The Bothy at Coch Hir

Caernarfon, Gwynedd
+44 (0)1286 870314
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Climb Snowdon - or take the train. Swim, cycle, visit Nat Trust houses. A deliciously quirky retreat for 2 (and babe-in-arms) near Anglesey


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

Denise’s Bothy is a one-off: chock a block with interesting stuff and infused with her warmth and creativity. Solid, small and simple it hunkers happily on its hillside overlooking golden green fields to Anglesey (a 15-minute drive) with the mountains of Snowdonia standing sentry behind. You can climb the largest mountain in Wales – Snowdon – from Llanberis (two miles away) or lazy loafs can take the train! There’s heaps of other outdoorsy things to do: kayaking, paddle boarding, white water rafting; or potter round a National Trust spot – Plas Newydd or Bodnant Gardens are lovely. Head home to get cosy by the wood-burner, fix supper in the narrow kitchen then up to the low raftered mezzanine to sleep deeply in a chunky bed (made by Denise) covered with a nostalgic patchwork quilt. Quirky and characterful: find rope and branch handrails, lime plaster walls and rugged larch floors. Pots of colourful flowers border the lawn, animals mooch about, the scent of herbs wafts through the kitchen window. A rural retreat for a laid-back couple (if you’re looking for mod cons and manicured perfection you won’t find it here) between the mountains and the sea.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 2 nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 2 miles away.


Nightly price
from £65
Weekly price
from £455
1 Cottage for 2
From £651 bedroom


This is the kind of secret place that you want so much to keep gently, but tight in your cupped hands. Denise and her partner Nick have created a magical retreat, the Bothy is for us, Simon and I, like coming home . And so we must share with you, and know when you visit you will feel the same.

Ann, London

Beautiful stay, we’ve been twice now because we love the rural setting and its location it’s in a great position with Llanberis being a 10min drive down the road. Brilliant cycling, hiking routes and pubs on the doorstep! Lovely hosts too!

Rebecca, Newark

We had the most restful stay at the bothy taking in beautiful sunsets and mountain views. Denise and Nick were the perfect hosts who made us most welcome and left us to our own devices. They have created a little haven for wildlife (and horses, and cats) in the beautiful landscape of snowdonia. It's perfectly situated for mountain walks or coastal trips and we were spoilt for choice for places to visit. The bothy had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and I enjoyed discovering all the little details that have gone into making the bothy unique.

Charlotte, Sutton Coldfield

We had a great stay at Denise’s bothie, couldn’t ask for a better host. The location was fantastic, very close to Snowdon and many other hills, mountains and lakes to explore. The bothie had everything you could need, and appreciated the local food Denise had left out for us. We would like to visit again in the future, and would definitely recommend to anyone looking to explore Snowdonia!

Jack, Bristol

Our second visit to the Bothy was every bit as lovely as the first. The place is beautifully appointed and every detail is well thought through. We specially loved watching the sunset from the slate terrace. Denise is a very welcoming but unobtrusive host. The local area is full of a variety of attractions - beaches, mountains, birdwatching, archaeology. We focused on Anglesey as it often has the sunnier weather. Can’t recommend it highly enough!

Janet, Sheffield

Our Sixth visit to The Bothy so you can take it that we love visiting! A beautifully renovated authentic style Welsh Bothy. Wonderfully located with magnificent views of Snowdonia from the lane on entry and views down across countryside towards Anglesey from the patio, perfect for an evening sundowner to watch spectacular sunsets. A short drive to the dramatic Llanberis Pass and within easy reach of the outstanding NT Bodnant Garden, the Llyn Penisular, Anglesey, Beddgelert, the Highland railway at Caernarfon.....all of which we have visited. Denise is such a friendly welcoming super host.

Louise & Peter, Swansea

A lovely property in a perfect location for Snowdonia, Anglesey and the North Wales coast. We received a warm welcome and loved staying in the cosy bothy that's really well-equipped and was perfect for a week exploring the area.

Thalia, London

A perfect location for a much-needed break after months of working from home. I spent a long weekend (4 nights) at The Bothy and loved it. It's the perfect size for one or two, beautifully refurbished with natural and local materials. A very friendly welcome from the owner and her equally friendly cat, which enjoyed several evenings in front of the woodburner with me. I'm a hill-walker and the location is ideal for mountain walks in Snowdonia. Anglesey, the coast and Snowdon itself are on the doorstep.

Grace, Hertfordshire

Charming accommodation - perfect base for our winter break. This lovingly restored Bothy has been used to showcase local craftsmanship and artisan creations, a real find in an excellent location and good value for money. Perfectly situated for our needs, hiking and local sightseeing. Secluded and yet within easy reach of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants with lots to see and do even out of high season. A perfect bolt hole from the winter weather with a roaring fire and stunning views. A friendly host that has thought of everything making for a very relaxing cosy break away. xx

Jo, Bristol

Excellent bothy with everything we needed for a 3 night stay in December. The bothy has been lovingly restored by Denise with lots of nice unique features. Highly recommended.

Philip, Southport

We loved our stay at the Bothy. It is a unique property full of character and charm, set in wonderful countryside with incredible views. Very well located for access to the coast and mountains, and Llanberis which has many interesting attractions. Denise, the Bothy's creator and owner, made us feel very welcome and had provided delicious local treats for our arrival. We loved our whole stay and will be returning.

Tom, Picklescott

Lovely little place, very cosy and every last thing has been thought of. Great view of beautiful sunsets, very close to Snowdon, Anglesey and Caernafon. Great value for money, would definitely go back.

Alex, Stratford-upon-Avon

We absolutely loved Coch Hir bothy! A beautifully old, well done up building with a lovely bright kitchen, cosy snug with a log burner and a little Heidi crog loft with a very snug little bed. We were incredibly lucky with the weather so got to enjoy 5 beautiful May sun sets from the terrace! We explored some beautiful beaches on Anglesey, climbed Elidir Fawr, looked round Canarfon Castle, ate delicious local oysters from the Straits and swam in the lake in Llanberis..all on our door step! A perfect wee hide away with so much to do! We were recommended this bothy and it did not disappoint!

LULU, Llangollen

We had a lovely weekend at the Bothy! It really is a beautiful peaceful place. We felt very much at home and enjoyed getting to know Smudge the cat. Denise made us feel super welcome, lighting a fire for our arrival and leaving some tasty treats. Perfect place to come back to after a windy cold hike up Snowdon, would definitely recommend and we will be coming back!

Sally, York

Beautiful days for long walks. Nights clear and cold, but snug here in the bothy with wood stove roaring. Lovely memories of standing in the kitchen barefoot on underfloor heated flagstones. Mmmmm! A great stay Thankyou.

rob, bishops castle

A lovely, quirky little bothy and a great area to stay. Denise is a very welcoming and thoughtful host.

Emma, Reading

We stayed at the Bothy over a weekend. with my girlfriend. When we arrived we were given a warm welcome by Denise. She was super friendly and suggest several places to visit. The accommodation itself is cosy and finished to a high standard, all the decoration is thoughtful and very fitting. It is clear to see that that Bothy has been restored with love. A great place to relax but also conveniently placed to explore the delights of North Wales. We would highly recommend and will 100% be returning.

Adam, Oswestry

A delightful place to stay. The Bothy's restoration is just perfect a real home from home, cosy and welcoming, so much detail and love has gone in to the Bothy, it is a real treat to stay there, you will not be disappointed. It has fantastic views from the kitchen and patio area. The location is super we visited Llanberis, Conwy, Betws y Coed, Bedgellert and Anglesey which has fabulous beaches. We highly recommend this Bothy.

deborah, Manchester

Very convenient location. Good meals to be had in The Peak Restaurant and Dyllons. The top of snowdon on the train was a fantastic trip. The electric mountain and the slate quarry were also well worth a visit. Portmerrion and Anglesey also. A great holiday.

Lesley, Devon

What an amazing place and a wonderful host! Booked the Bothy as a surprise weekend away for my fiances birthday and it was like a home away from home. Lovely little touches everywhere, including a welcome tray of welsh goodies. Denise is an absolute delight and it was a joy to spend time there. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Louise, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Denise Longley

  • Snowdon rising up from nearby Llanberis for walking, or taking the mountain railway to enjoy breathtaking views on a clear day. Lake railway and high ropes course, slate museum and woodland walks in the Padarn Park. Outdoor shops, cafes and restaurants.
  • Exciting zip wire experience reaching speeds up to 100mph in Bethesda, mountain walking and climbing in the Glyderau and Carneddau. Surf Snowdonia Adventure Centre in Conwy valley and many other Adventure Activities within reach
  • Magnificent castle built by Edward I in the World Heritage town of Caerrnarfon. The Welsh Highland Railway also starts from the town. Enjoy the views over to Anglesey as you walk round the castle walls and explore lovely little streets and shops.
  • National Trust properties within easy reach - Penrhyn Castle near Bangor, Plas Newydd in Anglesey, on the banks of the Menai Straights Famous Bodnant Gardens in the Conwy Valley.
  • Beautiful beaches and coastal walks on the Isle of Anglesey. The Victorian town of Llandudno 30 minutes away has two beaches, a dry ski slope, cable car and other points of interest on the Great Orme.
  • Pony trekking in Waunfawr,(15 mins away) and also on Anglesey. Safe traffic free cycling or walking along 30 miles of recreational routes along disused railway lines.