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Gwernouau Cottage

Betws-Y-Coed, Gwynedd

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This appealing cottage is part of a working farm on the Ysbyty Estate. Whilst off the beaten track Gwernouau Cottage is only two miles away from the pretty village of Ysbyty Ifan and eight miles away from Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park. Built in the 18th-century, the cottage was renovated by the Penrhyn Estate in the late 19th-century and has many original beams and other features still in place. An excellent area for bird watching and fishing.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Kitchen, hall, large sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove in an ingle-nook fireplace, bathroom with mixer tap shower attachment over bath.
First floor
Three bedrooms (1 double, 1 single, 1 twin all with antique brass/iron beds).
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Approach to cottage: The track to the cottage runs through a few fields with sheep grazing – through 4 farm gates, taking you to a wonderful remote location. This is not suitable for low slung vehicles.

Parking: There is ample parking adjacent to the cottage.

Garden: There is an open garden at the front of the cottage for guest’s use.

Please note: There is a sheep pen and farm building which sit to the rear of the cottage.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • 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
Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Garden World-famous garden noted for its botanical collections
Conwy Suspension Bridge
Conwy Suspension Bridge Elegant suspension bridge and toll-keeper's house
Aberconwy House
Aberconwy House 14th-century merchant's house
Bodysgallen Hall Hotel, Restaurant and Spa
Penrhyn Castle
Penrhyn Castle 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular contents and grounds

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Adrienne Scott
    • December 2014
    • England
    Beautiful cottage in stunning location

    A beautiful little cottage in a stunning location- the perfect getaway for Christmas. Cottage had everything we needed and while not huge, had space enough for 5 adults with three bedrooms, a good sized bathoom, well-equipped kitchen, and cosy living spaces. Close driving distance to lots of great walking areas, pubs and shops etc. This was largely a perfect stay- we LOVED the cottage and the location and wanted to say a big thank you for the welcome basket and all the help with the logs. Your call centre staff were amazing each time we spoke to them. The one piece of criticism I have is the wording of the directions in the welcome email. Really confusing- would highly recommend breaking the paragraph into clear bullet points as we ended up turning off in the wrong place. Happy to discuss further if you'd like. We loved our stay- THANK YOU!!!

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • ----------
    Lovely cottage

    What a lovely cottage in a great place, thank NT.

  • Michelle Herbst
    • December 2013
    • England
    Beautiful location

    The beautiful location, the quietness and surroundings. The welcome biscuits, tea and coffee and everything we needed in the cottage to make our stay comfortable.

  • Ben Humphrey
    • November 2013
    • UK
    Well appointed cottage

    Lovely, remote cottage, comfortable, well appointed and sensitively styled.

  • Alan Steel
    • August 2013
    • Hampshire
    Friendly sheep!

    The sheep were very friendly and made us feel most welcome.

  • B Sibley
    • June 2013
    • Dorset
    A cosy Farmhouse with idyllic rural views

    I had the pleasure of staying at this Farmhouse as part of a business trip and I found the cottage to be warm and welcoming. The cottage itself is set in the most idyllic of rural locations and the views are almost 360 around the property. A two minute climb to the hillside above the cottage allowed for some fantastic summer evening views watching the swallows and young lambs playing in and above the rolling fields. With Snowdonia in the distance with the sun dropping down behind it what more could one wish for. Absolute bliss.

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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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