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Secluded, Traditional Welsh Farmhouse, With Many Character Features

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

Sleeps 5 In 3 Bedrooms, With 1 Bathroom


Hafod is one of the highest houses in Wales, set in beautiful seclusion in the Snowdonia National Park. The traditional cottage has many character features, including the historic remains of a 17th century Welsh long house in the garden.


Hafod y Rhedrwydd is a cosy, detached cottage in the Snowdonia National Park. Looking down 700ft to the valley below, Hafod is one of the highest houses in Wales and is set in complete seclusion, with beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding National Trust countryside. A mountain stream, crossed by a slate bridge, flows through the garden, which includes the remains of a 17th century Welsh long house. Despite its tranquil location, a wide range of activities are within easy reach of the house, including mountains, beaches, castles, towns and pretty villages.

Formerly owned by The National Trust, the house is built from traditional Welsh materials and has been beautifully decorated and furnished, with many character features, including wooden beams and floors, an oil burning stove, claw foot bath and a Stanley range cooker in the kitchen. Complementing these character features, the cottage has modern facilities, including Free sat HD TV.

Hafod sleeps up to five people, in three bedrooms, with one bathroom. The cottage is an ideal retreat for a family holiday or for groups of friends seeking peace and solitude amongst stunning scenery, yet close to a wide range of activities.


Hafod is set well back from a very quiet mountain road and there is car parking space for two cars.

The house is entered via the front door, which leads to the downstairs rooms:

- Kitchen/diner: A room which oozes character, with wooden floors and beams, Belfast sink, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge (no freezer compartment) and a stunning Stanley oil fired range cooker. There is a wooden dining table, with seating for five;

- Living room: A good sized, yet cosy room, with oak beams, stone surround fire place containing an oil burning stove and leather sofas seating five. There is a Free sat HD TV, with DVD player;

- Bathroom: The large ground floor bathroom contains a claw foot bath, toilet and basin, with lovely views down to the valley floor.

Stairs lead up from the ground floor to the first floor landing, off which are three bedrooms, all with beautiful views across the hills or down the valley:

- Bedroom 1: Contains a double bed;

- Bedroom 2: Contains a double bed;

- Bedroom 3: Contains a single bed.

Heading back downstairs and outside, the garden contains slate terraces, stone steps and the historic remains of a 17th century Welsh long house. Flowing through the garden, crossed by a slate bridge, is a mountain stream. The garden is very quiet and tranquil, with just the wildlife for company, perfect for both adults and children to relax in. The surrounding countryside forms part of the Migneint SSSI, noteworthy for many species, including the spectacular Hen Harrier. There is an outdoor table and seating.

Key Features

Security deposits:

Security deposits are not required.


Regrettably, pets are not accepted at Hafod y Rhedrwydd.

Bed linen and towels:

Bed linen and bath mats are provided for guests, however, guests are requested to bring their own towels and tea towels.

Access, arrival and departure times:

Arrival time at Hafod y Rhedrwydd is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a concealed key, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.

The house is located in a peaceful, but remote location at the head of a valley. There is no street lighting and a torch is strongly recommended for arrivals after dark.

Bed sizes and configurations:

- Bedroom 1: Double bed

- Bedroom 2: Double bed

- Bedroom 3: One single bed

Fuel and logs:

Hafod y Rhedwyrdd is a secluded farmhouse cottage, which is totally “off the grid”, creating its own power and sourcing natural water. Cottages like this are rare in the UK and a couple of key features should be noted:

• The cottage generates its own electricity, using a petrol powered generator in the outbuilding next to the house. Operating instructions are provided and a degree of practicality and common sense is needed to operate the system;

• The cottage is supplied by fresh spring water and is not connected to the mains water supply. On occasion, the water intake system can block due to natural circumstances, such as fallen leaves, which causes the supply to be interrupted. In such circumstances, guests are advised to unblock the intake filter and instructions on how to do so are provided in the cottage.

An oil deposit is payable directly to the owners prior to the commencement of the holiday. Upon departure, the owner will read the oil meter and the resultant charge will be deducted from the oil deposit. The balance will then be refunded within a week of the date of departure. Please note that this is a private arrangement between the owner and the guest, which does not involve Character Cottages.

The property generates its own electricity by way of a petrol generator in the outbuilding next to the house. Full operating instructions are provided.

The house is supplied by fresh spring water and is not connected to the mains water supply.

Services provided:

Hafod y Rhedrwydd has no landline telephone, however, the property does have an HD Freesat TV and DVD player.

Satellite broadband is available at the cottage. The first 2GB are provided free of charge, further usage is charged at its cost price of £10 per GB. Any charges necessary will be deducted from the oil deposit (see above).

Hafod y Rhedrwydd is in a remote location and guests should be aware that there is no mobile phone reception on most networks. There are no nearby houses or services and the nearest shopping facilities are several miles away, however, Tesco does deliver to the house.


Hafod y Rhedrwydd has private parking for two cars on its gravel drive.


Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean and linen change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services are available on request.

Child friendly facilities:

One travel cot (without linen) is provided.

Initial consumables:

Due to the remoteness of the cottage, there are no initial consumables provided.

Accessibility, health and safety:

Hafod y Rhedrwydd is a period property, and has character features, including relatively narrow and steep stairs, some low beams and two floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.

There is a stream running through the garden and extra care is required, especially if children are in the party.

The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.


No smoking is permitted throughout Hafod y Rhedrwydd.


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Betws-y-Coed Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Secluded, Traditional Welsh Farmhouse, With Many Character Features
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
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We stayed at the cottage in 2013, the first day we spent researching the area and having a look around the area, once we got our bearings it was fantastic. the owners leave leaflets in the cottage which we found really helpful because we took our three children. we spent seven days there and still didn't want to leave because we hadn't done everything in the seven days.there are


children's play center

steam trains



sight seeing



swimming pools


all in less than 40min driving distance.

were booking again this year.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
83 Miles
Manchester Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Various in Betws-y-Coed
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Car: necessary

Hafod y Rhedrwydd is set in complete seclusion amidst National Trust countryside. With no other building in sight, the house looks down 700ft to the valley below and is one of the highest houses in Wales. Hafod is located close to the small settlement of Cwm Penmachno and eight miles from the larger town of Betws-y-Coed.

Cwm Penmachno

Cwm Penmachno is a former quarry settlement at the head of the Penmachno valley in North Wales. The slate quarry was formerly linked by tramway railway to the Ffestiniog railway at Blaenau Ffestiniog. The slopes around the village provide streams which are the source of the river Machno, which flows past the larger village of Penmachno before joining the river Conwy south of Betws-y-coed.


Betws-y-Coed is North Wales' most popular inland resort. It is where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the west, the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno. Much of it was built in Victorian times and it is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park.

Set in a beautiful valley in the Snowdonia Forest Park, it is ideal for outdoor activity holidays. Many craft and outdoor activity shops are in the village, with the popular Swallow Falls nearby. The beauty of the area is enhanced by cascading waterfalls, hill-top lakes, river pools and ancient bridges. Ever since the Victorian artists flocked to the area and formed the first artist colony it has been a Mecca for those that appreciate its unique natural beauty.

The main street, Holyhead Road, has a number of restaurants and shops, many specialising in outdoor clothes. The Tourist Information Centre provides maps and advice on day trips in the area. At the railway station is a Museum with a miniature railway, shop and restaurant. The old 14th century church of St Michael's is one of the oldest in Wales and is worth viewing.

Of exceptional interest are the many bridges in the area. Pont-y-Pair (the bridge of the cauldron), built in 1468, is buffeted by foaming water after heavy rain. A number of sign-posted walks in the surrounding countryside start near this bridge. A mile or so away is the Miner's Bridge, on the road to Capel Curig, where the miners crossed the river on a steep ladder to their work.

Thomas Telford's iron Waterloo Bridge built in 1815, which carries the A5 across the River Conwy, bears the cast iron inscription 'This arch was constructed in the same year the battle of Waterloo was fought'. Also worth visiting are the awesome Conwy Falls off the road to Pentrefoelas and the beautiful Fairy Glen off the A470, where the River Conwy flows through a narrow gorge.


Situated on the west coast of Britain, covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is the largest National Park in Wales. The complex and diverse geology of Snowdonia has done much to shape the present landscape. Great mountain ranges have been pushed up out of the oceans only to be slowly eroded away. Volcanic rocks have produced distinctive features on Snowdon, Cadair Idris, the Glyderau, the Carneddau and Arenig.

Snowdonia has some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in England and Wales, with Snowdon in the North and Cadair Idris in the South. Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales at 1,085m and in Welsh is known as 'Yr Wyddfa'. In all there are more than 90 summits over 2,000 feet and 15 over 3,000 feet.

As well as its famous mountains, Snowdonia boasts the largest natural lake in Wales, picturesque villages, such as Betws y Coed and Beddgelert, and a long coastline of sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs and glorious estuaries. The Ll?n Peninsula, next to Snowdonia, is a protected “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.

The area around Snowdonia is steeped in culture and local history, where more than half the population speaks Welsh.


There are numerous tourist activities in and around Snowdonia. Please visit the Character Cottages website for a selection, which gives you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available. Further information is available from Tourist Information centres, which are located in many towns.


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