FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve included below a list of frequently asked questions. Of course if you have a question not answered please do get in touch and we’ll do our very best to help.

Three; 1 double and two singles (two bedrooms)

The village has both bus and railway connections to and from Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Betws-Y-Coed is 4 miles from the accommodation.

Yes there is a 13 th century castle maintained by CADW and open to visitors – built by Llywelyn the Great; prince of Gwynedd and Wales.

There are many walks – a list is provided in the cottage.

The village has a Spar convenience shop and the Gwydyr pub plus a Small hotel; Elens Castle which welcomes non residents.

You can see Snowdon from parts of the village and to get to the nearest path by road will take approx 30 minutes. You can also connect by bus or rail to the Snowdon sherpa buses that operate from Betws-y-Coed which take you to some of the footpaths that lead to the summit.

There are Co Op stores in Blaenau Ffestiniog (4 miles) and Llanrwst (9 miles) with Tesco/Asda/Lidl/Aldi/Morrisons being on the coastal towns of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay (20 miles). There are also Tesco/Aldi and Lidl stores in Porthmadog (20 miles). All the major food retailers deliver
food to the village.

We have places/anchor points where you can lock your bicycles to at the front and rear of the cottage.

There are plenty of restaurants and take aways in Betws-y-Coed (4 miles) plus both Chinese and fish and chips take aways in Blaenau Ffestiniog (4 miles). There are currently no delivery services to the village.

Zip world has more than one location with the nearest being Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog (4 miles) then Fforest near Betws-y-Coed (5 miles) and Velocity in Bethesda (20 miles) which is home to Velocity 2 the 100mph 1550 meter zip wire.

North Wales is one of the best places in the world to visit castles with the following being within 45 minute drive of the cottage: Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech, Criccieth, Beaumaris, Rhuddlan, Dolbadarn and Denbigh. They are all looked after by CADW who have an admission charge or membership scheme which allows access to all their properties (also English and Scottish heritage sites).

We allow one or two small dogs and request that guests follow common sense rules such as not allowing dogs upstairs (consideration for future guests) and not to leave the dogs in the property unattended.

There is a 9 hole golf course at Betws-y-Coed which is more testing than it looks but a flat easy walk and a reasonable green fee with other courses within 45 minutes being Conwy, Harlech, Porthmadog, Llandudno (Maesdu and North Wales), Bangor, Pwllheli, Abersoch. Contact details for booking tee times can be found on their websites.

We have freesat channels and a DVD player with a library of DVDs.

Surf Snowdonia/Adventure Park Snowdonia is based in Dolgarrog and less than 30 minutes from the cottage. They provide surfing lessons and other indoor/outdoor activities for all the family.

There are attractions/activities which are indoors or underground such as Bounce Below at the Slate Caverns, Go Below underground adventures near Betws-y-Coed, Adventure Park Snowdonia indoor activities at Dolgarrog, Electric Mountain Llanberis and swimming pools at Llanrwst, Waterloo Hotel Betws-y-Coed, Harlech and Llandudno.

North Wales is fortunate to have many beaches and the most popular are in Harlech (long and sandy) Black Rock Sands near Porthmadog (long and sandy plus you can park your car on the beach but there is a fee). Beaches are also to be found at Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Conwy Morfa, Llanbedrog and Abererch near Pwllheli, Cemaes Bay, Church Bay, Red Wharf Bay, Borth Wen, Benllech and Rhosneigr on Anglesey, Dinas Dinlle, near Caernarfon, Abersoch, Barmouth and Porth Wen “Whistling Sands” and Trefor beach on the north side of the Llyn Peninsula. And there are many more.

This is something that is personal but Caernarfon, Harlech, Conwy and Beaumaris Castles are impressive; their construction along with the other castles built by Edward 1 to subdue the Welsh almost bankrupted England. Zip World Velocity is fairly expensive but it’s a once in a lifetime experience and I have been told that Fforest coaster near Betws-y-Coed is good fun for the family. The Snowdon Mountain Railway is unique but booking is essential and there is a short turnaround at the top where the views on a sunny day are exceptional but then they should be from the highest mountain in Wales (and England).

There is Anglesey Sea Zoo, Colwyn Bay Mountain Zoo, Pili Palas on Anglesey, Conwy Water Gardens Rowen and Osprey watch Glaslyn in the spring and summer months.

A good place for this would be Trawsfynydd lake (25 min from cottage) where the terrain is flat and the track is around the lake. There is a café and car park on site as well as fishing. Rental bikes for adults and children are available.

There is an excellent kart track near Cerrigydrudion on the A5 (25 minutes from the cottage).

Caernarfon airport operate pleasure flights.

Popular and busy destinations for tourists are the villages of Beddgelert and Betws-y-Coed which are busy in the summer months.

Visitors are spoilt for choice as there are several and one is only 4 miles from the cottage; Festiniog Railway which runs from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog. There is also the Welsh Highland Railway that runs from Porthmadog to Caernarfon via Beddgelert. Also close by are Llangollen heritage railway and Bala lake railway.

We have “Alexa” so radio and information but she is not very good at Welsh pronunciations yet – she is new to the village.