Artists cottage. Snug in Snowdonia

House - Entire home/apt · Tan Lan, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6SG, United Kingdom

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Step over the threshold and make this home for the length of your stay. Relax in the colourful spaces within- relish the quirky and lovingly chosen decor. Breath in the clean sweet (website hidden) soothed by sights and sounds around you- the gentle waterfall you can hear if you sit quietly downstairs. waking in the night to silence or the occasional owl hooting. The scent of log fires greets you as you return from a local walk.
This is a 3 bed room terraced cottage in Snowdonia, at the edge of the Lleyn peninsula. It is close to the town of Porthmadog. Located on a B road - easy access and no problem to find with a satnav.
Easy parking in the adjacent farm yard with space to unload immediately outside the house when you first arrive. .
The house has a good size sitting room with a wood burning stove- enough logs provided for a couple of nights, extras can be bought at the local shop or I can arrange to have them delivered. a halogen heater and a small oil filled radiator are available for instant heat.Fire blanket, fire extinguisher, first aid kit and torch on shelf next to fire place. Lots of choice books and board games. Children's corner in living room with a little basket of small toys and books. I can provide a travel cot, push chair and highchair on request.
There is a small tv with a DVD player and a couple of DVDs- but no TV reception.
Well equipped kitchen- electric fan oven, gas burner hob. Micro wave, electric kettle, toaster, cafetiere, fridge-freezer, plenty of utensils...even a rolling pin. Fire blanket next to cooker.
Bath room with power shower and deep bath- the water is heated by the stove and gets really hot, there is also an electric emersion heater for summer time. Hair dryer, iron, ironing board and drying rack. Towels on request.
The house has three bedrooms. The main one has a double bed and vaulted ceiling- with views across to the mountains. Wardrobe and bedside table with lamp.
middle room has a double bed, built in cupboard and bedside cupboard with lamp.
The back bed room has twin beds, wardrobe, bedside cabinet and lamp.

All beds have 15 tog non -feather duvets, duvet cover, pillow cases, sheets and mattress covers on all the beds. I change the bedding for every new set of guests. Disposable mattress protectors available on request for toddlers who are still getting used to big beds. There is also a blanket each and a hot water bottle for each bed for extra chilly nights- though the radiators should keep you warm.

From the front door you can walk to famous horizontal climbing cliffs at Carreg Hyll Drem. Great for bouldering as well. Walk a bit further and follow the river and water falls along the quartz ridge to nearby mountain Cnicht, break your journey at the lovely Croesor cafe with home made cakes, art gallery and wood burning stove.
Just up the road, an easy walk, is Brondanw Gardens, family home to Clough Williams Ellis who built Portmerion. There is a great little cafe there that sells crafts.
Five minutes drive away are the Tremdog cliffs and the Eric Jones climbers cafe.
Lots of cafes - all of them selling decent fresh coffee.
A mile or so to the Pont Croesor RSPB Osprey nesting view site. The Osprey nest and breed- (average 3 chicks) between May and late September- they often can be seen from the house- flying home in the evenings.
5 miles away- The Italianate village Portmerion- made famous by the Prisoner and host to arts and music festival "6" in September
There are steam train rides at Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways, both running from Porthmadog.
Castles- Harlech and Criccieth- both about 9 miles away (in opposite directions) Caernarfon- about 15 miles away.
5 miles from wild beaches. Lakes, rivers and waterfalls within walking distance- perfect for wild swimmers. 15 minutes drive from Coed Y Brenin mountain bike trails.
There is a very good pub (Brondanw Arms- known locally as The Ring) that stocks real ales and makes excellent food- a mile up the road- a pleasant walk there and back if you want to have a drink and not take the car.
Also a mile away is a well stocked village shop with all you need including fresh veg and lots of local produce. It has a cafe and does a take away meal special each Friday.
For bigger shops Porthmadog (5 miles away) has a Lidl, Aldi and Tesco, as well as a deli and a wholefood shop.
The house has a good size sitting room with a wood burning stove- fuel provided. Well equipped kitchen. Bath room with power shower.
Don't expect wi-fi or TV..phone reception is limited to the upstairs, front bedroom. The local pub and the village shop both have wi-fi.

Do expect- glorious sunsets. The sound of a waterfall to lull you to sleep.

For a small extra charge we can provide transport from Penrhyndeudraeth- Cambrian Coastline- station for people wanting to travel without cars-- the train comes direct from Birmingham International. The house is close to a bus route which links to walks up Snowdon- Sherpa service.
We live near by- the house is all to yourselves.
Have a look at the Street View..if you twizzle it around you get a sense of the landscape- you can walk for many miles before coming to a reminder of the 21st century.

This is the perfect getaway- see what it feels like to have a break from e-smog...free your mind a while. The internet will still be there when you go home.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $611 /week
Monthly Price: $1636 /month
Security Deposit: $129
Cleaning Fee: $31
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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  • Had a fantastic weekend away staying at Annie’s beautiful cottage for a mini break over the weekend. Unfortunately we didn’t get chance to meet as we arrived quite late but the fire was made upon arrival, ready to light after a long journey and all instructions left were clear to follow. Everything was as described and the little touches were really appreciated - milk, tea, coffee and home made biscuits were left for us!

    Would definitely recommend to others - the only thing missing was the good weather ;-)

    March 2014
  • We stayed in Annie's cottage for a couple of days at the end of March. Lovely, cosy and very comfy place. It was great to unwind by the fireplace, playing board games and just relaxing.
    As for the location, North Wales was lovely. Great driving roads (take B4391 to Ffestiniog and then B4410 to get to the cottage), and it only rained a little bit! As a techie spending most of my time online, I also really enjoyed the lack of 3G.

    March 2014
  • This is a great place to stay for a peaceful getaway or for a great location to explore snowdonia, climb mt Snowdon and go on lots of great nature walks, all of which we did. Annie is a great host for giving lots of information about what to see and do and how to do anything in the house. The place is cosy, clean and quiet and has everything you need. Annie even baked us some delicious welsh cakes!

    March 2014
  • This is a wonderful place. It's a great place for discovering Snowdonia, the beach at Harlech, the weird world of Portmerion or just cozying up by the wood burner and playing the guitar. I absolutely loved my stay at Tan Lan and would very enthusiastically recommend it to anyone else, its perfect for families couples or groups of friends. Or as I was, on my own getting away from it all to get some work done - Annie is a great host and made sure all the little touches were taken care of. I will definitely be back!

    March 2014
  • We had a fabulous stay at Annie's cottage! The location was great for hiking in snowdonia and visiting some fantastic large castles! Annie was a great host she left instructions about the house and recommended some lovely walks starting from the cottage - we did one of them and it was beautiful.

    March 2014
  • We really enjoyed our stay at Artist's Cottage. Annie was a perfect host and came over to show us how to use the fire and was on hand if we needed any help. The house is cosy and well-situated. I just wish we had booked a longer stay!

    February 2014
  • We had a lovely 5-night stay at Annie's cottage in Snowdonia this February. The five of us had fun cooking in the kitchen, going out for walks and climbs, and relaxing in front of the fire late into the evenings. The cottage is perfectly equipped, very comfortable, and didn't feel cramped even with the five of us. We'll definitely be back.

    February 2014
  • One of the best weekends away. The cottage was cosy and clean and better than we expected. Annie was waiting for us as we arrived late and had the fire going and gave us a warm welcome. Will defo go back. Thank you Annie.

    February 2014
  • We stayed at Annie's cottage for 3 nights in January. Lovely cozy spot & everything we needed for cooking breakfast, building fire, etc. Didn't get to meet Annie but spoke to her on the phone & she was more than willing to come help out with anything if needed. Nice walks leaving straight from the cottage and a short stroll to the local pub. View of the mountains & sheep from the living room & front bedroom and some friendly cows at the farm nearby. Would definitely recommend the cottage for a stay in North Wales.

    January 2014
  • Annie's cottage was absolutely perfect for our Christmas/New Year break. The four of us had a wonderful time exploring the local scenery and nearby coastal towns. The Christmas tree and cake that Annie had prepared for our arrival was a real treat and went down lovely with the Christmas dinner we cooked.

    January 2014
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I am a mother (of 5) and grandmother (of 7) I work doing studies about peoples health- I meet new people all the time. When I'm not working I'm painting- now my children have all grown up I finally have time to do an art degree. I paint landscapes and people and abstract. I love the slow pace here, the gentleness of the people - everyone has time to be curious about each other, in a kind way..lots of networking goes on when people meet by chance, on the street, in the shops. I came to Wales for the wilderness, the ever changing skies, the wind and rain, the sudden surprise of sunshine! All the place names here- for example, the names of villages and houses- have a meaning, which can help when you are trying to find your way around- "Bryn" is a hill- "coed" a wood- " afon" a river and so on. As a host- although you won't be under the same roof as me, I live about 5 miles away- you will be able to ask me questions about the geography and the stories of the area. I especially love to go to megalithic sites, old churches and healing wells- there are many of these to be found within a 30 mile radius.I can suggest places you might enjoy and directions how to find them. I will sit and chat with you for hours if you like and invite you over for a meal...but most likely you will be here for peace and quiet so I will give you the keys and wish you a happy holiday. I have travelled a little- to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Australia- I have a daughter in Melbourne. My second favorite country is Brittany- Wales is my first! I love to stay in simple places- my ideal holiday would be a yurt or a bell tent near a beach, during a moderate heat wave, dinner cooked over a wood fire, lying on my back counting shooting stars and singing songs with a handful of good friends- one plays a guitar and another has a flute...and we have been swimming in the warm sea. I am new to Airbnb but it looks like a brilliant way for people to meet and travel without too much money or complicated plans.
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