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Bwthyn Afon (River Cottage)

Tanygrisiau near Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales & Snowdonia (Ref. 15038)



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56 Customer Reviews

  • "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 CarolineOct 2021

  • "Great place to stay."

    Centrally located for the major tourist attractions

    Reviewed by JonathanSep 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 DeeSep 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 LyndseyFeb 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 RobertNov 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 JulieOct 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 LucySep 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 DeanAug 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 MichaelJul 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 RonaldJun 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 RolandApr 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 RosalynMar 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 JanMar 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 JohnFeb 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 AlisonNov 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 JulieOct 2018

  • "Very nice cottage in a quiet village."

    Walks on the doorstep. Lovely location.

    Reviewed by IanSep 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 ChristineAug 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 JanetJun 2018

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

    Reviewed by KevinJun 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 HeatherMay 2018

  • "Our second visit to this GORGEOUS cottage."

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

    Reviewed by HelenApr 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 JulieMar 2018

  • "Lovely cottage warm and cosy."

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

    Reviewed by CherylNov 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 MelvynMar 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 HelenNov 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 HopeNov 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 LynnOct 2016



    Reviewed by KevinSep 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 GailSep 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 JanetSep 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 AnneSep 2016

  • "This is a fantastic cottage and we will definitely be returning."

    Reviewed by EmmaMay 2016

  • "We've stayed in many types of accommodation and this is by far the best to date."

    A superbly equipped accommodation, well decorated and furnished.The owners have done a fantastic job.

    Reviewed by AdrianJul 2015

  • "A real home from home, we will be returning."

    Reviewed by HeatherJul 2015

  • "The cottage was warm and cosy and the owners had thought about everything we could possibly need."

    The welcome package was a lovely start to the holiday and the fact they included treats for the dogs too! Would love to go back there again next year. The walks and the beaches we went to were brilliant.

    Reviewed by JacquelineNov 2014

  • "The cottage was very homely and comfortable, great to come home to after a day walking or sightseeing."

    There is lots to do in the area and we also enjoyed relaxing in the cottage in front of the fire in the evenings. The wine and cake was a great welcome gift.

    Reviewed by LisaOct 2014

  • "Excellent in every way, could not be faulted."

    Reviewed by HilaryOct 2014

  • "Splendid scenery and thoughtful appointment of the cottage, the owners could not have done more to ensure we had an enjoyable stay."

    Reviewed by CharlesSep 2014

  • "The bathroom had a selection of toiletries and the kitchen had condiments, spices, cleaning products etc."

    It was obvious the owners had tried to think of and provide all the little extras and this was greatly appreciated. All in all one of the nicest cottages we've stayed in.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2014

  • "A great location for Snowdonia and lots of attractions."

    The Cottage was lovely.

    Reviewed by LeeAug 2014

  • "The cottage was lovely and clean, beautifully furnished - a real home from home and very cosy with the log burning stove."

    In a great area for exploring all that North Wales has to offer. We would recommend and return.

    Reviewed by PaulaMay 2014

  • "Excellent cottage."

    We were very close to the Ffestiniog steam railway which we enjoyed. The transport system from Blaenau by rail and bus means that everybody can enjoy the fantastic scenery. A wonderful home from home, cosy, comfortable and extremely well equipped. We would recommend this cottage to anybody.

    Reviewed by JanetOct 2013

  • "We enjoyed the property, and thought it was well stocked with everything you could need."

    All you need to take is yourselves and food.

    Reviewed by JoanneOct 2013

  • "Excellent cottage, relaxing holiday, ideal location for exploring North Wales."

    Great walks from cottage, with walk details left in cottage by owner. Recommend this cottage to friends and family.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2013

  • "Location was great for us, ideal for anyone looking to do the mountain biking trails."

    Lovely welcome gifts.

    Reviewed by LouMar 2013

  • "A great property, furnished and decorated to a high standard."

    Reviewed by SarahMar 2013

  • "The area of Snowdonia is a beautiful location to base yourself, as there are so many accessible towns, villages and attractions to visit."

    Reviewed by StewartOct 2012

  • "Lovely cottage, wonderfully equipped and met all of our needs."

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2012

  • "The property was fabulous, in a good location for walking with everything you could wish for."

    It was just like home from home.

    Reviewed by JuliaSep 2012

  • "Very well equipped cottage, with lots of thoughtful extras."

    Reviewed by LisaAug 2012

  • "The cottage was excellent; clean, warm, beautifully furnished with everything we needed to make it a home from home."

    The setting, whilst not far from civilization, was peaceful and very beautiful. Our little dog was made very welcome.

    Reviewed by Anita ElaineAug 2012

  • "Our stay was relaxing."

    Good Location - quiet and 'out of the way' but with easy access to transport links.

    Reviewed by KevinJul 2012

  • "The cottage was excellent well supplied with kitchen implements and a basket of toiletries in the bathroom."

    Spotlessly clean and and packed welcome file. Care had been taken by the owners to think of all the little details to make it a comfortable stay. Excellent base to explore Snowdonia area.

    Reviewed by SusieJul 2012

  • "Location of the cottage for visiting the area."

    Character of the cottage. Enjoyed this area of North Wales.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2012

  • "The cottage was perfect for us."

    It was the right size and has been newly refurbished. Nice touches, e.g. boxes for packed lunches, map covers. Information pack well above average. Desired location.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2012

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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.


  • 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 (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.

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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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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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