FAQ

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Here are some frequently asked questions. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need.

How do I get there?

Before you arrive we will send a location tag for you to use, along with accurate directions.

What time is Arrival & Departure

You can arrive anytime between 5-8pm, so that you can find us in daylight. You can organise a different time with us in advance if required. We’d appreciate it if you could ring half an hour before arrival so we can be available to show you around. If you have a delay, again, please let us know. Contactless check ins are also available with the key left for you. Please provide a passport, driving license or identity card on arrival as proof of identity.

Departures are before 10am on the day of departure. Please strip all the beds that have been slept in and leave bedding and towels in the laundry bag provided. Please try to leave the place as you found it and wash any dirty crockery, pans and cups. Please tie your general rubbish bag and ensure recycling is separated- this includes tins, plastics, cartons, papers and glass but not plastic bags.

What are your cleaning Protocols to help stop the spread of COVID19?

If in the unfortunate event, you or your household experience COVID-19 symptoms such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a change to your sense of taste and smell during your stay, we must ask that you follow the Government advice, and contact us to rearrange your booking. We will ask that all guests observe social distancing requirements at all times and we ask that you wear a mask on arrival. Hand sanitiser, wipes and gloves are provided for you and your party has soul use of your property during your stay.

The properties are sanitised and aeriated according to Government Regulations between stays.

What are your Terms & Conditions?

You can read them here.

Can I invite visitors for the day?

At busy times we have limited parking space so please check with us first before agreeing to have visitors on site.

Do you provide wood for the Firepits & BBQ?

BBQs must be raised from the ground and clear of trees. Wood is for sale at £5 per basket. Please do not light the fire pit in high winds. Please ensure the griddle is cleaned after use. Please do not leave the BBQ unattended at any time. Plastic plates, and cups can be found in the kitchen cupboards. Please do not take glass or breakables outdoors.

What is the access & parking like?

Snowdonia Hideaway is tucked away down a bumpy access lane which is mostly on bedrock. It is not suitable for low sports cars, but we find normal cars and transit vans are fine. Be careful to drive in the centre of the track as the edges can be muddy and we’d rather you didn’t get stuck. If another car comes down the drive and you are not happy reversing, allow them to as the likelihood is, they know the passing places better than you- there are two passing places. Use of the lane is entirely at the owner’s risk- please check with your car hire company if you are at all unsure about whether you are covered to use farm tracks.

You will see areas of the property are marked as Preifat/ no entry. Please do not enter these areas for your own safety. The outbuildings are strictly no access and any play equipment are to be used at your own risk with adult supervision at all times.

What happens on ‘Race the Train’ event?

Please note on one weekend in August every year, around 2000 runners from Race the Train running event run through our back garden and down the lane. On this event the lane and road are often closed from 10am-3pm.

Do you have CCTV?

We have one camera monitoring traffic coming to the smallholding for security reasons.

What wildlife may I see during my stay?

We often see Red Kites flying high in the fields in front and behind the house; they are identifiable from the V shape in their tail. You may also see buzzards, woodpeckers, wagtails, finches, swallows, a variety of other birdlife, foxes, toads and frogs, badgers and of course, plenty of sheep! Dolphins can be seen in Tywyn from June-August and Cormorants and seals are often around. We like to keep the gardens wild as it encourages wildlife that we love to watch.

Do you provide bike storage & cleaning?

We provide barn space to lock up your bikes overnight if required. There is also a standard hosepipe.

Is there outdoor furniture?

Yes! A hammock & outdoor Chairs along with a table or picnic bench are provided

What is there to help me after a wet walk?

An umbrella is provided for wet days. Please make sure all boots are placed on the trays provided and wet coats are hung to dry on the hangers provided. Radiators with hangers above are provided to be able to dry wet weather gear.

What happens if I have a complaint or issue?

Please let us know of any issues during your stay via phone or text. We live on site and would definitely like to help if there is a problem during your stay. We also have a little book to leave suggestions to improve the next guest’s stay. We aim to continuously improve so your input is most welcome. As it is a family business and a main income source for our family, we would much prefer to hear from you than to get a shock online when you leave. We hope we can resolve any issues you may have.

Is the water OK to drink?

Water is treated mains drinking water.

What cooking facilities are there?

Katy is a keen cook, so has paid alot of attention to ensuring the kitchens have all you need to make a decent meal. The hob in the Crog loft is an induction hob so only heats up when the correct metal pan isin contact. Pots and pans, crockery and cutlery, oil, a toaster, salt and pepper, tea, herbs, herbal tea, sugar, coffee, chopping board, wine glasses, water glasses, mugs, cafetiere, tea pot, a microwave, fridge freezer, toastie maker, tin opener, cork screw and lighter are provided in the unit. Fairy liquid, a sponge and tea towel are available for your use.

What about the local area and amenities?

Bryn Crug is within walking distance and it has a Kids play park, pub, football field and car hire at Resurrection Rentals.

Tywyn offers a few food shops including a good bakery, butchers, health food shop, Coop and Spar Supermarkets. Other amenities include hairdressers, two book shops, news shops, gift shops and charity shops for that holiday bargain book. Petrol can be found at Spar garage on the high street. All are located on the straight main street.

Dysynni Leisure Centre on Tywyn High Street offers swimming, a float session for children, fitness classes and bouncy castle fun.

The library has free wifi and internet access. They have a good selection of DVDs and audio books.

Mini Golf, pitch and putt, tennis, quoits etc can be found just behind the Children’s Play Park on Tywyn Seafront.

Aberdyfi Golf club is a renowned course for those who enjoy a round of golf. Aberdyfi offers a host of tourist focussed shops from clothing to artwork and souvenirs.

What are the best beaches in the area Snowdonia?

There are so many beaches to choose from in this area, but some of our favourites are:

Aberdyfi: Park on the seafront or at the Neuadd Theatre car park and walk behind it and under the railway bridge and over the wooden dune footpath to get to a beautiful, sandy unspoilt beach. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops, ice cream, fish and chips, bucket and spade shops, kids play park and donkey rides in season, a short walk from this beach. Be careful if swimming- there can be strong rip currents and there are no lifeguards.

Graveyard beach: Just before Aberdyfi (coming from Tywyn) and before the Treffeddian Hotel sign there is a parking area opposite a graveyard. Park there and go down the little path, over the railway and across the golf course, on to the wooden walk way to get to spectacular high sand dunes, and long stretches of beach with fewer people.

Tywyn: Head down the main street and keep going to the sea. There is a nice walk along the prom, a kids play park and paddling pool half way along and if you head left you can walk along the beach to Aberdyfi (2-3hours) (check the tide times) and catch a train or bus back.

Broadwater: Turn right at the end of the high street and right again before the railway crossing, all the way to the end of a long straight road with a pedestrian bridge at the end. To the left of the bridge you can walk 20 minutes to remote unspoilt beaches and if you walk right along the river, there are nice dog walking places and places to skim stones. The water is good and calm for kayaks and SUPs. (Beach currently inaccessible due to bridge repairs).

Barmouth has endless sands and dunes so you can find a quiet space any day, plus there are amusements, ice cream shops and some nice shops to browse in.

What activities are not to be missed?

more can be found in our Air BnB Guidebook online

Take a ride on the Tal y Llyn Railway to Dolgoch Falls and Tywyn Museum (Aberganolwyn is also good for kids as there is a huge slide!)

Walk up Cadair Idris Mountain, or Arran Fawddy from Dinaz Mawddwy side

Bike along the Mawddach Estuary from The George Pub to Barmouth, or from Morffa Mawddach to Dolgellau

Have soup and cake at T H Roberts Coffee Shop, just off the square in Dolgellau

Experience fine Indian dining from the best cook and a bollywood star host Raj, at Fairbourne Indiana Cuisine

Visit Dai’s Fish shop in Aberdyfi, just next to the Tourist Office for some freshly caught local fish for supper

Eat Sunday Lunch at the Riverside Pub, Pennal (01654 791285) it just cannot be beaten, although the community cafe at Aberganolwyn and Tyn Y Cornel on the Tal y Llyn lake are also delicious.

Walk from Tywyn to Aberdyfi along the beach (2-3hours) and eat in the Deli-The Welsh Rarebit and Sandwiches are great, get the train back. (trains run every two hours week days).

Walk/ off road mountain bike/motorbike up the valley (left at the bottom of the drive) and over to Pennal- a days adventure

Dolphin watching in Newquay, Pembroke (2.5hour drive) and in June at high tide in Tywyn

An evening meal at T’yn y Cornel on the Tal y Llyn Lake

Surf the waves at Tywyn

Visit the Castle play park in Aberystwyth or the soft play centre “Bendigedig” in Barmouth

Eat Fish and Chips at the Cross Foxes, Dolgellau or The Sea Breeze, Aberdyfi

Relax and watch the stars from your bed

Sit with a cuppa at the breakfast bar watching the Red Kites/ Swallows Flying

Get out of the wind down in the orchard and enjoy the flowers and birdlife

Cycle to Tywyn and over the Broadwater bridge, round to Tonfannau and back around to Bryn Crug- an easy 1-2 hour cycle reasonably flat

Visit MOMA art gallery in Machynlleth

There are several National Trust Gardens within driveable distance from the cottage

Zip World

Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Centre

Castell Y Bere and Harlech Castle

Visit Cregannen Lakes

Climb Snowdon (but we prefer Cadair Idris)

Book a massage or yoga class with Katy your host

If you’d like any more information please text or phone me.

What is there in the way of transport locally?

Tal y Llyn Railway Steam Train

Currently operating a reduced schedule with all journeys starting in Tywyn

Check the timetable for Rhydyronen if you wish to get on at Tynllwyn Hen (its +/-2 minutes) www.talyllyn.co.uk

Tywyn Station: Houses a cafe, shop, skate park and museum. We like their cooked breakfasts and Welsh Cakes! There is also a skate park opposite.

Dolgoch Falls Station: A good stop for a short walk to view the waterfalls, tea room near the entrance and beautiful viaduct.

Aberganolwyn Station: Cafe and kids play area with huge slide, a strange art trail, the village is a 10 minute walk away with a good pub and community run cafe

Nant Gwernol Terminus: A good stop if you want a short walk back to Aberganolwyn through easy forestry tracks, suitable for little ones, or a longer walk.

Where is the closest bike hire?

There is a bike hire place in Dolgellau called Summit Cycles and at Coed y Brenin mountain bike centre. There is a cycle path from the village of Bryn Crug to Tywyn. Bike Corris and Wheelism offer guided mountain biking.

Are there bus routes locally?

The closest bus stop is in the village of Bryn Crug. Go down the drive, turn right down the hill, and walk all the way to the main road, following it down to the T junction. Bus stops usually have a green shelter or sign on the side of the road. Buses run from Bryn Crug to Tywyn, Dolgellau, Llanegryn and Machynlleth by company Lloyds coaches.

Can I book a taxi home from the pub?!

It’s best to book ahead if you would like a taxi

Speedy Cabs Tywyn: 07814 363740

Dyfi Cabs Machynlleth: 07831 551538

1A Cars: 01654 711788

A-2-B Taxis Barmouth: 07860 739073

Mainline Trains

Network Rail runs trains every two hours weekdays up the coast line to Harlech, Barmouth, Pwllelli and Criccieth, all worth a visit, and South to Aberdyfi (nice for a walk, potter around the town and lunch out) and Machynlleth which has lovely independent shops and cafes, the Museum of Modern Art and a market on Wednesday morning. The train station in Tywyn is located  next to Coop supermarket.

Food

There is a fridge with a small freezer at the property. Tea, coffee, oil, sugar and mixed herbs are provided free of charge.

Eggs are usually available for sale at the end of the lane. There is a local butcher in town and a greengrocer, both on the high street and Spar offers local specialities. Asda and Tesco deliver, please use the main house address Tynllwyn Hen LL36 9RE.

Arrival Hamper- £40

We offer a Welsh food and drink hamper on arrival for an additional fee to be paid via bank transfer before arrival, please advise us on booking if you would like one.

Breakfast Box- £10pp

We can arrange for a continental breakfast box to be delivered to you on arrangement, please ask. This includes juice, croissants, jam, yoghurt, cereals, fruit and milk.

Marshmallow Box- £10 for two

Have fun toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate around the fire with a pack for 2-3 available on arrival.

Where can I eat out near Snowdonia Hideaway?

There are some very good restaurants in the area. We recommend:

Cross Foxes, Dolgellau 01341 421 001: Lovely Welsh bar atmosphere with good pub grub from Steaks and Soups to Fish and Chips and Vegetarian Options.

The Sea Breeze, Aberdyfi 01654 767449: Seasonal fresh coastal food, well presented with good service and atmosphere.

The Saltmarsh Kitchen, 9 College Green, Tywyn 01654 711949: Local Seasonal Fresh Food with some fun specials.  A petite rustic sea side feel with intimate dining.

T H Roberts Coffee Shop, Dolgellau: A cafe perfect for filling up after a good walk/bike/canoe in the big outdoors. Offers huge delicious selection of homemade cakes, Welsh Rarebit, Sandwiches, Soups and more.

Cafe Alys, Heol Maengwyn, Machynlleth: A lovely Welsh cafe in the old Parliament Building next to the Owain Glyndwr Centre. Gail the owner is an excellent chef, does themed evening meals, a couple of soups and specials each day and cakes and coffees.

London House Deli, Machynlleth: Old market building where grain would be bought and sold now offers some local Welsh cheeses, the best pasties in the area and some very filling Panini’s along with good coffee.

Indiana Cuisine Indian, Fairbourne: Owned by Bollywood star and his wife, this place is not to be missed, authentic, 5* Indian cuisine that is reasonably priced.

What massage and holistic therapies do you offer?

Katy is an insured and qualified holistic therapist and yoga teacher available for treatments. Please choose from the menu and book ahead to avoid disappointmen

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