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Dyffryn Mymbyr Farm House

Conwy, Conwy

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A restored Victorian farmhouse in an outstanding location in central Snowdonia. Stunning mountain views including the Snowdon Horseshoe and Moel Siabod. Built in the early 19th century as part of the Penrhyn Estate. 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
sitting room with wood burning stove and large picture window overlooking the spectacular view of Moel Siabod, dining room with original oak pannelling, study, large kitchen/dining room complete with granite worktops, a farmhouse table, rangemaster cooker and the original serving hatch through to the dining room. A large outside utility room with spacious drying facilities, perfect for outdoor pursuits equipment and separate lavatory.
First floor
Four bedrooms (large master bedroom featuring views over the mountain range, double bedroom with large picture windows, 2 twin bedrooms both with spectacular views), two spacious bathrooms with separate shower cubicles.
Visitor notes

Heating: Wood pellet boiler central heating.

Parking: Off-road parking opposite the farmhouse is available for four cars.

Garden: There is a patio area to the front of the cottage complete with garden furniture, to take in the stunning scenery.

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

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • 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

North Wales
View to Braich-y-Pwll headland, with Bardsey Island in the distance, from the summit of Mynydd Anelog with characteristic gorse and heather vegetation, and ancient field patterns beyond, on the Llyn Peninsula, North Wales. © Joe Cornish

Renowned for the dramatic mountain scenery of Snowdonia with its lakes and rock-strewn mountain passes, North Wales also offers a surprisingly varied countryside, from the beautiful Conwy Valley to the tranquillity of the Isle of Anglesey. The coastline is equally diverse, with sandy beaches, rocky coves and spectacular cliffs - and standing proudly over the land and seascape are some of the country's mightiest castles such as Penrhyn. The National Trust owns some 60,000 acres of coast and countryside in North Wales, including some of the majestic mountains of Snowdonia, unspoilt coastline on the Llyn, and an array of historic houses and castles.

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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  • 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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Alice Tilley
    • November 2014
    • Merseyside
    Breathtaking views

    The farmhouse was lovely and warm when we arrived and spotlessly clean, thank you! Dyffryn belonged to my Great Aunt and Uncle, Esmé and Peter. I spent many many happy childhood holidays roaming the mountains, learning about the farm and simply being outdoors. It was such a delight to bring our three year old daughter and friends to the farmhouse and share with them a very special place. I love what the NT have done with the farmhouse. It is warm, cozy, clean, welcoming and the views, just as I remember them, are breathtaking.

  • Speed
    • December 2013
    • Merseyside
    Wonderful weekend

    The cottage was so lovely, clean and cosy. It had everything we could need for a wonderful weekend with friends

  • Alexia Murphy
    • November 2013
    • London
    Magical place

    Dyffryn Mymbyr is just the most beautiful, magical place for my family. Wild and rugged scenery, the most well equipped, comfortable farmhouse and an interesting story to the house to boot. Even the children in our family now know the story of Thomas and Esme.

  • Saen Sawyer
    • July 2013
    • USA
    A place of joy and tranquility

    What made thi splace special...........Dyffryn Mymbyr is an amazing place. It was a real privilege to walk in Esme and Peter Kirby's footsteps and to open and close our eyes to the views of Snowdon, and the river in the valley was such a place of joy and tranquility.

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  • 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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