Garth Gell

near Dolgellau, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales
Guests: 6       Wifi: not available       Pets? Strictly no pets allowed

Garth Gell

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A secluded off-grid Welsh farmhouse in Snowdonia near Dolgellau, ideal for a 'digital detox' retreat

There are few locations in the UK more beautiful than here at Garth Gell, near Dolgellau in the Snowdonia National Park of North Wales.  Here you will find utter peace and seclusion. Restored by a pair of the best conservation architects in Britain (Hackett Holland), this 1805 farmhouse had sat empty for decades before being brought back to life with considerable effort and much love. 
This farmhouse is so far up the mountain that it is beyond the last electric pole, and sits, as it has for 200+ years, without any mains electricity. Water comes from the spring. There is no central heating, but an oil-fired AGA and two modern wood-burners. There are enough solar panels for lighting and charging phones, but apart from that, this is an entirely rustic low-tech experience - no television, wifi or modern appliances. 

Nestled on 25 sheep-grazed acres, Garth Gell promises peace and privacy. Yet, it's just minutes from an ancient RSPB woodland, 15 minutes to sandy beaches (Barmouth), and a quick drive to historic Dolgellau town.



latest review

A breathtakingly beautiful spot - and we loved it. Wonderful walks, straight from the house, and evenings spent drinking red wine, playing games and watching DVDs. A very happy week with our three...

Becky B, 2023

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arrival at
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strictly no pets allowed
bed layout
Master Double, Double and the Double only

facilities at Garth Gell

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
no pets
young children welcome

map - location

travel info

Due to the remote location, you'll need a car – the nearest bus stop is a 20-minute walk, and 5-minute drive away.

in detail

There is no wifi but we found our phones had some (limited) signal at one end of the house (tested on 02 and EE)


Lounge: large wood burner

Snug: wood burner, dvd collection

Kitchen: fridge-freezer, small gas stove, AGA


Master bedroom: King double bedroom showcasing the 'walk-through' concept that leads to the other bedrooms

Bedroom 2: Double bed

Bedroom 3: Small double bed

Bedroom 4: Two single beds

Two bathrooms, both with bath and WC

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 with internet access (good & great views!) - 1.5 mile
  • Barmouth (resort, beach etc) - 9 miles / 18 mins.
  • Cregennan Lakes 
  • Cader Idris (mountain) - you're in the foothills!
  • Dylanwad (Cellar Wine Shop, Cafe/Bar) - 5 miles / 10 mins.
  • T H Roberts Coffee Shop, Dolgellau
  • MoMa in Machynlleth, art gallery

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customer reviews for Garth Gell

A breathtakingly beautiful spot - and we loved it. Wonderful walks, straight from the house, and evenings spent drinking red wine, playing games and watching DVDs. A very happy week with our three teenagers.

- Becky B,

This is a fabulous farmhouse in a really amazing location. We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend here in the peace of the Welsh countryside. Beautiful furnishings, great open fireplace. Please note that the huge main bedroom does not have privacy (no door) unless there is no-one in the adjacent room! A few other inaccuracies in the notes provided but in no way did this detract from our enjoyment.

- Karen E,

We had a fantastic stay - the scenery is incredible and the house is delightful. Feels genuinely away from it all and very relaxing. There’s loads to do in the area but the many walks are the star of show. Would definitely come again. - Mike


Wow what a find! We had a truly amazing few days in this unique place. The house and surrounding area was so beautiful – a feast for the eyes during the day and even at night with shooting stars and starry skies. We slept so well in our lovely beds after lots of long walks and chatter around the kitchen table. There is so much to do and to enjoy not doing and the top tips the hosts gave were great. The house is stunning, cosy and atmospheric and we were grateful for the clear instructions about the off-grid experience we were to expect (and what not to expect). We didn't want to leave, but back home now feeling fully recharged and wondering if it was all just a dream ... Thank you for sharing this magical experience with us. - R