Gellilwyd Fach

Dolgellau, Snowdonia & The Llyn Peninsula

  • 5 Star
  • Scenic, private setting at the foot of Cader Idris. Only 1.7 mile from your holiday cottage Dolgellau market town offers a great range of restaurants & cafes.

You can book this property from:

  • £574 per week
  • £82 per night
  • 5 Star


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 2 king/super-king beds
  • 2 single Zip&Link beds
  • 1 sofa bed


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided
  • Bath
  • Shower

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Sky TV
  • Welcome pack
  • Countryside views


  • Travel cot
  • Highchair
  • Stairgate


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Watersports
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Pony trekking/horse riding


  • Walk-in shower

Important - Please Note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am


Nestled in the valleys of the stunning Snowdonia National Park – Gewllilwyd Fach is a breathtaking, 5-star, self-catering home in the North-West of Wales. An idyllic rural retreat, this traditionally renovated, 19th-century farmhouse sits along the foot of the mighty Cader Idris, within its own enclosed grounds and enjoys awe-inspiring views across the peaks of Snowdonia and beyond.

Farmhouse living in the heart of Snowdonia

A short drive through the countryside brings you to Dolgellau, a quaint market town with a fantastic range of restaurants, cafés and shops – perfect for evenings out or days exploring.

As you open the door to this beautiful holiday cottage, you’re greeted by the classic farmhouse-style decor, from its open wood beams to the slate tile floors. Cosy leather chesterfield chairs and a large dining table share the wood burner-warmed feature living space, with its quirky curved wall and traditional stone fireplace. In the parlour, exposed wooden beams, and a double sofa-bed for extra guests creates a homely feel. The spacious, cottage-style kitchen comes fully equipped, perfect for cooking up family treats, and includes a dishwasher, fridge and additional small freezer, oven and washing machine to take care of all the family’s needs.

Stepping outside into the ‘Land of the Dragon’, the property has a spacious, tranquil garden with a beautiful stone picnic area, overlooking the mountains and valleys that line the horizon. If you want to bring your bikes to explore the surrounding paths and trails, the outhouse provides secure storage. While a comfy seating area and slate patio are ideal for barbeques at sunset.

Bedrooms and bathrooms

Heading upstairs, two bedrooms sleep up to four guests. The master is an impressive room with its super king oak bed, exposed beams, high ceilings and original wooden floorboards, along with the iconic curved wall. The second bedroom is a charming dual aspect double, available as a super king or twin singles, and has stunning views across the wilds of North Wales. The large family bathroom has a welcoming roll top bath for long, candlelit soaks, while the quadrant, rainfall shower offers a refreshing start to the day.


There is plenty of parking available. Baby items such as a high chair, travel cot and stair gate are all available on request, but guests are asked to bring their own cot linen. We are happy to provide a generous quantity of logs for the wood burner and you can purchase a further supply at £5 per basket. A double sofa bed is available for 2 extra guests for an additional £16 per night.


A beautifully presented cottage in a quiet, rural location yet less than two miles from the facilities in Dolgellau. A major plus is that there are many beautiful walks to be taken direct from the cottage, or after a short car journey, including climbing Cadair Idris.

Mrs H,

Fabulous location, spacious and characterful property kitted out with all the essentials and some lovely touches (eg picnic kit, BBQ)

Mr R,

Beautiful cottage which is very well equipped. A lovely array of goodies in arrival and super helpful to have tea and coffee etc there in case you arrive without the basics. Real attention to detail in everything- from te baker of logs to bbqs to excellent linens and towels. Comfy beds too, essential after a day’s walking. Can’t recommend highly enough.

Mrs S,

A stunning and unique property. Lots of gorgeous original features. I loved the views from the master bedroom. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the property is an excellent base for all the activities the area provides.

Miss V,

We feel so lucky to have found this cottage. It's situation is idyllic, peaceful and beautiful. The cottage is cosy, clean and has everything you might need. The location is great, it feels isolated and in the countryside but Dolgellau is close as well as beautiful lakes, waterfalls and great beaches.

Dr R,

A really lovely property in the most delightful setting with stunning views in all directions. You would never know that ‘civilisation’ - Dolgellau - is a couple of minutes drive away. Complete peace and quiet, under the shelter of Cader Idris. The myriad hues of the vibrant green of the trees, fields and hedgerows and the drifts of violet blue bluebells will linger as part of our memory of this lovely haven. Not to mention the sound of bubbling streams and the amazing diversity of birds. The property is 10/10, but the setting is 20/10! Already anticipating our return.

Mrs P,

Gellilwyd Fach is a welcoming cottage in a beautiful spot. With the backdrop of Cadair Idris and the Mawdach estuary only a short distance away, it’s the perfect place for walking, biking or simply relaxing in stunning scenery. The welcome pack of local produce was a really lovely touch. The whole family loved it.

Mrs S,

A comfortable cozy cottage. Great location if a bit tricky to find. Wonderful to be able to step outside the door and wander a few fields or further. Great family activities nearby for younger kids including the Mawddach trail, Coed y Brenin for walks or biking and More shorter lovely walks nearby, too. Well equipped kitchen and wonderful hosts.

Ms G,

This is our second trip here, we stayed back in March and have just booked to come again in August - we love it here. It is so peaceful and quiet which is the antithesis of where we live near Gatwick. Dolgellau is a lovely little town and the views around are wonderful. We spent our time doing really rather little apart from reading and chatting and watching the birds, thing we never have the chance to do at home. We loved the Christmas touches - the decorations and the holly. Also how the cottage has been furnished. A really super cottage - thank you. Also continue to be impressed by Best of Wales - very good customer service. We look forward to seeing the area in summer.

Couple from H


Gellilwyd Fach is situated in the foothills of the Cader Idris mountain range and, although secluded, has close proximity to a wide range of amenities. From your holiday cottage Dolgellau - a picturesque market town in southern Snowdonia, with its impressive architecture, is easily accessible and within walking distance along a scenic 1.7 mile country lane. Dolgellau also happens to be home to more than 200 listed buildings - more than any other town in Wales.

During your stay at Gellilwyd Fach holiday cottage Dolgellau will provide you with all the amenities you need. This includes excellent restaurants, cafes, shops and pubs, as well as banks and supermarkets, a local butchers, grocer, bakeries and chemist. Amongst the highly recommended restaurants are Meirionnydd and the Royal Ship in Dolgellau town centre, as well as the Stakehouse and Tafarn y Gader tapas bar. Outside town, Bwyty Mawddach Restaurant in Llanelltyd (3.4 miles) is also worth a visit whilst Indiana Cuisine in Fairbourne (10 miles) offers an authentic Indian fine dining experience. For a relaxed, social night out, head to Gwin Dylanwad Wine Bar or if a pint is your preference, Royal Ship in the town centre is recommended. There are other restaurants and pubs that could also be listed; the truth is, you will be spoilt for choice.

If you love the outdoors, the Dolgellau area of Snowdonia will deliver on this front as well. It boasts an extensive range of footpaths, signposted walks and cycle trails to suit all abilities. In addition to the obvious challenge of Cader Idris, right on your doorstep, Dolgellau is also the starting point of the Mawddach Trail (walking and cycle route to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary and Barmouth on the coast). The world renowned Mountain Biking Centre at Coed y Brenin is also within 10 miles and there are 2 glorious sandy beaches at Fairbourne (10 miles) and Barmouth (12 miles).

Other popular attractions in the area include Llechwedd Slate Caverns and Zip World at Blaenau Ffestiniog (24 miles), which is also home to the largest underground trampoline in Europe. King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris Craft Centre and the Centre for Alternative Technology offer great days out whilst 'Abaty Cymer' Abbey and Harlech Castle’s World Heritage site are both significant heritage attractions. Most of Wales’ narrow gauge railways are also located in this area, including Talyllyn narrow gauge railway and the Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog line. If you prefer to travel on water, the National White Water Rafting Centre near Bala will cater for your needs. It should also be mentioned that there are RSPB Reserves and two Osprey Nest viewing hides nearby.


  • Cader Idris – 3 main routes starting from Dolgellau (from the doorstep), Minffordd (4.5 miles) and Abergynolwyn (13 miles).
  • Mawddach Trail – Dolgellau - suitable for all ages – walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users. 1.7 mile
  • Precipice Walk – Llanfachreth - suitable for all ages. 3.5 miles from your cottage
  • New Precipice Walk – Llanelltyd - suitable for all ages. 3.5 miles
  • Torrent Walk – Brithdir - moderate leisure walk approx 2½ miles along the river. 5 miles
  • Panorama Walk – Barmouth - suitable for all ages. 12 miles


  • The Mawddach Trail – As above, 1.7 mile
  • Coed-y-Brenin Mountain Biking Centre – Suitable routes for all ages. 10 miles


  • Harlech Golf Club - Royal St. Davids - 18 hole golf course. 20 miles


  • From river fishing to Gwernan Lake and Llyn Cynwch, there are a range of opportunities to go fishing in the Dolgellau area – suitable options for all ages.

Horse riding

  • Bwlchgwyn Pony Trekking Centre - suitable for anyone over 4yrs. 8 miles


  • Fairbourne Beach – sandy beach. 10 miles
  • Barmouth Beach – long, sandy beach with Blue Flag award. 12 miles

Water sports

  • Bala Lake – sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, raft building etc. 18 miles
  • National White Water Centre, Canolfan Tryweryn – White Water Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing. 22 miles