Nestled on an old quarry track within the Dyfi Valley hillside, amongst giant redwoods and pine trees you will find Little Kestrel Cabin. Sitting on the footprint of an old Welsh Lime Kiln, you are treated to panoramic views along the valley, towards the beautiful beaches of Aberdovey. Walk along the track and pop out on the Dyfi river, jumping trout and lambs surround you with the rolling hills in front.
Douglas Fir-clad walls and an eclectic mix of leather, linen, pine and velvet come together to make a cosy, relaxed stay. The Welsh slate topped sink and hand painted units create a wonderful welcome to this delightful cabin. A large farmhouse table, wood burner and two comfy sofas for planning adventures, eating and relaxing. Take a book off the shelf and put a log on the fire, or throw the doors open and take a glass of something cold to enjoy the view across the valley by day and Snowdonia’s star-filled ‘Dark Sky’ at night.
Run up a mountain, or snooze amongst the Dunes, a wonderful combination of mountain and sea makes Little Kestrel perfectly placed for a relaxing summer holiday, adrenalin filled adventures or a romantic getaway.
Interior & Facilities
The Cabin is accessed through the French doors, on the raised deck, where you will find the kitchen with Nespresso coffee machine & pods waiting to welcome you. Sit at the large farmhouse table and plan a route, or sink into the sofa and take in the view. There are three bedrooms, the master has a king-sized bed, dressed in Egyptian cotton on a marshmallow soft duvet and sprung mattress. French doors open onto the enclosed Rhododendron garden to the rear, a serene space to sit amongst the trees. The second double bedroom has a Shabby-chic bygone feel, with Eileen Soper’s 50’s prints and a charming cast iron double bed that’s bound to ensure a wonderful nights sleep. The third is a single bedroom, wonderfully cosy with up-cycled picnic table bed head, step ladder side table, and 60’s G-plan drawers. The smallest room, with stunning views to compensate, is available upon request.
The beautiful bathroom has a seaside feel, painted boards in a pale heritage blue with walk-in shower and heated towel rail.
Facilities include a washer-dryer; dishwasher, induction hob, oven, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave and Nespresso coffee machine. Bluetooth Sound system, Smart TV, Netflix, superfast broadband & WiFi. The cabin is fully heated throughout with programmable electric radiators, 24-hour hot water on demand, a wood burning stove and all beds have sleep safe electric blankets.
Open the kitchen doors and walk out onto the elevated deck, put your coffee and Welsh cakes on the top rail and take a breath. Mighty oaks to the left, tree-lined quarry road to the front and Dyfi estuary to right with Kites, House martins, and Buzzards above.
The sitting room French doors lead out onto the 18th century Lime Kiln, take a cushion and sit on the reclaimed oak whiskey barrel Adirondack chairs. Enjoy a barbecue, or cosy around the fire pit as night falls, and gaze at the stunning stars in Snowdonia’s light pure sky. A five minute walk at the bottom of the track will find you on the banks of the River Dyfi, with hills and sheep abound and plenty of places to stop along the way to picnic and watch the jumping trout.
Situation and Location
Kestrel Cabin is situated on the outer edge of a private Lodge Estate, just outside Pennal and has parking for two cars. Ideally placed, within Snowdonia National park, and within easy reach of Cardigan Bay’s glorious beaches and its breathtaking mountain views.
The closest town, just three miles away is Machynlleth, the ancient capital of Wales, it Boasts Wales’ own MOMA Art Gallery, museums, pubs, cafes, supermarket and a fantastic Wednesday market selling local foods. Machynlleth is also host to the Comedy festival in May. Go further along the coast road and you will be in Borth, call into the Cors Dyfi RSPB Dyfi Osprey project within the nature reserve on the way. Then onto towards the seaside town of Aberystwyth.
If you are staying local then a 20-minute walk to The Riverside gastropub in Pennal will provide good food, local ale and excellent company at the bar, or if you prefer, just stay in and bathe in the wonderful peace and quiet of this charming wooden cabin.
Take a left and pop out onto the coastal road that winds along the estuary towards Aberdovey, 6 miles away, here you will find a delightful seaside town with handmade ice cream, buckets for crabbing, great Deli diners and the acclaimed Seabreeze restaurant. The sand dune capped beach towards the North side is 5 miles long and dog-friendly all year round. Aberdovey also boasts an 18 hole Links golf course that has hosted national competitions.
Cycling and mountain biking
Wales is a keen advocate for cycling and have a purpose built Climachx trail mountain bike course in Corris, just 8 miles from the cabin, bring your own bikes and keep them stored safely below the deck or hire bikes at Dolgellau (pronounced Dolgethlie) If your cycling errs towards a genteel stroll then the Mawddach trail won’t disappoint, at 30 miles long the scenery is breathtaking and if you schedule a stop at the George III on the Estuary you can enjoy a pub lunch and drink ale from the local ‘Moose’ microbrewery. There is a lot to do, or if you’d rather, …nothing at all.