A hidden gem!
Very good value cottage in a delightful village. The cottage is small but was fine for myself, husband and 2 teenage children. It had everything we needed for our week holiday. It was very close for an evening walk into the village but felt secluded. The walks and scenery from the door of the cottage are breathtaking and we would like to return and explore more in the future. Penlan offers a good value base for doing this.
Beautiful and nostalgic 'Rupert Bear' cottage - deep in the idyllic and impressive Snowdonia National Park!
My mother-in-law booked a week at this beautiful and nostalgic cottage in the heart of Snowdonia last November (2018), inviting my partner and I to stay too. It was a very special Christmas gift to the both of us ? particularly myself - having loved Rupert The Bear dearly during my formative years.
I was instantly taken with 'Penlan' on arrival. The owners clearly take great pride in its heritage - and inside you will find an assortment of Mr Albert Bestall's (Rupert's creator) personal possessions, with multiple Rupert art pieces adorning the walls. The cottage comes equipped with a traditional and hearty fireplace; (which we found especially pleasant in November) however, the lodging itself is quite warm nonetheless.
The cottage is cosy and quaint, with two bedrooms (one double and a bunk bed in the second). My partner and I shared the room with the bunk bed - and I have to say I think this was particularly special. One of the windows in this room looks out from the side of the cottage, and from it you can immediately espy a bonny tree ? a view I had already seen an innumerate amount of times within Rupert books! In addition, the bathroom and kitchen facilities provided everything necessary for a pleasant and comfortable stay ? all was clean and tidy, with a well-equipped kitchen.
Furthermore, ?Penlan? is situated perfectly - with the most astonishing backdrop - and it is not difficult to understand why it was so beloved of Mr Bestall. On our first morning when we opened the front door, the view really did take my breath away. I sat on the front step and looked around at the mountains and hills towering over the lovely and idyllic town of Beddgelert, finding myself simply lost for words. Despite the time of year the skies were clear with sunshine, so we decided to spend the morning trekking up a mountain path which leads directly up from the cottage. There are seemingly few places left that encapsulate the beautiful countryside of old in this country ? but this is certainly one that still does.
After our trek we wandered into Beddgelert and pottered about in some of the shops, before finally relaxing in a local pub. Needless to say we found all the local folk very friendly and talkative. What's more, the village itself is well situated ? only approximately 30-minutes (by car) away from Portmeirion or Caernarfon Castle in opposite directions ? so there is plenty to do in the region if visiting.
In summary, it really was a truly remarkable and magical trip - which brought back my childhood in a decidedly wonderful way. I have to say I think it is an especially commendable decision by Mr Bestall's family to allow guests a chance to stay at Penlan ? and whether for nostalgia or just scenic appreciation, (with a comfortable abode) I would absolutely recommend the cottage to anyone! Thank you for a brilliant few days!
Lovely Little Cottage great views
This is a lovely little cottage with its nostalgic history of Rupert Bear. Yes it has some remnants of the Illustrators pictures and models and paints in cupboards inside. Great views and plenty of walks around Beddgelert. Nice village with a variety of catering means with or without dogs. Its a place really for good weather-maybe a personal choice for us. As for the cottage itself its fine for a 2+2 but not a 2+3. The TV is a new installation a 32 inch Toshiba so the old small TV has now been removed. The DVD player is antique and the DVDs supplied are non-functional-badly scratched so bring your own. But the DVD player needs upgrading. The main double bed is as mentioned by previous visitors in need of a new one. Its difficult to sleep on even for two people. Kitchen and Bathroom are Ok relatively newish although the black LEC fridge freezer is in dire need of a defrost before it explodes with ice! Parking is Ok with one space but make sure you back up onto the drive area so its easier to leave as the adjacent neighbour is old and has carers coming in frequently who may block your exit. An ironing board would be nice. The front and back gradens are rough and severly inclined not good for young children to play on.
We stayed here for my birthday, a very pleasant place to stay, stunning location and just a short walk to the village.
Very modern bathroom.....just a shame the hot water tank only has enough water for a 1/4 of a bath.
Kitchen very well set out and has everything you need...unfortunately the washer doesent work properly..we put it on a 60 min fast wash and it still hadnt done after 3hrs....seems to stick on the wash cycle. Shame there isnt a clothes horse as the weather wasnt good enough to hang them out. We only had to wash due to getting muddy from walking. Also an iron would have been helpful....but...you cant have everything.
Living room is cosy....shame there isnt a real log burner, the fan heater does help. Its very cold in the mornings. Lots of books and information leaflets.
Bedroom has good storage but the bed is tiny and not really comfortable....but that may just be me...as no two people like the same.
All in all the place could do with a good clean.....the light fittings were showing bare connections from the ceilings for some reason. Also the bins hadnt been emptied so we had nowhere to put our rubbish. The tv in the room is tiny too.
All in all we very much enjoyed our stay and would recommend it!
Andrew Mark S
Lovely Cottage, remote but close enough to the village
We booked Penlan for five nights over New Year 2017 for two adults and a large dog. Arrived to find a very cold cottage but I think it had been empty over Christmas so fair enough. After reading a couple of the reviews, we had taken two small fan heaters and these, with the 'not-quite-man-enough' storage heaters, and the lounge electric heater on, we soon had the place habitable and warm. Small cottage, traditional design with functional fittings - inc a very small TV! - OK in the summer but harder in the long dark winter nights. The bed was possibly not to everyone's liking and bit soft - and with a 6ft bed and I'm 6'1", my feet were pushed through the bottom bedframe. The duvet was a bit thin but we had taken our own and we slept well each night. The open fireplace and chimney in the bedroom makes for interesting sounds during high winds, concerning my wife until she realised what it was. Lovely position overlooking the village and across the valley - a sense of being quite remote but in fact only two mins walk into the village. However the immediate access to the cottage is quite steep, not really suitable for limited mobility. Parking was OK, but given that the neighbouring cottage has regular visitors in cars, negotiating the slope can be a bit difficult due to overhanging hedges etc. Lovely bit of Rupert memorabilia, nice bit of history. The surrounding gardens were fenced in (to keep sheep out I suspect) so it kept the dog from wandering. The only issue with our dog was that at night, letting him out for a late night wee in the dark (the outside light doesn't really cover that far in), we had to make sure he didn't fall off the edge of the wall into the garden, had to make sure he turned left first.
The cottage is advertised as for up to five people - personally, I think three would be about the maximum due to the size of the rooms and general space, especially in the winter - summer may be a bit different with regard to more outdoor time.
The big question is 'would we go back'?? Like a shot if we can find the time / availability - but if we went in winter, we'd make sure we took the heaters and duvet.