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Family friendly 1711 stone built cottage in town centre

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

A family & dog friendly house that accommodates between 2 & 6 easily.

This stone built house had been unoccupied for 30 years when we took it over in 1987 and, while habitable now with all reasonable mod cons, it is not in the luxury class. We did not want a house where you were always worried about children or dogs making a mess that could not be easily cleaned up

However it is dry, can be warm (full gas central heating + a multi-fuel stove), and is livable in all year round.

Do not expect the Ritz, and realise that houses built in 1711 (when this was) need allowances making for them.

It is a house of great charm and is built into the side of the mountain (which is the very first National Trust property) and as a result has an external door on three levels! A cottage extension was added at the back late 19th century which can provide a peaceful area or grandparents sitting room!.

Mobility warning: stairs are steep with only a half handrail to the first floor and no handrail to the attic floor (there is no room, very narrow stairs). Guests with limited mobility have found this a problem.

There is NO parking provided - but free on-street parking 5 minutes walk away is available.

There is a paved patio at the rear which gets a lot of sun later in the day and is suitable for BBQs and a rear store under the cottage extension where the fuel is kept and is also suitable for bike storage. There is a kettle BBQ which will either be in the back store or in the former outside toilet in the yard.

There are open beam ceilings throughout and all external walls in the main house are stone, some of considerable thickness.


An attractive feature in the main living room is the large multi-fuel stove (Nursery fireguard if needed also in the room somewhere!) which provides a cheerful focus on cooler days - coal and wood in back store. There is also full gas central heating.

There are three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.

Bedroom 1 King size double bed

Bedroom 2 single bed - a small room

Bedroom 3 a bunk bed - 2 beds

Bathroom WC, washbasin and bath.

On the attic floor there are two twin bed bedrooms and access to the attached late 19th century cottage extension.

In the cottage extension is a pleasant 2nd sitting room (often gets the sun), a laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer and a second washroom with WC, basin and electric shower.


Maximum capacity: 9 using existing beds although 6 is very much more comfortable! We will not accpet more than 8 without prior clearence. The house also works well for smaller numbers. You can accommodate two adults, three children and a baby without having to use the second floor. Extras have to use the 2nd floor that is not very suitable for young children or the elderly owing to steep stairwell. Babies need a carry cot or similar providing.

There is free WiFi installed (code on rear of front door).

The kitchen and dining area will seat six with two on the window seat and there is crockery and cooking utensils to cope with up to nine. The kitchen has a cooker with a double oven, a microwave, fridge freezer. There is a child seat (attatch to the table-type) available. The kitchen sink is at the underground end of the kitchen and so is emptied by a (automatic) pump. Care is needed not to block it.

The house is 5 minutes from one of the best beaches in North Wales, 5 minutes from the shops and 5 minutes from the rail station - and less from mountain hillside. You have easy access to Snowdonia and Cader Idris, historic railways and fascinating slate caverns. There is an inflatable dingy in the back store, with oars which can be used with suitable care and the back store is also suitable to park bikes. Bikes can be hired from the garage by the harbour and there are variour providers of boat trips (see notices at the harbour).


We do not provide bed linen. There are duvets and pillows on each bed with covers on. You must use your own covers, bottom sheet & pillowcases on top of the existing under-covers. You must provide your own towels, but there is a supply of tea towels in the kitchen.

We also DO NOT have a cleaner - to keep the costs low we rely on everyone to clean up thoroughly before they go. This is the first year we are letting it (previously it was only family & friends). If this works OK we can keep the price low. It's up to you!

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Member since: 2018
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2018

About The Owner

We are both recently retired: a clergyman and a GP with four adult children (and a sucession of dogs) who have all enjoyed Barmouth - and now come back with their own friends and family.

The Owner purchased this house in 1987

Why The Owner chose Barmouth

We bought this as a place to have family holidays, suitable for the very smallest upwards and where all the essentials are within walking distance. It was derelict when we bought it and have gradually been improving it over the years while keeping its character.

The ingle nook fireplace and wood burner is wonderful on cooler nights!

What makes this house unique

Walks for all conditions. Safe swimming from the beach (and one of the few blue flag ones as well).

Historic railways in easy reach.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Barmouth around the Gwynedd

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • town
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Television
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • playground
  • recreation centre
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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Family friendly 1711 stone built cottage in town centre
average rating of 4.625 based on 8 reviews

An interesting and spacious property in a wonderful position

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in June, and had a lovely time. There were three generations of the family staying there and we all enjoyed what the property and Barmouth had to offer. Hope to stay there again next year

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review - this is exactly what we hope to provide for guests! You will be most welcome to book again. Mike
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Second visit this year,

  • 5 of 5

3 adults and 5 children, perfect place to explore Barmouth from. Plenty of space to relax in after a busy day, great patio which catches afternoon sun and is perfect for lazy evenings barbecuing or sitting around a fire pit. Will be back again

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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It was our tenth time coming to Barmouth and staying at Tan y Crag we love Barmouth

  • 5 of 5

It’s a very old stone cottage and is basic but the place holds many many dear memories of our children’s holidays growing up there, so whilst it’s not the Ritz it’s home from home for us. The size of the property is great as it can hold us all. The location couldn’t be better as it’s tucked just off the high street a short stroll to the beach or up the mountain behind to breath taking views. Not for those who want a high standard of accommodation but for those who need a base from which to explore beautiful Barmouth and to relax and spread out in that has held much love within its walls. And the back patio area is a lovely suntrap for bbqs and sunbathing xxx

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this, and glad you had a good time again. You are quite right, it is not the Ritz - but slowly things are being upgraded, a problem with a property this old! Look forward to seeing you again.
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Lovely week

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is in a good, central location and is really interesting and quirky. We really enjoyed our holiday except as I have mobility problems I found the stairs really difficult, there needs to be proper hand rails, although no one else had any problems. The cottage is very well equipped with everything you could possibly need. Barmouth is a beautiful place, we have been coming for over 40 years and hope to come for many more. The weather was hot and sunny all week, so we spent a lot of time out and about.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this, most helpful. I will put a mention on the website that the stairs are difficult for those with limited mobility. The stairs to the first floor do have a hand rail, but not one where you can put your hand right round. The stairs to the attic floor do not, and are so narrow there is no room. I will investigate a rope to assist there.
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Property as described, my friend and I feel in love with it.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is in a perfect position for exploring Barmouth, with plenty of space to relax and chill out in. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed meals Al fresco on the patio which gets the afternoon sun. Back in August and can't wait.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Gail, Really glad you had a great time and hope it is even better when you return. Helps if the weather behaves itself as well! Mike
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A beautiful cottage in a ideal location. Highly recommendable. Will definitely be booking again.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has so much to offer apart from location. It as a beautiful log burner. It’s very homely. We all loved it. The children loved exploring the various rooms it was a surprise after surprise so quirky. Highly recommend it to anyone. I already have to my family & friends. We are most definitely booking again & again.

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, it was a great pleasure to have you. And thank you for leaving everything so clean and tidy. I hope we see you again! Best wishes to you all, Mike
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Nearest Train
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
0.1 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Easy reach of Snowdon and Cader Idris. The Slate Caverns localy a great attraction. Harlech Castle just up the road.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Pet Fee £10

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.