Cae Canol Bach, Ffestiniog Valley
Ref: 5152

Cae Canol Bach, Ffestiniog Valley
Glorious countryside awaits on your front door step
Mezzanine bedroom
Mezzanine bedroom above the kitchen
Kitchen and dining area
Shower room
Cae Canol Bach is right next to Moelwyn Bach in Ffestiniog
Cwm Teigl is right on your doorstep
The view from the front door
Cae Canol Bach, Cwm Teigl
Cae Canol Bach, Ffestiniog Valley
Glorious countryside awaits on your front door step
Mezzanine bedroom
Mezzanine bedroom above the kitchen
Kitchen and dining area
Shower room
Cae Canol Bach is right next to Moelwyn Bach in Ffestiniog
Cwm Teigl is right on your doorstep
The view from the front door
Cae Canol Bach, Cwm Teigl










STS Grade 3+

Detached and on its own, 100m below our ref 5150, this cottage is a lovely, romantic, away-from-it-all location to re-charge those tired batteries. Recently renovated, it has a spacious living room with a galleried mezzenine bedroom above. Situated at the head of Cwm Teigl valley, 2 mls from Llan Ffestiniog, on the lower slopes of Manod mountain, access is along a 0.5 mls mountain trackway with 3 gates. Walks literally from the doorstop with an ancient footpath (now rarely used) leading from Cae Clyd to Penmachno passing the front door though this area of  'Wild Wales'. Cosily prepared in an open plan design with a large wood burning stove in the inglenook and night storage heaters for warmth. You will never feel closer to nature then you will here, it will stay in your soul forever. You will feel a million miles away from everything, being surrounded by unspoilt countryside with distant coastal views, but still only a mile and a half from the village community inn and shop at Llan Ffestiniog. Blaenau Ffestiniog (5 mls) has the Ffestiniog Railway station, Zip World and Bounce Below, small super market and shops. The wonderful Black Rock Sands (12 mls) is the closest sandy beach where you can drive straight onto the 3mls of sands and dunes or discover the sandy coves at Borth y Gest. If you can tempt yourself off the mountain then visit Harlech Castle (14 mls), Swallow Falls and Betws y Coed (15 mls) in the Conwy valley, Coed y Brenin mountian bike centre (16 mls) and Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon (30 mls). 

1 MEZZANINE BEDROOM: (up a steep ship's ladder with hand rail on one side) with a Double bed with access on one side.
COT AND HIGHCHAIR: both available on request
LINEN : Yes. (Cot linen not included).
TOWELS: -At this time, due to Covid regulations, we are asking Guests bring their own TOWELS and TEA TOWELS.
SHOWER ROOM/WC with electric shower (downstairs).
LIVING ROOM includes a KITCHEN AREA with a newly fitted kitchen with integrated hob, oven, fridge, dishwasher and microwave. Table and chairs. 
LOUNGE: Single, click-clack bed settee, wood burner and TV/DVD.
GROUNDS: Seating to front with garden furniture to side of the cottage. Please note that the grounds belong to the mountain and are natural. Young children must be supervised at all times.
PARKING: Ample parking by the cottage.
HEATING: Electric radiators and two log burner.
ELECTRICITY & HEATING: Included. Logs available by arrangement (£6 per bag).
2 well behaved pets that are not tempted by sheep which graze up to the front door. Dogs must be controlled at all times.
EXTRA: Shared utility room (100m) with washing machine and tumble dryer and drying racks. A drawer in a shared freezer. Three cottages have access to this shared utility room: Cae Canol Cottage (5149), Cae Canol Farmhouse (5150) and Cae Canol Bach (5152).
WATER: The cottage has its own supply of mountain spring water which is filtered and UV treated.
NOTE: You are a good 15 minutes drive away from civilisation. Take everything you need for the first day. Warm clothes and sturdy boots are essential here.
WIFI: There is currently no wifi connection. You can get a really good mobile signal with all providers except Vodafone from our experience in all the properties. 
NOTE: On November 5th and New Year's Eve, NO FIREWORKS PLEASE as nearby dogs cannot tolerate them.

ACCESS: The mountain track has reeds growing in the centre, there are 5 gates which are normally closed narrowest gate is 2.3m. The gateway is wide enough for a normal car (Honda CRV, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa was OK). Link to a video of the track is in ACCESS tab.

April to October:
It is recommended to come in a 4x4, but our cars and the owner's saloon have made it everytime with care.

October to April: You MUST come in a 4x4 as we cannot guarantee the weather or that you will make it up there.

***You MUST close EVERY gate after you***

2021 Price Group: 8 Minimum rent: £383

Mini-break rules at this cottage: A mini-break is a holiday for less than a week and/or may start on a day which isn't the normal changeover day (Friday). This property owner will accept mini-breaks.

Guest Feedback:
C, R P & M (Jan 2020): "
What an amazing week... A great combination of chilling and doing stuff. Amazing beaches, especially Borth-y-Gest, so quiet. We walked up to the lake over the back and did some wild swimming - just awesome. The weather is everchanging up here. We've had mornings sitting in the sun drinking tea at the front of the cottage and cosy evenings in front of the fire listening to the wind howling. Thank you. X"
C & K (Jan 2020): "Had a lovely time at Cae Canol Bach, very comfortable, warm and cosy with everything you need at hand. Excelled walks, beautiful views and so cosy. Would love to come back in the Summer. Amazing food at 'Y Pengwern'. Met some lovely locals in there, made us feel very welcome. Thank you very much. X"
T, D  & D (Oct 2019): "We have had a wonderful stay at this lovely cottage. The views are amazing. We had a lovely walk up to the lake behind the big house. Visited Zip World which was a great experience and relaxed thinking how lucky we are as my husband is 5 years clear of liver cancer on Monday. We'll definitely be coming back to visit. The cottage had all we needed. Thanks for letting us stay in this amazing place."
A & J (Oct 2019): "We have had an amazing time here, so peaceful and calm. It was exactly what we both needed to get away from our everyday stresses.  Our first full day we ventured out to Lake Idwal, a 3 hour walk and was stunning. My partner couldn't have picked a more beautiful place to propose. The next day we achieved Mt Snowdon and boy was that tough! The views were unbelievable and so worth it! To top off all of our adventures, we came back to this lovely cottage, put the fire on and had cosy nights to relax. Would highly recommend and will be returning in the future! Thank you and all the best!"
J, C & M (Oct 2019): "A fantastic short break at this amazing property. Location perfect for getting away from the stresses of daily life. Black rock sands well worth a visit. (Murphy the spaniel agrees!!) Also, Nefyn beach was amazing. The walk up to the lake was really nice and literally on the doorstep. Thank you so much. 10/10 would recommend."
A, T & M (Sept 2019): "We have had a wonderful week in this lovely remote cottage. Plenty of walks direct from the cottage which our dog loved! -Head up the back of the main house to the lake and onwards to the hills. Really recommend Y Manod pub in Blaenau Ffestiniog- such lovely owners! All in all a perfect stay to get away from it all."
N & J (May, 2019): "We have had such a lovely time here. It's been so peaceful and exactly what we both needed. Saturday night was perfect, fire lit and a glass of wine in hand, so perfect that James decided that's when he would propose! Of course I said yes! We will definitely be backs to enjoy this wonderful place again. Thanks for a lovely stay!"
A & G (May, 2019): "What a great escape from a manic world. We both felt as if we'd pulled the plugs out and powered down during out stay here. Clean, fresh air, lots of space and spectacular views all around. We wanted for nothing and Cae Canol Bach was snug and welcoming. A lovely base for exploring the surrounding countryside or just to chill on the patio soaking up the peace. Thank you so much for our lovely stay - Diolch. For anyone interested, the birds we saw - Buzzard, Red Kite, Carrion Crows, Raven, Herring Gull, Cuckoo, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Robins, Redstart, Wheatear, Blackbird, Willow Warbler and a Dipper."
V & J (May, 2019): "Sat here writing this with a cup of tea in hand gazing out of the side door at blue skies, a crisp morning and total silence. How could any day begin in a better way? From the moment we arrived (after the laughter subsided from our venture up the drive!) we knew this cottage was absolutely perfect. Warmth, comfort, peace and total tranquility. We never want to leave! Wales is truly the most beautiful country and Cae Canol Bach captures a slice of this so perfectly."
M & D (April, 2019): "We spotted this little cottage from the road nestled at the foot of the mountain. It took our breath away. On arrival, opening the door it happened again, and as we explored the area over the two days it just kept amazing us. I love this little cottage and all its surroundings. I will come here again! The owner was amazing and such a wonderful host."

Visit Wales Comments (December 2019):
"Set in a very rural location one of three traditional properties where guests are advised that owing to the approach a 4x4 vehicle for access might be prudent at certain times of the year. The properties have benefitted from the works by the owner with each having balcony bedroom off the lounge with electric heating."
Visit Wales Overall Quality Percentage: 74.29%
Grading:  3 Star

Please note: A returnable £100 Good Housekeeping Deposit will be required before we can give the key safe code. Our experience shows that this procedure results in an all round better holiday for everyone, as our holiday home owners are prepared to offer better quality properties for guests and all guests fully respect the property and so make manageable the process of  preparing the property for the next guest's full enjoyment. Nearly all our guests are respectful people where the bond is fully returned. We have a high proportion of returning guests who are appreciative of our service and the high standard of accommodation that we strive to provide. Please be assured that STS is a Visit Wales/Welsh Assembly Government Accredited agency. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.


We strongly recommend that you take our Cancellation Protection (see Terms & Conditions). If you continue you will notice that during the next booking steps this will automatically be selected for you and the price will increase, so simply de-select them on the bookings screen if you already have holiday insurance or if you do not want any cover.

The Pet Charge for all properties accepting pets is £20 per pet.

After your stay, we ask you kindly to please leave the property as it is found, in a clean and tidy manner. This includes replacing the furniture if you have moved them, emptying all internal bins, clean and put away plates etc., clean work tops and surfaces and hoover the floors.

No Smoking: We want all our guests to enjoy an odour free environment when they arrive at their property. We therefore prohibit smoking within the premises in ALL our properties. A 'Refreshing Charge' will be levied on guests who smoke in properties. A No Smoking Policy may form part of a property's statutory Fire Risk Assessment.

Mini-breaks & Weekends: In most cases, bookings that are for less than 7 nights in the season (Easter to the end of October) are only bookable at short notice. Out of season (November to last week before Easter) is more flexible. The mini-break rules for each property is stated on the description. Weekend booking requests that do not start or end on a property's change-over day or cross over more than 1 week, are at the discretion of the property owner. Please feel free to call us to discuss your requirements.


A cottage at the foot of Manod Mountain. Access is up a 1/2ml track through fields with gates that will need opening and closing. Not for the faint hearted. Unique!

Access from cark park is on uneven ground. Not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.

This is a video of us driving up to 5152 in a 2005 Corsa: HERE

Period Week Price 3 night price
06 August 2021 to 19 August 2021 £ 707 £ 566
20 August 2021 to 26 August 2021 £ 662 £ 530
27 August 2021 to 02 September 2021 £ 602 £ 482
03 September 2021 to 16 September 2021 £ 522 £ 418
17 September 2021 to 23 September 2021 £ 457 £ 383
24 September 2021 to 14 October 2021 £ 412 £ 383
15 October 2021 to 28 October 2021 £ 497 £ 398
29 October 2021 to 09 December 2021 £ 387 £ 383
10 December 2021 to 16 December 2021 £ 497 £ 398
17 December 2021 to 06 January 2022 £ 617 £ 494
07 January 2022 to 13 January 2022 £ 667 £ 534
14 January 2022 to 03 February 2022 £ 437 £ 433
04 February 2022 to 10 February 2022 £ 462 £ 433
11 February 2022 to 24 February 2022 £ 482 £ 433
25 February 2022 to 24 March 2022 £ 437 £ 433
25 March 2022 to 31 March 2022 £ 547 £ 438
01 April 2022 to 21 April 2022 £ 572 £ 458
22 April 2022 to 28 April 2022 £ 482 £ 433
29 April 2022 to 26 May 2022 £ 547 £ 438
27 May 2022 to 02 June 2022 £ 667 £ 534
03 June 2022 to 30 June 2022 £ 617 £ 494
01 July 2022 to 07 July 2022 £ 652 £ 522
08 July 2022 to 14 July 2022 £ 667 £ 534
15 July 2022 to 21 July 2022 £ 712 £ 570
22 July 2022 to 18 August 2022 £ 757 £ 606
19 August 2022 to 25 August 2022 £ 712 £ 570
26 August 2022 to 01 September 2022 £ 652 £ 522
02 September 2022 to 15 September 2022 £ 572 £ 458
16 September 2022 to 22 September 2022 £ 507 £ 433
23 September 2022 to 13 October 2022 £ 462 £ 433
14 October 2022 to 03 November 2022 £ 547 £ 438
04 November 2022 to 08 December 2022 £ 437 £ 433
09 December 2022 to 15 December 2022 £ 547 £ 438
16 December 2022 to 29 December 2022 £ 667 £ 534
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