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. Mark sweeney says:

    This was our second stay at tan-y-wenallt we really like the house and the location both are perfect for a lovely break the house offers plenty of room for a comfortable stay( we were a mixed party of six adults and two dogs ) the garden is fully enclosed so was great to be able to let them out safely (The dogs that is ) We did the roman steps the panarama and the nantcol falls walks on this visit all come highly recommended Big thanks to the owners for letting us share there fantastic property

  2. Dirk Huelsenbusch says:

    2nd time around!
    House and garden were again great.
    We had a wonderful time,
    and who says repeats are boring?
    We even made friends with Gari, Sheena and their 3 kids,
    as they almost matched with ours.
    So hopefully we will be back next year.
    Thank you very much!

  3. Garry Palin says:

    The cottage was a delight for us and our 3 boys. The boys enjoyed exploring the rambling gardens and playing hide and seek in the house and around the gardens. Attractive and functional layout to kitchen/dining area with options to eat inside and outside. The only problem was we had to come home again after our weeks stay.

  4. Four generations of our family ranging from 2 to 82 have just had a wonderful weeks holiday at Tan-y-Wenallt. The cottage is perfect and very well equipped with everything you could possibly want. All generations really enjoyed the beautiful garden, particularly the 82, 2 and 6 year olds but we did have the perfect weather for it. We really enjoyed the conservatory which became the games room on an evening. The local Victoria Inn is pleasant with a great beer garden for the children but the service left a bit to be desired. Food was good when it came which was usually about 45/60 min after ordering but it was Spring Bank week so really busy. We tried the Ty Mawr hotel on our last night and wished we’d gone there the first night as we wouldn’t have gone anywhere else. Food wonderful (and reasonably quick) and the service was excellent. We would definitely recommend this wonderful cottage to anyone and hope to be back soon.

  5. The Hopwood clan says:

    Really enjoyed our stay, cottage was spacious very cosy and comfortable, plenty of room for 3 generations.
    the garden was an absolute delight, the swing was a fabulous addition, as was the guitar,we had some marvellous
    sing songs.
    highly recommended for a really cosy home from home getaway. Hope to return soon.

  6. Heather and Mick French says:

    We were a party of six, plus a dog and we all loved the house and garden. There was plenty of kitchen equipment, cutlery and crockery. The location within walking distance of pubs, shops and the railway station was very useful. The lovely walks straight from the door meant the car could have a rest some days and the dog loved his walks on the local beaches every day. The history of the house was fascinating. We would all certainly like to make a return visit. Finally, I have to say that we had six days of unbroken sunshine which goes to show that everything that you hear about Welsh weather isn’t always true.

  7. Nicki Mead says:

    We had a lovely stay at Tan-Y-Wenallt between Christmas and over New Year, the cottage is a lovely mixture of old and new. The log fire kept us warm and dry after the many walks we did, such as up to the waterfalls nearby and the sand dunes at Harlech. The pubs in the village, especially “The Vic” were very hospitable and many a game of darts and a meal was had after a long walk with the family. The cottage was a great base for a relaxing break after Christmas, to read and play games and explore the local area if wished. The “wet” weather didn’t dampen our stay due to the fabulous facilities at the cottageThe Christmas decorations were a really nice touch – Thank You

  8. Dirk Huelsenbusch says:

    We think Tan-Y-Wenallt is the most beautiful cottage with an even more beautiful garden.
    Everything is simply perfect – fire logs, an amazing stove, free wifi, rummikub, The Beatles Anthology and Songs of S. just to mention some details.
    Every day we walked up the hill behind the cottage and enjoyed the views and that very old ash tree, the children playing hide and seek up there.
    Shell Island is absolutely recommendable as is the beach just before Harlech with the ancient small church… as is Portmeirion…
    So I think we have to come back as soon as possible though it`s quite a way from Bonn.

    1. Tim stokes says:

      Thanks for comments Dirk
      The beach with the church is called llandanwg and we love the walk there too ,around the headland .

  9. The Keyburn family, Lancashire says:

    Fantastic cottage, gardens, location, area……
    Three generations and two dogs thoroughly enjoyed two weeks in June. Sitting in the “garden room” watching the wildlife when not out walking or doing some other thing elsewhere was great. We even drove to New Quay one day and saw Dolphins from the CBMWC boat, and land too! Loads done, and loads still to do.
    Will definitely come back, as still loads more to do. All the good comments in the other postings are true. Don’t hesitate – GO THERE!

  10. Tim stokes says:

    Hi Will the wifi is FREE and UNLIMITED ! Password is in the welcome pack 🙂
    There should have been a basket of logs when you arrived and you pay for the extra ones that are provided for visitors by the local woodsman,
    The fuel oil is given free but to include a daily supply of logs would add to the cost which we try to keep low
    I’m very sorry about the heating not being on when you arrived that was my fault , unfortunately we had a family upset and I completely forgot , I really hope it didn’t ruin your time there.

  11. Tori says:

    The cottage was a lovely retreat and place to stay over the new year break, I’d even go so far as to say the best in recent years. Thank you for the little extra touches such as decorations, beautiful liqueur glasses, antique accordion (many guests hark from musical training or profession) and lovely furry warm blankets. All wonderful!

    1. Tim stokes says:

      Thanks for lovely feedback
      It’s great when I go to the cottage and find the guitar is in tune and has been used , even with grubby kids hands and a few new scratches
      It’s there so I can encourage people to get into playing music( and undervalued skill if you ask me)
      Would love to leave another better accordion but the heating and kids would destroy it !

  12. Mike & Sue says:

    Great location, walking distance to good pubs/restaurants. House is fantastic for all weathers, garden is beautiful and safe for dogs. Local walks ( one circular walk right behind the cottage. Plenty of things to see and do within a short drive. A good base from which to explore or simply chill out! Cottage was well equipped , lounge and beds very comfortable. We were also blessed with excellent weather.

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