Cottage in Dolwyddelan, Nr. Betws-y-Coed, snowdonia, North Wales
About Nicola Bull
.My name is Nicky. I have been an owner of Pont Arenig since 1990. my father lived in the house for many years and furnished and decorated it in keeping with the age of the property. My children spent all their holidays at Pont Arenig, climbing mountains, cycling along the quieter lanes and playing in the river. On wet days we always found plenty to do. Our greatest and most lasting love however, are the trains of North Wales! steam, electric or diesel they all are captivating and pass through unparalled scenery.
Nicola Bull purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Nicola Bull chose Dolwyddelan
What makes this Cottage unique
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
House was nice. Lovely surroundings and plenty to do.
Spacious and homely felt it was there for us to enjoy
We really enjoyed our few days break. Spacious living and the views from the conservatory fantastic. Various walks and eating places made it really easy to please everyone. Will be going again. No television, but after all the fresh air and various games of cards, monopoly etc, didn't miss it at all.
All the right elements but update needed
In principal we had a great stay but really all felt that the furnishings really needed updating to make into a comfortable holiday retreat to return to after a day in the mountains and activities that surround it.
Thank you for your review. You will be pleased to note that I have reviewed and replaced some of the furnishings since your visit. However, I would advise all guests to view photos of the property before booking. This is an old property, decorated and furnished appropriately for it's age. If you like modern, clean lines, white and beige this is not the house for you. The majority of our guests find the cottage relaxing, cosy and comfortable. Though our real selling point are the spectacular views from every window.
Quaint house with beautiful surroundings
A peaceful place to stay to explore the area around north Wales and locally, lots of good walks. All of the basic requirements were covered for an easy stay. People were friendly.
Amazing location with stunning views but the facilties were very poor
The cottage is located in a great place within Snowdonia. Superb views from the cottage and a lovely village. Fantastic to have a river running through the property. However, internally it's a different matter. Dated shabby and peeling wall paper. The downstairs toilet and shower room smelled of damp. Wardrobes and behind units were very dusty. The sofa and arm chairs are extremely old and very very uncomfortable. Not sure if they meet fire safety regulations. No pillow protectors and very poor quality pillows. No mattress protector on one bed. Not really acceptable when you think about how many different people stay at the cottage. On the plus side the WiFi was good and the kitchen was well equipped. I wouldn't normally be so hard on a property but there basic requirements that need to be met - cleanliness and comfort - and these issues have been raised by others several times in the past but nothing has been done to improve it.
Thank you for your comments. It is a great shame that you chose to make these comments in a review rather than speak to myself or my housekeeper first. Both the Home and Away website and my guest details make it clear that contacting the owner directly should always be the first port of call for any complaints. Certainly some of your issues could have been dealt with immediately. The comfort of my guests is my highest priority. So i am very sad to hear that you were nit satisfied. The majority of our guests have commented that the cottage is very clean and comfy, with character. I also noted that you had read and written in the 2015 comments book. This has now been removed and replaced to prevent any further misunderstandings. Since then the house has been redecoated, recarpeted, bedding and some beds have been replaced and I have a new housekeeper. So you can rest asured that I take immediate action when i am informed of any problems. I have to say that when I visited the property this weekend I found it spotless, including behind the wardrobes. As a result of my end of season check I have made several purchases that should benefit the continued comfort of future guests and dealt with a few minor maintenance issues. Once again, I am very sorry that you found the house did not meet your expectations.
Family stay in Snowdonia
We had a lovely family (2 adults, 2 young children and a dog!) stay here in July during a heat wave. The locations and grounds were simply stunning - the back garden leads into a field with a stream and the kids loved playing, skimming stones and trying to catch tiddlers here. All this with views of a castle and a mountains in the background!
The only downside is the interior of the house itself. It is very dated which adds to its charm but some of the furniture needs replacing. The sofas in the living room need replacing as you sink a long way down when sitting on them (and none of us are particularly large!) and the bottom bunk bed mattress was so lumpy that our son had to move bed to one of the other rooms as he couldn't sleep on it. There is no TV which we didn't mind at all. The house does have a piano, a chess set and lots of books to read and games to play. There is a decent shop + pub just down the road and the location is about 35-40 minutes from Llanberis.
We had a great time and have already recommended this cottage to a friend. It is a lovely base to explore the outside and the surrounding countryside. We were very lucky with the weather when we were there!
Special interest holidays:
Fishing on site
30 minutes drive to Harlech, long sandy beach backed by dunes and magnificent castle. Borth-y-gest 30 minutes drive or 1 hour by steam train! sandy beaches, coves and islands plus lovely cafe! 30 minutes drive or 30 minutes by classic scenic Conwy railway, typical Victorian resort, pier, promenade with Punch and Judy and seaside activities.
Under two hours drive from Liverpool or Manchester airport. Dolwyddelan station is served by six trains a day to Llandudno Junction, direct connections to London, Manchester and Birmingham. Car is not essential, regular bus and train service, village shop and pub 5 minutes walk.
Cottage on edge of village, shop 5 minutes walk. Station 10 minutes walk, connect at Blaenau Ffestiniog for Ffestiniog steam railway to Porthmadog. Ellen's castle 5 mins walk. Harlech and Portmeirion less than 30 minutes drive. Pen-y-pass, base for ascent of Snowdon 30 minutes drive, Betwys-y-coed Snowdonia tourist town, shops and hotels, including spa open to non-residents 15 minutes drive, 10 minutes by train.
Local shop very well stocked with everything you could need, gives cash back. Bank and post office in Betwys-y-coed. More shops in Blaenau or Porthmadog(30minutes). Masses of things to do: walking,cycling,climbing, high rope challenge, pony trekking, canoeing, beaches, steam railways, ancient castles, Portmeirion, Bodnant gardens and other national trust properties. Hydo-power stations, Snowdon railway, lakes and local food.