Gallestra

Cader Idris, Snowdonia National Park
Guests: 6       Wifi: not available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

Gallestra

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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.

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

Andrew E, September 2019

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arrival at
16:00
depart by
10:00
guests
6
7 nights from
£492 (based on 2 staying)
7 nights up to
£927 (based on 2 staying)
pets
pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double, Double, Single, Single

facilities at Gallestra

general
farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
activities
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

Outside:

  • 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

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customer reviews for Gallestra

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

Excellent stay. I have good photographs of views from the house, if the owner would like copies please ask her to email me Regards, William

- William H,
May 2019

We, a family of four plus my mother, had a wonderful week at Gallestra over Easter. The house is a marvel with all its nooks and crannies which the kids loved to explore, and we thoroughly enjoyed the lovely bedrooms, the warm shower and the several wood burners! There are many walks straight from the door, stunning vistas wherever you go, a thousand lambs gracing the hills at that time of year, and silence and peace in abundance. We attempted Mount Snowden one day (the Watkins path leads past stunning waterfalls), swam in lakes and rivers and an extraordinary quarry (don't miss the Blue Pool, if you're a wild swimmer), picked wild garlic and nettles and cooked with them in the homely kitchen, and in general had the most restorative, peaceful time. The owner is kind and helpful and checked in on us. Tesco's, to my surprise, delivers straight to the door (quite an achievement in light of the road!), which means you can do a big shop (including Welsh specialities) to arrive shortly after you do. Snowdonia has a series of stunning landscapes, and this house has enormous charm and character. We would love to be back.

- Julia simon ,
April 2019

Gallestra sits an a amazing location. 1.5miles off the main road into the hills. The cottage is very well equipped and is warm, cosy and inviting. It offers a great break away from phones, internet and tv, taking stock of the views, peace and quiet. There are too many walks to list either from the cottage or a short drive away. Would recommend gallestra for those wanting to take time to breathe

- Rachel W,
September 2018

We had a wonderful holiday at Gallestra, lots of lovely walks straight from the door. This gorgeous old house is so cosy, comfortable and homely, it's beautifully furnished and decorated and is full of character with lots of original features. It's set in the most spectacular scenery, an exceptionally tranquil location, we absolutely loved it here! Thank you Megan!

- Kate W,
August 2018

Wow, wow, wow! Beautiful cottage, stunning location, perfect holiday. Absolutely love this place. It is a gem. Well equipped, cosy sofas, comfy beds. Everything is high quality. Tips - bring lots of firewood for the 3 fires & keep garden gate closed at night as the friendly neighbourhood sheep like to visit. Thank you Megan & UTT.

- Rebecca S,
May 2018

What a truly wonderful place. We have had the most relaxing week at Gallestra. Absolutely the most beautiful location surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. A real retreat. The house is gorgeous and is furnished beautifully. We enjoyed a fabulous family break exploring the area in beautiful Snowdonia. We came away feeling relaxed and refreshed. We are already looking forward to going back.

- Alice G,
October 2017

Yet another fabulous revisit to this very special place - it is our home from home.

- Dawn R,
October 2017

A beautiful house in an amazing location. A real sanctuary away from the busyness of modern life. Well situated for days out and great walking. A very comfortable and welcoming base for our holiday. Beautifully furnished and well equipped. Megan, the owner, was very welcoming and accommodating to our needs.

- Edward G,
August 2017

Gallestra is set in a very beautiful location with fabulous views and is ideal for exploring both the mountains and the coast. It is simply decorated but has all that's needed, including a good wood burning stove. We were surprised by the beautiful, quiet Sandy beaches nearby - the main point of our holiday was to find some real peace and explore the nearby mountains.

- Anna R,
July 2017

Beautiful cottage in an idyllic and isolated location. Just us and the sheep for miles. We will be back.

- Emma parker ,
June 2017

Superb stay Peace and tranquility Restorative

- Rian T,
June 2017

Arrived in torrential rain wanting to go home, left in rain never wanting to leave! When we arrived the long single track uphill drive to the cottage was very daunting in heavy rain - there was no tv no video player no internet and no signal - a landline for emergency calls but such a world away from what we are used to - the next day we quickly relaxed and it was heaven - sitting in the garden with just the sound of the trees, birds and sheep. Read books, did some amazing walks straight from the door, made bread just the tonic we needed after a very stressful few months - highly recommended for a get away from it all break, very clean, comfortable and everything you need.

- Susan J,
June 2017

Absolutely beautiful!

- Miss S,
May 2017

Wow, what can we say, Gallestra is exceptional - the house, the position, the surroundings - sensory overload of breath taking proportions. Visually stunning inside and out, the only noise is nature - wonderful. Loved the sheep and lambs looking in at us through the windows. Well equipped and very comfortable and so many places to sit and relax - we didn't have time to test them all out. We wanted for nothing, except some salt and pepper and not to leave - a return visit a must

- Jane W,
April 2017

We've just had our fourth amazing holiday at Gallestra. The location is unbeatable if you like seclusion in a beautiful setting (mountains and woods), and the house is so cosy. Great for meditation (own woodland with views of Cadair Idris on doorstep!), hiking (Cadair Idris / Llynau Cregennan and others directly from the house), mountain biking (Coed y Brenin is a 20-minute drive) and sea (nearby Barmouth or wonderful beach at Bennar). Very highly recommended.

- Nathan S,
September 2016

A thoroughly enjoyable stay for all four of us. The cottage is well appointed but at the same time sufficiently quirky to make it interesting. Everything worked and was comfortable. The location is isolated and has beautiful countryside literally just outside the door. I would recommend this place.

- Graham rogers ,
August 2016

Wow another fantastic UTT; we have stayed in many over the years and I think this might be our favourite yet. Gallestra is set in such beautiful, dramatic and inspiring scenery, we climbed Cadar Idris right from the door. Such a sense of history and place in these stone walls, you can't help but soak up some of its magic. When the weather turned from Glorious sunshine to howling gales and torrential rain we hunkered down and lit the fire. No TV, Wifi or mobile phone reception makes it feel like a real escape from the daily grind and yet Dolgellau is just down the road for most things you could need and you can be on the beach within 15 mins. What more could you need from a holiday?

- Wendy may ,
August 2016

Fabulous - splendid isolation. Ten out of ten all round and very comfy beds too!

- Tim B,
August 2016

A lovely cottage in stunning surroundings. The beds were so comfortable, and what a treat to have proper cotton sheets and bed linen, so many places we stay in have cheap poly-cotton - makes the world of difference.

- Sarah west ,
July 2016

Truly one of the most beautiful places we've ever stayed. Secluded and peaceful location, perfect getaway, amazing views, stunning farmhouse with everything you could need. Perfect for walking straight from the door, with lakes, mountains and beaches all within easy reach. Photos cannot do it justice, you have to be there to appreciate the tranquility and beauty. It was our Cocker Spaniels' first holiday and they had the time of their lives swimming in lakes, paddling in streams and walking all day! Gardens were dog safe and plenty of room. We were sad to leave but will definitely be be back soon!

- Adele H,
June 2016

Gallestra is truly magical but please stay away as we want it all to ourselves !!! It really is a must visit cottage in one of the most beautiful locations I have ever come across. The surrounding area is stunning and Dolgellau is a gem....we will be making this a regular holiday.

- Ben vaughan ,
April 2016

Gallestra is a very special place, and we are repeat visitors! It's a fantastic location, very very peaceful, and a very comfortable place to be - it really does feel like home, we love it!

- Dawn rushen ,
March 2016

This is our second stay at gallestra and it has been every bit as good as first time. Beautiful cottage with absolutely everything you need in the most stunning surroundings. Can't wait to visit again. Thank you so much to Megan.

- Lorraine C,
October 2015

Absolutely brilliant location, stunning views and so quiet and peaceful. You can just start walking from the cottage and you are immediately in a stunning landscape. The cottage itself is very comfortable and well appointed and I would recommend it to anyone seeking a break somewhere quiet and beautiful to recharge the batteries.

- Marilyn G,
August 2015

A fantastic location and cottage, amazing local walks, incredible.

- Stuart M,
June 2015

We stayed 4 nights at Gallestra in April and it was beautiful! It has by far the most stunning location we have ever been in. If you want quiet and solitude and beautiful views, Gallestra is for you. Yet it is only a short 10 minute drive to town. My children (11, 11, and 3) enjoyed watching the lambs frolic and hiking the surrounding hills. The house is very well appointed, with comfortable beds, woods stoves, and a very nice hot shower. We would love to come back here every year! Kristen and Kyle, Maine USA

- Kristen S, York (United States),
June 2015

We spent a fantastic week at Gallestra in the summer half term holiday. The house is beautiful - fabulous location and really tastefully furnished. We loved the feeling of 'getting away from it all', whilst only being a short distance from Dolgellau. No telly and wi-fi was a real plus! We enjoyed doing lots of cycling and walking from the front door as well as climbing Cader Idris on a gorgeous sunny day. The Mawddach estuary was spectacular, as was the beach at Harlech. Strongly recommend the lovely little cafe, The Blue Lion right in the centre of Harlech for both lunch and afternoon tea - great family run business. We also loved taking the train up to Blaenau Festiniog - Granny and the dog came too - it was a lovely excursion! All in all we had a great time and Gallestra proved to be a fabulous base to explore from, as well as being a cosy retreat to return to. Thanks also to Megan (the owner) and Jen (the housekeeper) who helped us out of an unexpected, tricky situation. I'm sure we'll be back!

- Christian H,
June 2015

Very relaxing break in a well-equipped and unique cottage in a wonderful location with beautiful views.

- Leslie B,
May 2015

"Thanks for letting us share your beautiful home. We have had a lovely time - this is a special place and we look forward to coming back in a few weeks!" Kath & Steve

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July 2014

"...a totally wonderful stay in this fantastic house. Everything was so welcoming - we couldn't get over how wonderfully and comfortably decorated the house is, and the kitchen was incredibly kitted out. We have slept, walked and eaten and it has been fabulously restorative for both of us" Melanie & David

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July 2014