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Bothy Cottage

Talhenbont Hall near Criccieth, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 379)



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62 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved the location and grounds."

    The property itself was comfortable enough but was grubby on arrival. Surfaces had to be scrubbed clean, there was a dog biscuit on the floor and a live wood louse under the sink. There was also a full glass dish of water under the sink, presumably for a dog of the previous occupants. My bedroom wardrobe was half filled with clothes from the previous occupants. If I had paid a security deposit it would have been forfeited had I left the property in this condition. The landlord was friendly enough and apologised for the cleaners but this is a Sykes branded property and I could not recommend it on this experience.

    Reviewed by MalcolmMay 2021

  • "Gorgeous cottage in amongst gorgeous grounds and setting."

    Reviewed by EmilySep 2020

  • "Wonderful accommodation and location."

    So relaxing

    Reviewed by SharonAug 2020

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage - the grounds are amazing and would highly recommend to anyone (just not too much though, as I want to make sure that there is space for us next year!"

    ) the property that we chose was perfect for 2 adults and 1 3month old, however there are other properties that would suit larger parties for fair prices. We will be back!

    Reviewed by AlexanderOct 2019

  • "The beautiful cottage and wonderful grounds."

    Reviewed by SamOct 2019

  • "An unusual cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Ideal choice to relax in peace and enjoy the countryside

    Reviewed by MarjorieJun 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely setting."

    The cottage was quirky and unusual as you would expect from such an old building. If only walls could talk!! Wonderful grounds to stroll through, so peaceful. Paul the owner has a real passion for this, his childhood home, giving us a guided tour of the main hall one evening. He has a real eye for detail creating a marvellous venue for a wedding.

    Reviewed by BarryMay 2019

  • "We were welcomed by the owner,on arrival."

    . The cottage was warm, comfortable. Set in a beautiful estate,woodland walks,peacocks running free. Quackery,and quirky surprises through the woodland walks. Every thing we needed. In a great location,visited many places, criccieth being our favourite,just 2 miles away. Would recommend,would like to return one day

    Reviewed by LindaMar 2019

  • "If like us you love birds, woodland walks, river walks, wild flowers, beautiful grounds, lovely old stone walls covered in furry moss, this place is truly inspirational."

    Cottage is 500 yrs old, with lovely built in fittings, not modern but done by craftsman. Would love to afford a wedding hear. Do have to keep dogs on lead and young children with you because of steep drops. Lovely tumbling water falls as well. Will be great when it is all accessible.

    Reviewed by SharonMar 2019

  • "The Bothy is a lovely cosy cottage set in a unique and special location."

    Set in the extensive grounds of Talhenbont Hall there is so much to explore. We loved the Quackery and the peacocks, and the lovely woodland walks containing so many unusual and quirky features. We definitely hope to return!

    Reviewed by CarolineMar 2019

  • "One word amazing"

    Reviewed by GaryDec 2018

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in a beautiful location."

    Warm welcome from the owners would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2018

  • "Dog friendly with all the facilities we needed, beautiful walks and stunning grounds, a surprise around every corner."

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2018

  • "Really beautiful cottage and grounds."

    The only drawback is that it is listed as having wifi. The wifi is in the main house across a courtyard . It was advertised as having wifi but the only place you cud get it is on a windowledge on the first floor with the window open and that was very erratic.

    Reviewed by JillJun 2018

  • "The place was stunning."

    The walks in the woods and around the hall beautiful. The cottage had everything stated but usually there would be some salt pepper etc. The people running and managing the estate were friendly and helpful. There were peacocks duck's and chicken's and eggs were plentiful. Our dog could not just go in and out on her own because of the peacocks etc. Not for small children as some steep drops and running water. All in all a pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by PJun 2018

  • "The cottage, the area and the people were great."

    Could perhaps benefit with better wi-fi reception.

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2018

  • "Amazing location, very clean cottage and friendly owners."

    Reviewed by DaneNov 2017

  • "Welcome pack should be provided ..."

    Welcome pack should be provided Heaters required in bathroom and toilet (especially in cold months) Bathroom needs attention (tiling) Hole in ceiling in kitchen (drips when raining)

    Reviewed by BillNov 2017

  • "Lovely cottage, very peaceful, with lovely walks on the estate, some with quirky and funny surprises."

    Special place.

    Reviewed by StuartJul 2017

  • "Superb location."

    Excellent for our dog with woodland walks. Owners very helpful

    Reviewed by BelindaMay 2017

  • "Wonderful setting."

    Owners extremely friendly. Cottage very comfortable.

    Reviewed by KennethMar 2017

  • "We loved our holiday here; a beautiful place and the people that own Talhenbont were so lovely and welcoming."

    Can't wait to return!

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2014

  • "Great location and a beautiful cottage."

    Pretty much perfect!

    Reviewed by SueJun 2014

  • "The cottage was beautiful."

    Mr good was very nice, we went with him to feed the sheep and birds at the quackery. The grounds were really fun to explore and we enjoyed walking along the river in the woods. There are so many wonderful things for the children to look at in the magical garden. The peacocks were amazing. We wish we could have stayed longer. The village was great, not too busy and we enjoyed a whole day on the beach. So many lovely memories, we will return! Thank you

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2013

  • "Lovely country setting with great accommodation."

    The owner was very nice and friendly. We will be back at some stage. The weather was also lovely.

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2013

  • "What a fantastic place!"

    Reviewed by MichelleMar 2013

  • "With 2 dogs the place was ideal."

    We didn't have to go off the estate as there were enough walks there. We will be going back again soon.

    Reviewed by LindaNov 2012

  • "The woodlands and surrounding grounds of the hall were fantastic."

    Good location for visiting local tourist attractions.

    Reviewed by LeandaOct 2012

  • "The whole family enjoyed the holiday."

    The cottage was everything we wanted. The owners were welcoming and spent time showing the children round and letting them get involved in feeding the animals each day.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2012

  • "Lovely estate, quiet and varied."

    High quality cottage, very well appointed which allowed a very restful break.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2012

  • "A beautiful, quiet location, where you spend time relaxing in the grounds and admiring the many quirky additions to the gardens."

    Reviewed by DerekJun 2012

  • "The grounds around the cottage are absolutely magnificent."

    There are so many exquisite trails and the river is beautiful. The owners have done an amazing job on the grounds. The Owners are wonderful people and helped us feel right at home. We took our two infant daughters and they were wonderful when our eldest was ill and they were very understanding. My husband and a friend went paint balling and enjoyed it. The birds that are on the grounds are so beautiful. It is a wonderful place and the cottage is done up with remarkable taste to mirror the style that suites the cottage.

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2012

  • "The whole estate, gardens and woodland walks are fabulous."

    We particularly enjoyed the peace, tranquility and beauty of the estate. We are looking forward to staying at The Bothy again.

    Reviewed by PhilipNov 2011

  • "The setting of the property, the well kept grounds, the beautiful forest and riverside walks were an utter delight with a quirky and humorous surprise round every corner."

    Completely peaceful and the owner could not have been more helpful. We would definitely recommend to others for a restful holiday.

    Reviewed by Dorothy JMay 2011

  • "Peaceful, entertaining location."

    Ready access by car to larger towns and areas of interest if you required them. Good tennis court and quackery was entertaining. The gardens and fools forest were lovely and the wandering Peacocks beautiful.

    Mr HollandApr 2011

  • "This was an extremely well appointed cottage, and well situated for anybody who wants to escape the pressures of the city, concealed in woodland hundreds of yards away from even the nearest country lane."

    We spent many hours just walking through the beautiful woodlands within the grounds or sitting in the tranquil garden reading and listening to birdsong, and when we needed something a bit more strenuous we made use of the tennis court.

    Mr WheelwrightOct 2010

  • "Peaceful beautiful surroundings."

    Lovely walks from the door, a wonderful week.

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2010

  • "The cottage was in a beautiful setting, and there was an amazing choice of attractions on this historic estate."

    The owner and the staff were most welcoming and helpful. Altogether one of the best locations we have ever been to. Delightful.

    Reviewed by BarrieSep 2010

  • "The owner was a lovely man, friendly but also allowed us our privacy."

    Grounds and the forest walk were well kept and a pleasure to walk around. Lots of places within 20 miles to visit and the birds provided entertainment when we stayed home. I would not hesitate to visit Talhenbont again.

    Reviewed by JacquelineJul 2010

  • "Lovely cottage, enjoyed the table under the tree and proximity to tennis court."

    Steps down to the river gloriously colourful and having the river walk right there was fabulous.

    Mr AllenMay 2010

  • "Very pleasant owner."

    Very clean property. The grounds were great for our 2yr old to explore. He loved the playhouse, chasing the peacocks and running around the open space. Property suited for toddlers able to manage stairs.

    Reviewed by AlistairAug 2009

  • "The owner did everything he could to make us feel welcome in his magical home."

    The grounds, the woodland walks, the chess board, the feeding of all the ducks, geese and birds, the pheasants wondering round the estate, the fools forest, all added up to make this a very special and amazing holiday location. Truly top marks all round and a big thanks from all of us.

    Reviewed by Ross and CaroleAug 2009

  • "Excellent cottage, lovely estate, wonderful landlord"

    Reviewed by SteffenJul 2009

  • "The Talhenbont Estate was absolutely gorgeous."

    The walks through the forest and along the river were so enjoyable. The cottage was just what we expected. It was such a relaxing place to be. Criccieth which was just 5 minutes away had a beautiful beach,lovely shops and places to eat.

    Reviewed by GordonJul 2009

  • "A perfect holiday cottage in a perfect setting provided by an excellent host."

    Reviewed by RogerJul 2009

  • "The grounds were amazing!"

    A holiday that managed to suit a baby to children, a dog and the parents! We especially liked the tennis courts.

    Reviewed by LouiseJun 2009

  • "The grounds of the property are excellent, the woods where an adventure every day."

    The house was very clean and well maintained.

    Reviewed by ChristopherMay 2009

  • "The cottage was lovely and the grounds, gardens and woodland were a perfect setting."

    It was the perfect place to unwind. We would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by AngelaMay 2009

  • "The location was fantastic and the grounds that the cottage is set are wonderful, especially the woodland walks."

    The owner and all of the staff were very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by ScottOct 2008

  • "The grounds were stunning."

    ..would certainly go again.

    Reviewed by NitaAug 2007

  • "Excellent grounds around the cottage."

    Good position of dining room overlooking grounds. Quiet location, good for exploring the peninsular.

    Reviewed by KenJul 2007

  • "The environment of The Bothy was wonderful."

    We had lovely weather. We had a relaxed holiday, also for the children. This is an ideal place to enjoy your holiday. Beautiful garden, nice quackery. We loved walking through "The Forest of Fools".

    Reviewed by GertApr 2007

  • "Lovely place to be, great to be able to walk around the woodlands and see the great grounds of the hall."

    Reviewed by DianaJul 2006

  • "Unique atmosphere in an absolutely beautiful setting."

    The location made us feel part of the lovely surroundings, and there was no need to leave the estate to enjoy-the holiday experience. Thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable.

    Reviewed by NeilSep 2005

  • "This was an excellent base for touring North Wales."

    The cottage is set in beautiful grounds of the estate and added attractions are the many animals including peacocks.

    Reviewed by DianeJun 2005

  • "Tahlenbont Hall (The Gardeners & The Bothy) provided all of us with a very good standard of accommodation."

    The grounds had good short walking opportunities and the area was a superb base for trips to Snowdonia, Portmeirion etc.

    Reviewed by ChristopherDec 2004

  • "Plenty of countryside and wildlife."

    Accomodation excellent, plenty for children to do in and around the area, owner polite and helpful.

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2004

  • "We really enjoyed having a tennis court on the doorstep; the weather was kind and we made use of it everyday!"

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2003

  • "Setting of the cottage is beautiful as is the surrounding countryside."

    Loved the area and had a good week. V. lucky with weather and could appreciate the fantastic beaches as well as travelling inland to Llanberris and Snowdonia on a few days. Property well situated for either coastal or inland days out.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2003

  • "The grounds of the Hall and the sheer eccentricity of it!"

    Very interesting self-catering accommodation. The tennis court next to the house was a great bonus. Very friendly hosts including the peacocks! Thank you for your efficiency in handling our booking and seeking our feedback. We are most impressed. Best of luck.

    Reviewed by LisaAug 2003

  • "Beautiful gardens and woods."

    Reviewed by MikeApr 2003

  • "Peaceful location & excellent facilities."

    We loved it!

    Reviewed by ENov 2002

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Talhenbont Hall Country Estate

Criccieth 2 miles. The 75-acre estate of Talhenbont lays in a truly idyllic position in the beautiful unspoilt countryside of the Llyn Peninsula, on the periphery of the Snowdonia National Park and only 2 miles from the pretty seaside village, Criccieth.The Talhenbont estate comprises of an impressive Grade II listed 17th century Manor House and five individual cottages, Bothy Cottage, Gardeners Cottage, Conifers and Woodberry which all enjoy a courtyard position close to the Manor House, whilst Hunting Lodge, the original gate house to the estate stands just within the walled entrance. Each cottage offers something a little different and display some wonderful original character features and attributes such as exposed stone walls, timber beams, oak lintels, slate floors and warming fireplaces with open fires. The cottages, although very different in lay out share one common denominate, clean, comfortable holiday accommodation in a beautiful setting, where you’re sure to receive a warm Welsh welcome from the cottage owner, the estate manager or the resident peacocks!! The Manor House is nothing short of being spectacular with a wonderful display of elegance, original period features, all sympathetically restored and maintained throughout. The Talhenbont estate offers a lot more than just comfortable holiday accommodation to its guests but a unique holiday experience. As well as each cottages enjoying its own private terrace, BBQ and seating area, guests can enjoy the private grounds and gardens of Talhenbont Hall. There are woodland walks along a 1.5-mile stretch of river which runs over a series of waterfalls in a ravine. The river is a designated habitat for otters and provides double bank salmon, sea and brown trout fishing. Guests are free to use the all-weather tennis court and outdoor chess for the adults. The Japanese water garden is a lovely feature and the wildlife and wild birds you’ll see on your travels are in abundance. Guests of all ages enjoy The Quackery, which houses a great variety of rare breeds and birds such as golden pheasant, geese, ducks and of course, the peacocks which roam free and are bound to visit you at your cottage sometime during your stay! All within easy reach of the popular towns of Criccieth, Porthmadog and Abersoch. The seaside resort of Criccieth offers many local amenities including public houses, restaurants, tea rooms and an array of independent shops. Abersoch and Pwllheli are both renowned sailing centres and both offer excellent 18-hole golf courses. Porthmadog is approximately 5 miles from the property and offers excellent shopping facilities and a leisure centre.

The property

This charming cottage dates back over half a century and is situated within the grounds of Talhenbont Hall and overlooks the tennis court, woodlands and the river.

Extensively beamed with lots of exposed white-washed stone walls, this cosy cottage is comfortable and homely and suits a couple or small family.

The cosy sitting room has a warming electric log-effect fire and stairs leading up to two bedrooms on the first floor.

There is a well-equipped kitchen with dining area and a lovely outlook across the gardens with the terrace seating area accessed through a stable door, enjoy an early morning cup of coffee on the terrace or alfresco dining where you will no doubt be joined by the cheeky and inquisitive resident peacocks.

This cosy cottage provides an ideal base to be enjoyed all year-round.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs 380, 381, 382, 383, 936824 together they sleep 42.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over and basin
  • Ground floor basin, bidet and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with electric log-effect fire.
  • Oil central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, owner can offer a service wash during the stay, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and fuel for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Private garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Fishing inc. in rent
  • Shared use of grounds, gardens, the Quackery, outdoor lawn chess (for adults) and all weather outdoor tennis courts
  • One well-behaved dog welcome (please bring own dog beds, blankets and towels) Please call to query if you have more than one dog - may be allowed at £15 per dog per week at owner's discretion
  • Shop, pub and beach 2 miles
  • Note: Dragon Raiders activity park, Segway and Bear Grylls survival academy is close by and discounts are available for guests at the cottage (please arrange directly with the cottage owner or estate manager). This property provides a hamper for Christmas and New Year bookings with a dressed Christmas Tree
  • There is a New Years Eve fireworks display completed by professionals

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About the location


Porthmadog 5 miles; Portmeirion 8 miles; Abersoch 15 miles;

Often described as the 'Pearl of Wales on the shores of Snowdonia’, this delightful seaside town is situated just 5 miles from Porthmadog. The town’s 13th century castle perches majestically on a rocky outcrop, dominating the skyline and offering superb views of Tremadog Bay and the Snowdonia mountains. Watersports enthusiasts will be delighted by the two beaches, whilst walkers and bikers are spoilt for choice by the proximity of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Stroll along the beaches, watch porpoises playing in the surf, or relax in the various pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, sampling the famous Cadwalader’s ice cream. Further afield, attractions such as Portmeirion’s wonderful Italianate gardens, the Ffestiniog railway in Porthmadog, Harlech Castle, Caernarfon Castle and the beautiful beaches and renowned golf courses of the Llyn Peninsula are all within an easy drive.

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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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