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Nant Las

near Dolgellau, Gwynedd

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This small, comfortable cottage lies in a secluded woodland setting on the National Trust’s Dolmelynllyn estate within the Snowdonia National Park. A charming cottage with a quirky layout, ideal for romantic get-a-ways. Predominantly of timber construction, it was built in the nineteenth-century as an observatory, housing a telescope for nearby Dolmelynllyn Hall. The scenery is spectacular and varied, and Nant Las enjoys views across the valley to rugged hill country. Nearby, and easily accessible by footpath, is Rhaiadr Ddu, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Wales.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath, walk-through bedroom (1 double with antique brass/iron bed) with steps to dining/sitting room with multi-fuel stove, and small veranda.
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric storage heating included.

Approach to Cottage: A winding and uneven track takes you up through the woods to the cottage.

Parking: Adjacent to the cottage.

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

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Romantic
  • Single storey
  • Quirky
  • Remote location
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • 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
Segontium Remains of a Roman fort

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Heather Wilson
    • December 2014
    • England
    Made special by:

    The lovely location and cute interior. The milk, drinks, cakes and flowers provided were a welcome surprise. The cottage was very clean and presentable. Directions to the cottage were very good.

  • Robert Blott
    • November 2014
    • Surrey

    Positives: located on a national trust estate with wonderful woodland walks and waterfalls. Close to Snowdon, easy access to Conwy, Anglesey etc. Quirky and unusual cottage. Beautiful location. Very romantic.

  • Anonymous
    • October 2014
    • -----------------

    Nant Las was an excellent base for a quiet and relaxing break. Very well equipped and welcoming. Unique and memorable building and location

  • Stella Jamieson
    • December 2013
    • Shropshire
    Lovely welcome

    Cottage was very cosy, neat and clean. There was a lovely Christmas welcome pack (an unexpected surprise) which we happily scoffed! Thank you Mary! The practical info in the cottage folder proved invaluable - power cut due to xmas storms/fallen tree - soon rectified!).

  • Hannah O'Carroll
    • November 2013
    • Cheshire
    Different and cosy

    The layout of the cottage made it feel really different and very cosy. Loved the wood burner & double aspect windows in the living room and the beautifully made bed (complete with brass bedstead!) in the bedroom. It was great to be able to walk out the front door and have access to such great walks and scenery!

  • Maria & Andrew
    The perfect start to our honeymoon!

    A lovely cosy, charming cottage in which to escape the hustle & bustle of normal life! We stayed for three nights (Jan 2009); enjoying the beautiful scenic surroundings and each others company, the perfect start to our honeymoon!

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  • 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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