Gwel y Mynydd

in the heart of Snowdonia National Park /Dolgellau

about the property

One of the finest holiday cottages in Snowdonia, this is a true Welsh mountain holiday cottage for the family near to Dolgellau. Perfect holiday cottage for walkers and those who want a real mountain holiday in Wales!

A traditional Welsh farmhouse, Gwel y Mynydd ('Mountain View')  is tucked away at the end of it’s own track and overlooking the beautiful Hermon Valley, at the heart of the world-renowned walking and cycling area of Coed y Brenin Forest Park.

Gwel y Mynydd has been in the same family ever since it was saved from destruction in the 1950s. Now lovingly restored, using reclaimed and sustainable materials, lime plaster, and with many of its older features uncovered, it is a peaceful and unforgettable experience.

The cottage is simple but comfortable with an open fire. At night, with only a few other houses in the valley, you can see stars like you’ve never seen before in a silence broken only by the sound of owls, and the local deer coming down from the forest to graze.



latest review

What an amazing place! I've never felt more refreshed after a weekend away. Tyn y Smidde is tucked away in the middle of the park with walks to mountains, rivers, waterfalls, forests, tracks, disuse...

Jacqueline dragon , 13 March 2017

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good to know

arrival at
depart by
7 nights from
£538.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to
£866.00 (based on two staying)
pets welcome (max 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double, Twin

facilities at Gwel y Mynydd

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

map - location

in detail

The cottage has modern, efficient electric storage heating throughout, a woodburner and a gas fire. It was fully renovated in 2011/12

Ground floor:

  • Kitchen/diner: Well equiped, fridge freezer, washing machine, toaster, Coffee maker etc.
  • Dining area: table and chairs and gas burner/fire
  • Living area: Log burner, comfortable sofa and two chairs - with MP3 docking station and CD player
  • Wi-fi (no extra charge)


First floor:

  • Double bedroom – white double bed, chest of drawers
  • Bedroom 2 – twin beds but can be made up to king size bed if needed, chest of drawers.
  • Bathroom – Fully tiled with Power Shower and washbasin



  • Lawned garden surrounding the cottage with stunning views to the mountains beyond, outside table and chairs for alfresco dining
  • Parking for 2 – 3 cars.
  • Larch and pine forest on north side and sheep fields on the south.

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customer reviews for Gwel y Mynydd

What an amazing place! I've never felt more refreshed after a weekend away. Tyn y Smidde is tucked away in the middle of the park with walks to mountains, rivers, waterfalls, forests, tracks, disused goldmines etc all without even getting in the car. It was a great way to while away a few days and feel as if you'd managed to get away from everything. The cottage was great and really well-equipped and had a very toasty woodburner. The electric heated mattress was a definite bonus too. I would totally recommend this place - and what a great history!

- Jacqueline dragon ,
13 March 2017

This is an amazing place to stay. Secluded. Beautiful scenery. Peace and quiet. Well equipped. Log burner.. superb.

- Fergus P,
8 February 2017

Have just returned from the most chilled holiday ever. Fantastic cottage, scenery, everything. Can't wait to go back.

- Lisa F,
13 January 2017

Really beautiful tucked away cottage down little lanes and forest roads opening onto stunning views of the valley and hills beyond. Everything clean and cosy, warm and well equipped. A true 'get away from it all' cottage perfect for wildlife spotting, walks and quiet reading round the fire.

- Rachel S,
16 December 2016

We stayed for 3 nights in May, myself, husband, daughter & her boyfriend. We absolutely loved it. It is such a special place & reading the history about it was just fantastic. You can really appreciate it was a labour of love to restore it & I'm so glad the family share this wonderful place with outsiders. It is very quiet and 'away from it all' but close enough for some lovely walks and we spent a glorious sunny day in nearby Barmouth Beach. The house has everything you need & it is really lovely and cosy. I've used UTT before and would definately recommend not only this property but the company itself. Look forward to choosing somewhere new for next year :-)

- Lusia suszek ,
4 June 2016

Gwel y Mynydd is a warm, cosy cottage, where it's a pleasure to come back after the walks in the welsh weather. The cottage is much nicer than the pictures on the website (some photography work should be done ;-) ): the kitchen is particularly nice and the parlour very cosy. Of course, the location is secluded enough to get very silent night. A very nice place to stay though.

- Struzik , 5002 (Belgium),
9 April 2016

A wonderful 4 night stay at this beautiful and bewitching cottage. The location is superb, with great walks from the door or short drives take you to the mountains or the coast. The cottage itself is stunning - comfortable, stylish and very well-equipped. The high-spec beds ensure an excellent nights sleep, as does the tranquility and darkness of the area. We have stayed at many cottages in Wales and this has to be one of the very best.

- Jodie L,
25 January 2016

A beautiful, clean and well appointed cottage in a fantastic location. Perfect for a get away from it all holiday. Would definitely recommend.

- Elaine F,
1 August 2015

We were delighted by the peace and tranquility of the cottage. It was just perfect for recharging after christmas. There were many walks with our dog to enjoy. We hope to be back sometime soon. The cottage was cosy and comfortable leaving us not wanting to leave.

- Suzanne elliott ,
28 May 2015

Fantastic cottage in a stunning location. Probably one of the best cottages we've stayed in over the past couple of years in Snowdonia.

- Andrzej J,
28 May 2015

We had an absolutely fantastic time. It's a beautiful building which has been tastefully updated to retain its charm and simplicity. The surroundings could scarcely be improved either. Wonderful unspoilt forest, valleys and hills which made for excellent walking for ourselves and our wee dog! If you're looking to get away from the world, have some peace and quiet, and see some nature, I have yet to find a better spot than here. The book detailing the renovation work and history was a fantastic surprise too, we really loved that the story behind the cottage was being kept alive.

- Emmet O,
2 February 2015

'We had three days of secluded bliss at this cottage, a beautifully restored stone cottage in the welsh fields, without the sniff of a neighbour nearby! It was wonderfully equipped with all you could need and we enjoyed walks and bike trails from your doorstep (watch out for the steep hill on the way back!). We will be recommending to families and friends and hope to be back to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in the summer!' Emma and Matt, Chester (April 2012)

1 July 2014

We stayed in the cottage over Christmas and we absolutely loved it. The location is beautiful and quiet, but just a few minutes walk away there are fantastic walks, stunning waterfalls, and great mountain bike tracks. The house is lovely with a lot of attention to detail (Marit even decorated it with some Christmas themed decoration, which was really sweet!) and comfort. We’re really looking forward to coming back! Matt and Sam, Manchester (December 2011)

1 July 2014
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