Spectacular Views Over The Mawddach Estuary | Coed-Y-Moel

Spectacular Views Over The Mawddach Estuary | Coed-Y-Moel

I’ve been to Sylfaen a number of times before, our oldest daughter, Lowri, is best friends with Alaw, the youngest daughter at the farm. I knew there were some fantastic views up in those hills above Barmouth, I knew there were some fantastic old farm cottages up there. But I was still amazed when Rob, Alaw’s dad, took my a little further up the valley to see his newly restored stone cottage.

Formerly the home of a sea captain sailing from Barmouth, this 3 bedroom stone cottage commands truly spectacular views over the Mawddach estuary and Cader Idris beyond. The cottage itself is a traditional build of stonewalls under a welsh slate roof. I was sold on the place before I stepped over the threshold. But I can happily report that the cottage is perfect on the inside too.


As you step in, a lovely log burner has been placed in the large original inglenook fireplace to the left. This, combined with some comfortable seating and rustic oak beams creates a lovely cozy sitting area. A modern fitted kitchen has been installed to the right. Practical functionality, integrated dishwasher, modern cooker etc., plus nice touches like a granite worktop and a Belfast sink. The small dinning area is adjacent.

A door leading off the kitchen takes you to a split level bedroom area. Upstairs a large double bedroom has the best views in the house perhaps. Downstairs there’s a smaller twin room. All the beds are as you’d expect of a 5 star cottage and covered with crisp clean linen. The bathroom next to this twin room has a modern white suite with bath and shower attachment.

Back into the kitchen to climb up the bespoke spiral staircase to the last and largest of the three bedrooms. The original oak roof frame gives this en-suite double bedroom a special sense of character and style. The en-suite bathroom has a modern powerful shower as well as a luxurious roll top bath.

Spectacular Views Over The Mawddach Estuary | Coed-Y-Moel

Property Details

Sleeps  6 +cot

Pets  No

Smoking  No

Bed Linen  Provided

Towels  Provided

Cot and High Chair  On Request

Bedrooms  3 bedrooms. 1 double room with king size bed and ensuite bathroom. 1 double room with king sized bed. 1 twin room.

Bathrooms  2 bathrooms. 1 ensuite bathroom with shower and roll top bath. 1 bathroom with bath and shower atatchment.

Facilities  Welcome pack (tea, coffee, bottle of wine, flowers etc.), Linen, Towels, Cot, High Chair, Central Heating, Log Fire, Farm Stay, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, Private Garden, Enclosed garden, Off street parking, BBQ, Bike Storage


Many visitors to this area will have already ventured up out of Barmouth to explore the well-known Panorama walk. Famous for it’s vista across this seaside location. Few if any will have climbed further up this single track road however. The views up here are even better of course. I suspect the pleasure of the observer is enhanced by the knowledge that only a handful of people are privy to this secret spot. Barmouth itself has been a popular seaside holiday destination since Victorian times when the new Cambrian coast railway opened up this secluded part of North Wales to the cities and towns of England. The conversion of Coed-Y-Moel into a well-appointed self-catering holiday cottage is evidence of a new trend towards more luxurious accommodation and a renewed enthusiasm for the region.

Spectacular views over the Mawddach Estuary | Coed-Y-Moel

And it’s difficult not to get excited about the area. Adventure sports are becoming increasingly popular. Everything from kite surfing and sea kayaking to rock climbing and mountain biking. More unhurried activities such as fishing, golf and walking are also enjoyed by many. Our more cultured guests will enjoy the huge array of historical attractions. Narrow gauge steam railways and slate quarries lay testament to our industrial heritage while impressive castles like Harlech and Caernarvon remind us of a time when Celtic – Anglo relations wern’t quite as amicable as they are now perhaps.


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  1. Keith & Jan, Buckinghamshire says:

    A lovely, well-appointed cottage in a beautiful and peaceful location. The views from the cottage and from the road leading to it are stunning. The only neighbour was an occasional visiting hare! The perfect place to unwind and use as a base to explore the surrounding countryside. Robert made us very welcome and we would certainly return.

  2. Roxy&Robert, Sheffield says:

    First time to Barmouth and what a wonderful place to visit. Beautiful views surrounding this stunning cottage. Able to get around with reasonable ease ( with the aid of a car) to explore further afield. Thankyou to Robert for towing us out of a muddy field ha ha. If you want peace and quiet, stunning scenery, walking and enjoy good local food then this cottage is for you. Wellies essential in winter.


  3. Martin, welshpool says:

    Stayed here for 2 nights over valentines as a surprise for my girlfriend (fiancé now!) the cottage was absolutely gorgeous, modern furnished but with old style feel due to the log burner and timber beams throughout! We live in Wales and appreciate the scenery at home but the views from the cottage are awesome, such a romantic and peacefull place. Highly recommended to all ages! Only problem was having to leave at the end of our stay! A big thank you to Robert and family! We will be returning in the future!

  4. Leigh-Anne Barrett-Porter says:

    Stayed over Christmas and very impressed with the cottage. All very high spec and attention to detail was lovely.
    Arrived and found a Christmas tree and small tastefull decorations around the cottage which made the whole place very Christmassy.
    To wake up on Christmas day and find snow top mountains across the valley and to light the wood burner in this very cosy cottage was perfect.
    High spec,Peacefull and private
    Thank you

  5. Steve and Chris Whitley, Nov 11, 2012,6.30pm. says:

    We have stayed in this cottage for 2 nights and wish we could have stayed forever, it had everything, it had a very warm cosy feel to this place and all of the cottage inside and out was spotless. We cannot fault this, the views were amazing in all directions, it was secluded but not remote. Would highly recommend this for a romantic getaways. This cottage was superbly finished through out, the best thing for us though was the inglenook fire place with the log burner was very welcoming. Thank you for a wonderful stay.

  6. Sarah and Mark Cole, lancs says:

    We have just returned from an amazing 3 nights, only wish it was longer. Beautifully decorated to a high standard throughout. The views are stunning. We stayed here with our 2 year old and 6 month old, it was perfect and so safe for them. just want to say Thankyou so much, a real gem. Can’t compliment enough.

  7. Carolyn, Oxfordshire says:

    What a wonderful cottage, finished to a very high standard.
    A rather small road leading to cottage but definitely worth the ride.
    The views of the surrounding area are spectacular. Enjoyed walking to the summit and back via the woods.
    Wished we could have stayed longer. Definitely planning to return for a whole week.
    Superb location, remote, peaceful and beautiful all in one.

  8. Nikki Evans, Kingswinford says:

    What a fantastic place. The cottage was beautiful and finished to a very high standard. The views were out of this world and we didn’tt want to leave. Definately be booking again soon.

  9. Amanda, Stoke on Trent says:

    Wow what a place. If it’s seclusion, romance & spectacular views you want then this is the place. Two tips, wear wellies & have rubber mats in the car. The farm has lots of sheep and cows & you will have to open several gates to get to the cottage. Need we say anymore? This only adds to the experience. Also we need to add when you bear left at the barn you have the option to follow the track ahead or to the right. Take the track to the right. This wasn’t in the directions or signposted and we spent a good hour and nearly got stuck trying to find the cottage. All in all 10 out of 10. The owner was fanatstic and so was the complimenatry wine. Thanks guys. We will be back and we loved seeing the before and after pictures of the renovation. We will be back.x

  10. Phil, Kent says:

    Fantastic place to stay, very comfortable quality cottage, we will return again, quite a tough place to find in the dark, what more could anyone want, perfect !

  11. philip davies london says:

    Furnished throughout to a very high standard ,views of the surrounding area are spectacular money could not buy them in easy reach supermarkets for self caterers,peaceful and islolated,hill walkers paradise,altogether a most enjoyable break,recommended

  12. Laverne says:

    Having been visiting Barmouth for 40yrs it never disapoints.The cottage is beautiful and the surroundings are breathtaking,I was lucky enough to stay there for 2days and had a great time,will be returning for longer nxt time.

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