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Pen Y Braich

Llwydiarth, near Welshpool, Powys
Grade 2 Star rating

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms5
Bathrooms2
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Description

Traditional cottage with exposed beams, woodburner and a large garden. Beautiful countryside to discover from the doorstep.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Utility room. Piano room. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 single, each with beams.

Woodburner in living room (logs £2 per basket). Oil central heating and electricity included. No TV. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Natural unspoilt gardens. Private parking for 4 cars. Natural water supply from spring/well. No smoking. Please note: There is a small spring in the gardens.

Quietly situated in the heart of mid Wales, close to Lake Vyrnwy, Pen Y Braich is completely detached, with its own large garden area. Surrounded by exquisite countryside, the property has many traditional features, including exposed beams and a snug living room, with a woodburner, and a piano room for additional seating. This is a very pleasant area to tour and there is a wealth of opportunities to enjoy much sightseeing. Shop within a mile.

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Features

  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle


Customer Comments

  • 9

    17/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2019
    Pen y Braich is a great place to stay if you're really into the Great Outdoors. It sits atop a fairly steep hill and there's glorious views of the surrounding countryside. The cottage is fairly basic, but it has undergone a successive, series of improvements. There is now good all day long Wifi, a wood burner and a good solar heating system. There's also an impressive deck that's been added to the garden - it's excellent to sit out on. The cottage is very spacious and there's lots of room inside for people to chill out. There's large kitchen and a second sitting room. The gardens are also extensive with a pergola and new deck as mentioned, so larger groups or families would find it hard to get on each others nerves ... The location of Pen y Braich is however 100 Star. There are no near neighbours. The owner lives in Manchester and the locals are a fairly friendly and aimable lot. If you like being surrounded by green forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and hills, you'll love it here. It usually takes about 30 minutes to get to a larger town. If you want a resort with lots to do on the immediate door step, then this area wouldn't meet your needs. The cottage is but a 10 minute drive from the Snowdonia National Park. A favourite place of mine includes the Coed-y-Brenin, by Dolgellau. It's got a myriad of tracks and trails for ramblers, and mountain-bikers and an amazing set of waterfalls - the Rhaeadr Mawddach and the Pysytll Cain being key among them. Lake Vyrnwy is a hop, skip and a jump from the cottage. It's a massive reservoir that was built in the late 19th century. It supplies Liverpool with its water. A whole village was submerged to give rise to the lake that you see today. My mum actually went to the lake in the 50s with my grandparents and remembers seeing some of the remains of the village because the water levels were so low. Also it was a very popular attraction back in the day, and there were cars completely around the edge of the lake. Everyone decided on the day of my mum's outing to make their way to Lake Vyrnwy. Luckily today, it's somewhat quieter. It's busier at the dam end. But the lake never becomes too busy. There's always a quiet spot to amble along, or a part of the lake shore to sit by and just take in the fantastic, general vista. There's a cafe at the dam end and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for more in the way of restaurant dining. There's some good loop walks to be had at the side of the lake. One at the far end takes in a waterfall. There's also some trails that go high above the lake and allow people to take in the vast expanse of Lake Vyrnwy which is reputed to be over 4 miles long. If you want to reach busier towns, it will usually involve a drive of anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Pretty Dolgellau, which is overshadowed by the mighty Cader Idris, is among my favourites, along with the impressive Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury, Clun, Bishop' Castle, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and the very Welsh, Welshpool. I've trekked up the Cader a few year's ago. It's not for the faint-hearted. And the most popular route, the Pony Path, makes for quite a tough ascent. The Mawddach Trail, near Barmouth is totally on the flat for those that don't want any height at all. I would also recommend the Severn Trail which can be joined along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal. This easily be trekked along from Welshpool. The Wales Coastal Path can also be picked up along Cardigan Bay and there people can get some stunning views of the coastline. Castles worth visiting in the area of Castell y Bere, near the Cader Idris mountain, Powis Castle in Welshpool, Clun Castle, Montgomery Castle and Harlech Castle. Those into walking, should check out sketchmap online and print off some walks in the area. The Offa's Dyke trail runs along the Welsh Borders and I would personally recommend the trek up to Beacon Ring hillfort on Long Mountain, near Welshpool. The Shropshire Way that meanders around Clun and Bishop's Castle is also worth checking out. If you want to go further afield, the Dee Valley, Llantysilio and Llangollen are also worth the journey. They would take around an hour to reach from Pen y Braich. Visiting Valle Crucis Abbey is also worth it. A very nice trail can be taken from Llantysilio Green onto the Llangollen Canal (part of the Shropshire Union Canal network) all the way into Llangollen itself. Llangollen is the home of the annual, international eisteddfod. It's got a good shopping centre and quite a few cafes and restaurants.


  • 7

    05/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2019
    The holiday didn't get off to a good start as we had to clear sheep mess out of the gardens, to give you an idea of how much there was, it took three of us 1 hour to do. We have holidayed at this property before and had no problems, so maybe the gate had been left open recently or a fence had come down somewhere? It hasn't put us off and we are looking forward to returning later this year and will also be booking for next year. Once we got the garden sorted out we enjoyed the time we were able to spend out there, particularly with the new decking area which gives lovely views and is a great place to catch the last of the sunshine in the evenings. The property has a reasonably well equipped kitchen, however, there were only 6 decent size mugs - we managed to get hold of a couple more easily enough and we've left them there for future guests. Don't be put off by the fact that the property has no TV as you really don't miss it.


  • 5

    20/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2019
    Guests have no control over the central heating. The owner switches it on remotely. He lives in Manchester. It took me several hours and several phone calls to make contact with him to get it switched on. The cottage requires some TLC. No repairs, refurbishment, or renewal has been done for years and it shows. The grounds are extensive but overgrown. The cottage is located in a lovely area with lovely views and lots of walking from the door. It is remote and quiet with many different birds visiting the feeders in the garden.


  • 10

    25/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2019
    Home from home with added 'chill out' mode. Views you can't buy.


  • 9

    09/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2018
    Nice cottage, great for our team of 7 hairdressers. We had a lot of fun! Thank you This cottage does not get throughly clean so don’t expect the hygiene to be at high standards.


  • 10

    28/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 23/11/2018
    I've stayed many times before at Pen y Braich. It's in an excellent location to literally escape to the country. The cottage is in a quiet and secluded spot on a hill and is equidistant between the Welsh borders and Welsh pool and the Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay. If you're after some kind of holiday resort with lots of things to do on the door step, then this cottage would not be for you. There are no near neighbours so you will have the cottage and its immediate surrounds to yourself. It's a big and large house and has plenty of room for either family friends. The cottages offers a wonderfully quiet respite from all the stresses and strains of the modern world and it's fantastic for people who love to be immersed in the great outdoors. If you love rambling, mountain biking, bird-watching, running, cycling etc, then this would definitely be the perfect place for you. There's tonnes of walks in the surrounding area. It's an absolute walkers' paradise and the same could be said for fell runners too. There are a scattering of fairly vibrant small towns, all within around a 30 minute drive or so. Some may take up to an hour. Personal recommendations would include Welshpool, Clun, Bishop's Castle, Montgomery, Chirk, Dolgellau, Aberdyfi, Porthmadog, Portmeirion and the absolutely stunning Shrewsbury. Castles of note nearby include Powis Castle, Castell y Bere, Harlech Castle, Clun Castle and Montgomery Castle. Mountain bikers should head to the Coed-y-Brenin. There's also fantastic trails for walkers in there and lots of stunning waterfalls - Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pystyll Cain! A must on anyone's itinerary would be the Kerry Vale vineyard, near Churchstoke in Shropshire. It's opened within the last 8 years and is an English wine producing site. It has origins that date back to Roman times. There's also another English vineyard at Wroxeter, which still has impressive remains of a Roman settlement. Lake Vyrnwy is the nearest attraction, and is just a 10 minute drive away. There's a cafe and shop at the dam end of the lake and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel offers more in the way of fine dining and so on. There's also plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Dolgellau, Portmeirion and to a lesser extent in Bala and Welshpool. For a wide range of places to eat, people should head to Shrewsbury. There's also some charming tea rooms in Harlech and Aberdyfi.


  • 5

    01/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    Beautiful house in a beautiful area. Not much to do near by. Oven doesn’t work and couldn’t get hold of host for a long time, very apathetic when we finally managed to! Really spoilt it. Lots of flies in the house. Shower only for short people. Comfy beds. Amazing views.


  • 9

    17/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2019
    Pen y Braich is a great place to stay if you're really into the Great Outdoors. It sits atop a fairly steep hill and there's glorious views of the surrounding countryside. The cottage is fairly basic, but it has undergone a successive, series of improvements. There is now good all day long Wifi, a wood burner and a good solar heating system. There's also an impressive deck that's been added to the garden - it's excellent to sit out on. The cottage is very spacious and there's lots of room inside for people to chill out. There's large kitchen and a second sitting room. The gardens are also extensive with a pergola and new deck as mentioned, so larger groups or families would find it hard to get on each others nerves ... The location of Pen y Braich is however 100 Star. There are no near neighbours. The owner lives in Manchester and the locals are a fairly friendly and aimable lot. If you like being surrounded by green forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and hills, you'll love it here. It usually takes about 30 minutes to get to a larger town. If you want a resort with lots to do on the immediate door step, then this area wouldn't meet your needs. The cottage is but a 10 minute drive from the Snowdonia National Park. A favourite place of mine includes the Coed-y-Brenin, by Dolgellau. It's got a myriad of tracks and trails for ramblers, and mountain-bikers and an amazing set of waterfalls - the Rhaeadr Mawddach and the Pysytll Cain being key among them. Lake Vyrnwy is a hop, skip and a jump from the cottage. It's a massive reservoir that was built in the late 19th century. It supplies Liverpool with its water. A whole village was submerged to give rise to the lake that you see today. My mum actually went to the lake in the 50s with my grandparents and remembers seeing some of the remains of the village because the water levels were so low. Also it was a very popular attraction back in the day, and there were cars completely around the edge of the lake. Everyone decided on the day of my mum's outing to make their way to Lake Vyrnwy. Luckily today, it's somewhat quieter. It's busier at the dam end. But the lake never becomes too busy. There's always a quiet spot to amble along, or a part of the lake shore to sit by and just take in the fantastic, general vista. There's a cafe at the dam end and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for more in the way of restaurant dining. There's some good loop walks to be had at the side of the lake. One at the far end takes in a waterfall. There's also some trails that go high above the lake and allow people to take in the vast expanse of Lake Vyrnwy which is reputed to be over 4 miles long. If you want to reach busier towns, it will usually involve a drive of anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Pretty Dolgellau, which is overshadowed by the mighty Cader Idris, is among my favourites, along with the impressive Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury, Clun, Bishop' Castle, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and the very Welsh, Welshpool. I've trekked up the Cader a few year's ago. It's not for the faint-hearted. And the most popular route, the Pony Path, makes for quite a tough ascent. The Mawddach Trail, near Barmouth is totally on the flat for those that don't want any height at all. I would also recommend the Severn Trail which can be joined along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal. This easily be trekked along from Welshpool. The Wales Coastal Path can also be picked up along Cardigan Bay and there people can get some stunning views of the coastline. Castles worth visiting in the area of Castell y Bere, near the Cader Idris mountain, Powis Castle in Welshpool, Clun Castle, Montgomery Castle and Harlech Castle. Those into walking, should check out sketchmap online and print off some walks in the area. The Offa's Dyke trail runs along the Welsh Borders and I would personally recommend the trek up to Beacon Ring hillfort on Long Mountain, near Welshpool. The Shropshire Way that meanders around Clun and Bishop's Castle is also worth checking out. If you want to go further afield, the Dee Valley, Llantysilio and Llangollen are also worth the journey. They would take around an hour to reach from Pen y Braich. Visiting Valle Crucis Abbey is also worth it. A very nice trail can be taken from Llantysilio Green onto the Llangollen Canal (part of the Shropshire Union Canal network) all the way into Llangollen itself. Llangollen is the home of the annual, international eisteddfod. It's got a good shopping centre and quite a few cafes and restaurants.


  • 7

    05/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2019
    The holiday didn't get off to a good start as we had to clear sheep mess out of the gardens, to give you an idea of how much there was, it took three of us 1 hour to do. We have holidayed at this property before and had no problems, so maybe the gate had been left open recently or a fence had come down somewhere? It hasn't put us off and we are looking forward to returning later this year and will also be booking for next year. Once we got the garden sorted out we enjoyed the time we were able to spend out there, particularly with the new decking area which gives lovely views and is a great place to catch the last of the sunshine in the evenings. The property has a reasonably well equipped kitchen, however, there were only 6 decent size mugs - we managed to get hold of a couple more easily enough and we've left them there for future guests. Don't be put off by the fact that the property has no TV as you really don't miss it.


  • 5

    20/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2019
    Guests have no control over the central heating. The owner switches it on remotely. He lives in Manchester. It took me several hours and several phone calls to make contact with him to get it switched on. The cottage requires some TLC. No repairs, refurbishment, or renewal has been done for years and it shows. The grounds are extensive but overgrown. The cottage is located in a lovely area with lovely views and lots of walking from the door. It is remote and quiet with many different birds visiting the feeders in the garden.


  • 10

    25/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2019
    Home from home with added 'chill out' mode. Views you can't buy.


  • 9

    09/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2018
    Nice cottage, great for our team of 7 hairdressers. We had a lot of fun! Thank you This cottage does not get throughly clean so don’t expect the hygiene to be at high standards.


  • 10

    28/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 23/11/2018
    I've stayed many times before at Pen y Braich. It's in an excellent location to literally escape to the country. The cottage is in a quiet and secluded spot on a hill and is equidistant between the Welsh borders and Welsh pool and the Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay. If you're after some kind of holiday resort with lots of things to do on the door step, then this cottage would not be for you. There are no near neighbours so you will have the cottage and its immediate surrounds to yourself. It's a big and large house and has plenty of room for either family friends. The cottages offers a wonderfully quiet respite from all the stresses and strains of the modern world and it's fantastic for people who love to be immersed in the great outdoors. If you love rambling, mountain biking, bird-watching, running, cycling etc, then this would definitely be the perfect place for you. There's tonnes of walks in the surrounding area. It's an absolute walkers' paradise and the same could be said for fell runners too. There are a scattering of fairly vibrant small towns, all within around a 30 minute drive or so. Some may take up to an hour. Personal recommendations would include Welshpool, Clun, Bishop's Castle, Montgomery, Chirk, Dolgellau, Aberdyfi, Porthmadog, Portmeirion and the absolutely stunning Shrewsbury. Castles of note nearby include Powis Castle, Castell y Bere, Harlech Castle, Clun Castle and Montgomery Castle. Mountain bikers should head to the Coed-y-Brenin. There's also fantastic trails for walkers in there and lots of stunning waterfalls - Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pystyll Cain! A must on anyone's itinerary would be the Kerry Vale vineyard, near Churchstoke in Shropshire. It's opened within the last 8 years and is an English wine producing site. It has origins that date back to Roman times. There's also another English vineyard at Wroxeter, which still has impressive remains of a Roman settlement. Lake Vyrnwy is the nearest attraction, and is just a 10 minute drive away. There's a cafe and shop at the dam end of the lake and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel offers more in the way of fine dining and so on. There's also plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Dolgellau, Portmeirion and to a lesser extent in Bala and Welshpool. For a wide range of places to eat, people should head to Shrewsbury. There's also some charming tea rooms in Harlech and Aberdyfi.


  • 5

    01/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    Beautiful house in a beautiful area. Not much to do near by. Oven doesn’t work and couldn’t get hold of host for a long time, very apathetic when we finally managed to! Really spoilt it. Lots of flies in the house. Shower only for short people. Comfy beds. Amazing views.


  • 9

    17/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2019
    Pen y Braich is a great place to stay if you're really into the Great Outdoors. It sits atop a fairly steep hill and there's glorious views of the surrounding countryside. The cottage is fairly basic, but it has undergone a successive, series of improvements. There is now good all day long Wifi, a wood burner and a good solar heating system. There's also an impressive deck that's been added to the garden - it's excellent to sit out on. The cottage is very spacious and there's lots of room inside for people to chill out. There's large kitchen and a second sitting room. The gardens are also extensive with a pergola and new deck as mentioned, so larger groups or families would find it hard to get on each others nerves ... The location of Pen y Braich is however 100 Star. There are no near neighbours. The owner lives in Manchester and the locals are a fairly friendly and aimable lot. If you like being surrounded by green forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and hills, you'll love it here. It usually takes about 30 minutes to get to a larger town. If you want a resort with lots to do on the immediate door step, then this area wouldn't meet your needs. The cottage is but a 10 minute drive from the Snowdonia National Park. A favourite place of mine includes the Coed-y-Brenin, by Dolgellau. It's got a myriad of tracks and trails for ramblers, and mountain-bikers and an amazing set of waterfalls - the Rhaeadr Mawddach and the Pysytll Cain being key among them. Lake Vyrnwy is a hop, skip and a jump from the cottage. It's a massive reservoir that was built in the late 19th century. It supplies Liverpool with its water. A whole village was submerged to give rise to the lake that you see today. My mum actually went to the lake in the 50s with my grandparents and remembers seeing some of the remains of the village because the water levels were so low. Also it was a very popular attraction back in the day, and there were cars completely around the edge of the lake. Everyone decided on the day of my mum's outing to make their way to Lake Vyrnwy. Luckily today, it's somewhat quieter. It's busier at the dam end. But the lake never becomes too busy. There's always a quiet spot to amble along, or a part of the lake shore to sit by and just take in the fantastic, general vista. There's a cafe at the dam end and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for more in the way of restaurant dining. There's some good loop walks to be had at the side of the lake. One at the far end takes in a waterfall. There's also some trails that go high above the lake and allow people to take in the vast expanse of Lake Vyrnwy which is reputed to be over 4 miles long. If you want to reach busier towns, it will usually involve a drive of anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Pretty Dolgellau, which is overshadowed by the mighty Cader Idris, is among my favourites, along with the impressive Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury, Clun, Bishop' Castle, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and the very Welsh, Welshpool. I've trekked up the Cader a few year's ago. It's not for the faint-hearted. And the most popular route, the Pony Path, makes for quite a tough ascent. The Mawddach Trail, near Barmouth is totally on the flat for those that don't want any height at all. I would also recommend the Severn Trail which can be joined along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal. This easily be trekked along from Welshpool. The Wales Coastal Path can also be picked up along Cardigan Bay and there people can get some stunning views of the coastline. Castles worth visiting in the area of Castell y Bere, near the Cader Idris mountain, Powis Castle in Welshpool, Clun Castle, Montgomery Castle and Harlech Castle. Those into walking, should check out sketchmap online and print off some walks in the area. The Offa's Dyke trail runs along the Welsh Borders and I would personally recommend the trek up to Beacon Ring hillfort on Long Mountain, near Welshpool. The Shropshire Way that meanders around Clun and Bishop's Castle is also worth checking out. If you want to go further afield, the Dee Valley, Llantysilio and Llangollen are also worth the journey. They would take around an hour to reach from Pen y Braich. Visiting Valle Crucis Abbey is also worth it. A very nice trail can be taken from Llantysilio Green onto the Llangollen Canal (part of the Shropshire Union Canal network) all the way into Llangollen itself. Llangollen is the home of the annual, international eisteddfod. It's got a good shopping centre and quite a few cafes and restaurants.


  • 7

    05/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2019
    The holiday didn't get off to a good start as we had to clear sheep mess out of the gardens, to give you an idea of how much there was, it took three of us 1 hour to do. We have holidayed at this property before and had no problems, so maybe the gate had been left open recently or a fence had come down somewhere? It hasn't put us off and we are looking forward to returning later this year and will also be booking for next year. Once we got the garden sorted out we enjoyed the time we were able to spend out there, particularly with the new decking area which gives lovely views and is a great place to catch the last of the sunshine in the evenings. The property has a reasonably well equipped kitchen, however, there were only 6 decent size mugs - we managed to get hold of a couple more easily enough and we've left them there for future guests. Don't be put off by the fact that the property has no TV as you really don't miss it.


  • 5

    20/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2019
    Guests have no control over the central heating. The owner switches it on remotely. He lives in Manchester. It took me several hours and several phone calls to make contact with him to get it switched on. The cottage requires some TLC. No repairs, refurbishment, or renewal has been done for years and it shows. The grounds are extensive but overgrown. The cottage is located in a lovely area with lovely views and lots of walking from the door. It is remote and quiet with many different birds visiting the feeders in the garden.


  • 10

    25/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2019
    Home from home with added 'chill out' mode. Views you can't buy.


  • 9

    09/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2018
    Nice cottage, great for our team of 7 hairdressers. We had a lot of fun! Thank you This cottage does not get throughly clean so don’t expect the hygiene to be at high standards.


  • 10

    28/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 23/11/2018
    I've stayed many times before at Pen y Braich. It's in an excellent location to literally escape to the country. The cottage is in a quiet and secluded spot on a hill and is equidistant between the Welsh borders and Welsh pool and the Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay. If you're after some kind of holiday resort with lots of things to do on the door step, then this cottage would not be for you. There are no near neighbours so you will have the cottage and its immediate surrounds to yourself. It's a big and large house and has plenty of room for either family friends. The cottages offers a wonderfully quiet respite from all the stresses and strains of the modern world and it's fantastic for people who love to be immersed in the great outdoors. If you love rambling, mountain biking, bird-watching, running, cycling etc, then this would definitely be the perfect place for you. There's tonnes of walks in the surrounding area. It's an absolute walkers' paradise and the same could be said for fell runners too. There are a scattering of fairly vibrant small towns, all within around a 30 minute drive or so. Some may take up to an hour. Personal recommendations would include Welshpool, Clun, Bishop's Castle, Montgomery, Chirk, Dolgellau, Aberdyfi, Porthmadog, Portmeirion and the absolutely stunning Shrewsbury. Castles of note nearby include Powis Castle, Castell y Bere, Harlech Castle, Clun Castle and Montgomery Castle. Mountain bikers should head to the Coed-y-Brenin. There's also fantastic trails for walkers in there and lots of stunning waterfalls - Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pystyll Cain! A must on anyone's itinerary would be the Kerry Vale vineyard, near Churchstoke in Shropshire. It's opened within the last 8 years and is an English wine producing site. It has origins that date back to Roman times. There's also another English vineyard at Wroxeter, which still has impressive remains of a Roman settlement. Lake Vyrnwy is the nearest attraction, and is just a 10 minute drive away. There's a cafe and shop at the dam end of the lake and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel offers more in the way of fine dining and so on. There's also plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Dolgellau, Portmeirion and to a lesser extent in Bala and Welshpool. For a wide range of places to eat, people should head to Shrewsbury. There's also some charming tea rooms in Harlech and Aberdyfi.


  • 5

    01/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    Beautiful house in a beautiful area. Not much to do near by. Oven doesn’t work and couldn’t get hold of host for a long time, very apathetic when we finally managed to! Really spoilt it. Lots of flies in the house. Shower only for short people. Comfy beds. Amazing views.


  • 9

    17/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2019
    Pen y Braich is a great place to stay if you're really into the Great Outdoors. It sits atop a fairly steep hill and there's glorious views of the surrounding countryside. The cottage is fairly basic, but it has undergone a successive, series of improvements. There is now good all day long Wifi, a wood burner and a good solar heating system. There's also an impressive deck that's been added to the garden - it's excellent to sit out on. The cottage is very spacious and there's lots of room inside for people to chill out. There's large kitchen and a second sitting room. The gardens are also extensive with a pergola and new deck as mentioned, so larger groups or families would find it hard to get on each others nerves ... The location of Pen y Braich is however 100 Star. There are no near neighbours. The owner lives in Manchester and the locals are a fairly friendly and aimable lot. If you like being surrounded by green forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and hills, you'll love it here. It usually takes about 30 minutes to get to a larger town. If you want a resort with lots to do on the immediate door step, then this area wouldn't meet your needs. The cottage is but a 10 minute drive from the Snowdonia National Park. A favourite place of mine includes the Coed-y-Brenin, by Dolgellau. It's got a myriad of tracks and trails for ramblers, and mountain-bikers and an amazing set of waterfalls - the Rhaeadr Mawddach and the Pysytll Cain being key among them. Lake Vyrnwy is a hop, skip and a jump from the cottage. It's a massive reservoir that was built in the late 19th century. It supplies Liverpool with its water. A whole village was submerged to give rise to the lake that you see today. My mum actually went to the lake in the 50s with my grandparents and remembers seeing some of the remains of the village because the water levels were so low. Also it was a very popular attraction back in the day, and there were cars completely around the edge of the lake. Everyone decided on the day of my mum's outing to make their way to Lake Vyrnwy. Luckily today, it's somewhat quieter. It's busier at the dam end. But the lake never becomes too busy. There's always a quiet spot to amble along, or a part of the lake shore to sit by and just take in the fantastic, general vista. There's a cafe at the dam end and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for more in the way of restaurant dining. There's some good loop walks to be had at the side of the lake. One at the far end takes in a waterfall. There's also some trails that go high above the lake and allow people to take in the vast expanse of Lake Vyrnwy which is reputed to be over 4 miles long. If you want to reach busier towns, it will usually involve a drive of anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Pretty Dolgellau, which is overshadowed by the mighty Cader Idris, is among my favourites, along with the impressive Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury, Clun, Bishop' Castle, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and the very Welsh, Welshpool. I've trekked up the Cader a few year's ago. It's not for the faint-hearted. And the most popular route, the Pony Path, makes for quite a tough ascent. The Mawddach Trail, near Barmouth is totally on the flat for those that don't want any height at all. I would also recommend the Severn Trail which can be joined along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal. This easily be trekked along from Welshpool. The Wales Coastal Path can also be picked up along Cardigan Bay and there people can get some stunning views of the coastline. Castles worth visiting in the area of Castell y Bere, near the Cader Idris mountain, Powis Castle in Welshpool, Clun Castle, Montgomery Castle and Harlech Castle. Those into walking, should check out sketchmap online and print off some walks in the area. The Offa's Dyke trail runs along the Welsh Borders and I would personally recommend the trek up to Beacon Ring hillfort on Long Mountain, near Welshpool. The Shropshire Way that meanders around Clun and Bishop's Castle is also worth checking out. If you want to go further afield, the Dee Valley, Llantysilio and Llangollen are also worth the journey. They would take around an hour to reach from Pen y Braich. Visiting Valle Crucis Abbey is also worth it. A very nice trail can be taken from Llantysilio Green onto the Llangollen Canal (part of the Shropshire Union Canal network) all the way into Llangollen itself. Llangollen is the home of the annual, international eisteddfod. It's got a good shopping centre and quite a few cafes and restaurants.


  • 7

    05/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2019
    The holiday didn't get off to a good start as we had to clear sheep mess out of the gardens, to give you an idea of how much there was, it took three of us 1 hour to do. We have holidayed at this property before and had no problems, so maybe the gate had been left open recently or a fence had come down somewhere? It hasn't put us off and we are looking forward to returning later this year and will also be booking for next year. Once we got the garden sorted out we enjoyed the time we were able to spend out there, particularly with the new decking area which gives lovely views and is a great place to catch the last of the sunshine in the evenings. The property has a reasonably well equipped kitchen, however, there were only 6 decent size mugs - we managed to get hold of a couple more easily enough and we've left them there for future guests. Don't be put off by the fact that the property has no TV as you really don't miss it.


  • 5

    20/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2019
    Guests have no control over the central heating. The owner switches it on remotely. He lives in Manchester. It took me several hours and several phone calls to make contact with him to get it switched on. The cottage requires some TLC. No repairs, refurbishment, or renewal has been done for years and it shows. The grounds are extensive but overgrown. The cottage is located in a lovely area with lovely views and lots of walking from the door. It is remote and quiet with many different birds visiting the feeders in the garden.


  • 10

    25/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2019
    Home from home with added 'chill out' mode. Views you can't buy.


  • 9

    09/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2018
    Nice cottage, great for our team of 7 hairdressers. We had a lot of fun! Thank you This cottage does not get throughly clean so don’t expect the hygiene to be at high standards.


  • 10

    28/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 23/11/2018
    I've stayed many times before at Pen y Braich. It's in an excellent location to literally escape to the country. The cottage is in a quiet and secluded spot on a hill and is equidistant between the Welsh borders and Welsh pool and the Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay. If you're after some kind of holiday resort with lots of things to do on the door step, then this cottage would not be for you. There are no near neighbours so you will have the cottage and its immediate surrounds to yourself. It's a big and large house and has plenty of room for either family friends. The cottages offers a wonderfully quiet respite from all the stresses and strains of the modern world and it's fantastic for people who love to be immersed in the great outdoors. If you love rambling, mountain biking, bird-watching, running, cycling etc, then this would definitely be the perfect place for you. There's tonnes of walks in the surrounding area. It's an absolute walkers' paradise and the same could be said for fell runners too. There are a scattering of fairly vibrant small towns, all within around a 30 minute drive or so. Some may take up to an hour. Personal recommendations would include Welshpool, Clun, Bishop's Castle, Montgomery, Chirk, Dolgellau, Aberdyfi, Porthmadog, Portmeirion and the absolutely stunning Shrewsbury. Castles of note nearby include Powis Castle, Castell y Bere, Harlech Castle, Clun Castle and Montgomery Castle. Mountain bikers should head to the Coed-y-Brenin. There's also fantastic trails for walkers in there and lots of stunning waterfalls - Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pystyll Cain! A must on anyone's itinerary would be the Kerry Vale vineyard, near Churchstoke in Shropshire. It's opened within the last 8 years and is an English wine producing site. It has origins that date back to Roman times. There's also another English vineyard at Wroxeter, which still has impressive remains of a Roman settlement. Lake Vyrnwy is the nearest attraction, and is just a 10 minute drive away. There's a cafe and shop at the dam end of the lake and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel offers more in the way of fine dining and so on. There's also plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Dolgellau, Portmeirion and to a lesser extent in Bala and Welshpool. For a wide range of places to eat, people should head to Shrewsbury. There's also some charming tea rooms in Harlech and Aberdyfi.


  • 5

    01/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    Beautiful house in a beautiful area. Not much to do near by. Oven doesn’t work and couldn’t get hold of host for a long time, very apathetic when we finally managed to! Really spoilt it. Lots of flies in the house. Shower only for short people. Comfy beds. Amazing views.


  • 9

    17/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2019
    Pen y Braich is a great place to stay if you're really into the Great Outdoors. It sits atop a fairly steep hill and there's glorious views of the surrounding countryside. The cottage is fairly basic, but it has undergone a successive, series of improvements. There is now good all day long Wifi, a wood burner and a good solar heating system. There's also an impressive deck that's been added to the garden - it's excellent to sit out on. The cottage is very spacious and there's lots of room inside for people to chill out. There's large kitchen and a second sitting room. The gardens are also extensive with a pergola and new deck as mentioned, so larger groups or families would find it hard to get on each others nerves ... The location of Pen y Braich is however 100 Star. There are no near neighbours. The owner lives in Manchester and the locals are a fairly friendly and aimable lot. If you like being surrounded by green forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and hills, you'll love it here. It usually takes about 30 minutes to get to a larger town. If you want a resort with lots to do on the immediate door step, then this area wouldn't meet your needs. The cottage is but a 10 minute drive from the Snowdonia National Park. A favourite place of mine includes the Coed-y-Brenin, by Dolgellau. It's got a myriad of tracks and trails for ramblers, and mountain-bikers and an amazing set of waterfalls - the Rhaeadr Mawddach and the Pysytll Cain being key among them. Lake Vyrnwy is a hop, skip and a jump from the cottage. It's a massive reservoir that was built in the late 19th century. It supplies Liverpool with its water. A whole village was submerged to give rise to the lake that you see today. My mum actually went to the lake in the 50s with my grandparents and remembers seeing some of the remains of the village because the water levels were so low. Also it was a very popular attraction back in the day, and there were cars completely around the edge of the lake. Everyone decided on the day of my mum's outing to make their way to Lake Vyrnwy. Luckily today, it's somewhat quieter. It's busier at the dam end. But the lake never becomes too busy. There's always a quiet spot to amble along, or a part of the lake shore to sit by and just take in the fantastic, general vista. There's a cafe at the dam end and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for more in the way of restaurant dining. There's some good loop walks to be had at the side of the lake. One at the far end takes in a waterfall. There's also some trails that go high above the lake and allow people to take in the vast expanse of Lake Vyrnwy which is reputed to be over 4 miles long. If you want to reach busier towns, it will usually involve a drive of anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Pretty Dolgellau, which is overshadowed by the mighty Cader Idris, is among my favourites, along with the impressive Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury, Clun, Bishop' Castle, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and the very Welsh, Welshpool. I've trekked up the Cader a few year's ago. It's not for the faint-hearted. And the most popular route, the Pony Path, makes for quite a tough ascent. The Mawddach Trail, near Barmouth is totally on the flat for those that don't want any height at all. I would also recommend the Severn Trail which can be joined along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal. This easily be trekked along from Welshpool. The Wales Coastal Path can also be picked up along Cardigan Bay and there people can get some stunning views of the coastline. Castles worth visiting in the area of Castell y Bere, near the Cader Idris mountain, Powis Castle in Welshpool, Clun Castle, Montgomery Castle and Harlech Castle. Those into walking, should check out sketchmap online and print off some walks in the area. The Offa's Dyke trail runs along the Welsh Borders and I would personally recommend the trek up to Beacon Ring hillfort on Long Mountain, near Welshpool. The Shropshire Way that meanders around Clun and Bishop's Castle is also worth checking out. If you want to go further afield, the Dee Valley, Llantysilio and Llangollen are also worth the journey. They would take around an hour to reach from Pen y Braich. Visiting Valle Crucis Abbey is also worth it. A very nice trail can be taken from Llantysilio Green onto the Llangollen Canal (part of the Shropshire Union Canal network) all the way into Llangollen itself. Llangollen is the home of the annual, international eisteddfod. It's got a good shopping centre and quite a few cafes and restaurants.


  • 7

    05/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2019
    The holiday didn't get off to a good start as we had to clear sheep mess out of the gardens, to give you an idea of how much there was, it took three of us 1 hour to do. We have holidayed at this property before and had no problems, so maybe the gate had been left open recently or a fence had come down somewhere? It hasn't put us off and we are looking forward to returning later this year and will also be booking for next year. Once we got the garden sorted out we enjoyed the time we were able to spend out there, particularly with the new decking area which gives lovely views and is a great place to catch the last of the sunshine in the evenings. The property has a reasonably well equipped kitchen, however, there were only 6 decent size mugs - we managed to get hold of a couple more easily enough and we've left them there for future guests. Don't be put off by the fact that the property has no TV as you really don't miss it.


  • 5

    20/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2019
    Guests have no control over the central heating. The owner switches it on remotely. He lives in Manchester. It took me several hours and several phone calls to make contact with him to get it switched on. The cottage requires some TLC. No repairs, refurbishment, or renewal has been done for years and it shows. The grounds are extensive but overgrown. The cottage is located in a lovely area with lovely views and lots of walking from the door. It is remote and quiet with many different birds visiting the feeders in the garden.


  • 10

    25/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2019
    Home from home with added 'chill out' mode. Views you can't buy.


  • 9

    09/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2018
    Nice cottage, great for our team of 7 hairdressers. We had a lot of fun! Thank you This cottage does not get throughly clean so don’t expect the hygiene to be at high standards.


  • 10

    28/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 23/11/2018
    I've stayed many times before at Pen y Braich. It's in an excellent location to literally escape to the country. The cottage is in a quiet and secluded spot on a hill and is equidistant between the Welsh borders and Welsh pool and the Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay. If you're after some kind of holiday resort with lots of things to do on the door step, then this cottage would not be for you. There are no near neighbours so you will have the cottage and its immediate surrounds to yourself. It's a big and large house and has plenty of room for either family friends. The cottages offers a wonderfully quiet respite from all the stresses and strains of the modern world and it's fantastic for people who love to be immersed in the great outdoors. If you love rambling, mountain biking, bird-watching, running, cycling etc, then this would definitely be the perfect place for you. There's tonnes of walks in the surrounding area. It's an absolute walkers' paradise and the same could be said for fell runners too. There are a scattering of fairly vibrant small towns, all within around a 30 minute drive or so. Some may take up to an hour. Personal recommendations would include Welshpool, Clun, Bishop's Castle, Montgomery, Chirk, Dolgellau, Aberdyfi, Porthmadog, Portmeirion and the absolutely stunning Shrewsbury. Castles of note nearby include Powis Castle, Castell y Bere, Harlech Castle, Clun Castle and Montgomery Castle. Mountain bikers should head to the Coed-y-Brenin. There's also fantastic trails for walkers in there and lots of stunning waterfalls - Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pystyll Cain! A must on anyone's itinerary would be the Kerry Vale vineyard, near Churchstoke in Shropshire. It's opened within the last 8 years and is an English wine producing site. It has origins that date back to Roman times. There's also another English vineyard at Wroxeter, which still has impressive remains of a Roman settlement. Lake Vyrnwy is the nearest attraction, and is just a 10 minute drive away. There's a cafe and shop at the dam end of the lake and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel offers more in the way of fine dining and so on. There's also plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Dolgellau, Portmeirion and to a lesser extent in Bala and Welshpool. For a wide range of places to eat, people should head to Shrewsbury. There's also some charming tea rooms in Harlech and Aberdyfi.


  • 5

    01/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    Beautiful house in a beautiful area. Not much to do near by. Oven doesn’t work and couldn’t get hold of host for a long time, very apathetic when we finally managed to! Really spoilt it. Lots of flies in the house. Shower only for short people. Comfy beds. Amazing views.


  • 9

    17/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2019
    Pen y Braich is a great place to stay if you're really into the Great Outdoors. It sits atop a fairly steep hill and there's glorious views of the surrounding countryside. The cottage is fairly basic, but it has undergone a successive, series of improvements. There is now good all day long Wifi, a wood burner and a good solar heating system. There's also an impressive deck that's been added to the garden - it's excellent to sit out on. The cottage is very spacious and there's lots of room inside for people to chill out. There's large kitchen and a second sitting room. The gardens are also extensive with a pergola and new deck as mentioned, so larger groups or families would find it hard to get on each others nerves ... The location of Pen y Braich is however 100 Star. There are no near neighbours. The owner lives in Manchester and the locals are a fairly friendly and aimable lot. If you like being surrounded by green forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and hills, you'll love it here. It usually takes about 30 minutes to get to a larger town. If you want a resort with lots to do on the immediate door step, then this area wouldn't meet your needs. The cottage is but a 10 minute drive from the Snowdonia National Park. A favourite place of mine includes the Coed-y-Brenin, by Dolgellau. It's got a myriad of tracks and trails for ramblers, and mountain-bikers and an amazing set of waterfalls - the Rhaeadr Mawddach and the Pysytll Cain being key among them. Lake Vyrnwy is a hop, skip and a jump from the cottage. It's a massive reservoir that was built in the late 19th century. It supplies Liverpool with its water. A whole village was submerged to give rise to the lake that you see today. My mum actually went to the lake in the 50s with my grandparents and remembers seeing some of the remains of the village because the water levels were so low. Also it was a very popular attraction back in the day, and there were cars completely around the edge of the lake. Everyone decided on the day of my mum's outing to make their way to Lake Vyrnwy. Luckily today, it's somewhat quieter. It's busier at the dam end. But the lake never becomes too busy. There's always a quiet spot to amble along, or a part of the lake shore to sit by and just take in the fantastic, general vista. There's a cafe at the dam end and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for more in the way of restaurant dining. There's some good loop walks to be had at the side of the lake. One at the far end takes in a waterfall. There's also some trails that go high above the lake and allow people to take in the vast expanse of Lake Vyrnwy which is reputed to be over 4 miles long. If you want to reach busier towns, it will usually involve a drive of anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Pretty Dolgellau, which is overshadowed by the mighty Cader Idris, is among my favourites, along with the impressive Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury, Clun, Bishop' Castle, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and the very Welsh, Welshpool. I've trekked up the Cader a few year's ago. It's not for the faint-hearted. And the most popular route, the Pony Path, makes for quite a tough ascent. The Mawddach Trail, near Barmouth is totally on the flat for those that don't want any height at all. I would also recommend the Severn Trail which can be joined along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal. This easily be trekked along from Welshpool. The Wales Coastal Path can also be picked up along Cardigan Bay and there people can get some stunning views of the coastline. Castles worth visiting in the area of Castell y Bere, near the Cader Idris mountain, Powis Castle in Welshpool, Clun Castle, Montgomery Castle and Harlech Castle. Those into walking, should check out sketchmap online and print off some walks in the area. The Offa's Dyke trail runs along the Welsh Borders and I would personally recommend the trek up to Beacon Ring hillfort on Long Mountain, near Welshpool. The Shropshire Way that meanders around Clun and Bishop's Castle is also worth checking out. If you want to go further afield, the Dee Valley, Llantysilio and Llangollen are also worth the journey. They would take around an hour to reach from Pen y Braich. Visiting Valle Crucis Abbey is also worth it. A very nice trail can be taken from Llantysilio Green onto the Llangollen Canal (part of the Shropshire Union Canal network) all the way into Llangollen itself. Llangollen is the home of the annual, international eisteddfod. It's got a good shopping centre and quite a few cafes and restaurants.


  • 7

    05/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2019
    The holiday didn't get off to a good start as we had to clear sheep mess out of the gardens, to give you an idea of how much there was, it took three of us 1 hour to do. We have holidayed at this property before and had no problems, so maybe the gate had been left open recently or a fence had come down somewhere? It hasn't put us off and we are looking forward to returning later this year and will also be booking for next year. Once we got the garden sorted out we enjoyed the time we were able to spend out there, particularly with the new decking area which gives lovely views and is a great place to catch the last of the sunshine in the evenings. The property has a reasonably well equipped kitchen, however, there were only 6 decent size mugs - we managed to get hold of a couple more easily enough and we've left them there for future guests. Don't be put off by the fact that the property has no TV as you really don't miss it.


  • 5

    20/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2019
    Guests have no control over the central heating. The owner switches it on remotely. He lives in Manchester. It took me several hours and several phone calls to make contact with him to get it switched on. The cottage requires some TLC. No repairs, refurbishment, or renewal has been done for years and it shows. The grounds are extensive but overgrown. The cottage is located in a lovely area with lovely views and lots of walking from the door. It is remote and quiet with many different birds visiting the feeders in the garden.


  • 10

    25/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2019
    Home from home with added 'chill out' mode. Views you can't buy.


  • 9

    09/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2018
    Nice cottage, great for our team of 7 hairdressers. We had a lot of fun! Thank you This cottage does not get throughly clean so don’t expect the hygiene to be at high standards.


  • 10

    28/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 23/11/2018
    I've stayed many times before at Pen y Braich. It's in an excellent location to literally escape to the country. The cottage is in a quiet and secluded spot on a hill and is equidistant between the Welsh borders and Welsh pool and the Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay. If you're after some kind of holiday resort with lots of things to do on the door step, then this cottage would not be for you. There are no near neighbours so you will have the cottage and its immediate surrounds to yourself. It's a big and large house and has plenty of room for either family friends. The cottages offers a wonderfully quiet respite from all the stresses and strains of the modern world and it's fantastic for people who love to be immersed in the great outdoors. If you love rambling, mountain biking, bird-watching, running, cycling etc, then this would definitely be the perfect place for you. There's tonnes of walks in the surrounding area. It's an absolute walkers' paradise and the same could be said for fell runners too. There are a scattering of fairly vibrant small towns, all within around a 30 minute drive or so. Some may take up to an hour. Personal recommendations would include Welshpool, Clun, Bishop's Castle, Montgomery, Chirk, Dolgellau, Aberdyfi, Porthmadog, Portmeirion and the absolutely stunning Shrewsbury. Castles of note nearby include Powis Castle, Castell y Bere, Harlech Castle, Clun Castle and Montgomery Castle. Mountain bikers should head to the Coed-y-Brenin. There's also fantastic trails for walkers in there and lots of stunning waterfalls - Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pystyll Cain! A must on anyone's itinerary would be the Kerry Vale vineyard, near Churchstoke in Shropshire. It's opened within the last 8 years and is an English wine producing site. It has origins that date back to Roman times. There's also another English vineyard at Wroxeter, which still has impressive remains of a Roman settlement. Lake Vyrnwy is the nearest attraction, and is just a 10 minute drive away. There's a cafe and shop at the dam end of the lake and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel offers more in the way of fine dining and so on. There's also plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Dolgellau, Portmeirion and to a lesser extent in Bala and Welshpool. For a wide range of places to eat, people should head to Shrewsbury. There's also some charming tea rooms in Harlech and Aberdyfi.


  • 5

    01/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    Beautiful house in a beautiful area. Not much to do near by. Oven doesn’t work and couldn’t get hold of host for a long time, very apathetic when we finally managed to! Really spoilt it. Lots of flies in the house. Shower only for short people. Comfy beds. Amazing views.


  • 9

    17/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2019
    Pen y Braich is a great place to stay if you're really into the Great Outdoors. It sits atop a fairly steep hill and there's glorious views of the surrounding countryside. The cottage is fairly basic, but it has undergone a successive, series of improvements. There is now good all day long Wifi, a wood burner and a good solar heating system. There's also an impressive deck that's been added to the garden - it's excellent to sit out on. The cottage is very spacious and there's lots of room inside for people to chill out. There's large kitchen and a second sitting room. The gardens are also extensive with a pergola and new deck as mentioned, so larger groups or families would find it hard to get on each others nerves ... The location of Pen y Braich is however 100 Star. There are no near neighbours. The owner lives in Manchester and the locals are a fairly friendly and aimable lot. If you like being surrounded by green forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and hills, you'll love it here. It usually takes about 30 minutes to get to a larger town. If you want a resort with lots to do on the immediate door step, then this area wouldn't meet your needs. The cottage is but a 10 minute drive from the Snowdonia National Park. A favourite place of mine includes the Coed-y-Brenin, by Dolgellau. It's got a myriad of tracks and trails for ramblers, and mountain-bikers and an amazing set of waterfalls - the Rhaeadr Mawddach and the Pysytll Cain being key among them. Lake Vyrnwy is a hop, skip and a jump from the cottage. It's a massive reservoir that was built in the late 19th century. It supplies Liverpool with its water. A whole village was submerged to give rise to the lake that you see today. My mum actually went to the lake in the 50s with my grandparents and remembers seeing some of the remains of the village because the water levels were so low. Also it was a very popular attraction back in the day, and there were cars completely around the edge of the lake. Everyone decided on the day of my mum's outing to make their way to Lake Vyrnwy. Luckily today, it's somewhat quieter. It's busier at the dam end. But the lake never becomes too busy. There's always a quiet spot to amble along, or a part of the lake shore to sit by and just take in the fantastic, general vista. There's a cafe at the dam end and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for more in the way of restaurant dining. There's some good loop walks to be had at the side of the lake. One at the far end takes in a waterfall. There's also some trails that go high above the lake and allow people to take in the vast expanse of Lake Vyrnwy which is reputed to be over 4 miles long. If you want to reach busier towns, it will usually involve a drive of anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Pretty Dolgellau, which is overshadowed by the mighty Cader Idris, is among my favourites, along with the impressive Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury, Clun, Bishop' Castle, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and the very Welsh, Welshpool. I've trekked up the Cader a few year's ago. It's not for the faint-hearted. And the most popular route, the Pony Path, makes for quite a tough ascent. The Mawddach Trail, near Barmouth is totally on the flat for those that don't want any height at all. I would also recommend the Severn Trail which can be joined along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal. This easily be trekked along from Welshpool. The Wales Coastal Path can also be picked up along Cardigan Bay and there people can get some stunning views of the coastline. Castles worth visiting in the area of Castell y Bere, near the Cader Idris mountain, Powis Castle in Welshpool, Clun Castle, Montgomery Castle and Harlech Castle. Those into walking, should check out sketchmap online and print off some walks in the area. The Offa's Dyke trail runs along the Welsh Borders and I would personally recommend the trek up to Beacon Ring hillfort on Long Mountain, near Welshpool. The Shropshire Way that meanders around Clun and Bishop's Castle is also worth checking out. If you want to go further afield, the Dee Valley, Llantysilio and Llangollen are also worth the journey. They would take around an hour to reach from Pen y Braich. Visiting Valle Crucis Abbey is also worth it. A very nice trail can be taken from Llantysilio Green onto the Llangollen Canal (part of the Shropshire Union Canal network) all the way into Llangollen itself. Llangollen is the home of the annual, international eisteddfod. It's got a good shopping centre and quite a few cafes and restaurants.


  • 7

    05/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2019
    The holiday didn't get off to a good start as we had to clear sheep mess out of the gardens, to give you an idea of how much there was, it took three of us 1 hour to do. We have holidayed at this property before and had no problems, so maybe the gate had been left open recently or a fence had come down somewhere? It hasn't put us off and we are looking forward to returning later this year and will also be booking for next year. Once we got the garden sorted out we enjoyed the time we were able to spend out there, particularly with the new decking area which gives lovely views and is a great place to catch the last of the sunshine in the evenings. The property has a reasonably well equipped kitchen, however, there were only 6 decent size mugs - we managed to get hold of a couple more easily enough and we've left them there for future guests. Don't be put off by the fact that the property has no TV as you really don't miss it.


  • 5

    20/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2019
    Guests have no control over the central heating. The owner switches it on remotely. He lives in Manchester. It took me several hours and several phone calls to make contact with him to get it switched on. The cottage requires some TLC. No repairs, refurbishment, or renewal has been done for years and it shows. The grounds are extensive but overgrown. The cottage is located in a lovely area with lovely views and lots of walking from the door. It is remote and quiet with many different birds visiting the feeders in the garden.


  • 10

    25/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2019
    Home from home with added 'chill out' mode. Views you can't buy.


  • 9

    09/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2018
    Nice cottage, great for our team of 7 hairdressers. We had a lot of fun! Thank you This cottage does not get throughly clean so don’t expect the hygiene to be at high standards.


  • 10

    28/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 23/11/2018
    I've stayed many times before at Pen y Braich. It's in an excellent location to literally escape to the country. The cottage is in a quiet and secluded spot on a hill and is equidistant between the Welsh borders and Welsh pool and the Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay. If you're after some kind of holiday resort with lots of things to do on the door step, then this cottage would not be for you. There are no near neighbours so you will have the cottage and its immediate surrounds to yourself. It's a big and large house and has plenty of room for either family friends. The cottages offers a wonderfully quiet respite from all the stresses and strains of the modern world and it's fantastic for people who love to be immersed in the great outdoors. If you love rambling, mountain biking, bird-watching, running, cycling etc, then this would definitely be the perfect place for you. There's tonnes of walks in the surrounding area. It's an absolute walkers' paradise and the same could be said for fell runners too. There are a scattering of fairly vibrant small towns, all within around a 30 minute drive or so. Some may take up to an hour. Personal recommendations would include Welshpool, Clun, Bishop's Castle, Montgomery, Chirk, Dolgellau, Aberdyfi, Porthmadog, Portmeirion and the absolutely stunning Shrewsbury. Castles of note nearby include Powis Castle, Castell y Bere, Harlech Castle, Clun Castle and Montgomery Castle. Mountain bikers should head to the Coed-y-Brenin. There's also fantastic trails for walkers in there and lots of stunning waterfalls - Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pystyll Cain! A must on anyone's itinerary would be the Kerry Vale vineyard, near Churchstoke in Shropshire. It's opened within the last 8 years and is an English wine producing site. It has origins that date back to Roman times. There's also another English vineyard at Wroxeter, which still has impressive remains of a Roman settlement. Lake Vyrnwy is the nearest attraction, and is just a 10 minute drive away. There's a cafe and shop at the dam end of the lake and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel offers more in the way of fine dining and so on. There's also plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Dolgellau, Portmeirion and to a lesser extent in Bala and Welshpool. For a wide range of places to eat, people should head to Shrewsbury. There's also some charming tea rooms in Harlech and Aberdyfi.


  • 5

    01/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    Beautiful house in a beautiful area. Not much to do near by. Oven doesn’t work and couldn’t get hold of host for a long time, very apathetic when we finally managed to! Really spoilt it. Lots of flies in the house. Shower only for short people. Comfy beds. Amazing views.


  • 9

    17/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2019
    Pen y Braich is a great place to stay if you're really into the Great Outdoors. It sits atop a fairly steep hill and there's glorious views of the surrounding countryside. The cottage is fairly basic, but it has undergone a successive, series of improvements. There is now good all day long Wifi, a wood burner and a good solar heating system. There's also an impressive deck that's been added to the garden - it's excellent to sit out on. The cottage is very spacious and there's lots of room inside for people to chill out. There's large kitchen and a second sitting room. The gardens are also extensive with a pergola and new deck as mentioned, so larger groups or families would find it hard to get on each others nerves ... The location of Pen y Braich is however 100 Star. There are no near neighbours. The owner lives in Manchester and the locals are a fairly friendly and aimable lot. If you like being surrounded by green forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and hills, you'll love it here. It usually takes about 30 minutes to get to a larger town. If you want a resort with lots to do on the immediate door step, then this area wouldn't meet your needs. The cottage is but a 10 minute drive from the Snowdonia National Park. A favourite place of mine includes the Coed-y-Brenin, by Dolgellau. It's got a myriad of tracks and trails for ramblers, and mountain-bikers and an amazing set of waterfalls - the Rhaeadr Mawddach and the Pysytll Cain being key among them. Lake Vyrnwy is a hop, skip and a jump from the cottage. It's a massive reservoir that was built in the late 19th century. It supplies Liverpool with its water. A whole village was submerged to give rise to the lake that you see today. My mum actually went to the lake in the 50s with my grandparents and remembers seeing some of the remains of the village because the water levels were so low. Also it was a very popular attraction back in the day, and there were cars completely around the edge of the lake. Everyone decided on the day of my mum's outing to make their way to Lake Vyrnwy. Luckily today, it's somewhat quieter. It's busier at the dam end. But the lake never becomes too busy. There's always a quiet spot to amble along, or a part of the lake shore to sit by and just take in the fantastic, general vista. There's a cafe at the dam end and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for more in the way of restaurant dining. There's some good loop walks to be had at the side of the lake. One at the far end takes in a waterfall. There's also some trails that go high above the lake and allow people to take in the vast expanse of Lake Vyrnwy which is reputed to be over 4 miles long. If you want to reach busier towns, it will usually involve a drive of anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour. Pretty Dolgellau, which is overshadowed by the mighty Cader Idris, is among my favourites, along with the impressive Shropshire towns of Shrewsbury, Clun, Bishop' Castle, Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and the very Welsh, Welshpool. I've trekked up the Cader a few year's ago. It's not for the faint-hearted. And the most popular route, the Pony Path, makes for quite a tough ascent. The Mawddach Trail, near Barmouth is totally on the flat for those that don't want any height at all. I would also recommend the Severn Trail which can be joined along the towpath of the Montgomery Canal. This easily be trekked along from Welshpool. The Wales Coastal Path can also be picked up along Cardigan Bay and there people can get some stunning views of the coastline. Castles worth visiting in the area of Castell y Bere, near the Cader Idris mountain, Powis Castle in Welshpool, Clun Castle, Montgomery Castle and Harlech Castle. Those into walking, should check out sketchmap online and print off some walks in the area. The Offa's Dyke trail runs along the Welsh Borders and I would personally recommend the trek up to Beacon Ring hillfort on Long Mountain, near Welshpool. The Shropshire Way that meanders around Clun and Bishop's Castle is also worth checking out. If you want to go further afield, the Dee Valley, Llantysilio and Llangollen are also worth the journey. They would take around an hour to reach from Pen y Braich. Visiting Valle Crucis Abbey is also worth it. A very nice trail can be taken from Llantysilio Green onto the Llangollen Canal (part of the Shropshire Union Canal network) all the way into Llangollen itself. Llangollen is the home of the annual, international eisteddfod. It's got a good shopping centre and quite a few cafes and restaurants.


  • 7

    05/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2019
    The holiday didn't get off to a good start as we had to clear sheep mess out of the gardens, to give you an idea of how much there was, it took three of us 1 hour to do. We have holidayed at this property before and had no problems, so maybe the gate had been left open recently or a fence had come down somewhere? It hasn't put us off and we are looking forward to returning later this year and will also be booking for next year. Once we got the garden sorted out we enjoyed the time we were able to spend out there, particularly with the new decking area which gives lovely views and is a great place to catch the last of the sunshine in the evenings. The property has a reasonably well equipped kitchen, however, there were only 6 decent size mugs - we managed to get hold of a couple more easily enough and we've left them there for future guests. Don't be put off by the fact that the property has no TV as you really don't miss it.


  • 5

    20/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 18/05/2019
    Guests have no control over the central heating. The owner switches it on remotely. He lives in Manchester. It took me several hours and several phone calls to make contact with him to get it switched on. The cottage requires some TLC. No repairs, refurbishment, or renewal has been done for years and it shows. The grounds are extensive but overgrown. The cottage is located in a lovely area with lovely views and lots of walking from the door. It is remote and quiet with many different birds visiting the feeders in the garden.


  • 10

    25/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2019
    Home from home with added 'chill out' mode. Views you can't buy.


  • 9

    09/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/12/2018
    Nice cottage, great for our team of 7 hairdressers. We had a lot of fun! Thank you This cottage does not get throughly clean so don’t expect the hygiene to be at high standards.


  • 10

    28/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 23/11/2018
    I've stayed many times before at Pen y Braich. It's in an excellent location to literally escape to the country. The cottage is in a quiet and secluded spot on a hill and is equidistant between the Welsh borders and Welsh pool and the Snowdonia National Park and Cardigan Bay. If you're after some kind of holiday resort with lots of things to do on the door step, then this cottage would not be for you. There are no near neighbours so you will have the cottage and its immediate surrounds to yourself. It's a big and large house and has plenty of room for either family friends. The cottages offers a wonderfully quiet respite from all the stresses and strains of the modern world and it's fantastic for people who love to be immersed in the great outdoors. If you love rambling, mountain biking, bird-watching, running, cycling etc, then this would definitely be the perfect place for you. There's tonnes of walks in the surrounding area. It's an absolute walkers' paradise and the same could be said for fell runners too. There are a scattering of fairly vibrant small towns, all within around a 30 minute drive or so. Some may take up to an hour. Personal recommendations would include Welshpool, Clun, Bishop's Castle, Montgomery, Chirk, Dolgellau, Aberdyfi, Porthmadog, Portmeirion and the absolutely stunning Shrewsbury. Castles of note nearby include Powis Castle, Castell y Bere, Harlech Castle, Clun Castle and Montgomery Castle. Mountain bikers should head to the Coed-y-Brenin. There's also fantastic trails for walkers in there and lots of stunning waterfalls - Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pystyll Cain! A must on anyone's itinerary would be the Kerry Vale vineyard, near Churchstoke in Shropshire. It's opened within the last 8 years and is an English wine producing site. It has origins that date back to Roman times. There's also another English vineyard at Wroxeter, which still has impressive remains of a Roman settlement. Lake Vyrnwy is the nearest attraction, and is just a 10 minute drive away. There's a cafe and shop at the dam end of the lake and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel offers more in the way of fine dining and so on. There's also plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Dolgellau, Portmeirion and to a lesser extent in Bala and Welshpool. For a wide range of places to eat, people should head to Shrewsbury. There's also some charming tea rooms in Harlech and Aberdyfi.


  • 5

    01/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    Beautiful house in a beautiful area. Not much to do near by. Oven doesn’t work and couldn’t get hold of host for a long time, very apathetic when we finally managed to! Really spoilt it. Lots of flies in the house. Shower only for short people. Comfy beds. Amazing views.


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