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General

Cefn Coed is a historic Welsh farm property with origins dating back to the 17th century. We are Situated 4 miles from Dolgellau in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, enjoying an idyllic setting in a sheltered valley of Ancient Oak Woodland, where Cader Idris rolls down into the Mawddach Estuary. Miles of walking, cycling and riding paths are easily accessible from the property including the Mawddach Trail . The property is family owned and we have recently reopened our newly refurbished Bunkhouse.

The Bunkhouse

The Bunkhouse was the original stonebuilt Bakehouse and Dairy of Cefn Coed farm and has now been converted to provide comfortable self-catering holiday accommodation. It is self contained and has 2 floors. It sleeps 12 people in 4 separate bedrooms with bunkbeds, ideal base for a Mountain Biking, Riding or walking break, large families, group of friends, Club meets, team building workshops or school groups. It is available for bookings all year round. The larger 3 rooms contain a sink with a mirror and storage facilities. The property is set in 70 acres of fields and Woodland and is adjacent to Welsh Assembly land which is designated for public access. The Bunkhouse is 1/4 mile from the Main Road therefore providing a very safe and secure environment. As a small family business our aim is to do everything we can to make your stay enjoyable and memorable, we want you to come back again and again! If you have any questions or special requirements please don't hesitate to get in touch for a chat!

Wild Camping

We have 70 acres of breathtaking scenery available for wild camping, including dense woodland areas, open fields and a river running into the beautiful Mawddach Estuary.


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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Forest

Lake and/or mountain

Leave the car at home

Luxury

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Naturist

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Very large (over 200 pitches)

Location

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  • Ponderosa Ranch, Penmaenpool Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Wales, LL40 1YF
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 52.7331°N 3.9720°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Barmouth: Jubilee Rd Coach Stop — 3.6 miles
Dolgellau: Eldon Square Coach Stop — 3.7 miles
Porthmadog Coach Stop — 15.1 miles
Train stations
Morfa Mawddach Rail Station — 3.1 miles
Barmouth Rail Station — 3.6 miles
Fairbourne Rail Station — 4.1 miles
Ferry ports
Porth Penrhyn Ferry Landing — 3.4 miles
Barmouth Ferry Landing — 3.5 miles
Airports
Anglesey Airport — 43.0 miles

Directions


Getting Around

Bus

There is a bus service which stops, on request, in the layby at the entrance to the property with connections to Fairbourne, Towyn, Machynlleth and Aberystwyth Wrexham and Barmouth

arrivabus.co.uk

Train

The nearest Mainline station is Morfa Mawddach. You can drive (free on site carpark) or Cycle or Walk. If Cycling or walking you could avoid the traffic and go the picturesque route down the Mawddach trail or go down the main road A493 either way it's about 4 miles. The Mawddach trail is a flat easy walk but the 10 minute walk up the track to Cefn Coed is quite steep.

Map of Morfa Station

Car

We have plentiful on site parking and the nearest filling stations are in Dolgellau. Please drive slowly down the single track road from the A493 as there may be animals, children or other vehicles on the road.

Walking/Cycling

The Mawddach trail links us to Fairbourne/Barmouth and Dolgellau at the other end, we are situated approximately midway on the trail, the track to Cefn Coed is accessed where the Abergwynant River runs under the old railway bridge into the Estuary. Take the track to the West (or right as you look at it) of the river and just keep walking up!

The Mawddach trail stretches for fifteen kilometres (nine and a half miles) between Dolgellau (starting at the car park beside the bridge) and Barmouth and can be joined at several points, including Pont y Wernddu, Penmaenpool/Taicynhaeaf, Arthog and Morfa Mawddach.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Adventure & Watersports

Outdoor Adventure Activities Llanbedr (16 miles)

Up4adventures Dolgellau

Balawatersports (20 miles)

National Whitewater Rafting Centre (20 miles)

Geocaching

Kitesurfing

Walking

There are many paths and trails around the area including the neighbouring Abergwynant woods, the Precipice and Torrent walks of Dolgellau and Cadair Idris, Wales' highest mountain outside the Snowdon range, for more information visit the Snowdonia National Park website.

The Mawddach Trail runs directly past the property, for a more challenging hike leave the car behind and walk up Cadair Idris

Panorama Walk Barmouth's most famous walk. There is a car park and toilet at the top of the Panorama road. Otherwise climb the steep steps up the hill just before the Railway Bridge. Great views over the estuary.

Mountain Biking serious!

We are fortunate to have world class Mountain Biking facilities very close by, with a range of trails suitable for families and also the serious enthusiast.

Coed Y Brenin (10 miles)

Machynlleth (20 miles)

Bike hire & repairs- Dolgellau Cycles (4 miles)

Snow Bikers - Dolgellau (4 miles)

Cycling Flat and Gentle!
Riding/ Pony Trekking

If you would like to bring your own horse, please contact us to discuss livery arrangements.

Pony trekking along Fairbourne Beach is available at Bwlch Gwyn Farm(3 miles)

Sailing

With a fantastic coastline and some beautiful inland water, the area around Dolgellau provides a variety of sailing venues to suit all abilities. Plenty of space on site to park your boat.

Merioneth Yacht Club

Bala Sailing Club

Historical

Harlech (20 miles) and Criccieth (32 miles) castles Built by Edward I, the English King.

Castel Y Bere (18 miles) built by the Welsh Prince Llywelyn the Great in the 13th century.

Cymer Abbey (4 miles) ruin of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1198-9.

ST.Celynin's Llangelynin medieval church( 9 miles)

BRONZE BELL SHIPWRECK EXHIBITION Ty Gwyn Museum (above Davy Jones' Locker),The Quay, Barmouth. Tells the story of the nearby wreck of 1709, and of the salvage operation. Complete with surprisingly well preserved relics.

Quaker Trail Dolgellau.

Llanfair Slate Caverns (18 miles) Put on a helmet and descend into the tunnels and caverns hacked out by candlelight over a century ago.

Corris Mine Explorers (15 miles)

Celtica (43 miles) A unique, informative and stimulating experience of Celtic heritage and culture. Award winning all weather attraction.

Fishing

Lynn Jericho is a five minute woodland walk from Cefn Coed, license for this and Abergwynant RIver, which runs through the property, are available from our neighbours at Abergwynant Farm.

Adventure & Watersports

Outdoor Adventure Activities Llanbedr (16 miles)

Up4adventures Dolgellau

Balawatersports (20 miles)

National Whitewater Rafting Centre (20 miles)

Geocaching

Kitesurfing

Walking

There are many paths and trails around the area including the neighbouring Abergwynant woods, the Precipice and Torrent walks of Dolgellau and Cadair Idris, Wales' highest mountain outside the Snowdon range, for more information visit the Snowdonia National Park website.

The Mawddach Trail runs directly past the property, for a more challenging hike leave the car behind and walk up Cadair Idris

Panorama Walk Barmouth's most famous walk. There is a car park and toilet at the top of the Panorama road. Otherwise climb the steep steps up the hill just before the Railway Bridge. Great views over the estuary.

Mountain Biking serious!

We are fortunate to have world class Mountain Biking facilities very close by, with a range of trails suitable for families and also the serious enthusiast.

Coed Y Brenin (10 miles)

Machynlleth (20 miles)

Bike hire & repairs- Dolgellau Cycles (4 miles)

Snow Bikers - Dolgellau (4 miles)

Cycling Flat and Gentle!

The Naitonal Cycle Network - Llwybr Mawddach Trail

Riding/ Pony Trekking

If you would like to bring your own horse, please contact us to discuss livery arrangements.

Pony trekking along Fairbourne Beach is available at Bwlch Gwyn Farm(3 miles)

Sailing

With a fantastic coastline and some beautiful inland water, the area around Dolgellau provides a variety of sailing venues to suit all abilities. Plenty of space on site to park your boat.

Merioneth Yacht Club

Bala Sailing Club

Historical

Harlech (20 miles) and Criccieth (32 miles) castles Built by Edward I, the English King.

Castel Y Bere (18 miles) built by the Welsh Prince Llywelyn the Great in the 13th century.

Cymer Abbey (4 miles) ruin of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1198-9.

ST.Celynin's Llangelynin medieval church( 9 miles)

BRONZE BELL SHIPWRECK EXHIBITION Ty Gwyn Museum (above Davy Jones' Locker),The Quay, Barmouth. Tells the story of the nearby wreck of 1709, and of the salvage operation. Complete with surprisingly well preserved relics.

Quaker Trail Dolgellau.

Llanfair Slate Caverns (18 miles) Put on a helmet and descend into the tunnels and caverns hacked out by candlelight over a century ago.

Corris Mine Explorers (15 miles)

Celtica (43 miles) A unique, informative and stimulating experience of Celtic heritage and culture. Award winning all weather attraction.

Fishing

Lynn Jericho is a five minute woodland walk from Cefn Coed, license for this and Abergwynant RIver, which runs through the property, are available from our neighbours at Abergwynant Farm.

View Larger Map of Lynn Jericho

There are river, lake and sea fishing opportunities in abundance see Dolgellau Angling Association for more info. Sea fishing trips run from Barmouth Harbour

Cregennan (3 miles) Lake Boating and Fishing

Talyllyn Lake (13 miles)

Bird Watching & Nature

There are two RSPB nature reserves within easy walking or cylcling distance Coed Garth Gell (3 miles) and Arthog Bog(3 miles)

Bird Rock or Craig yr Aderyn(12 miles) of European importance as a traditional breeding and roosting site.
Pubs & Eating

Just a few miles walk down the flat Mawddach Trail is the picturesque George III pub which offers bar meals and fantastic Sunday Lunches.

There are numerous pubs and restaurants in Dolgellau and Barmouth(see Shopping section below) but 2 particularly well recommended restaurants are Bwyty Mawddach and Bistro Bermo

Entertainment

Discover Dolgellau

Dolgellau Music Club

Ty siamas

Barmouth Nightlife

Visit Mid Wales What's on

Dragon Theatre Barmouth

Theatr Harlech

Beaches

Fairbourne Beach is a 4 mile drive or you can walk down the Mawddach Trail. It has glorious golden sand, rock pools . The end of the beach has a jetty for launching boats/jetski's

Barmouth (9 miles by road, 5miles walk/bike down the Mawddach Trail and across the bridge)

Harlech (20 miles) Sandy Beach with dunes

Blackrock Sands (27 miles) Cars can be driven onto the beach and there is a boat launching area. The sand dunes of Black Rock Sands are a site of special scientific interest

Fun Stuff

Crab lining from Barmouth Harbour keeps kids of all ages occupied for hours!

The Blue Lake (4 miles) is a flooded Slate Quarry that can be accessed through a "spooky" and usually rather wet cave.

Adventure & Watersports

Outdoor Adventure Activities Llanbedr (16 miles)

Up4adventures Dolgellau

Balawatersports (20 miles)

National Whitewater Rafting Centre (20 miles)

Geocaching

Kitesurfing

Walking

There are many paths and trails around the area including the neighbouring Abergwynant woods, the Precipice and Torrent walks of Dolgellau and Cadair Idris, Wales' highest mountain outside the Snowdon range, for more information visit the Snowdonia National Park website.

The Mawddach Trail runs directly past the property, for a more challenging hike leave the car behind and walk up Cadair Idris

Panorama Walk Barmouth's most famous walk. There is a car park and toilet at the top of the Panorama road. Otherwise climb the steep steps up the hill just before the Railway Bridge. Great views over the estuary.

Mountain Biking serious!

We are fortunate to have world class Mountain Biking facilities very close by, with a range of trails suitable for families and also the serious enthusiast.

Coed Y Brenin (10 miles)

Machynlleth (20 miles)

Bike hire & repairs- Dolgellau Cycles (4 miles)

Snow Bikers - Dolgellau (4 miles)

Cycling Flat and Gentle!

The Naitonal Cycle Network - Llwybr Mawddach Trail

Riding/ Pony Trekking

If you would like to bring your own horse, please contact us to discuss livery arrangements.

Pony trekking along Fairbourne Beach is available at Bwlch Gwyn Farm(3 miles)

Sailing

With a fantastic coastline and some beautiful inland water, the area around Dolgellau provides a variety of sailing venues to suit all abilities. Plenty of space on site to park your boat.

Merioneth Yacht Club

Bala Sailing Club

Historical

Harlech (20 miles) and Criccieth (32 miles) castles Built by Edward I, the English King.

Castel Y Bere (18 miles) built by the Welsh Prince Llywelyn the Great in the 13th century.

Cymer Abbey (4 miles) ruin of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1198-9.

ST.Celynin's Llangelynin medieval church( 9 miles)

BRONZE BELL SHIPWRECK EXHIBITION Ty Gwyn Museum (above Davy Jones' Locker),The Quay, Barmouth. Tells the story of the nearby wreck of 1709, and of the salvage operation. Complete with surprisingly well preserved relics.

Quaker Trail Dolgellau.

Llanfair Slate Caverns (18 miles) Put on a helmet and descend into the tunnels and caverns hacked out by candlelight over a century ago.

Corris Mine Explorers (15 miles)

Celtica (43 miles) A unique, informative and stimulating experience of Celtic heritage and culture. Award winning all weather attraction.

Fishing

Lynn Jericho is a five minute woodland walk from Cefn Coed, license for this and Abergwynant RIver, which runs through the property, are available from our neighbours at Abergwynant Farm.

View Larger Map of Lynn Jericho

There are river, lake and sea fishing opportunities in abundance see Dolgellau Angling Association for more info. Sea fishing trips run from Barmouth Harbour

Cregennan (3 miles) Lake Boating and Fishing

Talyllyn Lake (13 miles)

Bird Watching & Nature

There are two RSPB nature reserves within easy walking or cylcling distance Coed Garth Gell (3 miles) and Arthog Bog(3 miles)

Bird Rock or Craig yr Aderyn(12 miles) of European importance as a traditional breeding and roosting site.

View Larger Map of Bird Rock

Coed Ganllwyd Nature Reserve (8 miles)

Pubs & Eating

Just a few miles walk down the flat Mawddach Trail is the picturesque George III pub which offers bar meals and fantastic Sunday Lunches.

There are numerous pubs and restaurants in Dolgellau and Barmouth(see Shopping section below) but 2 particularly well recommended restaurants are Bwyty Mawddach and Bistro Bermo

Entertainment

Discover Dolgellau

Dolgellau Music Club

Ty siamas

Barmouth Nightlife

Visit Mid Wales What's on

Dragon Theatre Barmouth

Theatr Harlech

Beaches

Fairbourne Beach is a 4 mile drive or you can walk down the Mawddach Trail. It has glorious golden sand, rock pools . The end of the beach has a jetty for launching boats/jetski's

Barmouth (9 miles by road, 5miles walk/bike down the Mawddach Trail and across the bridge)

Harlech (20 miles) Sandy Beach with dunes

Blackrock Sands (27 miles) Cars can be driven onto the beach and there is a boat launching area. The sand dunes of Black Rock Sands are a site of special scientific interest

Fun Stuff

Crab lining from Barmouth Harbour keeps kids of all ages occupied for hours!

The Blue Lake (4 miles) is a flooded Slate Quarry that can be accessed through a "spooky" and usually rather wet cave.

View Larger Map of The Blue Lake

Fairbourne Narrow Gauge Railway (4 miles)and Barmouth Ferry.

Welsh Highland Railway (27 miles) 1920's style narrow gauge train. Runs from Porthmadog.

Talyllyn Railway (13 miles)Historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside.

King Arthurs Labyrinth (15 miles)Sail underground, through the great waterfall, and deep inside the spectacular caverns. Stories of dragons, of giants, of battles and many more are told, complete with dramatic scenes, sound and light effects. Cool when Hot and Dry when Wet, this is the perfect all-weather attraction. Sharing the same site is Corris Craft Centre .

The Centre for Alternative Technology (16 miles) is Europe’s leading eco-centre. Seven acres of interactive displays to inspire and entertain visitors of all ages. Ride the water-cliff railway, relax in our tranquil tropical organic gardens, enjoy our free holiday activities for kids and step inside Britain’s greenest building with gift shop and information centre.

Go Ape (10 miles) High Wire Forest Adventure .

Shopping

Dolgellau (4 miles) Choice of Supermarkets, Butcher,Chemist, Bakery, Banks also Tourist Information Centre. http://www.discoverdolgellau.com/

Fairbourne (5 miles) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairbourne

Barmouth (9 miles)

Porthmadog (27 miles)

Must see

  • CADW - Harlech Castle (10.4 miles)
  • MOMA Wales - Y Tabernacl (11.0 miles)
  • Rheilffordd Talyllyn Railway (11.5 miles)

National Trust

  • Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant (22.7 miles)
  • Plas yn Rhiw (27.8 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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