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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage."

    It was warm and welcoming and we felt very much at home there. There is a good sized garden for anyone with young children and also a downstairs bedroom and en-suite suitable for disabled guests.

    Reviewed by Sylvia5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay in this stunning cottage."

    It had everything we needed for a real home from home feel. The surrounding areas are glorious, we explored beaches and waterfalls, and visited some lovely places a little further afield. All in all a fabulous little break, we will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage is in a great location for exploring North Wales."

    We found the cottage to be warm, comfortable and spacious for a family of 6 with everything we needed for the week. The garden was really lovely too.

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was fantastic ,very quiet location and was equipped with everything that you need."

    It was warm and inviting , the owners were very helpful and we would recommend this cottage as the ideal place to holiday.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "Smashing, lovely, delightful welcoming place!"

    A suntrap with a gorgeous and safe garden (lots of football matches). Wonderful old beams everywhere (some quite low, and the Dads bashed their heads. Short drive from beach, mountains, castle and mines (recommend the cafe at the Llanfair slate mines, which has a peerless view). I'm a medieval architecture nut, and it isn't 'a traditional 14th century semi-detached farmhouse' (as listed on Sykes) but is a fine old building nevertheless in an area full of fine old buildings. Please note that the fridge is a little small for 8, if you are the type to plan home cooking ahead, so bring cool bags.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7May 2023

  • "An amazing winter break away for the whole family, highly recommend this to family's with children as the games room is a great addition to this lovely cottage."

    So piecefull and only a short drive to Barmouth, Talybont beach a 5 min drive away too. Massive thankyou too Gwen and Richard who are lovely hosts and can't help enough to make sure your settled in. Will definitely be coming back soon (",)

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    Great location. Loved the games room and playground for the kids and that it was so safe for them to wander around themselves. Only slight issue, is if you are over around 5’5” you will have to duck for some beams and doorways. Gwenith was really helpful and easy to contact. Great stay, thank you

    Reviewed by Nicola4.7Dec 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a lovely area with a welcome pack including cakes & milk on arrival, the friendly owner communicated prior and during our stay."

    One of the main reasons for us booking the cottage was it because it came with a games room, ie Pool, darts & table Tennis, although there wasn’t a table tennis table which was advertised. The only other thing I would mention was some of the towel’s ideally could do with replacing. But even with the 2 comments above I would give it a 9/10.

    Thank you for the feedback! New towels have arrived today. We shall email Sykes to update the content of the games room. We had to make it slightly smaller which resulted in the table tennis table being removed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phil4.1Dec 2022

  • "We chosen this property because of the size and location as we had 4 adults and 4 children ranging from ages of 3-10 years old."

    This property didn't disappoint. There was enough room for us all, nice and quiet, but with lots for the kids to do and security with knowing the kids could just go out with it being quiet. We were greeted inside with a welcome pack and instructions, including wifi which was a blessing as signal in wales isn't great

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great property enjoyed by three generations of our family in lovely rural setting with local ameanities close by."

    Property hosts good communication and thoughtful throughout our stay, we all LOVED our stay and felt refreshed with our holiday there. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Gregory5.0Oct 2022

  • "Gwrtheyrn is a beautiful property, located in a spectacular part of North Wales."

    It is completely private, although next door to the farmhouse, there are no interruptions or distractions making our stay a peaceful, relaxing holiday. The house was spotlessly clean on arrival and everything we needed to make our stay enjoyable was there. We would definitely recommend and will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2022

  • "We were extremely pleased with the accommodation at Gwrtheyrn and the owners (who lived nearby) couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful."

    The ceiling in the kitchen is low (as noted in the details) but this didn't detract us from having a wonderful stay. We would certainly book there again.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jul 2022

  • "A wonderful place to stay."

    Spotlesly clean tidy and comfortable. Ideal for elderly and disabled. Will be back for sure.

    Reviewed by Ivan5.0Jul 2022

  • "Omg where do i start?"

    Family of 8 4 adults 3 kids 1 oap. Gwen was extremely helpful on our first day as an accident caused the road we needed to get to house was closed, kept intouch with updates. When we arrived we were blown away, spotlessly clean and the garden much bigger than we thought, the kids played football from the minute they woke up until bedtime!! We ventured out most days but we booked here for peace and quiet which (other than the kids) we got! All facilities were perfect including the downstairs bedroom for my mother. We will be looking to rebook same house in the future and highly recommend it! You know when you have had a great time when you leave with a heavy heart and the 3 yr old says nannie go home now (meaning home to gwrtheryn) . Again a massive thanks to gwen and richard for amazing memories!!!

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was our perfect holiday let."

    We arrived to a warm, beatifully scented cottage with everything we could have wished for. A quiet location with local shops and beach within walking distance. This really was our perfect holiday. Thank you. (party of 4 adults, 3 children and 1 very happy dog).

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2022

  • "Apart from brother banging his head on the low beam in the kitchen( he never did get used to it!"

    ) the rest of us fitted under it comfortably. Lovely relaxing place to stay, good for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Denise4.7Sep 2021

  • "Our stay at Gwrtheyrn was truly amazing."

    The cottage was charming, cozy, comfortable and deceptively spacious. It was full of character with wooden beams and matching wooden furniture throughout. The location of Gwrtheyrn is really quiet and peaceful, perfect for just "getting away from it all and recharging the batteries". Surrounding the cottage are fields with sheep, cows and calves and some lovely walks. The scenery is stunning, hills and mountains in every direction. We watched a spectacular sunset one evening and even heard owls. The garden was beautiful ans our grandchildren loved the playground and used it everyday. It was an added bonus to our stay. The cottage is a real home from home and fully equipped with everything you could possibly ask for. Gwrtheyrn is ideally situated as a base to visit North Wales and the Lleyn Peninsula. We can't wait to come back and stay again. Thank you so much. Val, Wokingham, Berkshire.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2021

  • "Holiday was fine, Sykes is just a company I never want to deal with again"

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2021

  • "The host was very welcoming and gave us some local information."

    She also hunted out some prams and outside toys for our under five year olds. The kids loved the play ground area and the garden was a good size. Fabulous cottage, I am sure we will be back when we want to be in this area again!

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely house and garden."

    Excellent location to many beaches. Only quibble being that the roof beam in the kitchen is very low, and unless you are 5 foot 10 or under you have to walk about with your head bent. All three men in our party were over 6 foot!

    Reviewed by Judith5.0May 2021

  • "Gwrtheryn is perfect what more can any one want when we arrived we got a little lost but gwen soon sorted it"

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Sep 2020

  • "A peaceful, interesting and beautiful location."

    A very comfortable and attractive old house with a lovely private garden to sit in. An excellent welcome from the owners. We personally like softer mattresses but otherwise perfection!

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Sep 2020

  • "It was obvious that changes had had to be made because of Covid 19 and some facilities were unavailable However we had been kept fully informed before our stay and were confident that the owners had made every effort to."

    make our stay as safe and as welcoming as possible Would definitely return

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "We have just returned from our wonderful holiday staying at Gwrtheyrn - 4 adults, 1 x 5 year old and 11 month old baby."

    The cottage is wonderfully quaint being so old (14th Century) with very deep window sills, original beams and other quirky features. Gwenith was wonderful and we were greeted with tea, coffee, milk and Free From cookies and jam tarts to cater for those with nut and dairy allergies in our family. Gwenith had provided a brand new travel cot with substantial mattress and an Ikea high chair which was very easy to clean and disinfect. It is a brilliantly situated cottage being on or next door to the family farm with sheep and cattle. It was so peaceful yet wonderfully well placed to go to Harlech, Barmouth, other local towns and not too far to visit Conwy, Portmeirion and other places of interest. It didn't matter to us at all that the games room wasn't open even though we were initially looking forward to using it. We went well equipped with our own games and had some memorable evenings with much laughter but generally were a little earlier to bed than usual as we were up early with the children. Our 5 year old granddaughter loved the playground which she used many times. Gwenith was on hand to quickly answer any questions we might have. My husband and I chose to have the ground floor twin room with en suite shower which was superb. We'd love a large, walk in shower like that with seat. Ideal for anyone who is disabled but wonderful for anyone else ,like us. There was a constant supply of really hot water too. We were very organised and took a lot of home from home items, Tupperware, sandwich bags, kitchen towel and other practical things and lacked for very little. Thank you Gwen for a most enjoyable stay and we would highly recommend this cottage to anyone for a perfect holiday.

    Reviewed by Lindsey5.0Aug 2020

  • "This house was exactly what we were looking for it was beautiful and very inviting."

    On our first night we had a little leak the owner came out strait away to fix it and all was good again. The kids loved the park and tried there hardest to get into the games room but with the covid situation we could not use it. We had a lovely week and would definitely recommend it thanks again

    Reviewed by Rose4.4Jul 2020

  • "No, it was perfect."

    Thou the central heating didnt uffice to keep the place warm and a coal fire was needed.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2020

  • "What a lovely cottage nice & quite well away from the busy main road, nice sized comfy rooms kitchen well equipped with all cooking essentials, we had a great stay here for a weeks holiday, beach very close for some nice walks & if the weather is not friendly spend the day in the games room at the bottom of garden, darts board, table tennis & pool table, would highly recommend this cottage & will certainly be back, great find for a nice break."

    Reviewed by Frederick John5.0Sep 2019

  • "It's further from the pub / village than I had envisaged so I wish we'd hired or taken bikes."

    The cottage is beautiful. The public footpath to the beach wasn't accessible as it ran across a field with a bull in it but the cottage owner was really helpful about alternative routes and it obviously wasn't their fault the bull was there :-) The cottage was charming - just fascinating. Kitchen well equipped, lots of DVDs and games. The games room was so much fun and we used it nearly every night. Would be great fun to add a blackboard scoreboard in there for family holidays actually? Just a thought to add to the competitive spirit that we all enjoyed. There was a lovely cake on arrival and Gwen couldn't do enough in terms of providing information and assistance. Would definitely go back. Just a wonderful location.

    Reviewed by Colette5.0Aug 2019

  • "Our group consisted of 6 adults (aged 26-58) and 2 children( 2 and 5 ) ."

    The home baked cake was a perfect welcome to this immaculate , characterful cottage which was very well equipped . The games room provided entertainment for adults and children whilst others were preparing meals or packing for days out . It is in a beautiful setting and not far from a variety of activities for all ages . We highly recommend Barmouth beach which has dog friendly areas close to the sea front , and Greenwood Forest Park . A climb up to the summit of Snowdon is a must for those who are able and whilst four adults in our group did this, we took our grandchildren to a petting zoo ten minutes away from the cottage so a good day all round . North Wales has a lot to offer and this cottage was a fabulous place to stay .

    Reviewed by Elizabeth Jean5.0Jul 2019

  • "We had a Fantastic week at this truly beautiful cottage."

    We was welcomed with an amazing Victoria sponge cake, there was also milk,tea, coffee, dishwasher tablets & all washing products which was a great addition. The location is beautiful with views to die for all around.There were 4 adults & 3 children and there was plenty of space with a lovely garden, the Games room is a great addition which was a big factor in renting this property but we very rarely used it (best time would have been in the evening when the children was a sleep but it is not attached to the house). The Kitchen had more utensils then you could wish for which we made the most of baking cakes with the children. Every evening we walked the dog to a beach over the cattle field & Sand Dunes in peace and quiet. Overall we had a fantastic time & if visiting North Wales again we would definitely be staying here. Thank you so much :)

    Reviewed by David4.4Jul 2019

  • "Actually,my wife is enthusing about the walk-in shower,which was the best she's ever had since she became disabled."

    Everything else was perfect.Peace and quiet and privacy.Very friendly owners.Flowers,butterflies,birds;lots of walks and a super beach.So this morning we've been discussing when to go back.

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was very clean and in a good location."

    The games room provided entertainment when the weather was not so good. There were some good restaurants nearby and Barmouth was 5 miles away

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2019

  • "Amazing cottage in fantastic surroundings."

    The cottage was a good size in all rooms, it was very clean and had everything we needed. We met the owners who were very helpful and very nice people.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage, it was very homely obviously well loved and the scenary was breathtaking."

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0May 2019

  • "We have had a fantastic week at at this beautiful cottage this is the third Sykes cottage we have had and they have always been beautiful , but this one is superb with 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms large kitchen and a beautiful large living room with a great log burner."

    It has everything to make your family holiday amazing with a large lawned garden, a laundry room and a games room. There are also so many beautiful places to visit and beautiful beaches. We will definitely be returning to this beautiful cottage Chris, Ray and family Dudley West Midlands

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2019

  • "The place was just beautiful!"

    Children loved it, loved playing in the garden,the games soon, the games in the house. They loved the adventure playground and all the nature that surrounded them. They loved watching the bats on an evening before bed. House is so characterful and cosy but with plenty of room for 5 adults and 3 children, we didn't feel cramped stall. Owners were very friendly and had left us tea coffee milk and an Easter cake. The beaches are just amazing and scenery is too. We will return!!

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Apr 2019

  • "We loved our week at this cottage."

    The family who own this cottage are truly welcoming with cake, milk, tea and coffee plus other key items such as dishwasher tablets, silver foil etc if you have forgotten your own supplies. The games room is perfect if you have poor weather (which we didn’t! Sunshine all the way!) They are so hospitable and the location surpassed all our expectations with us being able to trudge over the fields to the sand dunes which was fantastic fun. Loved this place and will be returning! Thank you Gwin and Richard!

    Reviewed by Cate5.0Apr 2019

  • "We expected the games room to be attached, only a small moan, it was cold in there."

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Mar 2019

  • "We booked Gwrtheyrn for a weekend getaway for my friends Birthday, 6 of us."

    We arrived Friday evening in the dark, via sat nav which was easy to locate to the property. We were greated with warm hospitality by the owner who was welcoming, polite and shown us what we needed to know to allow us to settle in. The property was immaculately clean, and felt very welcoming and homely. To our surprise on the barn table was a gorgeous Victoria sponge cake baked for us, which left us with gratitude thinking how thoughtful that was. The property interior is very well thought out, the kitchen was beautiful and had everything you needed for a stay with either friends or family. All of the bedrooms were warm and cosy, with comfortable beds and fresh bedding and towels. The lounge was also extremely comfortable, the high light was the log fire which we used all weekend, leaving us with a feeling of comfort and warmth. The grounds of the farm were all imacutatly clean, leading on to the stables with one having a huge games room all very well equpied with a Pool table, Dartboard, and Table Tennis which left us with hours of all round fun and entertainment. We would highly recommend a stay at Gwrtheyrn, as it was so warm and welcoming... we would give the overall stay a 10/10 and also not forgetting the location and the breath taking views that will leave you in total awe, completely stunning.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Mar 2019

  • "Holiday cottage very nice, good parking, good hosts, good facilities, only negative was most of the items in the games room were either broke or missing which is why we booked this accomodation."

    But the cottage itself was great.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.4Mar 2019

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king size, 1 x twin (accessed through the king-size bedroom), 1 x double, 1 x ground floor twin with en-suite shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • External utility
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Gas central heating and open fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • TV with Freeview, iPod dock, DVD player, WiFi and a selection of books and DVDs which are rotated on changeover so that every guest stay has books/DVDS that have been quarantined - guests are of course welcome to bring their own board games etc
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent, please bring own beach towels
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Rear garden with lawned area and patio with picnic bench
  • Children's playground
  • One well-behaved dog welcome (downstairs only)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 20 minute walk
  • Note: The upstairs twin room is accessed through the main bedroom
  • Note: No stag/hen party or similar
  • Please note: This property will only accept a maximum of 9 people in total including an infant

The property

Gwrtheyrn is a traditional 14th century semi-detached farmhouse, once the home of the Lords of Gwrtheyrn, and is believed to be one of the oldest houses in Wales.

Located on the owners working farm, surrounded by fields and countryside, situated in the Snowdonia National Park on the outskirts of the coastal village of Dyffryn Ardudwy.

This charming cottage is a perfect base from which to explore the many attractions and beaches the area has to offer and would suit couples, friends and is also great for families.

The house has a wealth of original oak beams and panels, beautifully complimented by more modern handcrafted oak ledge and brace doors with wrought iron furniture, modern kitchen and bathrooms and lovely soft furnishings.

Lovingly renovated and restored offers an extremely warm Welsh welcome, the charm and character is in abundance, starting with the sitting room which has plenty of comfortable seating and boasts an impressive inglenook fireplace with open fire.

The kitchen is well-appointed with integrated appliances, extending to a well-proportioned dining area is a lovely place to sit as a family and enjoy a late supper or a more leisurely breakfast before setting out on a day’s adventure.

There is a ground floor bedroom with en-suite shower room, ideal for guests who may find stairs a little challenging.

Three further bedrooms, all individually styled are arranged on the first floor and serviced by a shower room and a family bathroom.

Outside, the private garden and picnic area adds to the luxury and homely atmosphere of this farmhouse.

Gwrtheyrn offers the perfect location for a wonderful break all year round.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref: 1125572, together sleeping up to 9 guests.

Ynys Gwrtheyrn Cottages

Ynys Gwrtheyrn Cottages is a delightful pair of stone-fronted dwellings, encompassed by the stunning countryside of Dyffryn Ardudwy, in Gwynedd. Set within a prime location, within the Snowdonia National Park and a short drive from the shoreline, the collection offers both families and groups a tranquil base for a North Wales getaway. The pairing benefit from communal facilities, including a games room and a children’s play area, offer pet-friendly accommodation, and ooze character, complete with original beamed ceilings. If you fancy dining out, Cadwgan House, Caffi Hen Crydd, and The Ysgethin Inn are all nearby, whilst the essentials can be purchased from a local supermarket or post office. Enveloped by nature-filled walking trails, lofty summits, and golden coastlines, guests can head to Harlech and its 13th century castle, before strolling across Harlech Beach, follow the New Precipice Walk / Llwybr Llanelltyd walking route, ahead of touring the remains of Cymer Abbey, or head to Barmouth and its bustling pier, with the chance to also visit Traeth Abermaw Beach, or explore the Panorama Walkway. Book your next family escape to Ynys Gwrtheyrn Cottages.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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About the location


Harlech 5 miles; Barmouth 5 miles.

The pleasant village of Dyffryn Ardudwy quietly nestles between The Rhinogs, part of the Snowdonia Mountains, and the stunning golden beaches of the North Wales coastline. The unusual positioning of this charming village results in it having its own mild climate, as well as offering good local shops. The surrounding area has an exciting array of wildlife and birds including soaring buzzards. The small town of Harlech is just 4 miles away, dominated by its majestic 13th century castle which is a World Heritage Site, and the most impressive of all the castles built in North Wales by Edward I. Popular with golfers due to its famous Royal St. David's course, Harlech also boasts an excellent variety of amenities including some good quality restaurants. Nearby Barmouth offers an amazing Panorama Walk with breathtaking views and also a harbour from which you can enjoy a ferry to Fairbourne for a ride on the miniature railway or a boat trip out to sea to try mackerel fishing. With the delights of Snowdonia National Park and beautiful Cardigan Bay to discover, this is a fantastic holiday location at any time of the year.