Bryn Araul

Ref: 1246
Nr Dolgellau & Machynlleth (View Location on a map)
4 Guests
2 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom
Accepts 2 Dogs
£473 7 Night Breaks From
£16.89 Average Per Person Per Night
Handpicked Highlights

Bryn Araul was handpicked by our team to join our portfolio. Here's just a few of the reasons we think you'll love staying in Bryn Araul too!

  • Woodland retreat fairytale holiday cottage
  • Enjoy the birdsong throughout the year
  • Wonderful tranquil setting
  • Perfect gateway for exploring the sites of Snowdonia
  • Crackling wood burning stove makes a cosy retreat

Excellent Quality
Rated 5/5 (read reviews)
Features You'll Love

  • Dog Friendly
  • WiFi
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Private Parking
  • Real Fire
  • Family Friendly
  • Period Cottage
  • Cot Available
  • Detached Property
  • Golf Courses Nearby

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About Bryn Araul

North Wales woodland retreat, a fairytale cottage for magical holidays

  • A North Wales holiday cottage straight from a children's story book set in a magical location surrounded by woodlands.
  • A real welcome awaits with fresh homemade Welsh cakes, cupcakes and a bottle of wine. Bird boxes and feeders around the cottage ensure birdsong throughout the year - nuthatches, nesting blue tits and even woodpeckers can be seen feeding.
  • There are beach toys in the shed for long summer days and sledges for winter fun. Guests will love feeding the ducks and chickens in the owners' garden nearby.
  • Pristine white interiors, bedrooms with simple crisp white bedding, 1930s fireplaces and pretty accessories. In the lounge a crackling log fire in the wood burner makes a cosy retreat - open the patio doors for an enchanting woodland atmosphere. Spend your evenings relaxing in the porch of this small woodland retreat and absorb the tranquil setting.

Layout & Further Information

2 bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 4. 1 Double with Edwardian dressing table and wardrobe, 1930's fireplace and 1 Twin with 1930's fireplace. Both on 1st floor.

Bathroom with bath with shower over, toilet and basin on 1st floor.

Sitting Room with inglenook and wood burning stove, TV/DVD, lots of books and games.

Dining Room with table and chairs seating 4, flat screen TV and patio doors leading to garden.

Kitchen luxury fully fitted with electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge with icebox. Larder with supply of wine - payment for bottles drunk via 'honesty box' please.

Shed with washing machine, tumble dryer, sledges and beach toys.

Grounds medium size, enclosed with lawn, patio, barbecue, garden furniture, small porch for eating out.

Additional Information

Short breaks - Winter

WiFi - Yes

Changeover - Friday

Towels - Yes, including beach towels

Parking - Yes for 2 cars

Fuel - Oil central heating and starter pack of logs inclusive May to September. Outside these dates 25 p/w

Dogs - 2 welcome free

Travel cot - Yes

Highchair - Yes

Bed linen - Included as standard

Reviews & Comments
Visitors Rate This Property 5/5

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Steven Blyth Verified Guest
14th July 2019

Generous welcome of provisions and cake, nice that owner popped by to introduce herself and check we were settled. Property was attractive, clean and well cared for, comfortable with everything you would require for your stay, plus. Enjoyed sitting in the porch and quirky greenhouse seating, Nice amble up lane opposite with views, Lovely area, would happily stay again and recommend.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

Thank you for your glowing review of the property and the owners, so pleased that you enjoyed the cottage and the lovely location, we would love to welcome you again in the future.

Barbara Quick Verified Guest
2nd June 2019

Warm welcome, very generous hamper. Very comfortable, walks from the house wild life and views, even bed, towel and dishes for the dog. Convenient for places we planned to visit.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

Glad that you and your 4 legged friend enjoyed your stay, thank you for the 5 stars.

Sarah Allen Verified Guest
7th May 2019

A super cottage that is in a fantastic location. The garden was perfect for our boys (aged 14 and 11) plus the dog. They loved the wild swimming spot in the river at the bottom of the woodland behind. The cottage was clean, cosy and very well equipped. There was a lovely welcome basket upon our arrival and the owner was very friendly.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

So glad that the whole family had a lovely stay, thank you for your review.

Verified Guest
30th April 2019

Great cottage set in a beautiful location, amazing welcome basket on arrival with many other touches throughout, only saw the owners once during the whole week and that was just them making sure everything was ok, its was perfect. Stunning river at the bottom of the garden and a short 3 min walk, would love to return the whole family loved it.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

Glad you had a 'perfect' stay at Bryn Araul, the owners will be delighted with your comments.

Sandy Dornsife Verified Guest
9th January 2019

We had an absolutely wonderful time at Bryn Araul. When we arrived, there was a great basket of local foods and kitchen essentials and a lovely note. The home was cozy and clean and perfect for a family. My children loved the stock of games and puzzles as well as the children's books. It was wonderful to just relax by the fire as a family and enjoy time together. The location was also beautiful and a perfect base for exploring the major sites of Snowdonia. We never ran out of things to do, even in January. Our hosts were wonderful and always available if needed for extra firewood, etc.

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Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

Thank you so much for your lovely review. The owners work hard to ensure guests have an amazing holiday and we are so happy to hear that the whole family enjoyed the break.

Guestbook Comments

If you've ever visited a holiday cottage before, you most likely have seen a guestbook in the property for guests to leave a review for others when they arrive. Each of the following comments was lovingly left by people just like you in the guestbook left at Bryn Araul.

David, Linda, Holly, Milly & Poppy (the dog), Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham
25th August 2017

Great cottage and great welcome. Plenty to see &do. Kids loved King Arthur's Labyrinth and Craft shops at Corris. Good days out in Caernarfon, Anglesey and on the local beaches. Seen plenty of wildlife – keep an eye out for the woodpecker – it seems to have a liking for the telegraph pole outside the kitchen window!

Danielle, Ian, Molly & Peter Davis, Potton, Bedfordshire
18th August 2017

Thank you for a perfect week. The welcome hamper was lovely (& the cake!), the cottage was perfect had everything that our family needed.

We had a wonderful time at Barmouth beach, the Slate Caverns, King Arthur's Labyrinth,the Talylyn Railway and walk from the cottage was great garden to the disused railway was fun. We also had two excellent meals with young children at the Cross Foxes. Thanks again.

Margit & Gunther, Vienna, Austria
30th June 2017

What a lovely cottage – everything was perfect!! We absolutely enjoyed watching the birds and walks nearby. However, we also did the Cadair Idris which was great. All in all, we loved the stay here despite the rainy weather. THANKS for the nice welcome basket!

Ros, Chris, Millie the pup
23rd June 2017

Great base to explore a lovely part of Wales. Loved the wood to walk inand the excellent weather!! Lovely cottage with fab hamper and all comforts met

Mark, Garry, Nicola and Julie
1st April 2017

What a lovely cottage – everything was perfect!! We absolutely enjoyed watching the birds and walks nearby. However, we also did the Cadair Idris which was great. All in all, we loved the stay here despite the rainy weather. THANKS for the nice welcome basket!

About the Area

If you would like more information on the local area, please call us on 01348 837871 to speak to one of our friendly team.

Local walks the Mawddach Trail

  • Right from the doorstep of this North Wales woodland retreat follow the disused railway line down towards Dolgellau. Bring bikes and cycle quiet lanes to the newly renovated ancient hostelry, the Cross Foxes, for food and drink. Walk or cycle along the Mawddach Trail on one of the most sublime estuaries in Britain or for the more adventurous try the North Wales Precipice Walk and appreciate the Mawddach Estuary in its entirety.

Cafe Culture in Dolgellau

  • Visit the interesting old town of Dolgellau which has a lovely cafe culture. Try T.H. Roberts, a converted Edwardian emporium, now a stylish cafe for homemade soups, scrumptious cakes and good coffee. There are excellent restaurants in the town - 'Dylanwad Da' (good influences) is recommended - and a popular farmers market every 3rd Sunday in the month. Euro Spar on the fringes of the town - winner of the Independent Retailer of the Year 2012 - also supplies homemade fish pies and Indian takeaways.

Snowdonia National Park

  • Discover breath taking mountain and coastal scenery, steam trains, excellent local produce, fascinating industrial heritage and exhilarating adventure activities.

Cadair Idris

  • The 'Chair of Idris' with its glacial lakes, wooded gorges and spectacular summit is popular with walkers and hikers. A number of approaches lead to Pen y Gadair the 6.5 mile ridge at 2930 feet above sea level.

Coed y Brenin

  • A forest park crisscrossed by spectacular mountain bike trails, walking routes and running trails suitable for all abilities. Beics Brenin within the forest offer bikes for hire and a full service bike shop. Visit the Forest Cafe for a wide selection of refreshments.

Cymer Abbey, Llanelltyd

  • The substantial ruins of this Cistercian Abbey founded in 1158, set in glorious countryside make an idyllic picnic spot or pleasant focus for a country walk.

Fairbourne, Barmouth and Aberdovey Beaches, North Wales

  • Fairbourne and Barmouth are a pleasant drive away with miles of golden sands at Barmouth and a smaller sandy beach at Fairbourne. Drive down to the lovely seaside resort of Aberdovey with candy coloured houses, long uncrowded beach and seaside atmosphere.

Golf at Aberdovey and Harlech's Royal St Davids

  • There are stunning views from the course at the top of the hill in Dolgellau but more challenging are Aberdovey and Harlech's Royal St. Davids - both renowned throughout the golfing world.

Dyfi Osprey Project

  • Set in the Cors Dyfi Reserve near Machynlleth an osprey nesting platform was erected in 2007. The project has grown in strength with a breeding pair, Monty and Glesni regularly using the platform to raise their chicks. Their fascinating activities can be viewed via the nest cam with film being broadcast in the small visitor centre on site.

The Centre for Alternative Technology, North Wales

  • Go Green - at The Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth which exhibits tools, devices and projects that work with nature rather than against it.

King Arthur's Labyrinth near fairytale holiday cottage North Wales

  • King Arthur's Labyrinth is close by - children will love the spooky underground boat ride!

Talyllyn, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, North Wales

  • Talyllyn Railway at Tywyn goes up the beautiful Dysynni Valley - stop off at Dolgoch Falls for the waterfall walk before returning. The famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways are at Porthmadog - both go through Snowdonia National Park's best scenery.

Watersports at Bala Lake

  • Nearby Bala has the biggest natural lake in Wales, perfect for all water sports and the world class white-water rafting centre is a short drive out of the town.

Days away

  • Discover the natural beauty of Wales' largest island, Anglesey, a patchwork of rural tranquility surrounded by a spectacular rugged coastline dotted with myriad unspoiled beaches, tiny coves, sleepy harbours and scattered evidence of ancient occupation. The elegant town of Beaumaris with independent shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, galleries, museums, traditional pier and majestic castle are well worth a visit.

A characterful retreat for year round holidays in North Wales woodland .

Eat & Drink

See below for a selection of pubs, restaurants, and eateries near Bryn Araul.

If you would like more information on the local area, please call us on 01348 837871 to speak to one of our friendly team.

Crosshands Farmers Market
( 4.4 miles away )

A great opportunity to buy excellent local produce, Sat, 9am-3pm, Crosshands Sq Shopping Centre

Dolgellau Farmers Market
( 4.4 miles away )

A great opportunity to buy excellent local produce. 3rd Sunday each month, 10am-2pm, Eldon Square

Roberts Brothers Butchers
( 4.5 miles away )

Third generation butchers shop specialising in local meats. Watch cutting, preparation & processing.

Siop y Dydd
( 4.5 miles away )

1 Eldon Square

Mawddach Restaurant
( 5 miles away )

A modern, luxurious menu using fresh, locally sourced produce. Dine with wonderful views

Penmaenuchaf Hall Restaurant
( 6.1 miles away )

Superb contemporary British food prepared by talented award winning chefs.

Halfway House
( 7.6 miles away )

Homemade lunches, carvery on Friday & Saturday nights & Sunday lunches. Families welcome

Caffi r' Ceunant
( 11.2 miles away )

This cafe is highly recommended. Great atmosphere and interesting music.

The Last Inn
( 11.4 miles away )

One of Wales' most famous old pubs. Friendly sevice and excellent cuisine. Booking advisable.

Isis Caf
( 11.5 miles away )

All food is freshly cooked to order. Pizzas are a speciality. Eat in overlooking the quay or take away.

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