Holiday cottage in Coed Y Brenin Forest, North Wales

Holiday Cottage in Coed Y Brenin Forest, North Wales | Maes-Y-Coed

This wonderful Holiday cottage in Coed Y Brenin Forest, North Wales sits in a small clearing and is totally unique! The original brick built cottage has been combined with an oak clad extension to provide holiday accommodation for up to 8 people. State of the art construction combined with a biomass burner and photovoltaic panels has helped owners Chris and Charlotte, create a tasteful and stylish carbon neutral property in this most natural of environments.

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A glass front door opens into a light-filled hall, leading you to a big open plan space that includes a comfortable sitting area, dining area and kitchen. High vaulted ceilings and large windows give the space an immediate sense of light and freshness. The kitchen is fitted with some lovely oak units and worktop as well as a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, fridge freezer and modern cooking range.

Family meals can be enjoyed around an oak dining table that then leads us onto the sitting area. This is where that impressive wood pellet burner is housed. The fire provides a beautiful focus point for the room whilst simultaneously heating the slate flooring beneath your toes and providing plenty of hot water for the entire house. Glass patio doors on the other side of the room open out onto a raised patio area with views out over fields and surrounding forest. No neighbours, just birds, sheep, deer, and the sound of the nearby river Wen.

All 4 bedrooms are in the original brick part of the cottage. The main family bathroom is here as well. This bathroom has a large walk in shower and an elegant white bathroom suite. There is also a separate wc next door if some guests are understandably hogging this bathroom.

The first of three double bedrooms has a beautiful en-suite bathroom with a shower over bath arrangement and the added luxury of a heated slate floor. The second bedroom doesn’t have an en-suite but is equally as spacious and enjoys the same wonderful uninterrupted views over the fields. The 3rd double bedroom is a little smaller but, like the others, is immaculately furnished with a modern bed and contemporary fittings. Finally we have a 4th twin bedroom. Again, pristine linen and perfect attention to detail.

Holiday Cottage in Coed Y Brenin Forest, North Wales | Maes-Y-Coed

Property Details

Sleeps  8+cot (6 Adults & 2 Children)

Pets  No

Smoking  No

Bed Linen  Provided

Towels  Provided

Cot and High Chair  Provided

Bedrooms  4 bedrooms - Bedroom 1: King sized bed with en-suite, Bedroom 2: King sized bed, Bedroom 3: Double sized bed, Bedroom 4: Twin beds.

Bathrooms  3 bathrooms - Bathroom 1: walk in shower, WC and wash hand basin, Bathroom 2: WC and wash hand basin, Bathroom 3: en-suite with shower over bath, WC and wash hand basin

Facilities  Wifi, linen and towels provided, biomass wood burner, underfloor heating, electric range with induction hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, washing machine and drier, iron and ironing board, cot and high chair, TV, DVD player, telephone (with honesty box), electric car charging point, BBQ, private garden, outside tap, off road parking, bike storage.


A 10-minute drive through the magical Coed Y Brenin forest will lead you to the clearing where the cottage is located. A private drive will take you across a field of grazing sheep and passed a disused barn to the curtilage of the cottage. This includes a parking area, lawned sections and patio as well as the cottage itself. (There’s also an outside tap for washing those muddy bikes.)

A lot of our guests will hopefully bring their mountain bikes with them. The famous ‘Beast’ trail is easily accessible from the cottage and this, in turn, will lead you to the new visitors centre and cafe where you can access a larger network of mountain biking trails that crisscrosses the forest. Bike hire is also available.

The market town of Dolgellau is about 12-mins away by car and has a nice selection of pubs and restaurants. The seaside town of Barmouth is about 20-mins to the west, the larger town of Porthmadog is about 30-mins to the North. Bala has a number of water sports centres and is 30-mins to the East from the cottage.

Walkers will also delight in this location. The Precipice Walk nearby is included in many guidebooks. The more formidable challenge of Cader Idris will also be on many peoples checklist. There are also some fascinating geological formations in the area including disused manganese, copper and gold mines.

Too many attractions nearby to list, but a visit to Harlech Castle is recommended as is the Centre of Alternative Technology near Machynlleth. There are a number of National Trust Properties nearby and also the wonderful Cymer Abbey. Children (and possibly adults) might prefer to explore the underground caverns at King Arthur’s Labyrinth or the slate caverns of Llechwedd.


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  1. Darren says:

    Amazing cottage in the middle of the forest. Very peaceful. Cosy and warm, and equipped with everything you could possibly need.

    Great walks and rides from the front door, and your own outdoor wild swim pool about a mile away too…

  2. Carol, Scotland says:

    Thankyou for a lovely stay at your house. We were also pleasantly surprised at how much bigger the house was compared to what we expected. There seems to have been alot of thought in providing everything needed to make our stay comfortable and to a high standard. We read the manual and found the extra foldable red chairs thanks but in the end used the bench for the kids and the chairs that were at the table and in one of the rooms (more comfy at table height).
    It would be great if there was space to park bikes out of the rain – we did so under the eaves but as we had 6 bikes this didn’t keep all of them dry and if out in wet for the week it wouldn’t have been great. Luckily we had decent weather. The tranquility of the house location was lovely and being able to get onto the bike / walking tracks so easily was fabulous.
    One improvement could be to ensure the ensuite bathroom radiator can be overidden to dry off towels. That bathroom seemed to hold the moisture quite a bit even with windows open to air.
    Lovely to see the setup for heating and insulation efficiency, well done. Great to see the original house renovated and being merged with a quality extension. The layout and style works very well.

    1. Chris Goodall says:

      May we just say that the towel rail in the en-suite bathroom can actually be turned on when the heating is off. Perhaps we don’t make this obvious, but the switch over the door into the bathroom can be used to electrically heat the towel rail. The reason we don’t advertise this is that it is quite rare for the temperatures to be so high that the heating never comes on. If future guests do use the electrical heat into the bathroom radiator, please do turn the switch off on leaving.

      Thank you very much for the other nice comments.

      Chris Goodall

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