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Bwthyn Afon (River Cottage)

(Ref. 15038)

Tanygrisiau near Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a really wonderful 4 night stay at this Gem of a cottage."

    Ideally situated for those great walks on the slate hills with amazing views. Angie was amazing from start to end of our stay making sure our stay was perfect and it was. Cottage is very snug and cosy. Loved it as did our dogs. Will definitely use Angie again for this part of Wales again.

    What a lovely thing to say, we do try to give our guests the best experience, so your comments were very welcomed and made us feel very blessed, so a BIG thank you from us. So pleaased you had a great stay and enjoyed the cottage and what this lovely part of Wales has to offer. All the best, Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2023

  • "Cosy and homely cottage with all the amenities you could need for a relaxing stay."

    A lot of care and attention has clearly been put into making the cottage a clean and cosy environment. The extra gifts were a lovely surprise. Friendly and communicative hosts. Would recommend.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments and feedback. Always good to know our guests have everything they need for a comfy and relaxing stay and we're delighted you had a lovely week. Thanks again and we hope to welcome you back. All the best, Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Cosy and perfectly clean little cottage, well equipped and lovely decorated"

    Thank you for your lovely comments, we are so pleased you had a great stay and our cottage met your expectations and had everything you needed. Thanks again, warm regards Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karl Michael5.0Jul 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay."

    The cottage is lovely and in a brilliant spot for walking

    Glad you enjoyed your stay, thank you for your lovely comments, regards Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Luisa4.7May 2023

  • "Cottage was excellent and a great location for exploring Snowdonia."

    Thank you John for your lovely comments, we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Bwthyn Afon and had a great time exploring the area. We hope to welcome you back in the future. All the best, Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very cosy, clean and comfortable place to stay, great location."

    The welcome package for us and our dogs was a fantastic added bonus. Would definitely recommend and return.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments and feedback. It was a pleasure having you all to stay and we're glad you enjoyed the treats and had a lovely time. We hope to welcome you back in the future, thanks again Angie & Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Mar 2023

  • "A very cosy cottages, well kept by the owners who leave a few treats for you on arrival, and ideally situated for exploring Snowdonia and the surrounding area."

    Very much a home from home.

    Thank you Richard for your lovely comments and feedback, so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Regards, Angie & Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage, tastefully appointed, well equipped and surprisingly quiet for a terraced property."

    Plenty of good walks and places to visit nearby, although in February not everything is open (not that we were expecting it at all) so the great outdoors in all weathers kept us well occupied.

    Thank you for your feedback and comments, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our cottage, and found the cottage well-equipped and quiet. The cottage is in a lovely spot, isn't it, with the river close by and great walks from the door, which of course can be enjoyed all year round. Thanks again, Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a great stay at the cottage."

    It had everything we needed, very clean, cosy and quiet and loved all the little extras. It was a great location to explore snowdonia and bonus of walks from the doorstop. We would definitely return.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments and feedback, so pleased you enjoyed your time at the cottage and and you had everything you needed. We'd love to welcome you back again, all the best Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Oct 2022

  • "The hosts are super generous with this wonderful cottage!"

    It's situated perfectly for walks in the beautiful mountains, nearby convenient shops, and just a wonderful place to place to sit and be, with the wood burner and a good TV! The cottage itself was really clean, with loads of little bits to help you settle in and feel really welcome. Good recycling facilities too - and a really comfy bed. The only two tiny things re: comfort / facilities were 1) it would be great to have a timer switch on the immersion heater (located in the bedroom), just to avoid the rumble of the water heater overnight (we just switched it off at the wall overnight, and on again in the morning) and 2) it would be nice to have a little foot rest for when you're blobbing on the sofa all evening... but those really are quite insignificant compared to how brilliant everything was overall!

    Thank you for your lovely comments and feedback. We are pleased you had a good stay and the cottage, particularly the bed was comfy and you had everything you needed. Just to pick up on your comments, we are looking into having a timer fitted for the immersion heater, this does make sense and we are also looking at purchasing a footstool which will compliment the rest of the style and size of the cottage. Thank you for the suggestions and hope to welcome you back in the future. All the best, Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Oct 2022

  • "We were very impressed with the attention to detail in the cottage."

    It was very well equipped and the range of welcome provisions was truly remarkable (too many to list)! The bed was very comfortable, really appreciated the blackout blinds in the bedroom and the wood-burning stove for cold evenings. The location was great too, very quiet street, surrounded by beautiful mountains and close to all sorts of activities. We had a really wonderful time.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments, feedback and review. So pleased you had a great stay and everything was as you'd expect, we love the wood-bburning stove too, makes cooler evenings so cosy. Thanks again x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clara5.0Sep 2022

  • "We loved this little cottage."

    It is well presented and spotlessly clean throughout. The situation is great for coast and mountains, with fab walks straight from the door too. The owners go the extra mile to ensure their visitors have a comfortable stay and want for nothing.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments and 100% review, means a lot to us xx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect & cosy, very clean, tidy and well kitted out great base ..."

    The cottage was perfect & cosy, very clean, tidy and well kitted out great base for all our exploring, friendly locals & neighbours, the village has plenty of beautiful scenery to take in when not exploring further afield Owners are very friendly & the welcome back was a holiday highlight Thank you

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments and feedback, we are so pleased you had a great stay and enjoyed the week at Bwthyn Afon and are delighted that everything met with your approval and you had everything you needed for a great stay. Hope to welcome you back in the future, Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely, clean and cosy cottage located in a great area."

    We really enjoyed our stay. Everything was perfect. Angie and Rich left some local treats for us which was a nice welcoming gesture.

    So glad Karolina that you and your family had a great time and enjoyed your stay. Comments and feedback are always lovely to receive and mean so much to us. Thank you and hope to welcome you back, all the best Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karolina5.0May 2022

  • "Cottage was cosy without feeling small and had all the things we needed."

    It is very well finished and very clean. The weather was not the best and we did some challenging hikes, the cottage was a very welcoming place to return to. The cottage location is ideal for all activities, be it walking, hiking, cycling, beach or just general sightseeing

    Thank you Catherine for your lovely comments, so pleased you had a great stay and enjoyed returning to the cottage each evening. Sounds like you had a very fun filled week and we hope we'll have the pleasure of welcoming you again in the future. Thanks again, Angie & Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7May 2022

  • "Arrived to lots of lovely treats, Welsh cakes, oat cakes, milk, crisps."

    Alwyn the dog was very happily with his treats. The Cottage was spotlessly clean, comfortable and cozy the Wi-Fi was excellent and everything we needed was to hand. Plenty of dog walks from the cottage and the scenery is just beautiful. We visited lots of Castles in the area and some outstanding beaches. Many thanks for making our week so perfect.

    Thank you so much for your comments and feedback, it's always great to hear from our guests, including the four legged ones! and to know that everything was perfect with your stay and the cottage. We're so pleased you had a great stay, sounds like you explored lots and visited lots of the attractions which are so easily reached. Thanks again and hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you all back, regards Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Heather5.0May 2022

  • "Wow fantastic cottage old with new cosy, comfortable,very clean."

    Lovely log burner for the damp chilly evenings. All the lovely extras left for us by the owners. Can't wait to go back. I would recommend this Old Miners Cottage to everyone and would give it a 10+ star rating. Every you need on your door step lots to do Surrounded by fab mountains. Thank You Angie& Rich. Kind Regards Caroline Wells.

    Dear Caroline, Wow, thank you so much for your comments and wonderful feedback, makes all our efforts worth it. We are so pleased you had a great stay and enjoyed the cottage and it's surroundings and would be delighted to welcome you back one day. All the best, Angie and Rich Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great place to stay."

    Centrally located for the major tourist attractions

    Dear Jonathan, thank you for your lovely comments and positive feedback, we're delighted you had a lovely stay, all the best Angie and Rich Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Sep 2020

  • "The owner provides everything to make your stay comfortable."

    Great welcome pack. Very clean. Perfect for a relaxing holiday with plenty of walks for the dogs and us. Locals very friendly and lovely quiet location with stunning countryside and views. Beautiful part of the country.

    Reviewed by Dee5.0Sep 2020

  • "We booked the cottage in February unfortunately when we arrived the cottage was rather cold so the starter pack of logs and coal did not last long."

    The owners kindly left us a few welcome gifts wine cake shortbread bites and crisps. The cottage was well kitted out with basic necessities milk butter tea towels kitchen roll fairy . The Leather sofas were a bit cold also and didn’t appear to have much room esp for two of us on one. Bed was comfortable although there is an Emersion heater or something similar in the cupboard that strikes up when the hot water tap is on. Good on the doorstep walks but the weather was terrible so once we got back to the cottage on an evening we put the fire on and didn’t venture out. Nothing on the doorstep in the way of pubs / shops the lakeside cafe is the only eatery that is ; they open at 9 and do a variety of food we had a breakfast there that was good. Lots of info in the file provided and leaflets of where to go, we visited the slate mine deep under which was 8 min drive away. No phone signal inside the cottage but free wifi so able to keep in contact via that. The pictures and description are what you get I would say probably better to stay once it gets warmer / lighter nights so can do a lot more . Highlight was watching the birds in the bush in the little front yard on a morning some sparrows and a robin. It was warm and cosy once the stove got going.

    Reviewed by Lyndsey3.8Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was well maintained & very clean The starter pack left by the owners was thoughtful & very much appreciated."

    The attention to detail was noticed

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2019

  • "We loved the cottage and the extras such as the toiletries and the little bag of treats left on the bed and left for our dog Ralphie."

    The log burner was great and the heated towel rail was a little luxury keeping our towels really warm! The decor was good and the cottage easy to maintain. We loved the village and how quiet it was. Parking was really easy and we loved the grass area by the stream for the dog to play in. Everything we needed x

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Oct 2019

  • "We had a lovely week Tanygrisiau."

    The location is great, in the heart of Snowdonia, surrounded by amazing landscapes and the cottage had everything we needed. It was very dog-friendly which made it a great holiday for our greyhound as well as us. We would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Lucy4.7Sep 2019

  • "The property owners exceeded our expectations of this cottage."

    Very well appointed, some lovely treats left for us and a comfortable space to chill. Also well placed to visit places and festiniog station literally a stones throw away . We will be back

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Aug 2019

  • "This cottage was exceedingly well equipped, in excess of the Sykes stated standard."

    A true home from home in every sense. This enabled us to have a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2019

  • "This is a well equipped cottage in a very quiet location yet easily accessed from main roads."

    It matches the previous Sykes cottage we rented in Yorkshire and obviously reflects the standard to be provided in a Sykes cottage. We don't expect it to be a "home from home" - it is a holiday cottage with all the bits and bobs you need for a comfortable stay and this it easily achieved. Cosy and comfortable, it was actually lovely to listen to the heavy rain bouncing on the Velux rooflights! A welcome pack was a nice touch as was all the other kitchen things not normally found in a holiday cottage. We had no problem with the appliances and it was a good not to have to keep feeding metered electricity. The owners should be well pleased as to how the cottage was presented and we would not hesitate in renting from both them and Sykes in the future.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was absolutely brilliant."

    Fantastically furnished and equipped, great information and spotlessly clean. The instructions to get there and get the key were fine, it was very easy. The only thing that would have improved it was possibly a better shower? The one we had was difficult to get working consistently. Also, in the future, we'll probably stay somewhere we can walk to pubs/restaurants for dinner. There wasn't much near our cottage, but some good venues were within a short drive. We will definitely look at using Sykes again. Very pleased!

    Reviewed by Roland5.0Apr 2019

  • "This dog friendly cottage has been lovingly renovated to a high spec."

    Owners have put a lot of thought into making their holidaymakers welcome. The cottage is ideally situated to reach lots of places of interest such as Zip World, slate caverns, Blaneau Ffestiniog railway, Porthmadog, Black Rock Sands Beach, Betwsy-Y-Coed

    Reviewed by Rosalyn5.0Mar 2019

  • "The ease of getting in touch, the thoughtful details, the welcome pack and the spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished, cosy cottage combine to make a very relaxing, ideal place to stay."

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Mar 2019

  • "Wonderful getaway the cottage is set in a great location."

    The cottage is lovely and clean very comfortable the welcome pack was lovely and all the little added extras. We really enjoyed our stay lovely walking area and the people are very friendly we sure would return here great value and a perfect home from home.

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cottage was excellent however i think the pictures that are shown when making the booking of the scenary are misleading as they are a distance away."

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Nov 2018

  • "A wonderful, cosy cottage set in amazing scenery."

    The cottage was very clean and the amenities were very good - the wood/coal stove was very welcoming after a long walk. The welcome gifts were a lovely touch, including the ones for the dog. The cottage is situated with walks on the doorstep such as a circuit walk around the reservoir, and is an ideal place to explore surrounding areas. Wonderful memories of a short holiday.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2018

  • "Very nice cottage in a quiet village."

    Walks on the doorstep. Lovely location.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2018

  • "This welcoming little cottage was ideally placed for all that we did: slate mines and quarry, action activities and Snowdon walk but most especially I was thrilled to be a few minutes walk away from a little station that was a “ request stop” for the steam train to Porthmadog."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in central location with beautiful scenery."

    Everything has been thought of and provided including doggy treats. Couldn't find many places near the cottage where we felt safe to let the dog off the lead for a short walk in the morning due to the grazing sheep and lambs. We were warned that the farmers shoot dogs in Wales if they are chasing sheep. But we found some lovely places to walk freely a short drive away. eg Harlech beach, Tan-y-Bwlch Take lots of change for the parking meters. You don't seem to be able to park for less than half a day in a lot of places. Be wary of the Private Car Park opposite Snowdons train station in Llanberis. Automatic parking charges applied by cameras which clock your car registration. Minimum fee of £5.50 even if you don't stay. Snowdonias scenery exceeded all my expectations. Really beautiful and not too crowded in June. Lovely relaxing break.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jun 2018

  • "Ideal location able to visit many beautiful places Thoughful welcome package from owners"

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, very quiet setting but easy to get to lots of places."

    The owners thought of all the extras which made such a difference to our stay. Good quality kitchen utensils provided and everything lovely and clean. Would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Heather4.7May 2018

  • "Our second visit to this GORGEOUS cottage."

    Won't hesitate to go again. Thanks Angie and Rich xxc

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely and clean lots of little things to make holiday good fire ..."

    The cottage was lovely and clean lots of little things to make holiday good fire pack milk in fridge wine and beer even washing up liquid and dog treats for Cassie thank you very much will certainly recommend this place

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely cottage warm and cosy."

    Quiet location but with easy access to great walking. Absolutely perfect.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Nov 2017

  • "This cottage was amazing - Clean, cosy and comfortable."

    The 'welcome pack' was much appreciated and the thought that went into providing the 'little extras' was great. We had a brilliant week and Angie and Rich's cottage helped with that.

    Reviewed by Melvyn5.0Mar 2017

  • "Angie and Rich were fantastic hosts, a lovely welcome pack left including fuel for the evening we arrived answer so much local info given in the guest folder."


    Reviewed by Helen5.0Nov 2016

  • "We had a fantastic time at Bwthyn Afon and couldn't recommend this lovely cottage enough."

    The location was perfect for all the activities we had planned during our short break and the actual cottage was cosy and beautifully equipped with everything we needed. Thank you very much

    Reviewed by Hope5.0Nov 2016

  • "The cottage is beautifully furnished and very well equipped."

    The welcome pack was excellent and included sweets and a Halloween bucket, which we used for our super 'trick or treat' visitors. The area is super for walking. We used the many walking books, which were at the cottage. We would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Oct 2016



    Reviewed by Kevin4.8Sep 2016

  • "Love the welcome pack, no where else I have ever stayed gives so much, logs, coal, kindling, washing powder and conditioner if needed, soap, towels, wine, cake, crisps, doggie treats, doggie blankets, etc etc etc."

    Love it, have already recommended it to our friends. Its a perfect tiny house just right for a holiday when you are out exploring every day. 1000 out of 10.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Sep 2016

  • "Had a fabulous holiday in this beautifully kept cottage."

    Everything you could ask for or needed including the extras you can sometimes forget. The bedding was luxury, plenty towels ( including bath sheets) The owners have devised an amazing information file, on the local area with beautiful walks to try out for all fitness levels. The only thing to watch is the stairs turn a corner at the top so take care and don't go down in slippers as I did and fell down. Lovely furniture inside & relaxing furniture at the front to relax in the sun or sun set. Will be booking again 10/10. Thanks so much to Skye's and the owners Angie & Rich x

    Reviewed by Janet4.8Sep 2016

  • "Angie and Mike were extremely welcoming and were always at the end of the phone if we encountered any issues."

    The location is lovely if you really want that get-away feeling; beautiful walks near by and the local town about a half hour walk away. The cottage was very cosy and felt instantly like home. The beds were really comfortable and the facilities were great.

    Reviewed by Anne4.6Sep 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Shower room with quadrant shower cubicle, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area with multi-fuel stove.
  • DuoHeat 'smart' electric radiators with multi-fuel stove in sitting area
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, Smart TV with free view, DVD player iPod dock, WiFi, selection of DVDs and books
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for multi-fuel stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking available on first come, first served basis in allocated parking bays opposite cottage
  • Enclosed gated front courtyard with picnic bench
  • Enclosed rear courtyard with garden furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (downstairs only, please bring own dog beds and towels)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shops 1.6 miles, pub 20 mins walk
  • Lakeside Cafe 3 mins walk
  • Note: Front garden is gated and enclosed by a 3' 5" stone wall.

The property

A charming, mid-terrace stone cottage on a quiet residential lane, overlooking the river and nearby fields, just a few minutes' walk from the beautiful reservoir and popular steam train station in Tanygrisiau near Blaenau Ffestiniog in the Snowdonia National Park.

Restored, decorated and furnished to provide delightful, homely holiday accommodation, this cosy Blaenau Ffestiniog cottage offers a living area with exposed beams, an inglenook fireplace housing a multi-fuel stove, a comfortable dining area, and a fully-fitted, well-equipped kitchen area, meaning you have all you could need for a relaxing holiday in this lovely part of North Wales.

Upstairs, there are two bedrooms - a double and single, along with a shower room.

Guests to this Blaenau Ffestiniog cottage will not be disappointed with the high standard and attention to detail taken to make this lovely holiday cottage a real home-from-home.

Outside your North Wales holiday home is an enclosed rear courtyard with garden furniture, and an enclosed gated front garden with picnic bench, a great spot to enjoy evening drinks after a day spent enjoying the wonderful scenery and numerous outdoor pursuits the area has to offer.

Enjoy mountain views, numerous unspoilt walks, activities such as canoeing and climbing at Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre and well-maintained bike trails at Coed-y-Brenin, one of the best mountain bike centres in Britain, while the excellent Blaenau Ffestiniog Downhill Centre for mountain biking is not to be missed.

Also Zip World and Bounce Below are nearby, along with many places to visit.

Great for small families or for a romantic break, this Blaenau Ffestiniog cottage makes a delightful retreat for those wishing to get away from it all and enjoy this lovely part of North Wales.

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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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