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Ymwlch Bach Farmhouse

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Criccieth, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely location ."

    Within ten minutes drive to the shops . Could do with a update . .lots of little nic nacs about . Advertise washer so wasn't expecting to have to pay £2a load and £2 for the drier. For the cost it should be in the price. Kitchen has everything you need. Bathroom was small and too many things in it . Shower was good and all was very clean . Was aware of the home owner as they are only a door away . Can here them talking so we felt conscious of the noise we made also .

    Reviewed by John3.8Jul 2023

  • "Overall we have enjoyed the time spent there."

    Reviewed by Attila4.1Apr 2023

  • "Once again a lovely stay at Ymwlch Bach."

    A warm welcome from Mrs Watkins views to die for!

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2022

  • "Comfortable enough property but we found kitchen a bit small and there was only 3 of us."

    Great location for exploring the area and views from cottage were amazing.

    Reviewed by Caroline3.8Aug 2022

  • "Spectacular views and good location."

    There was no wi-fi which was annoying. The furniture was dated and the decor was tired. The beds were comfortably, but the bathroom was small and needs up gradings, new electric shower was fine. No washing machine. I was not paying the owner £2 aload to use her washer. Open fire but you have to buy your own logs. oil filled radiators not brilliant. The kitchen was more modern and was reasonable well equipped. And as for cleaning and vacuuming before you leave is a joke, what are the cleaners paid for if you have already done it. You go on holiday to get away from that. lovely area good beaches,walking, food etc.

    Reviewed by John1.9Aug 2022

  • "We really had a great time at the property."

    The owner Mrs Alwena Watkins was so kind and a lovely lady to talk too. The property was very cozy and location was super great just like we wanted for our holiday. Thank you so much for our lovely stay. Hope we can come soon.

    Reviewed by Mohammud4.7Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage , plenty of bedroom space and ample living space for after day trips ."

    Plenty of local amusements , beaches etc . We all had a great time , thank you . We will be back .

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2022

  • "This cottage is a time capsule."

    Locked back into the 70s. Modern kitchen but the remaining cottage is just how you would expect a cottage your granny lived in. We loved it. Astounding views all round. Very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.4Sep 2021

  • "Mrs Watkins was most helpful and considerate."

    We much enjoyed staying at her home, meeting her and one of her sons and seeing some of life on a working farm in North Wales. Everything worked and the accommodation was comfortable. We strongly recommend the property.

    Reviewed by Alexander4.7Sep 2021

  • "Lovely farmhouse with breathtaking views, the local pub The Goat is amazing and around 2 miles away."

    Property close enough to the main road to make all areas easy to get to by car but far enough that it doesn’t disrupt the tranquility. The host, Mrs Watkins, was warm and welcoming leaving a lovely welsh cake for us to enjoy. Wouldn’t hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jul 2021

  • "If you are looking for a cottage in a village where you can just pop out to a shop, cafe or pub this is NOT the place for you."

    If you want peace and tranquility, superb views in the middle of nowhere and a lovely friendly host then this IS the place for you. Loved our week there.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2021

  • "Amazing location."

    Views, sunsets, sunrises, wildlife, perfect. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Apr 2021

  • "Wonderful position for the house and fantastic views."

    The owner was very friendly and helpful, greeting us with home made baking and providing us with a 5l container of water when there was a temporary blip in the mains water supply!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Oct 2020

  • "The farmhouse itself was lovely, comfortable and full of original character."

    Mrs. Watkins was welcoming and helpful without being intrusive. She had provided a home made bara brith cake for our arrival. Everything that we needed was provided and it was useful to be able to wash and dry clothes, with the Welsh weather soaking us a couple of times! Perhaps the main thing that will stay in our memories, however are the fantastic, long ranging views from every window in the house of the mountains and Cwm Pennant valley. A stay here is strongly recommended!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2020

  • "It is a very scenic cottage with lushes of green and mountains all around."

    However, the living area carpet could be refurbished. The furniture could be changed to be more comfortable with some recline options. The throw on the furniture looked a bit dirty and they need not be put on the sofa as it wasn't welcoming. The kitchen had everything we needed except for some big utensils.The bedroom cupboards hardly had any shelves for storage. It had the hangers though. However, this cottage is very ideal for a small family of 4 and for a romantic getaway for couples. The house had heaters and it kept us warm all the time. There were enough log provided by the landlord which spared us for the whole holiday. The landlord was very hospitable welcoming us with a freshly baked home made cake. The laundry facilities were easily accessible. There was enough storage to store the bikes etc in the garage next to the cottage. Couple of times, our privacy got interrupted by the landlord doing gardening at the front of the house making some noise in the morning. The landlord's dog was let loose once (Farm house) and that was an invasion of privacy for me as an individual. I would recommend this cottage definitely for a peaceful serene holiday makers who would like to see both sunrise and sunset from their abode as the house faces East at the front and West at the backyard. We had a lovely holiday except for a few improvements to recommend.

    Reviewed by Vidhya5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage, located on a sheep farm run by a friendly and helpful family."

    The cottage has everything that you could want, rooms spacious with comfortable beds. Good quality shower in the bathroom, and all the appliances you need in the kitchen. Decent TV in the lounge, great views from every window. Nice outside seating areas from which to take in the stunning mountain scenery. Excellent location for popular tourist attractions such as Snowdonia, Beddgelert, Betws-y-Coed, Criccieth, Porthmadoc, Barmouth etc. Many castles are also close by. On a clear night you get an excellent view of the night sky and if you're lucky you may see the milky way and a few od the planets in our solar system. You can either eat in, or just a couple if miles down the road is an excellent pub restaurant called The Goat (Tafern Y Afr) where we had many excellent meals at a reasonable price.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Sep 2020

  • "Had a fantastic week at Ymwlch Bach Farmhouse."

    Amazing views all around. Great walks nearby.and the beach at Black rock sands Cottage is ok but in need of a good deep clean all around the property especially the carpets. Stayed with 4 adults an 2 young children but would be a squeeze if 6 adults stayed.not enough lounge seating for 6 people. Decor of the the house could do with an update. That said the kitchen was very well equipped & lady host was very pleasant & helpful. Great fire at night when it got a bit chilly. Lovely having a morning coffee just sat looking at those views as well.

    Reviewed by Ian3.1Jul 2020

  • "Very enjoyable holiday."

    Great experience.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Nov 2019

  • "A very warm welcome from Mrs Watkins the owner."

    Position excellent for views from the cottage and a base for exploring that part of Wales. We will very probably return at some time.Thank you to Mrs Watkins for sharing her lovely home.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2019

  • "It is a most beautiful cottage with views of hills and mountains all around."

    It is situated in a good place just about 3 miles from the main towns and steam railways. The owner Mrs Watkins left us a lovely homemade cake and a basket of fruit as a welcome, she lives next door but did not intrude on us in anyway. The cottage was clean, lovely decorated, beds comfortable everything you would need was there! The WiFi probably needs a booster to the upstairs rooms. I would go there again and I would encourage others to stay there it is a beautiful farmhouse cottage. Excellent in every way!

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Aug 2019

  • "The views from the cottage were amazing, you could sit & look out of the window all day."

    During our stay we were able to see red squirrels on Anglesey, seals at Nefyn & dolphins at Criccieth. The cottage was well positioned to travel around the area. We would return here again.

    Reviewed by Olga4.1Jul 2019

  • "Just had a lovely week at "Ymwlch Bach"."

    The views from every window are absolutely stunning!The cottage was very comfortable and homely and we had everything there what we needed.Mrs. Watkins left us a lovely bara brith cake, a fruit basket and bowel of sweets, she is very nice. We loved watching the sheep. Lots of places to visit for us whatever the weather. Criccieth beach was beautiful to swim in., also recommend Harlech Castle, the slate cavern nearby. Went on the welsh highland railway and the festiniog railway took some amazing photos.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was very clean, well equipped and ideally located for exploring north Wales."

    We look forward to staying here again in the future.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2019

  • "Mrs Watkins was a fantastic host, The cake on arrival was amazing well needed and all hand made by Mrs Watkins, There was everything you could possibly need the cottage was well equip tidy and comfortable, The bedrooms were decorated really nicely and the beds were comfortable."

    The scenery from every window was beautiful overlooking the mountains, black rock sands was only a short drive away you could even take the car on to the beach, we had a few wet days so ventured into Porthmadog to the harbour there is also plenty of places to shop there as well, the national cycle route was literally on the doorstep from the cottage and the costal paths were really nice to cycle they were well maintained. We wouldn't hesitate to go back there and we were told if we were ever in the area to pop in for a coffee and a chat which we sure will do. Mrs Watkins the pleasure was ours thankyou for being an amazing host and I promise to learn welsh so I can come and work for the welsh ambulance service Lisa and John x

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jun 2019

  • "We had everything we needed and more."

    The kitchen was well stocked and had the extra things we needed like a cot and highchair. We even had mini Easter eggs left for us on the kitchen table and a cake. Nothing was no trouble, we washed out one of our sons blankets and put it on the line to dry during the day, while we were out it was raining and the owner got the blanket in and dry it out and gave it to us that night. This was amazing and very helpful. There was a lot of space for our two young boys to play in and outside as well. We all loved our break away.

    Reviewed by Charmaine5.0Apr 2019

  • "A lovely, cosy farmhouse with incredible views of the mountains."

    Great location for NW Wales. We loved the home made cake on arrival, the open fire and the comfy beds. The kids loved it too.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Apr 2019

  • "Mrs Watkins was a generous and welcoming host."

    The house was warm and cosy with all the facilities and equipment we needed for our stay. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Oct 2018

  • "This property was amazing."

    .. Mrs Watkins is an absolute gem and made sure that everything in her cottage was perfect and that i was taken care of. As a solo female traveler, i could not ask for more. She baked a cake for my arrival and it was such a nice touch. I look forward to staying here many more times as the views from every room were simply stunning! It was also nice to have a cup of tea in the morning with my host so that i could learn a little more about the area and places to go.

    Reviewed by Briana5.0Sep 2018

  • "We had a fantastic time and it was a lovely cottage"

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Aug 2018

  • "We have just returned from a lovely stay in Ymwlch Bach Farmhouse with 2 adults and 4 children."

    The house is clean, comfortable and well equipped and the home baked cake on arrival was much appreciated. The location is ideal with great views of the mountains, only 20-30 minutes drive from the beach at Black Rock Sands, ZipWorld Bounce Below, cycle hire in the forest at Beddgelert bikes and canyoning "Adventures with Bob" at Llyn Gwynant - all highly recommended by the teenagers! Many thanks to Mrs Watkins for promptly posting back some clothes we left behind!

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2018

  • "Mrs Watkins was very welcoming and we enjoyed the Barabrith cake she had baked for us."

    The house was cosy and comfortable with everything needed for a self catering holiday.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Jun 2018

  • "Perfect location for exploring the beautiful places in North Wales."

    Beautiful views. A little further from Criccieth than we had expected therefore a car is essential. I do not believe this property should be advertised as in Criccieth as it clearly is not. The lounge area in the property was very dusty and in need of a thorough clean, the rest of the property was acceptable. Sufficient space for six adults although an extra bathroom would be beneficial.

    Reviewed by Louise3.8May 2018

  • "Lovely place."

    Nice and warm. Mrs Watkins was very welcoming and friendly. The only one thing I would have liked to know about was that there was a £2 charge for the washing machine and the same for the drier for each load. We have 3 very active children and hence a lot of washing. If we had known I would have brought more clothes from home or might have considered looking for alternative accommodation.

    Reviewed by Trudy3.8Apr 2018

  • "The property sleeps 6 but only 5 can sit in the living room comfortably (3 seater and 2 seater sofa)."

    The property is probably more suited for people with younger children (we had 2 adults, 2 x 15, 13 and 11) The bedrooms were nice but we had to use the spare blankets from the cupboards to cover the curtains as they did not block out the morning light. Each room had an electric, oil filled radiator so we were never cold. Lots and lots of hot water. Lovely location but you do need to drive to everything so bring in your own supplies. The ad clearly says that you share the farmhouse with the owner but the division does feel slightly uncomfortable as there are 3 locked doors that lead into the owners part of the property. The main bedroom with the double and single is directly above the owners living room. All in all it was nice but we need a larger property for our size family.

    Reviewed by David4.1Mar 2018

  • "Very warm welcome when we arrived including a plate of welsh scones."

    Excellent facilities.

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2017

  • "We had a lovely welcome by Mrs Watkins and enjoyed the cake and fruit she gave us."

    The house was spacious and comfortable for us and our two young children and very cosy with the open fire. We had everything we needed in the house and it is close to the shops in Porthmadog. It is a good location for exploring North Wales and we had a great week doing just that.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2016

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  • One bedrooms with 1 double and 1 single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Oil-filled electric radiators with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, use of owner's washing machine and tumble dryer in utility, TV with basic Sky, Blu-ray DVD, WiFi
  • Electricity and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair by arrangement
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Bike storage
  • Lawned garden and front patio with furniture, BBQ and stunning mountain views
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles
  • Beach and Criccieth Castle 3 miles
  • Note: Check-in between 2pm and 6pm, check-out 9:30 am
  • Please note that electric cars cannot be charges at this property.

The property

Half of a traditional Victorian farmhouse converted to provide fully-independent, self-contained accommodation, in a lovely rural location on a working farm 3 miles from Criccieth.

The traditional Victorian farmhouse has been split in two, and one half has been carefully converted to create self-contained, well-equipped accommodation, a welcoming mix of antique furnishings and modern fixtures and fittings.

The owner lives in the other half and is on hand to ensure a comfortable stay.

Enjoy medieval castles, the mountain railway, National Trust properties, lakes and waterfalls.

Also Surf Snowdonia and Zip World are within driving distance, and nearby Snowdonia National Park is a designated dark-sky reserve.

A lovely property set amidst stunning mountainous scenery.

Ymwlch Bach Cottages

Criccieth 3 miles. These fantastic holiday homes are in a lovely rural location on a 96 acre working farm, three miles from Criccieth. There are two delightful, late 19th century stone barn conversions, both successfully converted to combine original character with modern décor and furnishings, including woodburning stoves. The traditional Victorian farmhouse has been cleverly split in two, and one half has been carefully converted to create self-contained, well-equipped accommodation; a welcoming mix of antique furnishings and modern fixtures and fittings. All the properties offer panoramic views of Snowdonia National Park and are in a central position for walking, cycling (the National Cycle Route is within 60 yards of the cottages), watersports or fishing. There is also easy access to wonderful beaches at nearby Criccieth, Morfa Bychan and the whole of the Llyn Peninsula. Enjoy medieval castles, the mountain railway, National Trust properties, lakes and waterfalls. Pwllheli, just 12 miles away, is home to the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, hosting events and exhibitions throughout the year. Three lovely properties set amidst stunning mountainous scenery!

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About the location


Porthmadog 5 miles; Portmeirion 8 miles; Abersoch 15 miles.

Often described as the 'Pearl of Wales on the shores of Snowdonia’, this delightful seaside town is situated just 5 miles from Porthmadog. The town’s 13th century castle perches majestically on a rocky outcrop, dominating the skyline and offering superb views of Tremadog Bay and the Snowdonia mountains. Watersports enthusiasts will be delighted by the two beaches, whilst walkers and bikers are spoilt for choice by the proximity of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Stroll along the beaches, watch porpoises playing in the surf, or relax in the various pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, sampling the famous Cadwalader’s ice cream. Further afield, attractions such as Portmeirion’s wonderful Italianate gardens, the Ffestiniog railway in Porthmadog, Harlech Castle, Caernarfon Castle and the beautiful beaches and renowned golf courses of the Llyn Peninsula are all within an easy drive.

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