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Ty Isel

Gerlan near Bethesda, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 984594)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nicely renovated cottage, in a great location for walks in a quieter area of Snowdonia."

    Reviewed by JulianMar 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    The cottage was clean and very well cared for, there were lots of extra notes around the cottage (directions for the T.V, toilet flush etc) which we found a lovely touch. The homeowners sent a leaflet via email which included lots of information about the cottage and surrounding area, which I found very touching!

    Reviewed by VanessaMar 2022

  • "Beautiful spacious cottage, lots of privacy and hiking routes nearby!"

    Feels remote with the sheep next to you and the mountain views, but still close enough to the village where you can find everything you need. Perfect location on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. Comfy bed, bath and hot shower. And yes, the toilet does not flush easily and the shower could be a bit stronger, but that didn't bother us too much. Kitchen was also very well equipped. Our dog also enjoyed the garden and watching the sheep from behind the fence. If you have a dog that gets really nervous or agressive when seeing sheep, this might not be the place for you. We would recommend this place 10/10, best cottage we stayed in during the holidays in Wales.

    Reviewed by JudithNov 2021

  • "Lovely cosy warm cottage, really enjoyed our stay there"

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2021

  • "This was our second visit to Ty Isel and would highly recommend the accommodation to anyone wishing to visit North Wales."

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2021

  • "Although a little tricky to find at first we found Ty Isel to be a beautifully presented, quaint cottage at what appeared to be the highest point in the village."

    The cottage was well presented and very clean, which is always a good start. We also found the owner, Sasha very responsive in answering the few questions we had. Overall this made a great base for our family holiday and we would love to return someday.

    Reviewed by DarrenAug 2021

  • "We loved the cottage but there were elements that just weren't great."

    There was no microwave - it didn't specify in the listings that there was one but this day and age we figured it was a given. The shower was poor. It was a trickle. Not ideal after a days walking. The toilet was also not great. Took at least 4 flushes to clear. There was a mouse living between the ceiling and floorboards of the upstairs and downstairs bedroom It was, however, a lovely location. The town of Bethesda needs some help. But the surrounding area is amazing!! It's beautiful. The locals were really friendly.

    Reviewed by AdrianAug 2021

  • "This cottage is in a beautiful spot, was immaculately clean and the perfect base from which to explore north wales."

    We had a fantastic time.

    Reviewed by JessicaJul 2021

  • "Ty Isel is a lovely cottage located up the hillside in a beautiful part of Wales."

    There are great walks right from the door. The cottage has a great patio area with superb view across the valley. For the adventurous nearby Zipworld would be worth a visit. Anglesey is not far away with it's many attractions but we mostly stayed local and did walking and mountain biking. I would recommend Ty Isel to anyone looking for a remote countryside holiday.

    Reviewed by AlanJul 2021

  • "Ty Isel is a brilliant place to stay."

    We thought it was even lovelier than it appeared on the photos in the listing. It was really cosy, comfortable and spacious. The balcony area is wonderful if it's warm, we saw a couple of great sunsets. We loved the location which is perfect for walking in Northern Snowdonia without any need to use the car. We also enjoyed walking some of the slate trail which passes very close by. Very much hope to go back again sometime.

    Reviewed by ClaireMay 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely, the setting was beautiful - only wish the hot water could have been hotter :)"

    Reviewed by MariaOct 2020

  • "Comfortable cottage with a great location ."

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2020

  • "This cottage is a credit to the owners who with the extra they provided couldn't fault it ."

    From the welcoming fire already made up to tea and coffee , milk, and cake was great . Cannot wait to return . Everything you need is all provided , Great place to unwind and chill out , would say this cottage is a must and a great place to discover North Wales .

    Reviewed by DerekMar 2020

  • "The cottage was warm and welcoming when we arrived on a cold, wet evening."

    The fruit loaf, milk and tea was a nice surprise. The cottage was in a lovely location with good views and the cottage itself was well maintained and clean. Thanks for a great stay!

    Reviewed by BenNov 2019

  • "We've just spent end of August / beginning of September at the cottage and really enjoyed our stay."

    The cottage is a sweet cottage with lovely features and well looked after, it's set in peaceful and beautiful surroundings. We enjoyed the visits around the local area. The local shops and facilities were easily accessible and people we met were friendly. We would definitely love to return at some point. Mark & Abbe

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2019

  • "A lovely cottage, very well decorated and maintained in a great position for walking in the mountains."

    Easy to get to other parts of Snowdonia, Anglesey and the coast.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2019

  • "Ty Isel cottage was a real gem!"

    Cosy, comfortable and in a quiet wonderful location. The little balcony area was a real treat too. Log burner and bbq were nice added extras. We used both. We would definitely recommend this beautiful little cottage.

    Reviewed by KateJul 2019

  • "Situated smack bang in the middle of all the beautiful sights north Wales has to offer,this lovely cottage set in marvelous countryside is ideal for dog walking and seeing nature at it's best."

    With local shops not far away and a pick of restaurants to choose from we enjoyed are stay immensely. Will be recommending this fantastic cottage to my friends and family.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJun 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything we needed for a lovely holiday in this wonderful part of North Wales."

    Very dog friendly for our two. Really lovely garden and decked area with beautiful views, we loved it and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2019

  • "We had a very comfortable week at Ty Isel cottage."

    It is a in a perfect location for exploring Snowdonia and North Wales. The cottage was warm, cosy and met our daily needs. The bed was very comfortable. Lovely views of the snow capped mountains from the terrace. Many thanks to Sasha and Tom for a great week. Bob & Liz.

    Reviewed by BobMar 2019

  • "This cottage is the best we have ever stayed in."

    It was clean, warm, comfortable and very thoughtfully presented. There were little touches such as milk and welsh cakes on arrival with a treat for the dog too. The views, the peace and quiet and the whole atmosphere of the cottage would make us stay again.

    Reviewed by SarahMar 2019

  • "Absolutely brilliant would definitely stay again."

    Lovely cottage in a great location. I can't praise it enough!!

    Reviewed by EleanorJan 2019

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage in a beautiful setting with lovely walks."

    Had a wonderful week away. Owners were really great and very helpful (and left a scrummy cake which was lovely). The owners of other cottages on the road were very nice too and gave great local information. Only slight problem is the parking outside the cottage. If you leave the spot on a nice day you may not get it when you return, walkers use them and aren’t considerate in their parking!

    Reviewed by JennaJan 2019

  • "Cottage changed ownership after we had booked but we were only informed 2 weeks before the date we had booked."

    You created a new booking which as far as I am concerned is a new contract without any consultation with myself, I should have been given the option to cancel due to the fact we had stayed at this cottage before in 2016 and after a bad experience at a nearby cottage Y Bwthyn in 2017 (look at the reviews) we decided to go back to Ty Isel but as you can appreciate if a new owner comes in there is absolutely no surety that the cottage will be as we had previously experienced, thankfully the cottage was great but the point is there was an element of doubt and everything is slanted in your favour, there was an e mail to me cancelling the original booking and making a new booking WITHOUT MY AUTHORISATION! This if taken to law is surely not legal. We have used Sykes for many years but I doubt we shall use you again I Doubt I shall hear a response to this but this will just reinforce my opinion not to bother using you again

    Reviewed by StephenNov 2018

  • "We have been to this cottage before and will return again."

    We love everything about the cottage and the location. You really feel that you are away from everything....very relaxed now on our return.

    Reviewed by DeborahOct 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor double, 1 x eaves twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • LPG central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WIFI , Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Private off road parking for 1 car in lay-by
  • Enclosed garden with raised decking, furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Steep staircase and steep garden, may be unsuitable for less able and very young guests
  • Note: Although the garden is enclosed, sheep are able to jump over the wall and into the garden, so dogs must be supervised when outside
  • Note: Restricted head height in the eaves twin and in some doorways
  • Note: There is a good housekeeping bond of £50.00 for any bookings booked after 29.02.2020

The property

Bethesda 1 mile.

This delightful, detached holiday cottage sits in open countryside above the village of Gerlan near Bethesda in the scenic county of Gwynedd, North Wales.

With glorious, sweeping valley views, and its location on the edge of Snowdonia, this quaint stone cottage offers wonderful accommodation for a small family or a couple looking to get away from it all and explore this superb area.

This cottage has been fully renovated and is styled with local Welsh slate that harks back to the village's traditional livelihood, and offers charming accommodation with other period features including reclaimed floorboards and original doors.

The welcoming sitting room in this Bethesda cottage boasts a double height ceiling and a warming woodburner set in an inglenook slate and stone hearth, which provides cosy refuge on cooler nights.

The kitchen and dining area, with its exposed stone walls, comes thoughtfully equipped, and has a glass door opening out to the decking, where wonderful views can be relished.

Outside, the mature walled country garden with furniture offers a quiet spot to settle with a refreshing drink and enjoy a relaxing afternoon watching the wildlife.

Doorstep footpaths lead to unspoilt walking trails on Snowdonia's Carneddau mountain range, and enthusiastic cyclists will find many miles of steep, twisting country roads to challenge.

Whatever you choose, this superb cottage is perfect for a peaceful holiday or an active adventure.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £50.

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About the location


Bangor 6 miles; Caernarfon 10 miles.

Bethesda is a small town settled beside the River Ogwen in North Wales. Situated on the A5 between Bangor and the Snowdonia National Park, Bethesda was once a busy slate quarrying town and nowadays offers a good selection of shops and other amenities, in particular a number of chapels and pubs. The beautiful mountainous scenery of Snowdonia borders Bethesda, with the Lôn Las Ogwen cycling and walking paths skirting past. For the more adventurous, why not visit Zip World in Bethesda which is known for having Europe’s fastest and longest zip line. Capel Curig, just ten miles away, is a popular centre for walking, climbing and mountain biking, whilst Llanberis is situated at the foot of Mount Snowdon and is home to the Snowdon Mountain Railway and the National Slate Museum. Cwm Idwal is also a wonderful spot to visit, situated in northern Snowdonia – Darwin came to study the area and found tiny fossils of oceanic plant life and sea creatures in the boulders and rocks. The coastal town of Caernarfon is just a short drive away as is the beautiful Isle of Anglesey and the Anglesey Coastal Path. Visitors to the area can also explore the castles of Caernarfon and Beaumaris and the NT stately homes of Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens. Spend the day at one of the many traditional seaside resorts, or discover the isolated, hidden beaches on Anglesey, much of which is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With spectacular scenery on the doorstep, wonderful wildlife with buzzards soaring overhead and the occasional Peregrine Falcon to be seen, and many exciting outdoor adventures to discover nearby, Bethesda is superbly located for enjoying both the coast and the countryside of stunning North Wales.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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