The Tin House
Bungalow | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This is a great base for exploring our lovely area: We have lots of walking, cycling, fishing. Other activities such as Go-Ape!, Mountain Biking, White Water Rafting, Kayak-ing, Abseiling, Mine Exploring, Horse Riding and others can also be done easily around here. Bookings for activities can be made on your behalf, if you wish me to, in advance, to ensure you are not disappointed. The Tin House could also been identified as a Glamping Venue, which is way better than a caravan, yurt, or cabin, as it is far more individual and is comfortable and available around the year!
We have a beach which h!as lots of rock pools which children love, and a pool at the end of the river, where they can play, The beach is ideal for surfing when conditions are right, all around the year! Fishing from the beach is also popular. It is quite common to see people with bonfires on the beach in the evening, enjoying the sun going down, which are quite dramatic on a regular basis! What nicer way to chill after an active day. Great place for a Tin (10th) Wedding anniversary!
The village has a shop and a pub, a church, which welcomes all denominations, and a station on the Cambrian Coast Line, which links with mainlines to reach the MIdlands and London.There are also buses which run through the village.
The Tin House is a quiet retreat from hustle and bustle, affording a relaxing and peaceful break, if that is what you want. It is suited to young families or couples, It is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems, as it is in an elevated position and has some steps up to the property and also up to the garden, where there is a picnic table. washing line.
The kitchen is well equipped with microwave, electric cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester or Birmingham or Liverpool, Nearest railway: Llwyngwril|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 4|
|Further details indoors|
The cot is available by arrangement, if I know it is needed, I will put it into the Tin House. It is a travel cot, which is not kept on the premises.
Lounge seats include 4 seats for adults/larger children and some small children's seats and a child's bean bag.
If you need the high chair let me know and I will make it available to you. I do not store it on the premises. I can also provide a single futon..
Linen and towels can be provided for a charge of £20 to cover the laundry, for a couple it will be £15. So if you would like to keep costs down, you can bring your own with you.
If there is anything you need that I haven't thought of, then I will do my best to help you and provide it if |I possibly can. I am happy to provide any advice, or assistance that you may require.
|Further details outdoors|
Elevated garden over the village and coast with a picnic table to enjoy the stunning sunsets we are privileged to witness.regularly.
The North Wales region
South Snowdonia is one of the most beautiful areas, with mountains river valleys and coastline. The nearest mountain range is Cader Idris, which is the second highest mountain in Wales. There are abundant routes for walking to suite all capabilities, and we benefit from being on the Wales Coastal Path. The coastline is served by the Cambrian Coast Railway, which makes getting around the area, simple, and stress free, if you plan your journeys, if driving is part of your day to day life, you will have the opportunity to forget about the car for all or part of your stay. It is also a wonderful way to see the coastline, from the train.
The nature of the region lends itself well to activities, and everything from horse-riding, to white water rafting/canoeing to cycling/mountain biking, and rock climbing is possible here, among others. We have a lot of narrow gauge steam railways: Talyllyn, Fairbourne, Corris, Ffestiniog, Bala, which are very popular with all ages and each one having its own events throughout the year. There are also good Golf Clubs at Fairbourne (18 holes), and Aberdyfi (9 holes).
There are plenty of locally produced foods, which are available in a number of outlets, farmers markets, and restaurants.
Also the area is rich with Art, as the beauty of the area attracts and inspires artists. There are groups of artists who market themselves together as well as as individuals. one such group is CRYD, who exhibit regularly locally. There are a number of Galleries where their work can be seen including in these holiday homes, where work is displayed on the walls, and is for sale, should you like it, or you can visit the artists, as contact details are available too.
This area enjoys a micro-climate as the Gulf Steam protects us from harsher weather which may be experienced inland. The coast also has less rainfall than inland.
Llwyngwril is an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area, and also provides a peaceful hideaway from a busy life. Our beaches are not heaving with people, even in the height of the season, and you will not get caught in traffic.
The village has a pub and a village shop.
The beach has shingle and if visits and walks to it are planned for low tide, you will find it interesting with lots of rock pools, and expanses of sand. It is common for people to have bonfires on the beach and to watch one of our spectacular sunsets, over a bottle of wine, and food cooked on the fire, or a picnic!
Other lovely beaches in the area are Fairbourne, and Aberdyfi, . and there is one at Tywyn, which at low tide has the ancient forest, which has been uncovered by the storms of early 2014.
There are many standing stones and ley lines which are interesting and also evidence of bronze age and iron age settlements. Llwyngwril has the site of an iron age hill fort, which is protected by Cadw.
There are some beautiful old Churches which are well worth visiting. Llangelynnin, just outside the village is 12th Century with medieval wall paintings and the grave of the Gypsy king. Also in Llanegryn, just about 5 miles away is the church of St Egryn, which has the most beautifully carved rood screen, said to have been carried over the mountains by monks, after the dissolution of the monasteries, from Cymer Abbey, which can be visited just outside Dolgellau.
The Blue Lake is just at Friog (next village up the coast) which is a lovely place for a swim/picnic. It is a disused slate quarry and is full of water.
YOu can walk/cycle across Barmouth Bridge to Barmouth and some of the stunning walks on that side of the estuary, offering views of the mountain range on this side of the Estuary. It is now possible to walk from Fairbourne, just near the Golf Club, along the new flood defences which are dykes recently constructed and improved. This leads to Morfa Mawddach, which is where you can pick up the bridge, and whilst it is good to go by train, it is also a lovely walk along the walkway/cycle path parallel with the railway line.. Morfa Mawddach is also the start of the Mawddach trail, which runs to Dolgellau, along the now defunct railway line. So it is a safe route to cycle from Dolgellau, to Barmouth, Cycle hire is available in a number of places, but you can also bring your own bikes. We have facilities for safe over night storage for you.
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25 Jul 2013
We stayed at the TIN HOUSE with our young family. It was everything we hoped for, the children were enchanted and we found it perfectly comfortable for a short break. It was spotlessly clean and well equipped, particularly with games etc for the young ones. Nothing was too much trouble for the owner and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending or returning, in fact it could well become an annual treat.
Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased that you and the children had a lovely holiday here and that the 'magic' of the Tin House helped to achieve that! We look forward to perhaps seeing you again in the future. Thank you again!
22 Jun 2012
"Beautiful Location -cottage a little too "uncomfortable" for us"
I'm not sure why our previous review of this property has been removed -we stayed for 10 days in August 2011(paying for a fortnight but asking the owner to put our unused rental and unused electr… More
Thank you for going to so much trouble to review yet again, as you had already done so on flipkey in 2011, which also is linked to Tripadvisor, `although it is somewhat outdated, since you stayed in august 2011, not recently, so you do not have any idea of any changes that have been made since your stay. Each winter there are always decorations and improvements made, in readiness for the coming season.
The Tin House is what it is, a Tin House, which was built in 1908. It is now largely intended for young families or couples for holidays. It states quite clearly that it is not suitable for people with mobility problems, describing the approach in detail stating how many steps there are. The steps to the garden are also available for people to see, and being on an elevated hillside location (stated in the details), one would expect some steps both on the approach and to the garden. The elevated location also would suggest that the property does have a view , albeit over the rooves of properties lower down the hill.
There are photos of the rooms with furnishing available on the website for people to see. Most people expect a sofa, and the one in the Tin House is no lower than many others, including our own. There is limited space, which is obvious from the description, and so having whilst we have a variety of heights and styles of chairs in the property, so that we are attempting to make most people comfortable, it simply isn't possible to fit anything more in. We have had as guests, not only young families, but also many older people, who have also been happy with what they find and have experienced in the Tin House. We have feedback from many people who have thoroughly enjoyed staying in the Tin House, and that it is comfortable and well equipped. Not everyone has written in the visitors book, but we have other ways of gathering feedback as well, so we are confident that we are offering somewhere which is good. The people who come as a couple, who enjoy walking, have tended to make use of the 2nd bedroom for drying boots and coats, as there is heating available in there, which would do this job perfectly, so I'm not sure why they didn't think of this.
For a two star property, it ticks all the boxes it is supposed to, otherwise it would not have been graded as such. I feel that if you want to be sure of handrails in the garden and high chairs and high sofas, higher doorways, then looking at properties more closely and questioning the property owners about these things. We could furnish it ideally to suit these people, but it would be uncomfortable for someone else.
This couple booked a TWO WEEK stay. In August, to secure bookings they have to book by the week, I saw them the day after they arrived and asked if they had everything they needed as I always do, and whether they were they comfortable. I always make our visitors welcome and do whatever it takes to ensure that they have what they need. They asked whether there was a washing line. They didn't mention anything else. Within 24 hours there was a washing line installed in the garden. This meeting was the first time that I learned that they had arrived by train, otherwise I would have met them at the station and helped them with their luggage to the property. They said nothing of anything else being less than satisfactory.
They refer to a service that I did not offer to visitors at the time of their visit, namely the vegetable box service, which we use ourselves. We did not withhold it from them, it simply wasn't available for our visitors in 2011.
After I had gone up to offer to help them with getting themselves and their luggage to the station at the end of their TWO WEEK holiday having not seen or heard from them since their first day, obviously assuming, in the absence of any complaints about anything at all, that they were happy and had what they needed (I left a note as they were not in), they called by to say they would be fine and didn't need any help. They enthused about how wonderful Arriva is, having travelled extensively all around the coast, enjoyed the reduced rates into attractions because they had travelled by train. They went on to say there were a few things about the Tin House they would like to mention, which I was quite happy to hear about, as I always take on board any feedback, and I always try to address any issues that may be mentioned. If people don't tell you, you can't be expected to know if there is a problem, and whilst I have always tried to anticipate people's needs, I have to admit that I can't think of everything. Every visitor has different expectations and preconceptions.
This conversation took place the evening before they left. Had there been anything, which I had been told about sooner, which I could have addressed to help them to have a more comfortable and pleasant holiday, I would have done so, in the same way as I had put up a washing line for them, as soon as I was aware that they needed one. I would have supplied them with additional lamps, and I would also have given them a torch to use, (I generally advise visitors to bring one) for when they go from and return to the property after dark, as they clearly had not got one, from their comments here. There is an outside light, which can be left on, when going out to facilitate returning after dark. Yes, a sensor light would probably be better than the one installed, but there is one, albeit one they evidently didn't like. There is little I could do about their preconceptions of the view. (Basil Fawlty's lines about the Hanging Gardens of Babylon spring to mind!)
The view from a hillside property with other properties lower down, is as you would expect, one over the lower properties, but you can, looking over those properties, and below the sky, see the sea, and the Lleyn Peninsula from the kitchen, and from the garden, except being slightly higher, it is more so. The view to the rear is a hillside view, which often includes sheep or horses grazing (I have little control over the movements of stock by the landowner).
The details on the website and their accuracy are taken into consideration when grading the property, and everything is confirmed to be accurate. I imagine that [--] perhaps are not aware of the criteria for the different grading levels, and suggest they find out what they can expect for their money from 2, 3, 4 and 5 star accommodation. It is Visit Wales who awards the stars, not the property owners. They will perhaps find that they are expecting 4 or 5 star facilities and only prepared to spend a 2 star rental. The representative from Visit Wales who graded, said 'It is compact, but it is all here' (and more besides).
I am really disappointed that these people who feel aggrieved, didn't tell me sooner of their 'problems', because whether they were legitimate or not, I would have done my best to deal with any issues straightaway. They gave me no opportunity to do so. But to leave it until the evening before they are leaving, to say that they think that the chairs too low, except for one, the doorway too low, not enough light, the view not good enough, the mattress is uncomfortable, having stayed for 2 weeks, (we are not sleeping in the bed, and it was a reasonably recent mattress and so I would not have expected it to be uncomfortable - but I would have listened, looked at it, and if I felt it justified, I would have ordered a new one, rather than have someone's holiday spoiled), gave me no opportunity to respond with the same speed and willingness, as I did to provide them with a washing line in the garden. I make every effort to provide an enjoyable and comfortable property for guests and I would have thought that the evidence of the 'finishing touches' which are certainly not 'standard', in 2 star or any other would have demonstrated.
I know that quality is important and I definitely take it very seriously. The Tin House is, for the money charged and the grading awarded to it, a well equipped and comfortable property at an affordable price, which had I am n not been increased in the last three years of renting it, despite investment ,inflation and rising overheads, out of consideration for the people who are suffering as we are from the economical downturn in this country. I always leave a note welcoming them (as guests do not have to keep an appointment to arrive at a certain time, as I leave the key for them) and give all my contact details, tell them where my house is, so that it is easy for them to contact me or call in, in the event of a problem, or a need that I hadn't anticipated. 'Wet Wales' was so wet that they were able to get around by public transport and swim in the sea on many occasions, and although there was some rain, their TWO WEEK holiday was largely fine.
Our village shop is a what it says on the tin, a village shop, and clearly not on the same scale as Tesco or Waitrose and I feel disappointed that such a derisory reference was made of it. If you want fresh dairy products, eggs, general grocery, including toiletries and cleaning products, off license, daily papers, and some green grocery, chilled products some frozen products as well as firewood, kindling and beach goods we feel really lucky to have it in the village and we manage very well with the wide range of goods they offer in what is a small yet accommodating village shop, and are always desperately worried of losing it, especially out of season. We have to depend on it all the year round, and visitors in season, help to make it viable through the whole year, and the owner should be applauded, rather than criticised.
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