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Yr Efail Swynol sleeps up to six guests in three bedrooms (including two and a bathroom on the ground floor), and offers a tranquil oasis of calm in a picturesque unspoilt part of Wales. Sitting on the edge of Snowdonia National Park and formerly a blacksmith's forge, today this welcoming Four Star cottage provides access to a multitude of attractions and outdoor adventures including fabulous walks straight from the front door.
A true haven to escape away from it all, Yr Efail Swynol is just perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, explorers and those who simply want to relax by the sea - a fabulous choice for families looking for an action packed holiday, friends seeking adventure, and even couples who want to escape away from it all with a little extra space around them.
Lace up your walking boots of jump on your mountain bike and explore the many miles of tracks and trails this beautiful part of Wales is so famous for. Enjoy a game of golf in a stunning setting, spend the day climbing Snowdon (less than half an hour away) or enjoy the adrenaline rush of Zip World (the world's longest zip wire!). Surf Snowdonia offers water based fun with its wave lagoon or head to Betws y Coed with its haunting mountainous scenery providing the perfect backdrop for out of this world adventures both above and below the ground.
For day trips out, you are spoilt for choice. Visit Aber Falls, possibly the most magnificent waterfall in Wales; Take the Snowdon Mountain Railway all the way to the top for views that will stay with you forever; Spend the day exploring Cwm Idwal's magnificent valley, the Mawddach Trail (fantastic traffic free cycling) or Gwydyr Forest (a climbers paradise); Enjoy a lazy day on Black Rock Sands or Newborough Beach; Delve underground at Llechwedd Slate Caverns (great for a rainy day!); Stroll around Bodnant Gardens or Caernafon Castle; or take a boat trip to Puffin Island (a haven for wildlife enthusiasts). The choices are endless!
Rachub is the local village with a pub and shop for provisions within walking distance. The Welsh town of Bethesda is slightly further with a larger selection of shops (Fitzpatricks Cafe is great for a hearty breakfast or lunch); or head to Bangor for an even larger selection of amenities. There are plenty of places for those wanting a meal out - the owner highly recommends The Ugly House for tea and cake (a great stop over on your way back from Betws-y-Coed), Dylans Restaurant at Menai Bridge offering waterfront dining (and great seafood dishes!) and The Austrian Restaurant (open Thursday to Saturday) in the village of Dwygyfylchi serving typical Australian fare.
Offering the perfect combination of peace and tranquility, mountainous and coastal scenery, and attractions and adventure, Yr Efail Swynol is a superb choice for a holiday or short break away at any time of the year.
Carolyn Spacey joined Independent Cottages in February 2017
Outside: The garden allows you to sit outside during the warmer months and soak up the peace and tranquility with lovely views of the mountain and even the sea in the far distance. Outdoor furniture and BBQ provided.
Additional information: WiFi internet access. Unfortunately, no dogs and strictly no smoking. Prices include heating, electricity, bed linen and towels. Short breaks (three night minimum) available out of peak season or within two weeks of arrival at all other times - please enquire with the owner.
Star Rating: 4 Star
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