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The Boathouse from the garden, with bonfire area.
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The Boathouse from the garden, with bonfire area.
The Boathouse is set in woods, high above the Vale of ffestiniog The sitting area with wood burning stove
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The Boathouse from the garden, with bonfire area.
The Boathouse is set in woods, high above the Vale of ffestiniog
The sitting area with wood burning stove
The kitchen and dining area viewed from the sitting area
The dining area with Welsh Dresser
Sitting area with kitchen/dining area behind
Master bedroom, door to landing and stairs on left, door to ensuite is to the right, out of picture.
Master bedroom, door to landing and stairs on right, door to ensuite to left (out of picture)
One of the two twin bedrooms downstairs, with window to terrace, garden, woods and steam trains
The other twin bedroom downstairs, door with window leading to woods and garden via side of house
The shower room downstairs, with sink to left, shower and heated towel-rail
The side of the house
The ffestiniog historic steam railway passes about 100 metres away, down a wooded slope
Plas Halt request stop on the ffestiniog railway, 15 minutes enchanting walk through the woods
The lake near the house
The lake, with the house just visible in mid-picture
Flowers at the side of the house
The house is deep in the Snowdonia National Park, you can walk out directly onto this woodland path
One of the ancient oaks in the woods around the house
Map of local walks
One of many walks direct from the house 10mins uphill to this view: Portmeirion, Harlech, Porthmadog
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Cottage -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Maentwrog, Gwynedd, North Wales, Wales

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Excellent - based on 44 reviews
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west mids
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“clean, classy in a beautiful area with tawny owl at night”
Reviewed June 28, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

we returned last week after a lovely secuded break. The Boathouse is a lovely place to stay and as a previous reviewer noted it is bigger than the pictures make it appear. Arranging the holiday was a piece of cake, emails were responded to promptly.
It was easier to find than we anticipated and it is very secluded, I enjoyed not hearing rowdy revellers but tawny owls instead.
We had 2 days out on the steam trains we loved it so much, and it was within walking distance.We covered many of the trails and the viewpoint was lovely. we took my 73 yr old in-law and we even found the geocache up there !
It would be hard without a car if you were not fit or packed very lightly. I would love to go again but I'd choose a time when the midges are not around.

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Liked best: The seclusion
Liked least: the midges (june)
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sazeda B
London, England, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Idyllic settings for the perfect Cottage break :)”
Reviewed November 12, 2012 for a stay in November 2012

Set in an Idyllic location closeby a lake amidst lush autumn woodlands, this made the perfect weekend getaway!

The Cottage itself has a warm, cosy feel to it and is well equipped with fully functional contemporary kitchen, living space with tv, bathroom with walk-in shower, as well as an en suite shower/bath in the master bedroom on the upper level which was ideal.

There is a lake directly opposite the cottage and also a steam train line at a viewing distance making the whole area so picturesque. The walks around the surrounding area is pretty good too if your not travelling down to Snowdon as it boasts some pretty amazing views of the lakes looking down :D

I would recommend this place for couples, groups and families alike! From what I gather it is highly likely to be amazing all year round!

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: No Hairdryer :(
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Chris H
Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent Holiday, Great Accommodation and Superb Location.”
Reviewed November 4, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

Me and the Girlfriend decided to stay at the boathouse for a week. By the end of the week we wished we had rented for longer. The Accommodation is set in the middle of a beautiful forest area. We took our two dogs with us on the trip, which was perfect as there are great walks on your doorstep. If you take dogs they have to stay in an outhouse next to the house. which was fine for us. The accommodation was very well presented throughout. Clean, cosy with all mod cons. The house was nicer than it looked in the pictures.It was a great base for us to go out and explore Wales, there are lots of attractions nearby. Have already reccommended to friends, who are currently planning there trip.We will definatley be returning next year.

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Liked best: Location
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Horsham, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 15, 2012 for a stay in September 2012

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Liked best: Overall conversion was very well done.
Liked least: Slight damp smell in downstairs bathroom
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
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Judy M
Reading, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Location, location, location!!!”
Reviewed September 17, 2012 for a stay in September 2012

The Boathouse is everything the photos promise and more! It's a beautifully equipped house - with care and attention paid to details. But what adds to this holiday cottage and sets it well above others we've stayed in is the location - being set in your own woodland with the sound of the steam railway in the distance is truly magical!

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Bangor, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 4, 2012 for a stay in July 2012
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Liked best: The setting
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Amersham, United Kingdom
Reviewed June 22, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

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Liked best: How peaceful it was.
Liked least: Leaving!
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
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