Weaver’s Cottage is a charming 2-bedroom home located in the mountains of Snowdonia National Park. Under an hour away from Conwy, Betws-Y-Coed and Bangor, this self-catered accommodation is at the heart of North Wales. If you’re looking for somewhere that is centrally situated to the main activities in North Wales, Weaver’s Cottage is the perfect place to stay.
Arriving to Weaver’s Cottage in Tremadog, one mile north of Porthmadog town centre, you’ll be struck by the firmness and freshness of the mountain air. While a faint scent of burning wood from the surrounding cottages permeates the scene. The thick stone walls and wood-panelled windows are creatures of the early 19th century. As a Grade II listed worker’s cottage, it establishes a characterful cosiness of a rustic but refined aesthetic made more prominent by the staggering and imposing crag opposite. This cosiness is the immediate charm, and easily succumbed to as you shrug off the cobwebs of your journey.
Rooms at Weaver’s Cottage
Whether travelling as a couple, with family or with friends, Weaver Cottage caters for all, even four-legged, fluffy friends (although at an additional cost). Both rooms, one twin and one king-size, are extremely spacious and clean, decked out with oak chest of drawers, bedside tables and wardrobes. Just note that the twin room does not include a wardrobe, only a chest of drawers. Charmingly, the rooms are decorated with paintings or photography of wildlife known to the landscape; from ducks to highland cows. My favourite feature? The dormer windows and slanting ceilings. They not only show the cottage’s age but add a rustic charm, perfect for an escape into the mountains. These aforementioned features are completed with soft beds and tartan cushions.
Serving these rooms is one bathroom, featuring a bath with a shower over that perfectly caters for personal preference. While towels are provided, I’d highly recommend bringing your own as the ones there are unusually small for adults. This is telling as I’m only small at 4″11 and yet the towels weren’t big enough.
Weaver’s Cottage Facilities
Immediately upon entering the building you’ll find yourself located in the wooden floored sitting room. The most unique aspect of this room is the wood burning fireplace. This not only excited us because we have always wanted our own fireplace, but it was a welcoming liberation from the blustering wind and rain outdoors. Unfortunately, the heating wasn’t working when we arrived, but this was rectified within the hour by the owner arriving to fix the problem. However, it being winter the rooms still felt chilly but the fireplace and the woolly, tartan blankets provided soon made them cosy. After a long day of outdoor pursuits, this sitting room is perfect for vegetating by the fireplace, connecting to the WIFI or getting stuck into a movie with the smart television. For any booklovers, there is also a selection of novels by the entrance for your enjoyment.
Moving towards the back of the property, you’ll find an enormous kitchen that is equipped with all the necessities for making your own meals. It was lovely to find a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of red wine and traditional Welsh Cakes on the kitchen table. This really made us feel welcome and at home. The wine was certainly enjoyed!
The Village of Tremadog
Just outside the door is the village of Tremadog. Tremadog boasts historical links to the wool and mining industry with an array of Georgian architecture built in the classic tradition of the 18th century. The market square is located right in front of the great crag of rock that towers some 100 feet over the Town Hall that was once the town’s dancing room.
Continue to head down the road, you’ll come across the Gothic revival style church for the Anglicans and a classical chapel for the Methodists. In the entrance of the churchyard is a decorative arch of Coade stone in Gothic horror style. On this arch are representations of boars, dragons, frogs, grimacing cherubs, owls while the top of the towers are surrounded by detailed elephant heads.
Shops were not a common feature of Welsh villages when the village was built in the 19th century. However, the mayor opened a general store which was supplied from London. Now there is a small local store that stocks all the essentials, including wood for the cottage’s open fire. If eating-in is not to your liking, then head over to one of two pubs; The Golden Fleece Inn with its unique cave bar or the Union Inn. The Golden Fleece Inn is also a B&B with a variety of single, twin, double or family en-suite rooms.
For more formal and refined dining, Y Sgwar is the place to go. While we did not try the Union Inn, both the Golden Fleece Inn and Y Sgwar served an array of cuisines and both provided Vegan and Vegetarian menus.
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