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Dyffryn Mymbyr Cottage


Conwy, Conwy

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A modified and restored 16th-century listed cottage with incredible views (including the Snowdon Horseshoe and Moel Siabod). Located on a working upland farm and heated by an innovative and low carbon wood-pellet heating system. The house and farm are the setting of the iconic book 'I bought a Mountain' - a classic tale of life on an upland Welsh farm between the two world wars by Thomas Firbank. Another famous occupant, and the donor of the farm was Esme Kirby, an environmental campaigner and founder of the watchdog group Snowdonia Society.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Spacious farmhouse kitchen with granite worktops and belfast sink, large traditional sitting/dining room with inglenook fireplace and wood-burning stove.
First floor
Two bedrooms (1 twin, 1 double), bathroom with electric shower over bath. There are many traditional features in this cottage such as low beams.
Visitor notes

Heating: Wood-pellet central heating included.

Parking: Off-road parking available for two cars opposite the cottage.

Garden: There is only a patio area to the front of the cottage with garden furniture. Perfect for taking in the stunning views over Moel Siabod.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 12pm at this cottage.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer.

Television: Due to the location of this cottage, television reception can be very poor at times and can be weather dependent. We have provided a DVD player so you may wish to bring your own DVD's.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Remote Location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

Exterior, beach near Burrows Cottage,Llanmadoc,Gower,South Wales © Joe Cornish

South Wales is a land of sweeping green valleys, rugged mountains, woodland and forests and miles of coastal paths laced with heather.

The special places we look after in Pembrokeshire include the rugged landscape and views over to Ireland from St David's Peninsula, to the nature reserve at Stackpole where otters and dragonflies nestle amongst the water reeds. Then take in the views over the Bristol Channel to Lundy and Exmoor from sun-drenched Rhossili, the highest point on the Gower peninsula.

In North Wales, the dramatic mountain scenery of Snowdonia, with its rivers, waterfalls and the Nant Gwynant valley nestled amongst the mountains and hills, draws people back again and again, while the colourful beach huts at Llanbedrog beach and grey seal-spotting at Porthor Beach are just a few of the highlights of the very special Llyn Peninsula.

Llyn Idwal, with Y Garn, capped with snow, forming the skyline. © Joe Cornish

Some of the most varied landscapes of North Wales lie within Snowdonia. The peaks of Snowdon rise to over 3,000 feet above sea level and provide some of the most magnificent scenery in the region while the dramatic slopes of the Arans are less frequented and offer stunning views and tranquillity. This is a great base from which to explore beautiful Betws-y-Coed with its interesting shops; the market town of Dolgellau; spectacular Cader Idris and the majestic Mawddach estuary. Several of the cottages are situated on the Ysbyty estate which is the Trust?s largest farmed estate consisting of 51 farms, 20,000 acres and over 500 acres of woodlands. National Trust places in and around Snowdonia include Craflwyn estate, Penhryn Castle, the shop and pub at Beddgelert, Ysbyty estate, Ty Mawr Wybrant, Aberconwy House, Conwy Suspension Bridge and Bodnant Gardens. Other attractions and places of interest include Llanwrst, Cerrigydrudion, Ruthin, Bala Lake, Llandudno, Conwy, Nant Gwynant Valley, Porthmadog, Criccieth, Portmeirion, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis, Harlech, Welsh Mountain Railway and the Welsh Slate Museum at Llanberis. Activities in the area include walking, birdwatching, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing.

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place to visit
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  • Walking
  • bird watching
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • white water rafting.
National Trust places to visit
Ty^ Mawr Wybrnant
Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant Traditional stone-built upland 16th-century farmhouse
Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds
Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Garden World-famous garden noted for its botanical collections
Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens
Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens Home of the Marquess of Anglesey, with spectacular views of Snowdonia
Segontium Remains of a Roman fort
Conwy Suspension Bridge
Conwy Suspension Bridge Elegant suspension bridge and toll-keeper's house


Comments from past visitors

  • Keech
    • March 2016
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    Made enjoyable...

    The location, the uniqueness of the cottage, its history and location. I would like to say a huge thank you to the caretaker as the place was spotless, and the welcome tray, flowers and a little chalk board with a personal message were all things that added to our enjoyment. Its very important to me that we holiday in places that weren't homes that belong to local people that have been bought to convert into holiday cottages. Maintaining local communities is something that is especially important. That is a very big part of why we choose the National Trust. I feel that in some small part we have helped in keeping these lovely unique cottages a living part of the their local environment, and the National Trust promote this with sensitivity. I like to think that we will continue to enjoy them for decades to come...

  • Cross
    • March 2016
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    Made enjoyable..

    It was wonderful staying in such a unique cottage, together with the beautiful location. The cottage stayed lovely and warm throughout our stay.

  • Jones
    • November 2015
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  • Whittingham
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable...

    A fantastic location, with walks straight from the door. Lovely cosy cottage with very effective log burning stove.

  • Cristina Brown
    • April 2015
    • England
    Lovely cottage in stunning location!

    Very unique and lovely Cottage in a stunning location! The drive to the cottage has been resurfaced in Tarmac but is very narrow with ditches each side so it needs to be navigated with care, especially as it is steep. The cottage was very well restored with plenty of history, it was so nice we didn't want to leave. There is a water fall behind and stunning views over the mountains and lake in front, we could even see around to snowdon which has a touch of snow on top! All in all, a fantastic place which we hope to stay in again. The history of the cottage and unique location were key to us. It is thanks to the NT and the owners that leave them in the NT's care that people are able to stay in these special and unique places. They leave a lasting memory that won't be forgotten and the standard, care and love that goes back into them makes you want to visit more.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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