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Relax in a secluded, spacious, dog friendly longhouse. Ideal for large families.

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

6 bedroom, 5 bath, 3 spacious reception rooms. SKY TV, AGA, WiFi, 3 wood burning stoves

A winding road through the southern part of the Snowdonia National Park leads you into the Dovey (Dyfi) Forest to a secluded longhouse called Maesywerngoch.

A luxurious yet laidback holiday home, Maesywerngoch has no neighbouring properties. Whilst keeping elements of the longhouse's 300 year-old charm such as its original wood beams, slate floors and thick stone walls, we have completely restored and expanded Maesywerngoch to include 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms and spacious common areas.

Accompanying the longhouse are several acres of lovingly maintained gardens with streams, ponds, footbridges and waterfalls. Enjoy wandering through the garden viewing the many varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, roses and clematis.

Maesywerngoch has been a mainstay in our own family for over 40 years. To keep this tradition, we have worked to create a perfect space for multigenerational family holidays, with intimate yet spacious living areas filled with high-end furnishings. Maesywerngoch is kept cosy year round by a delightful pillar box red AGA in the kitchen and wood burning stoves in each of the three sitting rooms.

Floor to ceiling glass doors open up fully in both the 'barn' and 'stables', now a large open-planned sitting room and dining room to enjoy the velvety views of the valley and gardens.

Maesywerngoch is a perfect base for walkers and amblers of all abilities. We are spoilt for choice with walks directly from the property including a stretch of the wonderful Wales Coastal Path that runs through the forest.

A favourite activity for our family and friends with small children is walking the many miles of Welsh paths picking blackberries for a crumble! Adults enjoy it just as much.

Now that our children our teenagers, it seems only these walks can pull them away from their video games. We think it will have the same effect on your family! But not to worry-we do provide modern technologies like large flatscreen TV's in two sitting rooms and free WiFi throughout the house.

Other child-friendly activities include crabbing from the pier at Aberdovey Beach, cycling though the forest on Cycle route 8, tent camping in the front garden, playing badminton on the front lawn and gazing at the stars on a clear night and bird watching.

Maesywerngoch sleeps 10 adults in beds and 2 children in the bunk beds and 2 babies in travel cot and proper cot.

High chairs and put up beds available.

The forestry road to the house may have a few shallow pot holes. There is a short section of our driveway that may be unsuitable for low slung sports cars with low profile tyres.

As team leader you will be the STAR for choosing Maesywerngoch as your holiday destination. Inquire now.

More Details

Susan Harrison
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Susan Harrison

Maesywerngoch was purchased in 1974 from the Forestry commission. The extensive gardens were created by my mother in law over many, many years. This house then passed to her son Nicholas, my husband. We have continued her work by renovating the house to a luxurious standard.

Susan Harrison purchased this house in 1970

Why Susan Harrison chose Pennal

Maesywerngoch has passed down from one generation to the next. We enjoy the secluded location and beautiful views over the valley while still only a short drive to the seaside town of Aberdovey or the market town of Machynlleth. Our children who are now teenagers have enjoyed visiting this fantastic house and grounds since they were babies.

What makes this house unique

Maesywerngoch has no neighbouring houses so is in an extremely quiet location with only the sounds of the waterfalls or the occasional hoot of an owl. We enjoy the many walking paths throughout the valley and picking blackberries in August. Star gazing on a clear night is stunning. more photos at

Guestbook comments from the owner

We booked Maesywerngoch for a family party in late January 2017. The assistance provided by the owners in terms of directions etc., was second to none, and the house did not disappoint. It oozed character and charm, and felt homely from the minute we arrived. The house is set amongst landscaped gardens in a remote and beautiful area of mid wales and the children had an amazing time exploring the garden and streams etc. I can honestly say that the whole family had a wonderful stay and would not hesitate to book here again.
Jan 2017
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Pennal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • We do not recommend low slung sports cars with low profile profile tyres coming up the forest track.
  • There is no mobile phone reception at the house. We provide a landline for your use.
  • The internet has a download speed of 2.5 meg.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower , Wet room with underfloor heating
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , En-suite to bedroom 6
  • En-suite BR to bedroom 1 with bath, sep. shower, sink and wc. Shower room with sink and wc on first floor. Luxury wet room with walk-in shower, separate bath, wc, sink and underfloor heating. Shower room with sink and WC. En-suite shower room to BR 6.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 long single beds can zip together to form a super king bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , En-suite shower room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Super king size bed with Ensuite bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 baby crib , children's bunk beds with door to large double bedroom
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 w/ superking size bed and en-suite bathroom on first floor. Bed 2 w/ Kingsize bed on first floor. Bed 3 w/ 2 long single beds that can zip into a super king. Bed 4 w/ 2 singles on first floor Bed 5 w/ bunks (children only) Bed 6 King size with en-suite shower room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
We do not recommend low slung sports cars with low profile tyres coming up the forest track. There are UNFENCED ponds streams and waterfalls, young children need supervision. There is no mobile phone reception at the house, there is a land line at the house.


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Relax in a secluded, spacious, dog friendly longhouse. Ideal for large families.
average rating of 4.9 based on 23 reviews

Everything you could wish for

  • 4 of 5

Maesywerngoch is a thoroughly relaxing and spacious home in an idyllic setting. it is secluded with all the comforts you require- space to chill, relax, socialise, snuggle and indulge. Be prepared for an adventurous road trip to get there and then gasp at the location, the views and the solitude. A wet but glorious week at the end of October, highly rated by Fudge (the dog) and enjoyed by all.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write your lovely review. We are so pleased that you and your party enjoyed the large gardens, solitude and spacious house. We look forward to welcoming you back to Maesywerngoch soon. Susan
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5 star experience in every way possible

  • 5 of 5

This was our second rental and we are returning again next year. This home has everything one would want and more.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are so pleased that you and your party enjoyed your second stay at Maesywerngoch - ‘Snowdonia’s Secret Stay’. We look forward to welcoming you again next year. Susan
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The property was outstanding. Perfectly equipped for every eventuality. VERY remote tho.

  • 4 of 5

Stunning property in beautiful grounds; ideal for celebrating Mum's 80th birthday with 8 adults and 4 young children. Susan was incredibly helpful in the run up to our holiday, readily proving information and advice to make our stay perfect. Couldn't fault the property; everything you could possibly need was provided, and everything was of great quality. Few issues with low water pressure meaning loo flushing was a slight problem. The midges were a nightmare and seemed immune to all the sprays and potions we'd brought so this put paid to meals outside in the balmy evenings. Despite us being a hardy lot, the midges won!

We were glad we'd stocked up on provisions but had to make a good few trips to Machyllneth for food shopping as the kids ate us out of house and home. Fair old journey so it's well worth ensuring to take lots of food with you.

Had a superb meal at the Riverside Hotel in Pennal again, due to Susan's recommendation.

We took advantage of the great weather and spent a day at Aberdyfi beach which was perfect.

So, in all, a really lovely few days at Maesywerngoch which we'd highly recommend and envy those lucky enough to spend Christmas here!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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“Perfect accommodation and location” 10th - 18th April 2017

  • 5 of 5

13 of us in total, 8 adults, 5 children and 2 dogs all to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary. What a fantastic place, brilliant location and spacious accommodation. The house itself was so well equipped with everything you needed, was spotlessly clean and great layout. The surrounding area, great for walking and we all had so much fun in the large garden with our Easter Egg Hunt. Could go on and on about this place. As for the owner Susan Harrison, she could not have been more helpful and attentive.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Eric and Family, We are so pleased that your family enjoyed everything that Maesywerngoch could offer; landscaped gardens, spacious living areas, well equipped kitchen and absolutely no light or noise pollution. We are so lucky to live within an International Dark Sky reserve and also within the Dyfi Biosphere. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you for a lovely review. Susan
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A fantastic property hidden away in the beatiful Welsh mountains.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect long weekend getaway with a big group of friends and family; dog-friendly which was ideal for us. Plenty of well-appointed and comfortable accommodation for everyone and a decent, well-stocked kitchen that made for some lovely group meals.

Organising our visit was very easy - Susan the owner and Terry the property manager were on hand to answer any questions we had and provided us with plenty of information about the house and surrounding area before, and during out stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you and your party enjoyed the well equipped and spacious house as well as the large and secluded gardens. Dogs love the wide open spaces to roam. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Susan
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Absolutely superb!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What can we say about our stay? We only had a long weekend but wished we had more time... Our party, 3 families - 9 adults, 1 teen, an 8 month old baby and a dog had a fabulous time. There is so much space that we just didn't get in each other's way - everyone was able to find a little peace and quiet when they wanted it and there was more than enough room when we were all together. We wish the weather had been a little kinder (misty on day 1, clearing on day 2 and amazing on day 3 - the day we were leaving), but it didn't detract from the sheer beauty of this place. If you are looking for somewhere where you can more or less disengage from the real world in comfort, then this is the place for you.

There are 3 wifi routers and a landline so you are not truly out of touch, although mobiles don't work. One of our party works internationally and found that the wifi connection was more than enough for him to be able to work with no problems.

The "cottage" is beautifully appointed - lovely bathrooms, soft, comfortable beds, plenty of seating, a very efficient kitchen and lots of little extras such as salt, pepper, dishwasher tablets, hand soap, plenty of wood and starters for the fires etc. There's even a bread maker if you're so inclined.

The communication with Susan, the owner was extremely quick and plentiful, and she was more than happy to deal with my sometimes rather daft questions.

We had plans to visit some of the local area and restaurants, we really did... but we never got there - we were too comfortable relaxing in this beautiful property!

Our dog, a very active Eurasier had great time disappearing into the bushes and reappearing in some very odd places! He probably has a far better idea of the surrounding property than we ever discovered.

We loved this place so much most of the party were asking when we could re-book before we even left. Let's hope that our schedules work next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased to hear that you all had a wonderful time at Maesywerngoch despite the misty weather and that your large party enjoyed the spacious rooms within the house to gather. We hope to welcome you back soon to Maesywerngoch.
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Nearest Airport
110 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
The Riverside Pennal
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
Holyhead to Dublin, Ireland
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Aberdovey Links/Machynlleth
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
65 Miles
Shrewsbury M54
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Riverside/ Glan Y Afon in Pennal
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Car: necessary


The superb sandy beaches of Aberdovey, Tywyn, Barmouth and Borth are a short to medium drive from the house.


Manchester and Birmingham airports are a 2.5 hour drive away.


Our local village of Pennal is 3 miles away. The market town of Machynlleth is a 10-15 minute drive. King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris Craft Centre and The Centre for Alternative Technology are all around 10 minutes away.

The beautiful seaside town of Aberdovey is a 20 min drive away.

The Riverside restaurant is located in Pennal, a 5 min drive away, do book ahead for this popular venue.

Further Details:

In Machynlleth you will find a large Co-Op supermarket. A wonderful butcher shop called William Lloyd Williams and Son is located next to the HSBC and the Wynnstay Arms across the street offers lovely lunches and good beer. There is a delightful deli called Blasau around the corner. Market day is Wednesday. Aberdovey has several pubs including The Penhelig Arms, The Britannia, and the Dovey Inn. There are many brochures at the house detailing all activities in the area.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $34.56

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.