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Bwthyn Bach

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Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd
Grade 3 Star rating
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms2
Bathrooms1
Pets 1
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Fantastic hill walking and mountain biking from the very doorstep and a perfect location for exploring the whole of Snowdonia.

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 with the addition of an upstairs toilet. 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 32" Smart Freeview TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, and beams.

Kitchen: With gas cooker, microwave and washing machine.

Wet room: With shower and heated towel rail (no toilet).

First Floor:

Bedroom 1: With double bed.

Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Outhouse with tumble dryer and toilet. Large enclosed slated garden with sitting-out area and barbecue. Private parking for 1 car. Bike store. No smoking.

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Features

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
    Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath
    Walk-in Shower/Bath
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    15/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 08/12/2017
    Perfect spot for walkers, locals were very friendly and owner was helpful beyond words. There is so much information in the cottage for the area and for emergencies and for the actual cottage all clearly filed. The visitors book is full of glowing reports, including ours, we can't all be wrong!! Perfect!


  • 10

    19/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 06/11/2017
    Fabulous cottage - met the owner who was lovely - would love to stay there again 😄


  • 10

    30/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 24/09/2017
    Lovely host & perfect Welsh cottage. We chose the cottage to be close to Zip World & it didn’t disappoint! Only a mile away & with all the home comforts & perfect extra touches from our host we will definitely be staying there again.


  • 10

    31/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    We had a fabulous time here in Ffestiniog and would definitely visit again in the near future, have recommended it also to family and friends.


  • 9

    23/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    A lovely cosy little cottage with everything you might need for a week away. Good location for accessing all that North Wales has to offer. We found lots to do with young kids, beaches, steam trains, waterfalls, Anglesea Sea Zoo. Also lots to come back for when they are older and more into walking rather than being carried! Joanna is a great host, really recommend this place.


  • 10

    24/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 02/07/2017
    We stayed in the cottage for the weekend and used it as a base whilst biking and at zip world. It was fantastic for the 3 of us, close to town for food and drinks and also central to our activities we’d booked. The cottage inside has a deceivingly big inside! We'll be sure to come back again in 2018.


  • 9

    06/07/2017
    Confirmed guest, 26/06/2017
    Lovely long weekend break in Blaenau in delightful little cottage. Friendly and helpful owner on hand with a lot of local knowledge and written information of what's available locally. She is also very quick to respond to problems - a replacement piece of kitchen equipment in our case. Local area very pretty. Cottage has everything you could possibly want for a short stay even if the weather is a little drizzly (DVDs, draw full of kitchen gadgets and a SmarTV and wifi - which I did not use as reception there good enough for a smart phone). The stairs are a little steep and narrow as it is an old house so they're not the easiest when staying with someone with mobility issues (though we managed OK) but the rest of the house and the garden were very family friendly. The walk-in wet room power shower is nice and powerful too. It was well kept and felt very clean. I would recommend this if you were staying in the local area and I would definitely stay there again.


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