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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, and walk-through double bedroom with antique brass/iron bed. From the bedroom, steps lead to the dining/sitting room with a multi-fuel stove, and small veranda.
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric storage heating included.

Parking: Adjacent to the cottage.

Garden: There is a large, uneven garden which surrounds the cottage. It is a fenced area, but is not completely enclosed.

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

Accessibility: A winding and uneven track takes you up through the woods 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.

Telephone: The nearest payphone would be at Dolmelynllyn Hall Hotel which is a 5 minute walk from the cottage. There is limited mobile signal at the cottage.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Romantic
  • Single storey
  • Quirky
  • Garden Appeal
  • Remote location
  • Television
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • Fridge-freezer


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
Segontium Remains of a Roman fort


Comments from past visitors

  • Mr Tysoe
    • November 2016
    • Oxfordshire
    Unique property

    The property is set in a unique and beautiful location and it's very quirky. There were forests, rivers, waterfalls and goldmines to explore on the doorstep. Its location allows time to 'breath'' from a busy working life (I note from comments in the visitors book this was a common theme - 'retreat' being quoted a couple of times). It does not have trappings of modernity (e.g. wifi) although it now has FREESAT.

  • Mr Blackmore
    • October 2016
    • Lincolnshire
    Made enjoyable...

    The location of the cottage on edge of lovely NT woodland one could walk in from the door. The tiny parlour with wood burner was very cosy for two. The cottage was tiny but cute and cosy and a convenient location to explore Snowdonia.

  • Anonymous
    • June 2016
    • Unknown
    Wonderful location

    Nant Las is a true one off and in a wonderful location. Peace and tranquility is very important, this cottage has that quality in spades. The personal welcome from Luz was particularly appreciated.

  • Mrs Johnston
    • July 2015
    • Barnsley
    Made enjoyable...

    How small and quaint the property was.

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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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