Everyone loves Penrhyn Lodge:
'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
“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)