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Glan-yr-Afon Cottage

(Ref. 4537)

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

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Nice cosy and clean cottage."

    Nice little welcoming treats and toiletries. The cottage provided all that we needed. Owners were very helpful. Beautiful area for hiking. Loved the remnants of the mining industry and nature.

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay and had everything you needed. Thank you for your lovely comments and feedback. Hope to welcome you again in the future. All the best, Angie & Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bouwine5.0Oct 2023

  • "Love this cottage!"

    Enjoyed our second stay. Will hopefully be back next year. Has everything you need and close to great walks and steam railway. Fire is very cosy and lovely treats from local places much appreciated. Dog was made welcome too.

    So glad you love the cottage and 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 another lovely stay with us. Thanks again and we hope to welcome you back again. All the best, Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pepper4.4Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful cosy cottage in a very quiet and peaceful location."

    It had everything we needed and the owners had provided treats on our arrival which was very thoughtful and made us feel very welcome. It was an ideal base for exploring the area, which was stunning, and there was so much to see and do. It was perfect and we were very sad to leave. Would definitely stay again and would highly recommend.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments and feedback, we are always so touched when guests enjoy their stay and love what we, and the area offer. It was great meeting you and we are always happy to help and like you, hope to welcome you back again in the future. All the best, Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Florence5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a quiet location."

    Host's have provided everything to make your stay comfortable. Treats left for us and our dog were much appreciated. Our dog settled in straight away. Exploring North Wales was easy from the cottage and the local area offered walks with fabulous views. Hope to return again.

    Thank you Helen for your wonderful feedback and comments. Rich and I are so pleased you both had a great stay, and Bentley of course, delighted he settled in well and enjoyed his treats. We, too hope to welcome you back in the future. Thanks again x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2023

  • "Had a fabulous time here."

    Everything from the key collection right through to leaving was just perfect! It was a lovely welcome receiving the complimentary goodies and even more so they didn’t forget our dog. Tasteful decor & beautiful fabrics throughout. This is a home from home that is clearly well looked after and loved.

    So, so pleased you had a great stay with us at Glan yr Afon over the New Year, thank you for your kind feedback and comments, means a lot to us. Best wishes to you for 2023, regards Angie & Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2022

  • "A clean well equipped comfortable cottage."

    In a good location for getting about. Beautiful scenery from the cottage.

    Thank you for your comments, it was great welcoming you back for your second visit, so pleased you had another lovely stay and we hope you'll be back again soon. All the best, Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic! Very well equipped cottage in a stunningly beautiful location."

    Angie & Rich we're lovely. A welcome beer from a local brewery was a nice touch. 10/10

    Thank you for your lovely comments and feedback, so pleased you enjoyed your stay. All the best, Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Henry5.0Apr 2022

  • "A great little property in a perfect location for walks and waterfalls, Snowden itself, Conwy Castle, Portmerrion, Porthmadog."

    .. A week wasn't long enough to explore it all! The welcoming gifts in the cottage for us was the icing on the cake, so thoughtful and great fully received. It's a big thumbs up from us.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and comments and we're delighted you had a great stay and enjoyed exploring the area and all it has to offer. You're absolutely right, a week just isn't long enough and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back one day. Really happy you loved the cottage, means so much and it's great to know all our efforts are appreciated. Thanks again, all the best Angie and Rich x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthonette5.0Apr 2022

  • "I booked this cottage as It allowed dogs and alot of the advertised cottages clearly stated on there advert it didn't allow dogs upstairs."

    I booked over the phone was told dogs are allowed then gets a welcome email after I paid saying dogs are not allowed to access 50% of the property and there is a baby gate to prevent them from going upstairs. I do think this should be highlited on the advert before people pay. The house itself was well located for the areas we wanted to explore most of the houses seem to be holiday lets with neighbours inbetween them. There are alot of passive aggressive notes on the green spaces facing the house in English telling people there on cctv citing dog mess. My 2 biggest issues were the boiler was padlocked so I was unable to turn off the heating that is set to come on at 6am the pipes creak so I was woken each morning even though I had turned the radiators off, it was a shame the heating couldn't be turned off and was on a set timer as it was very warm and it was a waste of gas. The biggest issue was the bed it creaks and was so uncomfortable, every single movement in that bed and it woke me or my other half up. I spent 2 nights on the floor and my boyfriend slept on the settee. We had planned activities in the area and the house was well located for this, well equipped wouldn't describe it as a cottage more an inner terrace.

    Firstly, thank you for your feedback and comments you obviously felt strong enough to leave but unfortunately not strongly enough to mention most of these issues to us during your stay. We are quite shocked and upset by some of the feedback, given the fact that we met you on the Monday (day 3) after a blown bathroom light bulb was reported and we went to replace it. You did mentioned how warm it was and we showed you how to turn the heating down and after that we heard nothing from you and so assumed all was well. No further contact was made so we are very disappointed and feel the comments are a little unjust given we were not given the opportunity to address further issues and concerns, some of which we have to say are quite subjective. We pride ourselves on being dog-friendly and welcome our furry friends, being dog owners ourselves. However, we do have to strike a balance and are mindful that not all our guests visiting and staying with us have dogs and so we don't think it unreasonable to politely request that our guests with dogs are mindful of this as well. We have taken your comments on board and have now updated our listing to say dogs are not permitted upstairs where the bedrooms are. We would just like to add though that when booking a Sykes cottage there are booking conditions and as the customer you are responsible for reading those booking conditions and by making a booking you are agreeing to them. If we can bring booking condition 9.5 pet rules to your attention: You must not allow pets on beds or on furniture within the property. Regarding the green space across from the cottage this is council owned and in efforts to keep the area looking lovely for residents and visitors to enjoy, as you would find in any public space/park you would find such polite notices reminding dog owners to be responsible. We do not allow access to the boiler as there is no need for guests to have access. The boiler is on constantly and not on a timer. The temperature of the cottage is easily controlled by the thermostat in the sitting room, this way our guests have full control at the touch of a button. We also mentioned that each radiator has a thermostatic valve you can turn up or down giving more control in each room, you chose not to adjust these, they were fully open when we came to do the changeover. Last year we replaced a metal bed-frame with a new solid oak wood bed-frame and a new mattress. This can be very subjective depending on what you are used to at home. We have looked at the bed and tightened a couple of nuts and bolts so thank you for bringing the creaking to our attention. We don't understand why you never mentioned this to us during your stay, giving us the chance to sort it out for you, and why sleep on the floor when the bed in the second bedroom was made up but never used! And finally just picking up on your last comment, we pride ourselves on providing a well-equipped, clean and well maintained cottage, albeit in an inner terrace but then you can see that clearly in the photographs! I hope in the future you find a cottage that better suits your needs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise2.5Mar 2022

  • "Brilliant cottage!"

    Will be back!

    So pleased you had a great stay and enjoyed your time at our cottage. We'd love to welcome you back, it'll be a pleasure. All the best, Angie and Rich Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pepper5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fab cottage, plenty of walks to access."

    lots of little extras added to make stay safe.

    Dear Samantha, thank you for your lovely comments, so glad you enjoyed your stay. Regards, Angie Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and it was a great stay."

    There was lots of goodies to welcome us (wine, milk etc) as well as dog treats and blankets for our companion. The cottage itself is exactly like the listing, well presented and cosy. It's been up dated to comply with COVID regulations and we were happy with the cleanliness as well as the provisions to help prevent the virus. There is a dispenser at the door and laundry bags are provided to make sure everything is cleaned before the next visitors. Lots of great walks near the cottage and it's well centred to be close to everything you should need. My only niggle was that it's a (small?) double bed - as a 6ft 1 guy my feet were dangling off the bed all week - if it was a bigger/comfier bed it would have made the stay even better.

    Dear Josh, thank you for your recent feedback and lovely comments. Just picking up on your point about the bed, it is a standard 4ft 6" double bed rather than a 5ft king, hopefully it didn't spoil things too much for you. We're delighted you felt safe with all the measures put in place and that you enjoyed your stay and took full advantage of all the wonderful walks nearby. Best, wishes Angie and Rich Property Owner

    Reviewed by Josh4.7Sep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the lovely cosy cottage it provided us with all the essentials we needed."

    Plus the chocolates and welsh biscuits were a very nice touch. Thank you very much Angie and Rich. And it was lovely too speak too Angie on the last day. Debbie and Ben from Telford. X x

    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 Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great little cottage, all we needed, simple welsh cottage."

    A little disappointing we couldn’t use the lovely private seating area at the back. Only negative was the main bed, felt like a camp bed!

    Reviewed by Madeleine4.7Aug 2020

  • "This is a lovely cottage and the fire is fab!"

    It's a really quiet area and close to lots of lovely snowdonia villages. However we went in a wet february half term and there is NOTHING to do really indoors anywhere at this time of year so we came home early. Overall the cottage is really nice but the beds are uncomfortable and need new mattresses we felt.

    Reviewed by Jennifer3.8Feb 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, with welcome gifts here and there which made it extra special."

    Great location in close proximity to all the places we wanted to go. Friendly hosts who checked in to make sure all was ok and that we arrived safely... definitely going the extra mile for guests!!

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was amazing."

    We found it clean and extremely comfortable and surrounded y beautiful scenery! We would love to visit and stay again in the future. Thoroughly recommend to anybody thinking of staying.

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was the comfiest and cosiest we've ever stayed in, with so many little touches to give that home-from-home feel,including essentials, such as milk and butter and a lovely welcome pack of treats to enjoy."

    As the Welsh would say, the cottage was 'lush'.

    Reviewed by Bev5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had a very relaxing stay in this well equipped and immaculate cottage."

    The welcome pack was excellent as were the special doggy items. The little garden was lovely for coffee and reading with very comfortable furniture. The stairs are steep,an additional hand rail might be useful ,but I got used to them.We had a great stay and are planning to return.

    Reviewed by Elaine Hilda5.0May 2019

  • "We stay in holiday cottages twice a year and this cottage is easily amongst the best."

    It was spotlessly clean with everything you could need for a home from home. A very thoughtful welcome pack for us and also one for our springer spaniel was left by owners Angie and Rich together with logs and coal for the wood burner (which we used every night) and even some lavender sleep spray in the bedroom which I loved. The information file must have taken hours to put together with everything from how to work the tv and central heating to places to visit, where to eat and detailed walks to do. Really helpful and useful which We referred to often. There is nothing negative I can think of to say about this cottage. Would very highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Maria5.0May 2019

  • "This was a brilliant little cottage, very warm and cosy with lots of period features."

    The cottage is situated on a very quiet cul-de-sac lane with a stream running by the front. There is a parking area, and the lane is well lit at night. The cottage was spotlessly clean, and the beds very comfy. The owners left a welcome pack which included treats for the dogs as well as the humans!! The cottage is an ideal location to several local attractions, which are also featured in the in depth information guide which the owners have clearly put a lot of time and effort into compiling. I would recommend this cottage and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Mar 2019

  • "From the thoughtful welcome pack and basket of wood, to the detailing, this cottage is wonderful - charming, cosy, tasteful and comfortable in a beautiful village."

    The communication was excellent and the cottage superb.

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Mar 2019

  • "The kitchen is small but functional."

    The living area is a good size, it felt really comfortable. Bed rooms are also are also a good size. Would and probably will visit again. The yard out back is very small but there is also a small yard at the front and an area opposite which can be used for dogs.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Mar 2019

  • "Amazing little cottage, our second stay in 2018."

    The owners go the extra mile to ensure your stay is lovely-this time we were left a host of Christmas goodies, treats and even crackers for us and our dogs, milk, butter, wine and pop in the fridge is perfect too! We love staying here.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Dec 2018

  • "The cottage is absolutely excellent."

    The owners' attention to detail shows in the decor and furnishing. It is a lovely cosy cottage that is a joy to return to after exploring and walking about.The little extras show that your comfort and enjoyment is of paramount importance. The cottage is nicely situated and is surrounded by beauty and history. We had a great time and will definitely repeat the experience.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Nov 2018

  • "Such a cosy cottage in an idyllic setting."

    It is very well presented and is well equipped. We really appreciated the comfy beds and the wood burner to stave off the chilly evenings. All in all we had a brilliant week and we would love to return in the future. We would highly recommend a stay at Glan-yr-Afon cottage

    Reviewed by Samantha4.7Oct 2018

  • "We had a nice holiday and it was a nice cosy place, but unfortunately the mattress felt uncomfortable, which led us to have slight lower backache."

    Reviewed by Wilfred John3.4Sep 2018

  • "The owners of the cottage have gone to great lengths to ensure their visitors have everything there they might need."

    The bathroom and kitchen were generously stocked with items to give visitors a good start to their holiday and the welcome pack of wine, crisps and biscuits were a nice touch. There were even goodies for the dog. This is a very comfortable and well equipped place to stay while enjoying the stunning surroundings.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2018

  • "It is the little touches that make this fantastic cottage a home from home."

    A shelf full of the spices / herbs you always forget and then try to do without as you don’t want to buy a whole jar, the wood and coal to get the fire roaring and oh yes, the Easter Egg. There are great walks direct from the cottage to be enjoyed for all abilities. We would certainly return.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Mar 2018

  • "We have had a truly wonderful break."

    The cottage is perfect in every way and we didn’t want to come home. The cottage is a real home from home. We had wine, crisps biscuits and milk on arrival and the dogs even had blankets and treats left for them. We arrived late and Angie had left the light and heating on for us which was so kind. The cottage is so cosy the children loved it and we had real fires every night. The local area is so beautiful and we did some amazing walks, for hours and hours all from the fabulous guest information folder that had been put together by the owners- we loved reading the history of the house too. All in all a perfect break and we have booked to go back for New Years. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Feb 2018

  • "Fantastic experience."

    Very welcoming, gorgeous clean cottage, beautifully decorated with thoughful welcome pack. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Dec 2017

  • "Fab cottage, clean, comfy, good size, parking."

    Reviewed by Coral5.0Nov 2017

  • "Lovely cottage."

    I can fully recommend it. Will definitely book it again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Izabela5.0Jun 2017

  • "Lovely cosy cottage great location to see beautiful North Wales."

    Reviewed by Garry4.8May 2017

  • "Cost cottage, well equipped and great location for exploring Snowdon and North Wales."

    Perfect for Dad and 2 daughters visiting the Zipwires and Segway experience.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Oct 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Well-equipped fitted kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and inglenook fireplace with multi-fuel stove.
  • LPG central heating with multi-fuel stove in sitting room
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, Smart TV with freeview, DVD player, iPod dock with radio, WiFi
  • Good 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 front patio with picnic bench
  • Enclosed, private rear patio with garden furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (downstairs only, please bring own dog beds and towels)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 20 mins walk
  • Lakeside Cafe 3 mins walk
  • Shops and amenities 1.6 miles
  • Note: Front patio is gated and enclosed by a 3' 5" stone wall.

The property

A delightful, 18th century, stone-built cottage in a quiet residential lane overlooking a nearby river and fields, with views of the Manod mountains and a backdrop of the Moelwyn mountains, in the village of Tanygrisiau, 1.6 miles from Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Successfully renovated and retaining much original character, this quality Blaenau Ffestiniog cottage boasts a welcoming sitting room with an impressive stone inglenook fireplace with warming multi-fuel stove, creating a cosy relaxing atmosphere.

The well-equipped kitchen caters for all your needs.

Also located on the ground floor is a modern bathroom.

Upstairs are two delightful bedrooms, the main bedroom has a double bed whilst the second bedroom is a single.

Outside, enjoying a sunny aspect is a front patio with picnic bench and at the rear, a private and enclosed patio with seating.

Surrounded by wonderful mountains, this Blaenau Ffestiniog cottage is perfect for lovely scenic lake and mountain walks, or enjoying outdoor pursuits such as canoeing and climbing at Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre and mountain biking at the Blaenau Ffestiniog Downhill Centre or Coed-y-Brenin, one of the best mountain bike centres in Britain.

This Blaenau Ffestiniog cottage is just a few minutes' walk from the beautiful Tanygrisiau Lake and popular Ffestiniog steam railway station in Tanygrisiau.

Discover the magnificent slate caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog, or visit bustling Porthmadog with its individual shops, inviting eateries and colourful marina.

With the enormous beach at Black Rock Sands, the picturesque NT Bodnant Gardens, Zip World, Bounce Below and the majesty of Mount Snowdon all within easy reach, this Blaenau Ffestiniog cottage is the perfect, all year round holiday retreat.

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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