Ty Kate

Tanygrisiau near Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales (Ref. 12182)

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    "This is a small and cosy cottage in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. It's perfectly located for exploring the whole of the park and North Wales. It's near to all the major routes, also the train and bus links were excellent. The nearby town of Blaenau Ffestiniog had a few restaurant options to offer, although the cottage was so excellently kitted out with everything we needed (especially the kitchen) that we stayed in almost every evening, we even made a huge roast dinner on the first night! There were plenty of thoughtful touches around the cottage that made it easy to settle in immediately and feel at home, although without all the usual distractions, which was a relief! The woodburning stove was perfect and necessary on the wet days! And there was a washer/dryer too which we used to refresh our walking gear. One of the best walks of our trip was up behind the cottage; a very interesting walk with some great views and surprises! We loved the overall feel of the house and enjoyed our stay immensely.

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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine

The property

A lovely stone-built, end-terrace cottage situated in the Welsh village of Tanygrisiau, just over a mile from the popular town of Blaenau Ffestiniog on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

Renovated to a good standard and set near stunning scenery and lakeside walks, this charming Tanygrisiau cottage provides welcoming accommodation and boasts an open plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen and a snug beamed sitting area with a woodburner.

Two cosy bedrooms, one of which is suitable for a child, plus a shower room complete the accommodation at this Tanygrisiau cottage.

An abundance of pretty walks, cycle routes and mountain bike tracks are available from the doorstep of this cottage in Tanygrisiau, whilst the Ffestiniog steam railway runs above the back of the terraced garden and stops within a 10-minute walk.

There are fantastic climbing and kayaking opportunities nearby, together with a choice of golf courses along the Cardigan Bay coastline, just 30 minutes' drive away.

A delightful North Wales cottage for a romantic getaway, whatever the time of year.


Two bedrooms: 1 x double (accessed from one side only), 1 x child's single (suitable for age 2-17 years). Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner.


  • Electric central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, iPod dock, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking in free public car park 1 min walk away
  • Small enclosed terraced patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops 1.1 miles, pub 8 mins walk
  • Note: Child's single bed is 5'9" long
  • Note: There is no room for a cot in the bedrooms
  • Note: Patio is accessed by 5 steps
  • Note: This cottage is situated next to a steam railway line, some associated noise maybe heard.

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 wind from northerly gales in the winter, and give the village a pleasant southerly aspect with relatively mild weather considering its location high in Snowdon. The village stands amongst some 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, 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas