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Bwthyn Mair

Ref: 1295
Tan y Bwlch near Portmeirion (View Location on a map)
5 Guests
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
No Dogs
£632 7 Night Breaks From
£18.06 Average Per Person Per Night

Change to check-in/check-out times

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have temporarily adjusted our check-in to 5:30pm and check-out to 9:30am. Thank you for your understanding.

The owner of Bwthyn Mair has taken extra steps to undertake a COVID-19 Risk Assessment and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing, in accordance with the Visit Britain 'We're Good To Go' scheme.

Entire Home To Yourself

You will be staying in this entire home with you and your loved ones.

Contactless entry

This property also has contactless entry, meaning you do not need to be physically greeted by the owner to receive the keys to enter this property.

Arrival Times

Check-in from 4:00PM and Check out by 10:00AM

Handpicked Highlights

Bwthyn Mair was handpicked by our team to join our portfolio. Here's just a few of the reasons we think you'll love staying in Bwthyn Mair too!

  • Recommended by Countryfile May 2019 as a idyllic cottage to stay in for walking holidays
  • Picturesque lakeside setting with boat
  • Pub within walking distance: The Oakeley Arms
  • Short walk to Tan y Bwlch steam railway 
  • Woodland walks on the doorstep

Rated 3/5 (read reviews)
Features You'll Love

  • WiFi
  • Private Parking
  • Real Fire
  • Rural Location
  • Period Cottage
  • Cot Available
  • Golf Courses Nearby
  • Pubs Nearby

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About Bwthyn Mair

Idyllic romantic 17th Century Snowdonia cottage - short breaks available by request

  • Set in a most picturesque romantic location at the edge of a pretty lake, this idyllic 17th Century fairy tale cottage is surrounded by ancient oak woodlands.
  • Beautifully restored, completely in keeping with its original character, the cottage has thick stone walls, a huge inglenook fireplace and stone turned staircase leading to the bedrooms which are separated by the original elm wooden post and panel partitions.
  • Once upon a time it was a small tavern (now Grade II Listed) and it takes little imagination to visualise the local menfolk sitting in the inglenook with their clay pipes whiling away time whilst swapping fireside stories!
  • The cosy comfortable lounge is stylish and the adjacent kitchen/dining room has freestanding pine units and an early Victorian pine dresser. Pretty ornaments adorn all the small windows of the cottage from where there are views of the meadow and lake beyond. Stargaze on clear nights - there is a telescope upstairs - no light pollution just myriad stars to enchant!
  • Opposite the cottage, a small meadow bounds the lake where there is a boat for guests use, a note of caution though - the lake is tranquil but only experienced oarsmen (or women!) should venture out onto the water! Do remember your life jackets!
  • This property is not suitable for children under 10 years (babes in arms only please) - due to proximity to lake, unenclosed grounds and driveway across the front of cottage to 2 adjacent properties.
  • Within walking distance of the cottage there are 2 locals, the nearest is The Oakeley Arms' and in the centre of Maentwrog village, The Grapes,' a 17th century coaching inn, visited by George Borrow, author of 'Wild Wales' published in 1862. A short drive away in Llanfrothen is the Brondanw Arms.
  • Lots of activities to enjoy include mountain biking and excellent hill walking in the nearby mountains as well as river, sea and coarse fishing.
  • Read about the restoration of Bwthyn Mair on

Layout & Further Information

3 Bedrooms sleeping a maximum of 5 

2 Doubles and a single. One of the double bedrooms is accessed through the single room.  All on 1st floor.
Telescope for star gazing and book shelves on 1st floor.

Bathroom with full suite. 

Shower Room with walk in shower and toilet on ground floor.

Kitchen/Dining Room country style with freestanding pine units, gas double oven cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave (Please note * no dishwasher or washing machine).

Lounge large inglenook fireplace with multi fuel stove, 2 seater sofa, 2 easy chairs, radio/CD, no TV (but TV licence). Georgian pine settle containing garden chairs and gazebo.

Grounds small meadow opposite cottage with access to lake.  Boat available for guests' use. Wild Swimming in the lake within easy walking distance - at own risk.

NB This property is not suitable for children under 10 years - babes in arms only please - due to proximity to lake, unenclosed grounds and right of way for 2 properties adjacent to Bwthyn Mair. 

Additional Information

Short breaks - Yes, excluding peak weeks - 4-night minimum stay

WiFi - Yes (telephone free UK landlines)

Changeover - Saturday

Towels - Yes

Parking - Yes for 2 cars at roadside (across the main road)

Fuel - Gas central heating inclusive May to September. Outside these dates 30 p/w. Starter pack of logs free

Dogs - No

Travel cot - Yes on request

Highchair - Yes on request

Bed linen - Included as standard

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, certain facilities at some of our properties may not be deliverable. This may include - but is not limited to - swimming pools, hot tubs, and some shared communal areas. If you have a specific enquiry, please contact us by email here. Thank you for your understanding.

Reviews & Comments
Visitors Rate This Property 3/5

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Hugh Waggett Verified Guest
2nd October 2021

Photos misrepresent the terrible interior. They have been artistic with the photos as inside the house is very very basic. We couldnt stay one night in this place as it was so depressing. E.g. Kitchen and bathroom the worse I have ever seen in a cottage holidays. And Gaps between bedroom walls.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

We are sorry to hear you cut your stay short at Bwythn Mair. This property is a Grade 2 listed 17th Century restoration where the owner has tried to keep many of the cottage's original features and maintain its original character, this is mentioned several times in the description and has also been tried to make clear as possible in the photos. Again, we are sorry to hear you didn't wish to stay the night, but if you did decide to book with us again I would advise calling the sales team prior to booking to ask any questions about the property you are interested in, they would be happy to help. All the best, Quality Cottages

Verified Guest
30th September 2020

Lovely location. Mattresses need replacing

Verified Guest
27th July 2019

We had a wonderful holiday at Bwthyn Mair. The cottage was clean and full of character with huge slate steps and board wall around the bedroom. It was a privilege to stay there and felt rather like being in a film set!We did not have any problem parking and yes, you do have to cross the road but it was not busy when we were there.The lake was bigger than expected and the rowing boat was very special though launching it was quite an art!The paths from the house were amazing as were the ancient trees. You could spend a week just exploring!There is lots to do in the area. We especially enjoyed the slate museum at Llanberis - which was free!We would definitely recommend this property.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

Thank you for your glowing review and holiday photos - they look like you had great fun, would love to see you again in the future.

Amanda Ladlow Verified Guest
25th May 2019

Firstly we arrived to find the cottage right in the middle of road work traffic lights.Unfortunately bathroom facilities weren't great due to water flow.Meadow looked delightful but the picnic table by the lake was surrounded in dog feses glad I noticed before I stood in any.Parking opposite us not ideal across a busy road and on a corner.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

Thank you for your feedback. Your comments have been forwarded to the owner, but we would like to point out that the parking situation is visible on the website and sadly there is little we can do regarding traffic lights. We very much hope that despite these issues you did enjoy your stay.

Reply from: Quality Cottages Team

From the Owner:- 'We would like to apologise for the faeces that you found. We think that the culprit is a cat but we have been unable to trace where it comes from. Maybe it is a wild cat. We don't think it is a dog as the garden is fenced all round. We have never seen any animal in the garden. Our housekeeper does remove any mess regularly and treats the area with a deterrent. I am so sorry that you were inconvenienced during your stay and hope that despite this you enjoyed your holiday.'

Verified Guest
1st February 2018

A very well equipped cottage,comfortable and in a beautiful location.It does sit on the bend of a busy road and the parking is on the other side of this busy road to be fair to families with children this should be pointed out at the time of booking.

Guestbook Comments

If you've ever visited a holiday cottage before, you most likely have seen a guestbook in the property for guests to leave a review for others when they arrive. Each of the following comments was lovingly left by people just like you in the guestbook left at Bwthyn Mair.

18th July 2019

A lovely old cottage in a great location. We had a fantastic week in this gorgeous cottage. It is extremely characterful and it's great to stay in such a historic building. It is very quirky with wonky floors and original stone stairs but that is part of it's considerable charm. the location is pretty much perfect next to a decent sized lake with a rowing boat available - we made full use of this. The cottage is a 5-minute walk from Tan y Bwlch station on the Ffestiniog Railway and the sound of the steam trains coming along the valley is superb, as is the view of the line from the picnic table at the bottom of the garden by the lake. It's an ideal base for a rail enthusiast amongst others. A couple of things to bear in mind; there is no washing machine but we used an excellent launderette in Porthmadog and it isn't suitable for younger kids due to the unfenced lake but we don't have any so no problem there. All in all, highly recommended we will certainly return.

Len & Di
18th June 2019

Excellent cottage. Thank you to the people next door for their assistance. We enjoyed the cottage and its lovely facilities. The use of the boat on the lake was great. Location is second to none. 

15th June 2019

We absolutely love this cottage and will definitely be coming back. The character of the building is stunning and the wonky floor and ancient worn stairs only add to the charm. We made full use of the rowing boat, actually getting quite good at launching through the trees and enjoyed walking through the wood and around the lake. We particularly enjoyed standing in the garden and watching the Ffestiniog trains passing. My son and I are trainspotters.The only problem is, there has been too much to do and too little time. Walking up to Tan y Bwlch station from the cottage and catching the train was a real treat. We also rode the Talyllyn and Fairborne lines. The Barmouth ferry was great fun too. Corris Craft centre is great and we had a day out in Criccieth. Riding an old army lorry around Llechwedd slate mine is really interesting and exhilarating. An eating out tip would be Y Banc Tapas in Porthmadog, fantastic. All in all a superb holiday and we do not want to leave!

Angie, Glen, Bi & Mel
8th June 2019

We have had a really lovely stay thank you. It is very peaceful and beautiful walks in the woods nearby and around the lake. We enjoyed feeding the birds. Really good spot to get around. We did Zip World and climbed Snowdon. Could easily have stayed another week. The cottage is lovely and clean and it felt like home. Would definitely recommend and would come again. Thank you so much for the Welsh cakes on arrival. 

13th April 2019

We had a brilliant family holiday, staying in this comfortable and cosy cottage for a week before Easter. It has been a while since we have stayed in a holiday cottage, as with young children we have found that camping has allowed them the freedom to let off steam and us as parents to relax. It was with some trepidation that we booked Tafarn Trip and we have to say that we were not disappointed. Communication with the owner was clear and straightforward, and we quickly received responses to our queries and confirmation of our booking. We arrived on the day to a spotlessly clean home and a 'welcome' bottle of wine. Arriving in mid-April we soon had the log fire lit and were snuggling down to discuss plans for the week. Finding the property was straightforward and the Tesco delivery service found us on time too! The setting for the cottage is extremely tranquil, with it's own gated garden and direct access on to the lake, Llyn Mair. There is a short shared drive to the front of the house used for car access by two neighbouring residents, but their use of this is infrequent and did not disturb our stay.

About the Area

If you would like more information on the local area, please call us on 01348 837871 to speak to one of our friendly team.

The Vale of Ffestiniog

  •  Ancient oak woodlands cover the valley sides and there are lovely walks from the cottage including an easy stroll around Llyn Mair as well as clearly mapped, easy to follow nature trails through the woods and valley.

Ffestiniog Steam Railway

  • A short stroll away from the cottage is Tanybwlch Station on the Ffestiniog Steam Railway - take a ride along the line either up the valley to the slate mines at Blaenau Ffestiniog or down to Porthmadog where it joins the Welsh Highland Steam Railway. This scenic line cuts a swathe through Snowdonia all the way to Caernarfon and Edward I's mighty castle - well worth a visit.

Plas Tanybwlch & Plas Brondanw

  • This imposing manor house was built by the Oakeley family, who made their wealth from mining and exporting slate from the quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog, and is now an environmental study centre for the Snowdonia National Park with walks through the gardens and woodlands open to the public throughout the year.
  • There are courses during the summer covering lots of aspects from environmental, historic and archealogical interests.
  • This whole area is a National Nature Reserve and home to a vast array of bird and animal life - redstart, wood warbler, nuthatch , woodpeckers, pied flycatcher, peregrine falcons, buzzards, red kites, rare bats and elusive wild goats.
  • Do visit another lovely local garden - home of Clough Williams Ellis, Plas Brondanw, Llanfrothen.

RSPB Osprey Centre

  • This is a short drive away from the cottage and guests can follow the nesting colony of Ospreys that spend the summer on the Glaslyn River.

Adventure Activities

  • Surf Snowdonia, Bounce Below, Fforest Coaster, Zip World's Zip Wire and Treetop Adventures are just a few of the quality attractions for adventurers of all ages.

Borthygest & Llandanwg

  • There is a choice of beautiful beaches nearby - take the train down to Porthmadog and walk to the pretty village of Borthygest where there are plenty of small sandy coves and lovely views across the estuary to Harlech.
  • A short car ride takes you to to the tiny intimate bay of LLandanwg. The ancient church in the sand dunes, with views across to Shell Island, is another very popular destination.


  • The magnificent beach here never gets crowded. Behind its miles of golden sands is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Harlech Castle.
  • There are lots of places to eat in Harlech - Castle Cottage has one of Wales's foremost cooks - booking advisable as well as The Plas Caf , Freya's Coffee Shop and an excellent ice cream parlour too.

Royal St David's Golf Course

  • This golf course at Harlech is one of Britain's greatest courses, a surprise find in a remote part of Wales but it is known throughout the golfing world and is a challenge to any serious golfer - less demanding are courses at Porthmadog and Criccieth.


  • This Italianate village and beautiful grounds designed by Clough Williams Ellis, is home to the Portmeirion Hotel with its lovely 1930's restaurant, popular at that time with the Prince of Wales, later Duke of Windsor. Legend has it that Noel Coward wrote 'Blithe Spirit' in the grounds. Full of character and well worth a visit as is Castell Duedraeth Restaurant in a Victorian Manor House now part of the Portmeirion Hotel.

Days away... to Anglesey

  • Cross Thomas Telford's iconic suspension bridge to visit Wales' largest island. A tranquil patchwork of farm land, rugged coast and glorious unspoiled beaches dotted with remote farmsteads, sleepy villages,tiny harbours and the elegant waterside town of Beaumaris with cafes, galleries, shops, pubs, restaurants, traditional pier, museums and a romantic castle.

Characterful Snowdonia cottage dating back to the 17th century, an ideal base fro exploring the national park at any time of the year.

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