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Mill Cottage

(Ref. 1085980)

Penrhyndeudraeth, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "Positives - spacious, quirky, loads of crockery, surprisingly quiet, lovely to have a wood burner, the main bedroom was nice & warm, big bathroom which heated up nicely once the heater was on, and a very unusual tiered garden."

    Negatives - the cottage is heated by a mixture of night storage and electric heaters. The latter weren’t on, and one of the night storage heaters doesn’t work at all (upstairs hallway) so it was a freezing arrival and took half a day to warm up. Overall the cottage felt like it needed a seriously deep clean. There was sand / grit on the double bed and throw at the end of the bed which was really miserable to encounter. Apart from the lounge which was lovely, it all felt pretty dated and like it needed some proper care / redecoration. The area just outside the front door was really messy too. Such a shame as I’m sure it’s been lovely, and could be again, but I think the cold / dirty start really impacted the stay.

    Reviewed by Andrea2.5Feb 2024

  • "This place is full of character with wood burners and provisions for using them in both lounge and kitchen."

    This was a delightful place to stay. The facilities provided were excellent, kitchen very well kitted out, lounge very much a home from home, bedrooms spacious and a huge bathroom with more towels than we could ever use. The WIFI was much appreciated. Upon arrival we thought noise from the busy road may be a issue but once inside this turned out not to be the case and neither watching TV or sleeping were a problem. The location was ideal for us with good walking for our little dog very close by, Porthmadog 10 minutes drive down the road for supermarket shops and plenty of places for a day out close by. Despite more than our fair share of rain we did get one sunny evening to enjoy a glass of wine and the view from up the garden. Sadly our stay was cut short by a couple of days as the lounge end up 20mm deep in water after torrential over night rain. The response of both Sykes and the owner to the unfortunate event was swift and appreciated. We have been to this area of North Wales for the last 6 years and will be returning again, hopefully to Mill Cottage.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely location with walks from the doorstep."

    The cottage was lovely for our holiday and the road was at least quiet during the night-time. The cottage was well equipped and warm (great after a damp walk) and we certainly enjoyed seeing the lesser horseshoe bats in the evenings. OK we found the mattress on the bed a little soft but that is a personal thing. There were plenty of places to visit within a short distance and catching the Ffestiniog railway from Plas halt proved successful. We would certainly like to return as we had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Heather4.7Jun 2023

  • "The cottage is very well situated."

    Within easy reach of a lot of what North Wales has to offer. It is a very old building with lots of quirky details. The neighbours were really nice and wanted to pass the time of day. Parking was easy, being able to tuck the car out of the way against the building. The busy main road it is situated on, was a bit intrusive, but most of the traffic disappeared about 7pm and the cottage became a quiet haven. As we were out all day, this didn't really affect us. The weather has been amazing and so enhanced our stay at Mill Cottage.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback,glad you enjoyed your time in Wales. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with everything we needed, a bit noisy being on a main road but you can't do anything about that."

    Nice walks around and a good pub that does good food and ale within walking distance.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adey5.0Feb 2023

  • "One of the most dog friendly cottages you will ever stay in, this is a sympathetic restoration of an important historic mill on the edge of the Tan y Bwlch estate."

    The terraced gardens are secluded, well maintained, lovely and typical of the area with camellias starting to bloom in January, backing onto fields and woods. There is ample off road parking to the front of the cottage and we found it easy to get in and out although this road is the busy main road into Porthmadog. We weren't disturbed in the least by traffic noise, the stone walls of the cottage are very thick! We found the cottage warm and cosy with the log burner in action- wood was provided, and it lasted us all week. The night storage heaters kicked in effectively during the night so that the cottage was warm in the mornings. The bathroom is clearly newly refurbished and well equipped with a rain shower as well as a bath. The kitchen has everything you could want to make full meals including a microwave and a Nespresso machine with pods included. In fact, we have rarely experienced such generosity from a host who left us wine, condiments in the cupboard, Yorkshire teabags and treats for the dog. A soft dog bed next to the fire made our greyhound very happy. We were very comfortable in the large bedroom with its double iron bedstead and extensive wardrobes, and our daughter was similarly happy with her single bed in the smaller bedroom. Mill Cottage is a short walk away from the Oakeley Arms where the food is good and the bar is dog friendly, you can get straight into walks through deep woodland on the estate and catch a ride behind a steam engine on the narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway from Tan y Bwlch station up in the woods. Mill Cottage is clearly the owner's pride and joy and we would love to stay there again.

    Thank you so much for a beautiful feedback, This makes it worthwhile. You are more than welcome to return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2023

  • "This was a lovely cosy property."

    It is nicely appointed, especially with the availability of various consumable items that are often not available in holiday lets, and helped made the short stay even nicer. There were some nice treats left for us and our two dogs, which was a delightful surprise. The properly is nicely located for the local beach and for Snowdonia National Park.

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Dec 2022

  • "Absolutely wonderful little cottage."

    Such a pity the road is right there, not much can be done about that ! Other than the drivers coming though fast, we had a wonderful time and really appreciated how welcome dogs are made with the bed and feed bowls.

    chuffed you enjoyed it.were in the process of purchasing the field behind so parking would be a lot better also great for the dogs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lewis4.7Oct 2022

  • "Mill cottage is beautiful."

    Perfect spot for all north wales and snowdonia have to offer. Kitchen had everything you needed. Loads of wood for fire although we had fab weather so didn’t need it. Lovely touches such as big comfy dog bed and brand new toys for dog. We will be coming back in the Winter with our new puppy due in November so we can enjoy again.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback. well chuffed nice to know its being enjoyed i will be revamping the cottage the begging of November. so i hope you will like the updates . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosario5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had a fantastic week the cottage feels really authentic and comfortable."

    So well kitted out everything you need was so pleased with the whole experience. We slept very well indeed and even though it is on main road the dog could go out into the little courtyard at the back perfectly safe. We would definitely book this cottage again thank you for all the effort you made.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback well chuffed . loads of updates coming. but keeping it in tune with the cottage. Thank you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dee5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage is clean and well equipped but feel that the sofa and double mattress need replacing to make for a much more comfortable stay."

    We have stay at a few Sykes cottages and feel this is not quite up to the standard of the others.

    Thank you for leaving a review. We are surprise to read your comments as the mattress is actually brand new, and the sofa is only 9 months old, however we appreciate that comfort is subjective. Thank you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne3.1Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with a lot of character Except it’s just on a busy road"

    Reviewed by Raj4.1May 2022

  • "Mill cottage was very well equipped with everything we needed and the owner was very generous with his welcome gifts."

    The location for touring North Wales is excellent. Upstairs in the cottage was perfect but the only thing to let it down on the ground floor was the large rug in the dinning room which was very dirty and either needed replacing or a good clean. I appreciate it is in a position where it gets well used but nevertheless it should be clean. The garden is lovely but the side nearest the road could be fenced better. We never felt safe to let our dog off the lead but apart those two things Mill cottage is perfect.

    Reviewed by Jane4.4May 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Mill Cottage."

    Very cosy with everything you could need for a short stay. The bed was comfy and plenty of hot water for much needed soaks after long walks. They even supplied dog bowls and a dog bed and blanket which was a nice touch. The road was quite noisy but we expected that from the listing info but it didn't bother us as we were out all day.

    thank you so much for your lovely feedback, we do try to accommodate people as much aa we can well chuffed you liked it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7May 2022

  • "The cottage had everything we needed and was very comfortable."

    It was very central for getting to local attractions.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback, we're chuffed you enjoyed it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Apr 2022

  • "The owner couldn’t do enough for you the cottage is perfect ideal location for ..."

    The owner couldn’t do enough for you the cottage is perfect ideal location for visiting surrounding area loved everything about it will definitely be returning perfect in every way

    Thank you so much for the lovely feedback, pleasure meeting you all. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Beryl5.0Mar 2022

  • "We loved the cottage and being close to the Oakley Arms Hotel who also do fantastic Sunday carvery - make sure you book in advance."

    The surrounding area was perfect and stunning with plenty of places to visit without too long a drive. We felt that the cottage could have been cleaner eg there was coal dust on the banister and we felt the need to use the Henry on our first full day. The oven could also have been cleaner. The mattress probably needs replacing as the boings of the springs could be heard when settling on the bed. There was a regular disturbing almost spooky banging throughout the nights which interrupted our sleep. It sounded like a door swinging in the wind and my husband checked round the cottage in the daylight but couldn’t find the cause. Not for the faint hearted! That said we really enjoyed our stay and would certainly look to book again

    Have ordered mattresses arriving end of February, im shocked about the cleaning side, i will get a new cleaner in, thank you for feedback, this is new to us so i will be taking in your feedback asap. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susanne3.1Feb 2022

  • "Pro's- The cottage had a lovely welcome pack on arrival."

    Everything you require in the kitchen(minus a potato masher) plus extras. Very well thought out. Plenty of coal and wood for the fire

    Reviewed by Stacey3.8Jan 2022

  • "Lovely, clean and comfortable cottage which had everything you could want and need."

    Loved our stay and would highly recommend it. Also appreciated the welcome gifts for us and the dog. A really nice touch that we all enjoyed. We would definitely go back again. Thanks.

    Thank you for feedback, its our first try at this so were chuffed with your opinion. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Dec 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric storage heaters with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with lawned terrace and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: This cottage is on a main road therefore some associated noise may be heard
  • Note: Due to the cottages age there are low ceilings, please take care
  • Note: Secure bike storage is available on request
  • Note: Departure time is strictly before 10:30am

The property

Penrhyndeudraeth 3.2 miles.

Resting in the peaceful village of Tan Y Bwlch near Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales is this superb, two-bedroom Grade II listed cottage, Mill Cottage.

Enjoying a fantastic location within the Snowdonia National Park, an interior which is full of character and original features, as well as being attached to an old water mill which previously provided flour for the Tan y Bwlch Estate.

Mill Cottage is the ideal dwelling for couples or a family of four who are looking to explore the rich landscapes of North Wales, with easy access to the mountains and excellent walking trails on offer within the National Park.

Arriving at the property, leave your coats and shoes in the hallway before making your way into the well-equipped kitchen to rustle up a delicious meal for your loved ones.

The kitchen hosts a handy washing machine so you can freshen up your clothes between activities, along with an electric oven and hob, a microwave, and the all-important kettle and toaster to assist with whipping up your breakfast and morning cup of tea.

From here, make your way to the dining room to savour your meals as a family at the dining table; the dining room is home to a delightful dining table, and beautiful character beams and a slate hearth.

If the weather is nice, why not dine alfresco out on the private terrace, followed by a leisurely stroll to explore the mill pond which rests in the woodland behind the property.

Relax and unwind in the sitting room on the plush sofas as the woodburning stove gently warms the room around you, perfect for the chillier evenings.

When sleep calls, climb the stairs to the first floor, where you will discover two well-presented bedrooms, a double and a single, both with plenty of storage for your belongings and served by a spacious family bathroom, where you can indulge in a soothing soak or refreshing rinse.

The higher area of the garden has been left as a wildlife haven, paths have been cut through the grasses and wildflowers, where you are welcome to walk.

Fascinatingly, the outbuilding at this dwelling has been identified as a building of Special Scientific Interest, due to a small colony of rare bats that peacefully roost there; be sure to take care while you look out for them!

The Ffestiniog railway runs through the woodland behind the property, and the whistle can often be heard at various times of the day.

If you can tear yourself away from this characterful cottage, venture out to one of the local pubs for your evening meal; The Grapes Hotel offers hearty meals and real ales, or perhaps head into the picturesque seaside town of Porthmadog and dine at Spooner's Cafe, Bar and Grill.

Porthmadog and Black Rock beach is within easy reach by car from the cottage and boasts a pristine sandy beach and plenty of eateries to fuel your excursions.

There is a train station about a mile or so from the property, and there are walks along the river/estuary which runs through the Vale close by, and the Maentwrog nature reserve is also a short distance away from the property.

For activities during your stay, Snowdonia Tours offer a plethora of guided tours around the popular and hidden gem attractions within the Snowdonia National Park.

The area is a haven for walkers and cyclists through the varying terrains and stunning scenery.

Animal and nature lovers will love an afternoon at Gwaith Powdwr Nature Reserve, where you can wander the woodland and cherish the abundance of nature and wildlife.

A short drive will take you to the renowned Italianate village of Portmerion, a site not to miss while you are discovering this gorgeous area, which is home to colourful architecture and a truly unique experience while in Wales.

Mill Cottage promises a relaxing retreat in a breath-taking area.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Portmeirion 2 miles; Porthmadog 3 miles; Beddgelert 7.7 miles.

The large village of Penrhyndeudraeth boasts a selection of shops and a variety of restaurants, Post Office and a railway station which takes you along the Ffestiniog Railway. Just two miles away is the celebrated unique Italianate village of Portmeirion, which was the location of the TV show The Prisoner, and is surrounded by sandy beaches and captivating woodlands. The harbour town of Porthmadog is a little further along, where you can journey along the Ffestiniog Railway to the slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, "the town that roofed the world". To the north is the pretty village of Beddgelert, which is set around the Afon Glaslyn River and offers craft shops, pubs, tea rooms, restaurants, and an enchanting riverside walk, and it’s also located in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, from where you can spend hours admiring the beautiful scenery on foot or by bike. Penrhyndeudraeth is an ideal base for exploring the Llyn Peninsula, Snowdonia National Park and many other places in North Wales.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter