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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 Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth Bay) 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
Sitting room with large inglenook fireplace and ornamental bread oven, dining room with decorative stone fireplace, traditional but modern kitchen leading out onto a patio, bathroom with electric shower over bath.
First floor
Staircase from the sitting room leads upstairs to the original crog (loft style) bedroom with 4ft 6 double bed. The bedroom contains a wealth of features solid oak floor and original beams, with a sloping ceiling.
Visitor notes

Heating: Wall mounted electric panel heating.

Garden: Large garden directly to rear of the cottage with small patio area, wooden table and seating on level grassed area overlooking the stunning Porth Neigwl Bay.

Parking: There is parking space for one car directly adjacent to the main road, before walking through entrance gate and down steps to the cottage.

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

Utilities/ Electricals: There is a combined washer/ dryer. The fridge has an ice box.

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

Logs: Logs are available at £6.00 per bag and a maximum of 6 bags can be ordered a week before your stay.

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
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Remote location
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • Fridge


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 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

Cottage location
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place to visit
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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


Comments from past visitors

  • Martin Jones
    • March 2016
    • Merseyside
    Made enjoyable...

    The situation of the cottage was perfect and the renovation made the cottage comfortable to live in, while retaining much of the feel of a traditional country cottage. The fireplace and the use of old farmhouse furniture in the living rooms were very important in creating that atmosphere.

  • Fiona Gale
    • February 2016
    • Mold
    Particularly enjoyed...

    We loved the location of Tan y Bwlch, and loved the high standard of conversion which kept the character of the cottage whilst having all the modern facilities we could need.

  • Anonymous
    • February 2016
    • ...
    made enjoyable...

    Tan y Bwlch was just about perfect. Lovingly maintained, wonderfully curated and excellently appointed. The furniture and furnishings were excellent. High level of comfort. For others visiting, the kitchen is well equipped with everything you could need, including a cafetiere, so you don't really need to take anything with you (which we usually do). The bed is a standard size but extremely comfortable, and the addition of electric heaters on timers was appreciated in January, despite having a woodburning stove! It felt like a home from home the moment we entered the cottage. The location was stunning, with plenty of walking to do close by, lots of small towns to visit, and the NT visitor's centre in Aberdaron was interesting. We will be back.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable..

    Amazing location and excellent condition of cottage. Have already recommended to parents in law who are considering for next summer

  • Robert Skyner
    • November 2015
    • Cheshire
    Made enjoyable...

    The setting was exception and the cottage was prepared to an excellent standard

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
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