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Pen Y Graig

Talysarn, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 948269)


(29 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "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 KevinMar 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 GaryAug 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 RacheleJul 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 MatthewJun 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 SueJun 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 JulieApr 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 LizOct 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 JulieSep 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 JustynaAug 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 IainAug 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 LukeAug 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 AndreaJul 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 JosephMar 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 JadeSep 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 RayAug 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 ClaireAug 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 DavidJul 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 ChrisJun 2019

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

    Reviewed by WendyJun 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 NicholasApr 2019

  • "A very peaceful and relaxing place."

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 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 DeborahJul 2018

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

    Has working internet access.

    Reviewed by KevinJun 2018

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

    Reviewed by WendyJun 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 CherylMay 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 DominiqueMay 2018

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

    Reviewed by GlynMay 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 SteveMay 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 ClaireApr 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
  • Sorry no pets allowed

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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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