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Bryn Derwen

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Y Fron near Penygroes, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "A very cozy cottage in a beautiful place, both dining place and living room have an incredible view towards the sea, you can start your hike right from the gate and I especially enjoyed the sunsets over the Irish Sea."

    We had only one problem which was the slate road leading up to the house. With our ordinary family van we could hardly use it and parked the car in the village, walking up the hill on the Slate Trail to the houseevery time. It would probably be good to mention this in the property description. But on the other hand it may have kept us from booking, and we would have missed our stay in this lovely place.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and your patience with our road up there. We are in discussions with our neighbours and hope to dramatically improve access for everyone soon. This weekend the quarry manager used some machinery to level the track and it has improved somewhat. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anna3.8Aug 2023

  • "We have just arrived home from our holiday and have already re booked for next year."

    We have had a fantastic stay. The cottage is lovely. Really clean and spacious and equipped with everything you need. We loved how it has been modernised to a very high standard whilst still maintaining the traditional features. Beds are extremely comfortable and the facilities are fabulous. The views are AMAZING! 10/10 from us. We didn’t want to leave! We had many happy nights sat around the fire playing games and having some real family time without the distractions of a TV in the background. Thankyou so much! See you next year

    Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. We really appreciate your response and information about the cottage. We also had many family holidays up there in the way you described and I am glad the space up there continues to provide that. Thanks again and we look forward to your return! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karina4.7Aug 2023

  • "Some imaginative creating of clothes storage space would really make a great difference and maybe a longer type of clothes dryer rather than the vertical one."

    Having said that it's a great cottage, comfortable and really nice to stay there and the slate road is part of the charm. Possibly advise people to drive on centre and edge of road then they won,t need to worry about their car sump. Nice touch to leave the milk, bread & eggs! Next Wales visit will almost certainly stay here again.

    Thank you so much for your feedback. It is really useful to hear your thoughts. I will continue to explore storage options and we hope to put a pulley clothes rack in the boiler room, if not another style of dryer. We are currently working on a solution to improve the road (which does vary according to the recent weather and type of use), so hopefully it will be smoother soon. We very much look forward to welcoming you back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brendan3.8Aug 2023

  • "Excellent cottage, so peaceful and relaxing , nothing i would change ( only the weather )."

    Would recommend ....

    Thank you for your feedback and I do hope you get to see the cottage and views in good weather another time. The sunsets can be amazing! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2023

  • "Overall very rural place we love it, if you driving take a 2nd left not the 1st ..."

    Overall very rural place we love it, if you driving take a 2nd left not the 1st left or you need 4x4 then you ok There’s NO freezer

    Thank you so much for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed the rural area. We will look into the directions and signage again and hope to improve access. I am so sorry we do not yet have a freezer. We keep exploring space up there to be able to fit a stand alone one in eventually. Best wishes and we hope to welcome you back there again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Otabek3.4Jun 2023

  • "The property is beautiful with great location, views and appointments but there are drawbacks."

    The access track should be either improved or stated on the listing as more suitable for 4x4s as having had a lot of rain both our cars scraped undersides when using the track. The property is listed as no pets but there was significant black dog hairs. My grandson had to go to Porthmadog for medical care and steroid/inhaler prescription. Push/pull in bathroom temperamental despite being reported in the visitor book previously. Saucepans had to be thoroughly cleaned before use. That said the quality of fittings and location are great. The beds and bedding are lovely and comfortable. The bathrooms spotless and the welcome pack very nice. A vacuum cleaner would have helped us keep on top of day to day cleanliness.

    Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry you experienced issues during your stay. The track is a challenge and it constantly varies in quality. As it is shared use with others we are liasing with the quarry to give it a better finish. We will add a description to the Bryn Derwen information on the website. We were very sorry to hear about your grandson and we hope he is better. We have taken up the issue with the previous occupant and will provide further cleaning before the next guest. The light switch was replaced following previous feedback but we will investigate. We have noted points regarding saucepans and the vacuum cleaner. Once again thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Apr 2023

  • "The driveway to the property requires a little attention."

    Recycling waste is required. If you like peace and quite with good views at a reasonable price this fits the bill.

    Thank you so much for your feedback back in January. We are glad you enjoyed the views. We are currently working on improving the road on the final stretch to the cottage. We appreciate your concern for recycling as we also believe fully in doing so. The recycling is in place now so hopefully this is easier to use. We would love to welcome you back in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sophie3.4Jan 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    The place was in a lovely location with views on a clear day. We didn't spend a huge amount of time there, as it was really just a base for us to explore from. We did end up just using the track to the house once a day (once out in the morn, and once in in the evening). It is a rough slate track, which isn't particularly easy to navigate in the dark, nor kind to the car. We didn't have WiFi, as advertised or a few introductory logs for the fire. There's no TV, but a plethora of games and jigsaws. This didn't take away from the experience, just worth a comment. All in all, I would go again.... it's a splendid location!!

    Thank you so much for your feedback back in October last year. I do apologise for this late response. We really appreciated your thoughts and found them helpful. The wifi is fully set up now but we do not yet have a screen available. We are currently working on the condition of the road and access in general. I am sorry you didn’t have the logs as expected! I am glad you enjoyed the location and setting and hope to welcome you back in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lucy3.8Oct 2022

  • "Can’t really fault the property."

    Cottage has been renovated to the highest standard and the views are to die for. Some people might miss aTV and the Wi-Fi was hit and miss but didn’t bother us. If you’re a walker, reader or someone who loves solitude then this doesn’t get any better. Will definitely be back. If I win the lottery I’ll be making the owners an offer.

    Thank you so much for such kind feedback. We really appreciate your comments and hope you return. Best wishes, Teresa Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

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  • Single-storey
  • Three bedrooms: 3 x double
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/ diner with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating, oven and hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine
  • Wifi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Rear off road parking on grassed/ gravel area for multiple vehicles
  • Enclosed front garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles pub 2.4 miles
  • Note: You will need to bring your own swimming towels
  • Note: There is no smoking allowed at this property
  • Note: When travelling to the property the last quarter of a mile is a slate track, not suitable for vans/4x4s/bigger cars; there is parking in the village

The property

Penygroes 3.4 miles.

Resting within the rugged landscape of the quaint village of Y Fron near Penygroes, lies this fantastic property.

Enjoying spectacular sights over Caernarfon Bay, Anglesey and the wonderful Wicklow Mountains in Ireland, this lovely dwelling is the ideal base for those seeking an adventurous holiday.

Drive up the remote track and leave your vehicle in one of many parking spaces before making your way through the gate, where you can soak in the stunning scenery from the front garden.

Step inside the white-washed, single-storey cottage to discover the rustic sitting room, with its inglenook fire housing a toasty woodburning stove and a some family games to keep you entertained as you unwind on the snug chairs.

Moving through the abode, find the kitchen/ diner, where the designated chef can make use of the fantastic facilities to conjure a home-cooked meal, with a Belfast sink to wash up afterwards; the cottage has been transformed from rustic to a fully convenient and sleek living space.

Settle down at the dining table to tuck into a feast, with a cracking woodburning stove in the background as you chat about the highlights of the holiday.

On warm days, carry the conversation outside to the front garden; here, you can enjoy a glass of wine on the furniture as you take in the glorious views.

As the sky grows darker, retreat inside, and make use of the handy utility room to wash and dry your clothes from your North Wales adventure, with shelves and a washing machine to assist you.

Savour a moment of relaxation in the family bathroom, indulge in a soak in the tub and pour in the bubbles or relish a rinse in the shower room.

When sleep calls, choose between three well-presented doubles bedrooms to rest your head, with plush bedding and furniture to house your belongings.

In the morning, pop the kettle on and utilise the well-equipped kitchen to cook up a hearty breakfast to fuel your excursions for the day ahead.

Bryn Derwen is a superb base for exploring the gems of North Wales, a scenic drive will lead you to the glorious National Trust site of Craflwyn and Beddgelert to view thrilling sites of Snowdonia and Parc Gwledig Padarn is also within easy reach for awe-inspiring nature, the perfect place for a challenging hike.

Visit the lively village of Llanberis, home to the renowned National Slate Museum for a riveting learning experience, a magnificent park with a stunning lake, Parc Gwledig Padarn, and there is Llanberis Lake Railway for a unique steam ride through the hills.

Why not spend the day at the Royal town of Caernarfon, steeped in history with its colossal castle and medieval walls and you can browse quirky gift shops for a souvenir to remember your holiday by?

For memories you will cherish, within the unspoilt countryside, choose a stay at Bryn Derwen.

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

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About the location


Llanberis 8 miles; Caernarfon 6.5 miles.

The lovely quiet village of Penygroes is situated around six miles from the historic castle town of Caernarfon, bordering the Snowdonia National Park with beautiful scenic walks and mountain views easily accessible. A good selection of shops, cafes and pubs are available in the village and the wider local area is full of restaurants and activities such as golfing, swimming, tennis, surfing and horse riding to name but a few. Plas Dinas Country House is also nearby, which is home to some great history as well as The Gun Room restaurant. The beaches on Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula can be reached in about half an hour, while the beach at Dinas Dinlle is just a 10-minute drive away. Nearby, Caernarfon is home to Caernarfon Castle, which is well worth a visit, with further shops and cafes available, as well as steam train trips. Portmeirion is also a short distance away, featured in the TV series ‘The Prisoner’. Just 8 miles away is the Welsh Heritage centre which has a licensed cafe at Nant Nwrtheyrn with magnificent sea views from it's decked dining area. Beddgelert is a very attractive village, surrounded by the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, with a fabulous arts and craft shop, and several pubs. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Please note: When travelling to the property the last quarter of a mile is a slate track. Please drive slowly

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas