Y Boncyn

Criccieth, Gwynedd
+44 (0)7903 864357

Swing off the main road through the village, up into the hills along a narrow track and through a gate, observed by curious sheep


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

It feels remote here but you’re actually not far from good pubs, restaurants and fabulous outdoor stuff inland or on the coast. This is one of five cottages on the Wern Estate; inside is irresistibly warm and tasteful with a big fire for chilly days, plenty of seating for four and good books about the area, so it’s comfortable to spend time planning what you’d like to do next.

The small galley kitchen is spanking new and well thought out – in fact everything here is, with space in bathrooms for sponge bags, full-length mirrors on the backs of wardrobes – nothing has been done on the cheap. You’ll find milk in the fridge, fresh flowers, unlimited logs, homemade cake, Welsh cakes, good coffee and all the basics for cooking in the cupboard.

Bring bikes – there’s a cycle path down to Criccieth (1.5 miles) and the 1930s building designed by Clough Williams Ellis now a super restaurant called Dylans that faces the sea. Explore the castles here or drive to Harlech for a bigger one. You are inside the Snowdonia National Park for white-water rafting, zip wires, fishing and mountain biking. There’s outdoor seating and a barbecue for mild evenings and you can watch the stars come out.

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We think you'll love

  • Not being overlooked – or overheard – except by sheep
  • Being so warm inside when the weather is bad with lovely views from the windows
  • Cycling down to Criccieth for fish and chips on the beach
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You should know

  • It'll feel too remote for some
  • You need a car for shopping
  • Sheep do baa at night, especially at lambing time


  • 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 4pm Saturday
Check out
By 10am Saturday
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £135
Weekly price
from £950
1 Cottage for 4
From £1353 beds2 bedrooms


We had a gorgeous stay at Y Boncyn. The photos don't do justice to the precision and beauty of the house both inside and out. Incredible care has been taken over the interior design and the inclusion of everything needed to make a comfortable and enjoyable stay. The location down a country track is remote and peaceful, while only 5 minutes drive to a lovely seaside town with great ice cream and fish and chips. There's loads to do in this quiet and unspoilt corner of Wales and I would return in a heartbeat.

Lisa, London

This is a truly magical place to stay - a very comfortable cottage in the midst of a beautiful estate and close to any number of attractions. Ten minutes from Portmeirion, twenty from the beach and forty from all that snowdonia has to offer (riding, canoeing, trekking). But in fact the walks around the house are fantastic too and there is little need to go far.

Umar, Cambridge

A brilliant place to stay. Excellent, warm accomodation could not have asked for more. Easy access to Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula.

Barbara, Cleator

Set in idyllic rural surroundings Y Boncyn is the ideal venue for a ‘get away from it all’ holiday. It is a relatively new conversion from a farm building to a cottage with fittings and fixtures all done to a high standard and equipped to make staying there very easy and pleasurable. My partner and I stayed for a long weekend in December 2018 and found it warm, secluded but accessible with the only visitors being Viv, the excellent housekeeper and a few friendly sheep! We shall definitely try and stay there again - 5*

Katrina, Stafford

My partner and I keep coming back to this cottage as it’s perfect for us. Away from the hustle and bustle but close enough to many local attractions. It’s furnished and decorated to a high standard throughout and stocked with everything you need. WiFi speeds are excellent and it’s set within country lanes great for walking. We’re looking forward to our next visit.

Katrina, Stafford

We had a wonderful stay at Y Boncyn. The setting is quite magical, surrounded by woods and fields in which you can wander. It is utterly peaceful. The house is beautifully designed and decorated with style. We wanted for nothing; everything is done with a generous spirit.

Katy, Cambridge

Y Boncyn, is perfect, as soon as you arrive the weight of your busy lives disappears and you feel an instant relaxation. Everything is within easy distance and is perfect for a family holiday. The cottage is finished to the highest standard and is spotless. There is always a little welcome pack on the table for when you arrive with homemade jam or chutney and beautiful flowers and a cordial. Can't wait to return this year!

Heather, Redditch

As soon as you arrive you instantly feel relaxed. Beautifully decorated, clean, homey just perfect. We love Wales and this cottage is the cherry on the cake!

Heather, Redditch

Amazing, secluded, cosy, and so luxurious. What more could you ask ????

Marilyn, Shropshire

Up up and up again, through a five-bar gate (remember to close it!) to find this lovely old renovated barn. You've only sheep for neighbours so it'll really suit those who want to be left undisturbed. It's incredibly well thought-out and nothing has been done on the cheap. Plenty of books about the area and its history, a modern open fire and really comfortable sofas mean even if the weather is foul this is a great place to be stuck indoors. Snowdonia National Park is on your doorstep for outdoor fun and adventure - or simple walks.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The front garden is just that – a fenced-off square of grass that blends seamlessly into the surrounding rough North Welsh countryside, dotted with many sheep. You can follow the sun around the house all day. Walk, or cycle, to Criccieth for the beach, a good restaurant and pubs. By car explore the magnificent castles of Harlech (14 miles) and Caernarfon (17). Portmeirion, the unusual village designed by Clough Williams Ellis, is closer and a bit like marmite – people either love it or hate it. The National Park surrounds you for walks big and small, challenging cycling and as much adventure as you can stand.

Local points of interest from Tamar Ferguson

  • 2000 Acre private rural Estate surrounded by oak woodlands. The gardens are lawned and private.
  • The pretty seaside of Criccieth is just a 5 minute drive (or 50 minute walk for the active ones among us!) - the pretty castle dominates the town and is a must to visit. Lovely cafes, restaurants and independent shops.
  • Black Rock Sands is a must - the beach is so vast that you can drive your car onto it. Perfect for dog walking, shell collecting, windsurfing or just having a good old run about.
  • Portmeirion is only a short drive away. Created by Clough Williams-Ellis (the owner of the cottage is David Williams-Ellis - Clough's great nephew). Iconic architecture, scenic walks, restaurants, cafes and old fashioned ice cream parlours.
  • Llanbedrog is a charming little seaside village with a superb beach and the most famous line of beach huts in North Wales. Visit the Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw Gallery for homemade cake and see David's (the owner of Y Boncyn) sculpture "Louise" in the garden.
  • Our delightful housekeeper is happy to cook a welcome meal ready for your arrival at a very reasonable cost.