Vacation cottage in Snowdonia, Wales

“Take things easy or get outdoors and active whilst you cosy up in a characterful 200 year old stone cottage overlooking Lake Padarn and the stunning peaks of Snowdonia.”

Highlights

Walking trails on and around Snowdon, including: Llanberis Path, Pyg Track and Miners Track | alternatively, take the train to the summit | beaches and gardens at Anglesey | castles at Caernarfon and Beaumaris | ideal terrain for mountain biking with lockable outbuilding for bikes | sea kayaking at Menai Bridge | climbing, abseiling, horse riding, fishing and high ropes courses | zip wire at Bethesda |

Our top tip:
Don't forget your pound coins for the electric meter and make sure you bring some stout walking boots and pac-a-mac, just in case.
Room description:
Detached 200 year old stone built cottage overlooking a lake and Snowdonia mountain range. Sleeps 4 - 5 in 3 bedrooms.
Amenities:
Fully-equipped kitchen with microwave, electric oven and fridge/freezer; living room with log fire and TV; bedrooms have heaters and electric blankets; garden with bbq, patio and outside furniture.
Meals:
Closest pub for food about a mile away with the village of Llanberis just over a couple of miles for cafes, pubs and shops.
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Responsible tourism: Vacation cottage in Snowdonia, Wales

Environment

As a self catering accommodation, guests are expected to make their purchases in local shops, eat at local restaurants, visit local attractions, use local sports opportunities etc. Guests are directed to these in the information sent out and available at the cottage, and recommendations are made. There are a number of independent businesses and shops in the village, to which guests are directed. These rely heavily on tourism.

Guests are recommended to visit the local hydro-electricity scheme and are made aware that this is much more interesting than it sounds!

The open fire is fuelled from renewable timber obtained locally - the use of the open fire is promoted, as it saves on electricity. Low energy lighting is used wherever possible. The cottage is fully double glazed in order to reduce heat loss. Guests are asked to compost all vegetable waste. All cleaning materials used in the property are eco-friendly, particularly as drainage is to a septic tank. No chemicals are used in the garden. Paper and bottles are collected for recycling.

Birdlife abounds and there is usually a supply of nuts/seeds available in the cottage to fill the feeders. Blue tits nest in the adjacent barn.

Community

There are a number of individual shops and restaurants, also sporting activities, in Llanberis and the area, all heavily reliant on tourism and guests are pointed to these. Our recommendations and those of previous guests can be found in the guest book, and we welcome further recommendations.

Reviews of Vacation cottage in Snowdonia, Wales

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 07 Feb 2016 by

The cottage was everything we could have hoped for and was very cosy with some of the best views of mount Snowdon we could have imagined. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2015 by

I would recommend this type of vacation to all my friends. Vacations were great! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2014 by

...had a truly transformational effect on our twin boys. A stunningly beautiful location and very comfortable cottage...our best ever family vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2013 by

The most memorable part of the vacation was the absolutely stunning view from the cottage, watching the mountains changing as mist drifted over them and then the light and shadows constantly changed as the mountains were revealed and highlighted. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jul 2013 by

Memorable: view from cottage. Exciting: Visit to Zipworld...We had very good weather and thoroughly enjoyed our vacation Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2013 by

We loved the cafe in the woods and the steam train at the bottom of the hill....9 out of 10 . Very peaceful and private with fabulous views of the mountains. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Apr 2013 by

It was wonderful and we would love to return. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2013 by

The most memorable part was the location of the cottage and the spectacular views. Easy access to Snowdon and excellent walking and mountain biking. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2012 by

A peaceful place to be with fabulous views... Very good, well cared cottage which has a homely and comfortable feel. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2012 by

Arriving and finding the cottage down the path, then going out onto the terrace and seeing the fantastic views, something you never get tired of looking at...All in all one of the best vacations we have had. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2012 by

Snowdonia is a truly wonderful place and the cottage is in a totally idyllic location. We loved its stunning views, both tranquil and exhilarating and its remote feeling made it a pleasure both inside and out...Brilliant - we had such a lovely time and would love to go again. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2012 by

The moste memorable part was arriving and seeing the stunning view over Lake Padarn from our cottage/patio. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2011 by

Climbing Tryfan Mountain in the Ogwen valley and finally visiting 'The Electric Mountain' were the most memorable parts of the vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2010 by

The vacation was brilliant for us, my two boys age 15 and 17 enjoyed the climbing and the outdoor activities and found the scenery nearly as breathtaking as they did on their recent trip with scouts to Switzerland. The cottage had loads of character and was a very special place to stay. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2010 by

The situation of the cottage itself. Wow! The marvelous views and the excitement of actually seeing Snowdon just before we left. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2009 by

Most memorable was eating lunch on the top of Mount Snowdon, and having breakfast looking out at the incredible view every morning was magical. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2009 by

Excellent, the cottage was very comfortable... The views from the cottage, the abundance of wildlife and unusual birds were the most memorable part. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jul 2009 by

The view was stunning and the huge window and door out of the lounge means that you get a great view over Lake Padarn and Snowdon. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 May 2009 by

This is the ideal place to wind down and get away from it all. Wonderful. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2009 by

Most memorable? Being in the mountains - fantastic location of the cottage, and access to the most beautiful coasts, mountains and monuments anywhere in the world. Discovering we could all get to the top of the climbing wall at the local centre (even stricken with vertigo!) - and get down again! Read full review

Reviewed on 17 May 2009 by

The view from the cottage is probably the best to be had of Lake Padarn and the Snowden range. First glimpse from the cottage takes your breath away. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jun 2008 by

The most memorable part of our vacation was when we set eyes on the cottage we had booked! Brilliant! ...and then we saw the view! Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jun 2008 by

The view from the house was outstanding, seeing it every day was even better. It must have been the best view from a vacation cottage I have ever seen! I will always remember it. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2008 by

It snowed, and the already amazing views became breathtaking. We set off up the Llanberis Path, and even though we turned back about 3/4 of the way up, it was such a beautiful day and we met such lovely people, and the snow made everything so magical, that it really didn't matter. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2008 by

Really fab little cottage - with everything you need and brilliant views from the living room and a great base for exploring the area. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2008 by

Excellent....If you need a break from the daily grind and enjoy simple living, fresh air and exercise, this is just up your street. On the other hand, I'm tempted to put everyone off so that I can spend more time there myself..... Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2008 by

On the odd few moments the weather cleared, the view of some of Snowdon and the lake was pleasant. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Dec 2007 by

This is the perfect location for a retreat, not a sociable vacation. My friend and I used the time to relax, read and write. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2007 by

The cottage was absolutely lovely, a real gem set in the foothills of Snowdon with a magnificent view of Snowdon itself. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2007 by

My family and I had a great time, we live in the city so the children loved being out in the wilds of Wales, we will definitely return to Llanberis and use the cottage again. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2007 by

Just go ahead and book it, you'll love it. Can't wait to go back Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jun 2007 by

What a fabulous week. Watching Snowdon from the sitting room (and bedroom) window - seeing it change from sun to mist and through the rainbow of colours! Walking to it, up it, down it - fantastic. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2007 by

Lovely retreat, very private with great views of the lake and mountains. Challenging walks in the surrounding area with plenty of watering holes along the way to grab a coffee or beer. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2006 by

Most memorable part - getting two children to the top of Snowdon on a lovely clear crisp day. Their favourite part was preparing and tending to the open fire in the cottage. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2006 by

Would recommend the cottage highly, particularly to artists & poets looking for tranquillity & inspiration & city workers needing a change! Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2006 by

The most memorable part was discovering beautiful little walks and trails around Snowdonia and Anglesey as well as having picnic breakfasts in the cottage's garden every morning. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2006 by

The most memorable part was getting to the top of Tryfan despite a fear of heights & exposure. Read full review

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