Self Catering in Llanbedr | log fire and large garden with BBQ

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

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.

Wales Coastal Path at Harlech Beach

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 constructions giving this house its name. Tan Y Wenallt, as was often the case, has been much improved subsequently, however. It’s most recent 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 a historic ambience. 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.

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

Property Details

Sleeps  8

Pets  2 Max (£30 per pet)

Smoking  No

Bed Linen  Provided

Towels  Provided

Cot and High Chair  No

Bedrooms  4 bedrooms. One ground floor double room, one ground floor with bunk beds, master bedroom with king size beds (very low beams), one twin room

Bathrooms  1 ground bathroom with shower plus roll top bath, 1 first floor bathroom with bath.

Facilities  Welcome Hamper, Washing Machine, Fridge Freezer, Dishwasher, TV + Freesat, BlueRay Player, WiFi, Enclosed Garden.

***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 there isn't a swing in the garden or BBQ currently available for use***


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/newsagent 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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  1. Pete Johnstone says:

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

  2. Katherine Tunnah says:

    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!

  3. Julia Stockton says:

    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.

  4. Peter pennie says:

    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.

    1. Tim Stokes says:

      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.

  5. Di and Mike Pennie says:

    Hi Tim
    We have just returned from yet another wonderful stay in your wonderful cottage. Thank you for the welcome pack, it was great fully appreciated.
    We found the cottage to be lovely and clean. Our bedroom was lovely, we always sleep downstairs as this is our favourite room. Our little cocker spaniel enjoyed your lovely garden. We were able to sit outside as the weather was fantastic.
    We did have a problem with the tv in the lounge which was due to a loose connection upstairs. This was dealt with promptly. Kirsty and her partner sorted this out and even offered to lend us a tv.
    As my husband lived locally for many years and we love to return for visits I must say your outstanding property is the best we have ever had.
    Mike and Peter are looking forward to coming down in November, sadly I won’t be coming down, boys week only. I shall look forward to our stay next year.
    Best wishes Di and Mike Pennie.

    1. Tim Stokes says:

      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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