An ideal base for sports enthusiasts, fantastic walks on the doorstep and within easy driving distance of many attractions, this delightful Welsh quarryman’s cottage with its dramatic mountain backdrop, is located in the quiet hamlet of Rhiwbryfdir on the fringe of the unique, historical slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, in the very heart of the Snowdonia National Park, and dates back to around 1840. A perfect base for families, couples or friends looking for either an active sport or sightseeing holiday, to a relaxing break, Bwythn Bach offers spacious, light, ground floor living accommodation with a fantastic original slate lined inglenook fireplace and two cosy bedrooms on the first floor. Surrounded by heritage, guests can look out across the garden to the nearby historic zig-zag path from the kitchen, and also view the mountain that is home to the downhill bike trails and the top zip wires at the summit from upstairs.
The cottage is within walking distance to the town centre and the terminus for the Ffestiniog Steam Railway and the beautiful Conwy Valley Railway Line to Betws-y-Coed and Llandudno. In addition, it is a 5-minute walk to the famous Llechwedd Slate Caverns complex, which comprises of the Victorian underground tours, the Antur Stiniog Mountain Bike Centre, Zip World (the largest zip zone in the world!), Bounce Below and World Below (the world’s largest zip line course, set in a vast series of historic mine chambers and tunnels!) - a truly magnificent subterranean experience! It is also in close proximity to Mount Snowdon, Betws-y-Coed, Portmeirion and Dolwyddelan Castle. The cottage benefits from an original slate outhouse, renovated into a fully kitted drying/boot room with tumble dryer, drying racks, hooks/rails for equipment, as well as bike storage. There is also a separate traditional ’Ty Bach’ - outside toilet. It also boasts a lovely, fully enclosed slated garden, with flower beds and a secluded seated area where after a day’s activities, you can unwind and enjoy the mountain views, spot the ravens soaring overhead, and if you are lucky enough, a chough, and listen out for the ’toot’ of the Ffestiniog Railway resounding across the town. A perfect holiday base for walkers and climbers as numerous footpaths lead directly from the cottage, for all abilities. This includes exploring the town with its unique culture, leading high into the surrounding Moelwyn Mountains to many lakes, waterfalls, wild moorland and abandoned slate mining communities, all waiting to be discovered. You can also explore the Crimea Pass area. The cottage is an ideal base for dog owners as a track leads directly from the rear of the cottage to the open mountainside and small river, perfect for those early morning and late evening ’5-minute dog walks’! For outdoor enthusiasts looking for a bit extra - caving, white water rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, horse riding, bird watching, fishing and even train spotting are available. The Tanygrisiau Slabs are 5 minutes down the road and the National White Water Rafting Centre is a 40-minute drive away towards Bala. It is within easy driving distance to Porthmadog, the west Wales coastline with its sandy beaches, including Harlech, the Llyn Peninsula and a high concentration of historic castles throughout North West Wales and many Heritage steam railway lines. Whether it’s walking, climbing or biking in the mountains, exploring the Snowdonia villages, riding the railways, relaxing on the beach, or admiring the abundance of flora and fauna, this cosy holiday cottage offers an ideal base for discovering the rugged natural beauty of the Snowdonia National Park. It will leave many good memories. Shop and restaurant ½ mile, pub ¼ mile.
Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. Wet room with heated towel rail (no toilet). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Separate toilet.
Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot. 32" Smart freeview TV. DVD and small library. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in outhouse). Large enclosed slated garden with sitting-out area. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.