(near Barmouth) - Hwylfa-Groes is located in the little seaside village of Tal Y Bont, just 3 miles north of Barmouth on the Cambrian coast road. It’s a proper welsh cottage. Built in 1754 with stone white washed walls, slate floor, inglenook fireplace with log burner and small deep-set windows. Just the type of property you’d hope to find when visiting Snowdonia.
The more modern conservatory to the rear of the cottage is a welcome addition however. It provides a light and spacious dining room as well as a space to sit and relax on sunny afternoons. The first of two log burners in here helps keep the room warm in the evening.
The second log burner is in the spacious lounge next door. This fire is framed by a large impressive inglenook. Typical of traditional cottages here in North Wales. Sea views can be enjoyed from this room and modern double glazed windows ensure that any passing traffic isn’t heard. Other modern comforts include a good digital tv with hard disc recorder and oil filled electric radiators. (Which can be turned on at guest’s discretion.)
The kitchen and bedrooms are smaller but perfectly formed. White kitchen units house all the usual appliances including a washing machine and tumble dryer. There’s one double bedroom and one single room. All the bedding is immaculate and tasteful ornaments and décor creates a really homely feel. The comfortable bathroom houses a good shower and a modern white bathroom suite.
Wooden gates to the rear of the property leads to a private off-road parking spot and a pretty little garden with views of the sea and the mountains. But most people visiting Tal-Y-Bont come to be beside the sea. And the cottage does not fail to provide that most traditional of British holidays. In the summer the village is transformed into a bustling coastal community. Fresh sea air carries with it the smell of newly lit BBQ’s and the sound of children’s laughter. It never rains in Wales. Honest! So don’t forget your flip flops. Socks optional.
The village has small paper shop next to the hair dressers and of course there’s the famous ‘Tony’s’ Italian Restaurant. A lot of our guests naturally head for Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales and England and only a 40 minute drive from the cottage. But I’d encourage all our guests to explore the mountains just behind the cottage. These less trodden peaks will tire even the most energetic of walkers. Make sure of course that you return along the banks of the river Ysgethin on your way back. This will lead you past the front door of the pub which is also in the village.
Bedrooms: 2 bedrooms. 1 double, 1 single
Bathrooms: 1 with shower
Facilities: Fridge with small freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, iron, TV, freeview, hard disk recorder (PVR), Ipod dock, welcome hamper, high chair, BBQ, private parking
Bed Linen: Provided
Cot and High Chair: No
Location: A proper welsh cottage. Stone white washed walls, slate floor, inglenook fireplace with log burner and small deep-set windows. Just the type of property you’d hope to find when visiting Snowdonia.
"Thanks. We have had a very pleasant few days, cosy cottage, see you again."
Michael, Elaine & Beryl
"Good ‘time out’ at cottage. Did Portmeirion on this visit. Highly recommeneded, especially if you remember ‘The Prisoner’ on TV. Random weather but in the main dry with some good sunshine and time on the beach. No thunder, lightning or floods here!"
Tim & Jan from Surrey
"We had a lovely stay in this cosy cottage, which is the ideal place to explore Snowdonia and these wonderful beaches. We very much appreciated the extra touches, especially the fresh flower on arrival. Thank you."
Karen, Tony & Charlotte, Northamptonshire