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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 and utility.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 walk-through double, with 5' bed, leading to 1 twin) and bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

electric storage heating included.

The track to the cottage takes you uphill through fields and 3 gates. On arrival at the cottage there are spectacular views down the valley and parking for 2 cars adjacent to the cottage.

There are very steep stairs in this cottage.

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

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

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


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

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
    • ------------
    Made special by:

    No people around and amazing views from cottage. Lovely stay. The daffodils and fresh flower was a beautiful touch to alredy lovely cottage. Very nice.

  • Borka Price
    • December 2014
    • Essex
    Very high standard

    The cottage and welcome from the Caretaker was excellent and to a very high standard. When we go away in the UK we always stay in National Trust cottages due to the high standard of the cottages and cleanliness. The cottages are always warm and are decorated in keeping with the age of the cottage.

  • Alan Gareth Davies
    • November 2013
    • UK
    Remote location

    I am so grateful for all the effort that goes into the upkeep of cottages. The personal little touches and added pieces here and there really do a make huge difference! The location was very remote and cottage old so I thought it might feel unwelcoming or scary arriving alone but it felt really homely as soon as you arrive. Arriving at night for the first time should be advised against though as the entry drive was not obvious...not that you want it to be though as the remoteness is a large part of the charm.

  • Janet Pickering
    • August 2013
    • Wiltshire

    Amazing position in the hills and lovely approach along the lane and farm track.

  • Mr Richards
    • July 2013
    • UK

    Great location and isolation. Very comfortable cottage.

  • Sue Eyre
    The setting and views from this cottage are peaceful

    The setting and views from this cottage are peaceful and inspiring. The accomodation is very well kept and comfortable and Fron Dirion is a great base to explore North Wales including the beaches,mountains and Powis Castle. We will definately return.

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What it will cost

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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