Pentop Cottage (Snowdonia)

Penmachno, Gwynedd

A very special cottage in a spectacular valley and forest setting. Right in the heart of Snowdonia National Park... a paradise for walkers


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Yards from the Penmachno Mountain Bike Trail (one of Britain’s wonders) is a dear little cottage built in 1790 for the Baron Penryhn’s gamekeeper. With solar vents for heating, sheep’s wool for insulation and double-glazed wooden windows, it has been beautifully and impeccably revived. There’s an adorable twin bedroom downstairs and a double up, with sloping ceilings, a built-in wardrobe separating bed from bath, and velux windows for gazing on stars. Cupboards come with Le Creuset pans and Denby crockery, the bathroom has natural bath salts and soaps, the welcome pack flourishes home-baked bread and local cider, and there are lots and lots of candles… the attention to detail is fabulous. Buzzards circle lazily above, trees rustle in the breeze, and the day begins with the knocking of the lesser-spotted woodpecker. Summer is heaven with rope ladders for kids and rustic benches for views, while in winter there are books, games and Bose stereo, new sofas, internal shutters and limitless logs. For wild nights out you’ve got the ale pub in Penmachno (one mile), and plenty more in pretty Betws-y-Coed.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am, 12pm on Sundays after a weekend break
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £72
Weekly price
from £502
Damage deposit
0 (we trust you!)
Dogs: £15
1 Cottage for 4
From £723 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from David & Emma Dallimore

  • In the heart of Snowdonia National Park – the ideal base for serious walking and climbing (up Snowdon, Tryfan, Moel Siabod, the Glyderau and Carneddau) and, from the door, miles of beautiful walks through mixed woodland overlooking the Machno Valley!
  • Mountain biking from the back door straight onto the Penmachno Trail, a few miles to the Marin Trail and not too far to Coed y Brenin, Llandegla and Antur well as an extensive network of forestry tracks and miles of minor, traffic-free roads.
  • Visit the National Trust’s Bodnant Garden, Penrhyn Castle, Plas Newydd and Ty Mawr Wybrnant as well as Edward I’s magnificent castles at Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris…and Llywelyn’s stronghold at Dolwyddelan (just 10 miles away).
  • Adrenalin junkies can try Europe’s longest and largest zip wires at Zip World (500ft above a lake at up to 100mph), the Zip World Fforest high ropes course near Llanrwst, Surf Snowdonia near Trefriw and explore local caves and mines with Go Below...
  • Children will love all of the above…and the Great Little Trains of Wales up Snowdon, and at nearby Llanberis, Ffestiniog and Porthmadog, as well as pony trekking (just a mile away), Bounce Below and beaches at Llandudno, Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsular.
  • Relax over fresh coffee, tea and delicious cakes at the Conwy Falls café, Crafnant Lake and in nearby Betws y Coed (try the freshly baked Welsh cakes at Cacen Gri) and visit Trefriw for handwoven tapestry and tweed from one of the last Welsh woollen mills.