Cae Einion

Cader Idris, Snowdonia National Park

about the property

One of the finest holiday properties in all Snowdonia, this North Wales holiday cottage if perfect for families and has access to 1000 acres of its own private land – truly one of the largest holdings in the Snowdonia National Park and the perfect holiday cottage for walkers.

"Since time immemorial, Snowdonia has served as a safe haven from the world, and this newly opened farmhouse is in the happy position of being a remote oasis within it. On a 750-acre farm, with the nearest house half a mile away, Cae Einion is king of all it surveys, commanding spectacular views of the Cader Idris mountain range. There's underfloor heating throughout, while outside there are footpaths to the Cregennan Lakes and the Mawddach Trail along the estuary to the sea at Barmouth." Guardian newspaper review

Cae Einion is the perfect location for those who can't decide between the mountains and the beach, the cottage enjoys an astounding location in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, with stunning views of the Cader Idris mountain range, and 750 acres of private farmland. Yet only 10 minutes from golden sands. The location is remarkable at any time of year - check out these travel blog photos, taken in the winter by a guest whose walk started on the land.

There are few places as beautiful in the UK. Cae Einion offers a handsomely furnished secluded farmhouse that is snug all year round. You'd be hard pushed to find anywhere better to stay in Snowdonia (other than Gallestra which is privately situated on the same family farm about half a mile away!) - this one really is a gem.

You have direct access onto the Snowdonia National Park walk to the Cregennan Lakes and Arthog, connecting with the Mawddach Trail along the estuary between Dolgellau and Barmouth. Within walking distance there are Sites of Special Scientific Interest, RSPB reserves, important geology at Pared Y Cefnhir, and prehistoric and medieval sites. A special house in a very special location. Further photos on our facebook page



latest review

Immaculately presented in stunning location. Very warm and well kitted out. Privilege to stay in such an historic property.

Malcolm G, 21 November 2016

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7 nights from
£609.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to
£1165.00 (based on two staying)
pets welcome (max 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double and the Double only

facilities at Cae Einion

farm or rural location
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea
open fire / woodburner
cleaning services
washing machine

map - location

in detail

All windows from main rooms have spectacular views over the Snowdonia National Park.


Underfloor heating throughout and radiators upstairs, plus two wood-burning stoves! First basket of wood provided and further supplies can be bought in Dolgellau.


Ground Floor:

  • Sitting Room /Dining area – comfortable sofa and 2 vintage armchairs, Country farmhouse table and chairs, woodburner
  • Sitting Room 2/ 'Y Parlwr' – two comfortable sofas, woodburner
  • Kitchen/ 'Y Gegin' - oven/hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge.
  • Downstairs loo
  • Spacious hall with traditional slate floor


First Floor:

  • Bedroom 1 – King size bed,
  • Bedroom 2 - Kingsize wooden bed
  • Bathroom – modern generous shower cubicle (no bath), heated towel rail, loo and handbasin with mirror over
  • Seating area on landing with little window, perfect to drink in the spectacular views.



  • Plenty of parking
  • Acres of beautiful pasture and woodland to explore.

local area

  • Bwyty Mawddach Fab locally sourced food with amazing views of Cader Idris - 6 miles /11 minute drive
  • Dolgellau – Historic town - 5 miles / 10 mins.
  • Barmouth (resort, beach etc) - 9 miles / 18 mins.

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customer reviews for Cae Einion

Immaculately presented in stunning location. Very warm and well kitted out. Privilege to stay in such an historic property.

- Malcolm G,
21 November 2016

We have just got back from a beautiful stay at the cottage. Arriving after dark gave us the most wonderful surprise in the morning, the views are breathtaking. Our group have returned home feeling recharged, refreshed and enjoyed a much needed break away from the modern world! It was our first UTT stay but it definitely won't be our last! Already planning a future trip,

- Sophie I,
26 September 2016

A lovely house with an amazing setting. Kept in tip top condition, too. A gem in the Welsh mountains.

- Clare D,
3 September 2016

We had a great holiday at Cae Einion. The house was lovely and really well furnished. The views were spectacular and the sheep in the garden were hilarious. Our children loved it, the location was great and driving up the mountain every day was an adventure. We'd definitely return!

- Aaron H,
2 September 2016

Well Cae Einion is a beautifully restored and furnished cottage in a magnificent location, and timeless in its connection to the local history and landscape. We felt rested and restored after a week immersed in the warmth and homeliness of the house, after days out in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Dolgellau is a wonderful market town, and being so close to Cadair Idris was amazing. It has been the best holiday we have had. Thank you Megan. The house is so comfortable, welcoming and peaceful.

- Kirsty davidson ,
9 July 2016

A very comfortable, well appointed house in a near perfect spot. So quiet that we could hear the sheep in the field over the garden wall tearing the grass with their teeth to eat it. A perfect spot for walkers too, no need to drive you can just go from the front door.

- John ashton ,
11 June 2016

Our first holiday through Under the Thatch and we found the booking process quick and easy. Cae Einion is a charming old building which has been sympathetically restored and is set in beautiful countryside. The views of Cader Idris from the cottage are simply stunning. There is great walking in the immediate area and we enjoyed returning to this cosy cottage at the end of the day. Thoroughly recommended.

- Derek P,
27 May 2016

Lovely rustic traditional cottage in a stunning location. Really enjoyed our stay and climb up the mountain and beaches.

- Tiina hill ,
18 May 2016

We had a fab stay in the authentically restored and tastefully furnished Cae Einion. The accommodation couldn't be faulted and it is equipped to a very high standard with every kitchen item you might require plus many books and maps on the area. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the cottage faces the magnificent Cader Idris, which is a wonder to behold outside the front door. We enjoyed great walks every day directly out the back door, including to the estuary. Nearby Dolgellau is an attractive, compact town with interesting history and architecture. Let's keep it a secret!

- Simon A,
18 April 2016

We have just returned home having spent 4 wonderful days at this cosy, welcoming and beautiful cottage. The setting is sublime and the chance to escape from the 'connected' world has left us feeling restored and utterly rested - despite busy days spent mountain biking and climbing Cadre Idris. Our teenage daughter was too charmed by the lambs that surround the cottage to miss her mobile, and being able to show her the Andromeda galaxy in a night sky with absolutely no light pollution is just one of the lovely memories we shall take from this unique place. The cottage has been sympathetically restored and is tastefully furnished - we found it to have everything required for a comfortable stay. We cannot wait to return.

- Alison M,
4 April 2016

Can't recommend highly enough- Cae Einion is a really special place. The setting is spectacular, the house stylish and yet cosy and the location perfect for exploring the beautiful countryside. We especially loved the nearby precipice walk. The lack of Internet, TV etc meant lots of good conversation and enabled us all to unplug. We will be back.

- Lucy W,
31 October 2015

peace and tranquility, beautiful long walks from the doorstep, roaring fires, cosy decor and more...

- Mrs carol eyles ,
20 October 2015

Cae Einion is a wonderful place - it has been beautifully restored but retains its sense of history with modern comforts. The views are stunning and the silence is total. The only downside was having to leave.

- Jo H,
13 October 2015

This medieval cottage with up to date facilities is a perfect location. We have no complaint The cottage is quiet. The grounds are perfect. The sense of calm is out of this world. This week was a better weeks break than we have had. We arrived with provisions for the week. We explored a little - walked to Dolgellau down the road, through the forests and along the sublime estuary. Picked up some eggs from town and the local vegetable shop arranged us a taxi back as it was late. The beach and seafront buildings at Fairbourne accessed after driving past unspoilt lakes through the mountains in this unspoilt area of Wales - clean and hasn't changed in forty years. I was reluctant to do a review as I don't want it to be too popular! A perfect location for an old fashioned holiday with no electronic disturbances.

- Keith H,
8 October 2015

Car Einion is a wonderful cottage for those wanting to get away from the noise and stress of life. You open the front door and look straight out over the mountains. The house itself is clean, comfortable and quiet with wonderful wood burning stoves. We enjoyed our short but very peaceful break here.

- Anna R,
7 July 2015

Lovely cottage in idyllic surroundings. Perfect for really getting away from it all. No tv, no radio, no internet - bliss. Of all of the UTT cottages we have stayed in this is my favourite

- Mrs l edmondson ,
3 July 2015

I first visited this cottage when I was 10. Back then, it had FIVE bedrooms upstairs, one very primitive bath, and a kitchen that defined basic! Now it has two bedrooms, and every modern convenience....provided without compromising the antiquity and character of this unique building. Some things don't change, though. The setting remains sublime and inspirational: a place to heal and rediscover inner peace. But be warned, if the modern age matters, steer clear. No telly. No radio. No WiFi. No mobile signal ( unless you wander up the hill a bit) and the weather can be.....well.....contrary!! For me, 50 years after first setting my eyes on it, Cae einion remains very special and I can't wait to go back. Bill Jones

- Bill jones ,
14 June 2015

We had a truly relaxed break at this wonderful cottage. The attention to detail, decor, furnishings, etc, made this an excellent experience. The log fire was lit for our arrival - as you would expect in early May in the UK, it was not exactly a warm evening. We would (and have) recommend this beautiful cottage in amazing countryside to anyone. No TV, Internet, mobile phone signal, made it even more enjoyable; it's good to talk ;). Thank you Under the Thatch, we will use your site again for our next break.

- Michael H,
1 June 2015

"A beautiful, peaceful house. Many thanks." Evans family

1 July 2014

"Had a lovely week, lots of walks on the hills and the nearby beaches but you can't beat the view of the mountains from the bench in the front garden. Hope future holidays are as good as the first. Many thanks for a great stay." S and A, Nottingham

1 July 2014
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