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2 Waterloo Cottage

(Ref. 938546)

Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "A great base for exploring N."

    Wales, the cottage is in a quiet spot just off the main street. There are walks from door up into the hills and quarries above the town as well as in other directions. The river beside the kitchen door is quite a sight (and sound) when in full flow!

    Dear Sir, thank you very much for your very positive comment. It will help to reach the required number of rented nights to stay as a small business and to avoid the 100% surcharge on council tax (£ 400 per month, what could be a reason to sell the cottage) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil4.4Oct 2023

  • "A great cottage."

    ..peaceful and pleasant...we loved our stay and would book again.. we've given it a 4 out of 5 only because it could do with a fresh coat of paint, maybe new mattress in double room..some updating here and there, otherwise it would be top marks. Highly recommended. Great location.

    Dear Sir Thank you for your very positive comment. Due to the rising costs for electricity and gas and the 100% surcharge on council tax, we did not know whether we could keep our cottage the coming years and did not invest in maintenance (painting and furniture). Thanks to our guests like you, we reached the required number of rented nights for a small business with no council tax. I promise you, that the cottage will show better conditions next year. Peter, the owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gregg3.8Aug 2023

  • "Everything we wanted for a stay in Wales."

    Cottage was warm and cozy. Because it had rained a lot the waterfall next to the cottage was spectacular. It really made the holiday

    Thank You very much for your comment. We will share it with our caretaker. The owner Peter Busche Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Jul 2023

  • "There was three generations staying at the cottage and we all loved it."

    It felt like home, There was everything we needed to have a very comfortable place to stay. The gift on arrival was a nice thoughtful surprise. We all had a fabulous holiday.

    Reviewed by Irene3.8Jul 2023

  • "Very enjoyable stay at 2 Waterloo Cottage."

    Great location with lots of lovely walks with our dog available in the locality. Parking outside the cottage is a bit tricky, but there is a car park about 300 yards away. We loved the waterfall next to the cottage. Nice to listen to when going to sleep at night.

    Reviewed by Antony4.1Jul 2023

  • "The entire house’s heating system was broken, we were freezing cold for the entire stay."

    When i went to ask the main caretaker for advice, the man who answered was nothing but rude, ignorant and had the littlest knowledge about the house. I thought as i was already on the phone, i could mention other issues we had. One of them being that most if not all of the kitchen appliances, towels, and utensils had food stains and remains on them. This man then continued to insult me over the phone saying that i am “being unreasonable and am complaining for the sake of it” when i could provide photo proof of the state of the kitchen. He continued to insult me over the phone, i have written a review in the review book in the house but am almost certain that he will trash it. Rudest service i have ever experienced, most ignorant man i have spoken too and i hope this gets fixed because it is a huge issue. The location was lovely however the poor management and hygiene makes this stay a 0/10 in my books. For anybody who seeks a cute, comfortable cottage, i would never recommend this cottage. I wish the app would let me rate zero stars. Thank you and i hope this gets fixed for the future and your caretakers get handled.

    Dear Mrs My caretakers send me a description of the situation a bit different to your complaint. Regarding the warm weather, you would not have been freezing the whole week after the caretaker told you how to manage the thermostat. The complete heating system has been serviced in June and should have been fully in function. The man who answered you, is a welsh speaker. So it may be, that his slang sounded not so polite in your ears. If you did detect some stains on the kitchen appliances and towels, please send me your fotos and I will see, whether it's worth a compensation. In all, I think your comment and the warning of coming guests was a bit unfair. The Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sonali1.9Jun 2023

  • "Bed was a bit small but then again a bigger bed may not of fitted in the room."

    Reviewed by Daniel4.1May 2023

  • "We really enjoyed the stay at Waterloo cottage."

    The cottage has everything you need, its very cozy. The waterfall outside is stunning, the sound of the water certainly helps you to sleep well. The location of the cottage is a solid 10/10. Centralised for traveling to lots of different types of days out. Also, some great walks right from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Well equipped and in a lovely location

    Reviewed by Dionne5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely pretty cottage with lots of atmosphere."

    I did find the beds & pillows way too soft, so did not sleep well. Kitchen was a bit short of oven / pizza trays, & the knives were all very blunt. Not many places in town selling firewood at the time of our visit, the fire burns through wood quite quickly, but does heat the lounge nicely.

    Reviewed by Martin3.8Dec 2022

  • "A great little cottage and very cosy too!"

    A delight to have a waterfall in the garden(almost).

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Nov 2022

  • "Quaint little cottage and was pretty view of waterfall."

    However property had not been cleaned properly, floors dirty and dirty tissue left on coffee table . Bed linen and towels were fit for the bin , disgusted to see state of pillows and duvets when removing bedding at end of the stay . Very tired property in need of some serious TLC . Not the place to stay if you are looking for comfort or luxury. Checked out a day early as dissatisfied with property.

    Reviewed by Rebecca2.2Oct 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage idyllic location, you perhaps make mention of taking a smaller vehicle where possible."

    The lanes there are so tiny. We didn’t manage to get parked outside of the cottage for 5 of our 7 days due to the renter next door also having a van. All in al though a perfect holiday home. Many thanks for the wine and chocolate.

    Reviewed by Clare-marie5.0Aug 2022

  • "The cottage more than met our needs."

    Whilst the central heating was not needed; I can imagine it is fantastic in the winter and the wood burner would add to the ambience. There was an extensive range of equipment to allow us to self-cater and a great info pack. The location was amazing, with a variety of challenging paths right on the doorstep. Thanks for the bottle of wine and slab of chocolate!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2022

  • "OMG!! The stay in this lovely cottage went perfectly alongside the perfect holiday"

    . All amenities nearby. Couldnt ask for more for my 40th birthday! Clean, tidy, everything that was needed was there. With the steam train station 15 min walk away and with the gorgeous waterfall next door

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2022

  • "Cosy, warm cottage."

    Bedding was disappointing, especially the very lumpy pillows. Although clean, the cottage looked grubby - nothing that a lick of paint wouldn't sort out.

    Reviewed by Michael2.5May 2022

  • "Lovely and cosy."

    Excellent place to chill after a day of trekking up mountains.

    Reviewed by Dave4.4Oct 2021

  • "The mattresses were terrible."

    We tried both double mattresses equally as bad and we even tried them together- not good. We have had better nights sleep on a rollmat in a tent. One mattress was just a block of foam-not great memory! I've left feedback via the caretaker and cleaner.

    Reviewed by Chris3.4Jul 2021

  • "This charming cottage oozed coziness and character."

    It is the perfect base from which to explore the local town, countryside and wider region. Inside, as well as being welcoming and warm, it was well equipped with the owners thoughtfully anticipating anything you might need to make your stay go smoothly (hair-dryer, coffee-maker for example), and providing a folder full of useful info. I slept in the 'blue elephant' room and had the best night's sleep for about a year, the bed was super comfy. We spent a few enjoyable evenings on front of the (huge!) log fire too in the living room. Outside, it is located next to a waterfall, which was enchanting, and only a few minutes walk up the lane at the back takes you into remote countryside for excellent explorations of the slate and granite hills behind. It is also only about 10 mins or so from the centre of town on foot, handy for local shops and provisions. It's the perfect warm, cosy and lovely place to re-charge and chill out :-)

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2020

  • "This is the second time we’ve stayed here and we spent more time in the cottage."

    The parking is very tight, if unfortunately like us experienced the neighbouring house has two cars you will really struggle to park. The kitchen has very limited equipment (no baking trays) so if you think you need it you’re best taking it. Those are the only negatives, it’s a comfy, clean and warm cottage. This is the second time we have stayed which speaks volumes

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.7Sep 2020

  • "Great place to stay, all home comforts."

    Location is great, some amazing views in the local area and plenty to do. Other reviews I have seen about struggling for car parking, but that was not a big issue really, there is always somewhere to leave the car within a few minutes walk. Would definitely recommend and will be staying there again soon. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is a lovely cottage which is well located for exploring the area."

    The cottage was very clean on arrival and well equipped with kitchen utensils. There is also a new sofa and chair in the lounge which were very comfortable, it would be useful to update the listing to reflect this. The parking is challenging as the road is very narrow and lots of cars. The only negative I have is that on the last day, due to COVID, we had to strip the beds. This revealed a duvet that really needed a wash or replacing. This would be easily rectified I hope it is soon.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Aug 2020

  • "Everything was as perfect as could be."

    The floor in the living in the living room was quite cold because it was not carpet. So getting out of the warm bed and straight on the cold floor was a good wake up call

    Reviewed by Stefan4.7Feb 2020

  • "Great price, great location."

    Thank you for a lovely time

    Reviewed by Philip4.4Jan 2020

  • "Cottage was as expected."

    No problems at all.

    Reviewed by David4.7Dec 2019

  • "We had a cracking time on our second stay at this cottage."

    So convenient for the abandoned mines we enjoy exploring in Blaenau, and really well priced for what you get. We'll definitely be staying here again!

    Reviewed by Seb5.0Oct 2019

  • "Great cottage, stays warm."

    The sofas are new, not the futon on the photo but much better. We have booked again for next year

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.7Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was clean and comfortable overall (good housekeepers) and everything we needed was provided, so we enjoyed our stay here."

    A great base for exploring Snowdonia. In the long-term, the owner needs to CONTINUE to upgrade the basic structure....for example, the bathroom has already been completely modernised, the main bedroom is fine and the kitchen is ok.....but the doors and windows are old and the varnish throughout is in need of refreshment, while the cream-coloured stair carpet shows foot tracks up to the toilet and the futon is very "tired". Fine overall and does sleep FIVE (and takes one dog)....but if your party is just TWO adults, go for next door at no1 Waterloo Cottage which has been more upgraded than no 2!

    Reviewed by Chris3.8Sep 2019

  • "This is the 5th sykes cottage we have stayed in."

    and this is the first to disappoint .The weather didnt help (no ones fault we know) We arrived monday at 3.30 and left the following morning. we found this cottage to be dark dreary and depressing and rather grubby.

    Reviewed by Elsie2.2Sep 2019

  • "We absolutely loved our short stay in this bohemian little cottage."

    There was a strong draught through the front door when wind and rain was blowing but we left a note for the owners, hopefully a heavy door curtain will solve that. Otherwise a cosy, comfortable, clean cottage to stay in with everything we needed. We would definitely recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Josephine5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was comfortable and had everything we needed, the patio area had a picnic table which we were able to make full use of with the beautiful weather we had."

    It was clean and tidy (although we couldn't fit anything in the outside bins - due to them being very full). I think this was more about the refuse collection than anything else! one small observation was that the decoration was very tired and in need of a bit of a tidy! but that wouldn't really stop us from recommending the cottage - but I would say that parking was quite difficult and felt that needs to be highlighted more - the very narrow road didn't allow for other vehicles to pass by easily and we were always expecting a lost mirror or scratch down the side of the car, having said that it came away unscathed thankfully.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.1Apr 2019

  • "The cottage is beautiful and being right next to a waterfall is perfect."

    However it’s tired. The bedding is old, really old. The pillows are thin, stained and flat. The quilts are not much thicker than a blanket and the one on the lower bunk barely fits. The mattress in the master nearly finished my back off. The kitchen is grubby. The extractor fan is mucky and has greasy strands hanging off the filter. I scrubbed the cooker area and the yellow grease I got off was appalling. The fridge and oven were clean. There are picnic items in a bag behind the back door the layer of dust in the bag makes them unusable. The kitchen is very cluttered not much space to store food. The living room has an old futon that isn’t very comfortable and two strange office type chairs. It was relatively clean but dusty in areas. The bathroom was clean except marks on floor and hand marks on door which look black and grubby. Bedrooms clean except odd dusty bits and a cobweb on curtain behind bed. I just think some new bedding and a deep clean would make this cottage perfect. We did love the cottage it has charm and character but I don’t go on holiday to clean and I expect decent beds/bedding. There are reviews in the guestbook dating back years complaint about the same as me yet nothing improves. We won’t be using this cottages again but we have rebooked with Sykes for August as we did enjoy the holiday and the cottage was beautiful just these niggly bits. We have booked a more expert properly next time so maybe it’s a case of you get what you pay for. Did make me wonder though.... how old is that bedding?

    Reviewed by Josephine2.5Mar 2019

  • "Lovely clean cottage We loved it there Bedding was clean but very worn Maybe time to invest in new bedding"

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Really nice location. Really close to the slate mines and one of the zip world parks. All the necessities are there. Although the kitchen equipment (pots and pans) need replacing. Not a lot in the way of pubs and restaurants, but then it is a village! Not keen on the cheeky little note asking for a "donation" to the fuel bill when the ad says fuel costs included. Not a lot of comfort in the living room, although when we fixed the futon, it was a little bit better. Maybe replace that with a sofa and get rid of the 2 weird office chairs??

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Feb 2019

  • "Booked this property over the christmas period as had family near by and wanted to spend Christmas with them."

    Accommodation clean and tidy, parking can be an issue but usually somewhere close by to park. Nice welcome gift left by the owner. would book again. Thanks for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Dec 2018

  • "The cottage felt so warm and welcoming it is situated in a lovely spot the views from the cottage were lovely ."

    .the mountains ..the waterfall/river outside the backdoor is beautiful ....lovely peaceful and quiet holiday defiantly go back ..ideally situated for walks ...Mt.Snowdon....the village has good selection of shops for all ones need .....the internet was very good ..we couldn't find any faults ...I know what would be ideal ....a clothes airer ..but that wasn't a problem at all ..I would defiantly recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Sep 2018

  • "We had a lovely time at the cottage the waterfall was beautiful we had ..."

    We had a lovely time at the cottage the waterfall was beautiful we had everything we needed and the dog enjoyed his stay as well even though it rained first day never spoiled our holiday there is plenty to do and see we went to Harlech castle a boat ride to puffin island which was my first time on a boat it was fantastic would recommend such a lovely place but we love wales all wales is beautiful and will be booking again the wine and chocolate was very nice thank you

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Jun 2018

  • "It was very dusty on top of wardrobes, cooker hood and other places."

    Out side was covered with moss so you would slip if you weren't carefully and the viewing point was overgrown .The parking was appoling and that asked you to leave £15 towards the fule cost when it said in the advert that it was included .will not recommend this cottage to any one .

    Reviewed by Stephen3.1Apr 2018

  • "We spent a lovely few nights at Waterloo Cottage."

    The cottage was fully stocked with everything we needed, and was very warm and comfortable. The waterfall next to it was an amazing thing to open your door to and the woodburning stove was just what we needed at the end of a rainy day.

    Reviewed by Fra4.7Apr 2018

  • "Having spent the weekend of new years at Waterloo cottage with two friends it is a lovely little cottage in the perfect location for the activities we had planned, with zip world only 2 minutes away and easy access to betws y coed, the pub at the end of the road is brilliant, lovely warm welcome really friendly staff and dog friendly (they dont do food though and only take cash) spent two very enjoyable evenings there, the only downside was i felt the communication was lacking, having informed the caretaker that we were arriving late at night she advised that a light would be left on for us (which it was) we arrived at the cottage and spent 20 minutes in the rain struggling to get the key out of the key hold having called the caretaker on the only number I had for her and getting no answer we eventually manged to get into the cottage, where we found a note on the table explaining that the normal caretaker was away and left several numbers for other people to call if we needed help, having spoken to the normal caretaker the day before and nothing being mentioned in advice about her being away we were rather annoyed that this info wasn't given to us before, also though the bottle of wine left for us was a lovely touch, toilet paper and milk would have been more helpful as it was quite late at night when we got there and no shops were open, there was no wood or kindling left either which surprised me as having advertised a log burning fire a starter pack would have been nice, all together though we had a lovely time and would recommend this cottage."

    Reviewed by Hannah4.6Dec 2017

  • "Lovely, cosy cottage."

    We were only there very briefly as we arrived late on Friday night and left very early on the Sunday. It was lovely that the heating and a light was on when we arrived. Parking wasn't easy as there are very narrow roads but we managed!

    Reviewed by Cara4.4Sep 2017

  • "Loved the stream running adjacent to the property."

    Mountain views from the front. Cottage was warm and cosy. Had all that we needed for a short break. Close to Zipworld. Parking was a bit tricky but we knew that from the description. Always managed to park within 30 metres so not a real problem.

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Apr 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x triple bunks (queen size below, single on top)
  • Shower room with quadrant shower cubicle, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven with ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Fuel for woodburner available to purchase locally
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking on a first come, first serve basis
  • Patio and sundeck with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 12 mins walk, pub 2 min walk
  • Note: There are approx
  • 15 steep uneven steps to the elevated sun deck and so they may not be suitable for the infirm or young, unsupervised children
  • Note: River close to cottage and so dogs and children should be supervised at all times
  • Note: Owner would like short breaks to be 3 nights minimum.

The property

Blaenau Ffestiniog 1.1 miles.

Dating from the 1850s, this traditional, stone-built, semi-detached cottage is tucked away from busy passing traffic, enjoying a quiet location next to a natural flowing hillside river, and close to the historic slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

This cosy cottage is an ideal base for touring the Snowdonia National Park and provides comfortable holiday accommodation for a couple, friends or a family.

The cottage is adjacent to another cottage of historic interest, the former home of the celebrated poet John Cowper Powys.

Retaining some attractive original features and attributes, traditionally decorated in a homely style, this delightful cottage is full of charm and character, exposed stone, ledge and brace doors and an impressive inglenook fireplace houses a woodburner in the cosy sitting room, making it lovely and snug in the evenings during the cooler months, especially after a day on the mountains.

Towards the rear of the cottage is the kitchen, well-equipped and with a dining area, and the patio door takes you out to the patio area with picnic table, ideal for alfresco dining or early morning coffee.

Upstairs, you’ll find a cosy triple bunks room with a distant view of the Moelwyn mountains, and a well-appointed double room, where the relaxing sound of the running river makes that morning cuppa in bed a real treat!

Completing the cottage is a shower room with a rain shower.

Includes a patio area with a picnic bench area overlooking the tumbling waters of Afon Du Bach, quite impressive after a heavy rainfall. Steep stone steps lead up to a sun deck, which is a wonderful peaceful place to reflect and enjoy a glass of wine, relaxing to the sound of the river, and enjoying a sunny aspect which rounds off a day walking on the mountains perfectly.

There are numerous walks from the cottage and many hidden lakes waiting to be discovered with stunning views of Snowdonia to enjoy.

As well as a range of independent shops, tea rooms, cafes and restaurants, Blaenau Ffestiniog has so much more to offer.

There is something for everyone, whether you are seeking thrills at Zip World Titan (the largest zip zone in Europe), Zip World Caverns and Bounce Below (deep mine zip wires and the largest underground system of trampolines in the world!) or Antur Stiniogs world-class downhill tracks and trails.

For a more sedate day, visit Llechwedd Slate Caverns or venture on a journey on the Ffestiniog railway which takes you to Porthmadog and connects to the Welsh Highland railway for a truly unique experience.

Miles and miles of sandy beaches and historic castles are all within easy reach.

The Italianate village of Portmeirion is 20 minutes' away and your holiday won’t be complete without a visit to Snowdon.

Enjoy the drive and experience the majestic beauty of the Ogwen valley to Capel Curig and Llanberis on the way.

With Snowdonia on the doorstep, and Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula also within easy reach, this is a perfect cottage for a relaxing break, whatever the time of year.

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About the location


Porthmadog 11 miles.

The fascinating old slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is situated in a superb position for exploring the Snowdonia National Park. There is a good selection of shops, pubs and places to eat. The main local attractions include Zip World Slate caverns, the longest zip line in Europe and fastest in the world, this is a great underground adventure. The slate mines now hold the prestigious status of a world heritage site, awarded by UNESCO and visitors can take enthralling underground trips there to see mining as it was done in days gone by. The famous narrow gauge Ffestiniog mountain railway also runs for 13 miles through the Snowdonia National Park to the harbour town of Porthmadog. Nearby is Portmeirion village, famous for its architecture and the film set of the cult TV series The Prisoner, plus local beaches, suitable for children, are within easy driving distance.

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Note: Owner would like short breaks to be 3 nights minimum