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. Sandra Winterhalder says:

    A beautiful cottage, full of character and charm. Comfortable bed and sofas, lovely kitchen, amazing garden.

    1. Tim Stokes says:

      Thanks very much for the review , glad you liked the cottage , and that it’s back to the required standard . Hope you had chance to explore the lovely walks and views from Tan Y Wenallt too.

  2. The Warwick Family says:

    We enjoyed a very pleasant week at Tan y Wenallt last week. It is a great central location – situated on a very quiet lane only a few minutes walk from the local pubs and close enough to both beach and mountains but also some lovely walks from the cottage.
    We were pleased to find the cottage spotless on our arrival and were greeted by the owners of the cleaning company who asked us to contact them straight away if we found any problems.
    The cottage is full of rustic charm, slightly rambling but also comfy. It fitted the needs of our 3 generation group very well, with plenty of spaces for coming together or getting a little time out. The kitchen has loads of crockery and glasses – very handy if you forget to put the dishwasher on! The garden is great to explore – our dog and the gardeners in our group loved it! We enjoyed eating in the conservatory in the evenings and were pleased to find a second fridge to ensure the beer was cold as well as fitting all of the food! We visited the two local pubs and had excellent meals there and on another evening found disposable BBQs in the well-stocked village shop to enjoy a warm summer evening.
    Don’t miss the local waterfalls, just a few minutes drive up the road from the pub – £3 to park at the caravan site with signposted walks to the falls which all in our group really enjoyed.

    1. Tim Stokes says:

      Thanks so much for the feedback , I’m glad you enjoyed the cottage and garden , and the waterfalls etc. There are wonderful walks directly from the cottage , either up the Wenallt ( with wonderful views ) or through the woods and joining together by the Artro river fed from 2 valleys
      Both the cym bychan and cwm nantcol valleys wonderful . With a nature trail in one and the Roman steps at the head of the other
      Hiring a bike from the village is a great way to explore if you can manage hills, if you prefer the flat , then to shell island island – an easy ride

      But more importantly I’m happy that the cottage was clean and welcoming as it should be

      Thanks again for the review

  3. Appleton says:

    We had a fantastic two weeks in Llanbedr despite staying in this cottage which is at best quirky. The housekeeping is appalling. We found whisky bottles in wardrobes, hair clips on the carpet so clearly the floors had not been cleaned. The downstairs toilet floor was filthy. Only the more noticeable surfaces in the cottage had been cleaned, others were extremely dusty.

    On arrival we found the immersion heater didn’t work but was only told of this after speaking to the owner. The kitchen tap leaks, we had to place a cloth under it! The conservatory needs a lot of work, the fascias are hanging off and the skylights leak. It’s also full of ants.

    The cobwebs behind the microwave have clearly been there a long time not just a recent addition. The bed linen for the king size bed didn’t even fit. I would also have expected a change of linen after the first week but we got nothing.

    Despite being mentioned at least a couple of times by other reviewers the front door has still not been fixed. Once locked it is very difficult to unlock.

    We contacted the owner a couple of times but to be honest he wasn’t that helpful and just kept referring us to the housekeeper. A delivery of a fridge freezer whilst we were out proved to be quite unnerving. It was just dumped in its box in the conservatory and left without any notification. But more alarming was the fact that the doors were left unlocked and open !!

    This cottage could be fantastic because the location couldn’t be better but unfortunately the service we received means that we can not recommend it to anyone. This was our most expensive rental but proved to be the worst.

    1. Tim Stokes says:

      I’m so sorry about this
      It seems everything went wrong and the mix up with the new fridge freezer was my fault ( I’d been asked to provide a larger one by previous guests ) , I didn’t realise Curries would just leave it, I thought Kirsty was keeping you informed on the installation

      Following your complaint we were advised by Snowdonia Cleaning Services that particular cleaner no longer services the cottage.

      It would have been great if I’d known when you’d arrived since I could have done something about it ,
      It’s even more frustrating because I pay £90 per clean And linen on top 🙁

      Snowdonia Cleaning Services assure me the cottage is cleaned properly , and I have contacted several guests to check

      I know nothing I can say will change what happened , and I’m really sorry I wasn’t much help ,
      unfortunately I was on a New drugs trial at the RMH in Sutton , and unable to travel

      All I can ask is if anything at all is substandard that Snowdonia Cleaning Services are told immediately upon your arrival so we can put it right

      You can imagine , like you , for £90.00 every week I expect the cottage to be clean and welcoming I’m so sorry it wasn’t

      I have contacted the guests staying there this week to check everything is ok , they assured me the cottage is clean and they have the correct welcome pack

      Thank you for taking the trouble to write the feedback I hope it doesn’t put people off staying at the cottage


    2. Tim Stokes says:

      I should add that the hot water is plentiful , but to change the immersion heater during a guests stay could result in no hot water for a while and the engineer suggested we wait till the end of the season

      The hot water is at mains pressure from a heat Rae Sadia megaflow which means you get a lovely power shower and because the water is heated under pressure , it reheats very quickly


  4. The Farnham and Plymouth Dicksons says:

    We had a lovely stay at Tan Y Wenallt. There were 7 of us altogether plus Molly the dog. The cottage fitted us all well (although the headroom caused my 6’1″ son a few issues!) and it was clean and tidy when we arrived.

    Plus points: lots of good sized pans in the kitchen and a big range cooker, lots of cupboard space in the kitchen, beautiful cottage garden with lovely planting (and safe for the dog), no shortage of crockery and cutlery, several compost heaps to put the veg peelings and tea leaves in (I’m a composting fanatic and holiday cottages never seem to have compost heaps so finding that Tan Y Wenallt had several was a joy!), several outbuildings so we could store our bikes safely, the local shop selling all the necessities was close by, lots of opportunities for lovely walks right on the doorstep.

    There was some room for improvement too: the fridge was too small for up to 8 people, especially as it’s quite a way to go to stock up; there was no tea pot 🙁 so we had to go and buy one, no cafetiere either but we’d brought our own. We had some issues with WiFi but managed to sort it. Having only one shower caused a few morning traffic jams but some of us embraced the opportunity to re-discover the joys of having a bath.

    All in all though we enjoyed our stay and the lovely peaceful location.

    1. Tim says:

      Thanks for taking the time for such an accurate review
      You are quite right & We are looking into where to put another fridge ,
      There was a cafetière there when I went in January 🙁 I think some guests are too embarrassed to say when they accidentally break things, I don’t know where the teapot went
      The nearest supermarkets are Harlech and Barmouth , Harlech is nearest , the larger supermarkets also deliver if you don’t want to take provisions with you

    2. Tim Stokes says:

      A New upright fridge freezer has been ordered for 22 June to replace chest freezer 🙂

  5. The Watts Family says:

    Another perfect stay at Tan y Wenallt. We had a lovely Easter week blessed by lovely weather for the most part which made the enjoyment of the cottage and gardens even better.
    (A couple of minor maintenance items – hot water tap in upstairs bathroom needs fixing and the front door lock is very stiff)

    1. Tim Stokes says:

      Thanks for feedback , I’ll ask housekeeping to check

  6. Glynis says:

    Glynis Lorraine Scott and Malcolm
    We had a really special week at Tan Y Wenallt. Lovely spacious cottage with everything you need It’s been restored and furnished with love We enjoyed reading the history of the cottage and family Sad to hear your moms passing Tim but I imagine you have lots of memories with your mom there
    Lovely gardens but if there is one suggestion my sisters dog is a Husky and it would have been easy for her to jump onto wall at the side of garden overlooking the field There was a couple of wire fencing but she could have got through as they were wide apart So we kept her on a lead in the garden as we were worried about the sheep and cattle
    Other than that a most wonderful place
    Thank you

    1. Tim Stokes says:

      Thank you for the kind comments , the garden is quite large and we advise adventurous dog owners to supervise them , same goes for kids !

  7. Neil Bartholomew says:

    A rambling, quirky property but decidedly appealing, although I didn’t think the cobwebs around the window of the small back bedroom with the bunk beds – really only suitable for children – added to the rustic charm. The garden rooms, on the other hand, were extremely pleasant both for sitting and eating in and the garden with all its hidden corners a delight. There were lots of attractive and varied places to visit within easy reach and altogether our stay in the cottage was most enjoyable.

    1. Tim Stokes says:

      Thanks for feedback
      Sorry about cobwebs, it’s an ongoing battle in the summertime the spiders manage to build webs overnight .
      So glad you enjoyed the cottage , and yes the bunk rooms are really for kids , actually it was my bedroom till I was 17 ! But I hope the other rooms and garden made up for it
      Tim ( owner)

    2. Tim Stokes says:

      Hi Neil
      Thanks for pointing out the cobwebs , housekeeping are keeping an eye out in future

  8. Robert Watts says:

    Our stay was perfect, again!
    Thanks for the welcome pack – much appreciated.
    We had a great time.
    The garden worked really well for the kids easter egg hunt.
    Ty Mawr definitely the best for dinners out.
    The Victoria is good for breakfast though.
    We will be back soon I’m sure as it really is our happy place 🙂

  9. Robert Watts says:

    We had a marvellous Xmas at Tan y Wenallt thank you.
    The cottage was perfect for our family.
    Have been to this area many times and stayed at Tan y Wenallt twice before in the summer but have never been in Winter – if anything it is even more beautiful.
    Thanks for putting up a Christmas tree and decorations.
    The heating including the log burner was fantastic.
    Only downside was that my 7 yr old granddaughter was sad the tree swing had gone!
    The welcome pack was much appreciated thank you.
    Used both Ty Mawr and the Victoria pubs which are both good and within walking distance but take a torch at night.

  10. Phil Greenway says:

    Dear Louise Tan-y-wenallt was Ideal for our family holiday, The location was perfect and the cottage had so much character we did’nt want to leave. We have already started to recommend it to our friends and look forward to our next visit many thanks Phil Greenway.

  11. Karen littlejohns says:

    Tan y Wenallt cottage is by far the best we have had the pleasure to stay in. The kitchen was very well equipped with the oven being very easy to use with ample cooking space for a family of Seven. Living room was very comfortable with plenty of seating with a lovely log fire. All the bedrooms were spacious and comfortable. The garden was worth the rental cost on its own lots of seating to found by following the many paths leading in all directions. It was a joy to sit in the garden listening to the birds enjoying the peace and quiet.

  12. Jackie Nicholas says:

    The cottage was laid out prefectly for a party 6 adults & 2 children with 2 bedrooms upstairs & 2 down. The conservatory was lovely & bright, ideal for family games. The kitchen was very well equipped & nice to have plates & mugs still available once the dishwasher was full. The only thing we could done with was more fridge space. The cottage was in a great location for a walks, 2 pubs in walking distance & the coast. Thanks for a lovely stay.

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