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  • Bryn Araul

  • Dolgellau
  • Ref: 1246
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Bryn Araul

  • 4
  • 2
  • 1
  • 2
  • Ref: 1246
Property Highlights:

  • 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

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Guest Book Comments

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: Jill

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

Sarah Allen - 7th May 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, it’s 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: Jill

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

Reply from: Jill

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

A trusted customer - 30th April 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.

Reply from: Jill

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

Reply from: Jill

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

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Reply from: Jill

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.

Sandy Dornsife - 9th January 2019

An absolute gem of a cottage. Could not have been happier with our choice. Owners were friendly, helpful and generous, yet unobtrusive. Garden and walks were magical for humans and dogs alike!!

Bobbie H - 12th October 2018

Well worth the money,we will return.

Roy Farthing - 6th October 2018

Lovely cottage, clean and well equipped. Amazing welcome pack and friendly owners.

Maureen Spivey - 5th October 2018

Welcoming hamper of provisions greatly appreciated. A clean cottage throughout. Wonderfully comfortable important. Quality bed linen and towels. A peaceful location and the cottage such a pleasure to come back to after a day exploring. Bird life great. Fantastic idea to have a peanut feeder right by the window. Lovely owners........what more can I say ?.

K Miles - 24th August 2018

We really enjoyed our stay. The welcome basket was very generous with local produce and a homemade cake. The location was great - lots of activities nearby. The cottage itself has been recently updated with good size rooms. The garden was lovely - full of birds and a short walk down to the river which was very pleasant.

Alexander Sturt - 15th August 2018

Wonderful cottage with everything you need. Home from home. Loved it.

A trusted customer - 5th August 2018

Could not be faulted. We were made most welcome. The cottage was spotlessly clean and equipped with everything needed for a 2 week, self catering break. The welcome hamper was a wonderful surprise and the Lemon cake was so tasty. At the end of the first week we were even given a further supply of baked goodies. The dogs enjoyed the secure garden and we were able to relax knowing they were safe. Take yourself through the gate in the back garden and wander down through the trees to the river which runs with Salmon and Sea Trout. For people interested in aviation. The cottage is about a 15-20 minute drive from one of the best viewpoints for the Mach Loop. Thank you the Ellis-Browns, it was a wonderful fortnight.

Ron Martin - 13th July 2018

Beautiful cottage in a peaceful location.

Louise Buxton - 29th June 2018

Clean, warm , well equipped and quiet (apart from the chickens next door!)

A trusted customer - 5th May 2018

Wonderful, spotless, cozy cottage. Marvellous setting. A warm welcome for us all. Beautiful part of the country,

A trusted customer - 31st January 2018

ein entzückendes Cottage in einer herrlich romantischen Umgebung wie aus dem "Märchenbilderbuch"; das Cottage sehr geräumig, gepflegt, gut ausgestattet, besonders schön auch der Garten drumherum mit vielen Blumen und Vögeln zum Beobachten, den romantischen Wald und Bach in der unmittelbaren Nähe... die Gastgeber sehr freundlich, alles bestens vorbereitet, besonders nett ein Willkommensgruss der Gastgeber mit selbstgebackenem Kuchen, Wein usw.! Wir haben uns sehr sehr wohl gefühlt und sollten wir jemals wieder in diese Gegend kommen, werden wir definitiv wieder in Bryn Araul wohnen!

A trusted customer - 9th July 2017

Had a wonderful week, weather very kind to us. Scenery stunning and walks magnificent. Cottage very comfortable and homely. Perfect gateway to mountains. A big thank you for the welcome pack and drizzle cake was fab especially when eaten up a mountain. Thank you! Thoroughly enjoyed the week.

Bill & Julie Dodds & mini Dachshunds - 26 March 2017
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

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!

Mark, Garry, Nicola and Julie - 1 April 2017
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

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.

Danielle, Ian, Molly & Peter Davis, Potton, Bedfordshire - 18 August 2017
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

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!

David, Linda, Holly, Milly & Poppy (the dog), Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham - 25 August 2017
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

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

Ros, Chris, Millie the pup - 23 June 2017
This review was left in the guest book at the property.

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!

Margit & Gunther, Vienna, Austria - 30 June 2017
This review was left in the guest book at the property.
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Property Description
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.


2 bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 4. 1 Double with Edwardian dressing table and wardrobe, 1930's fireplace and 1 Twin with1930'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

About the Area
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 caf© culture. Try T.H. Roberts, a converted Edwardian emporium, now a stylish caf© 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 .

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