Holiday Cottage in Wild Snowdonia | Ysgubor-Goch | Dioni

Holiday Cottage in Wild Snowdonia | Ysgubor-Goch

This beautiful barn has been converted into a very handsome holiday cottage in wild Snowdonia. A rugged farm track leads you up through a disused slate quarry and the mountains of Snowdonia to a haven of peace and tranquillity. Here a traditional welsh long barn as well as the main farmhouse nearby provides idyllic holiday accommodation for guests wanting to escape the hassle of modern life.

Holiday Cottage in Wild Snowdonia | Ysgubor-Goch

The barn has 4 bedrooms and can comfortably sleep up to 8 people. The conversion is imaginative and well thought out. Bedrooms are spacious and the open plan design of the living area creates a wonderfully sociable environment.

From the entrance hallway we turn left into the living area. This huge open plan area comprises lounge, dining and kitchen areas. The lounge houses some comfortable leather sofas, a modern flat screen TV as well as a warming log fire. Overhead a suspended walkway connects the first floor bedrooms whilst preserving the sense of space afforded by vaulted ceilings.

The dining area comes next. A wooden table surrounded by eight country cottage chairs is overlooked by a traditional welsh dresser. And from here we walk through to the kitchen area. All the appliances you could ask for are included. Fridge, freezer, dishwasher etc. are all there. The washer dryer is housed in the adjoining utility room.

Returning across the entrance hallway we have a very spacious ground floor twin room. The adjoining bathroom with shower and wc ensures that any guests with mobility problems can be comfortably accommodated.

An open tread wooden staircase takes us to the three first floor bedrooms. One double room and one twin room occupy the southern end of the barn. That suspended walkway then takes us across to another spacious double bedroom and a luxurious bathroom. The bathroom has a wc, bath and separate shower cubicle. All the bedrooms are immaculately clean and tidy and a modern central heating system ensures guests feel warm and cosy even in the depths of winter.

Property Details

Sleeps  8+cot

Pets  Strictly no pets

Smoking  No

Bed Linen  Provided

Towels  Provided

Cot and High Chair  Provided

Bedrooms  4 Bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Master double; Bedroom 2: Double Bedroom; 3: Twin; Bedroom 4: Groundfloor twin with TV

Bathrooms  2 Bathrooms: Bathroom 1: with bath and separate shower cubicle; Bathroom 2: with shower cubicle

Facilities  Wifi, linen and towels provided, central heating, electric oven, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, washing machine and drier, Iron and Ironing board, cot and high chair, flat-screen TV in the living room and ground floor bedroom, DVD player. Cycle storage.

***Please note on payment of balance a £200 security deposit will be pre-authorised on your card. This will be released in full after a post-departure inspection (usually within 5 working days).***

**Please note due to COVID-19 the games room is currently unavailable**


A short 3 minute drive will bring you to lake Cwellyn car park. The famous Snowdon Ranger path up Snowdon starts here. This westerly route up the mountain is often favoured by more experience walkers to the busier eastern routes on the other side of the mountain.

A little further is the next village of Rhyd Ddu. Another pub, another route up Snowdon plus the opportunity to jump on the Welsh Highland Railway, a narrow gauge steam railway that runs between the larger towns of Porthmadog and Caernarfon, along, what must be, one of the most picturesque railway routes in the world.

Caernarfon is about 6 miles away from the cottage to the North (15 mins in the car). The famous castle is a natural ‘must do’ but lots of shops, cafes and restaurants are also there. 15 miles to the south is the bustling seaside town of Porthmadog. Again, plenty of shopping opportunities as well as the popular sandy beaches of Borth Y Guest and Black Rock.

The fastest zip line in the world, internationally renowned white water rafting and premier down hill mountain biking are just some of the more adrenaline enducing activities also available in the area.


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  1. Manfred and family says:

    We spent 2 weeks at this lovely and so peaceful cottage. The approach wasn´t a problem and the road to the cottage is not as bad as we expected. You just have to drive slowly because of a few potholes, but you can´t drive fast at the narrow road anyway. The house had been very tidy with plenty of space for 7 people. We found everything we needed for our comfort and the really friendly owners answered immediately to one question we had. The surroundings are magnificent and you can go in for a lots of things from there without driving too far. We walked up to Yr Wyddfa and the Cnicht, did several walks at the coastal path, visited Halen Môn at Anglesey, Zip World or went to Caernarfon and Bangor. WiFi is very good at the cottage which was really comfortable. There had been just one thing that strained us: the huge amount of rubbish. The owner told us he has a contract with somebody who separates the waste but it´s a bad feeling anyway not to be able to collect paper, glass or compost for example, but putting all together. Therefore we preferred to have a real coffee-machine, not one with pads, but these are only annotationes. Also we could not find the pub at Betws Garmon the homepage is talking about, but we didn´t ask anybidy so maybe we just didn´t mention.

    We can highly recommand this cottage and if possible, we will surely come back! So thanks a lot for wonderful holiday, greetings from Bavaria!

  2. Brian Seymour says:

    This is the nicest accommodation we have stayed in, cannot fault it and in a lovely location.
    Highly recommended.

  3. Janet says:

    Had a lovely Easter break at Ysgybor Goch – 7 adults (with 3 cars) easily accommodated and good equipment for all in this tastefully converted barn . Photos on website are accurate. 5 minutes drive to car park for Ranger path up Snowdon – we walked/climbed it but couldn’t see much at the top ! Also walked the local footpaths, visited Caernafon and rode Titan at Zipworld. Returning each day to be able to have a soak in the hot tub was just wonderful, re-energising us for food and silly games in the evenings. Would highly recommend this cottage to family groups.

  4. Kayleigh says:

    This was our 2nd time staying in this cottage and was as just as good as the last time stunning views of the mountains so peaceful. Would defiantly come back again

  5. Andrew Brewer says:

    Very well thought out barn conversion, 4 great sized bedrooms, suited family gathering of three generations perfectly as grandparents had downstairs bedroom and ensuite.
    Location is excellent, perfect for a get away from it all break (very “isolated”… expected.
    Access was very challenging indeed, really needs a sign or similar and track to be repaired in parts. Near to the point of being unusable, especially in winter i would have thought. Thankfully one of our party had successfully navigated, otherwise we may still have been looking.

  6. Keith McAdam says:

    First the 99% positives and then some tips and suggestions.
    The barn is a great place to stay and the interior is near faultless. There is also every need met. So there is nothing to bring with you. It is very spacious with lots of clean, unchipped crockery and glasses.
    I’d improve the TV facility which is by modern standards too small for communal viewing from the seating area. If I lived here then beneath the walkway would be a great place to install a projector and rotate the seating by 90 degrees to face the stair wall.
    The location is very beautiful and tranquil.
    The owners were responsive to a problem with the front door.
    The main issues are the drive up from the road and phone signal.
    Top tips for finding the place. From the south you see the camp on the left and the church and graveyard on the right. The turnoff is the next left. From the north if you pass them turn back. The fork occurs almost immediately off the road. There should be better signage but there is a red post box to the left of the wrong fork. So take the LEFT fork. The lane is indeed partially tarmac but the quality degrades and after the quarry becomes a track. It is desperately in need of patching. Take it slowly and be prepared to often go to one side of the track to avoid a pothole on the other. Grounding the car is not yet an issue but it could become one. Our Honda Jazz made it up but it requires constant vigilance.
    You might come here to leave technology behind but the wifi is for us an essential. We are on 3 network and there was no signal. But 3 do an Android app called Three in Touch that allows calls and texts over wifi. So check out your network provider for a similar app.
    Final top tip is food and groceries. There is a Londis attached to a garage on the way in from the north. Carnarvon is next nearest. And there is a Tesco with petrol station in Porthmadog. Our daughters arranged an online delivery and I recommend the approach. But be very clear about directions because the lack of clear signage is a MAJOR shortcoming for the store. Our Asda driver took an hour to find the place.
    The cost of one or two fence posts and a sign or board with anything quickly recognisable would address a major shortcoming. If there was a post with a board of a distinctive colour you could say “Look out for the yellow and blue board” or something similar. Personally I’d get a poster of Shaun the Sheep and varnish it to the wood. Who doesn’t love Ardman Animations?

  7. Kevin Moffat says:

    Just back from a wonderful week in the cottage. we are a family of four, two girls aged 7 and 12. We had an amazing time, including climbing Snowden up the llanberis path. In hindsight next time we will walk the Ranger trail, as the Llanberis walk was very busy !!. We also had an amazing time at Plas Y Brenin outdoor centre in Capel Curig, spent a day canoeing, climbing etc, fantastic.
    The cottage is lovely and really spacious. I notice the comments about phone coverage and wi-fi, do you really want or need this on holiday !!. There is wi-fi but we did’nt feel the need to use it. The views from the cottage are amazing, such a lovely sense of space and light. There is so much to do in the area, we had fun packed days including a trip to Greenacres theme park, a trip to Portmeiron (where the ‘prisoner’ was filmed), a BBQ on the beach at Pothmadog, climbed Snowden, day at Plas Y Brenin and a lovely day walking around Bedgelert and Betwys Coed. I cannot recommend this cottage enough, it is perfect for a family or a group of friends. Oh, and if you are a family with young children, and are worried about climbing Snowden, do not hesitate. as long as you are wearing suitable layers, and have water etc, then you will absolutely love it. Having witnessed fellow climbers wearing flip flops (I kid you not) then you’ll get the idea !!
    The only slight criticism, if you can call it that…is the chlorine levels in the hot tub are really high, meaning it’s quite unpleasant for a while after start up, but it does seem to clear after 15 mins or so with the window and door open !

  8. lyn marston says:

    Cottage fantastic, well equipped and very clean. Location excellent. Just a small criticism not particularly well signposted and approach road very rough in p!aces need to drive carefully to avoid damage to car. We would definitely stay again.

  9. Garry & Karen says:

    Enjoyed a great week in this fantastic location. Plenty of space for 8 of us. Has everything that you would need in the kitchen, house is well heated plus has the addition of a log burner. Hot tub was ideal following a days walking. We would highly recommend.

  10. Han says:

    What a lovely place to stay. Clean, lovely decor and delightfully spacious. Excellent heating and hot water facilities with a kitchen that was really well stocked with essential cooking items. A lovely home from home in a truly stunning location. Many thanks

  11. Sarah Deeley says:

    This is a beautiful cottage in a really special place.
    We enjoyed every minute of our stay and had everything we needed.
    Particularly enjoyed running in the valley and our german shepherd, Smokey, was in his element!
    The only problem was the lack of a landline. I personally enjoyed having no phone signal and being away from the rest of the world, but it proved difficult to contact members of our party who came separately to give directions. Other than that, everything was great.
    Thanks again, we will be back!

  12. Dave Thorn says:

    The barn was beautiful and set in ideal surroundings with only sheep as neighbours most of the time. Lots of lovely walking trails, mapped up to minimise the risk of getting lost with arrows at random points.

    The barn had all amenities and was located within easy reach of local shop and supermarket for food shopping.

    It was very difficult to find even with email instruction as no real signage so this would be really helpful to others visiting. A sign at the end of the lane you turn down off main road through quarry would be ideal (rusty sign at present of no real assistance)

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