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Yr Hen Ysgol, The Old School

(Ref. 1054312)

Prenteg, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely loved our stay in Yr hen ysgol."

    Beautifully maintained with every facility required and more. Would have loved to have stayed longer. Fabulous pub up the road but it is popular so booking table reservation necessary.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Jun 2024

  • "Another excellent stay at Yr Hen Ysgol."

    Communication with the owner was excellent throughout with guidance notes provided at the property should we have needed them. The property is ideally located for easy access to all the attractions in North Wales as well as being really convenient to seaside locations. Hopefully we'll be back at some point in the future. Thanks for a memorable stay.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Jun 2024

  • "Beautiful little gem, very pretty and peaceful, close to many walks and good pubs."

    Owners and support really helpful, nothing has been a problem. If you looking for a historical place , staying at The Old School was a pleasure.

    Reviewed by Alicja4.7Apr 2024

  • "We had a lovely and cosy Easter break with our family and friends."

    Would happy to recommend them….

    Reviewed by Dilhani5.0Mar 2024

  • "Absolutely lovely stay, the owners had thought of everything!"

    We will be back x

    Reviewed by Vicky5.0Mar 2024

  • "I can honestly say The Old School is one of the loveliest places we have stayed."

    Spacious, warm and homely with everything you could possibly need. I couldn't recommend highly enough. The Old School is the perfect place for a family holiday in beautiful surroundings. Thank you for a very special Christmas, the decorations looked lovely.

    Reviewed by Cece5.0Dec 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful place woth all the amenities you could need."

    Lovely setting. Very comfortable and our family really enjoyed.. our hosts went above and beyond, they were so helpful in many ways. Suggesting food venues and fun things for the kids. Would highly recommend as peaceful and charming place.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Nov 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Old School."

    Spacious property, well-equipped and quiet surroundings. Comfortable beds. We took a steep walk up the hill from the house to see the Osprey nest. Stunning views all around. About 5-10 minutes drive into Portmadog. Lots to see and do within short driving distance. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Aug 2023

  • "Highly Recommended!"

    We had a great stay at Yr Hen Ysgol, It is in a brilliant location with loads to do in the surrounding area. The House was really nice, clean and spacious with good entertainment facilities, loads of room for the kids to play. The owners are lovely, they contacted us with good tips about local highlights, and gave great advice about directions and parking.

    Reviewed by Joe5.0Jul 2023

  • "Having recently stayed at Yr Hen Ysgol, we'd have no hesitation in recommending the accommodation to any others thinking of staying in the area."

    We know the area very well, having had close family living in the area, in fact across the valley in Rhyd, as well as family connections to Portmeirion and nearby Plas Brondanw. The accommodation was exactly as advertised, very well appointed with plenty of kitchen equipment, crockery and glasses. The information provided beforehand and whilst at the property meant everything was easily found and used. It was a delight to leave upstairs rooflight (velux) windows open to listen to the birds. The peace and quiet was really noticeable and appreciated. Make sure you follow the lane up from the cottage through to the Porthmadog-Caernarfon road as well as to the lake at Llyn Cwmystradllyn. The lane is very quiet and gives superb views over Cardigan Bay and the Lleyn Peninsula. Just above the tree line only a 10 min walk from the property, we spotted an osprey nest which complements the two in the bottom of the valley visible from the Glaslyn Osprey visitors centre which is well worth a visit. We'll be keen to head back to this property as soon as we're able and is sure to become our preferred choice on our annual visits to the area. If you want peace and quiet in a very comfortable environment within reach of all the attractions in the area as well as being situated in stunning countryside, this is the place for you!

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Jun 2023

  • "Amazing property and owner."

    Would definitely recommend. So helpfully prior to the stay and the house was beautiful. Thanks again.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Old School, we found that it was very clean and had all the facilities for an enjoyable stay."

    We had to change our booking at short notice and Suzanne went above and beyond to assist. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2023

  • "A gem. We absolutely adored our stay in this property, nestled in the hillside of the village of Prentag."

    The house was perfect for our 3-generation group with everything we needed and more. I took oven gloves, as per previous review, but didn’t need anything else that I had packed for the kitchen. A wonderful location, close to attractions, giving us something different to do every day, before coming back to relax in this beautiful former school.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a really lovely stay at Yr Hen Ysgol - the accommodation and location were both great."

    The cottage is well equipped with everything you need for entertainment and cooking, bedrooms were all of a good standard. It definitely felt like a home from home and Suzanne was really responsive to any queries we had. The only things to note are that the ensuite is not massively comfortable to use (very small) and shower pressure could have been a bit better. But, even with those in mind, it was definitely one of the best holiday rentals I've stayed in and wouldn't hesitate to book again - we're hoping to return at some point soon!

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Mar 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Yr Hen Ysgol I would highly recommend staying here, it’s a beautiful place, with stunning scenery."

    We received communication from the owner beforehand, regarding directions, parking and information on the area. The house was spotless, it has everything you need and more to make it a home from home. The children loved playing with the games. My family and I had a wonderful weekend.

    Reviewed by Tammie5.0Mar 2023

  • "We recommend this place to everyone as its very nice and comfortable for both kids and adults."

    Everything was well taken care of and we couldnt ask for more. Would definitely come back again.

    Reviewed by Ratune5.0Dec 2022

  • "Fantastic place to stay so much to see and places to visit we only did 240 miles in the week, and we went to Anglesey!"

    Felt like home very relaxing property to stay. Once we mastered the parking, no problems, follow the advice given. A little knowledge is dangerous! Only negative the en suite is a bit small. But we used it ok. Bathroom lovely. Already thinking of returning next year.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Nov 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    Lovely location and good hikes around. The property owner was also very good and responsive. Totally recommended!

    Reviewed by Harshul5.0Sep 2022

  • "Our three-generation party of seven thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this well-appointed, unique accommodation."

    Slate everywhere. The small signs in each room indicated its previous use during old school days. Even though the week was one of the warmest this summer, the house kept reasonably cool. The hill was not a problem, neither was parking. Its location is perfect for exploring the region. Restaurants in nearby Tremadog are highly recommended, especially Y Sgwar.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2022

  • "We loved our stay at the Old School."

    Secluded location with really nice garden but close to lots of things to do! Property was clean, well equipped and everything as listed. The owners were very accommodating getting everything ready for kids etc and with lots of info about local area. Expect we'll be back

    Reviewed by Bonnie5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely spacious cottage that had been thoughtfully restored, very well equipped with bountiful amounts of towels and bedding."

    Kitchen utensils, dishes etc plentiful. Location was lovely and quiet. Only minor drawback was although there were plenty of mirrors in the house, you had to be pretty tall to see in the ones in the bathroom and en suite, and the mirror in the bedroom with the en suite was over the bed so not much good for applying make up etc. Finally, a nice addition would have been was a " fresh " welcome pack, with fresh bread and milk and a few local welsh products.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely accommodation, beautifully decorated and very clean."

    Spacious living areas, well equipped kitchen and 4 comfy double bedrooms. The owners were very helpfull and accommodating, from booking to check out, nothing was too much trouble. We Would definitely stay again if we are visiting the area ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jun 2022

  • "Had a lovely family short weekend stay."

    The house was well equipped with a lovely peaceful garden. Great communication from the owners and hoping to go back sometime soon. .

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2022

  • "The property was exceptional in the provision of equipment and furnishings and general quality of all fittings etc."

    The owners provided generous and thoughtful "extras" which were a delightful surprise on arrival. There were two snags which were not evident in the information we had prior to booking and initial payment ... 1. The approach to the property is extremely difficult (very steep and narrow and twisting road) 2. The ensuite shower room is much too narrow ... there is not nearly enough space between the toilet and the wall.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Dec 2021

  • "Perfect location in Snowdonia."

    House well equipped. Owners very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Henriette5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great location, close to beaches and Snowdonia national park."

    The owners have done a great job with the cottage and had thought of everything you may need. Fantastic holiday

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Sep 2021

  • "The owners were very helpful and generous during our stay."

    Very many thanks for that. It’s a beautiful spot and a great place for a holiday in North Wales.

    Reviewed by Martin4.1Jul 2021

  • "What a place, everything we needed was available."

    The owners even left us a welcome pack which included immediate essentials such as tea, coffee and milk. The locals were really helpful, giving us good ideas on places to visit and see. Thanks again. Steve, Jan & family.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2021

  • "Yr Hen Ysgol is a beautiful place in a fantastic location for access to the mountains and the coast."

    The place is immaculate, and retains elements that show its history. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Jul 2021

  • "House newly decorated and refurbished but not really very suitable for toddlers as lots of stairs including in main sitting room and lots of fragile lamps etc."

    Not lock on under sink cupboards and bleach etc left on floor. Good to have a lobby for footwear and coats as it rained a bit! Bedrooms smaller than expected and bathrooms but downstairs loo very useful. Great spot to get to places and parking satisfactory. Wasn’t quite sure if our clean was the only one as several things not clean when we arrived eg filter in tumble dryer . Some pans were rather past it and knives were rather large for many tasks. Garden only used once as slate chipping not very child friendly. A closer on gates would have been good. Table for sitting out would have been used if we hadn’t had small people with us.Beds and sofas comfortable and kitchen well equipped. We appreciated dishwasher tablets etc in house. Fascinating building!

    Reviewed by Catherine3.4Jul 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay at Yr Hen Ysgol."

    The house was really well equipped. With everything you needed. Location is really Good. You must explore up the Hill. The owners are lovely people communicate really well, did everything to make the stay a trouble free time. Felt as they had become our friends. Brilliant Wi-Fi worked even on the terrace, was able to watch some of the Euros 2020 outside on my laptop as the weather was so good. Wasn't ready to come home. Could have stayed another week. Would love to come and stay again. The Taylors and the Beehl's June 2021

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Jun 2021

  • "A fantastic beauty of a place, really well done to the owners who went above and beyond to make our stay so relaxing."

    As soon as we arrived we had more than everything we needed from the owners. Truly a fantastic stay and we can’t wait to bring our friends and family to show them what a gem this is.

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2021

  • "Excelling fit out."

    kitchen was really stocked well. Options for wine and bubbles. an abundance of cutlery. Made for a great and functional kitchen. Lounging options were also great--two separate rooms! meant we could have a TV group and a sit-by-the-fire group in total harmony. There was very little to pick at and we we're a bunch of architecture snobs! Exceptionally well done. Impressed a very tough crowd.

    Reviewed by Joshua5.0May 2021

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x second-floor super king-size with TV, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin, and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be a super king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility/boot room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug
  • Study area
  • LPG central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, heated airer, dishwasher, Nespresso Aerocinno coffee machine, free standing fridge
  • Lounge - Large Smart TV with Freesat, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video plus a sound bar, fiber WiFi with 100 mb/s
  • Snug & Master - TV each with Freesat & DVD player
  • Kitchen - Alexa Echo dot with unlimited Amazon music subscription
  • Fuel, power & starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen & towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Roadside parking in front of property
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, BBQ and patio with furniture for eight
  • Sorry, no pets, no smoking
  • Picturesque panoramic view walks from the back door
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 1.8 miles
  • Note: At the top of the stairs leading to the second floor there is a smaller step, care to be taken
  • Note: The computer in the study is suitable for browsing only
  • Note: During extreme weather condition such as snow and ice parking at the property may become difficult, there is extra parking nearby for use in winter
  • Note: Nearest restaurant/bar 3 min walk through the woods

The property

Tremadog 1.8 miles.

Beautifully renovated into an attractive holiday home, this picturesque building is a former 19th Century school set on the wooded slopes of the Glaslyn Valley in the small village of Prenteg, fitted with a mixture of original character features and various contemporary facilities.

Yr Hen Ysgol boasts far-reaching views of the rural Rhinog Mountains, ideal for a large family gathering or group of friends looking for an adventurous getaway to Snowdonia National Park.

Indulge in an evening of relaxation as you choose between the various living spaces, find the heart of the home in the main sitting room, perfect for frosty nights with stylish leather suites surrounding the large TV with a sound bar whilst the woodburning stove takes centre stage.

Alternatively you can choose alone time as you curl up with a good book and a glass of wine in the snug room, a homely space offering more plush seating and another TV, there's also an extra study space with a computer if you need to nip away and get some business done during your trip.

Gather round the dining table and toast to a wonderful holiday with a bottle of fizz and delicious food cooked within the amply-equipped kitchen, where the designated chef can cook up a storm from the attractive appliances.

Also on this floor is a convenient cloakroom and utility/boot room, with plenty of hooks to hang your coats bench seating and 2 sinks, it is perfect for coming in and cleaning off your boots after a day exploring.

Whilst up on the first floor, when the evening draws to a close, find one of four beautiful bedrooms, with the master super king-size room up several more steps on a private second floor, benefiting from its own TV and character features through beams and sloped ceilings.

The rest of the bedrooms are found directly on the first floor, escape to a double with an en-suite shower room, a further double and a modest twin, all thoughtfully laid out with stylish décor and ample storage, ensuring a flexible sleeping arrangement for all types of groups.

Choose to soak in a hot bubble bath in the family bathroom, letting yourself relax as you prepare for bed, or hop into the overhead shower to start a refreshing morning.

Summer days can be spent outside in the enclosed garden with 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside and Mount Snowdon itself to enjoy an alfresco lunch on the patio.

Soak up the rural surroundings around Prenteg, recognised as a haven for birdwatchers, and associated with Wales' only nesting pair of Osprey.

Stroll over to the tranquil village of Tremadog to stock up on your self-catering essentials at the local shop before stopping off at one of the welcoming pubs for a traditional Welsh pint and some pub grub.

The colourful town of Porthmadog is home to the wonderful Ffestiniog Railway, offering nostalgic steam train journeys through the beautiful countryside, along with shops, pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes, whilst further afield is the spectacular Black Rock Sands, a paradise for watersports enthusiasts.

Discover the surrounding areas of the Snowdonia National Park, ascending onto a wealth of challenging walking and cycling trails and outdoor activities among breath-taking views, exploring the peaks of Erik Scott, Dinas Emrys, and Mount Snowdon, or enjoy a thrilling day at Zip World Slate Caverns.

Stroll along the Wales Coast Path, finding glorious sandy beaches and seaside towns, or enjoy a fun-filled day out at Portmeirion, admiring the Italian-style attractions at the Central Piazza, Riviera inspired houses, and beautiful quayside.

For a taste of history, visit Caernarfon and Harlech, boasting ancient stories throughout battle ruins, imposing castles, old buildings and dramatic landscapes.

Return year after year to the stunning Yr Hen Ysgol.

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

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About the location


Porthmadog 4 miles.

The small village of Prenteg stands at the foot of the Moel Ddu Mountain, close to Tremadog Bay, and is surrounded by the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Historically a slate and copper mining community, the village is today renowned for the regular sightings of Wales' only nesting Osprey. Just 4 miles away, aside the Glaslyn Estuary, the bustling harbour town of Pothmadog is alive with an exciting marina and an array of individual shops and restaurants, whilst being home to the historic Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Heritage Railway. The picturesque cliffs and coves and enormous Black Rock Beach makes for an idyllic day out, whilst the fabulous Italianate village of Portmeirion is a must. With the medieval castles at nearby Criccieth, Harlech and Caernarfon and a host of excellent walking and cycling opportunities within easy reach, this is an ideal location for enjoying all that Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula have to offer. Several beautiful sandy beaches can be found within a 10-20 minute drive. Harlech beach where the golden sands are 4 miles long, backed by a fantastic dune system and one of North Wales’ best golf courses (Royal St David’s), Borth-y-Gest, a hidden gem, Shell Island, Black Rock Sands, and we can’t forget Porthdinllaen, where a walk around the picturesque peninsula takes you to the Ty Coch Inn on the beach, rated one of the top 10 best beach bars in the world. There is an abundance of great beaches on the Llyn Peninsula including Porth Oer Beach, known as Whistling Sands due to the way the sand “squeaks” under your feet which is also a great spot for surfing/body boarding and a great beach café.

Note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £250 for this property
Note: At the top of the stairs leading to the second floor there is a smaller step, care to be taken.
Note: During extreme weather condition such as snow and ice parking at the property may become difficult, there is extra parking nearby for use in winter.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas