Penrhyn Lodge
Penmachno, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales
Sleeps 4
Key Features
PetsFarm or Rural location Young children welcome Secluded location Open fire / woodburner Bath Washing Machine Gay friendly WiFi Broadband available CotKeySafe
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Earliest arrival:16:00
Depart by:10:00 (midday on Sunday)
Price range:£217 - £427 - 2 night stay, £487 - £1047 - 7 stay *
Bedrooms:  two
Separate beds:three
Bed layout:Master Double
Twin (ground floor)
Pets:  Pets welcome (max 2 dogs)
Prices based on:two guests, 5% for each additional guest
Booking policy:Flexible booking allows holidays of any length starting any day of the week minimum stay 2 nights. However we do not allow you to leave one empty night that we cannot then sell.
Smoking:All our properties are strictly No Smoking.

The Accommodation

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.
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Local Area

  • 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

Customer Comments

“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)

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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Our Prices *

Prices include heating and electricity where it is installed, bed-linen, towels, and hot water. Guests may be responsible for purchasing extra baskets of logs/fuel if desired.

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