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Traditional Farmhouse Holiday Cottage with Panoramic Views | Cwm-Mawr

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One of the best things about this traditional farmhouse holiday cottage is arriving. You climb up from the harbour town of Porthmadog into the beautiful Cwm Ystrad Llyn valley. As you turn onto a private road and cross the brow of a small hill, a wonderful panoramic view opens out in front of you. Cwm-Mawr, the only cottage in sight, is tucked away in the bottom right hand corner of this beautiful vista.

Once parked, we enter the cottage via a side door. A small entrance hall opens out onto a large kitchen diner. Every bit the traditional farmhouse kitchen this space is the heart of the house. The warming Rayburn cooking range and large dining table helping to create that sociable space perfect for family get-togethers. A small door leading off the kitchen brings us to a generous utility room and a convenient ground floor bathroom complete with walk in (wet room) shower.

We return to the kitchen before opening another door onto the lounge. Again, a very traditional room with two large sofas facing onto a real fire set within an inglenook fireplace. A deep-set window to the left overlooks a small lawned area with picnic bench. A second living room provides more seating. The absence of a TV in here makes the room a perfect retreat for anyone wanting to catch up on some reading or have a quiet doze.

There are three bedrooms upstairs, two doubles and a twin, ensuring the cottage can comfortably sleep up to 6 guests. All the bedrooms are very bright, airy and tastefully furnished. And all enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. A central family bathroom includes a WC, washbasin and large enamelled bath.

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Cottage Type
Pet Friendly, Real Fire
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, Cot (cot-linen not provided), WiFi, High Chair, Central Heating
1 Pet, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Iron and ironing board, TV
Private Garden, Enclosed garden, Off street parking, Bike Storage
Additional Information
Traditional rayburn
DVD player



Cwm-Ystradllyn is one of the most beautiful and tranquil valleys in all of Snowdonia. Staying here does mean that a car is essential however. But once accustomed to the windy country lanes, a 15 minute drive will bring you back down to the bustling harbour town of Porthmadog and the popular sandy beaches of Borth Y Gest and Black Rock Sands. 20 minutes to the north is the castle town of Caernarfon which boasts a great selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants.

There is, of course, a wealth of adventure activities to be enjoyed in this part of North Wales. Mountain biking, kayaking and zip line centres are bringing more and more people to the area. Traditional pastimes also remain popular. Keen walkers need never use the car with lots of walking routes available right from your front door.

More intrepid and experienced hikers might even consider an ascent of Snowdon from the cottage via the Nantlle ridge.

The Glaslyn osprey observatory is nearby and golf can be enjoyed at Criccieth, Nefyn and or Harlech. The Welsh Highland Railway is another great day out as is the famous Italianate village of Portmeirion.

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Guest Reviews

Michael Evans

Loved the property, had everything we needed. Amazing location with incredible views. Will definitely return one day

M Bowen

This lovely old farmhouse keeps drawing us back. We love everything about it. A real gem.
Well worth a stay.

Ray and Cath Simpson
May 21, 2019

Cwm Mawr in a lovely quiet location. Long track to get there but you can see any vehicles on the road from a long way off. Great for walking. Goat Inn at Bryncir a great new find.

Nicola Smith
April 21, 2019

A wonderful stay at this lovely cosy cottage. It is well equipped and very comfortable. We loved sitting in the sun room with a cup of tea watching the view! The aga gives a wonderful ambient heat and ensures the cottage never feels chilly, there is an additional boiler to top up on cold days(we rarely used it) and an open fire to light – which we loved! The views are fabulous and the setting so peaceful – just the bleating of lambs as company! We were fortunate to have an Osprey flying above us when in the garden one morning. It was great that there was no WiFi as it meant we played board games! Tesco’s deliver to the cottage it is great to do an order before arrival – we thoroughly enjoyed the welsh cakes and wine left as a welcome whilst we waited for the order! The younger members enjoyed the walk down to Tremadog for drinks and the Y Swgar restaurant is wonderful when you don’t fancy cooking! It is a great base for exploring Snowdonia and the coast. A wonderful stay in a wonderful location – thank you!

Jessica Newman
November 23, 2018

Cosy farmhouse in a beautiful location. Did a couple of walks straight from the property and the higher peaks are a short drive away. The farmhouse is nicely decorated, warm and peaceful. Thank you for the welcome pack.

October 21, 2018

Great little farmhouse, perched on top of one of the UK’s best climbing cliff! We stayed here a few years ago and loved it. We returned with 2 four year olds and baby and loved it even more!

So much space for the kids to run around, and great for them to see all the farm animals. There are some stunning beaches just nearby and you’re a stone’s throw from the mountains of Snowdonia inland.

The cottage is very comfortable and has a lovely log burner. There was a wet room added since our first stay, finished to a high standard and perfect for washing down Sandy kids after a day On the beach!

The only thing we could have maybe done with is Wi-Fi, although the 4G signal was good.

We absolutely love this place and we will be back again!

M Bowen
July 15, 2018

A lovely old farm house with lots of character. The views are stunning.
We had an amazing two week family holiday. The owners were very helpful. Would highly recommend.

Brenda Jackson
June 29, 2018

Wow! What a stunning location this cottage boasts! We loved the views of farmland, wild flower meadows, hills, mountains and estuary. The cottage itself is spacious and nicely furnished, the large kitchen and utility room a godsend with all we needed supplied. The lounge and bedrooms are comfy, and the little sun room looking out to Harlech a bonus. We had a week of beautiful sunshine but I imagine Cwm Mawr would be appealing and amenable even when weather is wet or cold – a great place to unwind, regardless. The garden is safe for dogs and there are walks through meadows and farmland from the doorstep. Our Gordon Setter had a whale of a time. The remoteness of the property was a delight yet shops and other amenities just minutes away by car. The welcome gifts from the owners were much appreciated. Just a couple of heads-ups for anyone going – take towels as there were only a few supplied and be prepared for one bedroom to be very warm if weather is good as it does not have an openable window. Fridge is quite small. Would definitely recommend this place to all and hope to return myself.

Lynsey & Graham
May 31, 2018

We had a fantastic stay at the end of May – the weather helped but the location would have made it stunning regardless – if remote and beautiful is what you’re after this is the one for you. Cosy cottage in a Welsh wilderness – lovely! Helpful & friendly owners too – thanks Non & Iolo xx

Cath and Ray
May 20, 2018

Just got home from a lovely week at Cwm Mawr. Weather fantastic fortunately but the place would be great in any weather. So peaceful. Discovered Golden Fleece in Tremadoc – great place for pub food. Da iawn!

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