Glan-yr-Afon Cottage

Tanygrisiau near Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales (Ref. 4537)

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

A delightful, 18th century, stone-built cottage in a quiet residential lane overlooking a nearby river and fields, with views of the Manod mountains and a backdrop of the Moelwyn mountains, in the village of Tanygrisiau, 1.6 miles from Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Successfully renovated and retaining much original character, this quality Blaenau Ffestiniog cottage boasts a welcoming sitting room with an impressive stone inglenook fireplace with warming multi-fuel stove, creating a cosy relaxing atmosphere.

Surrounded by wonderful mountains, this Blaenau Ffestiniog cottage is perfect for lovely scenic lake and mountain walks, or enjoying outdoor pursuits such as canoeing and climbing at Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre and mountain biking at the Blaenau Ffestiniog Downhill Centre or Coed-y-Brenin, one of the best mountain bike centres in Britain.

This Blaenau Ffestiniog cottage is just a few minutes' walk from the beautiful Tanygrisiau Lake and popular Ffestiniog steam railway station in Tanygrisiau.

Discover the magnificent slate caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog, or visit bustling Porthmadog with its individual shops, inviting eateries and colourful marina.

With the enormous beach at Black Rock Sands, the picturesque NT Bodnant Gardens and the majesty of Mount Snowdon all within easy reach, this Blaenau Ffestiniog cottage is the perfect, all year round holiday retreat.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single with additional pull-out bed. Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Well-equipped fitted kitchen. Sitting room with dining area and inglenook fireplace with multi-fuel stove.


LPG central heating with multi-fuel stove in sitting room. Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, flat screen TV/DVD with FreeSat, iPod dock with radio, WiFi. Good selection of DVDs, books, games, puzzles and toys for children. Fuel, power and starter pack for multi-fuel stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Complimentary bottle of wine provided. Off road parking for 1 car opposite cottage, additional parking on first come first served basis in allocated parking bay opposite cottage. Small enclosed rear yard. Enclosed front garden with furniture. Two well-behaved dogs welcome (please bring own dog beds and towels). Sorry, no smoking. Pub 20 mins walk. Lakeside Cafe 3 mins walk. Shops and amenities 1.6 miles. Note: The arrival time at this property is 5pm, and guests are welcome to stay until 12 noon on departure day.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “We all had a superb stay, enjoying everything the owners offered”
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    • “We were very well lokked after from the moment we arrived until we left. The cottage was lovely, ideal for 2 people. Maintained to a very good standard with everything that we needed. The hosts gave us such a lovely welcome pack and superb service.We loved the most informative Welcome Pack with very accurate walk details. The hosts certainly go that extra mile to ensure you have a most enjoyable stay!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Littleborough, December 2011

    • “Excellent cottage in a great location”
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    • “Very nice cosy cottage. Well equipped. Very clean and homely. Great location for exploring Snowdonia.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Scunthorpe, August 2011

    • “A great place to stay”
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    • “Apart from the sofas which we found too low - we are both 70+ - we had every comfort we could hope for. The area was lovely with interesting early morning walks around the village. We found a delightful cafe nearby and enjoyed the trains and slate mines. Everyone we met was friendly and kind. Super”

    Marlene & Pip, Wiltshire, September 2011

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    • “A very homely cosy cottage that is well equipped. We really enjoyed our time here and would go back.”

    Mrs Grimes, Manchester, August 2015

    • “The Cottage was an excellent 'interpretation' of an original slate-worker's home in a slate quarrying village. It carried the sense of that way of life into the modern idiom without losing touch with the original. You could feel the history in the slate and stone. Ideally located for everything the area has to offer, which is a huge amount.”

    Mr Moore, Stockbridge, July 2015

    • “Top marks, couldn't fault the cottage at all. We (including our dogs) were made to feel very welcome by the owners. We would definitely visit again and recommend this beautiful cottage. Thanks again.”

    Mrs Doherty, Newcastle Upon Tyne, March 2015

    • “This was our first visit to Snowdonia and we had a wonderful time walking in beautiful scenery. The cottage was comfortable and snug and had everything needed for a pleasant stay. We arrived back home thoroughly relaxed and refreshed.”

    Mr Newstead, Gloucester, February 2015

    • “An amazing little cottage. Compliments to the owners, was made to feel extremely welcome. Thank you.”

    Mr Heaton, Rochdale, December 2014

    • “We loved the location in beautiful surrounding”

    Mrs Larrad, Coventry, September 2014

    • “Its a lovely Cottage in a very good location for touring the area and I would happily stay there again. The owners have thought very carefully about the comfort of their guests and what is necessary to make their stay a happy one. I would very happily stay there again.”

    Mr Brandi, Torquay, September 2014

    • “The cottage was in a good location to enjoy much of the stunning scenery and lovely beaches of North Wales.”

    Mrs Chase, Bognor Regis, May 2014

    • “Lovely place to stay for a week.”

    Mr Shorney, Leamington Spa, May 2014

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About the location


Blaenau Ffestiniog 1.1 miles; Porthmadog 8 miles; Betws-y-Coed 15 miles; Beddgelert 16 miles.

Tanygrisiau, meaning "below the steps", refers to the stepped cliffs above this traditional Welsh village. The Moelwyn mountains protect the village from much of the northerly gales in the winter, and give it a pleasant southerly aspect with relatively mild weather considering its location high in Snowdon. The village stands amongst dramatic scenery, and Tanygrisiau is a good starting point for many walks, especially if your intention is to climb Moelwyn itself. Tanygrisiau was famous for its slate mining, producing a high quality black slate that was used across the world. Tanygrisiau railway station is on the famous Ffestiniog Railway, a narrow gauge railway built to carry slate from the mines down to the sea at Porthmadog; today it is a renowned tourist attraction providing stunning views on its trip to the coast. Only 1.1 miles away is Blaenau Ffestiniog, once the capital of slate quarrying and in the 18th century known as the "City of Slate". The town stands in an elevated, natural bowl amidst this mountainous region and has a good variety of shops and pubs, but is best known for its tourist attractions. One of the old quarries is now the renowned Llechwedd Slate Cavern. The famous narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway provides wonderful trips through spectacular countryside. Enjoy superb walks and bike trails at Coed-y-Brenin, one of the best mountain bike centres in Britain, as well as good climbing at the Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre, wonderful sandy beaches, or great fishing or golf. Visit delightful Betws-y-Coed, the Italianate Village at Portmeirion, or Bala, with its renowned white water rafting opportunities.

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