Tan Y Bryn is a grade II listed cottage, built circa 1864, in the heart of a small, friendly village which is nestled against the wooded hillsides of the Dyfi valley and backed by Cader Idris. Corris is situated midway between Machynlleth & Dolgellau.
Set in an area of outstanding beauty, the outdoors is on your doorstep and offers a wide range of activities and attractions: biking, walking, wild swimming, beaches, castles, narrow gauge railways. Or simply enjoy village life in the organic cafe and real ale pub a minute’s walk away.
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Newly re-decorated throughout, the cottage, which sleeps 2-4, is stylish and comfortable, with a wood burning stove, smart TV, WiFi. It is pet friendly and welcomes up to 2 well behaved dogs free of charge.
The living / dining area has a large rustic dining table and contemporary chairs. On arrival, a welcome tray and a homemade bara brith will be waiting to get your holiday off to a relaxing start. Also provided is a basket of seasoned logs with kindling for a cosy night in front of the wood burner.
Tan y Bryn has retained many original features. Downstairs, the natural slate flagstones are reminiscent of the area’s industrial heritage, whilst the bedrooms have the original wooden floorboards. Feature fireplaces, exposed beams and an old tucked away bread oven all add further character to the cottage.
The fully fitted kitchen has a washer/dryer, microwave, coffee maker and toaster. Cooking is on a responsive ceramic hob with double electric oven. There is a full sized fridge-freezer.
The cottage comfortably sleeps 2 -4, in its two bedrooms, one with a king-size bed and one with two standard singles. White cotton bed linen makes for a good night’s sleep in the handmade solid oak beds.
There is original artwork, ceramics and furnishings from local artists and craftspeople throughout.
The cottage has a peaceful and private garden area with table and chairs, a short walk away. Somewhere to enjoy a drink – perhaps from the local gin distillery – whilst listening to evening bird song. Private parking is available here as well as secure storage for bikes, kayaks, roof boxes etc.
The cottage is located in an area of natural beauty, rich in wildlife and industrial history, on the edge of the Dyfi Forest, a vast area where rugged peaks loom above the forested hillsides that are dotted with atmospheric ruins and slate spoil heaps. Fast flowing mountain streams cascade down rocky valleys, edged by moss-covered oaks. The landscape of the Dyfi Forest is well worth exploring and access points to the forest include the village of Abergynolwyn, the Tan y Coed Car Park and Foel Friog, the last two being a few minutes by car from the cottage.
Steam trains chug along the hillsides, now carrying holidaymakers, but originally carrying slates from the quarries to the coast. The remains of several old slate mines can still be seen in the area at Abergynolwyn, Corris, Aberllefenni and Hendre Ddu.
Activities in the forest include picnic sites, walking trails, bridleways and mountain bike trails.
You don’t have to go far to enjoy a good pint of real ale at The Slaters Arms or wholesome food at Idris Stores, both a stone’s throw away from the cottage. Breakfast Saturday and Pastry Sunday are popular events at Idris Stores and live music often features at the local pub which also serves food. For those with furry friends, both establishments are dog friendly.
Should you wish to gain some altitude, the nearby Cader Idris range has several access points, all of which are within easy reach of Corris by car or by bike. The Minffordd trail is the closest, starting with a steep, wooded ascent. Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England, is further afield and is around an hour’s drive to the north, with plenty of walking opportunities in between.
For a day on the beach, the popular seaside town of Aberdyfi is well worth visiting, with its sweeping sands, active harbour, restaurants and shops.
The market town of Machynlleth is 5.8 miles away and has a weekly market on a Wednesday, with local meats, fruit and vegetables, fish and bread. The annual comedy festival in May is well attended and highly recommended. Mustn’t forget the Museum of Modern Art and the many antique and local art shops, cafes and restaurants.
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