The Old Post Office ref: UK10552

Cwm Penmachno, near Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

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  • Barbecue 
  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Parking - On Site 


At the head of the remote and peaceful Machno Valley, you’ll find The Old Post Office in the village of Cwm Penmachno. This lovely semi-detached property has a good sized kitchen/dining room and the old shop is now occupied by the living room, with views out over the surrounding countryside. The rear garden has been beautifully finished too, and provides an attractive outside area for al fresco dining.

Once one of fifteen shops in the village, after the local quarry closed down, so did the shops, but you can learn about the history of the village in a fascinating exhibition in the nearby Shiloh Community Centre.

There are walks from the door to experience the splendour of the Snowdonia National Park, and a regular bus service too! You can bring your bike and experience the local forest bike trails, or hop in the car to explore the area. There’s a pub, 3 miles away in Penmachno, or for a greater selection of eateries, the popular village of Betws-y-Coed is just 8 miles away. Here you will find a miniature railway, golf course, historic churches and the amazing Zip World Fforest offering great adrenaline fuelled activities for all the family, such as the Fforest Coaster, tree top nets and Powerfan Plummet where you can freefall for 106ft!

From Cwm Penmachno you can also take the mountain road over to Ffestiniog and on to the coast at Porthmadog, together with Black Rock Sands (don’t forget your bucket and spade) and the quirky Italianate village of Portmeirion, designed by Sir Clough Williams Ellis. You can also take a trip on a steam train on the famous Ffestiniog Railway between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog, a picturesque journey as the line twists and turns. In Blaenau Ffestiniog, you can experience the largest zip wire zone in the world and learn about the world of slate quarrying at Llechwedd Slate Caverns, before returning to your lovely holiday cottage for some rest and relaxation. Shop 7½ miles, pub 3 miles and restaurant 5 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

12 steps to entrance.
Living room: With 36’’ Freesat TV, DVD player, PlayStation 3 and French doors leading to courtyard.
Kitchen/dining room: With wood burner, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


LPG central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only.


Courtyard garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    7.5 miles
  • Distance
    7.5 miles
  • Restaurant
    5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    3 miles
  • Railway station distance
    7.5 miles
  • Lake
    8 miles

About the local area

The area covered by Snowdonia Mountains and Coast is not surprisingly dominated by the Snowdonia National Park. However, it also includes the stunning Cambrian Coast which is also worthy of a visit.

Snowdon is at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park with the surrounding area being steeped in history and benefing from some of the most beautiful views in all of Britain. The mountain is not just tall, it has its own unique bio-diversity of plants and animals making sure your visit is truly unique from anyother.

There is no doubt that Snowdonia is one of the premier locations in UK for outdoor activities. Whatever you want to do - from mountain climbing to kayaking, cycling to windsurfing - you'll be able to enjoy it here. But you don't have to climb the mountains; you can just enjoy the scenery. Explore a castle or an underground power station. Paddle in the sea or sail a boat. Rain or shine, whatever time of year, you'll find something here to enjoy.

Things to do nearby

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Mount Snowdon dominates the glorious, ancient landscape of North Wales. The Snowdon Mountain Railway will take you to the Summit where you can enjoy fabulous views from the new visitor centre.

Llyn Crafnant

Llyn Crafnant nestles in a hanging valley high above the Vale of Conwy in the Snowdonia National Park.

Aber Falls
Aber Falls

Plunging down the cliffs at the foothills of the Carneddau mountain range is Aber falls and at over 120 feet high it is one of the finest examples of waterfalls in Wales.

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Set in 2000 acres of lands above the town of Blaenau Festiniog Llechwedd Slate Caverns are a working slate mine. There are two underground mine tours that take you deep into the mountain.

Gwydyr Stables

The riding centre at Gwydyr Stables offers horse riding, and pony trekking just four miles from Betws y Coed

Snowdonia National Park

Situated on the west coast of Britain covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is the largest National Park in Wales.

Ogwen Valley

The Ogwen Valley is often cited as the best place for a novice climber to take there climbing to the next level.

Conwy Water Gardens

A fantastic place for fishing enthusiasts with three fully stocked coarse fishing lakes. Great for children too with otters, ducks, aquarium and reptile House all set in the picturesque Conwy Valley.

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, spanning some 80 acres and is situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia range.

Swallow Falls
Swallow Falls

A stunning series of waterfalls located close to the popular tourist town of Betws-Y-Coed. Flowing into the Llugwy river it is one of the most famous in Wales and is reached by a pleasant walk through Gwydyr Forest.

Tree Top Adventures
Tree Top Adventures

A thrilling, high level, adventurous journey 15.4m (50ft) up in the trees involving a series of engaging and exciting obstacles! Cafe and visitor centre available on site.

Gwydyr Forest
Gwydyr Forest

Gwydir Forest is a panoramic and extensive forest set in the hills to the east of Mount Snowdon.

Marin Trail
Marin Trail

The Marin Trail is a great mountain bike trail with big climbs, big descents, brilliant singletrack and truly awesome scenery.

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