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The Boathouse

60 reviews
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Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
1 night minimum
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**NEW: EV Charging! Ask for details** 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 part of 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 reach 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 tr...**NEW: EV Charging! Ask for details** 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 part of 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 reach 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, and 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. More
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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 7 December 2018

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Date of stay: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 October 2018

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Date of stay: September 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

Lovely remote property set in the woods with a well stocked property. The area around is beautiful with the lakes and the steam trains going by. Property could of been cleaner on arrival which was a shame nothing worse than someone else's dirt. Prompt action...More

Date of stay: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

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Date of stay: August 2018
Reviewed 28 August 2018

From the moment we arrived, we knew we'd have a great week and we weren't wrong! The Boathouse is a fantastic base to stay in for exploring Snowdonia, surrounded in beautiful scenery, with plenty of walks right on the doorstep. The photos don't do the...More

Date of stay: August 2018
2  Thank 959russk
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Refrigerator
Washer
Central Heating
Dryer
Outdoor Dining Area
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Freezer
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Iron
TV
Hiking Trips
Parking
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Balcony
Mountain Views
Linens Provided
Terrace
Toaster
Patio
Fireplace
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About the neighbourhood
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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