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Gwernouau Cottage

Betws-Y-Coed, Gwynedd

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This appealing cottage is part of a working farm on the Ysbyty Estate. Whilst off the beaten track Gwernouau Cottage is only two miles away from the pretty village of Ysbyty Ifan and eight miles away from Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park. Built in the 18th-century, the cottage was renovated by the Penrhyn Estate in the late 19th-century and has many original beams and other features still in place. An excellent area for bird watching and fishing.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Kitchen, hall, large sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove in an ingle-nook fireplace, bathroom with mixer tap shower attachment over bath.
First floor
Three bedrooms (1 double, 1 single, 1 twin all with antique brass/iron beds).
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Approach to cottage: The track to the cottage runs through a few fields with sheep grazing – through 4 farm gates, taking you to a wonderful remote location. This is not suitable for low slung vehicles.

Parking: There is ample parking adjacent to the cottage.

Garden: There is an open garden at the front of the cottage for guest’s use.

Please note: There is a sheep pen and farm building which sit to the rear of the cottage and

Cottage details
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Special offers
  • 20% May Discounts - Offer from 05/05/2014 to 22/05/2014 Save 20% 20% Discount
  • Open fire / stove
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0844 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

North Wales
View to Braich-y-Pwll headland, with Bardsey Island in the distance, from the summit of Mynydd Anelog with characteristic gorse and heather vegetation, and ancient field patterns beyond, on the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. © Joe Cornish

Renowned for the dramatic mountain scenery of Snowdonia with its lakes and rock-strewn mountain passes, North Wales also offers a surprisingly varied countryside, from the beautiful Conwy Valley to the tranquillity of the Isle of Anglesey. The coastline is equally diverse, with sandy beaches, rocky coves and spectacular cliffs - and standing proudly over the land and seascape are some of the country's mightiest castles such as Penrhyn. The National Trust owns some 60,000 acres of coast and countryside in North Wales, including some of the majestic mountains of Snowdonia, unspoilt coastline on the Llyn, and an array of historic houses and castles.

Llyn Idwal, with Y Garn, capped with snow, forming the skyline. © Joe Cornish

Some of the most varied landscapes of North Wales lie within Snowdonia. The peaks of Snowdon rise to over 3,000 feet above sea level and provide some of the most magnificent scenery in the region while the dramatic slopes of the Arans are less frequented and offer stunning views and tranquillity. This is a great base from which to explore beautiful Betws-y-Coed with its interesting shops; the market town of Dolgellau; spectacular Cader Idris and the majestic Mawddach estuary. Several of the cottages are situated on the Ysbyty estate which is the Trust?s largest farmed estate consisting of 51 farms, 20,000 acres and over 500 acres of woodlands. National Trust places in and around Snowdonia include Craflwyn estate, Penhryn Castle, the shop and pub at Beddgelert, Ysbyty estate, Ty Mawr Wybrant, Aberconwy House, Conwy Suspension Bridge and Bodnant Gardens. Other attractions and places of interest include Llanwrst, Cerrigydrudion, Ruthin, Bala Lake, Llandudno, Conwy, Nant Gwynant Valley, Porthmadog, Criccieth, Portmeirion, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis, Harlech, Welsh Mountain Railway and the Welsh Slate Museum at Llanberis. Activities in the area include walking, birdwatching, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing.

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  • Walking
  • bird watching
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • white water rafting.
National Trust places to visit
Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant
Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant Traditional stone-built upland 16th-century farmhouse
Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Garden World-famous garden noted for its botanical collections
Conwy Suspension Bridge
Conwy Suspension Bridge Elegant suspension bridge and toll-keeper's house
Aberconwy House
Aberconwy House 14th-century merchant's house
Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds
Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens
Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens Home of the Marquess of Anglesey, with spectacular views of Snowdonia

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Alan Steel
    • August 2013
    • Hampshire
    Friendly sheep!

    The sheep were very friendly and made us feel most welcome.

  • B Sibley
    • June 2013
    • Dorset
    A cosy Farmhouse with idyllic rural views

    I had the pleasure of staying at this Farmhouse as part of a business trip and I found the cottage to be warm and welcoming. The cottage itself is set in the most idyllic of rural locations and the views are almost 360 around the property. A two minute climb to the hillside above the cottage allowed for some fantastic summer evening views watching the swallows and young lambs playing in and above the rolling fields. With Snowdonia in the distance with the sun dropping down behind it what more could one wish for. Absolute bliss.

  • Emma
    A wonderful cottage.

    A wonderful cottage. We had an amazing, relaxing stay here helped by the fact we had wonderful weather...sunburn in North Wales!! Make sure you keep well stocked up as quiet a trek to the nearest shop.

  • Wilde
    Perfect if you want to get away from it all.

    Loved the cottage. Perfect if you want to get away from it all. Well equpped. Take care in bad weather! The farmer caretaker was lovely. We'll be back.

  • The Walker family
    Fantastic cottage for a family.

    Fantastic cottage for a family. Very well equipped and it has a microwave which isn't stated on the details. It retains original features such as flagstone floors and fireplaces and is beautifully decorated to compliment the period. The children loved the sheep and opening and closing the farm gates to reach the cottage and the views are amazing. Great location for touring North Wales never more than 45 mins from anywhere. An idyllic cottage we all want to return to!

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Prices include:

  • VAT at the current rate
  • Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

Special offers

  • 20% May Discounts - Offer from 05/05/2014 to 22/05/2014 Save 20% 20% Discount

(not included in the price table above)

  • A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0844 335 1287 or email to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
  • As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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