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Fron Dirion

nr Dolgellau, Gwynedd

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Fron Dirion is a secluded 18th-century cottage which is located on a working hill farm. The cottage is within a 10 minute walk of Braich Melyn cottage (see below) and has vehicle access along a gated un-metalled track through fields. There is an enclosed garden and superb views up the valley from the kitchen window. The cottage was once used as a base for fishing trips in the 50s and 60s and a drawing of a trout can be seen on the wall as you enter the cottage.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Sitting/dining area with wood burning stove set in a traditional fireplace, kitchen, lobby and utility room.
First floor
Two bedrooms (1 walk-through double, with 5' bed, leading to 1 twin) and bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric storage heating included.

Parking: Space is provided for 2 cars adjacent to the cottage.

Garden: There is an enclosed natural shingle garden.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 12pm at this cottage.

Accessibility: The track to the cottage takes you up a steep driveway through fields, open farmland with grazing animals and 3 gates.

Television: A television and DVD player are provided but please note there is no television reception. Guests may wish to bring DVDs.

Telephone: The nearest payphone is on the A470, heading to Dogellau.

Offers: A 10% discount applies when booked with Braich Melyn (ref 008010).

Please note: There are very steep stairs in this cottage.

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


Things to see and do nearby

Exterior, beach near Burrows Cottage,Llanmadoc,Gower,South Wales © Joe Cornish

South Wales is a land of sweeping green valleys, rugged mountains, woodland and forests and miles of coastal paths laced with heather.

The special places we look after in Pembrokeshire include the rugged landscape and views over to Ireland from St David’s Peninsula, to the nature reserve at Stackpole where otters and dragonflies nestle amongst the water reeds. Then take in the views over the Bristol Channel to Lundy and Exmoor from sun-drenched Rhossili, the highest point on the Gower peninsula.

In North Wales, the dramatic mountain scenery of Snowdonia, with its rivers, waterfalls and the Nant Gwynant valley nestled amongst the mountains and hills, draws people back again and again, while the colourful beach huts at Llanbedrog beach and grey seal-spotting at Porthor Beach are just a few of the highlights of the very special Llyn Peninsula.

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

  • Jane Atkinson
    • March 2016
    • ...
    Made enjoyable..

    The location of the cottage and easy access to exploring interesting and beautiful areas.

  • Edwardson
    • November 2015
    • ----
    Made enjoyable...

    Due to the remote location there is no phone or TV signal which made for a very peaceful stay. The open fire in the lounge provided a welcome feature to the wet weather outside and the well equipped kitchen was a bonus.

  • Welford
    • September 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable.....

    Peace and quiet, walks from the door. Being able to relax with real fire and a good book after a days walk. Able to cook when wanted. Not having to fit to someone else's routine or timetable. Beautiful scenery and somewhere to sit and enjoy them from. Avoid upgrading or providing too many extras. We don't always want or need luxuries to enjoy a holiday. Especially if this increases the cost.

  • RN Stevenson
    • September 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable...

    The standard of properties is always excellent and the choice of locations well thought through. The information provided in the brochures is never embellished.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown

    We loved how remote it was (not great for t.v. or mobile signals), just right for getting away from the hectic pace of normal life. Seeing all the sheep, the mountains, meeting the people who lived round there and the RAF planes flying past. Not your every day holiday. We had a small issue with the fact that housekeeping had not been performed prior to our arrival but it was just a mix up over dates and was sorted out so quickly that it didn't impact our holiday at all. We had a wonderful time, despite the rain on our arrival and our departure.

  • Erin Gavaghan
    • April 2015
    • London
    Exceeded our expectations!

    The cottage exceeded our expectations and was so lovely that for several days we stayed in to enjoy a relaxing day by the fire. Additionally, we were welcomed with fresh flowers and welsh cakes, with milk in the fridge which was an unexpected touch that made us like we were staying in a home. The wood stove was a delight, warming and special - perfect for an early spring break as it was very chilly out!

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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