Isfryn Cottage

North Wales Gwynedd Dolgellau

  • Sleeps 2–3
  • Cosy Rural Retreat

Charming, traditional stone holiday cottage in the Snowdonia market town of Dolgellau

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For those who want their active Snowdonia National Park holiday, but with some town-centre comforts, charming Isfryn Cottage ticks all the boxes. The  Victorian-era, stone-built, self-catering cottage sits in a secluded courtyard, just off the main square in the traditional Welsh market town of Dolgellau ('Dol-geth-lie' for non-Welsh speakers). You can walk into the mountainous countryside right from the door, but you've also got Dolgellau's pubs, cafes, restaurant and riverside park on hand, so everyone wins, whatever kind of holiday you're looking for.

It's a traditional up-and-down cottage, with dining room, kitchen and (very) snug lounge on the ground floor, and the bedrooms upstairs, accessed by a narrow flight of stairs. The smart house bathroom is on the ground floor too (with bath and overhead rain shower), while upstairs there's a double bedroom with views, and a light-filled single room – so really, the cottage is for couples or friends, or a small family with a child who can manage the steep stairs. It's all been lovingly restored, with plenty of original features, vintage and upcycled furniture and fittings, and a quirky, arty decorative scheme. But the mod-cons haven't been neglected, so there's also a brand-new, fully furnished kitchen, central heating and WiFi throughout, and a large smart TV. Other things to consider – there's no outdoor space (perhaps not a problem for a couple intending to go into town), and there's parking for just one small car (though there is free on-street parking nearby). Finally, it's dog-friendly – which is a real bonus given the number of brilliant walks nearby.

As a southern Snowdonia base, it's hard to beat, with some great adventures near at hand, including the challenging mountain-bike trails at Coed-y-Brenin, around five miles north of Dolgellau. Perhaps more on the gentle side but enticing nonetheless, you're right on the 10-mile Mawddach Trail, for example, which winds along a disused railway track from Dolgellau, hugging the estuary as far as Barmouth and its sandy beaches. Walk or cycle this way, and you'll pass right by the owners' other business, Graig Wen, where there are more cottages available (suitable for larger groups of friends and family), plus glamping and camping.

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Sleeps 3 in 2 bedrooms. 1 bedroom with a double bed and 1 with a single bed.  Bathroom is downstairs with power shower and bath. Well equipped kitchen. Good wifi.

Suitable For

Pets are allowed but as there is no enclosed outdoor space, you just have to walk down the quiet lane to exercise them.


Located in the historic heart of this traditional Welsh market town, you can explore the crooked streets and handsome stone buildings with friendly independent shops and cosy pubs. The Mawddach Trail leads out of town along the river and through 9 miles of stunning scenery all the way to the seaside in Barmouth. Cader Idris is an awesome mountain rising above Dolgellau which is a popular hike. Nearby, the huge forest and epic waterfalls of Coed y Brenin have waymarked walking, running and mountain bike trails suitable for all abilities.

Food & Drink

It's just a few minutes walk to The Torrent Walk which serves good pub grub in a lively atmosphere. There's also an excellent tapas bistro, cool cafes and fine dining options.  We send you a Welcome Guide full of tips when you book.


Available all year.


Short breaks from £330, 7 nights from £495.

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Contact Website  01341 250 482  Isfryn Cottage, Cader Road, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 1RH

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Getting There

Catch a bus or book a cab from Morfa Mawddach train station. 


  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dog-friendly
  • Short walk to pub
  • Walking
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Hills & Mountains
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Cottage

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Rated ★★★★★ over 8 reviews


Highly recommend

Wonderful cosy cottage right by the centre of this gorgeous town, and close to amazing forests/beaches etc. Everything you want right on your doorstep, and the cottage is really well-equipped and beautifully decorated, we loved the trendy kitchen and bathroom! All is as described exactly on the website, easy to drop your stuff off and park nearby, and although no garden it's straightforward to take dogs right out the door for a wander into town or further along the trail by the river. If you're a light sleeper, take earplugs, as there's a very small amount of traffic occasionally...but that's to be expected given its great location to the town and as a base for fantastic walks etc. Highly recommend.
Dec 24, 2023 by Lucy W

Would definitely return

The cottage had everything that we needed and even more. The welcome gifts and festive decorations were a lovely touch. It is in a great location to enjoy the town of Dolgellau and lots of walks in the south Snowdonia National Park. John was really quick to respond to our messages and lots of handy recommendations. We had a really enjoyable stay here for Christmas and would definitely return.
Dec 5, 2023 by Emma


Isfryn Cottage is perfect! Cosy, warm, well-equipped and in a great location. John & Sarah are great hosts too, even providing dust sheets for our bikes! We got lucky with the weather and experienced some sun ;-). A fabulous time was had, thank you so much.
Dec 4, 2023 by Rachel

Highly recommend

Lovely stay in beautiful Snowdonia. Isfryn Cottage was clean, well looked after with all you need for a comfortable stay. Lots to do locally. Great information pack provided online when booking. Highly recommend.
Oct 20, 2023 by Lulu

Look forward to next time

My second time staying here. It's cosy, warm, comfortable, homely and well located. And John and Sarah are very helpful hosts. Will look forward to next time.
Sep 7, 2023 by Richard

Everything a walker would want!

I’ve travelled to many parts of Wales and this has to be my favourite part, nestled in a small town with all the amenities one would want, though you still feel like you’ve escaped the world! Just on your doorstep, you have everything a walker would want from breathtaking mountain views to beautiful coasts!
Jun 6, 2023 by Josh

Would love to stay here again

Fantastic cosy cottage right in the centre of Dolgellau but also quiet and peaceful. Good central heating and modern commodities so you can spend days relaxing at the cottage, but it's also a great base for exploring Snowdonia. Lots of shops/restaurants nearby and the locals are very friendly. Would love to stay here again.
May 20, 2023 by Mel

We loved it!

Just back from a lovely 3 days at this beautiful stone cottage. It has everything you need and more. John sent us a link with instructions such as info on the local area, restaurants, nice walks, everything you need. We found this really helpful. The cottage itself is super cute, extremely clean and very cosy. We loved it! The area is just beautiful, everything on the doorstep, we tried the tapas which was lovely and went to some of the local pubs. Lovely little shops, great butchers and bakery too. We hope to return again. We highly recommend this stunning cottage. Thanks so much for having us!
May 15, 2023 by Hayley

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