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Romantic, 17c Listed Stone Cottage On Edge Of Lake In Ancient Oak Woodlands

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 8 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Maentwrog, Ffestiniog, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales - Peaceful Location With Beaches And Facilities Nearby, 2 Pubs In Walking Distance

Once a tavern,Tafarn Trip is a listed stone cottage built around 1630 with thick walls, beamed ceilings, a slate floor, a huge inglenook with a bread oven, and a turned stone staircase. Upstairs there are original post and panel partitions and wooden floors with some original irregular floorboards. The cottage is beside a pretty lake with a rowing boat for guests' use and there are miles of woodland walks from the front door. The woods are home to a multitude of wildlife including owls, woodpeckers, pied flycatchers, buzzards, nuthatches, ospreys, rare bats and elusive wild goats. Mountain walks start just a few minutes away in the Moelwyn range. The beginnings of various routes up Snowdon are 30 minutes by car. The huge sandy beach at Harlech, with its castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site; the secluded coves of Borth y Gest; and the fine swimming beach at Criccieth; are a short 20 min drive away. Two pubs, which serve food, are within walking distance (10 min) and shops only 8 mins drive. Fine dining is to be found at Portmeirion and Harlech, details in our welcome pack. A swimming lake is a few minutes walk along forest tracks, a good place to cool off on hot days. There are pretty gardens at Plas Tan y Bwlch, a short walk through the woods; at Plas Brondanw, home to Clough Williams-Ellis, near Llanfrothen; and at Portmeirion with its Italianate village designed by Clough Williams-Ellis. Above the lake the Ffestiniog steam railway makes its way, visible from the cottage garden. It is a short walk to Tan y Bwlch station. Catch trains from here to Blaenau Ffestiniog or Porthmadog. From Porthmadog the Welsh Highland steam Railway follows a scenic mountain route to Caernarfon. There is plenty of opportunity for fishing and golf nearby.

The cottage has been carefully restored with attention to period features. The kitchen/dining room is equipped with a fridge including a small freezer, modern gas cooker and microwave. It is furnished with freestanding pine units, an antique marble topped sideboard, a Victorian pine dresser and a table and 6 chairs. High chair on request. The lounge is comfortably furnished with a 2 seater sofa and 2 easy chairs. A window seat and a Georgian pine settle provide further seating. The multi fuel log burner adds to the warm feeling. A parcel of logs is provided and further logs can be purchased locally at additional cost. There is a radio/CD player but no TV or reception for TV; however we do have a TV license. Downstairs there is a walk in shower and toilet next to a utility room. Upstairs are two double bedrooms and a long room with a single bed which connects them and the bathroom. The single bed may be used if we are notified in advance. A cot is available. Bed linen and towels are provided each week. Beach towels are available, on request, at extra cost. Please state when booking.

On the other side of the driveway to our neighbours' houses is a wildflower meadow leading to the lake. There is an outside storage area for mountain bikes.

Because of the proximity of the lake and the drive, the property is only suitable for children over 10 or babes in arms.

Parking is available on the side of the road opposite.

Central heating and electricity are included in the price as is free WiFi and free telephone calls to UK landlines.

The cottage can sleep a maximum of 4 adults plus a babe in arms and a child over 10.

No pets or smoking, sorry.

More Details

John Waite
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2017

About John Waite

We bought this cottage in 1991. Over the years since then we have gradually restored the inside, using traditional methods.

Now it looks much as it did when it was built in 1630, except, of course, the addition of running water, electricity, WiFi, telephone and central heating!

We love this location with the acres of ancient oak woods and we have fun rowing on the lake. You can walk for miles without crossing any road.

We hope you will enjoy it too.

John and Deirdre

John Waite purchased this cottage in 1991

Why John Waite chose Gwynedd - Snowdonia



Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynedd

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs panelled bathroom with bath and toilet. Skylight with woodland aspect Downstairs shower room with toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 adults and babe in arms and child over 10 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bedroom 2 with double bed, bedroom 3 with cot and full size single bed, note this is a walk through bedroom.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: Suitable for 4 adults and a babe in arms and a child over 10 years (in full size single bed). This property only accepts week bookings Saturday to Saturday. Outside: Wild flower meadow leading to pretty lake. Rowing Boat available for guests' use. Chairs and picnic table and outdoor log burner/heater. Telescope for use on those dark nights, little light pollution. Utility Room: Large sink and water treatment plant with hanging space for coats etc. Hanging space for coats in the hall. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Weekly bed linen and towels are included. Beach towels are available at extra cost. House is cleaned on changeover. Other: Downstairs walk in shower and toilet.


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Romantic, 17c Listed Stone Cottage On Edge Of Lake In Ancient Oak Woodlands
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Ideallic location and lovely cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed exploring the local area and beyond. Well placed for exploring this part of Wales. Cottage had everything we needed and more. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely old stone cottage

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay at Tafarn Trip, the cottage was exactly as we had hoped for, full of charm and character set in an idilic lakeside location, with woodland walks and the sound of the steam train passing through during the day, loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Week

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our week in the cottage. So quaint and characterful. Amazing position right on the edge of the lake. Lovely walks in the surrounding woodlands. The cottage was lovely and inviting and clean on arrival. Thankyou.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous cottage

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage on Llyn Mair. Local woodland walks ending in pub or cake. Fabulous little boat to explore the lake. We took a laptop to watch films in the evening as property doesn't have a TV. If you're a purist you won't need one.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Regards John
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Fantastic cottage in a peaceful location.

  • 5 of 5

Some traffic on road and visitors to next door neighbours, but nothing to detract from the overall peaceful atmosphere. Lots of original features in the cottage - it is one to be experienced. Well equipped and exactly as described. For some reason I cannot find it on Owners Direct now and have not been able to find out how we could book it again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The cottage has now been put back on the Owners Direct site.
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Pretty cottage with lots of character

  • 3 of 5

Contact with the owner and directions to the property were good, and we certainly appreciated the period features within (beware if you are taller than 5.8, the beams will hurt!). Location as a base for exploring this part of Wales was excellent. Neighbour in charge was very welcoming, loved the Welsh cakes/wine. The lake was beautiful and the children certainly made the most of your little boat, very Swallows and Amazons. Some beautiful beaches, river walks and mountain trails all within easy reach. Great quality Bose radio and flawless WiFi.

However, we felt misled by the list of facilities on the Owners Direct website, which clearly stated that the house had TV and toys/games. Our 2 children, 7 & 9, were very disappointed, especially when the typical Welsh rain kicked in. No children's books on the shelf, a bag of marbles and 2 versions of Canasta and some jigsaws that we couldn't start because we needed the one table to eat from. To be fair there was a Swingball set in the shed, but that's not so good for indoors.

We would have liked a coffee table in the lounge for cups of tea/papers or puzzles to be attempted on. Also would like to suggest that the bed orientation in the panelled room needs changing, as our heads were lower than our feet with the current arrangement.

The lack of a washing machine is quite a negative for a family holiday, I did not enjoy handwashing wet and muddy clothes. I'm not sure where you could fit one in, but please consider it.

You have to park your car across the road from the property, which again, can be tricky with children, and you should be aware that several neighbours have right of access along the front of the house to their own properties, which although it was not a huge problem, there were occasions when the children of said neighbours would pull into the drive late at night with loud music playing, waking us up.

I would recommend this property for close adults only, looking for a peaceful retreat amongst lovely scenery. As a family, we usually holiday in the UK, mostly in Pembrokeshire and pay £650 for a 3 bed property on a National Trust estate in peak time, consequently, we felt that this cottage was quite expensive given what was on offer.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for submitting a review of our cottage and for your kind comments. However many of the items complained about are referred to on the Owners Direct website: There are outside games available as well as the rowing boat including a Swingball set and a Cricket set. Inside there are jigsaws with a special mat which enables a part finished jigsaw to be stored off the table. There is a compendium of table games which includes games such as dominoes, snakes and ladders, ludo, draughts etc as well as playing cards and canasta cards. The details on the website do not claim to provide a TV or toys or children s books, nor a washing machine or dishwasher as there is no space to fit them in. We do not usually let this cottage to families with children under 10 unless they are babes in arms.This is because of the proximity of the lake and the drive. Before letting we explained this to this customer, and she reassured us that the road, drive and lake would not be a problem for her children. A table for the living room is a good idea and we intend to provide one in the future. With regard to the bed orientation in the panelled bedroom the current position of the bed is the only one possible. There are plenty of pillows provided to counter the ancient sloping floor. I am sure that the noise from our neighbours was an isolated case and is not usual. The old original beams inside the house are over 5 foot 9 inches high . The front door is lower. They were smaller in those days!
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Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Tan y Bwlch
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Tan y Bwlch, Ffestiniog Railway
Nearest Motorway
60 Miles
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

A welcome folder with information about places of special interest, shops, pubs etc is kept in the cottage.


Harlech huge beach, safe for children, 20 minute drive.

Black Rock sands (cars allowed on beach) 20 minute drive.

Borth y Gest, sheltered sandy coves 15 minute drive.

Criccieth beach, good for swimming 20 minutes


Car recommended although it is possible to arrive by train.

Liverpool Airport 2 hours by car

Manchester Airport 2 hours by car

Holyhead Port 1 hour by car.

Chester 1.5 hours by car

Liverpool 2 hours by car.


2 Nearest Pubs 10 minutes walk in Maentwrog.

4 takeaways, pharmacy and other shops at Penrhyndeudraeth an 8 minute drive.

Porthmadog for supermarkets etc 15 minutes drive

Criccieth Castle; Beddgelert, Gelerts Grave; Harlech Castle all 20 minutes drive.

National White Water Centre near Bala 30 minutes drive.

Famous Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog 13 minute drive.

Portmeirion Italianate Village 15 minute drive.

Further Details:

Welcome pack with more details in cottage.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn 5
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
New Year 2018
29 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
8 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We will send you a booking form by email or post. please return this with your deposit of £100. Full payment should be made 8 weeks prior to arrival. You may pay by cheque or direct bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
Saturday. Arrive after 4.30pm and depart by 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in British Pounds Sterling.
This property only accepts week bookings Saturday to Saturday.
Note: Christmas and New Year periods are more than one week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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