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Gwalia Cottage

5 Upper Llwynygell, Rhiwbryfdir, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, Wales

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Susan Buonaparte



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  • Living Room.
  • Kitchen
  • Dinning area
  • Double Bedroom
  • Twin Bedroom
  • Upstairs Bathroom
  • Garden

Description of Gwalia Cottage

Welcome to Gwalia Cottage! A cosy 19th Century quarry man's cottage set in the heart of Snowdonia. Situated just outside the famous slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog and within walking distance of Zip World and Bounce Below, Gwalia Cottage offers you a home from home experience surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Close to wonderful mountain walks, majestic castles, steam train rides through spectacular countryside, the wonderful coastline and beaches of North Wales, Gwalia Cottage will make a perfect base for couples or families wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Gwalia Cottage sleeps up to 4 people comfortably in 2 bedrooms: 1 Double with beams and a feature fireplace, and 1 Twin which has it's own shower area! The upstairs bathroom has a bath, separate shower, toilet and sink.
The cosy living room has a lovely multi fuel stove, exposed beams and pine doors, 32'inch Freeview TV, WI-FI, DVD Player( with a large selection of DVD's to chose from!), and 2 leather sofa's to relax on. The cottage also has central heating and double glazing, so no need to feel cold on a chilly evening!!
The spacious kitchen/diner has everything you could need: oven, gas hob,fridge/freezer,microwave, toaster,kettle,washing machine,tumble dryer and dishwasher.The seating area has lovely views of the mountains and the old slate quarries...a lovely place to sit and enjoy that first cup of coffee of the day!
The steep garden has been imaginatively landscaped enhancing the exposed natural rock features with trees and shrubs. Halfway up you will find a lovely seating area which takes in the wonderful mountain views.There is also a very useful outhouse for storing bikes and a outside tap for washing down muddy wheels or muddy dogs!!
Up to 2 dogs are welcome at Gwalia. All we ask is that you bring their own bowls, bedding, towels etc and to keep them downstairs and please clean up after them on your departure. Poop bags are supplied! Please do not leave your pet unsupervised.
Changeover days are usually Saturday to Saturday. Arrival time: 4.00pm, departure time: 10.00am. Shorter breaks are also available during quieter periods.
Children are very welcome at Gwalia but due to the steep slate steps in the garden( which can be slippery when wet) we think that it might be unsuitable for children under the age of 5 years and for those who have limited mobility. Children should be supervised at all times.

Features of Gwalia Cottage

  • General
  • Washing machine
  • Woodburning stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Central heating
  • Bed linen included
  • Microwave
  • Garden
  • Freezer
  • Non Smoking
  • Tumble dryer
  • Entertainment
  • Colour TV
  • DVD player
  • Wifi / Internet Access
  • Additional Facilities
  • Bed linen is included in the rental price but please bring your own towels with you.
  • CD Player/Radio in Kitchen.
  • Freeview TV.
  • On road parking.
  • Separate shower and sink in Twin room.
  • Multi Fuel stove in Living Room.
  • DVD Player.

Local Information

The town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is just a 10 minute walk from the cottage. There are 3 very good super markets in the town, post office and plenty of places to eat.
Zip World and the LLechwedd Slate Caverns are just a short walk away.
Safe sandy beaches at Harlech and Black Rock Sands are a short drive away..and they are dog friendly!!
Castles galore, just waiting to be explored,
Swallow Falls near Betws-y Coed is a must!!

Accessibility Details

The property is not suitable for wheelchair users.
The cottage is unsuitable for children under the age of 5 years.
The cottage is situated on a main road but it is set back off the main road, by a small front garden which is fenced, which has 5 steps leading up to the front door. There is no pavement but there is plenty of parking opposite the cottage or further along the street.


Christmas/ New Year 4 nights minimum stay. Short breaks available, 3 night minimum stay. Dogs are allowed at the cottage but please restrict them to downstairs only.


Saturday to Saturday. Other days considered.

Booking Conditions

A non-refundable Deposit due 6 weeks before date of arrival. 30% of the total stay. If holiday booked within the 6 weeks limit full payment will be required.

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Location details for Gwalia Cottage

(Map marker is an approximate location, precise location provided upon booking)
  • Distance from:
  • 21 minutes drive from Betwys-y-Coed (11 miles)
  • 59 minutes drive from Bangor (33 miles)
  • 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Aberystwyth (56 miles)
  • 1 hour 38 minutes drive from M53 J3 with the A552 (76 miles)

  • Nearest Beaches:
  • 31 minutes drive from Carreg Wen (14 miles)
  • 33 minutes drive from Morfa Bychan - Black Rock Sands (15 miles)
  • 32 minutes drive from Morfa Bychan (15 miles)
  • 33 minutes drive from Harlech (16 miles)
  • 32 minutes drive from Criccieth (17 miles)
  • 33 minutes drive from Criccieth - West End (18 miles)

(All distances and times are approximations)

Getting Here

Gwalia Cottage is on the A470 between Blaenau Ffestiniog and Betws-y Coed, which makes it an ideal base from which to explore this wonderful part of Wales!