Welcome to Pentop

A traditional C18th Welsh gamekeeper’s cottage once belonging to Lord Penrhyn (of Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor) and later owned by the National Trust, Pentop is idyllically situated in a clearing in Gwydir Forest at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

The cottage is high above the small Welsh village of Penmachno offering unlimited walking opportunities and sits close to the Penmachno Mountain Bike Trail. Pentop Cottage has been restored by local craftsmen using reclaimed and sustainable materials and furnished with a sympathetic eye to its history and surroundings, making use of simple wrought iron, waxed and painted wood and traditional wool from local mills.

A woodland haven

Garden PathWhat strikes you when you arrive is a tangible sense of calm – deep in the woods you have reached a stillpoint in the turning world. By day, the light is filtered through the trees of the garden and the forest beyond, and at night the stars shine out of the darkest of dark skies. Pentop offers a simple but indulgent woodland retreat you won’t want to leave.

Flexible Breaks

The cottage sleeps four – either two couples or one couple and two singles. We welcome guests (and well-behaved dogs) for any length of stay (minimum 2 nights) starting any day of the week.

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