Surroundings Area/Things To Do

Smugglers Cove is located in an area of Special Scientific Interest on the southernmost border of the Snowdonia National Park, in our own Frongoch Boatyard, on the banks of the River Dyfi estuary about 3.5 miles inland from the estuary’s outlet to the sea at Aberdovey [Aberdyfi].

The cottages are located in their own discreet area of our boatyard & separated from it by a tunnel under the road. There is our own exclusive access to the estuary foreshore through a tunnel under the waterside railway line. The boatyard is home to the business of one our partners, Geoff, which manufacturers unique, exciting, coloured big top tents which are rented out to major outdoor events such as Glastonbury. Our foreshore is home to many types of boats & restoration projects with our own moorings, hardstanding & slipway for boat launching. Also on the foreshore is our boatyard clubhouse, a large rescued wooden boat “The Boy John” which opens for special events & which houses a bar, on board lounge & log burner. It is available by arrangement to our guests subject to a charge.

The surrounding countryside is ideal for ambling, walking, cycling or simply driving around soaking up the rural surroundings.

Aberdovey [in Welsh Aberdyfi] is 3.5 miles to the west on the A493 & is a popular summer seaside resort with wide stretches of sandy beaches, cafes seaside shops & the yacht club and a Championship Links Golf Course.
Popular pubs serving food & bar snacks are The Penhelig Arms, The Dovey Inn & The Brittania Inn.

Tywyn, further around the coast from Aberdovey, is 7 miles away. It is home to the Magic Lantern Cinema in Corbett Square, an old Victorian school picture house which not only shows great movies, but also has lots of live events & a ‘cool’ bar. Owned by our partner Geoff & his wife Annie, Smugglers Cove guests can not only experience a great night out in a really atmospheric cinema but get a great deal from Geoff too! The town has a selection of shops with the Tredegar Inn being a popular pub.

Machynlleth is a market town, & the nearest larger town 7 miles to the north east, with a Coop supermarket, mainline railway station on the Birmingham -Aberystwyth line, a golf course, health centre, restaurants & Library. There are interesting shops on the main street, a weekly street market & the Wynnstay Hotel & White Lion popular pubs within yards of the Clock Tower centre of town.

Also approximately 7 miles north on the A493 & off the A487 is the well known Centre for Alternative Technology [CAT]. It offers a great day out for anyone interested in solutions to green living.

10 miles away towards Aberystwyth is the Dyfi Osprey Project
Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve
Powys, SY20 8SR

Their Visitor Centre is really worth a visit.

Aberystwyth is the nearest major city, on the coast, on the other side of the estuary 25 miles south of Smugglers Cove.

Local Pub/Restaurant Summary.

The Riverside Hotel, Pennal. 3 miles.
The Penhelig Arms, Aberdovey. 3.5 miles.
The Dovey Inn, Aberdovey. 3.5 miles.
The Britannia, Aberdovey. 3.5 miles.
The Tredegar Inn, Tywyn. 7 miles.
The White Lion, Machynlleth. 7 miles.
The Red Lion, Machynlleth. 7 miles.
The Skinners Arms, Machynlleth. 7 miles.
The Wynnstay Hotel, Machynlleth. 7 miles.

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