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Carreg Gleision in Manod, Gwynedd

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sleeps 4
2 rooms
1 bathroom

Carreg Gleision description

Holiday home
Originally built from stone in the 1700s, this cottage has been sympathetically restored to retain much of its original charm such as exposed beams and stone walls. During the winter months the superb fireplace houses a wood-burning stove that can transform the cottage into a cosy little snug. For the hazy summer months, there is a rear garden from which you can enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the distant mountains.

The mountain of Manod Mawr has a long history of slate mining and some of the underground chambers were used to house National Treasures during the 2nd World War. Manod village is located in a natural bowl between the Manod and Moelwyn mountains and is well served by a number of shops and pubs, which are used to serving travellers on their way to Betws-Y-Coed, the ‘Gateway to Snowdonia' and the village at the base of Mount Snowdon. Many of Manod's old slate quarries are now tourist attractions, giving fascinating insights into the work undertaken by slate miners in years gone by. The nearby Ffestioniog Railway takes passengers on stunning scenic routes through the North Wales countryside. There are many good walks and cycle-trails to be found in the area and Manod's location provides easy access to other attractions such as Portmeirion - the Italian-designed village used as the setting for the cult TV-show, ‘The Prisoner' – and the white-water rafting opportunities provided at Bala.

Famous for its choirs, stunning mountain ranges and beautiful valleys, this wonderful country has something for everyone. From Snowdonia in North Wales to the Brecon Beacons and the Pembrokeshire Coast in the South.

Oil central heating with woodburner. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD. Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 1 car. Garden with patio, small lawn, furniture and mountain views. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 1.5 miles, pub 10 mins walk. Note: There are 13 steep steps to the rear patio/lawn level, so the garden is not suitable for the infirm or young, unsupervised children.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine

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Mrs Davy
July 2016
A lovely, well equipped cottage in a beautiful area. The owners were incredibly helpful and the information they provided about the area was in-depth and honest. We would definitely return to this cottage on another holiday.
Mr Waller
August 2015
A great cottage, great location and great views. What more can you ask for!
Mr Fox
September 2015
A lovely, well located, cosy cottage within easy reach of the things we wished to do. The owners had gone to considerable trouble to provide helpful information relating to the surrounding area. The equipment provided met our needs.
Mr Taylor
June 2016
Carreg Gleision is a beautiful cottage, in a stunning location. We had a lovely holiday
Mrs Newman
November 2015
The cottage was ideally located for exploring Snowdonia and North Wales. The cottage itself was cosy and charming and had everything that you could need at the end of a busy day.
Mrs Holmes
September 2015
This is a lovely cosy cottage in a great central location for most of the major attractions. It has beautiful views. There were great walks, even from the cottage, especially the waterfall walk. A wonderful week, thank you.
Mr Dawson
June 2015
This was a well cared for and cosy cottage. There was an enclosed garden which was ideal for pets and plenty of great walks nearby. Maps and area info was available at the cottage which was convenient.
Miss Askari
November 2014
Carreg Gleision was very sweet, kitted out with everything you might need for a week away exploring North Wales.
Mrs Walton
April 2015
The cottage was cosy and supplied with all you need for a perfect break. We even had perfect weather (for Wales), which was a bonus. I like that there a several walks directly from the cottage and the location is equidistant between Dolgellau and Betws-y-Coed where there is plenty of cycling and walking. The coast is easily assessable too so there is plenty of choice for activities and scenery.
Mrs Crookes
June 2014
Cosy, well equipped cottage. Very friendly, helpful owners who gave us lots of detailed information to make the most of our holiday. Perfect location for exploring the mountains and beaches.
Mr Nevill
November 2014
The house was excellent. The information pack provided by the owner was superb and very helpful in finding the hidden gems of the area that we otherwise might have missed.
Ms Luckham
November 2013
Brilliant cottage in a great location.
Mr McLaine
February 2014
This cottage is just beautiful, it's so cosy and well equipped and in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. There are fabulous walks you can take from the front door, within just a short drive are stunning river and mountain walks. A perfect place for relaxing and walking the beaches. Would recommend to anyone seeking beautiful views and a cosy warming atmosphere to come home to. Would definitely love to return again.
Mr Pearson
November 2010
Beautiful scenery and very well placed for tourism.
Miss Bateman
March 2011
Beautiful cottage and beautiful surroundings.
Mrs Garside
March 2011
Fabulous location for Snowdonia and the wonderful beaches on the Llyn. All this and not to mention the beautiful walks right outside the doorstep. Great, well-fenced in garden where we could put the dogs knowing they were secure and not likely to escape to go and chase sheep. Dog owners and farmers alike know what peace of mind that brings.
Mr Edwards
June 2011
Cottage was of a high standard and set in a picturesque location. The small elevated garden was quiet and gave lovely mountain views, whilst the wood burner was a nice addition making the cottage particularly cosy when lit. The owners had provided plenty of information on both the cottage and places to visit etc.
Mrs Willoughby
June 2011
The cottage was very homely and cosy and centrally located to explore Snowdonia National Park.
Mr Bartley
June 2011
A lovely cottage where we felt at home straight away. Fabulous views and good information on places to visit. It was really cozy and warm at night after long enjoyable days out.
Mrs Turner
August 2011
My daughter and I really liked the cottage which is of a good standard, clean and comfortable. We hope to return for a further week next year, as we found North Wales very beautiful and the people very friendly. My daughter would also like to climb Snowdon!
October 2011
This was our first time with Sykes Cottages and we enjoyed it very much. The cottage in general was very comfortable and located in a very good position. Not too far from the beaches and a good starting point for hiking in the beautiful mountains of Snowdownia. Communication with Sykes, owners and housekeepers was perfect and very friendly.
Miss MacKenny
October 2011
The cottage was very lovely and comfortable and in a great location to enjoy the National Park and not far from the beaches and other attractions. We loved staying there and would definitely recommend to friends and family.
Ms Skilbeck
October 2013
Very friendly and informative cottage owner. We got lots of information on where to eat, local walks etc. Cottage was warm and spotlessly clean.
Miss Sutton
October 2013
The cottage was sweet and very well equipped. Particularly useful were the OS maps and book on walks in North Wales. The owners were extremely helpful. Everything was very well thought through and useful. Perfect cottage for a couple looking to explore North Wales!
Mr Pritchard
September 2012
Perfect location, perfect size for what we wanted even with a large dog in tow! Plenty of walks in the area and not to far from many visitor attractions.
Mrs Hall
August 2013
Beautiful cottage. The cottage has everything that you could need. The location is stunning with easy access to beaches and mountains. Already looking at when we can go back.
Mrs Davis
September 2012
The cottage is situated in beautiful surroundings with easy access to all attractions, excellent for walking and also dog friendly.
Mrs Hodgkiss
August 2012
A beautiful cottage in a stunning part of Wales. Perfect for a peaceful break away from it all. Thank you!
Mr Mrs Wigg
October 2011
A perfect little cottage in a good location to visit all of the surrounding area.
Miss Sponheimer
February 2010
The cottage is in a beautiful location with wonderful views and great walks nearby. The owners and caretakers made us feel very welcome.
Ms Symons
September 2010
The area in general: Snowdonia is a truly stunning place.
Mr Withers
June 2009
Loved the cottage, felt cosy and almost like home after a couple of days, area superb scenery, walks around village and area superb, good local amenities, friendly helpful owner, could not fault! Only regret was not being able to stay longer.
Ms McGowan
June 2009
Everyone including the owners were helpful and friendly. The garden is secure, great for sitting out in.
Mr Cooper
September 2009
The location was very good, perfect views of the mountains and an excellent cosy cottage, made very welcome.
Miss Rayment
October 2009
A charming cottage in a beautiful part of Wales.
Mrs Banner
November 2009
The cottage was fantastic, nicely decorated, comfortable and cosy. In a beautiful and convenient location. Loved the walks from the cottage and especially the view.
Mrs Jebb
November 2009
A cosy and comfortable cottage. Everything we expected. Owners very helpful. The area is superb for a wide range of activities. Very good location.
Mrs Brannan
February 2010
Very welcoming felt like home from the start, lots of local info left be the owners
Miss Green
February 2010
We had such an amazing time and the cottage, which felt like a home from home, was part of the reason for that.
Mrs White
May 2009
The cottage was very welcoming and cosy and felt like home as soon as we had settled in. We can only find positive things to say like lovely scenery, good neighbours, lots to do in the surrounding area but overall a gorgeous cottage in which to spend your holiday. We will be recommending it to friends and family and will definitely be back ourselves.
Mrs Chestnutt
January 2009
The cottage was great; quiet, cosy and peaceful.
Mr Luke
January 2009
The time we spent in Carreg Gleision was perfect and there were some wonderful local walks. The owners of the cottage provided a nice dvd collection for days in and lots of details on walks and restaurants. They left us with enough information to leave us wanting to come back .
Miss Sponheimer
February 2009
A wonderful base for exploring the area, with great views and walks from the door. Inside the cottage is clean, cosy and well equipped.
Mr Elliott
April 2009
Very enjoyable, nice property and friendly and flexible welcome. Have recommended to others, many thanks.
Mr Brown
May 2009
Clean, well equipped and cosy.
Mrs Hornbuckle
September 2008
The views from the cottage are stunning and there is so much to do in North Wales. The beaches are equal to any abroad but not so packed! We came away with the feeling that there was so much more to do and that is a good feeling I think, shows that you've had a good holiday.
Mrs Slater
October 2008
The cottage was fantastic, and we are fussy people so that is high praise in itself. Carreg Gleision is a true gem of a place and the owners are to be commended on their warmness and generosity. We will be back to Carreg Gleision when time allows, Thank you for a superb holiday!
Mr Schreiber
October 2008
We very much enjoyed our stay in this well equipped and lovely cottage with the amazing scenery all around.
Mr Clarke
October 2008
Good central location for North Wales.
Prof West
November 2008
A good location - property was clean and well maintained.
Mrs Johnstone
December 2008
I loved the peace and quiet of the area and the comfortable and cosy cottage. The fire was fabulous, a warm and welcoming base, a home from home cottage. It was great to take the dogs.
Mr Offord
January 2008
This was an exceptional property.
Mr Jennings
July 2008
Great location, and very cosy cottage - we relaxed whilst there. This holiday gave us our first chance to see Snowdonia and we weren't disappointed. Nice touches from the owners leaving tourist advice and information of the local area. Generally great value - who needs Travel Agents?
Mr Bunnage
August 2008
The cottage was well located for touring North Wales. We found North Wales to be very beautiful and full of activities for all of us (Walking, castles, museums, beaches, waterfalls etc.)
Mr Plunkett
December 2007
The cottage was fairly small but very cosy very homely and is situated in the middle of some stunning scenery. We both really enjoyed our stay our dog loved the walks beaches close by. We would definitely stay in the cottage again in the future. Many thanks to the owners for the Xmas decorations Champagne, it was a lovely touch very much appreciated. Overall we had a lovely Christmas very much enjoyed our stay. Thanks, Dave, Tara Holly Dog.
Mr Fisher
December 2007
Good base for exploring Snowdonia and the LLyn Peninsula. Perfect for the dog!
Mr Wellesley - Davies
October 2007
What a fantastic cottage and location. It was great to escape the city and experience the beauty of the Snowdonia National park. It was the most perfect place to celebrate our wedding anniversary as well as a birthday. Thank you.
Mr Mrs Klanke
November 2007
We loved this cottage, from the first day we felt at home in it. The upper garden is wonderful with its beautiful views of the mountains. The owner and his wife are very nice people and they gave us the feeling that we were very welcome there. Thank you very much for everything!
Mrs Truss
August 2007
Cottage was in a great location for touring the area around. The owners were very helpful, contacting us before the holiday, sending lots of very useful extra information about the area-places to eat, good beaches etc. We had a great time and we would use Sykes again without any hesitation - thank you.
Mr Mrs Beale
July 2007
A beautiful location and a beautiful cottage - we couldn't have hoped for more! Would definately recommend this cottage to others - and we are fussy! Owners and caretakers very friendly and helpful.
Mr Leighton
July 2006
The area is stunning. Wonderful mountain scenery and beautiful beaches.
Mr Gray
August 2006
An excellent base for exploring Snowdonia and the Llyn peninsula - we'd certainly like to rent it again. Very considerate owner. A great holiday.
Miss Wagstaff
April 2007
Lovely cottage, friendly owners, spectacular scenery.
Mrs Gorsuch
June 2007
It was in an excellent position for exploring Snowdonia. We enjoyed being able to light a fire as the weather was fairly chilly. We enjoyed the bird life in Wales.
December 2009
Evreything we got to directions and instructions what to do and see were excellent and the cottage was very cosy and the wet weather made it a very welcome home feel and we settled very quickly. The location was superb and very easy to get to other attractions and local shops near by for the basics was really good.The cottage was the best fitted out kitchen with evrey utensil you could wish for we have ever stayed in and the rooms were very cosy and clean.On our stay we even met the owners who were staying next door but one and they were a great couple and nmade us feel very welcome indeed.
Lars Grangaard Olesen
December 2009
We stayed in Manod for 2 weeks and had a lovely time. The cottage is very cozy with a lovely back garden and scenic mountainsviews and green pastures with lots of sheeps. The cottage is situated close to Snowdonia Nationalpark and there are lots of hikingtrails just outside the cottage. The owner and caretaker are very nice and helpful. We can recomend the cottage for your next holiday if you want to experience the best of Wales.
December 2011
Owner was very helpful and emailed loads of info about places to eat where we could take our dog. The cottage suited us perfectly. We went hiking everyday and it was lovely to come back to the nice warm comfortable cottage at the end of the day. Our dog enjoyed her stay as it was nice to be able to just walk behind the cottage or across the road for a morning run! The traffic was abit noisy at times as we're country folk and not used to that! Only 5 minutes to the co-op in Bleneau which was really good and next door to the chip shop which was excellent. Only minor criticism was the lack of a washing line in the little garden. Highly recommend for a couple.
Miss Robinson
March 2006
Perfect and just what we were looking for, close to the hills and the coast.
Mrs Hoyle
March 2006
Absolutely gorgeous cottage. Lovely period features combined with all mod cons and very thoughtful touches! Perfect to recharge the batteries. We will be back.
Mrs Burgess
March 2006
Very enjoyable week. We found the hidden lake, some excellent local walks and fantastic beaches.
Ms Miles
April 2006
The cottage is of a very high standard - very tasteful and comfortable. The view from the bedroom is amazing - when you can see the mountain at least!
Mr Hilton
July 2006
Easily the best holiday cottage we have stayed in, with a thoughtful combination of traditional features and modern appliances all in a beautiful location.
September 2014
We arrived at about 6pm on the saturday. Found the key collection address easily enough, which was about 1/4 mile up the road. Finding the cottage was easy too, just back down the road and on the right, but for ease of parking it's best to go down to the layby, turn around and approach with the cottage on the left. The space for parking is quite tight if you have an estate or MPV type car. We found the cottage quite charming. The views from the front windows are amazing and give a real sense of wilderness. The small garden at the back is lovely to sit in and enjoy the view. The lounge is well equipped, 2 comfy sofas, TV, DVD player and a good range of DVDs and books to get you through the bad weather days, which we were lucky not to have. The log burner is nice, but we couldn't get the fire to stay lit long enough to enjoy, but that could be my poor fire building skills! We were asked to put the bins out on Tuesday, but this was taken care of by parties unknown, although we did have to get them in. On the subject of bins we weren't supplied with any bags for food waste. The central heating in the cottage is very good and keeps heat well. The bed in the main bedroom is quite creaky. I found the quilt to be quite light weight and the pillows didn't support my head weight at all, but I utilised the pillows from the second bedroom which seemed much better and there were additional blankets available. The bathroom was relatively clean. The sink and toilet were spotless, but the shower was quite dirty in places, notably the shower head. When we arrived, there was a letter advising that power to the cottage would be off between 0900 and 1630 on the Tuesday due to power line works in the area. This wasn't too much of an issue due to the good weather and as we didn't bring much food with us, but had the weather been poor things could've been different. It would've been nice to have a heads up before booking or arriving. The location of the cottage is very central to the Snowdonia National Park so you can get to most places within less than an hour. On the whole it was a nice stay, but the cottage could do with a deep clean. The local information provided by the owners prior to arriving and also in the handbooks in the cottage was good.
September 2014
We stayed here last week what a wonderful find... Cosy well maintained and everything that we needed.. Fantastic setting yet not to far from Bl Ffestiniog and a few nice walks. Try ty gwyn restaurant in Betws y Coed. The castle chippy in cricieth is a must as well. We enjoyed it so much we are re booking for a break in November
September 2014
This is a lovely part of Wales, but our week was blighted by struggling to find places we could let our dogs off the lead. There are some beautiful walks from the cottage but this is sheep country and our dogs (who are not used to being on the lead for long walks) drove us mad! Part way through the week we contacted the owners for suggestions and they came back to us very quickly with a few suggestions - much appreciated. The cottage itself was very "cute" but actually very small compared to other properties I've stayed in - fine for two people but I think we'd have struggled with four. The bed was a bit thin and creaky and we struggled a bit to keep warm as we couldn't keep the fire lit. Other than that we had everything we needed and found the cottage very clean. Parking is a bit tight but as we were in the end cottage we had a bit more room than the others - I wouldn't have liked trying to parallel park in some of the other places. The main "plus points" for me were the enclosed garden (essential for our dogs) and the helpful owners.
Alison M
March 2014
A lovely little cottage ideal for anyone wanting a soy cottage in the heart of beautiful scenery. The cottage is furnished in a lovely homely feel with all the facilities you need especially great cooking facilities. Here are stunning walks right from the front door of the cottage but everywhere you drive is stunning in this part of the world! The cottage is on a main road that cars travel very fast on but it in no way ruins your stay as the road isn't that busy except rush hour. The owner sends a very helpful email with everything you need to know about the cottage and the area which is like a bible to first timers to wales like we were! The wood burner is lovely throwing out the heat and making it extra cosy. We had a fantastic week here and would love to return.
Debs L
November 2013
This is a comfortable, clean and well equipped cottage. The location is perfect for lovely long walks either up mountains or in beautiful woodland. It is on a fairly busy road but don't let this put you off as we didn't really notice any noise after the 1st day. The owners gave really helpful guidance re walks and places to visit and the locals are friendly and helpful. We will definitely be returning in the spring!
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