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Smugglers Cove - Aberdovey

Aberdovey, North Wales
Sleeps 14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms 4
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 5
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Spacious accommodation for 14 guests across two adjacent properties
  • Features a natural harbour and beach, ideal for wild swimming, sailing and water sports
  • Large, enclosed garden with natural amphitheatre seating and BBQ area
Property code: DY034

Consisting of two stylish cottages and boasting a natural harbour, this stylish abode is a delight for large groups who can’t resist the thrill of the water in a peaceful location.

Nestled in a tranquil setting just 3.5 miles from Aberdovey is this welcoming retreat for large groups of up to 14 guests. You’ll be surrounded by woodland walks and breathtaking scenery, so you may find it difficult to tear yourself away from the stretch of beach and natural harbour. Venturing into Aberdovey, you’ll have a plethora of activities at your disposal including water sports galore, boat trips and even golf thanks to the 18-hole championship golf course. Known for being where the mountains meet the sea at the mouth of the River Dyfi, Snowdonia National Park has such a diverse landscape that you will be able to tailor your adventures to suit all abilities. For starters, the peaks of the Cader Idris are within 16 miles and promise stunning viewpoints from the summit.

Perfectly tailored to large groups, your accommodation is split between two charming cottages that are brimming with character and have ample space for socialising together. The first is the largest of the two, acting as a hub for all those special evenings you’ll be spending together dining in style, watching films and playing games. Enter via the hallway to discover a simple yet comfortable lounge/kitchen/diner complete with a grand table with enough seating for your entire party. There are deep sofas centred around a crackling wood burner for cosy evenings, and a TV and DVD to keep you entertained. The kitchen area has a Belling range cooker with an electric oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave for all your practical needs. Three bedrooms are also on this level and provide a peaceful sanctuary after a busy day. Choose from either a pretty twin, a room with garden access and a double four-poster bed, or a handy bunk bedroom that will prove popular amongst the youngest guests. There are two separate WCs and two shower rooms. Wooden stairs bring you to the first floor where you will discover a generous family bathroom for long soaks in the shower over the bath, and there is also a WC. Completing this property are two attractive bedrooms with storage and handcrafted raised double beds. Adjacent to this property is a smaller, yet equally delightful cottage that’s reached via a bright conservatory. It is perfect if you wish to split into smaller groups and it would serve families with young children well as it offers a touch of privacy away from the hustle and bustle. There’s a pleasant twin room with garden doors and bedroom furniture, a shower room with a shower and WC, and an open-plan living space with homely decor, painted stone walls and timber beams. Light the wood burner and snuggle up on the sofa, settle down at the small table for tea and cake, and rustle up something simple in the kitchen using the variety of equipment that includes a fridge, a gas oven and hob. Upstairs, the final bedroom consists of a double bed and useful furniture for storage. Please note that the window to this bedroom is directly adjacent to the road side. In terms of laundry facilities, you’ll find a washing machine and dryer in one of the outbuildings.

Studded against a backdrop of woodland and sweeping countryside, the properties enjoy enclosed grassy surroundings and lots of spots to relax. Choose from a sunny courtyard with bench-style seating, or head through to the front patio and picnic in style at the benches whilst the children play in the sandpit. There’s also a large rear garden complete with natural amphitheatre seating and a BBQ area. Wander down the working boatyard path to the slipway to access the beach and natural harbour ready to spend the day embracing the water. Fishing from the rocks and foreshore may reward you with sea bass, plaice and mullet, and you’ll have your own deep-water mooring should you wish to bring your own boat (via arrangement with owner). For the thrill-seekers amongst your party, the harbour is a treat for wild swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking and swimming.

  • 7 bedrooms – 1 four poster double, 2 doubles, 1 bunk bedroom, 1 twin. 1 further double and 1 twin in adjacent cottage.
  • 4 bathrooms - 1 bathroom with shower over the bath and WC, 2 shower rooms with shower plus 2 separate WC's, 1 shower room with shower and WC in adjacent cottage
  • Belling range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, gas oven and hob, fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave
  • Utility area in outside storage shed with washing machine and dryer
  • 2 x wood burners (one in each property)
  • 2 x TV, 2 x DVD, 2 x CD
  • Wi-Fi included (speed can be variable)
  • Large garden area, courtyard and patio
  • Off-road parking for five cars
  • Bike storage available
  • BBQ
  • Pubs, shops, restaurants and beach within 3.5 miles
  • Please note that there are small paths, hidden corners and steep drops in the garden so children and pets should be supervised at all times. Please note that the property is situated off the A493 and so traffic noise may be heard.
  • Please note accommodation is made up of two properties
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 5 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Laura Southern

This property is personally managed by Laura.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Eric 17th June 2022

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Beyond our expectations, everything met our needs and more. The perfect week away with family. Thank you

Reviewed by Judy 8th April 2022

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We had a really lovely holiday at Smugglers Cove. The house was warm and comfortable with plenty of comfortable sofas and seating for our party of 15 round the dining table. There was plenty of crockery and cutlery and very well equipped generally with baking trays, casserole dishes and Tupperware type boxes. The fridge/freezer was spotless and a rRead moreeally good size for a big group. Lots of rustic outside seating, and we appreciated the washing line as well as the water and tumble drier. Hide

Reviewed by William 1st April 2022

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Great place for lots of people to stay. Split into two places. But seems as one. Lots of space. Indoor outdoor. Great for our dogs. Boss views. Takes two mins to get on estuary great views. Amazing. Thanks to Sophie for anything we needed .. great host.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Mid-West Wales is a land full of green hills and clear seas. With the spine of the Cambrian Mountains to the east and the hidden coves of the Ceredigion coastline carving out marvellous openings all along the western shoreline, it’s a mecca for those who crave outstanding natural surroundings. There are also charming villages and quaint seaside towns dotted here and there, giving you the chance to try a regional delicacy or speak to some friendly locals.

A thriving harbour resort just within the Snowdonia National Park boundaries, Aberdovey, meaning river mouth, also lies inside Wales’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Dyfi Biosphere. With Cader Idris looming in the distance, Aberdovey enjoys a complementary fusion of dense woodland and a golden beach where the River Dyfi meets Cardigan Bay.

Also near the River Dyfi are Pennal and Cwrt, two villages which lie on the River Sychan, which feeds the River Dyfi. Small in size but with natural grandeur, these villages have walks which provide magnificent vistas and if you’re lucky, you may even spot wild otters holding hands by the river’s edge.

Moving away from the river, you can follow the ‘Happy Valley’ which leads all the way to Tywyn. You’ll pass scenic splendour as the road twists and turns past the ‘Bearded Lake’. Tywyn is a beautiful seaside base for all types of excursions. Stroll the large, sandy beach or visit the Talyllyn Railway, that journeys deep into the hills.

We have a handpicked collection of self-catering properties along southern Snowdonia on the banks of the Dyfi Estuary. Whether it’s Aberdovey, Pennal and Cwrt or Tywyn, we’ve got dog-friendly, large, luxury and coastal accommodation to suit your needs.

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