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Converted Watermill With Beautiful River And Majestic Mountains On Its Doorstep

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Converted watermill near Abergynolwyn and Tal Y Llyn lake, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales - Secluded, Peaceful Location, Yet Near Thriving Market Towns And Beautiful Sandy Beaches

Follow the river to find Y Felin – a beautifully converted 16C water mill in the breathtaking Dysynni Valley and Snowdonia National Park, in Wales. Lying beneath the majestic mountain of Cadair Idris and within walking distance of Tal y Llyn lake, this 5 star quality self catering property is set into the hillside and boasts a peaceful and secluded riverside location. Sympathetically restored to retain its distinctive features, the surroundings are light, airy and welcoming. It has a fully equipped kitchen. You will be greeted by a gourmet welcome gift. There is a great open plan living space with large, comfy sofas, a wood burner, picture windows onto the stunning landscape and lots of games for all ages. The house can sleep 8 guests. The master bedroom has private access to the river and a wood-burner making it incredibly romantic. The house offers retreat, relaxation, natural beauty, good food, fine linens and the perfect blend of quality time and access to activities. Nearby are thriving historic market towns, and the seaside town of Aberdyfi with its miles of sandy beaches, outdoor activities and yachting. We can offer bespoke activities including fishing, guided ecology walks and sheepdog demonstrations as well as personalised suggestions for nearby activities tailored to your interests. Or why not just come along, unwind, and watch the beautiful, natural world go by?

Sarah Watkins
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Sarah Watkins

My name is Ruth and I own Bryn Adda and Y Felin. I grew up in the area and have a deep love of the land and locality and the diversity it offers and a wish to help others to enjoy this. Sarah Watkins, part of my great team, will manage your booking from start to finish and she is only too happy to answer any questions you have about my houses or about the local area.

Why Sarah Watkins chose Abergynolwyn

Y Felin was originally a working watermill used for grinding corn. It is situated on farmland which belonged to my parents and when the farm was passed to me in 2009, I made the decision to restore this beautiful house using local materials and offer it as a holiday let to those seeking some peace. It’s location next to the river and in front of the mountain make it a wonderful retreat and my family and I often come here. The house is still surrounded by working farmland which is managed by our estate manager as we now live on a smaller farm near Monmouth.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We were very impressed indeed with your cottage, easily the nicest we’ve stayed at. The cottage itself and its location were wonderful." Darren, Bristol, July 2014

“Beautiful open plan living space, a wood burner in the main bedroom which was very romantic when coupled with the sound of the river outside, stunning views from the shower, great walk to the lake and Aberdovey beach is something special especially at sunset. We had a wonderful weekend with friends and will definitely be back.” Karen and friends, London, March 2014

“Wow! Don’t know how to stress how much we were impressed with Y Felin. Perfect for what we needed and the location was amazing. The little touches made it even more special and we enjoyed everything that the Welcome Hamper had to offer.” Darryl, Bri, Martin, Alex & Scott

“What a fabulous place to stay: inside and out! The furniture is stylish and the linen luxurious. Picture windows make the most of the setting and we thank you for the open invitation to explore the farm land.” Nikki & Steve Worcestershire
Apr 2014
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Abergynolwyn Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • The downstairs bathroom is tiled in local slate and has basin, WC and bath with hand-held shower. The large upper floor 'wet' bathroom is tiled in local slate and has WC, basin and walk-in shower with spectacular views of scenery.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom has private access to river, a wood burner and double bed plus plenty of relaxation and storage space. Bedroom two has a double bed which can be converted to twins Bedroom three sleeps four in two bunk beds All bedrooms are downstairs.
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Notes on accommodation: Y Felin is a haven away from wifi and television. Surrounded by nature, there is plenty to do and see for all ages. We offer a welcome gift. Pets are welcome, though an additional charge may be applied. Outside: The mill is accessed via the family farm and has its own garden of approximately 2 acres with direct access into the mountainous landscape of Cadair Idris. The river runs right past the house so salmon and trout fishing is possible with prior consent if you bring your own rods. You can also walk to the peaceful Tal Y Llyn lake from the house. There is an outdoor patio with assorted furniture and a fire pit for those wishing to have a camp-fire. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Luxurious linens, towels and luxury dressing gowns are included in the price. The linen can be changed and the house cleaned on a weekly basis if requested. Other: There is a large hall perfect for keeping walking boots etc and a small room on the upper floor which provides privacy and a beautiful outlook or alternatively can be used for storage.


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Converted Watermill With Beautiful River And Majestic Mountains On Its Doorstep
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Fantastic weekend away.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in late November.

First of all let's look at the pros of staying here:

Y Felin is set in an idyllic location with easy access to local walks. We did two walks while we were here. The first was around a lake just up the road from Y Felin. Our second walk was Cadair Idris.

Both of these walks are very close by and definitely worth doing.

Y Felin is very well kept and decorated to a high standard.

There is plenty of space for everyone. In our party there were 4 adults, 2 children and 3 dogs.

It is well equipped for anything. In the kitchen there is a selection of spices and herbs. There is also fresh ground coffee and tea ready to be used.

We had a lot of fun playing with the board games that were there. The children also enjoyed playing with the big bucket of lego and various other toys that were there.

The wood burner in the living room was fantastic with plenty of wood for the fire.

There is an honesty freezer at the mill. We bought the biggest leg of lamb I have ever seen in my life from this freezer for our Sunday dinner.

There was no internet, no tv and no phone signal. It was lovely! So relaxing. However there is a phone in Y Felin incase anyone needs to use it. There is also a sound system that you can plug your phone into and play whatever is on your playlist. There is also a selection of cds.

So on to the cons:

Well there aren't any.

We had a fantastic stay at Y Felin and I would highly recommend it to anyone fancying a trip away to North Wales. I only wished that we stayed longer than 3 nights. Looking forward to visiting again sometime in 2017. Oh and the lemon cake that was there waiting for us when we arrived was stunning. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know about your stay. We are all delighted hat you loved Y Felin. It is very special! And we look forward to welcoming you back at some point. Happy Christmas. Ruth, Sarah and the team
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Beautiful house at breathtaking location

  • 5 of 5

It was absolutely lovely! The house is very beautiful and complete. There was nothing missing and services were extremely good! Stunning surroundings with exquisite scenery! Price for the house was good and worth every penny! We will definately go again.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. We are delighted you had a great stay and look forward to welcoming you back to Y Felin at some point in the future.
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Stunning Location.

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a long weekend in July.Unfortunately the weather was very wet but the property and location were delightful.Very comfortably furnished and great outdoor space if the weather was good! Stunning scenery and a walkers paradise.Nearby beautiful beaches and interesting towns and activities.Thoroughly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A heavenly retreat for dogs and their owners

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to stay with dogs. The dogs were free to walk off leads (as they are very well behaved) over 2000 acres. No two walks the same and the views are breath taking. The secure garden is valuable as the dogs are safe to potter around. The cottage is warm, comfortable and tastefully decorated. We would certainly love to go again next year. Thank you

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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fabulous getaway

  • 5 of 5

beautiful property in beautiful surroundings although away from hustle and bustle of things all places of interest and amenities are all close by via car . Always great service would highly recommend have been staying at this farm for many years and since mill was converted since it opened have returned every year . Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A hidden gem in a truly beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

We travelled all the way up from West Dorset to stay at Y Felin but from the moment we entered the gorgeous Dysynni valley we never stopped smiling. As we drove through past a pretty farm and across a small bridge to get Y Felin we couldn't wait to see what it was like. We weren't disappointed. Inside was spacious, light and airy and the huge sofas were a real welcome after such a long journey. Best of all there was a freshly baked lemon drizzle cake waiting for us on the kitchen table. Delicious. We slept in the bedroom downstairs with the wood burner and river view and at night we could hear the water quietly babbling away along with the occasional hoot of an owl - utter bliss. The same goes for the upstairs wet room. After a hard day on the hills we both looked forward to taking a piping hot shower in there. Especially as you can look out down the valley at the same time through the big picture window! The place itself is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. We even tried out the bread maker which proved to be a doddle and produced very tasty bread. Did we miss anything? TV, radio, internet, phone? Well, no actually. It was really great just to be able to switch off from the world for a change. However there is one thing we'll bring with us next time and that's some CD's. The sound system at Y Felin is really good with some great speakers. As for the holiday itself we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves climbing Cadair Idris and other peaks in the area, walking along the amazing beaches at Aberdovey and Barmouth, and of course relaxing at Y Felin. Our favourite.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The stunning expanse of Aberdovey beach with its dunes, tasty fish and chips, quaint shops and water activities is 11 miles away. Other nearby beaches include Beaches at Tywyn (9 miles), Fairbourne (14 miles), Barmouth, Harlech and Criccieth.


Use of a car is recommended but there is a local taxi and bus service.

Nearest train station - Machynlleth (10 m)

Nearest airport - Liverpool John Lennon (150km)

Nearest port - Holyhead (135km)


The thriving market towns of Dolgellau and Machynlleth are between 15-25 minute drive away each with a wealth of bars, shops and restaurants. Hill and mountain walkers and bikers can set off from the house - we provide suggested itineraries and maps.

Further Details:

From mountain biking to bird watching to beach combing to food feasting to alternative technology courses to modern art exhibitions to local crafts to livestock and antique auctions to male voice choirs to sheepdog trials – you will be spoilt for choice – and we are happy to make suggestions if you wish. The area is becoming a renown foody destination and there are many excellent restaurants in the area. Our website contains comprehensive details and links to activities and restaurant / shop suggestions.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0

Booking Notes:
Please email Sarah for a quote or to book, also feel free to give her a ring to discuss your booking. Full payment or 30% non refundable deposit with balance due 60 days prior to arrival - you will be invoiced directly by Sarah for this. Bookings are subject to our terms and conditions issued at the time of booking.

Changeover Day:
Our preferred changeover day is Friday, but we may be able to offer some flexibility dependent on season.

Notes on prices:
We offer a 7 night rate usually running from Friday 4.30pm to Friday 10.30am; a very preferable weekday rate running from Monday 4.30pm to Friday 10.30am and a weekend rate running from 4.30pm on Friday to 10.30am on Monday. Please email Sarah for a tailored quote.

Discounts are available for smaller groups or individuals using just one bedroom subject to availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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