Pentop stands in a clearing at the heart of Gwydir Forest surrounded by trees through which it looks out to open farmland. Perfect all year round for couples and families, you are free to explore Snowdonia or simply enjoy the silence and the peace of the forest. As the sun sets, snuggle up in front of the wood-burning stove or toast marshmallows around the fire-dish under a dark and starlit sky.
The cottage has been restored by local craftsmen using reclaimed and sustainable materials wherever possible. The walls have been plastered with an insulating lime and hemp mix, and interior paints, in calm neutral shades, are both natural and breathable. Slate from the last working quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog has been used creatively throughout and solid oak gates were made in nearby Llanrwst. Water comes from our own spring in the forest and is purified through an organic slow sand filter system. An efficient oil-fuelled combination boiler ensures that hot water is always available and, in combination with the large wood burning stove, local sheeps wool insulation and solar-Venti system, that the cottage is toasty warm in winter.
With windows on two sides and a door out into the garden, the sitting room is wonderfully light and airy during the day. At night, close the local tapestry door curtain and the wooden shutters, light the log burner and relax into a soft and comfortable sofa. If you get bored of watching the logs crackle in the fire, there is a Bose SoundTouch wi-fi/bluetooth audio system with internet radio, a chest full of games and a wifi connection (although if you really want to get away from it all, let us know and we’ll just turn it off before you arrive).
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The dining room has a simple, rustic feel to it. The furniture is of reclaimed wood, with a pew from a disused chapel and a dining table that seats six – close the shutters, draw the door curtain and light some candles for a cosy and romantic dinner. The back door leads out of the dining room onto a courtyard where you’ll find growing herbs and a wooden table for al fresco lunches.
Through an arch from the dining room, the kitchen is spacious with plenty of work surfaces and storage space. Made mainly from oak by a local craftsman, there is an electric convection oven, an induction hob, fridge (with freezer compartment), dishwasher and a washing machine. You’ll find a comprehensive range of cooking and baking equipment alongside a full set of Denby crockery.
With original oak beams, white painted wooden floors and a kingsize bed made from reclaimed timber, the main bedroom is calm and uncluttered. The bed is always made with freshly ironed white Egyptian cotton bed linen over a goose-feather duvet and is covered with a Welsh wool throw. There is a chest of drawers and mirror, a hair dryer and thick cotton bathrobes. A small shuttered window to the side of the bed faces south with views through the forest and across the valley, while two velux windows over the bed provide added light – but have black-out blinds if you prefer to keep it dark.
Sleeping two (as two singles or one kingsize bed), this bright bedroom looks out directly into the garden. A thick-pile rug covers the wooden painted floorboards and, in whatever configuration you choose, the beds are made with freshly ironed white Egyptian cotton bed linen and finished with a Welsh wool throw.
The bathroom is where tradition meets luxury head-on. A large walk in shower tiled with local slate has been fitted around the oak beams, while under the eaves there is a deep double-ended bath (big enough for two). A window looks over the slate-roofed logstore and into the garden, while a velux window over the bath provides extra light during the day and a view of the stars by night. A heated towel rail keeps fluffy white towels warm and dry…