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.