3 (off peak)
Away from Everything is in a dream location, surrounded by landscape both rugged and beautiful. If you enjoy peace and privacy, it is the perfect place to escape, being set in 6 acres of private land nestling in the foothills of the mountains and nearly a mile from the nearest neighbour. There are two double bedrooms plus a sofa bed, so it is suitable for couples, families or friends. Although it feels remote, the cottage is only two miles from Tal-y-Bont and the fantastic Bedol pub which caters well for people who have worked up an appetite walking, mountain biking, horse riding, or just from breathing the clear mountain air. In addition to an excellent pub, Tal-y-Bont also has a village shop and post office, and a butcher selling meat from local farms.
Surfing may not be at the top of the list when you think of activities in Snowdonia, but ‘Surf Snowdonia’ in nearby Dolgarrog is a hugely popular attraction with a wave lagoon and a water assault course. For many visitors, it is the mountains that attract them to the Snowdonia National Park, and there is no shortage of footpaths, bridleways and mountain bike trails to enjoy. The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a wonderful way to summit Wales’ highest peak. It is a 30-mile drive from the cottage, passing through lovely Welsh coastal towns with great views of the Menai Strait.
You can make the most of the outdoors with the help of experienced locals. The owners of the property are happy to arrange guided walks of the Carneddau and Glyder ranges, or any summit in Snowdonia. You also have the opportunity to bounce around on a giant underground trampoline at Go Below, go canyoning, climbing and abseiling, or scale the heights at Treetop Adventure. Many activities are in or around the picturesque Betws-y-Coed, just ten miles from the cottage.
The historic town of Conwy is seven miles to the north. It has some of the best preserved medieval town walls in Europe and walking around them gives a real sense of how keen Edward I was to protect his territory. Conwy is one of the several fortresses the king built in North Wales, and arguably the most impressive defensive structure of its time. Once you have marveled over the scale of the castle, you can visit Britain’s smallest house, as well as Plas Mawr's wonderfully preserved Elizabethan home, both of which are in the centre of Conwy town. Bodnant Garden, just a short drive from the cottage, has a fantastic collection of plants built up over 150 years and is a relaxing place to spend a morning or afternoon.
If you live in a suburb or city and yearn for space where you can look for miles and see no other buildings, and where there is no light pollution to dim the beauty of the night sky, then Away from Everything is ideal.
Mr Jones joined Independent Cottages in November 2017
The cottage dates from the 17th Century and has been extended and modernised to provide very comfortable accommodation for up to six people. It is mostly on one level, but the age and layout make it unsuitable for wheelchair users.
Outside: Away from Everything is at the end of a rough gravel drive that leads off a steep but quiet lane. The nearest neighbour is a mile away, and the cottage is surrounded by grazing fields and broadleaf woodland. From the garden, you can see the Carneddau mountain range, and there are views towards Cwm Dulyn and Conwy. There is a patio area with garden furniture, along with a Weber gas barbeque for outdoor meals. The garden attracts a multitude of birds including cuckoos and woodpeckers, and you can often see buzzards soaring up above. The Dulyn river runs a mere 50 metres from the house with footpath access.
Additional Information: The property has WiFi (subject to weather conditions) but no mobile signal (though it is possible for most providers to get a few bars on the track or in the field). Utilities, towels and linen are provided though there is an additional charge for the central heating LPG gas during the winter months. Children are welcome (must be kept on a lead!). One small, well-behaved dog is welcome (with conditions) but must be agreed with the owner before making your booking. Strictly no smoking.
Guests should note that we need to charge a cold season fuel supplement to cover gas and logs.
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