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7 Nights See prices

  • £500  to  £650

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Short Breaks From

  • £95 p/night
    Off peak
    (3 night min)
  • £100 p/night
    Peak season
    (4 night min)

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    2 Rooms

  • Min Nights

    4 (peak)
    3 (off peak)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    2 Dogs

  • Bathrooms


  • Access


  • Log Burner

About Gwalia Cottage

Gwalia Cottage sits comfortably in its surroundings. Made from locally quarried stone and slate, the two-bedroom pet-friendly cottage sleeps four people and is perfect for couples, families or friends to enjoy a self-catering holiday in Snowdonia. It is on the edge of Blaenau Ffestiniog, close to amenities and attractions yet peaceful enough that you can enjoy a quiet cup of tea in the garden without distraction. Cafes, shops, the train station, a great fish and chip shop, Indian restaurant and friendly pubs like Y Chwarelwr (The Quarryman) are all within a 10-15 minute stroll.

Blaenau Ffestiniog was once the world's leading producer of slate. Oakeley was the largest slate mine globally, employing 17,000 miners - some of whom lived in Gwalia Cottage. You will see evidence of the mining industry everywhere you look, from attractions like Llechwedd, where you can go deep underground on a mine tour, or Bounce Below and Zip World Caverns, where former mines have been turned into a subterranean trampoline and zip line adventure. Even a simple walk along local footpaths will see you passing pieces of slate that have fallen from remnant piles. Instead of being the Slate Capital of the World, Blaenau Ffestiniog is the adventure capital of North Wales. As well as having exciting zip lines and trampolines, the town has hair-raising downhill MTB trails with an uplift at Antur Stiniog.

There are so many places to visit during your stay at Gwalia Cottage. Walk or take the Victorian train to Snowdon's peak (or Yr Wyddfa to use its Welsh name). Some visitors take the train up and walk back to get the best of both experiences. The pretty Italianate village of Portmeirion is around 20 minutes from the cottage, or drive five minutes further to Porthmadog and lovely beaches like Morfa Bychan. Harlech beach is the closest beach and just twenty minutes drive away. Take a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway, wander around Harlech or Conwy Castle, or spend a lazy day exploring the beautiful Llyn Peninsula with its great surfing beaches and scenic walks. Snowdonia National Park has award-winning golf courses, coarse, fly and beach fishing, and endless miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycling routes to traverse.

Gwalia Cottage is available for bookings all year round, with a cosy multi-fuel burner that makes it as welcoming in winter as it is in summer.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Susan Buonaparte joined Independent Cottages in March 2021

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Log Burner
  • Beach Nearby
  • Accessible by Public Transport
  • Pub Nearby
  • Bike Storage
  • Golf Nearby
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • Enclosed Garden
  • DVD Player
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Dish washer
  • CD Player
  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • WiFi

Location (Snowdonia)

Accommodation Comprises:

Gwalia Cottage was built in the 1800s and has a timeless appeal. It is set back from the road and has accommodation over two levels.


  • Relaxing living room at the front of the cottage with original beams and views of the slate workings. There is a multi-fuel burner in the stone inglenook fireplace, comfortable leather sofas, and a TV with a DVD player.
  • Kitchen/diner with an open plan layout and lovely views of the Moelwyn Mountains. The fitted kitchen is well equipped with all of the appliances, tools and utensils you need for a self-catering holiday, including a slow cooker.
  • Utility room with a washing machine, dryer and dishwasher. A handy space to store coats and walking boots.


  • Master bedroom with an original decorative fireplace and beams, a double bed with bedside tables and reading lights, and clothes storage.
  • Twin bedroom with two full-sized single beds, bedside tables with reading lights, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers. This room also has a shower and handbasin area.
  • Bathroom with a walk-in shower, bath, WC and a handbasin.

Outside: The cottage has a steeply terraced garden at the rear with garden furniture to sit and admire views of the mountain. There is a hosepipe for washing bikes and an outhouse for secure storage. There is also a small gated garden at the front of the cottage. The cottage does not have off-street parking, but it is easy to find a space on the road outside.

Additional Information: All utilities including central heating, WiFi, bed linen and tea towels are provided - guests to bring their own towels. Well-behaved dogs are welcome at no extra charge - please bring their beds, towels and anything else they required. Short breaks may be possible, depending on availability. Please contact the owner. The cottage is a non-smoking property. Children are most welcome but due to the steep stairs, the owners recommends the cottage is not suitable for under five year olds.

Gwalia Cottage Tariff & Supplementary Information

Season Weekly Rate Short Breaks

Sat, 1st Jun 2024 - Fri, 19th Jul 2024
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £285 | 4 nights: £380

7 Nights

3 Nights

Sat, 20th Jul 2024 - Fri, 30th Aug 2024
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 4
Short break prices:
4 nights: £400

7 Nights

4 Nights

Sat, 31st Aug 2024 - Fri, 25th Oct 2024
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £285 | 4 nights: £380

7 Nights

3 Nights

Sat, 26th Oct 2024 - Fri, 1st Nov 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 2nd Nov 2024 - Fri, 20th Dec 2024
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £285 | 4 nights: £380

7 Nights

3 Nights

Sat, 21st Dec 2024 - Fri, 3rd Jan 2025
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 4
Short break prices:
4 nights: £400

7 Nights

4 Nights

Sat, 4th Jan 2025 - Fri, 14th Feb 2025
Changeover: Any Day, Min Nights: 3
Short break prices:
3 nights: £285 | 4 nights: £380

7 Nights

3 Nights

Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms (1 Double, 1 Twin)
2 dogs welcome
Unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users. Please discuss any specific accessibility requirements with the owner
No smoking
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Cheque, Bank Transfer
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +44(0)7792 278172 before paying by bank transfer.
Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

Owner Area

Susan Buonaparte
Member Since March 2021

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Gwalia Cottage 18 Month Availability Calendar

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* Calendar last updated: 10th June 2024