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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 and 1 twin; all with antique brass/iron beds).
Visitor notes

Heating: Electric panel and night storage heating included.

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, but it does have a steep drop so children will need to be supervised.

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

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.

Utilities: Combined washing machine/dryer is provided. There is an ice box.

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

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Cottage ref
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • 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
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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs M Sakounlaphoum
    • July 2016
    • Lincolnshire
    Enjoyable property

    We enjoyed the property very much. Perfect!

  • Mr Scarlett
    • April 2016
    • Leicestershire
    Made enjoyable...

    Cosy cottage; quiet location; log fire; beautiful countryside to walk in; less that 3 hours from home.

  • Anonymous
    • March 2016
    • Unknown
    Cosy Cottage

    The beautiful and secluded location made our stay enjoyable. Cosy cottage.

  • Mr J Coombes
    • March 2016
    • Isle of Wight
    Made enjoyable...

    We love that the NT keeps its properties in keeping with their past, the older style furniture etc just suits them. Having such unique properties to stay in are rare and the fact they are made available to everyone to experience is just brilliant. Well done NT and to your dedicated House Keepers! The Cottage was lovely and very well maintained. The location was fantastic, so peaceful and tranquil, you only had sheep and bunnies for neighbours who made opening the 5 gates (there are 5, not 4) worth while. I do think it is worth mentioning that this cottage has some low beams & doorways, I knocked my head several times on them! We had another fantastic stay with the NT and I would certainly come back for another stay at this cottage.

  • Mr J Children
    • January 2016
    • Herefordshire
    Made enjoyable...

    It was a very seasonal experience, the log burner was fantastic. The food gifts were delicious. Very comfortable stay, and the location is epic.

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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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