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The cottage is located in the quiet village of Maentwrog which is centrally located for exploring Snowdonia and everything it has to offer. The Afon Dwyryd River on the periphery of the village of Maentwrog adds to the picturesque environment within the SnowdoniaKitchen National Park. The village has its own highly regarde traditional inn, the Grapes Hotel, well known for its food and atmosphere and the Oakeley Arms is also nearby. The scenic area around Maentwrog has many public footpaths, the beauty spot of Plas Tan Y Bwlch and the Ffestiniog Steam Railway are also within a few miles.
Maentwrog means “Twrog’s stone” (maen = stone).
According to legend, a giant known as Twrog hurled a boulder from the top of a hill down into the settlement, destroying a pagan altar. This stone is said to be the one located in St Twrog’s Church courtyard. It is said that if one rubs this boulder one is fated to return to the village in the future.
The town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is only 3 miles away from the cottage, a lovely slate mining town which is steeped in history and is proud of its heritage of slate and steam. The rugged craggy landscape is an area of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by the Moelwyn and Manod mountain ranges, and offers a wealth of walks, lakes, waterfalls and attractions such as the World Famous Ffestiniog narrow gauge steam railway and the Llechwedd slate caverns which is now also the home of Antur Stiniog’s new downhill mountain bike centre with world class downhill tracks and trails, Zip Worlds Titan (the largest zip zone in Europe) and Bounce Below (the largest underground trampoline in the World!) The town has a good variety of shops and pubs.