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Hen Bopty

(Ref. 1100778)

Fairbourne, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great 5 night break over New Year."

    The cottage is extremely well equipped with all the comforts of home. There were Shops, Grill Bar and a down to earth Golf Club and Beach all within walking distance. Everywhere was dog friendly. Great walks nearby and some stunning scenery all within a short drive from the cottage. We will definitely be recommending the property to family and friends and indeed will be booking for ourselves and our dog Charlie again soon. Adrian & Carole

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Dec 2023

  • "A beautiful quaint and cosy cottage."

    Really enjoyed our Christmas there. We will definitely be rebooking this cottage!!!!! Pete and Jules,

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2023

  • "A beautiful traditional Welsh cottage close to all the amenities of Fairborne and beach."

    Perfect location if you are looking for a quite location with easy reach of the towns of Barmouth and Dolgellau. Lots of splendid walks and cycle rides and in seasonal weather kayaking etc. Hen Bopty is a beautifully appointed holiday let, warm and cosy and very well equipped.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Nov 2023

  • "Very cosy, comfortable and warm with everything you could want - thank you very ..."

    Very cosy, comfortable and warm with everything you could want - thank you very much for sharing your pretty little cottage

    Reviewed by Sue4.4Nov 2023

  • "Booked for 4 nights - stayed for 1 This is the review we left in the visitor book at the cottage: the dreadful smell of fumes in the kitchen and the rest of the property made us feel Ill."

    We tried to resolve this with the owners to no avail. At the time of writing, this the complaint is being handled by Sykes Cottages. At 6.15pm we are leaving to find somewhere else to stay, our health is more important. I have a dreadful headache and we can taste fumes in the back of our throats. The owners of this property should be ashamed of themselves -end- When we arrived at the property it smelt like an oil tank leak, the property was warm as the heating had been left on, the smell and taste of fumes evident. We turned off the heating, opened the windows and sat in the cold, the following morning we reported this with housekeeping (as advised in the book) and to Sykes cottages and left for the day to visit the area. We checked in with Sykes three to four times and were advised that a plumber had been and no issue found. When arriving back at the property we called the plumber (he had left his business card), he confirmed no leak, but hadn’t put the heating on. We said that the smell was overwhelming and requested that he returned, when we told him about the fumes he told us not to put the heating as it can be detrimental to our health. Sykes then confirmed that the owners would not permit the plumber to return as he found no leak earlier in the day. We had no option but to leave the property. Sykes out of hours service didn’t return our numerous calls and we were left in the lurch! I have been told that the owners of the property had a new boiler fitted 2 months ago. However upon reading reviews of the property others have also complained about the smell. We are not people to ruin others livelihoods or holidays, but when health could be at risk we want to warn others. Sykes - your customer service team are dreadful, if this was a fire or a flood, a visible issue you would have helped us. As it was fumes, with no evidence except for our word you chose to ignore us! I am writing this review 5 days after leaving the property and still awaiting your ‘investigation’ and response? This holiday cottage left us feeling unsafe, let it be a warning to others!

    We are sorry that our beautiful cottage didn't meet your exacting standards but feel that your complaints are unsubstantiated. There are many previous guests who have thoroughly enjoyed our well-appointed and well-maintained cottage and have stated that they want to return. We were in the cottage a few weeks prior to your visit conducting maintenance and no fumes were present, this was not reportrd by previous or recent guests. Following your contact, we arranged for a heating engineer to attend the property who advised that there were no fumes or smoke. The Engineer reported back to us that everything was perfectly ok. I can also assure you that a new boiler was installed a few months prior to your visit by a reputable and certified Gas & Oil safe Engineer / Company. I can assure you that all the pipework from the tank to boiler to the cottage was replaced and certified. Interestingly, other than the guest that you have quoted, no other complaints have been received. As we take all complaints seriously, we invested in a new economical sate of the art oil boiler which would have been installed much sooner however we had to wait to get a reputable company. The Health & safety standards expected by Sykes are comprehensive, including the requirement for Carbon Monoxide sensors throughout the cottage, which are tested on every turnaround. We respect that you had concerns which were addressed and that we made every endeavour to send a heating engineer at your request and at our cost and that your complaint was unsubstantiated by professionals in their field with respect to our cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon2.2Oct 2023

  • "This is a beautiful little cottage in a lovely location."

    Very warm and comfortable. The directions are a little confusing. The property is not on a restricted road it's directly opposite the school. I pulled into a small courtyard next door on the basis of the instructions and had the devil's own job to get back out, but that was the only downside. The property is well equipped, pleasant and very very warm. The location is very quiet. The shops are close by and convenient. The toll bridge to barmouth is not for the faint-hearted but has beautiful views if you're brave. Alternatively head for Dolgellau and pick up the directions from there.

    Reviewed by Angie4.7Oct 2023

  • "Couple of little issues, the kitchen blind fell off when the pull cord was touched (not pulled), the showerhead holder was broken and the fan in the bathroom didn’t work."

    However it’s possible these problem hadn’t been reported ( they have now) . Over all a lovely quirky cottage.

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was directly opposite a school so description of on an unused road was inaccurate as the road was used for taxis and parents dropping school children off and for deliveries to school ."

    Cottage itself we didn’t find very clean we had to hoover on arrival there was bits all over floor and cobwebs in corners in rooms not just little ones . The log burner we didn’t feel safe to use as it had a hole in back baffle plate and where down pipe joins top of log burner when we shone a torch from inside you could see the light showing through to outside from joins and this isn’t right. On arrival we could smell oil /kerosene from storage tank outside cottage and you could smell it in doors as well ,we could see slug trails on front room floor and bedroom couldn’t find the culprit we did try but still not nice ,cottage was well equipped with things you could need ,no dishwasher tablets so remember to take some if you want to use it .we were there for 2 weeks and weren’t contacted to see if we would like a change of towels or bedding .

    Reviewed by Suzanne1.9Sep 2023

  • "Hen Bopty is a beautiful Traditional Welsh cottage."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there, it has a lovely kitchen and furniture and fittings that compliment this beautiful cottage. I highly recommend this property. Paul & Lynne

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "We have just returned from a long weekend at Hen Bopty."

    We took the scenic route from Worcestershire and the views were spectacular. When we first went into the cottage, it was utterly charming. The whole place was immaculate and the Welsh cakes left out for us was a lovely touch. The location of the cottage is ideal. Idyllic and peaceful, but it’s only a very short walk to the pebble beach. We took a walk along the beach all the way to the harbour, where we went across in a small ferry to Barmouth. After a fantastic day on the enormous Sandy beach, we went back on the ferry and caught the mini steam train back to Fairbourne to save our tired legs. On Sunday we went for an evening meal at the George lll Pub, which has the most incredible back drop across the estuary and enjoying amazing food, watching the sun setting was magical. The cottage was super well equipped, the owners have thought of absolutely everything, and the cottage management team were really responsive and helpful with our queries. I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone. It’s suitable for everyone and really did feel like a home from home. We cannot wait for our next visit

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Sep 2023

  • "There were several things wrong."

    The bench legin the dinning room was very loose. There was a small leak under the kitchen sink also bedroom dressing table stool broken

    Thank you for your feedback. As the owner I was previously down there on the Friday and was not aware of these issues. We do request that any quest finding issues with respect to the holiday let is flagged to the housekeeper whose details are enclosed on the first page of the guest information. If guests do not inform the housekeeper or Sykes immediately we are unaware of any issues unless they are overtly obvious during the changeover. We make every endeavour to ensure our guests needs are catered for e.g. having the property very well equipped including beach towels. Our housekeeper will ensure that the issues will be remedied and thank you for your feedback and hope you will return back to Hen Bopty. With Best Wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard3.8Jun 2023

  • "What a delightful holiday cottage with all the essentials and so many additional extras!"

    Wonderfully clean and bed’s extremely comfortable. Beach, shop and bar all within walking distance. Super country walks for our dog. A pure pleasure to stay in, we will return.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely homely cottage."

    Owner has thought of everything. Comfy bed. Private garden. Lovely walks.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2023

  • "I have tried to resolve the issue without leaving negative feedback as the general condition and location of the property was lovely."

    However, we did have an issue that was concerning and I do not believe yet resolved. On entering the property there was an overwhelming smell, which we thought was firefighters or similar. Given it is an old cottage and there is an open fire we presumed it was based on that. We opened some widows and it seemed to improve. This happened several times, the whole time my partner had a really bad headache. We didn’t report it on the first couple of days as we thought it was the fire. Only on the last night when we used the heating and the smell got worse did we realise it was related to this. On further inspection we traced the smell back to the heating oil tank directly by the house and believed that possibly some had been spilt or leaked. As we were leaving first thing in the morning I reported it when we arrived home. I have since followed up concerned others would experience the same issue and worried it may not be safe. I have been told by Sykes they could not get hold of the owner (as of today 15/4/2023) but also told an engineer had checked it, which doesn’t make sense. Both can’t be the case. I just think it only fair people are aware and it is resolved correctly.

    Reviewed by Emily3.1Apr 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our stay."

    Friog nice and quiet. Brilliant walks from the door. Facilities good and clean. Bed very comfy. Hiking boots and good waterproofs highly recommended! Definitely visit again. Liz and Trev

    Thank you for your feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to you staying again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trevor4.4Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage with plenty of room and well equipped."

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Feb 2023

  • "Sadly the property isn't clean or maintained very well."

    Overriding smell of damp - the property hadn't been pre-warmed so was freezing cold and took until the following morning to warm up fully. The customer service from Sykes was poor when we complained to them on arrival and only accepting our complaints when photographic evidence was sent to them. The property manager arrived and was argumentative and borderline rude and dismissed our concerns out of hand. The owner has vowed to improve things so hopefully others will have a better stay. The cottage itself is in a great location and could be lovely.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad we agree that it is the lovely location and a lovely cottage. The cottage is stone built and over 200 years old and when the weather is inclement can occasionally appear cold. A new central heating system to include HIVE is being installed which we have been trying to install since we bought the cottage. Although the existing system is antiquated it heats the cottage within the hour to being toasty and warm. There may be some minor mildew around cold spots i.e. around the windows, which is not surprising as the cottage is over 200-years old. However, these are regularly reviewed and if necessary, attended to. The issues your raised have been reviewed and rectified where necessary. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorelei2.5Feb 2023

  • "Would have liked an information pack ref what was in the area, fridge needed cleaning, stuff left in freezer, no fire starter pack as such."

    Could not find key safe as we arrived in the dark.

    Reviewed by Gavin4.1Dec 2022

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1
  • Rear garden with gravelled area and lawn
  • Cot & high chair available
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Complimentary welcome pack on arrival
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.6 miles and beach 0.7 miles
  • Note: The front garden is enclosed by wooden gates that can be shut after parking
  • Note: There is a step up into the kitchen/diner, please take care
  • Note: The steps up to the first floor are narrow and steep, please take care
  • Note: There is restricted head height and a narrow doorway leading into the king-size bedroom, please take care
  • Note: Dogs not allowed on soft furnishings and upstairs

The property

Nestled on the outskirts of the seaside village of Fairbourne, Gwynedd on the fringes of Snowdonia National Park is Hen Bopty.

This historic, stone-fronted cottage boasts charming original features such as exposed beams, stone feature fireplace with woodburning stove, sloped ceilings and white-washed stone walls; a homely setting for couples or small families and their beloved canine companion.

After exploring the surrounding countryside and nearby coast, snuggle up in front of the welcoming glow of the woodburning stove while your partner rustles up a hearty meal in the fully equipped kitchen.

Dine together as a family while discussing your itinerary for the trip before stepping outside to the rear garden to admire the breath-taking views across the Welsh countryside.

When the stars fill the sky, head inside to wash off the day in the ground-floor bathroom ahead of climbing the stairs to get some well-earned rest in either the king-size or twin bedroom.

Hen Bopty which means Old Bakery in Welsh lies paces away from local stores where you can stock up on necessities, and the Penrhyn Bar and Grill which provides the perfect setting for date night, or a meal out when you don’t feel like cooking.

Spend the day at Fairbourne Beach where water sports and kite surfing are popular, there is also a dog-friendly section where your dog can roam freely, and no trip to the seaside would be complete without ice cream!

Barmouth is also nearby, housing a spectacular stretch of golden sands perfect for soaking up the sun in warmer weather and boat trips where you may be lucky enough to spot dolphins in Cardigan Bay.

Snowdonia National Park is easily accessible by car and provides keen ramblers and cyclists with a myriad of trails rewarding guests with wonderful views; the brave among you may even summit Snowdon for truly unique vistas across the coast and countryside.

Adventure awaits at Hen Bopty.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Dolgellau 9 miles; Barmouth 13 miles; Aberdovey 15 miles.

Fairbourne is a seaside village in the Snowdonia National Park, which nestles between the beautiful Cambrian Mountains and Barmouth Bay. This coastal village rests beside a huge sandy beach, perfect for family fun and watersports. It is also home to the Fairbourne nature reserve. The well-known town of Barmouth, with its pubs, restaurants and beautiful beach, is only ten minutes away by train, or why not take a leisurely walk over the well-known Victorian Barmouth Railway Bridge with stunning views of Mawddach Estuary. The whole region offers excellent walks, mountain biking and watersports, boasts a variety of wild flowers, and is home to many species of birds that flock to the area's sheltered beaches and rock pools. Discover Dolgellau and delightful Aberdovey, and visit the magnificent sights of medieval Harlech Castle, Portmeirion Italianate Village and the wonderful Snowdonia National Park, all within a short drive. With plenty to see and do, this is a fantastic year-round holiday location.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas