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Yr Adfa (The Retreat)

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Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "We were very pleased with this cottage."

    Well located for exploring North Wales. The cottage was very clean and had a well stocked kitchen but couldn't find the scales for weighing out some ingredients when baking some bread - perhaps I hadn't looked hard enough! It was a treat to have a dishwasher with tablets supplied. It was also handy to have the washing machine and tumble dryer too. The view overlooking the mountain from the master bedroom was stunning. The Co-op was only a short walk away, as was the local bakery, a must for a visit and a chat with the friendly Kurdish chap who runs it. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed sitting on the bench in the front garden in the evenings. My partner was very happy to find that it was a short walk up to the slate mine from the back of the cottage and he spent many happy hours doing just that. I'd recommend spending several days here, it really is a great little place.

    Reviewed by Jacqui4.7Jun 2024

  • "Exactly what we needed for a family stay."

    Visiting a couple of the zip worlds for my son’s 18th birthday. It was a great place to spend some family time together with our two adult children. Highly recommended.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Please come and stay with again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2024

  • "Nice accommodation , central to Blaenau, very clean , very good standard of extras that make your stay comfortable ."

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad that you had a comfortable stay. Please come and see us again sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2024

  • "A lovely cottage with all that we needed to enjoy a fabulous holiday."

    The milk and Welsh Cakes were a lovely touch for when we arrived. Everything was perfect and we loved it so much that we didn't want to go home. The location was perfect and because I know the area quite well, we didn't have any issues. Diolch yn fawr iawn.

    Hello, thank you for your feedback, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Yr Adfa. Thank you for staying with us, and please come back again sometime. Barry and Emma Clinton Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jan 2024

  • "Very comfotable, clean and well equipped cottage, somehow tucked away in a ..."

    Very comfotable, clean and well equipped cottage, somehow tucked away in a central blanau location with views of a a rugged skyline

    Thank you for your feeback. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for booking with us. Barry and Emma Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Dec 2023

  • "This cottage was extremely comfortable and well equipped."

    The owners had thought of every possible need their guests might have. It was spotlessly clean and well maintained. The bed was comfortable, the central heating efficient and the lounge cosy. Perfect for our autumn shortbreak. Centrally located in Snowdonia so good for visiting the whole area.

    Many thanks for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Yr Adfa and would love to have you back again sometime. Best wishes, Barry and Emma Clinton Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was in excellent condition and surpassed our expectations."

    The location was ideal to visit attractions around Snowdonia and was comfortable and quiet in the evening to relax. Made our holiday more enjoyable and am sure we will visit again if we had the opportunity.

    Hello , thank you for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Yr Adfa, and thank you for booking with us. We would love to have you back again sometime. Best wishes, Barry and Emma Clinton Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was very clean and spacious, was well equipped with everything you need for a self-catering holiday."

    The owners had left a handy information booklet and were easily contacted if required. The only disappointment had nothing to do with the cottage, but the area in which it was located was not the most tourist friendly and had very little facilities or amenities close by.

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had an extremely amazing time at this cottage."

    The maintenance and cleanliness was on top of everything. It was comfortable, we had a short stay but we enjoyed and used the facilities provided. The nearby Co op store was bonus. The only downfall was the TV which we couldn't take benefit of as it wasn't something advanced. I tried it few times and couldn't even change any channels. They should update it with a Smart TV, these days everyone is use to with advanced technologies instead of using old style Antenna or Box. The dvds provided were old as well. So a Smart TV would do the job better. On the other side, the accommodation was very comfortable, felt like home. The scenery outside was awesome, beautiful views all around. We would love to come back and have already recommended others and there would be new customers coming soon your way.

    Thank you for your feedback. We have taken your advice and have upgraded the TV to a smart TV. Please come back and see us again. Barry and Emma Clinton Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ambreen4.7Jul 2023

  • "The house ( not really a cottage) was lovely."

    Beds were comfortable, we had everything we needed BUT we moved coffee table to cover fire as we had a 1year old with us and was dirty underneath. Also may I suggest you tell your cleaners if they are going to clean with back door open that they get rid of the bloody flies before they leave. There was at least 10 flys in the house it was disgusting.

    Our cleaners are very thorough, and our consistently great feedback reflects how delighted guests are with the high standard of cleanliness of the house. At this time of year, sometimes a window may be opened to air the house ready for each new set of guests. Our cleaners don’t move larger pieces of furniture as part of a standard clean every time, - rather a deep clean is arranged a few times per year. We don’t expect visitors to re-position big items of furniture during their stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kimberley4.4Jul 2023

  • "Our stay, here was perfect!"

    It was the most comfortable place We stayed out of the six accommodations we went to in great Britain. Not only did it have everything we needed but it had so many extras! Really felt like a home with throw blankets on the couches and games books and DVDs available to use. The washer and dryer were very helpful. The shower was big and enjoyable to use. even though we were there during what the locals called a heat wave the house didn’t heat up as much as many of the other accommodations we stayed at did, It must be well insulated. Getting in and out of the house using the lockbox was very easy which we really appreciated.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Please come back and stay with us again sometime. Barry and Emma Clinton Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great location for entry to any point around Snowdon National Park."

    Black rock Beach perfect for fish n chips supper or just a day on the beach. Cottage has v comfortable beds and amazing bathroom (shower!!). Dependent on weather, as we had glorious sunshine we were able to use front bench or table / chairs in the back yard. Great place, highly recommended by all of us - mother (79), and daughter (21)

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very comfy cottage with everything you need for a great holiday."

    Tea, coffee, milk and Welsh cakes in the cottage on arrival was wonderful

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage."

    Spotless and clean with all the facilities we all needed. Easy to understand welcome booklet. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay and will 100% use again if in that area again. Would highly recommend

    Hello, thank you for your feedback, we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Yr Adfa and would be happy to see you again. You gave three out of four for facilities and maintenance. Is there something that you needed during your stay that we haven't provided or was not maintained to your expectations? We aim to provide an excellent and enjoyable stay for our guests, and so your advice would be very welcome. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely property, comfortable, clean, spacious and perfectly located for a weekend of activities in snowdonia."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovey stay at a lovely cottage."

    Nice and clean. Everything I needed

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property very clean and everything needed."

    Town is a little run down but very close to lots of sights. We had a great week here. Lovely holiday home.

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great stay and really easy to book and get information from owners."

    Will defo be rebooking.

    Reviewed by Shantelle5.0Mar 2023

  • "Brilliant location."

    Lovely property with everything required for a family stay.

    Reviewed by Simone5.0Dec 2022

  • "The cottage was fantastic- very warm and cosy with everything we needed."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2022

  • "This beautiful little cottage is perfect in every way clean and comfortable."

    The owners have definitely put a lot of thought into making their guests feel at home, loved the little added extras potato chips, Welsh Cakes and even milk left in the fridge. The cottage is even situated in an amazing picturesque location. Would definitely recommend this accomodation to friends and family and anyone travelling to Wales. Cheers John and Brenda Melbourne Australia.

    Reviewed by Mr5.0Sep 2022

  • "Cottage was lovely and clean and the welcome present of milk and Welsh cakes was well received !"

    Took advantage of the local walk recommended which was very interesting y enjoyed by the whole family. Location great

    Reviewed by Bianca4.4Sep 2022

  • "Lovely stay ."

    Perfect for what we wanted

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing stay with great location."

    Close to all amenities, train station and also to local attractions. Cottage was very clean and Barry and Emma made sure we were happy with our stay. Perfect..

    Reviewed by Nilesh4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely, comfortable home in a great location."

    Everything you could need or want is at the property and the little treats left for us were really welcome after a long journey. Barry and Emma were great communicating by text and letting me know when I could arrive. We had a lovely stay, just wished we’d booked for longer.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent property, absolutely spotless, everything there that you’d need (makes a pleasant change to some holiday accommodation)…even little things like milk in the fridge and spices in the cupboard made this a great place to stay."

    Parking can be a bit of a struggle if u get unlucky with spaces but we just kept an eye on available space and jumped on one when it became free later on. Would highly recommend a stay at this property, owner was communicative and very helpful to. Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Apr 2022

  • "Exactly as described."

    Clean and tidy. Lots of information for local attractions in the form of leaflets and information booklet. Very nice to have complimentary milk/tea/coffee and cake. Good collection of board games/books/DVD's provided. Shops are very close by. Overall excellent and comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "We stopped here a few weeks back and it was the perfect base for us to visit Snowden and Zip world."

    The place was clean and comfortable with all the equipment you would expect/need for your stay. The house is also just a short walk from the local village which has a few shops, pubs and restaurants (although I’d avoid the Indian next time). Overall a really enjoyable stay and would definitely use as a base the next time we explore north Wales.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Mar 2022

  • "A great property with everything and more required for a short stay."

    Booking was made last minute with less than 24 hours notice. Owners had great communication and everything prepared for arrival plus welcome gifts. A great location to explore Snowdonia and the local area. Anyone staying here should visit the Stwlan Dam and Cwmorthin quarry. Will definitely be booking to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Mar 2022

  • "This was our second stay at Yr Adfa."

    The house is spotless, cosy and very well equipped. We particularly like the very comfy bed and the spectacular mountain views from the front windows. Yr Adfa is right in the centre of the town but in a very quiet side street. We came for the walking and with mountains, waterfalls and coast you couldn't wish for a better location. Our hosts were welcoming and were very helpful when we couldn't leave as planned because of Storm Eunice. A lovely stay and we don't hesitate to recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2022

  • "We stayed at the cottage as a family of four for 3 nights (31."

    12 - 03.01). To say that we’ve enjoyed our stay would be to say nothing! The cottage is very well looked after, there’s ample space and all the facilities one can ask for! We found the location of the cottage very convenient for exploring North Wales, it was very easy to find and the instructions and communication with the owners were great! The cottage is very warm, extremely cosy, with that “home away from home” feel, and we had the most wonderful 3 nights there! The kitchen in the cottage is equipped with everything and more that one might need during even a long stay. I can easily imagine myself coming and staying there for the 3 months of summer and in fact we’re already planning to stay at the cottage again. In general, I would totally recommend the Yr Adfa cottage to anyone, you will not be disappointed! Many thanks to the very thoughtful owners of the cottage - you really made us feel at home!

    Thank you Elina for your lovely review and kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and were warm and cosy at Yr Adfa, and we would love to have you back again sometime for another stay (maybe when the weather is better?) Barry and Emma. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elina5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a great stay at Yr Adfa."

    Your place is great, we found everything we needed and more and the kids loved it too.

    Thank you for your comments, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Yr Adfa, and hope that you will come back to stay again sometime. Thank you for your booking, Barry and Emma Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful homely cottage with luxury bedding and towels."

    It had everything we needed and more.

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you had everything that you needed and that you enjoyed your stay. Please come and stay with us again. Barry and Emma Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Oct 2021

  • "Loved out stay in this beautiful cottage."

    . just a note that the towel rail in the bathroom needs securing

    Reviewed by Elaine3.8Sep 2021

  • "We really enjoyed the house , it had all home comforts and plenty room for 6 of us ."

    Great location and lots to do in area

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Aug 2021

  • "We really enjoyed staying here."

    It was clean and comfy and would love to go there again. Thanks

    Reviewed by Abdul5.0Jun 2021

  • "This is a nicely done up and comfortable cottage."

    It was immaculately clean, with well equipped kitchen and the coffee machine was a real bonus :) The location is very convenient with easy parking, quiet but only a short walk to the nearest supermarket. There is lots to do in the area with lovely hiking and a short drive to the seaside.

    Reviewed by Eva4.4May 2021

  • "We loved our stay, nice and clean cottage every comfort in it."

    easy excess to food and market 5 min walk from the cottage. we will come again

    Reviewed by Muhammad5.0May 2021

  • "Nice friendly neighbours."

    Everything we could of wanted was provided comfortable clean. Pub and shops 2 min walk away. 5 min drive from Antur stiniog we will be back availability permiting.

    Reviewed by Niki5.0May 2021

  • "Yr Asda was wonderful, more than we hoped for - the cottage was very clean and immaculate."

    The welcome pack of milk and Welsh cakes was just what we need when we arrived after s long drive. The kitchen had everything you could ever need, and the bedrooms were lovely. Amazing bedding and thick lovely towels added a touch of luxury. We had a great stay and would absolutely recommend Yr Adfa was a perfect place to stay and explore the area.

    Reviewed by Deobrah5.0Nov 2020

  • "The cottage is furnished to a very high standard and has everything that you could ever want."

    Good location for the local supermarket and surrounding towns. A real gem!

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Sep 2020

  • "The holiday cottage was perfect, had everything we needed, the beds, bedding and ..."

    The holiday cottage was perfect, had everything we needed, the beds, bedding and towels were of the highest quality which was much appreciated and made the cottage feel extra special , the welcome pack was a nice touch and the street was nice and quiet, the only downside was the actual town it’s very unloved and rundown with lots of boarded up shops, pubs and houses it’s quite depressing walking around the town, but just a short car journey and your in beautiful countryside with lots to do for all the family, we would return because the cottage itself is superb

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Aug 2020

  • "What a fabulous cottage!"

    We had an amazing holiday at Yr Adfa. It's so well equipped, with everything you can think of. And such lovely quality items too. We loved having 3 bedrooms and the downstairs area was plenty big enough too. We ate beautiful food on a number of occasions within walking distance of the house, and it's so perfectly situated for visiting the whole of North Wales. We travelled to Portmeirion, Harlech, the Llyn peninsula, Caernarfon, Anglesey, Bangor and Conwy. Not to mention inland destinations of Llanberis and Llangollen. We enjoyed the most stunning scenery, and beaches we only dreamed of. This cottage really is perfectly situated to visit so many beautiful places. And still plenty of lakes and waterfalls nearby. We had great communication with the owners, who were super speedy with their responses. It's a very warm cottage, but instant heat if you needed it from an electric fire. We really could not fault it at all, and have made memories to last a lifetime.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Aug 2020

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage very modern thoroughly enjoyed our week will stay again"

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2020

  • "We've had a lovely relaxing holiday in Yr Adfa."

    The cottage is very well equiped and very comfortable and cosy. Its in a nice quiet location but within easy walking distance of the town amenities and many beautiful walks. I'd definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Feb 2020

  • "Yr Adfa is a lovely comfortable house, it had everything we needed."

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.7Feb 2020

  • "Good central location for easy access to local places of interest."

    Home from home. Will be back definitely.

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2020

  • "Amazing place to stay at, great location and a lovely home away from home"

    Reviewed by Kata5.0Jan 2020

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  • Over two floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x kingsize, 1 x double and 1 x 6ft bunk beds
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower-over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room.
  • 100% Green energy provider
  • Gas central heating and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Smart TV, WiFi and a selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available
  • Cot available
  • Roadside parking on a first come first served basis for up to 6 cars
  • Front slate garden with furniture and rear yard with furniture and storage
  • Sorry, no pets, no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 0.1 miles

The property

A former quarryman’s cottage resting within the centre of Snowdonia National Park, Yr Adfa (The Retreat) offers stunning mountain views, a prime location for the centre of Blaenau Ffestiniog and an abundance of wonder around every corner.

Hosting bright and airy accommodation, the dwelling is ideal for a family or group of friends to enjoy the delights of North Wales.

Stepping past the stained glass of the front door and into the living/dining area, you will be greeted by a spacious area offering a great spot to unwind in after a day of exploring; with ample seating for all of the group varying from plush sofas to snug armchairs, here you can gather together in the evenings to enjoy each other’s company and the warmth of the electric fire.

With the dining area also situated within the living room, here you can enjoy home-cooked meals together, or use the table as a base for an evening of board games and family fun.

Head into the kitchen to find all the appliances you could need for a week-long stay; take a chilled beverage from the fridge and head outside to the enclosed rear yard to enjoy the last glimpses of the sun before retiring to one of the well-presented bedrooms.

Offering two doubles and a bunk room, the accommodation provides a flexible arrangement for a variety of group needs, ensuring each member is surrounded by a crisp and clean spot to rest.

Settled at the centre of the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, you’re ideally situated for a scatter of amenities including shops and eateries to historic landmarks and well-known attractions such as the Zip World Slate Caverns.

Venture into the lands of Snowdonia National Park where you can find various walking routes for all abilities, luscious landscapes and various outdoor activities for all tastes.

Within close reach is Llandudno too, with its picturesque pier and various amusements, it’s no surprise that it’s a tourist hub all-year-round.

In reach of both countryside lands and the coast, Yr Adfa (The Retreat) is a marvellous base for exploring this scenic area of North Wales.

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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 - where visitors can take enthralling underground trips to see mining as it was done in days gone by - and the famous narrow gauge Ffestiniog mountain railway which 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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PLEASE NOTE: This property does not accept Stag/Hen/Party bookings.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas