Dolgellau holiday cottages are perfectly located for exploring Snowdonia National Park and the north Wales coast. This dark-stoned former slate town lies on the banks of the River Wnion, in the shadow of Cadair Idris. Surrounded by lush countryside and packed with some of Wales' most beautiful architecture, Dolgellau is undoubtedly one of the country's most enchanting towns. Take a wander through pretty squares and narrow streets from your Dolgellau holiday cottage and you will notice remnants of a thriving woolen industry, with old mills scattered along the riverbank. Dolgellau has 200 listed buildings - more than any other town in Wales. Don't miss Cymer Abbey, which dates back to 1198, or the main bridge over the river, built in 1638. The town centre is full of independent shops and eateries, and there is a regular farmers' market where you can pick up the finest local meat and cheese. Dolgellau is a popular base for climbers tackling the ascent to the summit of Cadair Idris - a strenuous hike with breathtaking views of the estuary and coast.
Nestling in the heart of Dolgellau, a rural Welsh mountain village, Wenallt is a large and dog friendly Welsh holiday cottage that sleeps 14. This tastefully furnished house is perfectly located for holidays discovering Snowdonia, the Lleyn Peninsula and lies within easy reach of sandy beaches.
- Sleeps 14
- Bedrooms 6
- Bathrooms 4
Bryn Cemllyn is a large rural holiday cottage in Gwynedd that sleeps 12. Located in the Coed-y-Brenin Forest near Dolgellau, it lies inland from the coast at Barmouth and just south of the Snowdonia National Park - a fabulous location for holidays in the Great Outdoors. Pets Welcome.
- Sleeps 12
- Bedrooms 5
- Bathrooms 4
Tal y Waen Cottages. Owl & Buzzard are 2 spacious coastal cottages in a remote rural location in Snowdonia. These comfortable stone-built barn conversions in Gwynedd offer stunning views 2 miles from Dolgellau on the lower slopes of Cader Idris, close to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. Pets welcome.
- Sleeps 4
- Bedrooms 2
- Bathrooms 1
Self-catering holidays in Dolgellau are also popular among cyclists, who have a variety of spectacular routes to choose from within a few miles of the town. The Mawddach Trail follows a disused railway track to the charming coastal resort of Barmouth, while Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Centre offers exhilarating downhill rides. There are a number of renowned heritage railways nearby, including the Corris Railway and the Fairbourne Railway. Dolgellau lies on the approach to the Mawddach Estuary and is a short drive from the coast. A 20-minute drive along the estuary will take you to the charming seaside resort of Barmouth, with a lovely seafront and sandy beaches. Further north, the rugged Llyn peninsula is home to deserted coves, sweeping bays and coastal walks.
One of Dolgellau’s most surprising aspects, due to the size and tranquillity of the area, is the large world music festival it holds every year, (The Sesiwn Fawr Festival, which, translated to English, means ‘The Big Session’). It has outgrown its original location in the town centre and is now held on the outskirts, drawing in large crowds with a diverse range of well-known artists.
Dolgellau offers some of the best walks in Wales around the Cader Idris. A beautiful walk to the Copper Mine at Glasdir offers a view of Dolgellau’s history in the gold rush of the nineteenth century, as the town was home to a huge amount of gold deposits. Being situated in the Coed y Brenin Forest Park offers a huge collection of interesting walking and cycle routes, with the town acting as a perfect base from which to explore the many touring walks around Snowdonia.