Cae Einion

Cader Idris, Snowdonia National Park
Guests: 4       Wifi: not available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

Cae Einion

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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 750 acres of mountain – 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 a couple of fields above) - this one really is a gem.

You have direct access to 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. 



latest review

The cottage was fabulous and the location was perfect, being remote and on the foothills of the mountains surrounded by spectacular countryside. Hard to imagine a better place to stay.

Nigel M, October 2018

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£499 (based on 2 staying)
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£999 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double and the Double (ground floor) only

facilities at Cae Einion

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

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.
  • Enclosed dog-friendly garden

local area

  • Barmouth (resort, beach etc) - 9 miles / 18 mins.
  • Dylanwad (Cellar Wine Shop, Cafe/Bar) - 5 miles / 10 mins.
  • Y Meirionnydd - lovely period house restaurant with good food in the centre of Dolgellau

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customer reviews for Cae Einion

The cottage was fabulous and the location was perfect, being remote and on the foothills of the mountains surrounded by spectacular countryside. Hard to imagine a better place to stay.

- Nigel M,
October 2018

We have stayed in so many rural cottages both in the Highlands, Wales and the South West. Cae Einion is by far the loveliest, with clean cosy rooms, comfy beds, incredible views . peace and quiet and many thoughtful touches. Welsh blankets and pillows, walking books and maps, and fascinating local books to read. We just didn’t want to leave!

- Michelle A,
September 2018

Too short a visit to this beautiful house with spectacular views of Cadir Idris. Peaceful, relaxed and seculded. We didn’t see another soul all weekend. The house has been lovingly restored and you really feel as if you are living in a piece of history, but with all the comforts of luxury mod cons. Loved it!

- El E,
July 2018

We had a lovely week in this beautiful cottage - the views from every window are amazing and the cottage was very well equipped and spotlessly clean. The beds were extremely comfortable and we enjoyed the wood burner! We hope to return again soon.

- Maxine G,
June 2018

An all to brief stay in a magical place amongst the kites and the skylarks with the call of the cuckoo as the only background noise. We were entertained by the lambs and their antics. Cottage was full of character, cosy and amazing views of the mountains. Truly a special place, isolated beauty and a escape from our 24/7 technological world. Thank you for sharing this place with us.

- Mary T,
May 2018

What a fantastic week we had here!!! Cae Einion is a comfortable, well-equipped, renovated farmhouse which offers a wonderful secluded retreat from modern living (no tv/wi-fi), whilst allowing all the modern comforts you'd expect in terms of heating, cooking, bathroom facilities etc. It is a wonderful base to explore the surrounding areas of Barmouth, Dolgellau or further afield, and to undertake walks in the immediate vicinity of the farmhouse. Its location is FANTASTIC! The views of Cader Idris are mind-blowing; to wake to the view of the mountain, and then to see the stars rising above it in the evening, was just so special!

- Gareth W,
May 2018

We have just spent 4 nights in this fantastic cottage in the middle of the beautiful welsh mountains and the sun shone for the whole time! The cottage was lovely so cozy and comfortable. It truly is a little piece of paradise.. we will be back next year. Thankyou Megan for being so helpful.

- Lorraine C,
May 2018

We had an absolutely great weekend getaway stay! Lovely cottage in a great area.

- Andreas R,
April 2018

A fantastic old farmhouse in a stunning location. We really enjoyed our stay at Cae Einion . The house was more spacious than we had anticipated and with underfloor heating on the ground floor and two wood burners was very warm. The kitchen is well equipped . There was pleanty of room for muddy boots and associated walking gear. The fence round the small front and rear outside seating areas is dog proof .A great location for walking in the southern part of the Snowdonia National Park . Liz and John Gallop

- John G,
April 2018

It is difficult to describe quite how magical Cae Einion is. From the minute we arrived at the gate to drive up to the house, we couldnt quite believe our luck. The views are breath taking from every window up to Cadair Idris and change with every passing minute. Utter peace and quiet, just the gentle music of the stream, tick of the long case clock in the hall and the sheep baaing- absolute bliss! The cottage is divine. Cosy, welcoming and well equipped, decorated beautifully and with oodles of character. There is no wifi or signal but all the better. Complete digital switch off for us and the kids was just what was needed. Our children, aged 9 and 11, actually made up games! (Unheard of these days with the ever present draw of telly and ipads). Meg was also very helpful when we texted her a query. We had to drag ourselves away, but we had fabulous days out walking Cadair, cycling the Mawddach trail and Coed-Y-Brenin as well as sandy fun at Fairbourne and Barmouth beaches. We loved it and cannot wait to come back. Thank you!

- Jennifer O,
October 2017

Our stay was excellent. The location is superb and incredibly peaceful. The cottage is lovely and very well equipped. We were lucky enough to have some clear skies on our last night and the darkness meant a wonderful hour of star gazing with the bats swooping around above.

- Clare C,
September 2017

Cae Einion was everything we had hoped for and more. The location is breathtaking. The cottage beautifully appointed. We wish we were still there!

- Karen P,
September 2017

Exceptional location and a beautifully restored cottage; peaceful and tranquil. Highly recommended

- Mike M,
July 2017

A fantastic getaway, nothing but sheep, greenfields and mountains to look out on, and the walking is fabulous. The house is classic UTT with lots of interesting family history.

- Gordon W,
April 2017

The holiday at Cae Einion was excellent and the accommodation excellent too. We were made very welcome by the owner Megan Huggins and will definitely be visiting this property again.Many thanks for a wonderful week at Cae Einion which is a beautiful property with set in stunning countryside. Tony and Pat

- Anthony C,
April 2017

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

- Malcolm G,
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,
September 2016

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

- Clare D,
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,
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 ,
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 ,
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,
May 2016

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

- Tiina hill ,
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,
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,
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,
October 2015

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

- Mrs carol eyles ,
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,
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,
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,
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 ,
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 ,
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,
June 2015

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

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

July 2014


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