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The Boathouse

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The Boathouse is set in the woods, above the Vale of Ffestiniog
The Boathouse from the garden, with bonfire area.
One of many walks direct from the house 10mins uphill to this view: Portmeirion, Harlech, Porthmadog
1 of 22The Boathouse is set in the woods, above the Vale of Ffestiniog
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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
2 nights minimum
Cottage
This ancient stone cottage, known as 'The Boathouse' and restored to modern standards with spacious high ceiling living areas, is in the middle of a large private woodland in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, traffic-free with access via a woodland track some 500 yards from the public road. The wood is one of the few temperate rain forests in the world, and has beautiful rare lichens on its ancient oak trees and two lakes, one just below the house. There are wonderful walks literally from the front door, up through the forest to viewpoints out towards Portmeiron, Harlech with its famous Castle, and the sea, and past the old mine-workings hidden in the woods. Two Ffestiniog railway stations are within 15 minutes walk through the trees, one a request halt built for a former owner of ...This ancient stone cottage, known as 'The Boathouse' and restored to modern standards with spacious high ceiling living areas, is in the middle of a large private woodland in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, traffic-free with access via a woodland track some 500 yards from the public road. The wood is one of the few temperate rain forests in the world, and has beautiful rare lichens on its ancient oak trees and two lakes, one just below the house. There are wonderful walks literally from the front door, up through the forest to viewpoints out towards Portmeiron, Harlech with its famous Castle, and the sea, and past the old mine-workings hidden in the woods. Two Ffestiniog railway stations are within 15 minutes walk through the trees, one a request halt built for a former owner of the wood. The steam trains wind their way through the forest, visible from the house. In keeping with the secluded nature of the property, there is no wifi (but you are welcome to charge your electric car, please ask!). Note: no outdoor games are provided, other guests may leave swings etc but they may not be safe and should not be used.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Attached (ensuite), 1 Shower
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About the Owner
Giles Keating B
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:December 2009
Interaction with guests
The house nestles in the woods by itself, though it does not feel lonely. The keyholder, Bethan, is a few minutes drive away, in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong. The house has a very 'lived-in' feel, in a good way, and guests tend to make themselves at home, for example using old logs to set up outside seating areas which are then used by others. Bedlinen & towels are included.
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Reviewed April 17, 2022

Third time here and about to book for the forth time. Please don’t book to go here as you will probably take the weeks that I want. If you want to escape and go off grid this is this perfect place. Lots of lovely walks...More

Date of stay: April 2022
Thank RSHenderson
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
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Reviewed October 23, 2021

Date of stay: October 2021
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
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Reviewed September 10, 2021 via mobile

Date of stay: September 2021
Reviewed September 6, 2021

For the area I would highly recommend. North Wales has something to offer everyone and it is 5 star. However my rating is solely on the property alone and for the price we paid and the overall standard I have to give it no more...More

Date of stay: August 2021
Thank joanna_fearn
Reviewed August 22, 2021 via mobile

So The Boathouse is in a beautiful setting and for our first family get together it was an oasis of peace- it’s warm and comfortable. Watch your head on the beams in the eaves double, and make sure no one has a shower at the...More

Date of stay: August 2021
Thank KeithESomerset
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Reviewed July 26, 2021 via mobile

We had an absolutely idyllic time at the Boathouse. Loved everything about it from the comfort of the property to the fabulous surroundings. Lakes, beaches, mountains, forest - this place really has everything. Thanks for having us.

Date of stay: July 2021
Thank jefinaD
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
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Reviewed June 28, 2021

Date of stay: June 2021
Reviewed May 27, 2021 via mobile

As always accommodation was clean, tidy and well equipped . Beautiful , peaceful location . Already booked again for next year .

Date of stay: May 2021
Thank 528claref
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tinkerbell92
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Reviewed September 21, 2020 via mobile

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Date of stay: September 2020
Reviewed August 26, 2020

The location is great for anyone who loves walking, with a wealth of walks from the doorstep. The cottage is well equipped with modern appliances and furniture.

Date of stay: August 2020
Thank Sightseer303838
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Balcony
Central Heating
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Iron
Linens Provided
Microwave
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Parking
Patio
Private Yard
Stove
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighborhood
The Vale of Ffestiniog is a natural barrier between north-west and central Wales, and The Mabinogion describes tales of love, magic and treachery leading to a terrible battle at Maentwrog, the first river crossing, with slain princes still lying in the soil. You can feel the magic in the ancient woods that lead direct from the doorstep of the house, and in the royal castles at Harlech and beyond. Snowdonia National Park also offers modern pursuits, like rock-climbing, mountain biking, and the fastest zip wire in the world! Visit Llechwedd Slate Caverns at Blaenau, Portmeirion Italianate village (home of TV's The Prisoner), Electric Mountain's hydro-electric plant, Sygun Copper Mine and Porthmadog's harbour, with market on Friday.
Getting around
Plas Halt on the Ffestiniog railway is 15 minutes walk through woods, 15 minutes walk the other way is Tan y Bwlch, with buffet and train shunting. The railway is an attraction in its own right... or walk to Penryhn and take the train back. The Ffestiniog railway can be infrequent and doesn't run every day, but it does connect with mainline at Minffordd and at Blaenau for longer journeys. As for driving, the roads are beautiful, but allow plenty of time!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Boathouse

The Boathouse is able to accommodate up to 8 guests. See all property details.

The Boathouse has 2 bathrooms available. See all property details.

The Boathouse has 3 bedrooms available. See all property details.

Stays at The Boathouse must last at least 2 nights. See all property details.