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The Boathouse

The Boathouse is set in the woods, above the Vale of Ffestiniog
1 of 22The Boathouse is set in the woods, above the Vale of Ffestiniog
Cottage -
3 Bedrooms , 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 8
Maentwrog, Gwynedd, North Wales, Wales
**NEW: EV Charging! Ask for details** This ancient stone cottage, known as 'The Boathouse' and restored to modern standards with spacious high ceiling living areas, is in the middle of a large private woodland in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, traffic-free with access via a woodland track some 500 yards from the public road. The wood is part of one of the few temperate rain forests in the world, and has beautiful rare lichens on its ancient oak trees and two lakes, one just below the house. There are wonderful walks literally from the front door, up through the forest to reach viewpoints out towards Portmeiron, Harlech with its famous Castle, and the sea, and past the old mine-workings hidden in the woods. Two Ffestiniog railway stations are within 15 minutes walk through the trees, one a request halt built for a former... Read more
Listing #HL110288
About the Owner
Giles Keating B
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:December 2009
Interaction with guests
The house nestles in the woods by itself, though it does not feel lonely. The keyholder, Bethan, is a few minutes drive away, in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong. The house has a very 'lived-in' feel, in a good way, and guests tend to make themselves at home, for example using old logs to set up outside seating areas which are then used by others. Bedlinen & towels are included.
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Reviewed October 1, 2018


Reviewed September 16, 2018

Lovely remote property set in the woods with a well stocked property. The area around is beautiful with the lakes and the steam trains going by. Property could of been cleaner on arrival which was a shame nothing worse than someone else's dirt. Prompt action...More

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Reviewed September 3, 2018


  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (8)
  • Dishwasher
  • Double Beds:(2)
  • Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • En Suite Rooms (1)
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Iron
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (8)
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Private Garden
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower Rooms (1)
  • Single Beds:(4)
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 2:00 PM
    Check out: 10:00 AM
NEW for 2018, bedlinen and towels are INCLUDED, we do ask you to make up the beds yourself
    1 Shower
    1 Attached (ensuite)
    2 Fulls
    4 Twins
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  • House preparation, bedlinen and towels: C$118 / stay - Fee
  • Damage Deposit: C$214 / stay - Deposit
Additional Rate and Availability Information
Now included: Bedlinen/towels. For all new bookings, we have changed our terms and now include both bedlinen and towels, though we do ask you to make up the beds yourself.
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About the neighbourhood
The Vale of Ffestiniog is a natural barrier between north-west and central Wales, and The Mabinogion describes tales of love, magic and treachery leading to a terrible battle at Maentwrog, the first river crossing, with slain princes still lying in the soil. You can feel the magic in the ancient woods that lead direct from the doorstep of the house, and in the royal castles at Harlech and beyond. Snowdonia National Park also offers modern pursuits, like rock-climbing, mountain biking, and the fastest zip wire in the world! Visit Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau, Portmeirion Italianate village (home of TV's The Prisoner), Electric Mountain's hydro-electric plant, Sygun Copper Mine and Porthmadog's harbour, with market on Friday.
Getting around
Plas Halt on the Ffestiniog railway is 15 minutes walk through woods, 15 minutes walk the other way is Tan y Bwlch, with buffet and train shunting. The railway is an attraction in its own right... or walk to Penryhn and take the train back. The Ffestiniog railway can be infrequent and doesn't run every day, but it does connect with mainline at Minffordd and at Blaenau for longer journeys. As for driving, the roads are beautiful, but allow plenty of time!
Car advised
How to get there
Airport: Manchester: 140.0 km
Railway: Plas Halt: 0.4 km
Ferry: Holyhead: 40.0 km
By Car: From London, the Midlands and the South, via M54 and Bala. From Liverpool, Manchester (and airport) and from the East and North, via Chester and Llandudno. From Ireland, via Holyhead and Llandudno. By train: use national rail to reach the Ffestiniog Railway, alight at Plas Halt (request stop!). From there it's a beautiful 15 minute walk on woodland tracks, we can give exact directions on request.
Activities nearby
Nearest Beach: 35.0 km.
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