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5 Star Character Cottages with Amazing Sea & Mountain Views - Bryn Gwyn

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



Bryn Gwyn

Bryn Gwyn enjoys a tranquil setting, which enables guests to peacefully enjoy the stunning views from the garden, balcony, lounge, kitchen/ diner and two front bedrooms.

Bryn Gwyn sleeps 8 (plus 1 cot). There is spacious living accommodation downstairs with a kitchen/ diner, a front lounge with wood burner, a rear sitting room/ snug with games console etc and a downstairs WC. There are 4 bedrooms upstairs; one king with en-suite, one double, one twin and one bunk. There is also a family bathroom located upstairs. Access to the balcony is off the landing.

Access to the front garden is via the kitchen French windows or front door. A picnic bench with seating for 8 people is located in the front garden to enjoy the magnificent views. A BBQ is also available. A small back courtyard area is also available to hang washing, store bikes and wash muddy boots etc.

Heating (gas central heating), electricity, gas, linen, towels, wi-fi access and a welcome tray are all included in the tariff

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Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn

Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn are immaculate character cottages which have recently renovated and equipped to an excellent standard. Rated 5 star by Visit Wales, they are beautifully presented to retain a truly cosy and charming atmosphere.

Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn are a pair of character semi-detaced cottages constructed around 1900 in the beautiful coastal village of Borth-y-Gest, North Wales.

Outside, the balconies and front gardens provide a glorious coastal vista across Tremadog Bay to the Snowdonia mountains beyond. All the rooms to the front of Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn also benefit from these unobstructed views.

Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn both sleep a maximum of 8 people (plus one cot) in 4 bedrooms.

Should Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn be rented out together the total available accomodation would be for 16 people (plus two cots).

Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn provide the ideal holiday destination from which to explore the fantastic beaches, beautiful mountains, picturesque villages, and the host of activities Northwest Wales has to offer. An excellent range of attractions awaits visitors to Bryn Gwyn, with wildlife centres, outdoor activities, train trips, historic sites, museums, fine gardens, golf and more to choose from.

In the immediate vicinity the sands at Borth-y-Gest are of particular interest to birdwatchers as they are home to a wide variety of species of birds including oystercatchers, redshanks and curlew, as well as winter visitors such as goldeneye, great crested grebe and wigeon. Summer brings flocks of sandwich terns.

Several beautiful beaches are within easy walking distance along the well maintained coastal path leading directly from the village centre. The sea is safe to swim on a low to incoming tide.

Meanwhile the village is largely surrounded by woodland, much of it deciduous and dominated by ancient Welsh oaks. Directly to the rear of Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn is Parc y Borth nature reserve. Parc y Borth woods is a local nature reserve long popular with walkers and ornithologists, and among the birdlife you might be lucky to spot green woodpeckers, tawny owls and pied flycatchers. An extensive network of paths will lead you from a public footpath running alongside Tegfryn through the woods to the top of a crag with extensive views of the Glaslyn and Dwyryd estuaries.

The road leading into Borth-y-Gest is a no-through road so that the roads are very quiet, being occupied by local traffic only.

A 10 minute walk to the east will take you into the popular harbour town of Porthmadog where there is a large selection of shops and restaurants. A harbour town with an impressive marina is situated on the Glaslyn Estuary. Porthmadog is rich in maritime history and in times gone by, it was a vital, busy shipping port for the international slate trade, brought down from Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Both the Welsh Highland Railway and Ffestiniog Railway can be boarded at Porthmadog.

The stunning location of the Porthmadog golf club is only one mile from Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn. The links golf course offers an intriguing mixture of heathlands and linksland for the discerning golfer.

The Snowdonia National Park begins a mere 2 miles from Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn and is a magnificent playground for those who love walking, mountain climbing or just scenery watching.

The Park covers 823 square miles of diverse landscapes. As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in Wales, and the largest natural lake in Wales, as well as a wealth of picturesque villages like Beddgelert (8miles).

Snowdonia is renowned for being a very special place for walkers with mountain peaks, lakes, forests, rivers and coastal areas. The National Park is working on developing a network of walks and more will be added every year. In addition Snowdonia National Park has a vast amount of cycling and mountain biking trails suitable for all abilities. The Park also hosts other outdoor activities such as white water rafting and climbing.

Portmeirion is a popular tourist village located just outside of Porthmadog, approximately 3 miles from Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn. It is Wales’ 3rd largest visitor attraction attracting 250, 000 visitors in 2009.

Portmeirion was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 in the style of an Italian village, which is now is now acknowledged as a unique architectural work of art. The village is now owned by a charitable trust.

The village stands on a rugged cliff top on its own private peninsula overlooking Cardigan Bay. It is surrounded by 145 acres of sub-tropical woodlands and miles of sandy beaches. The village has always been run as a hotel, which uses the majority of the buildings as hotel rooms, together with shops, a cafe, tea-room, and restaurant.

Portmeirion has served as the location for numerous films and television shows, most famously serving as The Village in the 1960s television show The Prisoner. The show became a cult classic, and fans continue to visit Portmeirion, which hosts annual Prisoner fan conventions.

Further afield are the attractive towns of Criccieth, Beddgelert, Harlech, Pwllheli, Nefyn and Abersoch.

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The deposit is 30% of the rental, with the balance payable 8 weeks before arrival.

Non refundable 30% deposit required. Non refundable balance payment required 8 weeks prior to arrival.

Included in the rental rate; gas, electricity, linen, towels, Wi-Fi access, a welcome tray, hand soap, washing machine tablets, dishwasher tablets, washing-up liquid and starter toilet rolls.

Discounts for smaller groups also available -please enquire.

Short breaks are available. Short breaks usually comprise Friday to Monday (3 nights) or Monday to Friday (4 nights)


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Borth-y-Gest around the Talsarnau

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Bryn Gwyn cannot be used as a ‘party house’ as it is located in a peaceful village with neighbours either side. No discos, loud music, partying, etc
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Family Bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to master bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Downstairs WC
  • New bathroom suites fitted to all bathrooms. Family bathroom - A P-shaped bath with shower and shower screen, basin, WC and towel radiator is provided. En-suite - The master bedroom enjoys access to the spacious en-suite bathroom which contains a 1200mm by 900mm shower cubicle, basin, WC and towel radiator. Downstairs WC - WC and cloakroom sink provided. A cast iron ceiling clothes airer is also provided in the downstairs WC room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , (Bunk Bed)
  • Bedroom One - Master Bedroom; A king size bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and two bedside tables are provided. The master bedroom enjoys access to the spacious en-suite bathroom which contains a 1200mm by 900mm shower cubicle, basin, WC and towel radiator. The master bedroom also enjoys spectacular sea and mountain views. Bedroom Two - Double Bedroom; A double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and two bedside tables are provided. The double bedroom enjoys spectacular sea and mountain views. Bedroom Three - Twin Bedroom; Two single beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers and a bedside table are provided. Bedroom Four - Bunk room; Full size bunk beds (can sleep 2 adults), wardrobe, chest of drawers and a bedside table are provided. Travel cot provided.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
36' flat screen TV & DVD player in front lounge. 32' flat screen TV, DVD player, & wii console plus games in snug. Portable ipod docking station & digital radio available. Telephone for incoming calls only. Free Wi-fi access. Please note that the property is strictly non-smoking. Well behaved dogs are welcome although we ask guests not to allow dogs upstairs. ACCESS to Bryn Gwyn is via an unadopted level track, which leads from the main road (Borth Road). The track is approximately 20 metres in length which leads to the base of the property boundaries. Access to the front door is then via a steeply sloping path which also comprises a number of steps. There are approximately 15 steps to ascend to Bryn Gwyn. Vehicular access is allowed along the unadopted track for dropping off and pick-up only - parking is not permitted. Cars must return to the main road, Borth Road, which is approximately 20 metres from the property boundary. Unrestriced parking is available on Borth Road


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Bryn Gwyn
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews

Perfect holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful spacious cottage, decorated to a high standard and equipped with all you need plus lots of extras such as books to read and games for children. Great views over the bay and although you can't park outside the cottage itself, there was always plenty of space on the road at the bottom of the track to the cottage. The cottage is located in a picturesque little village and is only about 15 mins easy walk, on a quiet pathway, into Porthmadog where you can find more shops, bars etc (recommend The Big Rock Cafe for lunch). We also had a fabulous dinner at Y Sgwar restaurant at Tremadog and ate at the Art Deco restaurant, Dylans at Criccieth (also well worth a visit). All this and more is in the information provided by the owner. It's easy to visit many other little villages, local attractions and stunning beaches and scenery. Recommend a visit to Portmeirion. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
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Probably the best view in North Wales

  • 5 of 5

Visited Borth y Gest for a long weekend and we were delighted from start to finish at the Bryn Gwyn guest house.

We were welcomed by the owner who couldn't have done more to make our stay enjoyable. As we were shown round the huge 4 bedroom house on arrival the first thing which struck us were the stunning views across Tremadog Bay literally from every room!

The house is ideally located, perched in the hills yet only a stones throw from the sea front and had everything we could need: a BBQ and huge outdoor table and chairs - perfect for an evening beer whilst watching the sun set. A wood burner and luxurious leather sofas in the large lounge with an equally large bay window - the ideal spot to watch the hues of the Snowdonia mountains change throughout the day. A high spec kitchen / diner - perfect for cooking for a large group after a memorable afternoon hiking the mountains. Generously sized bedrooms with more huge windows that let the light and views stream in and very comfortable beds (we all slept very, very well) plus it has decent Wi-Fi too. It really did feel like a home away from home.

Location-wise you can't get much better as there's so much to do in the area that the long weekend felt like a week. It's ideally placed just a mile from Porthmadog so every evening we would take the scenic walk along the hills, past the marina where there are pubs and restaurants galore to explore. Whilst during the day North Wales is your oyster - there are Snowdonia hikes a plenty, a stunning sandy beach is just a short walk away and Portmeirion is next door, it's the perfect base to explore whether you're with a large group or a family - just make sure you take some time to sit back and enjoy those stunning vistas.

Thank you so much Jane, we will be back soon!!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
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Tranquil and smart with sea views

  • 5 of 5

It’s my second visit to the house, both of which I have really enjoyed. The area is amazing, very tranquil, lush and smart looking. The bay always seems to be filled with Oyster Catchers ‘peeping’ away, the place reminds me of child hood trips to the sea side, simple pleasures and lots of fresh area. It really helps that there is no through traffic which keeps things really quite.

The house is fantastic with lots of room and space for groups to gather or just sit and look out of the big windows. The house works really with both big groups or a small family, the rooms are cosy and large but not so large that you feel lost. The first floor bedrooms are great, especially in the morning if it’s sunny, the big windows have big bay views, so very sunny….. It is definitely been one of my favourite places to stay in North Wales as it’s so quiet even with the kids. The house is off the road and up a short hill, which adds to the charm. The local walks are incredibly varied, from short beach strolls, woodland and coastal paths. I can switch off there in minutes. I think I need to book another trip. Pubs in Porthmadog are good too, especially the beer at The Ship, 15 minute walk away.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
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Fantastic property in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Had a great long weekend with good friends in this amazing house - cannot wait to go back again. House has everything you need to ensure that guests feel 100% at home.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
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Stunning views

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a weekend with friends, the location is idyllic. The cottage itself has everything that you need, very comfortable and extremely well equipped. The views are breathtaking, I'll definitely visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
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  • 5 of 5

A beautiful location and lovely house that has everything you could need. Can't wait to return for our next visit

  • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Manchester or Liverpool airport
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Holyhead, Anglesey
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Porthmadog Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Borth-y-Gest Moorings Bistro
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: recommended

Bryn Gwyn and Tegfryn are ideally situated in the picturesque coastal Victorian village of Borth-y-Gest.

Borth-y-Gest is located to the east of the popular Llyn Peninsular and adjacent west of the Snowdonia National Park.

This pretty village has retained its Victorian charm with colourful terraced houses fronting onto a horseshoe-shaped promenade that skirts the perimeter of this sheltered bay where small boats are moored.

Amenities in the village include a shop, tea room, petrol station and bistro restaurant all of which overlook the harbour. A short 15 minute walk along the coastal path to the east takes you to the popular tourist town of Porthmadog where there is a extensive range of cafes, shops and pubs.

The views from Borth-y-Gest are spectacular with a panorama sweeping across Tremadog Bay to the Rhinog Mountains to the south, and the Moelwyn Mountains to the east. The views also include the wooded peninsula of the Italian style village of Portmeirion, designed by the famous Welsh architect, Sir Clough William-Ellis in 1925.

Several beautiful beaches are within easy walking distance along the well maintained coastal path leading directly from the village centre. Further afield Black Rock Sands is located approximately two miles west. In addition Harlech, Abersoch and Criccieth beaches are only a short drive away.


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