Ty'r Adâr (House of Birds) cottage

UK Wales North Wales Gwynedd Dolgellau Graig Wen Cottages

  • Sleeps 4 (max 4 adults, 2 children)
  • Dogs allowed
  • DVD Player
  • Games & Books
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • TV with Freeview
  • Wifi
  • Wood-burning stove
Two bedroom house. Sleeps 4

The Owner Says

The best thing about Ty’r Adar?  Lying on the big sofas in front of the woodburning stove!

Our holiday accommodation in Snowdonia with a woodburning stove is called Ty’r Adar (which means House of Birds in Welsh).  The spacious self-catering accommodation sleeps 4 – 5 people in a stunning location in Snowdonia National Park near Barmouth and Dolgellau with direct access to the Mawddach Estuary Trail.

The large open plan lounge/kitchen is redecorated in cosy colours with big comfy sofas and lots of books, games and DVDs.  There is wifi and a large screen TV.   There are two large bedrooms, one with a double bed, the second with 2 single beds which can also be set up as a superking bed. All beds have cosy Welsh tapestry blankets. Effective storage heaters mean the house is kept cosy when the fire is not lit.

The kitchen and bathroom have recently been refurbished. The kitchen is well equipped with good cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave and washing machine. There is also a dining table and chairs in this area. The bathroom has a small bath and piping hot overhead shower.

Ty’r Adar means “House of Birds”. There’s no estuary view but the feeder outside the window is always alive with finches, tits, siskins and many other birds – and there’s something special about lying in bed and listening to the owls hooting outside. If you are looking for a comfortable place to unwind after a day on the hills or out and about then Ty’r Adar is a good choice.

Outside there is a small enclosed patio with table and chairs.  We are dog friendly and there are walks directly from the door.

About Graig Wen Cottages

Suitable For

Graig Wen is an amazing holiday location for couples, families or friends to get together in Snowdonia National Park.

Family holidays in Wales at Graig Wen make the kind of memories that become family folklore: the time your brother fell into the mountain lake fully clothed; the time the kids caught 50 crabs in Barmouth harbour; the owl Dad saw on a dawn visit to the compost loo; the friendly mouse/baby rabbit/ toad who came to your tent and the kids named; the place you saw the shooting stars.

Of if there's just a couple of you looking for a comfortable place to chill out in between walks in beautiful scenery or more adventurous challenges, there is so much to do on the doorstep. Whether that's strolling along the Mawddach Trail, beach walks with the dog or scaling Cader Idris mountain range.  Coed-y Brenin mountain bike centre is 15 minutes away, with Snowdon and Zipworld activities under an hour’s easy drive away.

Larger families can spread out across a few cottages or book rooms in the B & B for visiting grandparents or camping/glamping options for other group members.

Please be aware we are a tranquil site in a rural location so not suitable for large groups looking to party late and loud!


Cadair Idris (892 metres) - clambering up the mountain is a great local option and the Pony Path makes is family friendly.  Alternatively walk straight off the camp site along the stunning (and flat) waterside Mawddach Trail to the seaside treats of Barmouth. Go crabbing or visit Knickerbockers ice-cream parlour. As well as the cycle track along the estuary to the Fairbounre beach, there’s mountain-bike routes for all abilities, at nearby Coed-y-Brenin (01341 440747), around 5 miles north of Dolgellau. Head north to Llechwedd Slate Caverns where Zip World (01248 601444) is hugely popular. Over 8km of wires are strung throughout the mountains providing a truly unique areal experience. Slightly more theme park-like, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, on the A487 between Dolgellau and Machynlleth (01654 761584) is an attraction themed around ancient myths and legends. Every third Sunday of the month Dolgellau holds a Farmer's Market.

Food & Drink

There’s a great range of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants within 10 minutes drive of Graig Wen. From salt marsh lamb to Cardigan Bay crab and Dolgellau’s delicious specialty honey buns, you’ll find plenty to tingle your tastebuds!

Dolgellau has an excellent butchers, artisan bakery, wholefood store and greengrocers as well as a couple of small supermarkets. And, there’s a large street market every Wednesday in Machynlleth (a stunning half hour drive through the mountain pass) which is good for fresh veg too.  Camlan Farm Shop and Garden Centre has an excellent range of Welsh cheeses and other treats and you can order fresh fish from the seaside town of Aberdyfi.  You’ll find a warm welcome in our independent stores where you’ll hear the Welsh language being spoken – try saying Diolch / thanks!

Those who fancy a craft beer or lager from one of our local breweries can buy them here on site.  There’s a beach bar in Fairbourne or work up a thirst walking along the Mawddach Trail for  a pint in the George III pub.  Dylan’s new wine bar and shop in Dolgellau has an excellent range of unusual, good value wines by the glass. Or if you’re looking for a boozer with a great atmosphere to watch the rugby then we’ll point you in the right direction!  Iechyd Da! / Cheers!

You can walk, or even better, bike to a couple of local pubs.  It’s an hour and 15 minutes walk along the beautiful Mawddach Estuary Trail, or 25 minutes by bike on cycle path all the way to the George III at Penmaenpool. Or you can take the Mawddach Trail over one of the most iconic and scenic bridges in the country to the pubs and cafes of Barmouth. You can borrow a bike from us.

Some of our favourite local restuarants include: Bwyty Mawddach, Indiana Cuisine, The Salt Marsh Kitchen and Bistro Bermo. And it’s always hard to resist having second helpings of Meg’s amazing cakes at TH Roberts cafe in Dolgellau!   You’ll find a full list of recommendations at your accommodation when you get here or ask us if you want to book in advance.

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Graig Wen Cottages is located at Arthog, Dolgellau LL39 1YP

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Getting There

On the road between Dolgellau and Fairbourne. Turn off A470 Dolgellau bypass at junction signposted Tywyn/Fairbourne onto the A493. We are exactly 4.5 miles from this point so it is worth setting your milometer as we are easy to miss.  A mile and half before Arthog village you’ll spot a post box on your right, and the site is 200m on from that, on the right.