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. Angela, Martin & family says:

    We have absolutely loved our first holiday in North Wales and feel that we couldn’t have chosen a better cottage.Coed-Y-Moel has been a perfectly peaceful haven, surrounded by scenery that takes your breath away!
    The cottage is well appointed, is very comfortable and has been lovingly restored by the owner, Robert Evans, who lives on the farm nearby.
    It has been a joy to wake up every morning to nothing but the sound of birds, sheep and the trickling of water from the nearby stream. You could easily spend a week walking in the hills surrounding the cottage yet, equally, use the cottage as a base for other pursuits as there is so much to do in the area.
    Highlights for us include a visit to Harlech Castle, mountain biking at Coed-Y-Brenin, cycling the Mawddach Trail and stand-up paddle boarding at Plas-Y-Brenin.
    North Wales offers so much for all ages. This has been our first trip to the area but it will certainly not be our last!

    We found the whole experience of booking with Dioni very easy and informative. Your photos and videos of this cottage helped with our decision making and they didn’t disappoint. Equally, we loved your little emails giving information on North Wales – all super! When we return we will book with Dioni once again. Thank you.

  2. Toby says:

    The perfect peaceful cottage, a short drive to Cadair Idris and not too far from Snowdon. We hiked both and even had good enough weather to sunbathe on Barmouth beach.

    No wi-fi, which we thought was a good thing. A fair way down a winding single track road to get to the cottage, but thats the price you pay for such a magical location!

    Thoroughly recommended, would love to stay again.

  3. Susan Cooper says:

    Enjoyed our stay at Coed-y-Moel. The cottage was lovely and just how it was advertised. Spotlessly clean and tidy with your every need thought of including games & dvds for when it rained and there was only football on the tv!! The views were spectacular and we would have loved to have sat outside and admired the scenery but the weather did not allow for it unfortunately. Loved watching the rabbit family (Mum, Dad & 2 babies) that had made their home under the rocks on the driveway. The lane up to the cottage was a challenge but we got used to it by the end of the week. We would love to go back and experience the peace and quiet once again hopefully with better weather next time. Thank you for sharing your little part of Wales with us.

  4. Di says:

    What a beautiful cottage .. Great views .. The owner was great had lots of knowledge of place to go and see.. Would like to stay there for the rest of my life!!!

  5. Tim W says:

    This is a lovely cottage in the middle of the Welsh countryside yet only 10 minutes away from Barmouth. The cottage was spotlessly clean and of a very high standard, modern in outlook but with the exposed wooden beams showing its heritage. It was wonderful to have the doors and velux windows open to hear the wildlife, including our morning visitor the cuckoo, and feel like we were miles away from city life. I would thoroughly recommend this cottage if you want to get away from it all but want the comforts that this superb cottage brings. We will definitely be going back. 10/10.

  6. Luke says:

    We spent a long time looking or cottages in either the Lake District or Snowdonia and wow what a find! The objective for my wife and I was to find somewhere with breathtaking views and in a remote location but with a modern interior. Coed y Foel ticked all the boxes and then some.

    It was relatively easy to find and the views were out of this world. We had an extremely relaxing time and made good use of the log burner and the logs. The kitchen was great too so we made full use of it and cooked some great meals. The cottage really did have everything we needed. No wifi and no phone signal was a compete bonus and to be disconnected from the world for a week was bliss. It’s possible to get signal at the top of the driveway though so if we needed to make a call or download some emails from time to time this was possible.

    I couldn’t believe how well the cottage has ben refurbished, the quality really is stunning. Even though it was just my wife and I staying there it would sleep 6 very comfortably. I really can’t emphasise the attention to detail they’ve shown inside and the cottage. It is beautiful inside and out and a perfect place to explore the amazing scenery. Total darkness and night and amazing stars. We enjoyed habit watching from the cottage and the field of sheep surrounding the cottage.

    If you are going in winter consider how you might navigate the 2 mile single track road back down to Barmouth if it’s snowing or icy. We left slightly early as it started to snow, we were concerned about getting down with out a 4×4.

    Overall this was an amazing week and we couldn’t have found a better cottage. Thank you!

  7. Liz Norman says:

    Wonderful location, beauiful cosy cottage the week went far to quickly.

  8. Alison Jones says:

    Lovely cosy & comfortable cottage in a wonderfully peaceful and secluded location. Views ever changing in the light and a real sense of getting away from it all. Getting in and out was a bit of an adventure but added to the overall experience. Husband and son are 6″2 plus so had a couple of incidents with the two beams in the main living area but mastered after a couple of days! Great weather for the end of October and would definately recommend on to friends and family. Thank you!

  9. Jayne Hutchings says:

    Had a fantastic week in October – the weather was fabulous, with only a gentle breeze and no rain. The cottage is absolutely fantastic – couldn’t fault anything. The location is fairly remote, extremely peaceful with only the cows, the bull, the sheep and the rabbits. The views from the cottage were gorgeous especially first light and evening light.
    We went with the intention of exploring the area and to take landscape photos and we were not disappointed.
    Some great places to eat in Barmouth – while the Last Inn is good, don’t be afraid to try the Captain’s Table. The food was even better there and to be honest was on par, if not slightly cheaper than the Last Inn.
    We highly recommend staying here if you want a countryside break, do photography, walking or outdoor activities.

  10. G Thornton says:

    This wonderful cottage in a lovely location, remote enough to feel a sense of calm and well being among the hills and mountains and it also offers opportunities to explore the mountains from your door step, yet its a short ten minute drive to the shops and restaurant’s of Barmouth I would certainly recommend it
    Glenn Rowley Regis

  11. What a stunning location! We loved the remote aspect, idyllic landscape and peacefulness of the property. Accommodation was spacious for our family of 6 – plenty of room for the boys, plus the added bonus that their bedrooms and bathroom were almost separate to ours! Good quality facilities.
    We enjoyed walks in the surrounding areas and found some really good beaches. Only one tiny criticism would be that the velux windows in two of the bedrooms do not have blinds, so can lead to an early awakening. This does not detract from a wonderful stay in such a fabulous property in a beautiful part of Wales.

  12. Peter Kay says:

    What a great stay. The cottage was as described, secluded and luxurious. The weather was glorious; the grandchildren especially loved the drive up from the main road, the views and the wildlife were amazing. Highly recommended.

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