Some Kind Words

Below is a selection of the comments received about our cottages, we welcome feedback from our guests, it  helps us to make sure you have a relaxing holiday at Ffestiniog Holiday Cottages.

Hen Aelwyd yr Urdd

“This is my 2nd stay at the cottage, and again I have enjoyed my week. It is very central for visiting the different places of interest, and it is just the right size for me and the dogs. Hopefully I will be back again” – Trevor, May 2014

“We really enjoyed our stay in your lovely cosy cottage, and how you have thought of everything from firelighters to spare light bulbs! Loved the homely touches throughout the whole cottage. We have had some amazing walks from waterfalls to seaside to mountains. The dog fell asleep by the fire and stayed there until the morning, he loved it. Thank you for letting us stay and we hope to be back” – Andy, Lesley & Jacko, February 2014

“We have stayed in many cottages over the years but this has been the cleanest, cosiest dog friendly cottage ever. Thank you so much for all the little extras and the wine, bara brith & doggie treats” – Carol, Steve, Jack & Holly, Oct 2013

“This is the 2nd time we have enjoyed staying at your cosy little cottage. We had a great time, thanks once again” – Julie & Craig (& Chloe the dog), July 2013

“Thank you Angie & Rich, we have had a lovely week in this lovely cottage, I don’t think there was anything we needed that we couldn’t find. Thank you for all the little extra touches you provided, especially the wine. The cottage is in a lovely location for exploring Snowdonia and the coast. Diolch yn fawr” – Reg & Debs, April 2013.

“We had a lovely relaxing stay in this charming little cottage, the wood burner is a real treat and we enjoyed our cost evenings in. Thanks again” – Dan & Louise, March 2013.

“Perfect place to relax and unwind! We were lucky enough to have bright sunny days but made the most of the wood burner in the evenings. The cottage was perfect for a short break & Extremely well equipped. We hope to return again, thank you” – Sarah & Ben, October 2012.

“Great surprise with the welcome gifts, lovely cottage, lovely area, warm & welcoming. Attention to detail very good, all our needs seen to. Hope to come again” – Maxine & Peter, September 2012.

“Thank you for creating such a comfortable, well organised cottage. We would like to book the cottage for the same period next year, if you’ll have us back. Thanks for everything” – Tom, Natasha and Mouse (the dog!), August 2012.

“Hen Aelwyd yr Urdd is a cute little cottage in an ideal location. Thanks for the wine, much appreciated” – Rosie & Tom, March 2012

“Hen Aelwyd yr Urdd is perfectly proportioned for a weekend of walks. Thank you for the wine, cake & milk, very thoughtful. We had an amazing time and will recommend to others” – Matt & Hannah, March 2012

“We arrived at Hen Aelwyd yr Urdd in the evening and found a very charming cottage with beams and a wood burning fire. The owners had left some lovely welcoming gifts, birthday card, bottle of wine. The cottage was very clean and a great location for walking in the area. A lovely cottage for a quiet, relaxing break for two” – Mrs S, May 2010 & 2011

“We were very impressed with Hen Aelwyd yr Urdd, and the level of quality and thought that went into the cottage. On our arrival it was lovely to find that there was a welcome pack for our dog as well as for us. Over all it was a lovely holiday” – Mrs C, August 2011

“Hen Aelwyd Yr Urdd is small but perfect for a quiet, romantic getaway for a couple. It’s clean, fresh and neat, attractively and comfortably furnished and decorated, and it’s well equipped not only with a good range of utensils and appliances to make fending for yourself trouble free but also with lots of thoughtful little touches that make you feel very welcome. We found it lovely and warm even through the gales we had while there; the radiators were good but you didn’t need them on once you got the very efficient multi-fuel stove going – toasty! It’s easy to use and Angie and Rich supply a start-up supply of fuel enough to last for a couple of evenings. There’s a decent choice of novels, games and DVDs for evenings in, as well as guide books and a folder with the hosts’ friendly, personal recommendations and advice for making the most of your holiday. Llan Ffestiniog is a very pleasant village surrounded by glorious countryside with lovely walks, short and long, right from the door. It’s also in easy reach by car or public transport of other beauty spots and places of interest. The wee village shop is good for basics, sells fuel suitable for the stove, and is open till seven most evenings but you’ll probably need to bring in some supplies too. We had a great holiday & hope to return one day” – Mr B, November 2010.


Bwthyn Glan yr Afon

“What a lovely cottage – the welcome gifts were such a nice touch. Having worked in the hotel industry for 16 years I was pleasently surprised by all the lovely 5* touches, you have thought of everything which has added to us feeling at home all week. I’m 5 1/2 months pregnant & have already planned to come back next year with my little baby when she arrives. Thank you for a fantastic week” – The Rhodes Family, October 2013

“Thank you for a lovely 2 weeks. The cottage is so well equipped, warm & cosy. A lovely place to stay whatever the weather. There is so much to do we could have stayed another 2 weeks. Thanks again, we will be back” – Kieran & Brenda, April 2013.

“Thank you for the wine * Welsh Cakes, they were delicious. We’ve had a wonderful week here and have enjoyed every second of this holiday in your beautiful cottage” – Luke Tomkins & Stephen Hill, March 2013.

“We have had an amazing week here, the cottage was perfect – cosy, everything we needed, a fab wood burner and excellent location for exploring Snowdonia. Thank you for our little treats – a very personal touch” – Tom, Flo & Wilf, February 2013.

“Arrived at 9pm on a cold & wet windy night, this is our 2nd visit and as ever the welcome gifts & equipment in the cottage was what we had come to expect from Angie, Rich & Billy (their dog!). We soon got the cottage and ourselves warm & cosy and enjoyed getting away from it all for a few days, we love it here. So as someone said “I’ll be back!!” ” – Andy & Sandie, November 2012.

“Thank you so much for our table gifts, we thoroughly enjoyed them. Charlotte (5) and Joshua (3) loved the toys and puzzles in the dresser. The cottage is very well equipped and it felt like home from home. Thanks again” – John, Sam, Charlotte, Joshua & Bella, August 2012

“We’ve never stayed in a holiday cottage before that has such a high level of equipment, such a range of guides & maps and even hot water bottles!! We have finally found a location and cottage that feels like home. We will return, thank you” – Mr & Mrs H, March 2012.

“Angie has thought of everything to make our stay an enjoyable one – it’s the little things that make a huge difference from the very welcome bottle of wine to the much appreciated doggie biscuits! Thank you, definitely hope to come back” – Jane & Malcolm, January 2012.

“Everything we expected. Bwthyn Glan yr Afon is a delightful two up/two down terraced cottage, with a downstairs extension containing a well equipped kitchen and a decent sized bathroom. Rest of the house was neat, tidy and certainly the best rental we’ve stayed in. Nice welcome pack, umbrellas in the hallway, log fire, Satellite Freesat TV, games, books, maps etc. We would definitely visit again and recommend to friends” – Mr T, July 2011

“We were very well looked after from the moment we arrived at Bwthyn Glan yr Afon until we left. The cottage was lovely, ideal for 2 people. Maintained to a very good standard with everything we needed. The hosts gave us such a lovely welcome pack and superb service. We loved the most informative Welcome Pack with very accurate walk details. The hosts certainly go that extra mile to ensure you have a most enjoyable stay!” – Mr & Mrs J, Dec 2011


Bwthyn Afon (River Cottage)

“Thank you for your warm welcome, your cottage is so beautifully furnished & cosy, we felt immediately at home. We enjoyed our time very much, thanks for everything” – The Schuetz Family, Germany, May 2013.

“We had a great few days and a lovely break in your delightful cottage. The location we couldn’t have asked for anything better, fantastic walks on the doorstep and a short drive to everything. We will certainly be back” – Steve, Jane & Harvey, March 2013.

“Thank you very much for the welcome gifts, very much appreciate. Just wanted to say we were very impressed when walking into the cottage for the first time, so very clean and well appointed. We have had a great few days and will certainly remember the cottage for future visits” – Karyn & Andy, November 2012.

“The cottage was truly a home from home. Inviting, cosy, beautifully furnished and decorated. Clean with everything we needed and more, you really have thought of everything for your guests” – Nikki, Dale, Joe & Poppy & Todd (the dogs!), October 2012.

“Had a lovely week in the cottage, it was like a home from home and had everything we needed. It is in an ideal location & we loved being so close to the Ffestiniog railway, so close to walk to and watch the steam trains go by” – The Johnsons, September 2012.

“We were delighted with the cottage, a real home from home, so clean, warm, cosy and well equipped. The wine and home-made Bara Brith were a lovely thought and Bobby (the king Charles spaniel) enjoyed his treats too! my daughter, Esther, found the mountain landscapes a real inspiration and has filled several sketch books. We will recommend the cottage to family & friends and plan to come back soon” – Elaine, Esther & Bobby, August 2012.

‘The cottage was excellent well supplied with kitchen implements and a basket of toiletries in the bathroom. Spotlessly clean and packed welcome file. Care had been taken by the owners to think of all the little details to make it a comfortable stay. Excellent base to explore Snowdonia area’ – Susie, July 2012

‘WOW!!! Bwthyn Afon is a fantastic cottage, clean, cosy, comfortable and everything we could possibly require, excellent and we’ll definitely be back. Fab info folder, we enjoyed all the walks from the cottage and had a wonderful weekend in Snowdonia, thank you’ – Mr & Mrs Edwards, May 2012.


Bwthyn Ger Afon (Riverplace Cottage)

“This cottage says an awful lot about it’s owners! The attention to detail and personal touches are very well thought out. The cleanliness is superb as are the facilities. We enjoyed our stay here and thank you both very much (& Billy). The wine & Bara Brith simply yummy! The saying above the fire – no truer a word has been said or spoken!! We live on a narrow boat and have done for 6 years, which we love, we also have a small tourer  but our stay here has been a lovely change. Again a big thank you. Dylan (our dog) also sends a big thank you too!” – Barry & Debby, October 2013.

“The cottage had everything you would need for a relaxing and worry free time. The attention to detail was second to none, it was by far the best cottage we have stayed in” – Mr & Mrs P, October 2013

“Cottage is lush, it’s deffo a home from home! We live in a village with only 20 houses, amazing here” – Beccie & Glynn, June 2013

“Thank you so much for the use of your cosy cottage to help make our stay in Snowdonia very enjoyable. We came to Snowdonia for a restful break at Easter and we are now leaving very relaxed. We will certainly recommend this cottage to our friends & family” – Anna & Matt, April 2013

“Well what a wonderful cottage, well equipped with everything you need and more. Dogs have had a great time and settled well, WOOF WOOF thanks for the doggie treats and thank you from us for the wine, cake and milk. Hope to visit again in the future as time allows” – Maurice, Julie, Dora & Reggie, April 2013

“Splendid cosy & beautifully decorated cottage, felt right at home. We will take away happy memories of a fantastic holiday in your beautiful cosy cottage and hope to return later in the year, will certainly recommend this fantastic cottage to friends & family” – Heather, John, Hetty & Audrey (the Jack Russell’s), April 2013

“A huge ‘thank you’ to Angie, Rich & Billy for making us feel so welcome. We have had an amazing stay in such a beautiful cottage. We have enjoyed some wonderful ‘snowy’ walks in the surrounding area, followed by a cosy relaxing evening by the fire, to watch Millie curl up in front of the fire really makes this cottage feel like home! Many thanks” – Sue, Steve & Millie, March 2013

“A last minute return stay for a couple of days, beautiful cottage and will recommend without reservation” – Lynn & Steve, March 2013

“We came here for Phil’s 40th birthday, he wanted to climb Snowdon, on arriving at the cottage we were very impressed. A1, so comfy & clean, everything we needed. Thank you so much” – Gina & Phil, March 2013

“We have had a lovely holiday in your cottage and enjoyed exploring the surrounding countryside & walks. We shall definitely return” – Claire & Alan, February 2013

“The cottage is beautiful, we LOVE it. We have had a great New Year at Bwthyn Ger Afon, there was everything we could possible need at the cottage with some lovely extra touches. Thank you and we hope to return” – Louise & Steve, Dec 2012


Manod View

“We have stayed in many cottages both here in Wales and in the Highlands of Scotland. Your cottage Angie & Rich (and Billy) gets 5 stars and is one of the nicest cottages we have stayed in. Your attention to detail is superb and we applaud your style and taste. All the art work is so in keeping & well thought out. Thank you for the welcome gifts, enjoyed by both adults and dogs. Thank you for allowing dogs in your lovely home, such a relief to have people who love dogs as much as we do. We have so enjoyed your cottage and our stay here that we would have no hesitation in recommending you to all our friends” – Chris, Carol, Maisie & Ernie, October 2013

“Thank you so much for a lovely holiday. Your cottage has been very cosy, really homely and you have thought of everything! There are so many nice touches and little things that have made our stay perfect. Loved the welcome gifts and Roxy enjoyed her treats too! Thanks for being so dog friendly, it’s really nice to see. It’s a great place for dogs and the local walks & beaches are fantastic. The kitchen is lovely and well equipped and we love all the pictures around the cottage. Would definitely stay with you again & recommend to family & friends. Many thanks. PS – Zip World was amazing” – Amy, Andrew & Roxy (the dog), October 2013.

“Exceptional cottage. The owners have style and good taste. The furniture and furnishings were all of good quality. Heating included in the price, so was lovely and warm. This cottage is excellent. Clean, spacious, comfortable and centrally placed. It would be our first choice if returning to Blaenau. I thoroughly recommend Manod View Cottage for a carefree stay” – Mr & Mrs S – October 2013

“A week of variable weather did not stop us having a magnificent time – all sorts of walks, especially ones with waterfalls in. Cooking tea on the beach (black rock sands) got a big thumbs up. The Slate Caverns and White Water Rafting kept us occupied and for eating out locally Cellb was spot on. Thanks for everything, Manod View was a great base and a real home from home” – Katrina, Rob, Neve & Frankie, August 2013

“We had a lovely time here at Manod View – It has been a pleasure to stay in such a beautiful cottage. The weather wasn’t on our side for much of our stay but we took comfort in the fact that we could come back to a clean and comfy home from home each day. Thank you so much, with love, light & laughter” – Carrie & Richard, June 2013

“This is the 2nd time we’ve stayed in one of your cottages, Manod View is a lovely cottage with everything you need and more, ideal for exploring the area. Thanks again” – Julie, Russ & Fudge (the dog), June 2013

“We’ve had a lovely time here, it’s been a pleasure to stay in such a beautiful cottage. The weather wasn’t always on our side but we took comfort on the fact that we could come back to a clean and comfy home from home, thank you so much” – Carrie & Richard, June 2013

“We have had a lovely time here at Manod View, the cottage is a real credit to you both. We found it very comfy and cosy and everything provided for you, bedding, towels and even things like cling film, tin foil etc. Lots of things to see and do, all in all a great ‘chill’ out week. Thank you so much for everything, will definitely recommend” – Shelley, Jeff & Doogie (the Jack Russell), May 2013

“Had a lovely week, did lots of walking and can recommend the Porthmadog coastal path and lots of walks from the ‘Waterfall’ book at the cottage. Loved the cottage, very comfortable and well kitted out. Thanks so much for the welcome pack – we all enjoyed it including Gigi! We felt at home and it is a shame the week flew by. All the info provided regarding the area was very helpful, I will recommend this cottage to friends. Many thanks for a lovely week” – Frankie, David & Gigi (the dog!), April 2013