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Yr Hen Efail (The Old Forge)

(Ref. 1087854)

Llanbedr-y-cennin near Tal-Y-Bont, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (10)
  • claire (9)
  • lovely (9)
  • host (7)
  • cosy (7)
  • friendly (6)

17 Customer Reviews


    Michael and Kerry you were lovely guests and we enjoyed hosting you for Christmas, at Yr Hen Efail. We look forward to hosting you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Dec 2023

  • "Yr Hen Efail and host absolutely excellent."

    Sykes experience not so excellent. On booking, website not working so telephoned instead and was going to be charged extra for this service until I objected. Also requested clarification of travel instructions and this was eventually ignored. Sykes needs to do a little better. Patrick White.

    Thanks for your positive review Patrick. I'm glad you enjoyed uour stay. I've raised your comments to sykes directly, about your experience booking with them. We hope to host you here at Yr Hen Efail again. Best wishes Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patrick4.7Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Yr Hen Efail."

    We could not have asked for anything else. Our host Claire was really friendly and helpful. I would recommend Yr Hen Efail. Thank you.

    Thanks Malcolm! We hope to see you again. Best wishes Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Sep 2023

  • "Only able to score 5 out of 5, but want score it 10 out of 5!"

    !! This cottage was excellent, as were our hosts! very clean with everything you need, well located for trips out in North Wales, walking distance to the local pub, only 10-15 minutes to a Co-op store for your essentials, will defiantly be booking to stay here again!!! rb

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable week in the Conwy Valley in this small but comfortable cottage."

    The weather was brilliant and this enabled us to enjoy sitting on the attached terrace which had fantastic views of the River Conwy as well as the lush vegetation in the terraced gardens of the main house. As a host, Claire couldn't have been better. She was in touch before we arrived and continued to be around in a friendly, helpful manner providing suggestions as to what to do and see in this very beautiful area of Wales.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Jun 2023

  • "The house, the garden, the sun and the scenery all made for a very relaxing week."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely friendly helpful hosts"

    Reviewed by Janette5.0May 2023

  • "The Old Forge is a gem of a find if you like peace and quiet in a homely and comfortable cottage in rural surroundings."

    The cottage has a great feel to it and we felt ‘at home’ as soon as we walked in. Claire is lovely host, friendly and helpful but not intrusive on privacy. We hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by Dawn4.7Sep 2022

  • "A well appointed cottage in a peaceful location, ideal for walking, exploring and relaxing."

    Claire, the owner, is a kind and thoughtful host. Nothing is too much trouble, ensuring a wonderful holiday for all. We'll definitely return, and would highly recommend.

    What a lovely review; thank you! It was great to host such enthusiastic walkers and you're welcome back anytime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vanda5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely week staying in The Old Forge."

    The cottage was snug and cosy and well equipped. The setting was peaceful and quiet with lovely views, and Claire was welcoming and friendly. Thank you.

    Great to host you both! Glad you enjoyed it. There is a new sofa for your next visit. See you again I hope. Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful little cottage with stunning panoramic views."

    Claire was a lovely host and a wealth of info and helpfulness. Such a pleasant retreat after a long day at work. Thanks

    Thanks Victoria! Best of luck with onward stays and hope to see you again. Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria4.7May 2022

  • "Delightful cosy cottage in a lovely secluded spot, perfect for a couple."

    The owner was very welcoming and happy to suggest places to visit/eat, the cottage had everything we needed and we spent a great week exploring the area.

    Fabulous to host you both and pleased you enjoyed your stay. Look forward to welcoming you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2022

  • "Cosy cottage stay lovely vibe & helpful host."

    Would stay here again in the future so much still to see & do in the area...

    Thank you for your lovely review! You are most welcome to return and use Yr Hen Efail as a base for more exploring. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Berys5.0Mar 2022

  • "The Old Forge is a quaint and cosy little cottage perfect for a couples getaway."

    The location of the cottage is perfect, close to a number of beautiful walks and attractions such as The National Trust Bodnant Garden, Betws-Y-Coed and Penrhyn Castle. There are also several pubs in the area. The cottage itself was clean and tidy, with a comfy bed and lovely log burner which heated the whole house up. I would recommend the cottage to anyone, and will definitely be coming back here in the future!

    Thanks Jessica! Hope to see you again very soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Feb 2022

  • "A cosy bolt hole ideal for recharging the batteries"

    Thanks Margaret! Great to meet you both and am so glad you enjoyed your visit. Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jan 2022

  • "What a magnificent cosy,warm cottage."

    The facilities at the cottage are first class everything to make your stay comfortable. I've been visiting North Wales for over 20 years and this cottage is by far the best yet, Claire the owner is warm and friendly and she has a hidden gem in this amazing cottage, perfect location to explore North Wales ,I will definitely be back in the spring or summer. 10 out of 10 Thank you a most enjoyable stay .

    Still figuring system out Ian, hence delay in response. Thanks for your fab feedback. Hope to see you again soon! Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Dec 2021

  • "Had a wonderful stay at The Old Forge."

    The owner Claire was really helpful and welcoming and couldn't do enough for us. She even accomodated our veganism (and my forgetfullness...). The building is lovely and cosy, fitted out to a high standard with a wood burner which nicely heats the whole house up in minutes! there are also electric heaters if you dont fancy using this. There is a large private garden area with a picturesque mountain view and a stream running through it, perfect for a cosy couples getaway. The location is ideal, easy driving distance to conwy which has all the ameneties like supermarkets etc (plus a huge castle and other attractions), there is also an animal sanctuary within walking distance of a few minutes which was one of the highlights of our visit! We will definately be back, if you book you will not be dissapointed!

    What a wonderful review! Thank you so much! Hope to see you both again (I'll rustle up some vegan treats!). Claire Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Dec 2021

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  • One super-king-size with TV and en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge
  • 2 x TVs, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Front, multi-level garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.8 miles, pub 0.3 miles. Please note - Babes in arms welcome, property not suitable for older children. Please note - Due to the property being a traditional cottage there are steep stairs & low ceilings so please take care

The property

Tal-y-bont 0.9 miles.

Located in the small village of in Llanbedr-y-Cennin near Tal-y-bont, Conwy, Conwy, is this lovely, traditional Welsh cottage,Yr Hen Efail, or The Old Forge.

A cosy cottage in picturesque village in the lush, green Conwy Valley.

Great base for walkers, birdwatchers (famous for Hawfinches!) and only four miles from the National Trust’s Bodnant Garden. The 400 year old forge is nestled on the slopes of Pen Y Gaer, the smallest of the Carneddau range of Mountains, within Eryri National Park (Snowdonia).

Many footpaths weave through the ancient woodlands and into the mountains. Yr Hen Efail is 100 metres from Ye Olde Bull pub, with Y Bedol pub/restaurant, a butchers and Post Office shop at the bottom of the hill. There are plenty of woodland walks behind the property and it is well located for visiting areas such as Conwy, Llandudno and Betws Y Coed. The Old Forge or Yr Hen Efail has its own private garden.

The rest of the garden area, is retained for the owner’s use, so everyone can enjoy the unique surroundings in privacy. Full of character, the cottage has wooden beams, red tiled flooring and an inglenook fireplace with a woodburning stove for extra warmth on colder nights.

The kitchen is small, yet well-equipped with an electric oven, hob, microwave and fridge with an ice box. Upstairs, you will find a super-king-size bed with views over the garden.

The room has plenty of storage space, a reading area and an en-suite shower room, with heated towel rail and WC. The Old Forge is a beautiful property for peace and quiet.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Betws-y-Coed 6 miles.

The village of Tal-y-Bont is situated in the Conwy Valley. The village has a thriving community offering a butcher, Post Office and shop, a hotel and a village tavern, as well as a recreational park and village hall. It is located 0.5 miles north of Dolgarrog, which is surrounded by three rivers and the woodlands of the Coed Dolgarrog National Nature Reserve. Close to Dolgarrog are lovely walks including the Gorge Walk, which will appeal to the more adventurous, and the peaks of Drum and Tal-y-Fan. Nearby Gwydir Forest is noted for the Marin mountain bike trail. The ‘walking village’ of Trefriw and the market town of Llanrwst are nearby, plus the popular inland resort of Betws-y-Coed is only six miles away and is well worth a visit. The North Wales coastline is a twenty minute drive away and includes Conwy, a World Heritage Site offering a castle, festivals, shops and restaurants, and Llandudno, Queen of Welsh Resorts, with it's sandy beaches and Great Orme is ever popular. Enthusiasts of adventure activities are drawn to nearby Surf Snowdonia, the first artificial wave lagoon, High Ropes Centre, Zip World, Bethesda and Blaenau Ffestiniog’s Cave Experience. Tal-y-Bont is an ideal base for exploring this part of Wales.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas