Blaen y Buarth

Amongst the peaks of the Snowdonia National Park
Guests: 6       Wifi: not available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 1 dog), fee applies

Blaen y Buarth

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Traditional Snowdonia mountain holiday cottage at Penmachno. Great views, plenty of land and the perfect location in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

Blaen y Buarth is a stylish yet traditional cottage in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. High above the remote Machno valley, it boasts innovative use of local slate. An interior warmed by vintage and modern Welsh wool with underfloor heating throughout. Already featured in BBC1 Empty Homes series and S4C 's "Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru" (Welsh Rural Homes) it has been acclaimed for its "honest and modern approach to conservation". Despite the cosy interior, eyes are invariably drawn to the mountain views which appear at every window. The good-sized garden welcomes with a firepit, chill-out seat, swing, and hut to store your mountain bikes and boots. Located in its own 7 acres and accessed by a private lane, it is still within walking distance of the local pub and only 4 miles from Betws-y-Coed. 

Restoration at Blaen y Buarth took two years between 2008-2010 after being empty for 50 years. The owners are Welsh and visit regularly. Our guest book is packed with 10 years of adventure suggestions, many of which are on foot from the cottage.

Yn ȏl cyfres "Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru" dyma 'fwthyn ddiddos, cyfforddus ac sydd wedi'i addurno mewn modd mor Gymreig ag y gall unrhyw dŷ fod'. Mae pob manylyn yma wedi'u weithio er mwyn cadw'r traddodiadol a'i blethu da'r gorau o Gymru gyfoes. Lle da i ymlacio, i grwydro Eryri, ac i gael llonydd.



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Loved the cottage no criticism we had a great time all good

Susan C, July 2022

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£577 (based on 4 staying)
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pets welcome (max. 1 dog)
bed layout
Master Double, Double and the Twin only

facilities at Blaen y Buarth

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
pub nearby (walkable)
media & technology
television and reception
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome

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in detail

No WiFi - but there is a good 4G phone signal. 

  • Open plan Kitchen /Dining room - Truly a room with a view with a large wooden kitchen table, deuddarn oak cupboard, and slate sink. Induction hob and all the luxuries you'd want at home apart from a microwave - left out to encourage home cooking! Washer drier and dishwasher, Fridge/freezer box, Tripp Trapp highchair. Access to the garden.
  • Cwtsh or Snug - A cosy seating area for reading or watching DVDs or TV - Views to front and back of the cottage.
  • Parlwr or Lounge - Open Plan area with vintage leather mid-century sofas - around a wood burner set in the inglenook. Sash window to the panoramic view of Machno valley and Carneddau mountains beyond.
  • Bedroom 1- A large bright room with its own staircase - Modern Super Kingsize bed with Egyptian cotton and memory foam mattress.
  • Bedroom 2 - Delightful twin room - 2 single beds with Egyptian cotton and memory foam mattresses. Window at floor level to front elevation. Windows Child safe. Restricted headroom in parts and open plan to staircase.
  • Bedroom 3 - Restful Kingsize bed with Egyptian cotton and memory foam mattress draped in Welsh blankets. Small fireplace and small window at floor level to front elevation. Window childsafe. Hair dryer. Restricted headroom in parts.
  • Bathroom - Large room with modern freestanding bath, wet room style slate shower with underfloor heating, and slate sink. Views to side and rear. Access to the garden.
  • Porch - Slate slabbed porch over front entrance with room for coats and wellingtons, with access to Cwtsh and Parlwr.
  • The cottage is heated via a ground source heat pump providing underfloor heating but also has a wood burning stove in the living area for extra cosiness.
  • Outside - Fire pit and chill-out seating area with views of Cwm Penmachno, Moel Siabod and the Carneddau and Glyder range beyond. Great for sunsets and star gazing. Enclosed garden, plenty of parking space, and a lockable hut with plenty of room for mountain bikes.

local area

Snowdonia National Park - you are in it! 

In addition to self-directed hiking, kayaking and climbing, additional organised activity centres include:

  • Zipworld attractions which include Velocity, Titan and Caverns, Bounce Below, Treetop nets, Skyride and Plummet.
  • Surf Snowdonia,
  • Go below, 
  • International White Water Centre, 
  • Plas y Brenin, 

All of the above attractions being within 10 - 35 minutes of the cottage. 

  • Mountain biking from front door to Penmachno trails or 10 mins from Betws y Coed Marin trails and 35 mins from Coed y Brenin trails. Bike hire available at Betws y Coed (Beics Betws) and Coed y Brenin.
  • Steam Railways at Llanberis, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Porthmadog, Snowdon summit
  • Betws-y-Coed centre for outdoor activities - 4 miles -10 mins
  • Llanrwst lively historic market town 6 miles -13 mins
  • Conwy Castle and historic town 19 miles - 34 mins
  • Bodnant Gardens NT 15 miles - 25 mins
  • Ty Mawr Wybrnant NT 3 miles - 10 mins
  • Trefriw Woollen Mill - Traditional working mill and shop - 10 miles - 17 mins
  • Riding Stables - Tŷ Coch, Penmachno - 3 miles - 12 mins
  • Blaenau Ffestiniog Slate mines - 12 miles - 20 mins
  • Portmeirion - the setting of the cult series The Prisoner and home to Festival Number 6 - 19 miles / 29 mins
  • Beaches at Porthmadog, Cricieth, Llandudno, Rhyl (from 30 mins - 1 hour)
  • Greenwood Forest Park - Eco Activity park for children - 27 miles - 41 mins
  • RSPB nature reserve at Conwy - 26 miles - 36 minutes

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customer reviews for Blaen y Buarth

Loved the cottage no criticism we had a great time all good

- Susan C,
July 2022

The most idyllic stay at Blaen y Buarth. Such a stunning location (we walked for hours from the door), complete peace and quiet, and the perfect bolt hole for a few days of walking in Snowdonia. The cottage was warm and cosy, and beautifully renovated. The finer detail of the bathroom tiles, slate sinks and underfloor heating didn't go unnoticed! We were a group of 5 adults and the cottage worked well for us. Would love to return.

- Anna S,
May 2022

So peaceful and fantastic views from the cottage especially if the sun shines! We enjoyed a day long walk from the cottage. For 6 adults & 1 bathroom 3 nights was sufficient. Well equipped kitchen with options to light the woodburner or use the BBQ pit outside weather dependent.

- Sally P,
May 2022

This is second time we have stayed at Blaen y Buarth and we just love it so much! Such a special place and we love the way the cottage has been sympathetically renovated yet given some quirky vintage style too. Always immaculate and the heated floors are just the dream. The bed is HUGE and so comfy, feels like you’re sleeping in a giant marshmallow! The bath is fantastic, more like a small swimming pool. We will be back again and again I’m sure.

- Nick B,
January 2022

Braf cael aros mewn cartref sydd nid yn unig â golygfeydd ond gweledigaeth hefyd!

- Sioned R,
January 2022

This is a warm and cosy well-equipped cottage in a beautiful location within an easy drive of so many activities. The views from all the windows are stunning and change moment by moment. The fire pit was a perfect for bonfire celebrations. We left feeling beyond relaxed and keen to stay again for longer.

- Sophie H,
November 2021

We loved our stay at Blaen y Buarth. The cottage is beautiful inside and out and was a great base from which to explore Snowdonia.

- Nathalie G,
November 2021

Second time and enjoyed it at much as the first!! Location is amazing and the quirkiness of the cottage always puts a smile on your face. Facilities are just right but if I had to be hypercritical the sofa in the tv area could do with being a bit bigger. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it or come back again!!!!

- Steve M,
November 2021

Stunning location and beautiful cottage. Basic accommodation with some nice touches (mod cons not needed given the location)! Clean and comfortable beds with lovely linen. Cottage is clean is key places but would also benefit from a little dust to keep cobwebs at bay (didn't detract from the stay) A few extra cleaning products (dishcloth, kitchen towel and some spray) and small vacuum to use would help guests keep the place tidy! Loved the local artwork and decorative touches and use of local slate was stunning!

- Cleo R,
September 2021

Blaen y Buarth is the most beautiful cottage with the most amazing views. The cottage is tastefully restored with beautiful furnishings and everything you need. We loved our holiday there and will be booking to return.

- Sarah W,
September 2021

We had a lovely weekend. The cottage is stunning is a gorgeous location. Very cosy. Within easy reach of lots of great fun places to go if you have kids and a short drive to Betswy Coed.

- Dominique G,
August 2021

A beautiful, restful few days - we will be booking again immediately !

- Genevieve S,
June 2021

A really beautiful and stylish cottage in a gorgeous location with so many thoughtful touches for children.

- Alix F,
June 2021

A beautiful slate cottage set in the middle of nowhere, fantastic views, an enclosed garden with fire pit and a really well equipped kitchen. Blaen y Buarth was delightful and everything we had hoped for. Perfectly located for walking, a short drive to Betws-y-coed and Snowdon. Fabulous property.

- Andrew F,
May 2021

A beautiful cottage tucked away at the top of Penmachno. We had an incredibly comfortable stay with amazing activities and stunning countryside on our door step. We would highly recommend staying at Blaen y Buarth and can’t wait to return ourselves!

- Eliza H,
May 2021

Great cottage in a quiet location which is what we were loooking for. Amazing views from the gardens and lots of space to relax. Ideally situated for the walks and activities in Snowdonia plus not far from the coast and the great beaches. Looking forward to our next visit!

- Darren M,
April 2021

Lovely cottage and a real chance to get away from it all. In a beautiful spot, with so much to do and see in one of our favourite areas. The slate shower and sinks were stunning! Ceril was really helpful and even gave us the heads up about a local power cut which just added to the remote feel of the holiday. Just what we needed, wish we could have stayed longer!

- Hannah G,
September 2020

Had fantastic week away to celebrating a 40th birthday. Wonderful, cosy and remote cottage in a great location to explore the Snowdonia area. Need to be organised with shopping as local supermarkets are drive away but there is a small village shop for basic essentials. A real home from home, clean and very comfortable. Beautiful views to wake up to.

- Nicola R,
February 2020

Fantastic cottage in a fantastic location

- Samuel E,
October 2019

A perfect cottage in a great location. Beautiful design displaying the best of all things welsh and all mod cons. Extremely comfortable beds which were a pleasure to fall into after a day on the mountains. Loved it!

- Mandy G,
August 2019

What a wonderful cottage! Incredible views, peaceful and very homey - loved having the log burner roaring away in the evening. Lots of room, whilst still feeling cosy, just two of us staying but could easily accommodate a family or group of friends. Great walks within easy reach, will definitely be back!

- Loran D,
July 2019

Beautiful cottage with amazing views! We had a very relaxing week thank you.

- Laura K,
July 2019

Wonderful cottage, in a great location, so easy to get to Mt Snowdon, Forest Zip World and other beautiful spots. The cottage offered everything you needed. We will return.

- Karen D,
June 2019

Fabulous cottage!! Beautiful both inside and out - wow what amazing views! Very comfortable beds! Perfect launch pad for walks/scrambles. Can’t wait to come again!!

- Alastair L,
April 2019

Like falling into a big soft pillow of fresh air, cosy evenings and good company*. Everything about the materials and design of this beautiful space echos its earthy roots. Oh the slate! The kitchen easily accommodated all of the wonderful homemade dinners we wanted to make. From the underfloor heating buried under the welsh slate to the welsh wool rugs and the gloriously deep bath, we loved it. It was a truly special weekend ending with a walk from the cottage through the forest. Thank you. *Company not included

- Heather A,
March 2019

Spectacular location and cottage. Fantastic views that we did not want to leave at the end of the week. Mountain biking and great walks on the doorstep, cosy fire of an evening, just perfect, we will definitely be returning to Blaen y Buarth soon.

- Claire fraser ,
March 2019

Beautiful views and dramatic scenery in a peaceful spot on the side of a hill facing west to the evening sunset, this authentic Welsh cottage has been thoughtfully furnished with local furniture and textiles. Both comfortable and stylish. There are a lot of beatiful and varied walks and mountain bike trails in the valley, as well as a lot to discover further afield.

- Lucinda L,
February 2019

We really enjoyed our stay at Blaen Y Buarth. The cottage is in the most beautiful setting and so calm and peaceful. The place itself has everything you need with added bonuses of a brilliant shower and really good quality fire top keep you snug. We only spent 3 nights but managed a walk along the Carneddau range (25 minute drive) and another from the door towards the village of Ysbyty Ifan along tracks and paths. Would love to go back.

- Seb ,
January 2019

Just spent a fabulous Xmas at this beautiful cottage. The views are stunning and the enclosed garden was perfect for our dog. The owners have thought of everything for their visitors comfort. A welcome basket of goodies was a generous and thoughtful gesture. We visited the nearby village of Betws-y-Coed where there is a nice woodland walk near Pont-y-Pair and a short drive, another day, took us to the foothills of Snowdon. However the main reason for our visit was rest and relaxation and we certainly found it at Blaen y Buarth. We will definitively be back.

- Linda E,
December 2018

We absolutely loved the simple charm and design of this warm and cosy cottage. It was a lovely place to recharge our batteries. The beds are warm and comfortable . The kitchen has all you need for simple meals. Loved the local beer kindly left for us to sample. The area is stunning with plenty of good walks. Make sure you visit the Conwy Falls Cafe . Recommend thoroughly reading arrival instructions as difficult to find in the dark. Also recommend picking up extra logs or ask for more before you arrive. Throughly recommend this cottage.

- Michelle G,
November 2018

Great cottage, great location ... we simply loved it!

- Martin L,
September 2018

Wow!! What a great holiday we’ve all had! The cottage had the best views and was gorgeous, the most comfortable beds too! I’m usually looking forward to going home after 5 days but wish we’d stayed for two weeks instead of one. So much to do in the area . Thanks very much for sharing this special place.

- Sue H,
August 2018

One of the best holiday cottages we have ever stayed in. Amazing location, with peaceful open views, surrounded by nature, and a great location for exploring all the parts of Snowdonia. The cottage itself has been lovingly put together, a perfect blend of modern and traditional, furnished with stylish Welsh woollen textiles and lovely antique furniture. A gem of a place!

- Naomi W,
July 2018

Absolutely outstanding cottage which was a beautiful blend of traditional and modern. Amazing scenery and views which were out of this world. Will very definitely be returning!

- Helen G,
May 2018

I booked this cottage as a surprise weekend break for my Husbands birthday, and it certainly didn't disappoint. We arrived late on the Friday night, so hard to appreciate our surroundings, however the cottage was super cosy, warm and gorgeous! A small welcome gift was a nice surprise, and we just loved the use of slate throughout. Waking up to spectacular views on the Saturday morning, confirmed what a gem this place really was. The surrounding area, breathtakingly beautiful and picturesque, which on a weekend of very changeable and snowy weather, we really did experience the best of the landscape had to offer. Highly recommended, a retreat everyone needs to experience.

- Victoria P,
March 2018

We have just come back from a week at Blaen y Buarth cottage (October 2017) and it was beautiful! The four of us stayed comfortably and it was lovely and cosy and well-equipped which made it enjoyable even on the wettest days! We loved the little touches like coffee in the grinder and a welcoming bottle of wine also. Thanks again for restoring such a great property that has real soul! - we will be back! Simon and Sharon.

- Simon T,
October 2017

A group of friends and I stayed for a long weekend and used it as a base for hiking. It is a beautiful cottage, the beds are lovely, and everything has been thought of!! Amazing location, and we shall be back.

- Kiki C,
July 2017

We stayed at Blaen Y Buarth from 12th-15th May for our wedding anniversary and from the moment we arrived to the moment we left it was perfect. The cottage is beautiful, very cosy and well equipped. The view is out of this world and the pet sheep on our doorstep were so adorable. Having no wifi or phone signal was an absolute blessing. Each day was an adventure, from walking across random fields to mountain biking at Penmancho Trails and going on the coaster at Zip World in Betws y Coed we couldn't have asked for more. And to come back each evening to a chilled drink and wood-burning stove was utter perfection. Only thing we do regret is not having booked for longer but we will be back :)

- Donna leigh ,
May 2017

Lovely cottage. very impressed. Will be back

- Chris H,
April 2017

Wow, what a fantastic place Blaen y Buarth is. The cottage is in a fantastic situation high up on a hill with great vistas looking west. Inside, the cottage had everything we needed, and I enjoyed some of the little touches, such as the coffee grinder being provided with fresh coffee beans, Thank you so much, we had a great stay.

- Chris A,
January 2017

This cottage is quiet and rural without feeling too isolated. The interior is simple with lovely materials. It has everything for a great getaway. It is close to the amazing Penmachno bike trails and Snowdon. We all had a good weekend, enhanced by the accommodation.

- Martin S,
October 2016

A beautiful, authentic Welsh cottage, in the most breathtaking setting. We were expecting a lot and were not disappointed. A fantastic holiday enjoyed by all of us.

- Philip T,
July 2016

Lle bach arbennig! Cysurus, a thir a thirwedd hynod. Byddwn yn sicr o ddychwelyd!

- Andre S,
June 2016

Wonderful cottage. Simple & stylish decor, warm throughout from the under floor heating and log burner and super comfortable beds. We loved the views of the hills and the lambs bleating outside the garden gate. Planning a return trip already.

- Elisabeth Y,
April 2016

Lovely cottage, great location - one to return to!

- Sian M,
April 2016

What an amazing cottage, a welcome retreat from our normal busy lives! The views from every window were incredible and we loved the rustic and cosy charm. We are already planning our next holiday with UTT. Thank you very much!

- Naomi N,
November 2015

Second time for us. A charming cottage with a stunning view.

- Owen brady ,
August 2015

We had such an amazing holiday we really want to go back. We fell in love with the cottage and the surrounding area. It was a magical break and our children didn't seem to miss the wi-if at all because they were too busy playing in the garden or doing one of the many brilliant activities which were on our door step.

- Georgina M,
August 2015

We loved this cottage. You can really imagine what living here would have been like before the cottage was restored. Fantastic views. Remote and exposed, but very cosy inside. Nice big kitchen table for family meals. Comfortable beds. Lovely bathroom (loo with a view!). We did not use the TV after the first day - too much to do and see! Plenty of books and some games to keep us entertained by the log burner in the evenings. Without wifi we discovered that my 13-year old son actually has a personality!

- Jayne hughes ,
August 2015

Fantastic short break -thank you!

- Eva R,
February 2015

"This cottage was everything it said on the website and more! Excellent renovation and perfect finishes, loved all the Welsh touches." Michelle, Steve, Lewis and Joe

July 2014

"What an amazing place. Loved our evenings sitting round the fire pit, with champagne and strawberries, watching the sunset over the Carneddau mountains and listening to the sheep evening chorus. We will be back!" Katie and Paul

July 2014

"Absolutely loved the cottage, so beautifully restored, and we loved the quirky décor and the commitment to local craftsmanship, particularly with the Welsh wool." Gail and Stephen

July 2014

"This cottage was everything it said on the website and more! Excellent renovation and perfect finishes, loved all the Welsh touches." Michelle, Steve, Lewis and Joe

July 2014

"What an amazing place. Loved our evenings sitting round the fire pit, with champagne and strawberries, watching the sunset over the Carneddau mountains and listening to the sheep evening chorus. We will be back!" Katie and Paul

July 2014

"Absolutely loved the cottage, so beautifully restored, and we loved the quirky décor and the commitment to local craftsmanship, particularly with the Welsh wool." Gail and Stephen

July 2014