Rated 5 out of 5
Nestled on the slopes of the gorgeous Dyfi Valley, with panoramic views across flourishing woodland and the river estuary, sits the stylish and elegant wood-cabin; Little Kestrel. This tranquil hideaway is superbly positioned to visit a spectacular stretch of Welsh coastline, including Aberdyfi's glorious sandy beaches, plus the world renown Snowdonia National Park.
Tucked away on the quarry track of an old Welsh Lime Kiln, the luxurious accommodation has been thoughtfully adorned throughout from the Douglas Fir-clad walls to the eclectic mix of leather, linen, and velvet. The Welsh slate topped sink, wood burning stove, hand painted units, comfy sofas and large farmhouse table all combine to create a fabulous homely atmosphere.
However, the jewel in the crown of this lovely abode is undoubtedly the magnificent patio garden. With private views across stunning countryside surrounds, it perfectly soaks up the sun as it arches through the valley; a magical place to sit amongst the skipping spring lambs and abundant native wildlife.
At night, stargaze through the pristine country air in Snowdonia's famous 'Dark Sky', while by day there's plenty to do from mountain walks and adrenaline-filled adventures to lazy afternoons by the seaside. Whatever holiday type you choose this blissful countryside retreat will not disappoint.
Little Kestrel is situated on the outer edge of a private Lodge Estate, just outside Pennal and has parking for two cars. Ideally placed within Snowdonia National Park, the property is within easy reach of Cardigan Bays' glorious beaches and breathtaking mountain scenery. (Photos by Visit Wales. No. 40 & 41 in selection).
Machynlleth, the ancient capital of Wales, is just 3 miles away, which boasts Wales' own MOMA Art Gallery, as well as museums, pubs, cafes and a fantastic Wednesday market selling local foods. Visit in May for the famous Machynlleth Comedy festival.
Go further along the coast road to Borth and, on the way, find the Cors Dyfi Osprey project in the nature reserve or drive another 20 mins to the lovely seaside town of Aberystwyth.
In the opposite direction, Aberdyfi is just over a 10-minute drive offering a variety of quaint shops and delectable places to dine. Stop by the acclaimed Seabreeze restaurant for a sumptuous evening meal or call in the Coast Deli for a delicious brunch.
Just a 20-minute walk from the site you will find The Riverside gastropub in Pennal with good food, local ale and excellent company at the bar, or if you prefer, simply bask in the tranquil surrounds of this magnificent cabin.
Aberdyfi boasts a spectacular 18-hole Links golf course, a regular venue for national competitions.
Little Kestrel is located within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, an internationally recognised nature reserve. Discover woodland and wildlife as well as a variety of sporting pursuits. Visit http://www.dyfibiosphere.wales to find out more.
Cycling and Mountain Biking
North Wales is a fabulous destination for cycling enthusiasts. Visit the purpose-built Climachx trail mountain bike course in Corris (http://www.dyfimountainbiking.org.uk/), just 8 miles away. Bikes can be stored safely below the cabin deck or hired from nearby Dolgellau http://dolgellaucycles.co.uk/.
If your cycling errs towards a genteel stroll, then the Mawddach trail won't disappoint. Enjoy 30 miles of breathtaking scenery and stop by The George III on the Estuary for a pub lunch and an ale from the local 'Moose' microbrewery.
The cosy cabin is accessed through the French doors on the raised deck, leading to the well-appointed kitchen, complete with washer-dryer, dishwasher, induction hob, oven, fridge freezer, microwave and Nespresso coffee machine.
In the kitchen, you will find a lovely welcome gift including Welsh Cakes, Jam, Prosecco and a card.
There are three bedrooms - two doubles and a single. The master is equipped with a luxurious king-sized bed, Egyptian cotton linens and a marshmallow soft duvet. French doors open onto an enclosed Rhododendron garden.
The second double has a Shabby-chic bygone feel, with Eileen Soper's 50's prints and a charming cast iron double bed. The cosy single has been intriguingly furnished with an upcycled picnic table bed head, step ladder side table, and 60's G-plan drawers, compensating for its modest size with stunning views across the valley.
Please note: the single bedroom is available on request only (charged at an additional £30 per stay)
The beautiful 'beach-house' bathroom has painted heritage blue boards with walk-in shower, shaving point, and heated towel rail. All towels and linen are included.
The cabin is fully heated throughout with programmable electric radiators, a wood burning stove and 24-hour hot water on demand, while all beds have sleep safe electric blankets.
The stylish lodge is equipped with a variety of entertaining additions. Inside you will find a 'Smart' flat screen TV with Netflix, DVD player, Wi-Fi and superfast broadband, plus USB points in every room. Bluetooth sound system, radio, games, cards, jigsaws, tabletop ping-pong, and rounders are also available to guests.
Also find enclosed utensils and skewers for the Indian fire pit & BBQ outside, plus several candle votives, which create a charming outdoor ambiance. Charcoal bricks and firewood are supplied.
The kitchen doors open onto the elevated deck, with views across mighty Oaks, a tree-lined quarry road, and the bedazzling Dyfi estuary; a serene space to sit amongst the flourishing flora. It's also the perfect place to see a variety of wild beasts from Red Kites and Buzzards to charming little House Martins, while Ospreys from the Dyfi Osprey Project can also be glimpsed in the distance.
The sitting room French doors lead out to the 18th century Lime Kiln. Recline on the reclaimed oak whiskey barrel Adirondack chairs, enjoy a barbecue, or cosy around the outdoor fire pit and gaze at the stars in Snowdonia's light pure sky.
A five-minute walk along the old quarry track takes you to the banks of the River Dyfi, with rolling hills and sheep abound there are plenty of places to stop along the way, so take a picnic to sit amongst the jumping river trout.
Please note: The Lime Kiln walls are very low with a 15ft drop over the edge, so Little Kestrel is not suitable for children from walking age up to 10 years. Guests must take responsibility for their own safety, so please be careful.
Dog Owners must also be aware that the grounds are not fully enclosed and are surrounded by fields of livestock, so please look after your pet.
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