Y Bwthyn Bach

Snowdonia, Gwynedd
+44 (0)1341 250620

Heaven for cyclists & walkers, a snug cottage in wild Snowdonia. Climb, hire bikes, explore Portmeirion. Return to a blazing wood-burner...


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

In the shadow of Cadair Idris, a cosy launch pad for exploring Snowdonia’s walking trails and cycle paths. Slightly set back from the estuary road, the small, light-filled cottage faces the craggy Rhinog Mountains. It’s one of four architect-designed buildings converted from 19th-century barns. Delightful owners Victoria and Sean live in the contemporary, timber-clad house opposite with Fintan, their friendly Golden Retriever. They’re full of enthusiasm for the local area so active adventurers can get advice about walking or cycling through the mountains. Step through the wooden door into a snug room with comfy sofas at one end and a slick glass dining table at the other; a red enamel wood-burner takes centre-stage. Exposed-stone walls are a striking feature in the neat, L-shaped kitchen; delicious welcome hampers await for longer-stay guests. Upstairs, both rooms have beds indulgently topped with wool duvets; fluffy towels are supplied in the spotless white bathroom. Enjoy a well-deserved snifter at the snazzy, red outdoor table after day-trips to Barmouth, Portmeirion or thrill seeking at Zipworld. 


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
3 January - 11 February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants/pubs 2.5 miles away.


Nightly price
from £65
Weekly price
from £375
Damage deposit
3 nights from £250.
1 Cottage for 4
From £653 beds2 bedrooms


This was our 3rd stay with Victoria and Sean. We love coming here because it has the perfect combination of beach/walking/cycling opportunities all on the doorstep. You can walk directly from the cottage into the mountains behind or walk to the estuary and join the cycle path .The cottage is very comfortable and thoughtfully equipped. Definitely recommend!

Elly, London

We came for our first trip to North Wales with our little girl, and it didn't disappoint! We stayed for Christmas week and Victoria had decorated the cottage beautifully, it was like home from home and helped to create the magic for our 3 year old. The cottage is so cosy with a fabulous woodburner and lots of blankets to snuggle under. It's very comfortable and really well equipped. The location is fabulous and Victoria provides a wealth of information on places to visit, things to do/see and places to eat/drink including those that are child & dog friendly. We can't wait to return!

Joanna, Cardiff

This is a lovely cottage in a really stunning location. It's hard to describe just how beautiful the area is, and to be on the Mawddach trail within 2 minutes is a real asset. The cottage is done in a really lovely way and feels very comfortable. It's really high quality. We did the whole trip using public transport (with a 4 year old), which worked fine. Morfa Mawddach station is just 25 mins walk, and a bus goes past the door. A highly recommended place to stay.

Jonathan, Isles of scilly

We came to Victoria's cottage for our first family holiday with our new baby. The cottage was perfect, cosy and comfortable and great for families. It was a wonderful base from which to explore Snowdonia's many beaches, lakes and mountains. We would highly recommend a trip to Snowdon on the railway as though this is a drive away, it is a spectacular one! We have been raving about the trip and cottage since we got back and hope to return again especially as Victoria was such a lovely and responsive host.

Marie, London

Y Bwthyn Bach is a cosy cottage with everything you need to enjoy a holiday. The kitchen is well equipped and there were ample toiletries for a week's stay. Television, radio, books and games if you want to stay in as well as a pub just a few minutes down the road. We particularly loved being between the mountains and the sea. You are spoiled for choice with the beautiful Cregennen lakes close by and plenty of woods to explore beyond the pretty town of Dolgellau. We hired bikes there and explored the Mawddach Trail. If you enjoy nature, I'm not really sure what more you could ask for!

Lindon, Sibford gower

This is a gem of a cottage, perfect for an "away from it all" holiday. Lovely to be met on arrival by Victoria and to find the delicious homemade bread waiting for us in the kitchen. Cottage is comfortable, well equipped and perfect for cooking up your own treats. Thank you very much. We hope to return, but with our bikes next time!

Julie, Redditch

The best equipped cottage we’ve stayed in. Lovely setting and the whole family had a great stay. Highly recommended.

Brian, Southampton

Lovely cottage in a fantastic location. Victoria met us on arrival and was extremely welcoming. The cottage was everything we needed and lovely and cosy. Great location for walking with the dogs and getting around Snowdonia. Would definitely recommend and will be booking again. Fantastic stay, thank you!

Charlotte, Warwick

A wonderful weekend away for my Mum’s birthday. Cosy cottage, beautiful views and great walks! Victoria was fantastic and so accommodating - giving us lots of tips for what to do, where to go and was always contactable if we needed her. The cottage has everything you could need and is extremely dog friendly. Thank you for a lovely weekend! Would definitely recommend and come back again.

Daisy, Warwickshire

We had a lovely stay in this beautiful ,cosy cottage. On arrival we had a lovely welcome pack of locally produced provisions to get us going..always a good start to the holiday to wake up to fresh bread, coffee, bacon and eggs!The cottage was fully equipped with everything we could possibly need. Always good to stay in a place where you don't need to worry about taking cling film, tin foil and kitchen roll...top marks.The information pack sent before the stay was full of ideas for our stay including places to eat, shop and information for walking with a dog . The owner was very helpful too.

Lindsey, London

A fantastic little cottage in a beautiful location. Y Bwthyn Bach is clean and modern but also nice and cosy. It made the perfect base for our family to explore the National park and coastline. The Mawddach Trail is right outside the door and perfect for running, riding or walking. Victoria is a great host and couldn't do enough to make sure we enjoyed our stay.

Gareth, Shaftesbury

A beautifully prepared cottage with everything you could need for a cosy break in North Wales. Some lovely local bread and breakfast provisions waiting for us and lots of wood for the wood burner at night. Very dog friendly with easy access to some walks. We particularly enjoyed walking down to the request stop station (about 1 Mile) and catching the train to Aberdovey for some glorious beach walking. Thanks to Victoria for making us so welcome!

Rob, Bristol

Such a lovely stay. Victoria was so welcoming making us feel very at home, with all the thoughtful touches. The children loved it. It was so quiet and peaceful. We loved that the trail was just across the road so no need to use the car. We’ll be back soon I hope. The house has everything you need and is so cosy.

Rachael, Stockport

Myself and my boyfriend have just come back from a lovely 3 night stay away in a cute little cottage. So cosy in arrival with a warm loaf of bread! Victoria has thought of everything from a torch for the late night walks, bacon and eggs for the morning and bubble bath for the relaxing nights. Could not have enjoyed our few days away any more, filled with long walks and coming back to a lovely log fire. Won't be long will were back again!

Jaye, Newbury

Excellent location and a wonderful property. Owner was very welcoming and accommodating of our two dogs - including advice on where to walk them. So many options of walks and sights to see locally. This is a great area of Wales to visit and lovely, cosy and quiet house to stay in.

Richard, Oxford

Y Bwthyn Bach is a wonderful cottage - a lovely, comfortable, well equipped home from home. We stayed for a week with our dog, enjoying fantastic walks right from the front door. Victoria’s welcome was friendly and super informative, and the hamper of local goodies and homemade bread were a delicious additional treat. We hope to be back soon.

Hannah, Lincoln

Lovely welcome hamper with great Bread. Cottage very well equipped Useful and helpful pre stay information. Lovely walking round the area and easy to get to other places.

Maggie, Kelso

We enjoyed a wonderful week in this gorgeous cottage! It had everything we could have ever needed and more! The location is fantastic and Victoria was so friendly and helpful. We would love to return one day!

Marg, Calgary, ab canada

A delightful cottage in a perfect location with ready access to both seaside and mountains. The cottage has everything you need and the friendly and helpful owner Victoria helped make our holiday very special.

Will, Leeds

This was our second stay in Arthog. The cottage is very tastfully decorated and equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. There was a convenient welcome pack which included a still warm homemade bread. Victoria is very helpful and informative. Situation of the cottage is perfect for cyclists and walkers. Access to the Mawddach estuary/trail and cycleroutes/footpaths to Cadar Idris are all directly from the cottage which is a real bonus. We did not use our car at all (apart from getting provisions). We will definitely be back!

Elly, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Victoria Little

  • Hop over the road from the cottage and explore 9 miles along the Mawddach Trail- flat walking or cycling along an old railway line
  • Steam trains galore ! Wales is filled with miniature trains - a fantastic way to sit back and enjoy the scenery
  • Walk over to Barmouth stroll along the beach and then fill up on Fish n chips and ice cream- heaven !
  • The local town of Dolgellau is filled with little shops to treat yourself and plenty of places to fill up on cake n coffee
  • Jump in the coastal mainline (only a mile along the trails from the cottage) Explore Aberdyfi, Harlech and Portmerion
  • Knights of old, maidens and imaginary fights with Welsh dragons ! Visit one of the many castles to head back in time