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Bron Elan Cottage

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Dolwyddelan, near Betws-y-Coed, County Conwy
Grade 4 Star rating
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Boasting a cosy woodburner, this spacious cottage is located just 5 miles away from Betws-y-Coed.

This spacious semi-detached holiday property for four is located in the pretty village of Dolwyddelan in the Snowdonia National Park. There is a wonderful woodburner for chilly nights, perfect for curling up and relaxing. There are walks from the door into the beautiful hidden valley of Cwm Penamnen. The village itself has many amenities, as well as a historic castle. The railway station 100 yards away is a request stop on the pretty Conwy Valley branch line. Visit Blaenau Ffestiniog, home to the famous Ffestiniog Railway and Llechwedd Slate Caverns with Zipworld Titan and Bounce Below. Betws-y-Coed, ’the gateway to Snowdonia’, is just five miles away and offers a wide choice of eateries, whilst historic Conwy and Victorian Llandudno are well worth a visit. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast area and wooden floor. Conservatory. Steep narrow stairs to... First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single (one 4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. Electric range. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Stairgate
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine

Customer Comments

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 12/03/2018
    Unfortunately we were really disappointed with the cottage. It was very dirty, with food and pasta sauce still left on the floor from previous people. There were a lot of chipped mugs, cracked glasses and hairs in the cups and crockery. Bowls,plates etc much the same. The kitchen was ok, however there was not enough equipment to cook a substantial meal and no where open to eat locally. Also a load of washing was left in the washing machine which we were unsure of how long that had been there. However despite all of these we managed to cosy up by the fire and enjoy our evenings, our main focus of the weekend being to climb Snowdon which was amazing and a good location and distance from the cottage.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; I have spoken to the cleaner who was very upset at the comments posted by this guest. She said she always leaves the cottage spotless at every changeover. The cottage rates very highly on cleanliness as previous ratings. The comments about not having enough kitchen equipment to cook a substantial meal leaves me somewhat dismayed as it has 2 ovens, microwave, grill and numerous pots and pans etc. The washing was some towels the cleaner says she had washed, and didn’t want to disturb guests by calling back at the cottage to take them out of the machine. The previous reviews have been highly scored.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/02/2018
    Absolutely loved our visit. Lovely cottage that is good value.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2017
    Had a lovely week at the cottage, good walks from the doorstep. The cottage was comfortable and given its a dog friendly cottage unlike some there was no pet odour at all and was very clean. Theres a local spa shop and short drive in to Betws-y-Coed. Great open fire for cosy evenings. Kitchen has everything you need. Only thing missing for us was a tumble drier, hence scoring a bit lower on equipment. There is a clothes airer available. We would definitely return.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 03/10/2017
    Lovely cottage, beautiful location and 30 mins from Snowdon... brilliant.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    The general maintenance at the cottage was poor. Multiple bulbs had blown in the kitchen, the cooker hood being one of them, the drawer front for cutlery and in the smallest bedroom was loose, there was lots of chipped crockery and split glass. No washing powder & dishwasher tablets were left (unlike all the other cottages we have stayed at). The smallest room was too small for a single bed making it dangerous for a child as the door stayed in the middle of the room. In the main bedroom the mattress was rockhard with a poorly fitted topper on it, the other double bed had a very thin mattress. On the plus - the cottage was clean & the oven was huge and beautiful (ideal for decent evening meals when the alternatives meant a drive) What was good: The local walk (follow the blue footsteps) was lovely, the local castle (CADW + entry fee) was worth the effort. The spar was really friendly & staff helpful. We used the cottage as a base to visit north wales - Portmeirion, Pili Palas, Llandudno, Porthmadog, Harlech, Betws Y Coed.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Many thanks for your feedback following your stay in August. Your comments in relation to location and the rating for cleanliness and local amenities are much appreciated. The score for comfort & equipment and the overall rating is however a cause for concern. No other guests have complained about the same issues and we have received fantastic feedback stating how well-proportioned, well equipped and comfortable the property is. Following your feedback. The issue with kitchen bulbs was caused by electrical fault in the switches which has now been rectified and cups/glasses are replaced where required. I feel your comments regarding the comfort & equipment are down to personal taste and I'm glad that the above didn't detract from your enjoyment of the holiday.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2017
    What a lovely cottage in a beautiful scenic area. Great walks nearby, a pub which does lovely food and a Spar shop selling essentials although a bit expensive it was open late. We did not want to leave the cottage it was done beautifully and had everything our party of 2 adults and 2 kids (10 and 14) needed. The house was warm and had plenty of hot water. We all loved the wood-burning stove - although not needed to keep warm looked lovely when lit. The larger town of Betws-y-coed is about 10 minute drive if you want to try somewhere else for food. If you want to do a food shopping I would go to Blaenau Ffestiniog which is about 15-20 minute drive as there is a decent sized co-op there.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/07/2017
    A well-proportioned, well equipped, comfortable cottage that suited our 3 generation family well. The village of Dolwyddelan was welcoming, with well-stocked Spar shop, interesting medieval church, good play area and plenty of nearby walks, including to the local castle. Within 25 miles we had narrow gauge railways, forest walks, castles, seaside, beautiful gardens, mountains to climb - making for a really varied and interesting holiday. We want to return next year.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/05/2017
    Fabulous stay. Perfect for exploring. Very comfortable

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 25/04/2017
    Quiet. Warm. Good wifi & Tv/dvd player etc. Well equipped kitchen. Loved the porch at the back for leaving boots, caguals etc. Comfy beds. 1 wardrobe on landing. 1 toilet/bath/shower so need to b thoughtful if 4 adults. Other guests commented that the hot water ran out when showering, as we knew thus we kept ours brief & had no probs. The water is v hot! Steep stairs. Good quiet location. Spar 0.2 miles away. Lovely walks on doorstep. Would go again.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 07/04/2017
    Unfortunately our experience was marred by the shoddy administration of this cottage. We requested a stair gate and cot bed in advance but neither were supplied upon arrival. After many attempts to contact the listed "caretaker" we had to resort to calling the owner. He was quite willing to help but not being local all he could do was try to get hold of the caretaker - but also had no success. Two days later a stairgate finally arrived along with claims from the caretaker that she was actually only the cleaner and that we hadn't been able to contact her because she'd dropped her phone down the toilet. So if there was an emergency during those first 48 hours we would have been in serious trouble. Of considerable concern to us was the impression that both "caretaker" and the cottage rental company seem to think that a sidebar for a bed will suffice as a safe alternative to prevent a child from falling down the stairs. Clearly under British safety standards (which they should be familiar with) such an item certainly is not suitable for use as a barrier on a staircase. What with those safety concerns, the conflicting and dubious claims from the owner and "caretaker" as to the latter's status regarding the general management of the property, the fact the central heating did not work in any of the upstairs rooms for the first five days of our stay, we have to conclude that this property is most definitely NOT suitable for young children. If the rental company, caretaker and owner are unable to conform to safety standards and be honest and responsible towards their customers, then this property is not fit for purpose. Having stayed at numerous similar cottages across the U.K. over the past 20 years, we have never once had cause to complain, nor experience issues such as this - until we had the misfortune to opt for Bron Elan.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; The property has been marketed with Cottages.com since December 2014 and no actual complaints have been received about the property other than general remarks about the property. With regards to this specific guest, I was contacted via text on Friday night on 31st March at 17.32 whilst I was out driving. I asked my daughter to respond via text to say that I would contact them once I arrived home in 15 minutes which I promptly did. The guest advised he couldn't get hold of the caretaker who he had spoken to on the previous Tuesday regarding the provision of a stairgate and travel cot which were not present on his arrival. I must point out there has never been a request for either of these since we started renting the property and neither has there been either of these articles at the property. The caretaker / cleaner had I understand, been able to borrow these from other properties she looks after if available. At 20.20 he contacted me via text asking if I had heard from the caretaker as he was a bit concerned he had no stairgate for the night. I told him there was a bed barrier in the wardrobe that may be of use. He declined this option as he felt it could even cause a child to topple over it. He then became unhappy even though I was attempting to get hold of the caretaker for him, as I live 2-2.5 hours away. On the Saturday morning I emailed the local Wyndham's representative and asked if he could call at the caretaker’s home to check if she was ok. He duly did and discovered she had suffered an accident with her phone and that she was going to obtain a new one which she promptly did on Saturday. I must stress that the caretaker goes above and beyond her role as the cleaner and due to her local proximity to the property is able to get tradesmen to the property in the event of urgent work needing doing. I keep the property to a high standard and have just had a painter in the property for 3 days work to freshen up some of the rooms and a joiner has recently fitted a new cellar door. The boiler has just been replaced in the last week at great personal cost to ensure heating / hot water issues are eradicated. There were a total of 37 text messages between myself and these guests to attempt to placate them during their stay. Also numerous phone calls took place between myself and the caretaker and also the plumbers who have attended Bron Elan Cottage. As you can see from my other reviews, on the whole they are much more positive.

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