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. Gail Faulkner, Pontefract says:

    Just returned from a wonderful week with glorious sunshine which made it very special. Know the area well so made for Harlech beach, castle, Plas cafe in Harlech, crabbing at Shell island and local walks. our daughter and family went to Greenwood (?) with their two houng boys, its a long way but they would recommend it very highly. The cottage is lovely and it’s spacious proportions make it easily big enough for our party of 6 plus 2 young boys. The extra tv in the conservatory was very useful as we were there during the Olympics and different people wanted to watch different things. Garden is fabulous with lovely seating area and great barbecue. The kitchen is very well equipped. WiFi very effective and useful. The beams were a bit of a challenge to our 6′ 4′ son, but nothing from which he couldn’t recover! Nearby are wonderful walks, river and decent pubs, though the food at the Vic is basic, but the nearness makes up for that as an alternative.

    Didn’t want to come home……

  2. John Dowling, Liverpool says:

    Can only reiterate what has been already said. Some head banging opertunities for 6 footers with the old parts of the house, but its a lovely, happy, warm house with more than enough room for 8 people, plus a super garden full of Spring bushes and flowers. Perfectly situated for both beach enthusiasts and walkers. The area seems to attract the sun too – when all around can have cloud and rain. Enjoyed our stay immensely – hope not too many punters read these comments will reduce our chances in the future !


    We had a fantastic holiday at Tan-y-Wenallt. The cottage was beautiful with every thing you could wish for to make it a perfect holiday retreat for a family gathering (mum, dad, daughters, sons and partners!). We loved the mix of old and new decor, the modern conveniences, the amazingly comfortable beds and the fact there was plenty of space for eight adults to spread out into, even into the beautiful garden on warmer evenings. There was, of course, the added bonus of it being at the heart of such glorious scenery, majestic mountains and sublime beaches, and close to Barmouth (our favourite place – full of special memories for the whole family) We would love to visit again and hope any new visitors enjoy their stay as much as we all did. Thank you. Happy holidays!

  4. Askey party, Staffs. says:

    We’ve just returned from a fabulous girly weekend in this lovely cottage. It is warm, cosy and beautifully furnished. Favourite moments were spent relaxing on the huge sofas around the log burner in the lounge, ( photos don’t do it justice) and exploring the local area. Great location, beautiful garden, even in winter. we definitely plan to return next year.

  5. Bowler family, Warwickshire says:

    We enjoyed a relaxing break over the October half-term week in this beautiful and spacious cottage. The high quality renovations have been done very sympathetically and add to (rather than diminish) the character of the house. The garden is surprisingly large with varied plantings and different areas to sit and take in the country air – an oasis of tranquillity and calm. From the moment we arrived we felt at home and we look forward to returning soon.

  6. Family Pala, holland says:

    We loved our stay at Tan y Wenallt. Its a lovely cottage. It was everything you could have wished for and more! Very comfortable and filled with lovely details.
    Wales is absolutely stunning. And we definitely hope to return.

  7. Walsh family, Warwickshire says:

    We had a fantastic break at the end of August 2011. The Cottage is absolutely beautiful, the garden awesome and we were blessed with great company too!

    We enjoyed taking turns cooking in the super kitchen and also frequented the two local pubs.

    The house and garden were so lovely we could have stayed in all week but there is loads to do with the kids- breathtaking beaches and we also took the train to the top of Snowdon- lousy view due to the weather but we can say we have done it!

    In contrast on our last 2 days we were on the beach until gone 6pm, the weather was so good. Thanks again for a wonderful break- we will definately return 🙂

  8. Mr Mrs A E Stuart says:

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Tan y Wenallt in May 2011 it’s such a spacious and beautifully furnished cottage . The garden is delightful The bedrooms are all large and again beautifully furnished.
    The Kitchen is very well equipped with excellent induction range cooker and real granite work surface and when we didn’t want to cook the Vic and Ty Mawr were just a short stroll away and both served really good “Pub Grub”
    The location of the cottage allowed the more energetic of us to take advantage of the many lovely walks and play golf. We loved to cottage so much we are returning with friends in Sept.

  9. Barry Dunne - Dubai says:

    We had two families of 4 staying at the cottage for a week at the start of August. The cottage itself was very comfortable, the beds in particular! The kids loved the garden. All the creature comforts were provided and the hosts very helpful.

    The area is beautiful, the beaches stunning. The weather was a little mixed but hey that’s Wales…we came from Dubai so we weren’t after the sun. I’d fully recommend a family stay at Tan-Y-Wenallt.

  10. Gill and Gavin Pond , says:

    Beautiful ,stylish home set in a fabulous garden , we had an amazing weekend, being lazy , but

    also fitting in a trip to Shell Island ,with it’s amazing dunes ,and an afternoon round Harlech castle.

    Both very close by .We definitely plan to go back soon.

  11. Pettiford family says:

    We stayed as a party of 6 at Tan Y Wenallt in May 2011. The cottage is absolutely beautiful and very comfortable and spacious. The garden is large and a real suntrap. We definitely plan to return.

  12. Maggie Sutton and family says:

    Just wanted to let you know that we have returned today from our week’s holiday at Tan Y Wenallt, Llanbedr, the cottage was everything we could have wished for, the owners have done a magnificent job of renovating it, the inside is lovely and the garden is gorgeous. We had a really lovely holiday, thank you for all your help

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