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19 Cwmorthin Road

Tanygrisiau, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 965483)



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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Very good facilities in clean and comfortable accommodation."

    It was ideal as a base for a walking holiday and we would be happy to use this location for any future visits to Tan-y-Grisiau and the Ffestiniog area. The text / phone contacts with the owners before arrival and departure was an additional bonus and a nice personal touch to our visit. Regard Glyn Jones

    Reviewed by GlynOct 2021

  • "This cottage is amazing."

    The location is perfect - you can stand at the kitchen sink and look directly out into the mountains. As soon as we stepped out of the front door we had a choice of several different walks to go on. Strike upwards for the mountain or the upper Stiwnog reservoir, or down to the lower reservoir or into Blaenau Ffestiniog, we did both. We also had a kickabout on the school football pitch at the bottom of the hill. The cottage itself feels fresh and light. There is a modern kitchen with a huge window letting in tons of light separated by a door from a very comfortable sitting room and a log burner set in a fireplace with tons of character. Lots of room in the fireplace to store all the logs we needed for the evening so no need to go anywhere once we had settled down. The bathroom was clean and fresh with a modern finish and another fab view of the mountain. The bedrooms are clean and comfortable. They both have wardrobes so there was plenty of storage for our clothes and space to stow the suitcases. To cap it off there is a shallow feeder pool for the reservoir about 100m away from the cottage that is perfect for skimming stones and paddling in. We spent a few hours there on our way back to the cottage when our son wasn’t quite ready to go home yet. We had a super relaxing stay and really enjoyed our time here. Thanks.

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2021

  • "When we arrived at 19 Cwmorthin Road, we were not disappointed!"

    It's a lovely cottage, very nicely decorated and lovely and clean. The kitchen was modern and well-equipped, the lounge was cosy, with a comfy sofa and big TV. The bed was very comfy and the bedroom had lots of storage. The bathroom was nice and the shower was just right. WiFi worked well and Netflix on the TV was a bonus! The view out of the back of the cottage is stunning! The owners were very friendly. The Lakeside cafe round the corner serves the best fry ups!! I would definitely recommend this cottage!

    Reviewed by JasonOct 2021

  • "The house was lovely and well presented."

    Any minor problems we had were quickly sorted by the owners. Which is what you want. The location was excellent for north Wales. Would definitely recommend this as a place to stay.

    Reviewed by OwenSep 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday at no."

    19. The cottage was spotlessly clean and very comfortable and quiet. We really enjoyed the views from the kitchen and walk up to the top reservoir from the door. Great location for days out too, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. The coffee machine is a tassimo which would have been handy to know in advance as the capsules are not available locally in the smaller food shops.

    Reviewed by DeborahSep 2021

  • "Beautiful cottages lovely area amazing walking scenery everything clean and tidy lovely people"

    Reviewed by CallumSep 2021

  • "This holiday let was so peaceful of an evening."

    Great mountain views and very cosy. Greek night at the lakeside cafe on a Friday and Saturday evening was delicious too. We also had a lovely meal at Dylans criccieth. This is a great location for walking.

    Reviewed by SimoneAug 2021

  • "Cottage was really clean and comfortable, fantastic view from the garden."

    Had a brilliant holiday

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "Great location, beautiful views"

    Reviewed by DominicAug 2021

  • "The cottage was spotless and very comfortable."

    We were extremely lucky to have a hot and sunny week in Wales and made good use of the patio. Walks were possible from the front door, which was lovely. The cottage is in a rural area. If you are not a rather sound sleeper, you have to close the bedroom window halfway through the night when the neighbour's cockerel starts calling.

    Reviewed by AdrianJul 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at 19 Cwmorthin Road."

    The property was clean, well equipped and very comfortable and the mountain views from the back garden are stunning. Tanygrisiau is a perfect base for exploring the Snowdonia National Park and North Wales, and there are also lots of lovely walks to do from the cottage around Cwmorthin lake and the waterfalls. The Lakeside Café near the reservoir is also worth a visit. Thank you vey much to the owners who are very friendly and helpful. We would love to return and would certainly recommend.

    Reviewed by AngelaJul 2021

  • "It was a fabulous stay; very cosy and comfortable cottage; there are loads of opportunities for fun and relaxation, hike, mountain climbing, scenic waterfalls, lakes and other nice places around the location within walking distances or only a few miles away to drive."

    Definitely recommended!

    Reviewed by HosseinJul 2021

  • "Property easy to find and in a lovely location."

    Lovely old miner's cottage that has been modernised with all facilities. Fabulous walks right on the doorstep. No shops or pubs to walk to, but were within easy driving distance.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2021

  • "This cottage is fantastic and the accommodation is immaculate and of a very high standard."

    The kitchen facilities are brilliant with good quality appliances. The views from the cottage are breathtaking, even when it rained as it created beautiful waterfalls. The owner is very friendly and helpful. The only issue we had was with the information that Sykes gave us regarding the key collection. This needs updating as you can’t get through the back gate and the key safe is at the front door. The code we were given was also incorrect and the owner has advised Sykes of this repeatedly. Our only regret is that we didn’t book for 2 weeks instead of 1. We will be back!

    Reviewed by TeresaJun 2021

  • "Beautiful setting and views."

    Good walks from the door and well situated to explore N Wales and Snowdonia. The only downside of the location was the lack of good pubs/restaurants nearby. The cottage was very comfortable, well maintained and equipped. The decking area behind the house is a real sheltered sun trap on a good day.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a very good area for touring - note that there are no shops or pubs in this village but there is an excellent cafe opposite the beautiful reservoir."

    Highly recommended

    Reviewed by GaryMay 2021

  • "Thanks for a lovely stay."

    No problems at all this week and the location of the cottage is wonderful - the cwmorthin waterfalls were spectacular with the recent rain

    Reviewed by KateMay 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    Would stay again.

    Reviewed by PhilipApr 2021

  • "The views from the kitchen are fabulous - we enjoyed coffee in the morning watching clouds rolling up the valley."

    The fittings are all to a high standard and WiFi was good. The large TV in the lounge was great for watching films after walking. The local waterfall is literally a five minute walk from the front door. The area is very dark at night and I spent a couple of nights taking star trail photos at the waterfall which came out really well. Parking is literally outside of the front door. The cottage next door is owned by a caving and climbing club but was empty during our visit. We loved it and look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by BalvinderOct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a pleasant and friendly village."

    Walks in the Welsh moutains right from the door.

    Reviewed by WilliamSep 2020

  • "Perfect quiet location, very comfortable."

    Nice garden and great value

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2020

  • "The cottage is lovely, it was a great base for our walking holiday."

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, view was absolutely fantastic."

    Decent location. Great wifi

    Reviewed by TimothyAug 2020

  • "Having just spent a week in this brilliant accommodation, we would have no hesitation in recommending it."

    The location is stunning with several wonderful walks right from the door. The view from the kitchen was a delight especially as the weather was quite changeable while we were there. This meant we got to see some stunning changes in the scenery. Instructions sent made it easy to find and communication was great. Spoke to the owners twice and they were very helpful. The accommodation itself was clean and had everything we needed. WiFi was excellent. Places we wanted to visit being closed due to Covid will give us a perfect excuse to stay here again.

    Reviewed by DerrickAug 2020

  • "This was a beautiful little house in the most beautiful location."

    The views were stunning with a 15 minute walk up the hill to an old quarry which had a stunning lake and surrounding views. We will definitely go back. The location was perfect for us with Porthmadock 15-20 minutes away, Coed y Brenin Mtb trails 20 minutes and Betws-y-coed 20 minutes away too. Just the right amount of distance so we weren’t over crowded as our visit was whilst the COVID 19 pandemic was with us.

    Reviewed by MatthewJul 2020

  • "Absolutely perfect location for explorers, far enough away from the cities without being too far from any shops."

    The house is a very short walk from Cwmorthin falls, a very lovely scene The hosts left a folder with all the information you could possibly need, kindling and logs for the fire, plan toy of kitchen utensils. The place was very clean and well presented, would definitely recommend to anyone The views from the kitchen are stunning, what a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by NatashaMar 2020

  • "We loved the house, it was very well equipped, cosy warm for our winter holiday, very comfortable and would definitely recommend."

    It is in a beautiful location, fantastic views from the back of the house. We were close to great walking areas and shops/supermarkets are not too far away. The owners rob and Debs are very friendly and helpful whenever we needed them.

    Reviewed by HelenJan 2020

  • "It was our first holiday in Snowdonia, and also first booking with Sykes."

    It was our best holidays ever, views are amazing. Cottage is reasonably equipped, and you can find there more than you expected. Very very quiet area. Definitely worth to stay!

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2019

  • "The location of the house was great for getting about and for local walks and the wonderful view from the kitchen."

    The house was clean with all that we required.

    Reviewed by StevenAug 2019

  • "Description slightly misleading as stated off toad parking, there were two abandoned vehicles next to property and the space at the front of property was insufficient for our size of vehicle."

    the off road parking was one of the important points we wanted when looking for cottage. overall the cottage is well equipped and in a very good location for walks and travelling around snowdonia.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are happy to hear you found the property to be well equipped and in a good location. The property details state there is parking for one vehicle immediately in front of the property. The area to the side is not owned by the cottage. Thanks again, Sykes Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DarrenJul 2019

  • "Great cottage in a special location."

    Very comfortable and well equipped and very clean.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2019

  • "Everything it suited us perfectly."

    Reviewed by ValerieMay 2019

  • "I would like to recommend this place to anyone who would like to spend time in Snowdonia."

    Compare to the price I paid, they offered a great stay including location, nature, cozy and welcoming atmosphere. The cottage provides everything what you need (except for your own food and drinks).

    Reviewed by Ji SeonMay 2019

  • "Fantastic location in a fantastic mountain landscape."

    Authenticity of the property and the area.

    Reviewed by JorgApr 2019

  • "House was clean and comfortable."

    Very difficult to get the heating regulated and the bathroom was freezing all the time. A bit disappointed that there was not condiments left, not many logs either. Have stayed in accommodation that left much more of these things and it makes a difference.

    Thank you for your feedback. This is a self catering cottage and we do supply logs in our welcome pack but would expect guests to purchase their own logs separately. There is a heater in the bathroom to help with the heating. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MartinFeb 2019

  • "Overall we enjoyed our stay."

    It was quiet and scenic. We liked the decoration. We recommend a few things for further improvement of the place. When we arrived it was very cold, it took us a lot of trial and error to figure out the heating system as there were no instructions. The WiFi password was also not really available. A guide to the house, like usually provided, would have been very helpful, especially with this place. There was also no laundry detergent available. Warming up the house prior to guest arrival would have been a nice plus. Otherwise, we had a wonderful time. Thank you.

    Reviewed by ThomasNov 2018

  • "The cottage was exceptional, but that is why we always use Sykes."

    This was the best equipped and most comfortable to date. Owners sent us a welcome text and when we rang to report a leak from the kitchen ceiling, they responded immediately. There was a lot of rain during our week but nothing could spoil our stay.

    Reviewed by PhillipSep 2018

  • "A cottage out of a holiday magazine, well decorated, simply furnished with top quality furnishings, whole cottage an absolute little gem, we have already recommended it to our friends looking for a quiet peaceful getaway."

    In the middle of everything, just a drive away from so many different places to visit, we needed to come home for a break. Had the weather been better we might have experienced the walks but we drove everyday to a different place. Can I suggest an Ash bucket for the fire as it tended to blow away as we took it out into the garden.

    Reviewed by JoyceSep 2018

  • "We had a great holiday."

    The location is breath-taking, ideal for daily walking and a short drive to fantastic beaches and places of interest. The cottage was great value and we’d highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Ann-marieJul 2018

  • "Hi, It was advertised that towels were supplied but there was only 1 towel each."

    There was a feather down quilt on the bed for any allergy sufferers this is a no no. There were a few minor issues in the kitchen such as there wasn't a colinder for draining food, because of the glorious weather we've had lately it would pay to put some blinds up the kitchen windows.The biggest issue we had was there was no hot water for the 1st 2 days then when the plumber came out to the property we had to wait in which we didn't mind so much if it was going to sort the problem out but it didn't, the water still wasn't hot & the actual water pressure wasn't much more than a dribble. I spoke to the owner on a couple of occasions but after the second visit by the plumber the water pressure was still the same so we just put up with it. & decided to leave the property & return home a day early. On the plus side the actual location was perfect for peace & quiet, some excellent walks & a view out of the double kitchen doors we just couldn't get enough of.

    Thanks for the feedback, sorry you had problems with the water, the system has now been completely changed to a pressurised system. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2018

  • "If ever a cottage has had the owner's love poured into it, then this must rank amongst the very highest."

    Not much to look at from the outside (let's face it, it's only an old miners cottage), but from the moment you open the door, you can't help but be impressed (well, we were anyway!). A small hall (with laminate flooring for dirty boots) leading to a really comfortable lounge with a large sofa and a most welcome solid fuel stove (yes, even in July; it was great!). A nice solid wood sideboard supporting a suitably large Panasonic TV with freeview box - nothing cheap here. There is also an expanding solid wood dining table and four dining chairs. I would guess that the downstairs was once two rather cramped rooms that have been knocked into one - a good idea which works well. The kitchen has therefore been added an a full-width extension to the rear, and what a kitchen it is, with top notch appliances and both a dishwasher AND washing machine. Upstairs has a large full-width double bedroom to the front and a smaller single bedroom and bathroom to the rear. All very sensible and satisfactory. Previous feedback has mentioned that the hot water is miserable and yes, it is rather slow. It gets there, but with no head from the cold water tank, it just takes its time! The owner has agreed that this is not ideal and will be converting this to a full mains-pressure tank shortly (he only finished the conversion in May this year, so give him a chance!). I'm sure he will update his description accordingly. On the plus side, the shower is really good and the dishwasher works - what else do you need hot water for?! So, if this is the only gripe, PLEASE do not let this put you off. As others testify, the location is quiet yet accessible and the view from the garden is just lovely- remote and romantic. It just remains for me to say thank you for allowing us to have our holiday here - we can't wait to come back. Robert & Tamzin

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2018

  • "View was amazing!"

    Was lovely having a cuppa in the morning. The parking was a very small space, directly outside the front door. Not ample as stated. No hot water, pressure did not bring it to the kitchen.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments. We have amended the parking description to ensure this is as clear as possible. The boiler is usually on a timer, which is notated within the welcome pack, however this has now been removed for future guests. We are so glad to enjoy the amazing view the property has to offer! We hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RebeccaJul 2018

  • "A nice cottage in a pleasant village."

    Would book it again.

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 2018

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our midweek stay at 19 Cwomorthin Road."

    Superb positioning within Snowdonia with access anywhere. Absolutely gorgeous views trump everything - could never, ever imagine ever becoming bored looking out across the garden (come rain or shine)! Thanks again. Best wishes, Nick and Emma

    Reviewed by NickJun 2018

  • "We did enjoy our stay at 19 Cwmorthin Rd and it was much as we had hoped for."

    Loved the view from the kitchen and of a generous size that made preparing suppers a joy. For the most part we discovered all the switches for this and that to work and the heating was very cosy, but never did discover how we were to get general hot water through the taps in the kitchen and bathroom and coped without it. The shower was fine but took time to get accustomed to; no two showers are ever the same! A great base for our trips as we managed days out to Conwy, to Anglesey and finally the hill climb to the top of Moelwyn Mawr for which the property is ideal as a starting point. For any who take a full look at the property be aware that the one parking space is directly out of the front door in a small space there and NOT at the adjacent terrace end. One issue I would leave with Sykes is that I felt that the two pages of instructions in the folder could really be expanded a little, to give a fuller description of the workings of the property: this would definitely include a description of the local council recycling instructions with which I would happily have complied had I but known the rules laid down! Even the green bin, seen outside every other property along Cwmorthin Road, was seemingly being used for storage and not available for general rubbish; this did leave me scratching my head as to how best dispose of our gathered waste at the end of our stay.

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2018

  • "This a great property with excellent access to most of the National Park."

    Very clean, with a great kitchen and deck in the garden. The view from the garden was lovely. Broadband was good and there's a lovely wood burner too for the colder months. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2018

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The property

A wonderful end of terrace, stone-built cottage resting in an elevated position amidst the traditional village of Tanygrisiau.

With plenty of walks from the doorstep and fabulous views over the Moelwyn mountain range, this retreat is well-suited for a romantic break, or those looking for a sense of adventure.

The ground floor is home to an entrance hallway, which continues through to a pretty lounge featuring an elegant sofa, woodburning stove and dining for four people.

Take a step down to the modern kitchen, here you can prepare those home cooked meals amongst the dramatic mountain landscape which almost follows you around.

Open up the French doors and stroll outside to be at one with it all, a lovely place to relax and take in the natural scenery, while enjoying the soothing sounds of the waterfall.

Take the stairs to the next floor where you will find an all-white bathroom containing an overhead shower, with a Velux window overseeing the formation.

Two bedrooms promise a good nights sleep; the first is presented as a double, complemented by front-facing views and chandeliers which uplift the room in a boutique fashion.

The single bedroom is equally as stylish, however this time views reach out towards the mountains, so you can wake up to the serene backdrop every day that goes by.

The village stands amongst enticing scenery, and Tanygrisiau is a good starting point for many walks, especially if your intention is to climb Moelwyn itself.

A short distance away is Blaenau Ffestiniog home to a variety of shops and pubs, best known for its tourist attractions.

A short drive takes you to Zip World Titan with its amazing zip lines or Bounce Below with its underground trampolines for a great day out.

Visit delightful Betws-y-Coed, the Italianate Village at Portmeirion, or Bala, appreciated for its renowned white water rafting opportunities.

A characterful location for a heart-warming stay.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge with diner with woodburner
  • Electric central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, slow cooker, coffee machine, washing maching
  • TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Parking directly in front of property
  • Enclosed lawned garden to the rear with decked area and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Blaenau Ffestiniog 1.1 miles; Porthmadog 8 miles; Betws-y-Coed 15 miles; Beddgelert 16 miles.

Tanygrisiau, meaning "below the steps", refers to the stepped cliffs above this traditional Welsh village. The Moelwyn mountains protect the village from much of the northerly gales in the winter, and give it a pleasant southerly aspect with relatively mild weather considering its location high in Snowdon. The village stands amongst dramatic scenery, and Tanygrisiau is a good starting point for many walks, especially if your intention is to climb Moelwyn itself. Tanygrisiau was famous for its slate mining, producing a high quality black slate that was used across the world. Tanygrisiau railway station is on the famous Ffestiniog Railway, a narrow gauge railway built to carry slate from the mines down to the sea at Porthmadog; today it is a renowned tourist attraction providing stunning views on its trip to the coast. Only 1.1 miles away is Blaenau Ffestiniog, once the capital of slate quarrying and in the 18th century known as the "City of Slate". The town stands in an elevated, natural bowl amidst this mountainous region and has a good variety of shops and pubs, but is best known for its tourist attractions. One of the old quarries is now the renowned Llechwedd Slate Cavern. The famous narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway provides wonderful trips through spectacular countryside. Enjoy superb walks and bike trails at Coed-y-Brenin, one of the best mountain bike centres in Britain, as well as good climbing at the Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre, wonderful sandy beaches, or great fishing or golf. Visit delightful Betws-y-Coed, the Italianate Village at Portmeirion, or Bala, with its renowned white water rafting opportunities.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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