House in Trawsfynydd, Snowdonia, North Wales - Secluded Location But 5 Minute Walk To Heart Of Village And All Its Amenities
The house has its own drive close to the edge of the lake. Beautifully restored house full of character and personality: open fire, wood burning stove, slate tiles and stripped wooden flooring throughout. Loads of original features including stained glass, servant bells, sash windows, huge open plan attic, Edwardian veranda overlooking lake and Cader Idris beyond. Blacksmith cottage is part of the property, used for bike, wood and coal storage. Large sloping gardens. Since Owners Direct have been taken over by HomeAway we have been experiencing problems and suggest that you contact us directly by phone or go to the air bed and breakfast website
Top Traveller Review
Beautiful House,Wonderful Location.
About the Owner
About Clare Williams
Clare and Gwyn both work in performing arts and travel extensively with work.
Clare Williams purchased this house in 2004
Why Clare Williams chose Trawsfynydd
All our family love Bryn Gwyn and it is the meeting place for our 9 children, their partners and their children for special events. We bought the house as a wreck and have lovingly restored it and tamed the garden. We have reared pigs and chickens here and particularly enjoy the changing seasons and the wildlife on the lake. A perfect places for dreamers, poets, painters, walkers, cyclists, climbers, dog walkers and fishermen.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
(8 traveller reviews)
Damp, cold, drafty, dirty, poor value for money
Very disappointed. House smelled damp and fusty. Majority of the furniture and furnishings are damaged old and dirty. No central heating is available May to October,so nowhere to dry clothes, footwear or towels. Warmest room in the house is the downstairs toilet which houses the boiler, and it took days to dry things in there as you can imagine there were 8 people staying in the house. I gave the kitchen a good clean with anti bacterial spray on arrival as we couldn't cook in it as it was. The duvets supplied were stained, torn and dirty. 3 of my guests brought sleeping bags, which they were thankful for. It rains into the property through the French doors into the kitchen, the only other room on the ground floor is the library, this has a very old, dirty ripped 2 seater settee and 2 tub chairs and no tv. The TV is in the attic with more dirty ripped settees and also 4 single beds (with broken fixings for the slats) so if you have young children going to bed early you can't really sit and watch tv as its in the same room. I have emailed the owner through this website (with photographic evidence) asking for a small refund as we felt it was poor value for money and it spoilt our holiday. The owner refused a refund and says it's a house not a hotel and that we left the property in a less than satisfactory state. I can assure anyone reading the review, the property was left cleaner than when we arrived!! Me and my guests felt the house/furnishings are not up to a satisfactory standard. When you pay out hard earned money for a holiday you expect the accommodation to be clean, comfortable and warm. Bryn Gwyn is none of these. I wish I could post photos with this review.
The only positive is that the house is situated in a lovely setting overlooking the lake. The village only has 1 shop, so if you like to walk to a local pub, this village is not for you. You have to drive most places. Porthmadog is 20 minutes and black sands beach is fabulous as you can drive straight on to the beach. This area of North Wales is beautiful, just wished we had chosen a better property. Don't be fooled by the photos on the website as I was. I also will not book through Owners Direct again as they take no responsibility for the state of the property.
Beautiful House,Wonderful Location.
Stunning House,very cosy and ideal for visits too Harlech and Criccith etc.Hired a Bike from the Lake Boat House and went all round the Lake which was stunning.Chickens and Daisy the Cat are very Friendly.Plenty of Room for us all (11) Kitchen,Dining Room wonderful for Family Cooking.Only problem was the Midgets so take Insect Repellent.
Perfect holiday home
The house is beautiful; clean and well looked after, but not pristine so it feels like a homely farmhouse that you can relax in. There are tons of interesting books, paintings and artefacts; I particularly liked the downstairs toilet and spent quite a long time in there myself studying the art on the walls. All the rooms have their own character. The kitchen/dining room is a great place to cook and eat and chat together and play games, and the music/sitting room is cosy. The kids enjoyed playing the piano and guitar and we loved listening to them. Of course the chickens and cat were a major entertainment; the hens announce to you when they have laid an egg! The lake and the old power station are weird and beautiful, and the outline of the mountains all round is rugged and dramatic. I miss not waking up to that view. The house is well placed for Snowdon and for many seaside places, and we really enjoyed seeing Clough Williams Ellis' garden at Garreg. Would love to come again, thanks for a lovely holiday.
Perfect family break
Had a fantastic week long break earlier this year in this distinctive house. Every room is full of character and the surrounding area is breathtakingly beautiful.
It was perfect for our 2 families and a lovely time was has had by all!
Characterful House in a beautiful setting
This is a beautiful example of a house from this period... I would update some of the pictures as the ones of the kitchen really don't do it justice its stunning and much more spacious than it seemed from the photo. The whole house is huge it doesn't feel like a holiday home it feels like someone has opened up their family home for you to stay and experience a little piece of history. If you like boutique hotels this isn't for you but we loved it. It is homely with family photo's and keepsakes and very well stocked we had everything we needed for a week. The place itself is a small quiet town but had a well stocked premier shop with reasonable prices and a co-op supermarket at nearby ffestinog ( I would update your blue folder to include nearest supermarkets as we only worked this out towards the end of the week and it is really handy to know). We visited some beautiful places within 20 minute drives barnmouth, Harlech, Porthmadoc and a trip on the ffestinog railway, even the further out places of Conway and llandudno approx. 60 mins didn't feel too far to go. I would definitely recommend staying here it is a fantastic house, a lovely setting and is very central for visting all of north wales.
A Wonderful Welsh Getaway
We were very lucky to have stumbled across Bryn Gwyn; the house and location were absolutely perfect for our group of 12 who wanted a nice weekend getaway in Wales. Beautifully restored, the house is a joy to spend time in with interesting details and features in every room, it is homely and spacious in equal measure. It is busting with character and hints to an interesting family story. We actually felt quite honoured to stay in a building with such personality. Cooking and eating together in the farmhouse kitchen was a joy, the highlight of each day, and the dining table accommodated the 12 of us perfectly. It was nice having the cat around and you can't beat fresh eggs in the morning (sorry, pun intended!)
The surrounding area is great. The lake may as well be in the back garden and although we didn't have much dry weather we enjoyed walking around it. We arrived with lots of food and drink so we didn't use the local shop or pub and because the house is tucked away from the town itself you can really forget about the rest of the world while you are there. It was ideal for a bunch of musicians and artists like ourselves wanting a refreshing break from the city but would also be the perfect place for a family get-together with kids of any age, or for groups of 6-12 wanting to hike/cycle/climb/surf in the local area. Arranging the booking with Clare was a pleasure and completely hassle-free.
We didn't want to leave. I'd like to think we'll come back again some day and if we do it would be for a full week rather than just a weekend! We really cannot recommend this place enough.
Many thanks to Clare and Gwyn for making their beautiful house available for others to enjoy.
From the Owner
“All our family love Bryn Gwyn and it is the meeting place for our 9 children, their partners and their children for special events. We bought the house as a wreck and have lovingly restored it and tamed the garden. We have reared pigs and chickens here and particularly enjoy the changing seasons and the wildlife on the lake. A perfect places for dreamers, poets, painters, walkers, cyclists, climbers, dog walkers and fishermen.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Zip wire and trampoline at Llechwedd (15 mins)
Cycling: Coed Y Brenin (5 minutes)
White Water Rafting: Tryweryn (10 minutes)
Underground slate quarries at Llechwedd (15 minutes)
Market town of Dolgellau (20 minutes)
Plentiful sheep shearing, sheepdog trails, produce fairs, agricultural fairs throughout the summer/autumn months.
20 minutes to Black Rock beach and Morfa Bychan beaches near Porthmadog and Harlech beach.
Airports: Liverpool and Manchester 2 hours
Dublin Ferry: Holyhead 90 minutes
Use of car recommended
Portmeirion (15 mins)
Steam Railways (25 mins)
Harlech Castle (25 minutes)
Caernarfon castle (50 minutes)
Coed Y Brenin forests and cycle track (5 minutes)
White water Rafting (15 minutes)
Sailing and kayking on Bala Lake (20 minutes)
Surfing at Abersoch and Angelsey (60 minutes)
Mountain climbing/hiking/walking (on the doorstep)
Local supermarket, AMT, pub, post office, pharmacy, newsagents, coffee shop and cake shop in the village.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
Booking details direct from owners - please phone for more information.
£100 non-refundable deposit on booking. Payment by BACS
£50 cleaning/breakages cheque to be sent to CM and GL Williams prior to arrival.
Friday preferred. Departure 10am. Arrival from 4pm.
Notes on prices:
The property is available for long weekends (3 nights) outside the main holiday period for £500.
Additional nights £150.
8 weeks prior to arrival
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Satellite / Cable
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- whitewater rafting
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Downstairs toilet with basin Upstairs bathroom with power shower, enormous bath, basin and WC
- 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Bedroom 6
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 + baby (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 4 bedrooms, 1 cabin/cot room, 1 dormitory style attic room: 1: Double bed 2: double bed 3: double bed 4: single bed 5: cot/cabin room for toddler/baby 6: 4 single beds and double sofabed
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Max. occupancy: 11
- pets considered
- children welcome
- Notes on accommodation: Bryn Gwyn comes with a cat Daisy (who keeps the mice in the fields and not in the house) and 3 hens who live in the outhouse and in the garden. We leave food for them and kindly ask our guests to feed them! Guests are welcome to the eggs. Phil comes to do the gardening every few weeks and Louise comes to prepare the house for the next guests between 10am and 4pm. Outside: French windows from kitchen lead to glass veranda and patio. There is a picnic table on the patio Small railed front garden. Gardens and fields surround house on all sides. Utility Room: Washing machine and microwave, iron and ironing board Freezer Storage for boots, wellies, fishing gear etc Servant bells in the hallway Recycling bins Oil central heating boiler Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen not supplied. pillows and duvets supplied. Please bring your own pillow cases, duvet covers, sheets and towels. Please leave house tidy. It will be cleaned on changeover. Other: Library: Sofa Wood burning stove in inglenook fireplace Cosy floor to ceiling shelves contained 3,000+ books and CDS NAD hifi