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Braich Melyn

nr Dolgellau, Gwynedd

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This delightful, welcoming, stone-built cottage, dating

from the seventeenth-century with attached barns,

is of great historic interest and has many attractive,

traditional features. It is situated on Dolobran Farm –

a working hill farm with views across the valley. There

is an enclosed garden. Braich Melyn is situated just

10 minutes away from Fron Dirion. (ref 008009).

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
A traditional farmhouse kitchen leading to the dining area, sitting room with multi-fuel stove set in an open fireplace with bread oven, and large utility in adjoining outbuilding.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double, with antique brass/iron bed, 1 twin with 2'6" beds)and a bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: electric wall panel heating included.

Parking: there is a fenced parking area for 2 cars.

Approach to the cottage: is through the gate and up the field for approximately 275 meters where livestock graze; visitors should be reasonably fit and active. The field is unlit so visitors are advised to arrive in daylight and bring a good torch with them. Good footwear is advisable.

Television: A TV and DVD player are provided but there is no TV reception so guests may wish to bring their own DVDs.

Layout: The double and twin bedrooms are interconnecting. The twin room is very small, one of the beds is only 5'6' long (instead of the standard 6' long).

Accessibility: due to the walk to the cottage and the stone floors, this cottage may not be suitable for very young children. Please note the ceilings in this cottage are very low.

Utilities/Electricals: the cottage has a private water supply so in prolonged dry spells and in very hot weather, we would politely ask that water is used sparingly wherever possible.

The washing machine and tumble dryer are a combined washer/dryer.

Offers: A 10% discount applies when booked with Fron Dirion (ref 008009)

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

North Wales
View to Braich-y-Pwll headland, with Bardsey Island in the distance, from the summit of Mynydd Anelog with characteristic gorse and heather vegetation, and ancient field patterns beyond, on the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. © Joe Cornish

Renowned for the dramatic mountain scenery of Snowdonia with its lakes and rock-strewn mountain passes, North Wales also offers a surprisingly varied countryside, from the beautiful Conwy Valley to the tranquillity of the Isle of Anglesey. The coastline is equally diverse, with sandy beaches, rocky coves and spectacular cliffs - and standing proudly over the land and seascape are some of the country's mightiest castles such as Penrhyn. The National Trust owns some 60,000 acres of coast and countryside in North Wales, including some of the majestic mountains of Snowdonia, unspoilt coastline on the Llyn, and an array of historic houses and castles.

Llyn Idwal, with Y Garn, capped with snow, forming the skyline. © Joe Cornish

Some of the most varied landscapes of North Wales lie within Snowdonia. The peaks of Snowdon rise to over 3,000 feet above sea level and provide some of the most magnificent scenery in the region while the dramatic slopes of the Arans are less frequented and offer stunning views and tranquillity. This is a great base from which to explore beautiful Betws-y-Coed with its interesting shops; the market town of Dolgellau; spectacular Cader Idris and the majestic Mawddach estuary. Several of the cottages are situated on the Ysbyty estate which is the Trust?s largest farmed estate consisting of 51 farms, 20,000 acres and over 500 acres of woodlands. National Trust places in and around Snowdonia include Craflwyn estate, Penhryn Castle, the shop and pub at Beddgelert, Ysbyty estate, Ty Mawr Wybrant, Aberconwy House, Conwy Suspension Bridge and Bodnant Gardens. Other attractions and places of interest include Llanwrst, Cerrigydrudion, Ruthin, Bala Lake, Llandudno, Conwy, Nant Gwynant Valley, Porthmadog, Criccieth, Portmeirion, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis, Harlech, Welsh Mountain Railway and the Welsh Slate Museum at Llanberis. Activities in the area include walking, birdwatching, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing.

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  • Walking
  • bird watching
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • white water rafting.
National Trust places to visit
Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant
Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant Traditional stone-built upland 16th-century farmhouse
Powis Castle and Garden
Powis Castle and Garden Medieval castle rising dramatically above the celebrated garden

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Liz Davies
    • January 2015
    • England

    complete isolation and very cosy and warm nice to find milk and welsh cakes there

  • Bryan
    • December 2014
    • United Kingdom

    Everything was perfect,we were so impressed with it all! The authenticity, the location and cleanliness, it was 100 percent, perfect, thank you so much

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
    • -----------------
    Made special by:

    Being well away from neighbours. It was a lovely cottage in a beautiful location.

  • S Perera
    • August 2014
    • UK
    Amazing locations

    Thanks to NT for the lovely cottages in amazing locations. In this particular cottage (90666 - Braich Melyn), it was a treat to be able to read all about its history and the people who lived there. Made my stay even more special. Thanks NT for the research.

  • Fran, Adam and Alex
    It was the perfect location to get away from it all

    Just returned from a fantastic New Year break at Braich Melyn, our 6th NT holiday. It was the perfect location to get away from it all and after having pushed our bottles of New Year booze up the hill we were all set for a few nights of sitting by the fire and playing Monopoly (which our four-year-old became obsessed by!). The surrounding countryside is picture-perfect and we enjoyed several walks from the door, marvelling at the frozen streams, crisp-white landscape and busy sheep. Can't wait to come back!!

  • Petra Brigden
    This cottage has amazing views

    This cottage has amazing views - even when cloudy! We couldn't help but sit out front, with a good book & glass of wine, soaking up the ever changing views up and down the valley we were nestled within, surrounded by our sheepy friends! I'd visited Wales before so didn't venture far but Dolgellau was only 10 mins drive away for any essentials.The surrounding area has plenty of walks too. This was a lovely, warm cottage with a great open plan beamed layout downstairs and sweet, cosy bedrooms in the eaves. We had a relaxing October break and would love to return! I found the sheep really comforting after darkness, as they slept around us guard dog- like and missed them when I got home!

  • Cathryn & Edward Thompson
    We will return

    Another fantastic week at this lovely cottage, we will return

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