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. Annette says:

    It is a beautiful cottage and the surroundings are breathtaking. Peacefull. Isolated. Away from it all.

  2. Marilyn Bowen says:

    We had a wonderful stay in this amazing cottage. The views and surrounding area are spectacular.
    The cottage had everything we wanted and felt very homely.
    The owners made us feel very welcome and couldn’t have been more helpful.
    Highly recommended and would certainly stay again. Many thanks.

  3. Marilyn Bowen says:

    We spent a wonderful two weeks family holiday in this outstanding cottage.It felt just like home from home and provided everything we needed. The owners couldn’t have been more helpful. Highly recommended. Its in a lovely location just right for a relaxing break.The surrounding area is stunning. Definitely a place to stay again. Thank you

  4. Julia says:

    The cottage was lovely, amazing views and so peaceful. The cottage had everything we needed and felt so homely. Yes it’s a bit of a maze to get there (we arrived in the dark which made it more interesting) but it was worth it. We will definitely be visiting there again.

  5. Annie says:

    Had a wonderful time with family, this has been the second time we came here and not dissapointed at all. Though we felt it was quite warm and things would have been perfect if fan was available on request. Nevertheless everything was upto standards and we had a great time!

  6. Kanishka says:

    Visited last week, Lovely place, Spectacular views all around, Very clean bed linen and ample hot water, Very comfortable stay for a family, Difficult to find so had to speak to the owner, Very decent and polite owner, Will surely return again, You will not be disappointed

  7. Muneeb says:

    Luxurious,very well furnished throughout,scenic and peaceful surroundings,courteous owners,highly recommended

  8. Richards family, Leeds says:

    Stunning location, and beautifully restored cottage. Suggest you read above comments re directions on reaching the cottage – not entirely clear and cottage name changes from Coed y Moel to Coed y Foel adding to our confusion. However other that this highly recommended.

  9. michelle carter says:

    Lovely cottage in a beautiful location. Not easy to find but once there well worth the trouble! A shower in the bath in the second bedroom would be better than a hand held shower but the existing arrangement is okay.
    Excellent amenities and the cottage is very well maintained.
    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and looking forward to booking through Dioni again.

  10. Paula says:

    As we drove along from Barmouth to Coed-y-Moel the views were breathtaking with lots of wows as we passed along the way. We passed through the farm yard with not too much trouble and continued along a track towards Coed-Y-Moel.Just when we thought there were no more wows to be had we passed over the brink of a small hill and there was the most fantastic view to the valley below with the magnificent Cadri Idris rising in the background.Tucked neatly in the side of the hill was a pretty stone cottage which was to be our home for the next week, how wonderful, we couldn’t believe it. Once inside the cottage we were equally pleased. The cottage was very clean and tastefully decorated. The furniture was of good quality and although with a modern touch the rooms still kept their charecter and the whole place had a lovely feel.We particularly liked the kitchen, it worked well for cooking up some tasty evening meals. The bathroom had a lovely deep bath and there was plenty of hot water too, a real luxury after a day out cycling. The weather was good for October so we were fortunate to be able to sit outside most evenings and gaze in amazement at the wonderful views from the garden and watch the ever changing face of Cadri Idris as it changed its mood in response to the passing clouds and setting sun. There were Iots of interesting birds to be seen as well and best of all were the close views we had of the red kite and hen harriers. There are plenty of lovely walks straight from the cottage and it was great to be able to abandon the car and spend a couple of the days in complete seclusion.
    We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, Coed-y-Moel is a truely special holiday home
    and the perfect place to escape, unwind and relax.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    This was our second stay at this cottage.
    Very cosy and comfortable. The scenery and walking was just wonderful.
    Such a peaceful location.
    I am sure that we will return.

  12. Julian Dodd says:

    If your looking for total escape from everything this is the cottage for you. It’s 5* through out with the most amazing views Wales had to offer just by opening the door. My wife and I had a lovely week hear and didn’t want to leave. It was a shame they don’t allow dogs as our small dog would have loved it.

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