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Swn yr Afon

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Beddgelert, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "The most wonderful stay at the cottage every detail has been thought of, we felt immediately at home & the little touches were so lovely."

    The whole cottage was immaculate! We cannot wait to visit again. Thank you

    Thank you for your great feedback. Nice to hear the little touches don’t go unnoticed. Look forward to welcoming you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely well maintained cottage."

    Well equipped kitchen with everything you need. Very comfortable beds in3 bedrooms. Would definitely come back.

    Really please to hear you enjoyed staying with us and look forward to welcoming you again in the future Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2023

  • "House has been beautiful presented."

    Has everything you could need for a break away, not to mention the location. It's perfect

    Thanks for the feedback. Glad you had a good stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura4.7Sep 2023

  • "Thank you so much for an absolutely brilliant week, there was heaps to do either locally without using the car, or further afield."

    We went to sandy beaches, climbed and saw rocky waterfalls, gorges and stunning castles. I have fallen in love with Snowdonia and will be booking again for next Summer. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home!

    Thank you for your fantastic feedback..much appreciated and looking forward to welcoming you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely stay in July 2023."

    Cottage is in a great location just 5 mins from Beddgelert forrest and Watkins and Rhud Ddu path's and immediately opposite a picturesque river. A 5 min walk into the village of Beddgelert where there are dog friendly pubs serving food until 8pm. There's a small section of the walk to the village without a path, but the road isn't busy. The cottage itself was very nicely decorated and had all modern appliances and a smart TV/Wi-Fi which our teenagers liked in the evenings! An airer for wet clothes would have been handy, even though there is a washer/dryer on hand. Overall, a very nice stay in a perfectly situated and very well equipped cottage.

    Thank you for all of the positive feedback, much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Jul 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage with a beautiful position, with the ability to view the mountains from the dinning table at breakfast time."

    Found a fabulous walk to the village which has all the amenities we could have wished for. Very friendly locals and was lucky to get to know quite a few people in the area.

    Thank you for your feedback. It’s always good to get to know the locals, as they can advise you of the best places to visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything you could possibly need."

    Thank you for your feedback, much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Jun 2023

  • "Loved this cottage!"

    Very comfortable, well equipped and stylishly presented. Good location for short walk into the excellent village of Beddgelert. Convenient parking in adjacent lay-by. We especially enjoyed the elevated terrace with views out towards the mountains.

    Thank you so much for the kind review Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage in wonderful setting."

    We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you

    Thank you, you’re very welcome Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2023

  • "Booked this cottage for 5 adults and two large dogs so space was at a premium but we all had enough room to enjoy this quaint, well equipped cottage in the heart of Beddgelert."

    A two minute walk to the village pubs, restaurants and craft shops was ideal with a regular bus service into the larger towns if you fancied a change from driving. If you are looking for mountains or rivers to walk/trek then just open the front door and both are directly in front of you!! The owners were absolutely fantastic on ensuring that we had a good time and were in touch on a regular basis throughout our holiday to make sure all was to our satisfaction and provide any information that we may require. Very much looking forward to our next vacation in the village.

    Thank you for all of your kind comments..sounds like you made the most of the cottage, village and surrounding area. Look forward to welcoming you back anytime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Apr 2023

  • "Absolutely as described the cottage delivered in every aspect."

    Spotlessly clean, so well equipped- a home from home! Cosy in the evenings, efficient heating and kitchen appliances, nothing left us with any negative feelings.The location served us well for Snowdon and the attractions of North Wales and we will certainly be looking to stay in the cottage when we return in the future.

    Thank you for all of your kind comments. These are all very much appreciated. We look forward to your return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property was very well presented and exceeded expectations."

    The owners were open to swift communication and support, I would highly recommend this property and look forward to staying here again.

    Hi Martin. Thank you for your kind comments. The biggest compliment is when you say you would like to return, and you will always be welcome. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property in a beautiful location."

    Thank you so much for your kind comments Property Owner

    Reviewed by Aimee5.0Mar 2023

  • "Amazing holiday!"

    Perfect weather! Couldn’t have asked for anything more. Thank you so much! We will definitely be booking again

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, it’s very much appreciated. You and your family are always welcome Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marti5.0Feb 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, stylish & well equipped in wonderful location"

    Thank you for your kind comments..much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Dec 2022

  • "Swn yr Afon was a pretty, well renovated cottage in Beddgelert and had all the mod cons to make it a comfortable stay."

    The parking lay-by past the cottage provided ample parking and the walk into the village was 5 minutes. The owners were considerate and friendly and provided us with a Christmas tree and treats for our Christmas stay. It is worth noting that the two main hotels/pubs in Beddgelert (Saracens Head and The Goat Hotel) were both closed in December limiting the choice of pubs to one. Our only concern over the property was the presence of rodents in the cavity walls/ceilings which was noisy and unsettling. Although there was no sign of any droppings etc. in the property the constant scampering above the kitchen and lounge caused anxiety in my son resulting in an early departure. Having flagged the issue during our stay it appears that this is not uncommon in the Winter months due to the cottage's hillside location.

    Reviewed by Emma3.8Dec 2022

  • "This was our second stay in this lovely cottage, and we can’t recommend it enough."

    It’s cosy and stylish, lovely and warm. Beddgelert itself is lovely, but there’s also so much to do around the area too. The beds are incredibly comfortable, and the kitchen has everything you could possibly need, as well as a lovely big table (ideal for dinner and family games). We particularly love the back garden for its views and can highly recommend it on a clear night for stargazing (my son’s favourite part). Incredibly helpful, communicative hosts too! Can’t praise them enough. Thank you for stay. I’m sure we will be back again!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this fabulous review. We are fellow stargazers and always mesmerised by the busy Beddgelert skies! We’re so pleased you’ve enjoyed your second stay, and would love to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, nice location."

    Very clean. Great little extras made us feel really welcome. Comfortable beds. Great views from up the steps out back. Only negative would be that there was no cupboard space to put tins, cereal boxes etc. would definitely come back again.

    Thank you so much for the kind review, and the fact that you would return. Sorry you found there wasn’t enough storage. We normally just rearrange the corner cupboard with the plastic glasses, and find that to be sufficient. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Oct 2022

  • "Had a great time, cottage was fantastic."

    It was very clean with everything you needed. Extra touches were brill. Didn’t really need to take anything but food and drink. Would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2022

  • "We stayed in this beautiful cottage last week and had a lovely stay."

    The cottage itself is gorgeous, very homely and beautifully decorated with all the mod cons. We loved looking at the renovation photos! Parking wasn’t an issue at all, we parked right outside the cottage. The location was perfect for us. Lots of great walks nearby, a lovely lake for paddle boarding and a 5 minute drive to the Watkin Path. The village is a short walk away and has a few nice pubs and a fabulous ice cream parlour. Would definitely stay here again! Thank you!

    Thank you! Sounds like you made the most of your break! So pleased the cottage was a nice place to come ‘home’ to after a busy day. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2022

  • "Our week at Swn yr Afon has honestly been one of our best holidays ever."

    We so enjoyed sitting on the deck serenaded by the sound of the river, taking in the stunning mountain views; strolling into the village along the river path for supplies; walking from the house to the incredible Aberglasyn gorge and the nearby lake, Llyn Dinas. The house has been such a wonderful, welcoming base to come back to. It's a very special place and we highly recommend it!

    What fantastic feedback… quiet possibly our’re welcome back anytime..thank you so much Property Owner

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Aug 2022

  • "We’ve all had a wonderful stay at the most beautiful cottage ever ."

    It was absolutely immaculate lovely comfortable spotless beds. We brought two ladies with us with learning difficulties they both would of liked television in their bedrooms as they do at home . We found the stairs very steep so had to accompany both incase they fell down . We also would of liked a hoover but used the brush just as well . Harry our dog absolutely loved his Holiday & loved his little treats ( he left his bowls by mistake sorry ) as did Paul enjoyed his beer

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Jul 2022

  • "It’s a beautiful place to stay in a fantastic area"

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are blessed to have this cottage in such a wonderful location. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mathew5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent property in our favourite village."

    Thank you! Really pleased the cottage measured up, we completely agree about the village, our favourite too. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2022

  • "We've been to a number of cottage holidays over the years, and this one was very good indeed."

    The cottage was beautifully appointed, the welcome pack left for us, was just great. The Wi-Fi worked perfectly, would we return, most definitely and would recommend it to our friends. Beddgelert itself was a delight, plenty of places to eat in, excellent walks, and the layby was very generous for the parking.

    Thank you so much for your fabulous feedback! We really appreciate it. And hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by M S5.0May 2022

  • "A fabulous cottage all round."

    Very clean, well equipped, the comfiest beds ever and an ideal location, a couple of minutes walk into Bedgellart. Couldn’t fault in anyway !!

    What lovely feedback, we’re delighted you enjoyed your stay. Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Apr 2022

  • "What an amazing and beautiful cottage!"

    Swn Yr Afon is the most perfect cottage, with everything you need and more, the welcome pack was a lovely added touch after a long drive, with some dog treats too. We couldn’t have asked for a better holiday, the cottage is in the perfect location with a short walk to the local shops and pubs. We will definitely be returning, this is definitely our favourite property

    What lovely feedback! We’re so pleased you had a wonderful holiday and look forward to you returning. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marti5.0Mar 2022

  • "We stayed in this property after the storms in February 2022 unfortunately we had no Wi-Fi at all while we were there."

    The cottage clearly has an issue with Wi-Fi not just on this occasion. It’s mentioned in a previous review and the owner himself said that the previous guests had intermittent Wi-Fi. Unfortunately for us it was a real problem as my husband and daughter had work to do in the evenings. We also missed being able to look up what to do in the area. I wouldn’t want anyone to book this cottage without realising this issue. There is two smart TVs there and two Alexia’s but not any good without Wi-Fi. Unfortunately there are no books to read or board games to play when you have frustrated teenagers!!! The cottage itself is lovely very comfy, clean and in a good location.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry you experienced lack of Wi-Fi after the storms. It was found to be lightning damage and all resolved quickly. We’ve now added extra books and some games. We’re pleased you found our cottage clean and comfortable Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann3.1Feb 2022

  • "A beautifully updated character cottage, cosy and welcoming a real home from home and the easiest to use Woodburning stove of any cottage we have stayed in."

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2022

  • "A lovely welcome pack was provided on arrival which was very welcome."

    The cottage is very well stocked with everything needed for a comfortable stay. Warm and cosy at the end of January. Beautiful setting and had lovely walks from the front door.

    Reviewed by Isla5.0Jan 2022

  • "The cottage was absolutely fantastic, newly refurbished, very clean and great location for walking in snowdonia and visiting the beaches."

    Bedgelert is very pretty. The owners have thought about everything, welcome pack and all the facilities you need. Would definitely stay again. Only issue we had was with the Wi-Fi which was intermittent, could be a concern if you need to be contactable and we couldn’t watch Netflix or other channels in the evening. There’s a free WiFi in the village a short walk away which we used occasionally. Strongly recommend and thanks for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Dec 2021

  • "Swn yr Afon was just as described a beautiful, comfy cottage by the sound of the river."

    We loved our three night break. The cottage has everything you need and indeed the local shop has everything else! We very much appreciated the welcome and enjoyed looking at the photos of the renovation. We chose Beddgelert as a central point to explore Snowdonia, the coastal path of Porth y Gest and Beddgelert itself. Thank you for allowing our little fury friend to stay he loved the local walks and visit to the local pub!!

    Reviewed by Elin5.0Nov 2021

  • "Beautifully presented cottage in the heart of Snowdonia."

    The owners have really thought of everything!

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2021

  • "Wonderful Welsh cottage, SWN YR AFON Beddgelert, wE LOVE YOU."

    Contemporary, cosy, comfy. We looked forward to coming back after dog walking, Snowdon on tap, high end appliances lovely welcome basket of goodies. Great owners, great holiday

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2021

  • "Welcoming stylish cottage furnished to high standard of detail and cleanliness."

    Fabulous linen and appliances. We could tell the place had been lovingly restored. Everything was first class - great welcome treats too.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Oct 2021

  • "Accommodation was superb"

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely quaint cottage, updated to a good standard, especially the kitchen."

    Lovely welcome tray on arrival, even treats for any four legged friends staying.

    Reviewed by Anonymous4.4Sep 2021

  • "We have recently come back following a week's stay at this cottage as a family of 5."

    This is a part of Wales we have never been to before but can't wait to go back to. The cottage was absolutely beautiful and was recently refurbished to a very high standard. Even though there were 5 adults, there was plenty of room, extremely comfortable and there was everything there that we could have possibly needed. The little additional touches were lovely also. I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who would like to explore this idyllic part of the country.

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Aug 2021

  • "We've just returned from a great week away in this beautiful cottage."

    It was exceptionally well equipped, clean and renovated tastefully. The location is perfect, a short walk into Beddgelert itself and surrounded by mountains, overlooking a stream. The little touches that were left for us were really appreciated... a welcome tray and little hand made soaps, sourced locally on each bed. Just a word of warning.. the stairs inside and up to the decking area are quite steep and treads are narrow so care needed if you have mobility issues. All in all a beautiful oasis and a much needed break.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Jul 2021

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  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with Smart TV, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with a woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • 2 x Smart TVs, Amazon Alexa, WiFi
  • Fuel, power & starter pack of wood for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking in a shared lay-by 20 yards away on first-come, first-served basis
  • Rear, elevated decked area with seating and mountain views
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (not allowed upstairs and please bring own dog blankets and towels)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops and pub 0.4 miles
  • Note: There are five steps up to the cottage
  • Note: The cottage is located close to the road so some associated noise may be heard
  • Note: The rear decked area is accessed via 20 steep steps, extreme care to be taken and children must be supervised
  • Note: Bookings for Friday-Friday, Monday-Monday, Friday-Monday or Monday to Friday only.

The property

Swn yr Afon is a traditional stone holiday cottage on the outside with a contemporary interior!

Overlooking Afon Glaslyn, close to the pretty village of Beddgelert, it makes for an ideal holiday retreat in the beautiful Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park for couples, friends or a family.

So much care and attention has been taken by the owners to create a wonderfully equipped and welcoming home from home that will not disappoint.

Entering this beautiful, double fronted cottage you will experience a lovely warm, Welsh welcome, immediately being drawn into the open-plan living space.

The sitting room has a stunning accent wall, with two leather sofas and a separate chair set around the warming woodburning stove and Smart TV, providing ideal space for quiet evenings in, especially when the evenings are cooler!

The kitchen area is well-appointed and fully equipped for you to prepare that delicious evening meal or leisurely breakfast before heading out and about to explore this wonderful area.

The bedrooms consist of a double with seating area and TV and a twin room, these two rooms face the front of the cottage and boast views of the mountains too, whilst a single bedroom is at the rear of the cottage, served by a shower room.

Swn yr Afon has a shallow frontage with two benches, ideal for your morning drink listening to the sound of the Glaslyn river.

At the back of the cottage, accessed from the first-floor landing via a glazed door are steps up to a hillside decked area with seating and breathtaking mountain views.

Parking is provided in a shared lay-by just 20 yards away.

Beddgelert is less than half a mile and is a delightful village with a good selection of shops, pubs and cafes alongside the river, alongside some wonderful wooded walks and a whole range of footpaths that surround the village.

Be sure to visit the famous grave of Gelert while you're there.

Mountain biking is well-catered for locally with a number of centres in the area but if you are looking for something less strenuous, perhaps a ride on the Welsh Highland Steam Railway which runs through the village taking you to Porthmadog on the coast or to the royal and historic town of Caernarfon with its majestic castle will appeal.

A little further afield is Blaenau Ffestiniog, home of the Ffestiniog Steam railway and if you are in need of an adrenaline rush then there is always ZipWorld Titan!

Llanberis is not too far away either with it’s scenic lake and the Mountain Railway which you can jump aboard to get to the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon).

This lovely cottage provides a great base for exploring this part of North Wales.

Note: Short breaks Friday - Monday, Monday - Friday only.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Porthmadog 7.7 miles; Caernarfon 12.8 miles.

The picturesque village of Beddgelert lies in the heart of the Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park at the foot of Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon). Beddgelert is a bustling village with arts and craft shops, tea rooms, welcoming pubs, including Saracens Head and the Royal Goat, and restaurants, centred around the Afon Glaslyn river. A leisurely stroll along the river will take you to the Aberglaslyn Pass, one of North Wales’s most famous beauty spots. The Welsh Highland Steam Railway passes through the village on its journey from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. Beddgelert is famed for its monument to the Welsh Prince Llewelyn's dog, whom the Prince killed thinking it had attacked and killed his son, only to discover afterwards it had been defending his son from a savage wolf attack. From here, you can easily access Porthmadog, home to a Maritime Museum, the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway, the Black Rock Llamas, and Porthmadog Golf Club, as well as Borth y Gest, where you can hike along the Beach Path, spend a day at the beach, and dine at the popular Black Rock Beach Club with stunning sea views, onwards to the Llyn Peninsula and beyond, this is an ideal location for a Welsh holiday.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas