Bwlch y Gwynt is a delightful traditional Welsh long house, built in 1787, offering the opportunity to escape from the pressures of every day life in a beautiful tranquil location. It holds an isolated position and sits approximately 250 metres above sea level in the Snowdonia National Park and is suitable for a family holiday and equally suitable for a romantic break for couples who want to be uninterrupted and truly relax. It is also perfect for those who enjoy walking with wonderful walks directly from the front door.
The owners have gone to great efforts to convert what was once pretty much a ruin, into a rustic country cottage which offers three main rooms on the ground floor, two of which having sleeping lofts above, one of which is accessed by a ladder (see photo). There is a natural spring water supply to the cottage, electricity and also two large log burners providing the heating (along with electric radiators which provide background heating in the colder months).
Bwlch y Gwynt is located in open countryside on the outskirts of the sleepy village of Penmachno, in Conwy County, North West Wales. The village is some four miles to the Southwest of Betws-y-Coed and on the edge of Snowdonia, lying at the heart of the valley of the River Machno, one of the upper tributaries of the River Conwy.
The cottage affords lovely views over the Conwy Valley and sits on the side of a hill, accessed via a track which is a quarter of a mile long. By car the beautiful Snowdonia mountain range and several wonderful beaches are within easy reach of Bwlch y Gwynt. The historic town of Conwy with its medieval castle is just half an hour away and provides great shopping, restaurants, cafes and places of historic interest. For walkers (including those with a passion for hiking) and mountain bikers, there are many miles of trails, cycle tracks and open country in this area to enjoy and explore. There is also climbing, high ropes, white water rafting and canoeing for the more adventurous amongst you close to the cottage. Anglers too will not be disappointed with the Conwy and Lledr rivers providing excellent opportunities for salmon fishing, plus plenty more opportunities locally.
Betws y Coed and Llanrwst are the two nearest local towns where you can stock up on provisions and between the two you can usually find what you want or at least a close substitute! Betws y Coed is a small tourist town about ten minutes from the village of Penmachno where the cottage is located. There are several excellent stores specialising in outdoor clothing and footwear and specialist outward bound gear for the more serious climbers and walkers. The town has various pubs and hotels, a range of small shops, a leisure centre (with pool and gym), a newsagent, a post office and a cash machine. The town also boasts a motor museum. Llanrwst is a small market town about half an hour away in the car, which is better for food shopping. There are a couple of good butchers, a deli with an excellent selection of wine and alcohol, a supermarket, chemist, bank, cafe etc.
Bwlch Y Gwynt offers guests the opportunity to completely unwind and relax in beautiful tranquil countryside and it provides the perfect setting for enjoying some of the more basic pleasures in life like stoking up the fires over a glass of wine whilst chatting about the days adventures.
Short breaks and flexible changeovers are offered and prices range from £420 to £980, depending on the number of nights and guests staying.
Peter & Elizabeth Huxtable joined Independent Cottages in June 2008
Accommodation and facilities comprise:
Additional information: The cottage is quite remote and the track to it is about a quarter of a mile long from the road and is quite steep in places and bumpy - sports cars and very low vehicles are not advisable and four wheel drive vehicles are recommended. The water supply to the cottage is from a natural spring. Prices includes winter fuel and electricity. Travel cot, highchair and baby carrier backpack can be provided by arrangement. All beds have pillows and duvets provided. Bed linen and towels are included. It may be possible to offer alternative changeover days and also holidays/breaks of different duration.
Prices: Short breaks and flexible changeovers are offered and prices range from £420 to £980, depending on the number of nights and guests staying.
Map location: Please note that the map location shows the village location and not the exact location of the cottage.
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4x4 recommended. Short breaks for couples from £420.
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