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Goronwy Cottage

(Ref. 915804)

Barmouth, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 9 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "What a great property."

    We came for Christmas with 5 adults, 2 children and a dog. Lovely welcome on the kitchen table of a fantastic Christmas cake and bottle of wine - thank you. House was a great size with so much space - the room off the living room was fantastic for all our coats, waterproofs and boots etc. bedrooms were good sizes and fire in the living room lovely and cosy. Great spot overlooking the bay, had some lovely walks and visited some nice pubs in town - a great time had by all - thank you.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Dec 2023

  • "The house was everything we hoped for and so well equipped we wanted for nothing."

    The board games and cards meant we managed to leave the TV switched off and with the fire lit it made for entertaining evenings in. The position of the home with the sound of the sea and its views across the bay from every room were amazing. A short walk down to the town or beach made it ideal for the older kids in our group to venture out on their own whilst some slightly more strenuous walks up gave you some fabulous views across to snowdonia and up and down the welsh coast. We found plenty of things to do in and around Barmouth - along with swimming in the sea and lazing on the beach we visited the fun fair, did a little shopping, went pony trekking and played pitch and putt (fairbourne) and ate a lot of ice cream - all in all we had a great time and would not hesitate to recommend a vist to the fabulous home in an idyllic setting in a beautiful part wales

    Reviewed by James4.1Aug 2023

  • "We loved the position of this cottage up on the rock with views over the sea and harbour."

    Nice and close to the beach and town shops etc. The space and room configuration were just right for our families with 5 little ones. Decor and furnishings were great blend of authentically old and tasteful modern. The cottage was kitted out with everything we needed. The separate washing and drying room was especially appreciated. Yes it was a little tricky access for unloading cars, but description was accurate and you just had to prepare.

    Reviewed by Trefor4.7Aug 2023

  • "The cottage itself met my expectations."

    It was clean and all the rooms were well prepared and welcoming. The views from all windows were wonderful and the owners thought of everything that may be needed for adults and children during their stay in the cottage for sunny and rainy days.The only draw back were the steps leading from the Main Street to the cottage. The way the cottage was marketed did not give in my view very accurate description of the distance between cottage and the Main Street, the proximity between temporary parking on the street and the cottage itself and the angle of the steps leading from the street to the cottage. From the description it looked simple and not at all problematic. In reality, unfortunately, it was problematic when unloading and loading the cars at the start and at the end of our stay. The number of trips needed to do these necessary tasks left us all out of breath and very tired. For the oldest member of our party, person 80+ the steps were unsafe to use without an escort , especially when they were wet, which was most days.

    Reviewed by Teresa4.4Jul 2023

  • "A stunning cottage, extremely well equipped & very comfortable in a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2023

  • "We booked short notice after being let down by another holiday home owner and we were originally feeling a bit glum that we weren’t going to be staying in our planned home however on arrival any upset was wiped away."

    The house was gorgeous with views that took our breath away. So much thought had been put into ensuring that our stay was as comfortable as possible and the house was very well equipped. Barmouth is the prettiest town in beautiful surroundings and we had a wonderful week with hot sunny weather. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this wonderful holiday home. 10/10

    Reviewed by Meika5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Incredibly well equipped. We weren't missing out on anything. The cleaner's couldn't locate the key for the out house and the owner's son came round to deliver this the following morning. We hadn't needed it in that time. The views from the property were lovely and the location was great. The warning about the steps is helpful even though we had no issues. Pointing out where to park to unload luggage was very useful. The skylights in the bedrooms on the top floor are quite hard to open and particularly in the double room, it was very hard to open without feeling like the whole window might end up on the bed. We got it open but might just need some loosening. This is no criticism and took away nothing from the house and the whole experience.

    Reviewed by Alice4.4Apr 2023

  • "This is a fantastic place with a beautiful outlook over Barmouth."

    Goronwy is a beautifully appointed house furnished with quality materials and the owner is friendly and helpful. If you are fit enough to climb a few steps up to the property I really can’t think of any reason not to book it. We loved the place and had a great time there.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2022

  • "The only issue we had was with the steps up to house and carrying all our luggage up and having to take all our empties to the bottle bank in the car park."

    But it was a beautiful cottage and we had a wonderful time

    Reviewed by Darryl5.0Jul 2022

  • "I have only positive things to say about the property and the owners."

    They were excellent and very accommodating. I would highly recommend to other families to visit this property if it is available! We will certainly be going back in the future. The property was very clean, but the utensils needed cleaning prior to use. This is no fault of the owner mind - the dishwasher is only so good. The instructions are very clear prior to arriving and if followed are very simple! The layout is great, everything you could ask for and more is available and the location is stunning. Amazing views from all rooms within the property and suitable for all types of families.

    Reviewed by James4.7Mar 2022

  • "This is a beautiful cottage with so much thought and care into decor, cleanliness and items left for our use."

    We managed breakfast on the decking in the sunshine in January!! But the views and peacefulness were worth it. The owners had been and lit the fire prior to our arrival to make the house cosy but unfortunately had forgotten to turn to hot water on. Between myself and other guests and a call to the owners we managed to sort this but it left us without reliable hot water for about a day and a half of our 3 day stay. The owners did let us have a later checkout and kept in touch over the weekend to check the problem was resolving. Fortunately the families that stayed did not let this ruin their weekend and would recommend this property to others.

    Reviewed by Victoria4.4Jan 2022

  • "Lovely house,warm ,cozy and comfortable."

    TV remotes were difficult to fathom though.we were hoping to host a dinner party for our group on the31st unfortunately the catering company let us down because of covid. I think the chef would have struggled with a 4 course dinner for 7..... not quite enough equipment or crockery available which wasn’t in keeping with the high standard of Goronwy Cottage. Large pasta bowls and a large salad bowl would have aided our stay too.also a larger fridge would have helped, the one available wouldn’t accommodate 9 people. Thankyou for the offer of extending our stay due to our late arrival. It wasn’t needed but still, a very kind offer.we will certainly be coming back and couldn’t recommend goronwy cottage highly enough. Thankyou for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Lee4.1Dec 2021

  • "Lovely property with amazing views."

    Access is an issue but the steps are well worth the climb. The property was great for 2 small families and two fit grandparents. Beautiful walks up the hill to the scenic views and also down and onto the beach. A little chillier on one side of property but heaters and extra blankets etc avail so not an issue -even in Dec! Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Dec 2021

  • "We enjoyed our winter weekend at Goronwy Cottage."

    The location and appearance of the property was as we expected. Room sizes and facilities were good - the lounge was delightfully cosy when the huge wood-burning stove was alight; sadly - in cold winter weather - the rest of the house never reached a comfortable temperature. We would certainly return, but not during the winter. The panoramic views from the front of the house are fabulous and if you can manage the steep access, Goronwy Cottage would be a good choice.

    Reviewed by David3.4Dec 2021

  • "This is a lovely warm friendly house - we loved its quirky feel and double staircase."

    Hot water galore and those gorgeous views. You soon get used to the steps - it’s all part of the experience.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Sep 2021

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage and setting"

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2021

  • "The holiday was a special one."

    The people are so welcoming and this is a place we can always enjoy. When we return I would definitely try to book this house again.

    Reviewed by Ondrie5.0Aug 2021

  • "Super comfy and well equipped house in a super location."

    Amazing views and what a fab place Barmouth is, a real hidden gem. Weather was great which topped off an excellent week. Thank you ++++++

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was very spacious and cosy and it was lovely to have a log burner, with a good supply of logs."

    It was a central location and had great views. The cottage had everything we needed for our stay. Visitors would just need to be aware of the lack of vehicle access and the steps up to the property.

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage is a superb property in a stunning location, there are three ensuite bedrooms, large kitchen, dining room and lounge."

    The views from the property and the separate terrace are stunning. Please be aware of the accessibility as the cottage is only reachable on foot up steep steps from the main road and there is very limited parking near the cottage so several trips are required to unpack and pack, this is not recommended for anybody with mobility issues. Recommended overall.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "The view was spectacular and right in the middle of town, house was tastefully done with plenty of room and everything you need."

    Owners checked on us to see if everything was alright.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Aug 2020

  • "The first time for a few of the group staying in a holiday residence rather than a hotel and they have definitely been converted."

    Having a living area where we could congregate before going out and for those who stay up late not being restricted to bed times of others. Very clean place, comfortable beds and plenty of space for the 6 of us. Could have easily accommodated more with no restrictions. The fireplace is absolutely gorgeous and makes the night in extremely cosy. Right in the middle of the action, everything no more than a 20 minute walk away. Will definitely stay here again

    Reviewed by Warren5.0Mar 2020

  • "The Goronwy cottage is very close to all amenities in Barmouth including the beach."

    It is everything you would wish for in a holiday accommodation, furnished not as a holiday let but as somebody's welcoming home. Very comfortable, light, airy and cosy. in addition to all the lovely living and sleeping spaces, there s a drying room which we found very useful. The drawback - the steps up to get to the cottage, are well worth the effort for the reward. The porch and deck, from which to capture some amazing sunsets, complete the outstanding accommodation Goronwy cottage offers. We have booked with Sykes Cottages several times over the years and never been disappointed, in fact usually, as above, our expectations are exceeded.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Oct 2019

  • "I've rented dozens of holiday cottages over the years but this is the first time that a cottage owner has contacted me early during the rental to enquire if there was anything that needed her attention."

    The result was a very speedy delivery of a few minor things - spare lightbulbs, a new single cup cafetiere (there already were two good large ones!) and a new shower head for one of the four showers. This level of service and interest went well beyond what I have experienced before. On top of this, the cottage is really lovely, being comfortable, well furnished, with excellent facilities and with an exceptional view out over Barmouth and the sea. A gem of a place.

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Aug 2019

  • "Goronwy Cottage is in a superb location with fantastic views over Barmouth beach and the estuary ."

    The terrace is a lovely place to sit with a glass of wine and watch the sunset . The cottage is very comfortable , very tasteful and very well equipped and we felt completely at home there. One of the best holiday cottages we have ever rented. Definitely not for anyone with mobility problems - the steps up to the cottage are many and steep! But a price worth paying for those fantastic views! Thanks to the owners for going the extra mile to make Goronwy cottage such a delightful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jul 2019

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  • Over three floors: Five bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC, 1 x second floor double with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC, 1 x 3' 4" single, 1 x children's bunk room
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Second floor children's TV room
  • Ground floor boot room and cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility in external building
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric heating and woodburning stove
  • Duel fuel cooking range with 2 x electric ovens and warming oven with a separate grill, gas hob and hotplate, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • 2 x TVs (1 x Smart) with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Two FOC parking permits
  • West-facing veranda with table, chairs and large sun decked terrace with picnic table and a BBQ. Outside shed for bike storage
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, downstairs only and not in bedrooms (one more will be considered upon request)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 5 mins walk, beach 10 mins walk
  • Note: This property is over three floors in an elevated position in old Barmouth, with 45 steps leading up to the property
  • Note: There is no vehicle access to the property, therefore it is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems
  • Note: Due to the age and nature of the cottage, stairs are a little steeper and narrower than normal and there are some low doorways
  • Note: No stag/hen parties
  • Note: Parking permits provide parking, free of charge in nearby car parks

The property

This lovely, Grade II listed property stands on The Rock, amidst the twisty streets of old Barmouth, with wonderful views.

Just ten minutes' walk from the renowned Blue Flag sandy beach, this is a perfect base for a seaside holiday with friends or family.

The property is accessed via a stepped and sloping pathway and although there is no vehicle access, the owners provide two parking permits for the nearby car park.

Goronwy Cottage, formerly two fisherman's cottages, is a wonderful property retaining many original features.

There is a splendid inglenook fireplace, exposed beams, slate flag and stripped pine flooring and Georgian sash windows.

Set over three floors, with many rooms enjoying unrestricted views over the town towards the sea, and two staircases at either end of the cottage, this seaside cottage is a fabulous hide-and-seek haven!

Entering from the veranda into a spacious kitchen with dining area, which is well-appointed with plenty of units and a Belling cooking range, you will feel immediately at home.

The chef of the group will be happy to prepare some tasty meals which can either be enjoyed alfresco style or at the dining table inside.

The sitting room has an impressive inglenook fireplace with a woodburning stove, perfect for those cooler, winter evenings.

There is also a handy boot room, providing ample storage for boots and coats with the addition of a cloakroom for your convenience.

Arranged over the two upper floors are five bedrooms in total, three with en-suite shower rooms and all individually styled with comfy beds and 100% cotton, luxury hotel linen.

A family bathroom is also located on the first floor and services the remaining bedrooms.

The TV room on the third floor is a great place for the kids, they can play and watch TV in one room, whilst the grown-ups relax downstairs, enjoying the peace and quiet.

Goronwy cottage boasts a west-facing, period veranda and a large sun decked terrace.

This is the perfect place to sit and enjoy tangerine sunsets, with wonderful views over the glistening ocean.

This lovely cottage is in a superb location for enjoying the shops, restaurants and pubs on the doorstep, as well as the sandy beach and the Mawddach Estuary, which John Ruskin said provided "one of the most sublime views in Europe".

This whole area is a haven for walkers and climbers, sailing and water sports enthusiasts, as well as offering some of the best mountain biking in the UK.

Harlech, now a World Heritage Site, with its castle is only ten miles away, whilst slightly further afield is the Italianate village of Portmeirion and the harbour town of Porthmadog, where you can take the Ffestiniog Steam Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog and enjoy the industrial heritage and slateworks.

For the more adventurous, there’s Zip World Titan or Bounce Below, an underground trampoline.

A truly delightful holiday cottage for enjoying an exciting year-round holiday with family and friends.

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About the location


Harlech 10 miles; Dolgellau 10 miles.

One of the most picturesque resorts on the Welsh coast, Barmouth is surrounded by the unrivalled splendour of the Snowdonia National Park. This traditional seaside town boasts an enormous sandy Blue Flag beach, perfect for families. A variety of shops, pubs and restaurants combined with the mild climate, make this an ideal destination for a holiday, even out of season. A paradise for walkers, climbers and cyclists, Mount Cader Idris is nearby. An abundance of wildlife along the Mawddach Estuary, trout fishing in mountain lakes, Harlech Castle, St David’s golf course and Portmeirion Italianate Village are just a handful of the many superb attractions within easy reach of this lovely spot.

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Note: This property is over three floors in an elevated position in old Barmouth, with 45 steps leading up to the property.
Note: There is no vehicle access to the property, therefore it is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems.
Note: Due to the age and nature of the cottage, stairs are a little steeper and narrower than normal and there are some low doorways.
Note: No stag/hen parties.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter