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An historic 600 year old Fishermans cottage where the mountains meet the sea

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2 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, Internet, bed sheets
Fridge, microwave, oven, hob

Overview of An historic 600 year old Fishermans cottage where the mountains meet the sea

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An historic 600 year old Fishermans cottage where the mountains meet the sea

4.8/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 4.7/5 for cleanliness.

Entire home

2 bedrooms2 bathroomsSleeps 5

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
Barmouth, WLS

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationTy Crwyn (Round House)3 min walk
  • Popular LocationBarmouth Beach6 min walk
  • Popular LocationBarmouth Bridge8 min walk

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

An historic 600 year old Fishermans cottage where the mountains meet the sea

Holiday home in Barmouth with kitchen
Penygrisiau is one of Barmouths original buildings, it is also one of the oldest vernacular buildings in the country. The property is in the High Street and over the last 600 years the town has developed around it. The original Fisherman had enough of the sea views. They were more interested in protection from the coastal weather, as a result Penygrisiau is one of the very few building in Barmouth not facing the sea. You can't stay in the house without noticing the original slate sink that is a window sill. The early settlers in this Fishermans cottage used this to prepare their catch before selling, throwing the remains straight out of the window.

Translated Penygrisiau means top of the steps. The steps outside and the narrow twisting staircase means this may not be ideal for some people requiring ease of access so please be aware.

The property has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is a cosy living area and a well equipped kitchen. You can comfortably seat six at the dining room table If your walking or enjoying a family beach holiday the small entrance hall has plenty of storage for boots and coats. Unusually for a house in central Barmouth there is also a garden area. The garden is below street level so while you will hear the street activity above there is a good degree of privacy to enjoy a summer barbecue or enjoy a breakfast in the fresh air.

The property is full of charm and character without a straight line or an even floor in sight (except the new ensuite from spring 2018). This does mean there are imperfections. You will hear some outside noise as the windows are thin glass and the nature of the building being above a gift shop means that that sometimes a little noise reaches from below, however in the evenings, when it matters it is quiet.

Its not all about the history of course. Enjoy good quality broadband, television and a selection of CD's. The weather in Wales is never ever guaranteed! There is also a selection of games and books for you to enjoy.

Information about the area can be found in a folder on the sideboard. We have visited the area for many years and have based this on our favourite things to do and places to eat. These are the opinions of myself and my three teenage daughters after much debate. The reason we love the place is very simple. You have easy access to the beach, the mountains and of course the wonderful lake Bala. Walk 15 minutes from the front door and you are up on the ridge overlooking the estuary. For serious walkers Cadir Idris towers above the estuary a short distance away. Be warned though. the legend says if you climb Cadir Idris and fall asleep on it you will come down either a mad man or a poet! For families with young children the beach and ice cream is a 2 minute walk. If you want a quiet beach then the stunning walk across the bridge to Fairbourne is highly recommended.

Activities are all around you. Paddle-boarding on the estuary, Wind surfing lessons or kayaking on lake Bala or for a little adrenaline rush you are 30 minutes from the Welsh national white water center. White water rafting is highly recommended. The relatively new bounce below will guarantee even the most energetic young people sleep well that night. Layers of trampolines in an old coal mine is exhausting. You can also try the longest and fastest zip wire in the UK. Please see the folder for more detail and more suggestions.

Our aim is simple. We would like your holiday to be amazing and for you to enjoy this historic home at the centre of so much to do as much as we do. If you have any questions or would like to know anything about the surrounding area please feel free to ask
Guest accommodation at this holiday home offers DVD players and a hairdryer. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils.

Property amenities


  • Internet access


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Toaster


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels provided


  • TV
  • DVD player


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Safety features

  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 5

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM


Check-out before 10:30 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Long-term renters welcome
Safety features at this property include a smoke detector
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

Property is also known as

600 Year old Fishermans Cottage Heart Barmouth House
600 Year old Fishermans Cottage Heart Barmouth
600 Year old Fishermans Heart
A 600 Year old Fishermans Cottage in the Heart of Barmouth

About this area


Located in Barmouth, this holiday home is in a walkable area with good shopping. Royal St. David's Golf Club and Fairbourne Golf Club are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those looking for area attractions can visit Mach Loop and King Arthur's Labyrinth.

What's nearby

  • Ty Crwyn (Round House) - 3 min walk
  • Barmouth Beach - 6 min walk
  • Barmouth Bridge - 8 min walk
  • Fairbourne Beach - 9 min walk
  • Fairbourne Golf Club - 31 min drive

Getting around

  • Barmouth Station - 3 min walk


  • The Tilman - 2 min walk
  • The Captain's Table - 3 min walk
  • The Dolphin - 3 min walk
  • Myrddins Bar Caffi - 3 min walk
  • Knickerbockers - 4 min walk

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 39 out of 49 reviews
5 - Excellent 80%
Rating 4 - Good. 9 out of 49 reviews
4 - Good 18%
Rating 3 - Okay. 1 out of 49 reviews
3 - Okay 2%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 49 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 49 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Barmouth Experience
The outside of the cottage could put people off which is a shame as the cottage is lovely, homely, comfortable and in an ideal location, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay , would recomend the cottage and would certainly stay there again.

5/5 Excellent

Great place
I would highly recommend.

4/5 Good

Perfect location
Perfect location in the centre of Barmouth not suitable for disabled everything you need in cottage first time we came here excellent cleanliness linen towels .this time not as good this was a bit disappointing but we still enjoyed the cottage

5/5 Excellent

Excellent location
We had a brilliant time at this lovely cottage right in the middle of town. Wouldn’t hesitate to book again

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The cottage was very large. In the evenings my son and I had a floor each! Lovely original features, slate steps, slate sink, oven. The kitchen was very well equipped. The lounge/ diner was comfortable and the whole cottage was furnished wirh solid, good quality furniture. Great shower room. Very comfortable bed in the main bedroom. The cottage is right in the town which is handy and just minutes from the beach. We used it as a base to explore North Wales but a young family could easily stay in the town for their whole holiday. A great place!
Stayed 4 nights in Jun 2021