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


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about the property

One of the best and finest holiday cottages in Snowdonia, this North Wales family holiday cottage has privacy and 5* quality as well as easy access to either beach or mountain. Perfect base for Cader Idris, this is the best Dolgellau area holiday cottage.

Own your 'own' mountain for a week or weekend! 750 acres of the best of Snowdonia!

The perfect location for those who can't decide between the mountains and the beach. Gallestra enjoys an astounding location in the Snowdonia National Park, with views of the Cader Idris mountain range, and 750 acres of private farmland. Yet only 10 minutes from golden sands. There are few places as beautiful in the UK, and Gallestra also 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 - this one really is a gem. These fabulous winter travel blog photos were taken by a UTT guest, the walk up starting from the door.

You have direct access onto 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 place: you'd be hard pushed to find anywhere better to stay in Snowdonia (other than Cae Einion which is privately situated on the same family farm a couple of fields away across the valley).



latest review

Beautifully quiet and cosy cottage in a wonderful location. The house is full of character, you just need to remember to duck a lot of the time (low doorframes). The kitchen was really well equipped w...

Ian M, October 2020

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£514 (based on 2 staying)
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£1298 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double and the Double only

facilities at Gallestra

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

map - location

travel info

Train to Machynlleth, connecting Arriva bus to Dolgellau. Bus to Fairbourne, alight at Abergwynant and walk uphill the last mile.

The National Cycle Network No. 8 passes less than a mile away.

in detail

Please note that this cottage is a digital detox property! No WiFi, TV or radio. (Of course, you are welcome to bring your own devices)

Central heating throughout included in holiday price, and no fewer than three wood-burning stoves! The first basket of wood is provided and further supplies can be bought in Dolgellau.

Ground Floor:

  • Sitting Room 1 / 'Y Gegin Ora' – country furniture, wood burner
  • Sitting Room 2 / 'Y Parlwr', wood burner
  • Kitchen / 'Y Gegin' - Neff oven/hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, wood burner, table & chairs
  • Dining Room – oak dining table and chairs
  • Utility Room – washing machine (no dryer), second fridge/freezer, boot area
  • Downstairs loo

First Floor:

  • Bedroom 1 – king size bed, fitted wardrobe
  • Bedroom 2 - 3’ single Victorian wooden bed
  • Bedroom 3 – king size bed, original oak floorboards
  • Bedroom 4 – 3’ single traditional iron/brass bedstead, original oak floorboards
  • Bathroom – modern suite with bidet and generous shower cubicle (no bath), heated towel rail
  • Llofft Groes – hideaway space with seating


  • Plenty of parking
  • Former farmyard (used occasionally for sheep, but not at unreasonable hours and owners conscious of minimal disturbance to guests).
  • 750 acres of beautiful pasture and woodland to explore.
  • Secure dog-friendly garden space

local area

  • Dolgellau – Historic town - 5 miles / 10 mins
  • Mawddach Trail – under 1 mile to join
  • Coed y Brenin (mountain biking, Nordic Walking) - 7 miles
  • Fairbourne (beach) - 6 miles / 10 mins.
  • George III bar/ restaurant (good & great views!) - 1.5 mile
  • Barmouth (resort, beach etc) - 9 miles / 18 mins.
  • Cregennan Lakes - (The National Trust’s) spectacular viewpoint of mountains and Cardigan Bay - eveyone’s Favourite walk direct from the house.
  • Cader Idris (mountain) - you're in foothills!
  • Dylanwad (Cellar Wine Shop, Cafe/Bar) - 5 miles / 10 mins.
  • T H Roberts Coffee Shop, Dolgellau
  • MoMa in Machynlleth, art gallery
  • Y Meirionnydd - lovely period house restaurant with good food in the centre of Dolgellau.

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customer reviews for Gallestra

Beautifully quiet and cosy cottage in a wonderful location. The house is full of character, you just need to remember to duck a lot of the time (low doorframes). The kitchen was really well equipped which made cooking and mealtimes a real pleasure. Lovely also to have the company of the sheep outside.

- Ian M,
October 2020

We had a marvellous short stay at Gallestra. The house itself is lovely, so interesting and comfortable too. We appreciated the extra hygeine precautions that had been taken for our safety. Gallestra is set in such a magnificent landscape and we did some memorable walks, and had fun in the evenings playing family games without the distractions of tv, phones etc.

- Diana D,
September 2020

A large farmhouse cottage in a stunning location. Loads of original features, but with all the modern conveniences you need.

- Jane R,
September 2020

Such an incredible location. The lack of Wifi and of near neighbours, bar the sheep and the swallows meant the best sleep we have had in years. Such beautiful walks from the door. The only downside to the comfortable and well equipped cottage were the low lintels - one of our party ended up with a mild concussion! Tall people must duck! (Might be worth padding out the lintels somehow.) Overall great though.

- Anna hope ,
September 2020

Beautiful house. Beautiful location.

- Paul L,
August 2020

This is the second time we have stayed at gallestra and most certainly will not be the last. This property is an absolute joy to spend our well earned holidays. Our dogs love the garden area and so did the children. We have complete ease of mind letting them unsupervised in the garden due to the amazing remote location. The views are nothing short of spectacular and alfresco dining is a must when staying at gallestra. On the rainy days and breakfast times we enjoy using the kitchen area for dining. Its is always clean and welcoming with all the ammeniaties you could require even in these crazy times. We explored the amazing countryside mountains and lakes that is litterally on your door step. Thanks so much for another brilliant comfortable stay.

- Dawn I,
July 2020

Thank you for a relaxing holiday. The cottage was lovely, very clean and cosy. The location was perfect.

- Andrew E,
September 2019

We had a wonderful stay at Gallestra, which is in a beautiful location. The cottage is very comfortable with good facilities and lovely decor. We would definitely return for another stay. I can't recommend it highly enough. Thank you.

- Nicole H,
September 2019

Gallestra is a magical place, very secluded, with only the sheep for company as you enjoy the wonderful view. The weather was very mixed for our stay, as you would expect in Wales, but there was still masses for us to do - beach days, mountain walking, lakeside sitting, forest exploring, slate mines, steam trains, pub food...I could go on. A great holiday for a family (and a dog). We left wishing we had more time to stay.

- Hilary stainsby ,
August 2019

We had a great time at Gallestra and enjoyed being off grid and unplugged in beautiful surroundings. The house is full of character and well equipped in the kitchen even with Portmeirion China. We enjoyed eating in the garden over the amazing views and listening to all the birds. We explored near and far. Great walks from the doorstep into landscape more like Northern Spain than Wales to me and also scaled Cader Idris and Rhinog Fawr up the Roman Steps which was fabulous. We also enjoyed incredible beaches below Porthmadog and around Llyn Peninsular partic cove and coastal walks around Port Iago. Also enjoyed Atlantic Rainforest walk when torrential. We had dogs with us so did not eat out though heard good things about George 111 by the bridge. Baker, Butcher and veg shop in Dollgellau all v friendly and good. We also discovered a blackcurrent goosberry cross called a Joscaberry in The WI Thursday morning fair at the ship. Delicious ! Thanks Megan!

- Jenny A,
July 2019