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.

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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

Location

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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Comments

  1. Mandy Head says:

    A perfect cottage in a perfect location. Spent a lovely weekend celebrating my husbands 50th Birthday. The cottage was very clean and had everything you needed. Would love to return again but for longer next time.

  2. The Green Family - Cheltenham says:

    We found Coed Y Moel to be comfortable, cosy and welcoming for our family Easter break. The actual location was amazing, remote and serene away from the madding crowds, yet in reality only 5 minutes drive from the centre of Barmouth. The scenery, especially the “panoramic walk” was stunning as was the 18 mile return bike ride from Dolleglau to Barmouth up the Mawdach Estuary. A fabulous location highly recommended!

  3. Carral Watkins and Phil Crinnan says:

    We spent a wonderful Autumnal week here in late October 2013.
    The cottage is beautifully finished to a wonderful standard.
    Very well equipped with a fantastic bathroom, comfortable living room, and brilliant utility room for wet gear and boots!
    The log burner is a treat after being out walking or cycling all day.
    Rob is a lovely friendly and welcoming host.
    We cannot recommend this highly enough.
    Such a view, location and perfect cottage are a lucky find.
    We cannot wait to return soon.

  4. Diane & Ross from Duncannon, Pennslyvania US says:

    This was our first visit to Wales, and Coed y Moel did not disappoint us. The photos online are spot on in terms of providing an accurate look at this lovely vacation home. You cannot tire of the views. Tall people do need to beware, as the beams, especially in the second floor master bedroom are rather low, but add to the charm of this home. We hung a scarf over the beam going into the bedroom as a reminder to duck, especially for any middle of the night visits. We enjoyed the fact the house was a bit off the beaten path. I would have to agree you want to have rubber mats in your car, as you will be trekking mud and sheep deposits with you as you enter/leave the premises…but again, that so adds to the charm of the area. The village of Barmouth is lovely and I would recommend a long walk along the beach and also on the railroad bridge. The views of the estuary are breathtaking. Dinner at the Old Inn is also a must. We too had some issues finding the place, but eventually got headed in the right direction. It is a romantic, lovely, spacious, and cozy place to spend a few nights. Four nights was just not quite enough; I would have loved to stay longer, especially if the weather had been better, as I was hoping to find more time to sit at the outdoor tables and take in the sights. Unfortunately, the weather was not too conducive for that. I would definitely consider going back to Coed y Moel – lovely, cozy, modern, charming, clean, and very reasonably priced.

  5. Diane & Ross from Duncannon, Pennslyvania US says:

    This was our first visit to Wales, and Coed y Moel did not disappoint us. The photos online are spot on in terms of providing an accurate look at this lovely vacation home. You cannot tire of the views. Tall people do need to beware, as the beams, especially in the second floor master bedroom are rather low, but add to the charm of this home. We hung a scarf over the beam going into the bedroom as a reminder to duck, especially for any middle of the night visits. We enjoyed the fact the house was a bit off the beaten path. I would have to agree you want to have rubber mats in your car, as you will be trekking mud and sheep deposits with you as you enter/leave the premises…but again, that so adds to the charm of the area. The village of Barmouth is lovely and I would recommend a long walk along the beach and also on the railroad bridge. The views of the estuary are breathtaking. Dinner at the Old Inn is also a must. We too had some issues finding the place, but eventually got headed in the right direction. It is a romantic, lovely, spacious, and cozy place to spend a few nights. Four nights was just not quite enough; I would have loved to stay longer, especially if the weather had been better, as I was hoping to find more time to sit at the outdoor tables and take in the sights. Unfortunately, the weather was not too conducive for that. I would definitely consider going back to Coed y Moel – lovely, cozy, modern, charming, clean, and very reasonably priced.

  6. The Walkers, Beverley says:

    A Gem. Spectacular mountain setting and real quality conversion. Great sized rooms, luxurious bathrooms, real wood fittings, tasteful décor. Would recommend. Takes about 10 min up a very steep track to get there from Barmouth – but worth it – may be a problem in snow without 4 wheel drive. Bumped into the owner – very chatty and helpful. stunning easy panoramic walk 5 min down the track. Lovely terrace area to enjoy the surroundings. Go and enjoy!

  7. Kathy Byrne, Chislehurst says:

    Coed-y-Moel ticked every single one of my boxes: Off the beaten track (you can’t see a single light at night!), but less than a 15 minute drive to Barmouth’s restaurants and grocery store, spectacular views, beautiful cottage with every imaginable mod con (bar wifi, but who needs that on holiday?), the best equipped utility/boot room I’ve ever come across.

    The renovation of this cottage is nothing short of brilliant. However, tall people be warned, some of the beautiful, structural beams and door frames are on the low side.

    If you want your peace and tranquillity in the middle of stunning scenery and with every comfort, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything better than this wonderful place.

  8. Martin Staerk, Stuttgart - Germany says:

    The cottage was really lovely! It was a great pleasure to meet Robert (the owner). We will for sure come back to Wales, it was great.

    Thx again
    Martin

  9. Alan & Elisabeth, Vienna says:

    Truly wonderful ! !
    An utterly delightful cottage in an absolutely beautiful, peaceful ,majestic setting.
    Just a few minutes´ walk away, there´s even a lovely secluded waterfall – it really felt as though it was ours !
    The owners are completely unobtrusive. However, if you do happen to bump into them, they are really lovely and very helpful.
    All ´n all, a truly special place for a holiday or break. But you’ll definitely wish you could stay longer !

  10. Sue, Cardiff says:

    Just returned from a 7 night stay with my family. Beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean and lovely interior. Thanks to the previous comment, finding the cottage was slightly easier than might have been. Bottle of wine on arrival was a nice touch. Bistro Bermo and the Harbour side fish and chip shop were worth a visit! Nice big Co-op in Barmouth where you can get pretty much everything you need. Overall, highly recommended! 5*.

  11. Rachel Wyer, Shropshire says:

    Just returned from a 3-night stay and this cottage is fantastic. It has been beautifully restored, is extremely well appointed and very peaceful. The views are stunning and there are numerous walks available right outside your front door!! The sheep are very welcoming and we miss their melodic ba-a-a-ahs in the morning! We had a bit of difficulty finding the cottage once we arrived at the farm – the secret is to go through the double iron gates, turn right just past thehuge steel barn, follow the track round to the right (past conifer trees on the right) then follow the track through two more gates . . . the cottage and views which await you are breathtaking!! We will definitely be recommending this wonderful cottage to our family and friends. PS – The complimentary bottle of wine was a very nice touch!

  12. mike forys staffordshire says:

    second visit and not disappointed. The trip was to celebrate my partner’s birthday[ can’t tell you which one.]and some unfinished business with mt Snowdon,.. both successful [I hope] thanks in no small way to Rob and his fantastic cottage. Hope to return in the not to distant future. It’s so hard to leave

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