Penrhyn Lodge

Penmachno, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales
Guests: 4       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

Penrhyn Lodge

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about the property

One of the finest Snowdonia holiday cottages for a family with an impeccably finished interior and a real mountain-feel location. Near Betws-y-Coed and all the Snowdonia holiday locations you’ll love!

Everyone loves Penrhyn Lodge:

  • The Times - Top 50 Cottages
  • The Times - Top 10 Cottages for Families 
  • Daily Mail - UK's Cosiest Cottages
  • The Independent - 'UK Top 50 Cottages - best for Wilderness & Walking'

'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, Penrhyn Lodge 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.

Penrhyn Lodge 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 Penrhyn Lodge 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. Penrhyn Lodge offers a simple but indulgent woodland retreat which you won’t want to leave.



latest review

A truly magnificent stay. Our boys loved it there with the large garden to play in. This was our second time staying in the property and it was just as magical as the first. Thank you, we are sure to...

Heather russell , February 2019

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arrival at
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7 nights from
£549 (based on 2 staying)
7 nights up to
£1149 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double, Twin (ground floor)

facilities at Penrhyn Lodge

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
media & technology
wifi broadband available
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome

map - location

in detail


  • Kitchen – made mainly from oak by a local craftsman, convection oven, induction hob, fridge (with freezer compartment), dishwasher and washing machine. Equipped with comprehensive cooking and baking equipment and good quality crockery.
  • The dining room seats up to 6 people. The furniture is of reclaimed wood, with a pew from a disused chapel in the local area. Access to courtyard.
  • Sitting Room - 2 comfortable sofas, a large wood burning stove There is no television, but free wi-fi broadband, a Bose radio/CD with iPod/MP3 docking station and a selection of books and family games. Views out to garden and across the Machno valley. Access to garden.
  • Second Bedroom (ground floor) – Sleeping two (as two singles or one kingsize bed), chest of drawers, mirror and hooks for hanging clothes. This bright bedroom looks out over the garden. 100% cotton bed linen and Welsh wool throw.

First floor:

  • Master Bedroom – with original oak beams and kingsize bed made from reclaimed timber. White 100% cotton bed linen and Welsh wool throw, chest of drawers and mirror. Hair dryer and thick cotton bathrobes. Small window to side elevation and two veluxes over the bed.
  • Bathroom – large walk in shower tiled with local slate, heated (dual fuel) towel rail and large double-ended bath big enough for two people. Views to garden.


  • Lockable ‘Adventure Room’ offers ample space (and vital tools!) for bike maintenance and wet weather gear.
  • Sheltered paved courtyard, with wooden picnic table and growing herbs, perfect for outside dining.
  • Gardens: Surrounded by trees, the wildlife garden forms a sheltered clearing containing established fruit trees. It has been extensively planted with both the native Welsh 'Tenby' daffodil and the British wild daffodil, and the summer sees curving paths cut into the lush grass to allow native plants to flower and set seed. Watch the birds and the stars on wooden bench seats and around the fire dish...
  • The cottage is set in mixed woodland with larch and pine plantation beyond.
  • Plenty of space for parking.

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customer reviews for Penrhyn Lodge

A truly magnificent stay. Our boys loved it there with the large garden to play in. This was our second time staying in the property and it was just as magical as the first. Thank you, we are sure to book again x

- Heather russell ,
February 2019

Spent 10 days at Penrhyn Lodge in a lovely location - very relaxing and peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Lovely walks from the front door through the woods - very peaceful. Beautiful natural garden at the cottage which attracted an abundance of wild birdlife. The cottage itself is furnished to a very high standard with every amenity catered for. Certainly no money spared on furnishings or kitchen equipment. Nice touch from the owners on arrival with fresh local bread, eggs and speciality beer on the kitchen table and milk in the fridge.

- Elizabeth H, HOLMFIRTH (United Kingdom),
January 2019

This must be one of the most idyllic cottages and settings in North Wales. Situated in the hidden Penmachno area - it's a beautiful hideaway in every sense, The accommodation is hi-spec yet sensitively furnished to keep in with its Welsh surroundings. Should you wish to stray from the house and garden there's lots of walking, biking and local history to keep you occupied.

- Lorna D,
June 2018

We have been before and this time we introduced some friends new to Pentop Cottage. It really is paradise without excellent hiking and cycling opportunities literally on the doorstep as well so many outdoor adventures to be had in the area. The only drawback is that we don't want too many people to find out about this place as we will definitely want to go back again.

- Erik baurdoux ,
April 2018

Probably one of the best holiday cottages we have stayed at. Beautiful secluded surroundings and equipped to a high standard. Little touches such as fresh milk & butter, a home made bread, free range eggs and cider was much appreciated. Those little things make a huge difference and I wish more cottage owners would think of that. The owners also provided us with a dog basket, blanket, dog bowl and a packet full of treats which again made up for a nice surprise. There was a vast array of information on local walks with detailed maps and unlimited supply of logs and kindling. The cottage was spotless and very clean. The only thing we were missing was a microwave but besides that all kitchen equipment was of high standard. Very friendly owners who let us in an hour earlier as we arrived straight from Manchester airport and were very tired. We will return without a doubt. A haven for all dog owners or people who love the outdoors.

- Claudia P,
November 2016

Lovely comfortable cottage in fantastic location 'great friendly reception ,what more could you say about this ,except that I will definitely come again many thanks, John

- John W,
October 2016

My family , visiting from Cape Town, felt truly blessed being in the mountain mists at Penhyrn and we had to tear ourselves away. The treasured memories will stay and the special touches made it a home from home. Thank you

- Amanda B,
July 2016

A beautiful and peaceful place to stay. The weather wasn't in our favour, but it didn't bother us at all. The cottage made a wonderful, cosy retreat from the wind and rain. Emma and David are just so helpful and welcoming and the cottage feels like home from the moment you step through the door.

- Anna C,
May 2016

Penrhyn Cottage was absolutely fantastic and we couldn't have found a better place for a relaxing honeymoon. Our hungarian viszla adored the garden and surrounding terrain, and the local walks were perfect. Emma and David made sure our arrival was special with some local ales, champagne and locally sourced provisions. This is a place which I think we'll return to time and time again. Thank you!

- Victoria J,
April 2016

This was our 4th visit to Penrhyn Lodge and needless to say we will be back! We love this UTT offering ... peace and quiet combined with luxury right in the middle of the forest. A special occurrence on this visit was experiencing a stage of the Cambrian Rally that rounded the corner in front of the cottage. Not sure Emma will be able to top that next time ... although the champagne and brownies for Valentine's Day this time were gorgeous.

- Laura T,
April 2016

The cottage is situated in an idyllic peaceful location and you are completely surrounded by natural beauty. The cottage is beautifully finished and lovingly cared for; a real home from home. The perfect place if you want to get away from it all.

- Jane K,
March 2016

Had a fantastic holiday the lodge was amazing the dogs enjoyed it to walk. Will definitely be returning in January. Karen Teasdale

- Karen T,
November 2015

Very well appointed retreat from everyday hussle and bussle. Great not having a tv or telephone reception, although our guests felt a bit 'cut off' (Wifi was available though). The welcome goodies were very much appreciated, especially by Gatsby (our dog). Local wildlife are great to watch. A real recommendation.

- Robert timmerman ,
October 2015

We had a truly lovely time staying at this cottage. We felt that a tremendous amount of love and care (and indeed skill) had gone into renovating the cottage and a lot of thought had been given into what guests would like and need. We felt very spoilt and are determined to return - Thank you!

- Jennifer evans ,
August 2015

This was our 2nd stay at Penrhyn Lodge, and just as lovely as the first. Emma and David have created a lovely, cosy cottage and the home-made treats are fab! The location is great, nice and remote with walking straight from the door. But only a short drive to some other great walks in the area. The kitchen has everything you need to be fully self-catered and the bedroom is perfect for lazy mornings. I recommend this place to everybody!

- Hayley grice ,
May 2015

A fantastic example of relaxation, well thought out and excellently appointed. Arival to freshly baked bread, local beers and even doggie treats for our two staffy's! We walked, explored and importantly relaxed - thankyou!

- John H,
May 2015

A lovely cottage in a great location. The owner goes out of her way to ensure guests have a fabulous time, providing homemade cake, homemade sour dough bread, eggs from her own hens, local butter, local ales, and treats for your 4-legged friends. All of the little touches were so welcome and made for a fabulous stay. Thank you!

- Charlotte N,
May 2015

“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)

July 2014


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