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Named in The Times Top 50 Cottages and Top 10 Cottages for Families (2013)
'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.
Pentop Cottage 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 Pentop 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. Pentop offers a simple but indulgent woodland retreat which you won’t want to leave…see our facebook gallery
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“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)
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.
We do not accept one night bookings at our accommodation and will also not allow you to leave a single unsaleable night.
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.