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Tan y Bwlch

Rhiw, Llyn Peninsula, Gwynedd

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Tan y Bwlch is an iconic Grade II Listed traditional Penllyn crog loft cottage built in the early nineteenth-century and fully restored by the National Trust. With its virtually unaltered interior this is a rare example of its type. As well as traditional features such as an inglenook fireplace, slate, tile and wooden floors and original beams it has been furnished in keeping with the period.

Situated on the slopes of Mynydd Rhiw, on the Plas yn Rhiw Estate, the cottage has one of the most sought after locations on Llyn Peninsula, with stunning views over Porth Neigwl. After a day of exploring you can relax on your patio taking in the spectacular views over the bay. Its remote setting and cosy style have ensured a perfect romantic hideaway for two.

The Llyn Peninsula, which is an eight mile strip of land just to the south – west of Caernarforn is regarded as one of Wales’ finest beauty spots; much of this coastline is in the care of the Trust. If feeling energetic there is excellent walking, with the Welsh Coastal path passing a short distance from the cottage, golf, sailing, fishing and diving. Alternative you may just choose to relax on one of the excellent beaches such as Abersoch or Hell’s Mouth or just watch the world go by in a waterside pub.

The National Trust has events and activities on the Llyn Peninsula and Snowdonia to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, for further details.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
lounge with large inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove, dining room, traditional but modern kitchen leading out onto a patio, bathroom with electric shower over bath.
First floor
double bedroom.
Visitor notes

Heating: Wall mounted electric panel heating.

Garden: Large garden directly to rear of the cottage with small patio area and wooden table on level grassed area.

Parking:Parking directly adjacent to the main road, before walking through entrance gate and walking down steps to the cottage.

Utilities/ Electricals: Combined washer dryer.

Accessiblity: The steps down to the cottage from the parking area are slightly challenging and uneven so care should be taken.

Please Note: The remote nature of the cottage means access in daylight is advised; it will be necessary to use a torch at night.

Due to the original characteristics of the cottage there are some low ceilings and doorways.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


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 Peninsula
A sheltered fishing hamlet on the Llyn Peninsula seen from the north. A calm bay is lined with colourful houses.  © Joe Cornish

The Llyn Peninsula is an eight mile wide strip of land just to the south-west of Caernarfon that is one of Wales\' finest beauty spots. Much of the coastline is in the care of the Trust and there are some fine and accessible beaches. Wildlife enthusiasts will find much to enjoy here and there are also opportunities for sailing, fishing and diving. Plas yn Rhiw is a 16th-century house with Georgian additions with views across Cardigan Bay. One of our holiday homes adjoins the house and the other stands in an elevated position overlooking Hell?s Mouth Bay. Holiday Cottage guests have free access to Plas yn Rhiw house and gardens during opening hours. Other National Trust places nearby include Llanbedrog Beach, Penrhyn Castle, Porthdinllaen, Porthor. Other attractions in the area include Abersoch Beach, famous for its surfing, Aberdaron, Porthdinllaen, Porthor, the beauties of Snowdonia, the wonderfully quirky village of Portmeirion and boat trip to Bardsey Island

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  • Abersoch
  • Aberdaron
  • Porthdinllaen
  • Porthor
  • boat trip to Bardsey Island
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Plas yn Rhiw
Plas yn Rhiw Delightful manor house with ornamental garden and wonderful views
Segontium Remains of a Roman fort

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Walter Derenek
    • November 2014
    • Germany
    Made special by:

    The extraordinary view and the old and beautyfully equipped cottage. Very good housekeeping, thank you!

  • Helen Lumley
    • October 2014
    • Hertfordshire
    Wonderful stay

    The views of the sea and ever changing clouds Location of the cottage and views were stunning. Wonderful and peaceful place to stay

  • Jane F Jones
    • February 2014
    • Shropshire
    Special place to stay

    The position of the cottage above Hells Mouth Bay and the wonderful inglenook fireplace made it a special place to stay

  • Gary Smart
    • September 2013
    • England
    Perfect view over the nearby bay

    An isolated location provides an ideal setting for this very well newly renovated cottage with a perfect view over the nearby bay and further across the whole west wales coast. The cottage would be improved by reopening the gap in the wall outside the lounge to provide access to the garden if the steps would allow. A final finish of the cottage post its renovation is required ( trivial but) the excess putty requires removing from all the windows to make the place perfect. The cottage requires National Trust handbook. The lounge is comfortable and cosy with the lovely two seater settee and one other hardwood chair. But we thought that in the winter when people may be at home due to the weather a second comfy chair would be useful just to allow that extra bit of comfort to two people.

  • Keith Wilson
    • September 2013
    • Cambridgeshire

    Location, setting and quality of facilities ........make this place special.

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