Penmachno, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales
One of the finest Snowdonia holiday cottages for a family with an impeccably finished interior and a real mountain-feel location. Near Bettws-y-Coed and all the Snowdonia holiday locations you’ll love!
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    Comfortable sofas, a large woodburning stove and traditional fittings make this room the perfect place to relax. Whilst there is no television reception at Pentop, broadband, a Bose stereo/iPod station and a selection of books and family games ensure ampl
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    The dry stone wall around the garden is home to mosses and ivy – and to the beautiful saxifrage ‘London Pride’ which flowers in the spring.
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    Dining Area:Next to the kitchen and leading in to the sitting room, the dining area has a rustic, almost monastic, feel to it. The furniture is of reclaimed wood, the pew coming from a disused chapel in the local area. The large stone in the corner is a
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    Penmachno Village:A ten minute walk through the woods reveals this view across the valley to the village below.
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    Mountain Bike Trails.The cottage is situated a couple of hundred yards from the crossroad of Loops 1 and 2 of the Penmachno Mountain Bike Trail with over 20 miles of dedicated single and double-track through the surrounding forest including this eponymous
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    Spring morning at Penrhyn Lodge, Snowdonia - llun gen /photo by guest Darren Hackett
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    swings for the kids - Spring morning at Penrhyn Lodge, Snowdonia - llun gen /photo by guest Darren Hackett
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    Photo by guest Andy Oldham, May 2014
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    Dog friendly
Arrival at:
Depart by:
7 nights from:
£502.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to:
£1032.00 (based on two staying)
Pets welcome (max 2 dogs)
Bed layout:
Master Double, Twin (ground floor)

  • Had a fantastic holiday the lodge was amazing the dogs enjoyed it to walk. Will definitely be returning in January. Karen Teasdale Karen T, 7 November 2015
  • Very well appointed retreat from everyday hussle and bussle. Great not having a tv or telephone reception, although our guests felt a bit 'cut off' (Wifi was available though). The welcome goodies were very much appreciated, especially by Gatsby (our dog). Local wildlife are great to watch. A real recommendation. Robert timmerman , 12 October 2015
  • We had a truly lovely time staying at this cottage. We felt that a tremendous amount of love and care (and indeed skill) had gone into renovating the cottage and a lot of thought had been given into what guests would like and need. We felt very spoilt and are determined to return - Thank you! Jennifer evans , 31 August 2015
  • This was our 2nd stay at Penrhyn Lodge, and just as lovely as the first. Emma and David have created a lovely, cosy cottage and the home-made treats are fab! The location is great, nice and remote with walking straight from the door. But only a short drive to some other great walks in the area. The kitchen has everything you need to be fully self-catered and the bedroom is perfect for lazy mornings. I recommend this place to everybody! Hayley grice , 28 May 2015
  • A fantastic example of relaxation, well thought out and excellently appointed. Arival to freshly baked bread, local beers and even doggie treats for our two staffy's! We walked, explored and importantly relaxed - thankyou! John H, 28 May 2015
  • A lovely cottage in a great location. The owner goes out of her way to ensure guests have a fabulous time, providing homemade cake, homemade sour dough bread, eggs from her own hens, local butter, local ales, and treats for your 4-legged friends. All of the little touches were so welcome and made for a fabulous stay. Thank you! Charlotte N, 27 May 2015
  • “It's a wonderful place, and I really enjoyed my stay. The owners have managed to create a fantastic retreat which combines both simplicity and luxury. I particularly loved the fire, the bathroom (great bath and shower!!) and the wonderful, wonderful comfortable bed ” Rachel, Farnham (October 2012) 1 July 2014



Everyone loves Penrhyn Lodge:

  • The Times - Top 50 Cottages 2013)
  • The Times - Top 10 Cottages for Families 2013
  • Daily Mail - UK's Cosiest Cottages 2014
  • The Independent - 'UK Top 50 Cottages 2013 - best for Wilderness & Walking'

'Set in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, this recently restored traditional Welsh gamekeeper’s cottage makes an ideal base for active families. Go zipwiring or join the mountain bike trail that starts on your doorstep.' Liz Bird for The Times travel section

A traditional C18th Welsh gamekeeper’s cottage once belonging to Lord Penrhyn and later owned by the National Trust, Pentop is idyllically situated in a clearing in Gwydir Forest at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. The cottage is high above the small Welsh village of Penmachno offering unlimited walking opportunities and sits at the crossroads of the renowned Penmachno Mountain Bike Trail.

Penrhyn Lodge has been restored by Snowdonia based craftsmen using local, reclaimed and sustainable materials wherever possible. The walls have been plastered with an insulating lime and hemp mix, and interior paints, in relaxing neutral shades, are both natural and breathable. Slate from the last working quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog has been used creatively throughout and solid oak gates were made in nearby Llanrwst. The cottage is furnished with a sympathetic eye to its history and surroundings and makes luxurious use of simple wrought iron, waxed and painted wood and traditional wool from local mills.

What strikes you immediately when you arrive at Penrhyn Lodge is a tangible sense of calm – deep in the woods you have reached a still point in the turning world. By day, the light is filtered through the trees of the garden and the forest beyond, and at night the stars shine out of the darkest of dark skies. Penrhyn Lodge offers a simple but indulgent woodland retreat which you won’t want to leave…see our facebook gallery

In Detail


  • Kitchen – made mainly from oak by a local craftsman, convection oven, induction hob, fridge (with freezer compartment), dishwasher and washing machine. Equipped with comprehensive cooking and baking equipment and good quality crockery.
  • The dining room seats up to 6 people. The furniture is of reclaimed wood, with a pew from a disused chapel in the local area. Access to courtyard.
  • Sitting Room - 2 comfortable sofas, a large wood burning stove There is no television, but free wi-fi broadband, a Bose radio/CD with iPod/MP3 docking station and a selection of books and family games. Views out to garden and across the Machno valley. Access to garden.
  • Second Bedroom (ground floor) – Sleeping two (as two singles or one kingsize bed), chest of drawers, mirror and hooks for hanging clothes. This bright bedroom looks out over the garden. 100% cotton bed linen and Welsh wool throw.

First floor:

  • Master Bedroom – with original oak beams and kingsize bed made from reclaimed timber. White 100% cotton bed linen and Welsh wool throw, chest of drawers and mirror. Hair dryer and thick cotton bathrobes. Small window to side elevation and two veluxes over the bed.
  • Bathroom – large walk in shower tiled with local slate, heated (dual fuel) towel rail and large double-ended bath big enough for two people. Views to garden.


  • Lockable ‘Adventure Room’ offers ample space (and vital tools!) for bike maintenance and wet weather gear.
  • Sheltered paved courtyard, with wooden picnic table and growing herbs, perfect for outside dining.
  • Gardens: Surrounded by trees, the wildlife garden forms a sheltered clearing containing established fruit trees. It has been extensively planted with both the native Welsh 'Tenby' daffodil and the British wild daffodil, and the summer sees curving paths cut into the lush grass to allow native plants to flower and set seed. Watch the birds and the stars on wooden bench seats and around the fire dish...
  • The cottage is set in mixed woodland with larch and pine plantation beyond.
  • Plenty of space for parking.



  • Renovated by local builders and craftsmen using local and reclaimed materials whenever possible
  • Walls plastered with lime and hemp – breathable and insulating
  • Local sheep wool insulation
  • Natural and breathable paints used
  • Efficient modern boiler
  • Logs sourced from surrounding woodland
  • Low energy lightbulbs
  • Natural spring water (filtered for drinking)
  • Furniture upcycled or antique wherever possible
  • Recycling and compost bins
  • Eco-friendly cleaning materials used
  • Slate creatively used from the last working quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog






Local Area

Booking notes

The cottage is on a well-maintained Forestry Commission track and is accessible by any normal car. The road up from the village of Penmachno is, however, steep and can be icy in winter. Children are welcome but please note that there are no stair gates. The garden is enclosed by a dry stone wall which is low at the bottom of the garden with a small drop on the other side. There is no mobile reception at the cottage although a 10 minute walk will get you a signal. Travel cot available on request (please bring own bedding). Well-behaved pets are welcome. The cottage is set in over 1,000 acres Forestry Commission land so this is a superb area for dog walking; there are sheep in the lower part of the valley, however, so, please ensure that your dog is on a lead in that area.Extra logs will be available at no extra cost.

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