Otter Cottage

Pwllheli, Gwynedd
+44 (0)7799 772334

Cross an ancient stone bridge to a 1790s estate cottage, completely on its own down a little-used green lane and with the river rushing by


5 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome

The Experience

The garden and river are magic. Children and teenagers will be splashing in the deep bits or hurling themselves over stepping stones and getting wet wellies – there are trout too and fishing with a permit. You can eat outside in the garden facing the river while spotting kingfishers, dippers, mallards and merganser near the water, and kites and buzzards overhead. It’s remote, so you shan’t need to shush children, just let them go feral, building dams, making dens, climbing trees.

Inside is cosy with underfloor heating and massive insulation, plenty of comfy seating and a swish kitchen at one end with stone worktops and all the gear you need to cook well. There are pretty windows for enjoying the views and sweet bedrooms upstairs where you can fall asleep listening to the river burbling.

Set off on a network of small lanes with a bike, or tramp along footpaths in 500 blissful acres. There’s a good drying room for your wet gear.

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We think you'll love

  • Being so isolated and the ever-rushing river and quiet walking without bumping into others
  • Bringing all you need and just hunkering down for a while, going nowhere in the car
  • Waking to the sound of many birds - it will amaze you if you're a city dweller
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You should know

  • No dogs and no good for toddlers
  • Mobile signal can be patchy
  • You need to bring all the food you need


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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
  • Cot available


  • 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

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.


Nightly price
from £125
Weekly price
from £875
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From £1255 beds3 bedrooms


A heavenly escape to a sweet stone and slate cottage, completely by itself and with the river running across the bottom of the garden. Walk, cycle, birdwatch, explore the big white sandy beaches and the fascinating castles.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Discover local legends about an ancient church nearby, Carnguwch. The nearest place for shopping is Pwllheli, four miles, where you'll also find a marina and a good restaurant, Pontoon. A super pub is Ty Coch in Pothdinllearn which you can't get to by car and is very special. Dylan's restaurant in Criccieth serves good food. There are lots of Edwardian castles nearby like Harlech and Conwy.

Local points of interest from Chris Williams-Ellis

  • The isolated and wildly romantic 13th Century Carnguwch Church can be accessed by foot from Otter Cottage, this is a lovely pre or post-lunch walk along quiet lanes and over-fields. A key to the church is available from it's treasurer at the nearby farm
  • A short drive to the mountain road above Llanalhearn is the start of the walk to Tre'r Ceiri, (the Town of the Giants), the views as you climb are spectacular and the walk rewards you with Britain's best-preserved and remarkably intact Iron Age fort.
  • Narrowing the choice of Snowdonia's best mountains to climb is tricky, Snowdon of course, there is also Tryfan and our favorite Cnicht also recently highlighted in County Life with the banner 'If you only climb one mountain in your life, it should be this
  • Beaches are many good the peninsula's south coast are busier and famously include Black Rock Llanbedrog and Abersoch. The northern beaches are quieter and form a string of unspoilt sandy coves. All can be reached within 5 to 20 mins.
  • No visit to the Lleyn would be complete without a visit to Portmeirion, a bayside lunch at Dylan's Criccieth, an evening at Pontoon Pwllheli and a well-earned drink at the Ty Coch on Porthdinllaen Beach , voted the best pub in Wales


Chris Williams-Ellis

Chris worked in the city for 30 years and has now come back to his ancestral home to pursue his passions - the countryside and heritage buildings. The family have owned the estate (apart from a hiccup of 80 years) since 1605. Chris's great uncle was Clough Williams-Ellis, the architect.