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This former gamekeeper's cottage has been renovated to a very high standard and is surrounded by gorgeous countryside, making it a real treat of a destination.

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Rooms: Sleeps 4: 1 master double, 1 twin

Fro £473.00 to: £978.00 (based on two staying)

Meals: Self-catering
Open: Year round
Address: Gamekeeper's Cottage, Penmachno, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales,
Tel: 0844 5005 101 (local call rate)

Why we've chosen Gamekeeper's Cottage:

  • The Times - Top 50 Cottages 2013)
  • The Times - Top 10 Cottages for Families 2013
  • Daily Mail - UK's Cosiest Cottages 2014
  • The Independent - 'UK Top 50 Cottages 2013 - best for Wilderness & Walking'

Set in a magical clearing in the Gwydir Forest in the Snowdonia National Park, this is a converted traditional 18th century gamekeeper’s cottage, once owned by Lord Penrhyn and later the National Trust. The cottage has been restored by craftsmen from Snowdonia, using local, reclaimed and sustainable materials. For example, the walls have been plastered with an insulating mix of lime and hemp, while paints used on the inside are natural and breathable. Local Blaenau Ffestiniog slate is used throughout the property. Thoughful and creative touches such as solid oak gates, wrought iron, and wood from local mills create a sense of harmony with the surroundings. The cottage is idyllic and peaceful; it is deep in the woods and completely surrounding by the national park. If you fancy something a little more exciting however, there is plenty to do. The nearby village of Penmachno offers plenty of walking opportunities, and sits on the crossroads of the Penmachno Mountain Bike Trail. Its atmosphere has been widely recognised; it was voted one of the UK’s cosiest cottages by the Daily Mail in 2014, while the Independent listed it in its- 'UK Top 50 Cottages 2013 - best for Wilderness & Walking'.


  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Outside 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.
  • The cottage is set in mixed woodland with larch and pine plantation beyond.
  • Plenty of space for parking.

Top eco features at Gamekeeper's Cottage:

  • Renovated by local builders and craftsmen using local and reclaimed materials whenever possible

  • Walls plastered with lime and hemp – breathable and insulating

  • Local sheep wool insulation

  • Natural and breathable paints used

  • Efficient modern boiler

  • Logs sourced from surrounding woodland

  • Low energy lightbulbs

  • Natural spring water (filtered for drinking)

  • Furniture upcycled or antique wherever possible

  • Recycling and compost bins

  • Eco-friendly cleaning materials used

  • Slate creatively used from the last working quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog



Gamekeeper's Cottage, Penmachno, Snowdonia, North Wales
Nearest train station: Pont-y-Pant

Directions from station:
Available on booking

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Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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