About This Listing
Come and relax in this quirky little home in the heart of Snowdonia. From the doorstep walk through the woods, along a river with waterfalls, into the mountains. 10 minutes drive to the sea. or Snowdon. Or a steam train ride.
Step over the threshold and make this your 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 air. Be 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 your stay- extras can be bought from the local shop. 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 selection of DVDs- but no TV reception. some people manage to pick up wi-fi- BT if you have it.
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. shampoo and hand wash provided.
Towels - one bath towel and one hand towel per guest. plus 2 or 3 tea towels (depending on the length of your stay)
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, 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 (£5) we can provide transport from Penrhyndeudraeth- Cambrian Coastline- station for people wanting to travel without cars-- the train comes direct from Birmingham International. I do need at least 2 weeks notice for this to be arranged. It will depend on my schedule. 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.
The Whole of Snowdonia- what more could you wish for?
oh, and theres a brand new double bed with top notch mattress in the front bedroom- as of October 2014-
Interaction with Guests
Sometimes I'm around to greet you, I always leave a fire ready to light in the woodburner. I may meet you just before you are leaving, or we might just exchange a few texts- I always knock on the door and would never enter if no one opens it- for the duration of your stay this is your home. I live about 5 miles away.
this area has a long history of interesting visitors- when Clough Williams Ellis ( the creator of Portmerion) was alive he had a sorts of artistic and literary friends visiting and staying, sometimes for years! this has left a legacy of warm curiosity and a generous sprinkling of artists, musicians and writers who either live here or visit. it is a land of inspiration. Meirioneddshire has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe- thats why I leave the house key in such an accessible place, with no worries. One recent guest commented " I felt so safe staying here" relax- breath easy.
there is a bus that goes past - up to Snowdon. contact me for details about public transport. its not as remote as someone coming from a more urban environment might fear. if you get lost, just say you are staying in Tan Lan, at Annies house.there is parking, which I pay the local farmer for use of- if you are coming with more than one car please let me know- I will ask you for £5 per extra car.. I need to let the farmer know.
Other Things to Note
New Bed- on request from 2 lots of guests this summer, I have replaced the lumpy old divan bed in the front bedroom with a pretty metal framed double bed with a top of the range new mattress.
Please treat the place with respect- the locals are lovely- be friendly and open and they will respond in kind. I lived in this house for 12 years and I love it here.
Arrange for me to demonstrate the most efficient way to get the woodburner going- it is an art form, but easily mastered. Instructions in folder but practical demonstration is best. I leave enough logs for your stay- if you get through them all then you can buy more at the village shop or from garages. some guests relish the woodburning experience so much that they will spend the whole of their stay sat by the hearth watching the fire- a wonderful experience- I can gauge how much wood is needed per day and so if you are here to indulge an ancient instinct then please note, you might need to top up at your own expense. (well worth it!)
Please leave outdoor shoes and boots in the hallway- bring slippers or thick socks for indoors.
No smoking inside the house or outside of the back door-
Please re-cycle as much as you can- our council collect paper, glass metal and certain plastics.
There are 2 blue boxes outside with number 5 stickers on. Wash and tidy the re-cyclables- no need to sort it can all go in the same box.
There is a green wheelie bin with a number 5 sticker on the front and on the lid by the out buildings.
There is a re-appropriated mop bucket with a bio-degradeable liner under the sink for non-re-cylable rubbish.When full please put bag into the wheelie bin- theres a roll of replacement bags under the sink.
please leave used towels in the bath, and strip the beds. it saves lots of time and often there are guests arriving the same day as you are leaving. thank you!
When you are out and about please follow the country side laws of closing gates and use general common sense. if it is lambing time- February - April- don't walk through fields with sheep in them- the sheep might be heavily pregnant or nursing and it is not good for them to be disturbed.
Thanks, Annie! The cottage is exactly as described! Although quirky, we found it charming! The fire was so wonderful, and without TV (yeah!), our son played guitar for us while the fire kept us cozy. It was great to have enough beds for all... The Welsh cakes were a hit and the milk was much appreciated!
Still can't pronounce the location, but we were happy just the same
Annie made us feel very welcome! She was a fabulous, friendly host, and a pleasure to spend time with! She left us little breakfast treats, fresh flowers, and all the little comforts we could hope for. We enjoyed her company immensely. Her place is wonderful, cozy, and homey. Staying there gave us a glimpse of life in the more rural Wales. I loved seeing the routine of her neighbors, visiting with the local kitty, taking a stroll though the fields with the sheep, and just hanging out in her home. I recommend it highly if these are things you too would enjoy!
Annie's place is in a wonderful location for getting away from big city life. The house is comfortable and quiet. Annie was very on top of communication and had left very detailed instructions on the property's more eccentric elements.
Be aware that phone and data reception are significantly limited in the area. This proved to be a bit of an issue for me when planning day trips and trying to stay in touch with others. There is a pub not too far away that has good food and beer, as well as free wifi if you find yourself desperate for Facebook.
Had a great stay at the cottage, good location close to Snowdon. The cottage was very clean and loved the log fire! Would definitely recommend staying here!
Lovely cozy cottage, in a great location for both the hills and seaside, wonderfully decorated and well equipped. Annie was really easy to liaise with and super-friendly! Very comfy beds, and a good pub a short distance away with nice food and real ales. Thanks again.
Had such a lovely stay at Annie's cottage. It was the perfect girly get away for our adventurous weekend trekking up mount snowdon. the cottage was beautiful and the neighbourhood was quiet and relaxing. Thank you for your kind hospitality.
We just wanted to say thank you for a great holiday at Artists cottage. Just a shame we couldn't stay longer but we will definitely be back shortly!! We're recommending it to our All friends:))
Annie you are wonderful person with lovely personality:)
About the Host, Annie
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.
almost 2 years now as an Airbnb hostess- I have met some truly lovely people! I still have a warm glow of anticipation when I have finished getting the place ready for the next guests.
5 things I can't live without...eeek..my pencil case, sketch book, Opinel pocket knife, Spotify playlist, my wellies.
music- all the songs on my playlist seem to contain a references to the natural world.
shows- oh gee this thing is getting to be a bit too Facebookesque. I'll tell you when you meet me, if it should come up in conversation.
Life Moto- "The Universe is Unfolding as It should"
ten minutes walk from the house
amazing topiary- avenues aligned with Cnicht, local mountain...Garreg
walk up Cnicht, known as the Welsh Matterhorn, then down again for superb home made cake and fresh ground coffee at Caffi CroesorCroesor Wales LL48
lovely little village with gift shops and walks by the river. Visit the grave of the brave dog Gelert, mistakenly slain by his master- find out why!Beddgelert Wales LL55
on the way to Tremadog from our house you will see on your right the famous climbing walls, and on your left Eric Jones, great Welsh climber and Free Faller- has his cafe.Tremadog Wales LL49
Italiante style village created by Clough Williams Ellis, made famous by the 1960s cult film The Prisoner. Host to art and music festival Number 6Portmeirion Wales LL48
steam train rides through exquisite parts of the landscape that you might otherwise never seePorthmadog Gwynedd LL49 9DY
Iconic record shop, staffed by music heads, opened in the 1960s, original music event posters on the walls. Peruse the vinyl records and soak up the atmosphere.Britannia Terrace Porthmadog LL49 9NA
hang out and savour the ambience. own bakery for nice stuff to bring back for teaHigh Street Porthmadog LL49 9EU
If you love Rupert the Bear then the coves and beaches here will be familiar to you- look out for mer-boys, pirate caves and pop-weed.Borth-y-Gest Wales LL49
walk the castle walls and view the surrounding landscapeHarlech Gwynedd LL46 2YH
perched on a cliff edgeCastle Street Criccieth Gwynedd LL52 0DP
lots of [people ask how far it is from the cottage...about half an hours spectacular drive away- up and over the mountains!
mountain bike routes for the very brave! lots of family friendly routes too as well as stuff strictly for the ultra tough.amazing circular tree top cafe with balcony and bird feeders. woodland walksLL40
I hadnt thought to include this but some friends who have just stayed at the house took their children there and everyone was fascinated watching the weaving and spinning in actionTrefriw Conwy LL27 0NQ
show case for local artists, view and perhaps buy work, often very typically Welsh themed. walk to the headland of LlanbedrogPwllheli Gwynedd LL53 7TT