Fronfraith

Beautiful views abound from this converted cottage for couples
IN BRIEF
  • Beautiful old Welsh longhouse with lovely views
  • Sleeps 2 to 9 (plus an extra child, an infant, and up to 2 good dogs) - see floor plan
  • 30% discount for couples outside the school holidays
  • Lovely antique and vintage furnishings
  • Peaceful, private location surrounded by 8 acres of its own land
  • Enclosed child-friendly, dog-friendly garden
  • 20 minutes from stunning, sandy beaches
  • Voted by the Guardian as one of the top-10 best country houses for a winter getaway

Fronfraith is an 1850s Welsh longhouse in a peaceful, private setting with far-reaching, beautiful views across the rolling hills of mid-Wales towards the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park - often tinted reddish-pink by the frequent spectacular sunsets. Sitting comfortably in its own land on a gently sloping hillside, Fronfraith has a south-facing enclosed garden with plenty of grassy areas, and a sun-trap terrace perfectly positioned to make the most of the view. Fields around belong to the property and, as long as the sheep aren't disturbed, visitors are welcome to explore. Footpaths can be accessed from the land, including the famous Glyndwr Way. Inside, the owners have created a uniquely stylish, welcoming, and very comfortable living space in a rather bohemian 'Shabby Chic' kind of a way. The furniture is a beguiling mixture of antique, quirky and vintage, and there are lots of beautiful and unusual decorative objects, interesting paintings, posters and photographs, and plenty of family memorabila, which fill the house with character and an easy charm. Sleeps 2-9 (plus an extra child on a Z-bed, an infant and 2 good dogs).
This lovely cottage can be rented by a couple at a discount of 30% outside the school holidays based on the use of one double bed only (when you book for a couple, the price will be discounted automatically).

Gorgeous interior comfort - Welsh holiday let
Fireside seating Dining area
Open kitchen and dining with wood burner Beautiful kitchen

Downstairs, there is a large bright kitchen with hand-made units, lots of cupboards housing plenty of equipment, a double eye-height oven, and an informal spacious dining-area. Inviting, relaxed bench-seating, with a plethora of pretty vintage cushions, hugs one wall; and a wood burner adds warmth to the room in cooler weather. (A useful utility room/pantry/doggie room and downstairs loo lead off the kitchen.) The cosy adjoining sitting-room has a big inglenook fireplace with a wood burner, two sofas and an armchair, plus a TV and plenty of games and DVDs to keep both children and adults happy on dark evenings. There is under-floor heating beneath the big slate flagstones in both living-rooms.

Beautiful living room with flagstone floors and wood burner
Snug fireside sofas Beamed sitting room

The other side of the staircase (which is steep, but does have a hand-rail), there is a large privately-situated ground-floor bedroom with king-size bed, French doors onto the terrace, bookshelves, and its own lobby and ensuite bathroom. This makes it a perfect private part of the house for when two families are sharing, and for people who find stairs difficult. A door closes off this end of the house for extra privacy.

Beautiful downstairs bedroom with flagstone floors
Double bedroom Cottage bedroom
Beautiful bedroom Rustic stairs

Upstairs, a big master bedroom has a king-size bed and its own ensuite shower-room/loo. Next-door, a lovely single bedroom with a 4ft bed has a cheerful nautical theme. Next along the corridor is a very pretty double bedroom with interesting artistic representations of fauna and flora, and an elegant dressing-table. Finally, there is a family bathroom (with bath, shower, loo and hand basin) and a twin bedroom next-door.

Bedroom at Fronfraith - special holiday cottage in Wales
Boat and toys Chocs away! Bathroom with bath/shower
Bathroom with shower/bath

The nitty gritty

  • Two wood burners (logs supplied, first basket for each included in price)
  • Mobile reception by kitchen window
  • Landline for emergency use
  • Wifi
  • iPod docking-station
  • Underfloor heating downstairs
  • Great kitchen with lots of equipment and storage space
  • Electric hob
  • Bosch double eye-height electric oven
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Separate freezer (in utility room)
  • Dishwasher
  • Utility/pantry/doggie room has:
    • Washing-machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Freezer
    • Additional fridge for bottles and cans
    • Indoors clothes-drying line and airer
    • Downstairs loo with hand basin
    • Room for storage of kit, including coats and boots
  • TV with Sky Freeview, plus DVD-player, VHF video recorder, plus plenty of DVDs and VHF videos
  • CD-player/radio
  • Lots of books, guide books and tourist info
  • Lots of games
  • Wooden staircase is steep, but it does have a handrail, plus a stairgate at the top
  • Master bedroom 1 is downstairs with its own ensuite bathroom and lobby (and door closing it all off). An extra child can sleep on a comfortable Z-bed in here on request (please bring your own bedding for it)
  • Upstairs bedrooms comprise: master bedroom 2 with its own ensuite shower room/loo; a single bedroom (with 4ft wide ‘Scottish double’ bed); a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, with family bathroom
  • The family bathroom has bath with shower over, loo, and hand basin
  • Heating, elec (100% renewably-sourced), hot water and first basket of logs for each wood burner included
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc), but please bring bedding for the Z-bed if you need to use it
  • Baby-friendly: high chair and travel cot supplied
  • Dog-friendly: up to 2 good dogs welcome, but please keep your dog on a lead in fields with sheep
  • Outside: trampoline (parents are responsible for the safety of their children), Wendy house, swing, table-tennis table (in barn) and lots of space for games and exploring
  • Enclosed part of the garden has wooden decked terrace with table and chairs, plus a shallow pond - so parents of small children please be aware.
  • Plenty of private parking
  • 10 minute drive from historic market town of Machynlleth
  • 20 minute drive from the beautiful sandy beaches of Aberdyfi and Ynyslas
  • 1 1/4 hours from Shrewsbury; 1 1/2 hours from Chester; 2 hours from Liverpool and Birmingham; 2 1/2 hours from Manchester and Cardiff. There is a mainline train station at Machynlleth
  • The Glyndwr Way footpath can be accessed from the land
  • Great views across to Cader Idris in the southern Snowdonia National Park
  • Fronfraith can be rented by a couple at a discount of 30% outside the school holidays based on the use of one double bed only (when you book for a couple, the price will be discounted automatically). 
  • Voted by the Guardian as one of the top-10 best country houses for a winter getaway

Wooden floor bedroom
Bedroom decoration Twin bedroom

Live online booking

Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.

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  Outside seating
Decking LOvely sunny terrace of holiday cottage Fronfraith

WHAT TO DO NEAR FRONFRAITH

CAT, the Centre for Alternative Technology, is an endlessly interesting place to visit. It is good for children, too, who love the water-powered ‘train’, which takes you up the steep slope to the centre. There’s a shop, and a café with wifi, too. CAT is a 10-minute drive away, as is Machynlleth, a lovely old market town, which provides all the shopping you could need for your stay, including some good farmers’ markets. It is a bit like stepping back into another era, and it is wonderful to be suddenly surrounded by Welsh speakers. The Museum of Modern Art Wales is in Machynlleth, located at The Tabernacle in Heol Penrallt. As for taking-out or eating-out, Hennighans (Fish and Chip Shop of the Year) or The Wynnstay Hotel are both fantastic, and are both on Maengwyn Street, Machynlleth. Beach lovers are not far from the coast: the sandy beaches of Aberdyfi and Ynyslas are within a 20-minute drive. And the delightful historic narrow gauge railway, the Tal y Llwyn Steam Train runs from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, passing the beautiful Dolgoch Falls on the way. Aberystwyth is a charming seaside town, which, being a university town, too, has a rich vein of culture running through it. A fine seafront, a live music scene, two cinemas, the National Library of Wales, a golf course and a large and busy Arts Centre are just some of its attractions. The Ultracomida Delicatessen on Pier Street is the place to refresh yourselves, with great coffee, plates of Spanish meats and cheeses, and various hot and cold tapas. Or stroll up and down the sea front, Victorian-style, with an ice-cream cone, admiring the expanse of Cardigan Bay.

View close to cottage
Trampouline Old stone wall
Stunning walks around Fronfraith - walking holiday in Wales

Location map



Gate and steps to lovely Fronfraith self-catering cottage
Garden Butterfly

From the visitors book at Fronfraith

By email to the office: 'Dear Caroline,

I know it's been a couple of months since our stay at Fronfraith but I wanted to write and thank all of you at Blaentrothy Cottages for our wonderful holiday. We thought it would be hard to top our 2013 holiday at Rosewell but we were wrong - Fronfraith exceeded all our expectations, from the garden filled with butterflies, birds and bunnies to the amazing kitchen from where I watched red kites soaring over the hill as I washed up.
The house itself is divine and decorated in such a wonderful, eclectic style. We particularly liked the ground floor bedroom which felt amazingly grand, with its own ante-room, vintage furniture and doors to the garden.

We were able to explore the local area, visiting Aberdyfi (twice! - amazingly beautiful beach), Harlech, Aberystwyth and the Dyffi Osprey Project, where I fulfilled one of my dreams by watching wild ospreys in free flight. Living in a seaside holiday town we found ourselves appreciating some of the qualities that might be lost on other tourists - the cleanliness of the area, the quality of the roads (such wonderful, pothole-free roads!), the friendliness of the service everywhere from coffee shops to ice cream kiosks to the local supermarket, the affordable car parks, the abundant laybys so drivers can pull over and just appreciate the view...
When we stopped to take photos of the lake above Tywyn a local delivery driver hopped out of his cab to give us a potted history of the area; the people there are just genuinely friendly and so proud of their home. It sounds like a cliche but we were utterly enchanted with Snowdonia, and fell completely in love with Fronfraith.

In regards to Blaentrothy Cottages as a company, the ease of use of your website continues to delight us; as we found after our Rosewell stay, the photos really are true to life - no rose-tinted lenses! You know that what you see on the site is exactly what you'll get on arrival. I must admit that we have already been looking towards next year's holiday and have enjoyed browsing the list of cottages.

We look forward to booking with you again,
Best regards and many thanks,'


Ann (from Burnham on Sea)


'What an amazing place! We celebrated our sister's 40th birthday - it was just perfect. Amazing house - the children loved it. Well-equipped and in breathtaking surroundings. The kitchen is sooo big, we all fitted in perfectly, spent all evening chilling and socialising. We will definitely be coming back. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.' Kate, Alex, Jules, Mark, Jilly, Jess, Alice, Bec and Rhys

'The Talbot family had a great time in this lovely cottage. The children loved exploring the house and fields. The cottage has such a warm feel - just like home! Taken many ideas back with us from the decor! Thank you for a great holiday.'

'Such a lovely, relaxing, cosy place. We so loved sitting round the table chatting all evening long. The view from the kitchen is amazing - just wanted to stand and stare. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. We will return.' The Yearsby family

'What an interesting and travelled life you must have led! We all love the place. The many interesting pieces around the house - fascinating. The slate in the utility room - wonderful feature. Space for our grown-up children and their partners, who spent time cutting logs, jumping on the trampoline - big kids, ha ha! Log fires, new to us - GREAT! We felt we weren't imposing on your family home, just being welcomed into it. It felt just right.'

'A splendid place for a family gathering. We've had a great weekend, really appreciating your stylish, comfortable, characterful house in its splendid location. Thank you - we intend to come back.' The Richardson family

'Coming here to this beautiful house for a well-needed short break was amazing. Really enjoyed climbing up the huge mountain into the glacial lake - walking Cader Idris. Thank you.' The Walker family

Garden Kids on local beach