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Self Catering in Llanbedr, log fire and large garden | Tan-Y-Wenallt

Pet FriendlyNear BeachNear PubReal Fire

Tan-Y-Wenallt is a ‘ty unnos’ or ‘one night house’. An ancient and well known tradition here in Wales. During the 18th century, a time of rapidly expanding population and poverty, it was generally agreed that a property could be built by squatters on common land so long as it was built within 24hrs, one day and one night. The test being that smoke had to emerge from the chimney before sunrise the following morning. The occupier was then allowed to claim a portion of the surrounding land. The boundary being set by the distance he could throw an axe from the new house.

There are many examples of houses of this type dotted around Snowdonia. The most famous being ‘Ty Hyll’ or ‘Ugly House’ near Betws Y Coed. The original crude construction giving this house its name. Tan Y Wenallt, as was often the case, has been much improved subsequently however. It’s most resent renovation transforming it into a truly idyllic and luxurious holiday cottage.

The house is a great mixture of old and new. The dining room has a large table which sits eight very comfortably. The fitted kitchen boasts a large range cooker, oak units and granite worktops. The kitchen is slightly elevated which allows the chef to oversee what’s needed on the table or, more importantly in our case, to check who is and isn’t eating their greens!

The bright and spacious conservatory overlooking the garden provides another option for eating. The kids will have more opportunity to hide their green beans in here however.

The lounge, in contrast, is much more oldy worldy. Which is exactly how I’d want it. Whitewashed stone walls, giant oak ceiling trusses and inglenook fireplace creates an historic ambiance. The luxurious sofas, the tick of an old grandfather clock and the warmth of a real fire calms both body and mind.

Luckily, once you’ve woken up from your slumber in the lounge the bedrooms aren’t too far away. Two bedrooms on the ground floor. One with a double bed overlooking the garden and one with a set of bunk beds. Both share a ground floor toilet. Upstairs there are a further two rooms. A large twin room with fantastic views over the extensive garden and the master bedroom with a king-size double bed. The main bathroom up here has a lovely free standing roll top bath.
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Cottage Type
Pet Friendly, Near Beach, Near Pub, Real Fire
Welcome Hamper, Linen, Towels, WiFi, Central Heating, No Cot, No High Chair
2 Pets, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, TV, Security Deposit Required
Private Garden, Enclosed garden, Off street parking
Additional Information
 TV + Freesat
BlueRay Player

Floor Plans




Tan-Y-Wenallt has a fantastic large and sprawling garden. The original owners must have been good axe throwers. Full of mature trees, large shrubs, fragrant rose bushes and heavy clematis, the garden is a fantastic place to explore.

Tan-Y-Wenallt is only a short walk from the pretty village of Llanbedr. First stop is Ty Mawr, a traditional welsh pub serving local ales and beer. A little further on is a second pub, The Vic, which has a fantastic beer garden on the banks of the river Artro. There’s also a grocery store/newsagents in the village.

The beach is probably a little too far to walk if you’re carrying a Lillo. But Shell Island and other fantastic sandy beaches are only 5 minutes away in the car.

If you are a keen walker however, Cwm Nantcol, Cwm Bychan and the Rhinog Mountains are all right on your doorstep. Enough wildernesses to keep even the most enthusiastic walker satisfied.

As well as castles, narrow gauge railways and historical mines, Snowdonia is also famous for all it’s adventure activities. A quick search on Google will help you find white water rafting, kite surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking and others, all within easy reach.

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Guest Reviews

Pete Johnstone
August 30, 2020

Lovely cottage in a great location. Very spacious and comfortable, and with a large beautiful enclosed garden. We would definitely recommend.

Katherine Tunnah
July 27, 2020

Lovely, comfortable and well equipped cottage with beautiful garden to explore. Great walks/bike rides straight from the door. We all had a fab holiday, thank you!

Tim Stokes
March 1, 2020

Thanks very much to everyone for your kind comments and feedback
It’s probably right to tell everyone that with some sadness we have sold the cottage as of 2 March .
But the good news is it’s to a couple who are continuing the holiday let’s and love the garden and nature so it will be just the same I’m sure.
They will be able to visit more than us ( I was finding it quite hard to oversee upkeep and servicing with my visits to hospital to treat my lung problem)
Thank you all again , it’s been wonderful to share Tan Y Wenallt with you all , and even more so, to sell to a couple who love it so much too.

Julia Stockton
March 1, 2020

Had a wonderful stay, the dogs loved the garden, walks straight from the door, cosy evenings with the log burner lit, amazing master bedroom upstairs, Thankyou for letting us stay in your wonderful home.
Julia, Warren & dogs.

Peter pennie
November 14, 2019

Another good week in the cottage enjoyed the walks from the lane through Pensarn crossing to Llandanwg beach. When the sun shone the garden was peaceful.

Tim Stokes
September 23, 2019

Thank you so much for the feedback,
Sorry about TV problems
September and even October can be surprisingly good weather , we love that time of year, glad it was good for you
….but sadly we don’t get to enjoy the peaches from the tree by the kitchen !



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