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.