Y Bwthyn Bach

Snowdonia, Gwynedd

Heaven for cyclists & walkers, a snug cottage in wild Snowdonia. Climb, hire bikes, explore Portmeirion. Return to a blazing wood-burner...


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


In the shadow of Cadair Idris, a cosy launch pad for exploring Snowdonia’s walking trails and cycle paths. Slightly set back from the estuary road, the small, light-filled cottage faces the craggy Rhinog Mountains. It’s one of four architect-designed buildings converted from 19th-century barns. Delightful owners Victoria and Sean live in the contemporary, timber-clad house opposite with Fintan, their friendly Golden Retriever. They’re full of enthusiasm for the local area so active adventurers can get advice about walking or cycling through the mountains. Step through the wooden door into a snug room with comfy sofas at one end and a slick glass dining table at the other; a red enamel wood-burner takes centre-stage. Exposed-stone walls are a striking feature in the neat, L-shaped kitchen; delicious welcome hampers await for longer-stay guests. Upstairs, both rooms have beds indulgently topped with wool duvets; fluffy towels are supplied in the spotless white bathroom. Enjoy a well-deserved snifter at the snazzy, red outdoor table after day-trips to Barmouth or Portmeirion. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
3 January - 11 February.
Restaurants/pubs 2.5 miles away.


Nightly price
from £65
Weekly price
from £375
Damage deposit
3 nights from £250.
1 Cottage for 4
From £653 beds2 bedrooms


Excellent location and a wonderful property. Owner was very welcoming and accommodating of our two dogs - including advice on where to walk them. So many options of walks and sights to see locally. This is a great area of Wales to visit and lovely, cosy and quiet house to stay in.

Richard, Oxford

Y Bwthyn Bach is a wonderful cottage - a lovely, comfortable, well equipped home from home. We stayed for a week with our dog, enjoying fantastic walks right from the front door. Victoria’s welcome was friendly and super informative, and the hamper of local goodies and homemade bread were a delicious additional treat. We hope to be back soon.

Hannah, Lincoln

Lovely welcome hamper with great Bread. Cottage very well equipped Useful and helpful pre stay information. Lovely walking round the area and easy to get to other places.

Maggie, Kelso

We enjoyed a wonderful week in this gorgeous cottage! It had everything we could have ever needed and more! The location is fantastic and Victoria was so friendly and helpful. We would love to return one day!

Marg, Calgary, ab canada

We had a fantastic week in a lovely cottage, the beds were really comfy and we all slept well. The quirky cottage was very well presented and stocked. The home made bread and hamper was a nice touch and the friendly hosts provided excellent information prior to our arrival. We hope to be back at some point with our new puppy!

Keely, Huddersfield

A delightful cottage in a perfect location with ready access to both seaside and mountains. The cottage has everything you need and the friendly and helpful owner Victoria helped make our holiday very special.

Will, Leeds

This was our second stay in Arthog. The cottage is very tastfully decorated and equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. There was a convenient welcome pack which included a still warm homemade bread. Victoria is very helpful and informative. Situation of the cottage is perfect for cyclists and walkers. Access to the Mawddach estuary/trail and cycleroutes/footpaths to Cadar Idris are all directly from the cottage which is a real bonus. We did not use our car at all (apart from getting provisions). We will definitely be back!

Elly, London

Best stay in Wales thus far. The cottage has everything you need, it is beautiful and dog friendly. Our Jack Russell had an amazing time on the local walks and beaches. The hamper supplied by Victoria is delightful and the bread is "to die for". Lots of fantastic walks and local pubs. We could not recommend this place highly enough. We will be coming back! Must Stay!

Russell, London

Fantastic break. Not my first time visiting this cottage- it’s location is fabulous and the owners always so accommodating and welcoming. This time I returned with my mother and our dogs for a walking break. Victoria provided and fitted a dog gate in advance which was hugely useful, and when one dog disappeared on a walk, she minded our other one whilst we went in search (and found!). The cottage was toasty warm with the log burner lit on frosty nights, and a well equipped kitchen for comforting pyjama dinners in! The perfect autumn escape! We loved it and wanted to stay longer, thank you x

Stephanie, Alcester

A great base to visit the Snowdonia National Park. The cottage is well decorated and very homely with lots of small extras provided. The owner, Victoria is extremely helpful and provided lots of information and recommendations of places to visit. Great holiday!

Neil, London

This really is the most wonderful cottage, perfect location for walks along the estuary and a walk across the bridge into Barmouth. The cottage has everything you would possibly need whilst you stay. The bed is so comfortable and has the most luxurious duvet!! Victoria & Sean have covered your every need. On our arrival Victoria came to meet us with a fresh loaf of bread out the oven, local cheese and chutney so we cracked open the wine and enjoyed the view sat outside on the patio!! Put this at top of your short list and book it

Suzanne, Saddleworth

Along with my husband and two friends we have just had 3 nights staying in this wonderful cottage. Victoria who owns the cottage treats you as friends not clients and nothing is too much trouble for her. The cottage has everything you could possibly need with beautiful bedding and an abundance of towels. We were blessed with beautiful weather and did two long walks setting of from the cottage. You have the most breathtaking views and our stay was too short. We would highly recommend staying in this beautiful cosy cottage with its log burner and hot constant water.

Cherie, Warwickshiew

Well equipped and furnished. Good location and no neighbours when we were there. Victoria gave us some locally reared bacon, eggs and a loaf of her homemade bread. All very tasty. Will try and go back when there isn't a wedding to go to.

Nick, Manchester

Beautifully situated, close to walks, sea and Barmouth. The cottage is very well equipped and tastefully furnished. Tables and chairs outside for breakfast in the morning/sundowners in the evening. Victoria was very welcoming and gave us one of her first home made loaves to try - it was delicious.


This was our second visit,and certainly not our last. The cottage is very tastfully decorated and furnished with everything we needed to look after oursevles. It is ideally situated on the Mawddach estuary/trail within easy reach of the coast. Victoria is on hand and provided avery much appreciated welcome pack.

Roger, Wolverhampton

Absolutely fantastic cottage! My husband and I (plus Archie the whippet) thoroughly enjoyed our mini break at the cottage, actually wished we had booked to stay for a full week. Very relaxing but close enough to go adventuring around the area. On arrival Victoria greeted us and made us feel at home straight away. Lovely little touches also such as locally produced honey, bacon, bread,eggs and wood for the wood burner. We would love to return again.

Kerry, Manchester

I stayed for four nights in this delightful cottage with my three Golden Retriever dogs. We were blessed with beautiful weather so were able to spend evenings sitting outside the front of the cottage. It's very cosy with lovely bedrooms and a bathroom and a well equipped kitchen. Very convenient to access many beautiful local walks in the forests, mountains and nearby beaches. Victoria and Sean are extremely welcoming as is their Golden Retriever Fintan who my girls loved. Would definitely go again and highly recommend this property.

Louise, Stroud

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Victoria Little

  • Hop over the road from the cottage and explore 9 miles along the Mawddach Trail- flat walking or cycling along an old railway line
  • Steam trains galore ! Wales is filled with miniature trains - a fantastic way to sit back and enjoy the scenery
  • Walk over to Barmouth stroll along the beach and then fill up on Fish n chips and ice cream- heaven !
  • The local town of Dolgellau is filled with little shops to treat yourself and plenty of places to fill up on cake n coffee
  • Jump in the coastal mainline (only a mile along the trails from the cottage) Explore Aberdyfi, Harlech and Portmerion
  • Knights of old, maidens and imaginary fights with Welsh dragons ! Visit one of the many castles to head back in time