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Cadair Idris Mountain Range near Dolgellau
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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Dolgellau

It would be challenging to find a more picturesque market town in mid-Wales than Dolgellau. While some may rival it, there is nowhere else in the Snowdonia National Park with friendlier pubs and restaurants, prettier stone cottages to rent, and more breathtaking views. Everything you need for a wonderful holiday is on the doorstep whether you come to ride the world-famous mountain bike trails, climb hills and mountains, take part in a festival, or simply enjoy the warmth of the Welsh hospitality. Dolgellau is proud of its beauty and heritage, and locals are more than happy to share their favourite aspects of their home town. Read more

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52.758541, -3.693040

A secret hideaway in the southern corner of the Snowdonia National Park, Gesail is the perfect rural retreat. With your very own woodland, streams, waterfalls and meadows to explore, it is the perfect holiday destination for families wanting to unwind. There are numerous adventurous activities on offer nearby. Or you can simply sit back and listen to streams and birdsong.

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £1900

10  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.755644, -3.827049

Wnion Wood Lodge is in the Snowdonia village of Brithdir, only a few miles from Dolgellau and within easy reach of Barmouth, Cader Idris and the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. The timber holiday home sleeps four people in two bedrooms and has a flexible layout that works for couples or families. The location is delightfully quiet, being outside the village centre and next to private woodland. The Torrent Trail and other beautiful walks are accessible from the door, and there's a wide variety of exciting mountain bike trails in the vicinity. Wnion Wood Lodge is pet friendly, with holidays available all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£700 to £910
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.746714, -3.937647

A lovely original stone self catering farmhouse located near Dolgellau in the Snowdonia National Park. The holiday home is deal for activities such as mountain biking, fishing, pony trekking and golf and is within walking distance of a hotel for meals out and the Mawddach RSPB Nature Reserve, and a short drive from beautiful beaches.

Weekly guide price:
£340 to £560

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.746755, -3.937645

Families love Bryn Hyfryd, which has sensational views of the River Mawddach and direct access to the Mawddach Trail at the bottom of the garden. The spacious self-catering bungalow sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms and has plenty of room indoors and outside. It's in between Dolgellau and Barmouth and within easy reach of Cader Idris, Coed-y-Brenin, Harlech and beautiful beaches. Bryn Hyfryd is perfect for your family holiday in the Snowdonia National Park, whatever time of the year you visit.

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £1325
Short breaks from £80 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

52.742134, -3.885713

There will be no issues deciding who sleeps where at The Lombard. This huge house comfortably sleeps up to 45 guests in 17 bedrooms with a flexible layout that can be adjusted to suit your needs. It is in the heart of Dolgellau in Snowdonia National Park, within walking distance of shops, cafes, pubs and the Mawddach River. Snowdon, Coed-y-Brenin, Bounce Below and Barmouth Beach are all within striking distance for day trips, although with such a high standard of accommodation that includes a games room, cinema room and a full Sky TV package, your guests may never want to leave.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £6941
Short breaks from £80 per night

45  |   17  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.746714, -3.937647

Located in the Snowdonia National Park on a six hundred acre farm is this delightful conversion providing a high standard of holiday accommodation in an enviable position on the beautiful Mawddach estuary. The coast is just a short ride in the car with glorious sandy beaches for lazy days and the area offers endless opportunities for outdoor lovers.

Weekly guide price:
£260 to £460

2+2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.746714, -3.937647

A lovely holiday home in the Snowdonia National Park, ideally positioned on the stunning Mawddach estuary just five miles from the glorious golden beaches of Fairbourne and Barmouth on the Welsh coastline. Enjoy everything Snowdonia National Park has to offer from The Coach House.

Weekly guide price:
£340 to £560

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.746714, -3.937647

A delightful conversion providing holiday accommodation of a high standard on the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and only five miles to the sandy beaches of Fairbourne and Barmouth in Snowdonia's stunning National Park. There is a hotel and RSPB nature reserve within walking distance of The Dairy Cottage and the area is great for outdoor enthusiasts.

Weekly guide price:
£260 to £460

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

52.732680, -3.916160

A lovely ancient barn conversion with glorious views, ideally placed at the foot of the majestic Cader Idris mountain near Dolgellau in the Snowdonia National Park. Beautifully presented and an ideal base for outdoor activities including mountain biking, fishing, pony trekking and golf.

Weekly guide price:
£370 to £720

5  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.746714, -3.937647

A stylish holiday home providing self catering of a high standard on the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and only five miles to the glorious sandy beaches of Fairbourne and Barmouth. Helm is perfectly placed in the heart of Snowdonia for enjoying the many outdoor activities on offer, along with the areas attractions and fantastic coastline.

Weekly guide price:
£340 to £560

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

52.718752, -3.702078

Make mid-Wales your next holiday destination with a stay in this charming stone and slate terrace self-catering cottage. Kettle Cottage is a short walk from the village tea shop and pub and within reach of Cader Idris, Dolgellau and Machynlleth. There are spectacular walks and bike rides from the door, making it easy to explore this stunning landscape in any season. Barmouth and the coast are just over half an hour's drive from the cottage, while places like Bala and Corris are within easy reach for a fun day out. The dog-friendly cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is well-suited for couples and families. 

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £770

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Holidays in Dolgellau

Eating and Shopping - Dolgellau’s amenities are just one of many reasons the town is such an excellent choice for a self-catering cottage holiday in Wales. In addition to a small supermarket and two convenience stores, Dolgellau has four pubs and numerous cafes and takeaways so you can always have the night off if you don’t feel like cooking. A few miles away, the coastal town of Barmouth has a broader array of places to shop, eat and drink.

Outdoor Activities - Walking and mountain biking are two of the most popular reasons people come to Dolgellau, and local businesses cater exceptionally well for their needs with outdoor shops and bike hire readily available. Favourite Dolgellau hiking routes include the Precipice Walk, which is flatter than its name suggests and offers incredible views of the Mawddach Estuary and the Snowdon and Cadair Idris mountain ranges. Torrent Walk is another fantastic route, particularly in spring when the foraging opportunities are plentiful.

It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that mountain bikers revere Dolgellau. It is the home of Coed-y-Brenin with its fantastic all-weather singletrack trails and the Y Ffowndri Skills Area & Bike Park, all of which have the added benefit of breathtaking views along with the hair-raising trails. The Mawddach Trail follows the former railway line from Dolgellau to Barmouth. It is suitable either for walking or cycling and is a great way to explore and see the birds and wildlife that thrive in this pristine part of Wales.

Fishing is another popular outdoor activity in Dolgellau, particularly at Llyn Cynwch and Cregennal Lakes. Llyn y Gadair has such beautiful views that make the visit worthwhile even if the fish aren’t biting, with other lovely spots including Llyn Cau and Gwernan Lake.

Welsh Heritage - Dolgellau (pronounced Doll-geth-lie) is Welsh to its core and entirely bilingual with most people switching between Welsh and English with ease. The town is the perfect place to get a sense of Welsh heritage and culture, not only in the language but also its history. Dolgellau was where Owain Glyndwr held the last Welsh parliament in 1404 and a busy site of the Welsh Gold Rush in the 1800s.

The town sits at the foot of Cadair Idris, a peak named after the mythical giant, Idris, who used the mountain as his chair. Folklore states that the area has links to a lord of Annwn, the Celtic underworld, and that a dragon lives in the bottomless depths of Llyn Cau. Visitors interested in learning more about Dolegallau’s rich heritage can do so at the Cadair Idris Visitor Centre in nearby Corris.

Dolgellau is within easy reach of the coast at Barmouth, a friendly town overlooking stunning Cardigan Bay. It is also only half an hour’s drive from both Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog, and an hour from Mount Snowdon. Being in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park means there is always a peaceful place to sit and enjoy spectacular views.

Mid-Wales Attractions - Attractions in and around Dolegallu include the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, the colourful Italianate town of Portmeirion, the Inigo Jones Tudor Slate Works, and Harlech Castle.

Dolgellau is a fantastic year-round holiday destination for everyone. You can surprise your partner with a romantic break, get the kids away from their screens and into a real-life adventure, and take your dog with you to enjoy long walks through the breathtaking landscape. The locals are friendly and the amenities are great. There’s nothing to stop you from having a fantastic time.