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Pen Y Graig

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Talysarn, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved the place!"

    It had everything we needed for a week's stay, an excellent view, and is perfectly located with many interesting spots within reach. Great collection of dvds and books, too. Only thing to ask for is some more basic kitchen material, ie, a few spices, something to make coffee. Had some raspberries from the garden instead :-)

    Thank you for staying with us and so happy you enjoyed it here. I hope the raspberries were good! All the best. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Raymond5.0Jul 2023

  • "Pen-y-Graig was a lovely cosy holiday cottage, which provided an ideal base to explore the local area."

    Its location gave us wonderful views of the landscape and the mountains in the distance. Also it had easy access to Caernarfon and other attractions such as Snowdon, Betws-y-Coed. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sandra3.8Jun 2023

  • "What a great location for investigating the area, we had day trips to the Llyn Peninsula, Snowdonia and Anglesey."

    We saw a lot of varied wildlife, great for nature spotters! Accommodation was lovely and had everything we needed. The view from the property was great, we even got to see a Tawney Owl perching most evenings! The host was very approachable and had great knowledge of the area. He took time to advise on the best places to visit. Great holiday!

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Jun 2023

  • "Can't fault it in any way, fantastic views to wake up to, very clean and comfortable."

    Reviewed by Bryan5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is a really nice place with an amazing view to wake up to."

    It's quiet, clean and has a peaceful little garden. Gwyn's friendly and knowledgeable.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a great week ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, very clean and comfortable."

    The owners are so lovely and helpful.

    Reviewed by Bilal5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellently situated in the heart of Snowdonia for easy access to the mountains or the seaside."

    Shops available in the village and a vineyard next door! A short car ride to Caernarvon, Porthmadoc and Beddgelert. Beautiful views across the valley for a peaceful, lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2022

  • "Loved our stay here."

    Lots of good walks from the property or within a short drive. A visit to the vineyard cafe and to the quarry is a must. We will definitely return and use this property again.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great cottage in a great location between the mountains and the sea."

    We would have given 5 stars if the cottage included a washer/dryer. Many thanks Gary, Charlotte, Dexter & Roxy the dog.

    Reviewed by Gary3.4Aug 2021

  • "Lovely and clean cottage with quirky driftwood features."

    Cosy open plan downstairs with terraced garden. TV reception was good only for BBC 1 and 2, but not an issue as the Olympics was on. Most comfortable sofa in the world. Lovely walks from the door with lots to explore only 30 mins drive to start of Snowdon paths. Great for us and our dog. Only drawback was a dirty oven.

    Reviewed by Rachele3.4Jul 2021

  • "The location was fabulous, perfectly placed for quiet walks and bike rides."

    The cottage was well equipped, including a large selection of books, local information regarding walks etc. and DVDs. The hosts were very welcoming and we enjoyed the stunning views lots.

    Reviewed by Matthew4.4Jun 2021

  • "We had a lovely week in this beautiful cottage, mr Parry was very welcoming, the cottage was spotlessly clean and comfortable."

    The view was amazing!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2021

  • "We loved the house, spotless and very comfortable, but no good for anyone with walking difficulties."

    Steep outside steps leading to small but nice garden. And open plan staircase. Lovely people who owned the place, never bothered us but we knew we could call on them if we needed them. Very cosy place central heating superb, and well equipped with everything you needed. Yes I'm quite fussy but I would say it's one of the best properties we have stated in if not THE BEST. I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THUS PROPERTY 100% VERY PLEASED.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Apr 2021

  • "We've just returned from a relaxing week away at Pen Y Graig."

    A beautiful cottage in a beautiful part of the world! The views from the windows are breathtaking. The cottage itself is stunning with beautiful wood work and attention to detail. It's really cosy and was absolutely perfect for the two of us and our dog. We enjoyed walking and exploring the surrounding countryside - a great location. We would love to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Oct 2020

  • "Our stay at Pen-y-Graig was a good choice, nice clean quirky place, central to everywhere we wanted to visit."

    Lots of information on the surrounding area & lovely views to wake up to. Could have done with a few extra pillows was our only gripe.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Sep 2020

  • "Great experience and fabulous cottage."

    We were reluctant to go away due to COVID but the place was clean and super comfortable. Location is superb, close to the beaches and also Snowdonia National Park. There is a very nice vineyard with a cafe nearby (within walking distance). The owner is friendly and helpful. Couldn't ask for more.

    Reviewed by Justyna5.0Aug 2020

  • "Internet signal was intermittent, probably due to the thickness of the walls or the position of the router The owners Mr&Mrs Parry were very helpful and accommodating."

    It was a lovely weeks holiday Thank you

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Aug 2020

  • "Great little cottage, it served us perfectly as a family of 3."

    The location just between Snowdon and the coast is ideal, with beautiful views from the front door (weather permitting!). Would definitely recommend. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Luke5.0Aug 2020

  • "A charming cottage perfect for my friend and I."

    Easy access to western Snowdonia with amazing views from the upper window. Plus close access to beach. Very comfy accommodation, warm and cosy on not so good days. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Andrea4.7Jul 2020

  • "The view out of the windows was absolutely stunning and much nicer than we could have imagined."

    We loved the personalised bits throughout the place too, driftwood and artwork etc. The location was perfect too, nice and quiet but near to beautiful walks. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Mar 2020

  • "Great mid week break in the gorgeous welsh country side!"

    Cosy cottage in perfect quiet location, great views and only a short drive from Caernarfon for shops.

    Reviewed by Jade5.0Sep 2019

  • "Brilliant place to stay,views are marvelous,close to all areas,good co op nearby,easy access to mountains,beaches,walks e."

    T.c.2nd time at this address will be booking again.........Ray,Karen,Katrina & Millie our Jack Russell......................

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Aug 2019

  • "Gwen and his family were extremely excellent especially when the TV broke."

    They replaced the TV the next day, and left us some cake as a lovely gesture and inconvenience it caused. It is a peaceful area with beautiful views. We are looking forward to going back next year.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2019

  • "It was perfect place for us."

    We used it as a base to discover North Wales. Very Comfortable with great scenery from sitting room.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2019

  • "We found it was a little off the beaton track , the approach unexpected !"

    ! However the accommodation was clean , lots of hot water, comfortable and quiet. The views over the valley were lovely and we walked the two recommended walks in the visitors folder, so glad the weather improved which made the mountain walk amazing ! Only one thing missing from our stay..... no egg cups !! Chris Fabian.

    Reviewed by Chris3.8Jun 2019

  • "Had a really nice stay was comfortable and had everything we needed"

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2019

  • "Gwyn was an extremely welcoming host."

    There was a problem with the boiler not coming on which he got fixed immediately. Only real complaint is that, with the heating on, the house gets very warm upstairs, and only just warm enough downstairs. Could really do with a thermostat upstairs, we'd suggest. But this was a minor point and didn't spoil our stay at all. Lovely cottage in a fantastic setting.

    Reviewed by Nicholas3.4Apr 2019

  • "A very peaceful and relaxing place."

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2018

  • "I spent seven wonderful days here and felt completely at home."

    The cottage is close to so many great places and is a real gem.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jul 2018

  • "Great location, close to Snowdon, Carnarvon, sea etc."

    Has working internet access.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Jun 2018

  • "This cottage was a fantastic place to get to all points of interest, it was a fantastic cottage with lovely views."

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2018

  • "Great little cottage,lovely views and local walks in old quarry."

    Only complaint was no Wi-Fi and kitchen utensils very basic. Otherwise great place and would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Cheryl4.4May 2018

  • "Erg prettig verblijf, zeer vriendelijk en behulpzaam ontvangst door de eigenaar."

    Mooi uitzicht vanuit de cottage en ideale plek van waaruit de prachtige omgeving goed te bezichtigen is, waaronder Snowdonia. Ook direct vanuit de cottage mooie wandelroutes. Zeer goede prijs / kwaliteit verhouding.

    Reviewed by Dominique4.4May 2018

  • "Lovely friendly owner great house with everything you could want in it great location and the views are spectacular"

    Reviewed by Glyn5.0May 2017

  • "The owner was very helpful and friendly."

    Under cover space to store bikes. Comfortable bed - steep staircase that could do with a handrail. Unusual and interesting decor. Good base for Caernarfon and Snowdonia - close to cycle route 8, offering a traffic-free way into Caernarfon centre. Nearest place to eat out was Rhyd Ddu - the Cwellyn Arms. Good meal there, but a bit of a 'foodie' establishment.

    Reviewed by Steve4.8May 2017

  • "Had a lovely time staying at this cottage, it was nice and cosy, clean throughout."

    Convenient location for Snowdon, also the beach is only a 15 minute drive away. Only negative is that the steps are quite high if you have a pet I would advise keeping them on a lead as there is a high drop from front of cottage. This is also a positive as the views from the cottage are amazing, especially at sunset. Would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Claire4.6Apr 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double leading to 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • LPG central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking on first come, first served basis
  • Bike storage
  • Front and rear lawned gardens with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile
  • Beach and coast 5 miles
  • Note: Steep stairs in property but does have handrail
  • Note: As well as the open tread stairs to the first floor there are a couple of internal steps and different levels in the sitting room and to the kitchen, care to be taken at all times
  • Note: The double bedroom is open to the stairs with a privacy curtain if required
  • Note: Due to the nature and elevated hillside location, children to be supervised at all times when outside, as well as a very steep drop at the front of the cottage and care must be taken at all times
  • Note: Roadside parking is available below at roadside level, the cottage does not have vehicle access and is accessed on foot up a sloping path and 23 steps in total from the roadside
  • One well behaved dog welcome, but they must not be allowed on the furniture or upstairs.

The property

This delightful semi-detached cottage is true to its name, Pen y Graig which translates ‘Head of the Rock’ is a quirky character filled cottage that enjoys an elevated situation in the village of Talysarn, in the slate quarrying and stunningly scenic Nantlle Valley, just on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.

The cottage is accessed via a sloping pathway and 23 steps from the roadside, it’s a bit of a climb but you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding countryside making this lovely cottage a great base for a couple, two friends or a small family.

The cottage, set next to the owners' home, has been successfully refurbished to a good standard throughout with a well-appointed interior and a very homely feel.

The sitting room has exposed beams and is a wonderful place to relax and unwind after a busy day out and about exploring.

It is ideally placed with patio doors and seating to enjoy those amazing views, benefitting from a southerly aspect, with natural light just flooding in.

The cosy dining area provides an intimate atmosphere to enjoy a meal together, prepared in the well-equipped kitchen.

Upstairs, two bedrooms are nicely appointed with the double bedroom enjoying some fantastic countryside views, making breakfast in bed a real treat.

Both bedrooms are serviced by a well-appointed, modern shower room.

Outside your lovely holiday cottage is a seating area which catches the sun all day long and provides wonderful views and at the rear there is a lovely garden area accessed by some steps with a further seating area, offering peace and quiet while you enjoy a glass of something chilled.

The area surrounding Pen y Graig is a haven for walkers and wildlife lovers.

The cottage is located close to the Dorothea Quarry where there are some wonderful walks and hidden lakes deep within, whilst the stunningly beautiful Llyn Nantlle Uchaf and Nantlle Valley are easily accessible too.

Pant Du Vineyard and Orchard is less than a mile away and well worth a visit.

Perhaps pick up a couple of bottles of Welsh wine to enjoy later.

The beautiful Dinas Dinlle Blue Flag beach, offering a sloping shoreline, sand dunes and rock pools is just five miles away, and the historic, medieval walled town of Caernarfon, dominated by its majestic mediaeval castle and boasting an array of shops and restaurants, is only eight miles away.

Alternatively, Llanberis, the starting points for many routes up Mount Snowdon, is also within easy reach, making sure you will be spoilt for choice for great days out.

With the rugged beauty of Wales’s lush green hills, rocky peaks and sandy shores just waiting to be discovered, this sweet cottage provides relaxing holiday accommodation and offers a great base for a break away at any time of the year.

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About the location


Caernarfon 9 miles; Beddgelert 8 miles; Porthmadog 12 miles.

Talysarn is one of the many small villages throughout the picturesque Nantlle Valley that came into being at the end of the 18th century due to the rapid growth of the slate mining industry. Ideally situated between Caernarfon Bay to the west, and the beautiful Snowdonia National Park to the east, today this is the perfect location to enjoy a vast variety of outdoor pursuits including climbing, walking, mountain biking, canoeing, sailing, fishing and golf. Discover the medieval town of Caernarfon, with its famous 13th century castle, the Glynllifon Country Park, the wonderful sandy beaches of the Lleyn Peninsula and Anglesey, and the stunning mountain scenery of Snowdonia.

One well behaved dog welcome, but they must not be allowed on the furniture or upstairs.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas