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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This traditional Snowdonia mountain holiday cottage at Penmachno has a cool interior and quality that celebrates local craftsmanship using the local raw materials - slate and wool. 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 current 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.

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



latest review

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 help...

Hannah G, September 2020

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£602 (based on 2 staying)
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£1577 (based on 2 staying)
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

map - location

in detail

  • Open plan Kitchen /Dining room - Truly a room with a view with a large wooden kitchen table, deuddarn oak cupboard, and slate sink. Equipped to feed, with 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- There is a 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

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