En suite, 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Private garden
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

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Check in time:14:00, Check out time:10:00
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House rules

For almost all guests, we leave it to your choice whether to bring your own bedlinen/towels, or alternatively to rent them from us, which should be arranged directly with the keyholder, Bethan, whose contacts are in the documentation. And we do ask that you make up the beds yourselves, even if you rent bedlinen from us. Exceptionally, for large parties (6 or more people) staying for less than a week, we do require that you rent bedlinen and towels from us.

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About the owner

Giles Keating B
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
25 Aug 2016
Years listed:
4
Based in:
United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English


This Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 16 Dec 2009. Located in Gwynedd, it has 33 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £295 to £400.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 25 Aug 2016.

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“A little treasure”

Reviewed 2 Jul 2016

I couldn't recomend this place enough! The boathouse was a fantastic find. I travelled here with some friends and a 10 month old baby, and it was the perfect getaway. Finding the boathouse was hassle free with the instructions provided, and the best thing was that it's completely secluded. The one qualm some friends had was that there was no wifi, but I found this a bonus! We didn't have the best weather, but there is plenty to do in the local area, with bounce below and portmeirion being about a 10minute drive away. The walks through the woods are fantastic, especially in the evening with the train going by. You won't be disappointed if you come here.

“An excellent place to stay”

Reviewed 18 Apr 2014

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?

“An amazing place to stay”

Reviewed 28 Oct 2013

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.

“Perfectly remote!”

Reviewed 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.

“Fabulous setting and fantastic house”

Reviewed 4 Aug 2012

We stayed for 2 weeks and explored the area on foot from the boathouse and by car over the region. The walks from the door are great and varied-to the train station where there is a cafe and a play park for our 3 year old, as well as the steam trains, round the lake, down to Tan y Bywch house, through the woods. So much to see and do in the wider area for all age groups. The house was a great base with everything we needed - a home from home. One little warning would be the steep drop a few metres in front of the house which is risky for tiny children.

“Peaceful, Secluded, Perfect Cottage Setting!”

Reviewed 22 Jun 2012

The Boathouse is in a very tranquil area and was a perfect location for exploring other areas of Snowdonia. Directions provided were excellent. The Boathouse itself is much larger on the inside than it appears! It was clean and fitted out to a very high standard. The steam railway at the bottom of the 'garden' was so exciting for little people! It was one of the highlights! It was an excellent find!

“Fantastic place to stay!!!!!!”

Reviewed 8 Jun 2012

The Boathouse is located within a stunning woodland setting. The accommodation was excellent. We spent a week here and there were so many things to see and do that we couldn't fit it all in. I agree with the previous reviews that the pictures do not do this place justice. We particularly liked the narrow gauge steam railway at the bottom of the garden and the lovely lakeland walks that are right next to the boathouse. Will definately return!!!!!!

“Peaceful and unique”

Reviewed 26 May 2012

Our second visit. It's so well positioned in Snowdonia, and yet so delightfully isolated. A beautifully presented building, with a much better appointed kitchen than many self-catering places we've stayed. Booking arrangements are all fine, and it's very reasonably priced for what you get. Will definitely return.

“First class accommodation in a peaceful setting”

Reviewed 11 Nov 2011

High quality accommodation New and comfortable. Very well equipped kitchen. Away from it all stunning setting. Perfect for walking. Minutes from the railway. Scenic area of Wales with lots of interesting attractions. Good pubs and restaurants nearby. Would not hesitate to stay there again.

“All it appears and we enjoyed our stay so much we've already booked again for next year.”

Reviewed 12 Sep 2011

As a group of friends looking to get away for a weekend away we found the Boathouse after intensive searching that was well worth the effort. The information and directions received prior to travel were good and made the location easy to find and access with minimal effort. The pictures available prior to arrival are an accurate impression of the Boathouse and its surroundings, although both are better in reality, The surroundings are stunning by night and day and the property inside was bigger than the pictures illustrate. We were able to enjoy our stay as a large group (8) without concern that we would disturb other guests due to the location of the property. The only advice i would give is to arrive with plenty of provisions as shops are not nearby. This we had anticipated from the information received in advance. We have booked to return again early in 2012.

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