Rhiw Goch Cottage.

Holiday Accommodation in Snowdonia
Between Betws-y-Coed and Dolwyddelan

The Cottage at Rhiw Goch

Self-Contained Accommodation, Sleeps 4, 1 bedroom From Around £75 to £95 per night. Length of Stay Discounts Applicable.

Rhiw Goch, meaning Red Bank in English, is a secluded 17th century country property overlooking the Lledr valley which runs from Betws-y-Coed to Bleanau-Ffestiniog. It has several acres of stunning landscaped gardens, with secluded glades and lovely views, perfect to completely chill out and absorb nature, or to sit and meditate, or exercise. See our About Rhiw Goch page for more information and plentiful photos of the gardens and views through the seasons in this wonderful location. Rhiw Goch Cottage is a spacious, detached, comfortable and well equipped space, kept in a traditional old style.

The self-contained detached cottage provides a rustic experience where you can get back to nature whilst still being comfortable. It is very quiet, dark at night and provides a peace rarely experienced in the modern world. We have our own water supply, filtered from an upland stream. We value having very low mobile phone signals (you can get a good signal in parts of the gardens) and do not offer wifi. We have our own solar panels which provide us with a lot of the summer's daytime electricity. Snowdonia in general is designated a dark skies area, but up here away from other properties, if the lights are out, it's dark!

Main Features

  • Quiet and Remote Location
  • Stunning Mountain & Forest Views.
  • Entire Detached Building.
  • One Bedroom sleeping up to 4.
    •  King size bed &   Bunk Bed
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen.
  • En-Suite Shower room and toilet.
  • Babies Accepted Less than Walking Age.
  • Walks Straight from the Property
  • Lounge with Wood burner.
  • Dining Room with garden views.
  • Dedicated Patio Area.
  • Free Parking Space.
  • Large gardens to wander freely.
  • Picnic Tables in Gardens.
  • Freesat TV
  • Mountain Bike Friendly


  • No Smoking Inside.
  • No Wifi or Internet
  • No children less than 10 years.
  • No Pets
  • Not Accessible to Caravans and large vehicles


From Until 1 or 2 Person £/night 3rd Person Excess £/night 4th Person Excess £/night Cleaning Fee £/booking Min stay nights
27 Mar '2131 Oct '21£95£7£7£101
1 Nov '2123 Dec '21£75£7£7£101
24 Dec '211 Jan '22£95£7£7£101
2 Jan '2228 Feb '22£75£7£7£101

Discount for 6 nights or more: 21%

Discount for 21 nights or more: 30%

Example: 7 nights in July for 4 people
7 x £95 basic nightly rate = £665
7 x 3rd and 4th person excess of £14 = £98
Cleaning Fee £10
FINAL TOTAL: £610.67

Availability Calendar and Booking Requests

This is managed through the Stay in Wales website.

The Space

The Bedroom

The one bedroom has a Kingsize bed with a pocket sprung Mattress. In addition there are bunkbeds which are adult strength and size, but we'd suggest not having someone more than 12 stone (170lb, 75kg) on the top bunk. It has blackout blinds and blackout curtains for sound sleep. As well as the duvets, we provide extra blankets for cooler weather. We provide a hair dryer. We provide bedding but do not iron it.

The Kitchen

The kitchen joins the lounge to the bedroom and has plentiful cupboard space for a short stay and a double drainer sink. There are lots of pans, bowls, ovenware and utensils, glasses and mugs and the usual cutlery and crockery. There is a ceramic hob over a built in oven. The fridge has a freezer compartment. There is no microwave oven (deliberately!) Tea Towels are provided.


Shower Room

This is accessed from the bedroom. Electric Shower, toilet, basin, electric / central heating radiator. WE PROVIDE A BATHROOM SOAP DISPENSER BUT NO BARS OF SOAP OR SHAMPOO. There is a first aid kit.

Lounge and Dining Room

The lounge is spacious with comfortable seating for 4 people, the wood burner, a freesat TV with DVD/Bluray player. There are plenty of books, board games for rainy days. The dining room has large windows with a garden view.

Car Journeys and Parking

There is space for 1 car right outside the cottage and another just up around the barn if needed. PLEASE NOTE that getting here with a satnav will only take you to the general area and we provide specific instructions when you book. We are up a 1/2 mile steep narrow lane not accessible for caravans or large campervans.

Heating and Firewood

The Cottage is reasonably well insulated, has modern double glazing and is not draughty, so once the wood burner has been on a while, it is toasty! A wood burning stove runs the radiators and it will be laid for you ready to light when you arrive. We provide enough wood for a fire every evening of your stay. Please buy any extra wood you need from the local garages. Other than the stove there are two electric heaters.

Internet and Mobile Phones

We do not use wifi and at the moment there is no wired internet into the cottage. Mobile phone signals are low, but adequately high in parts of the garden. Most people find they sleep and dream better for it as well of course as for the silence and clean air.

Cyclists and Mountain Bikers

We are cyclists and others are most welcome! We can lock your bikes up overnight in the barn, although it's pretty safe up here, no one uninvited comes here unless they are lost!. The cottage itself is big enough to have some bikes inside the dining room, which has a slate floor, so as long as most of the mud has been washed off, there's no problem. There is an outside tap and hose area for washing down your bikes. We have most of the bike maintenance tools you can think of if needed.

There are tracks right from the property which go as far as Capel Curig, tracks up the other side of the valley which (somewhere!) join onto the Penmachno Trail. The Gwydir Forest (Marin) trails are 4 miles away at Betws-y-Coed. The magnificent Coed-y-Brenin trails are 40 mins drive.

The Gardens

These are a stunning feature of your stay at Rhiw Goch. There are several acres of landscaped gardens with secluded areas. You are free to wander, explore, sit or exercise in the gardens, just be careful around ponds and on slate steps, which can be slippery.


There is plenty of wildlife in and around the gardens. We frequently see or hear a variety of birds, including owls, thrushes, tits, skylarks, herons, cuckoos, buzzards, red kites, various finches and so on. The area is rich in varieties of butterflies and moths. We've seen newts in the ponds as well as of course frogs and toads. There is a resident and very healthy looking fox who wanders the gardens sometimes in broad daylight. For smaller mammals, we've seen the odd bat, and plentiful field mice, voles, and shrews.


  • Rhiw Goch cottage is detached from all other buildings on the property and with it's own parking space it is very easy to maintain any required social distancing here.
  • Our nearest neighbour is roughly a quarter of a mile away and the nearest village is more than a mile away, so our location is itself very isolated. We'll leave the keys in the cottage for you.
  • Pillow protectors (as well as other bedding) are washed for every guest.
  • The kitchen and bathroom, all surfaces, door and cupboard handles, light switches and sockets are all sanitised with BioD Multisurface Sanitiser for new guests. All kitchen crockery, utensils and the fridge are also washed.
  • If you test positive during your stay and are required to self isolate for longer than your booking reservation and you decide to stay at Rhiw Goch, we reserve the right to move you into cheaper or alternative self-contained accommodation here if available. You will be liable to pay for whatever accommodation you take for the full duration of your stay and any costs otherwise incurred by us including electricity, wood and any other amenities we provide that are not included in the standard cost of the accommodation. You will be responsible for acquiring your food. The "health protection regulations" state that you can go away from your isolation venue "(3)(b)(vi)to obtain basic necessities, such as food and medical supplies for those in the same household (including any pets or animals in the household) where it is not possible to obtain these provisions in any other manner." Additionally if we have no suitable accommodation we reserve the right to ask you to leave, as by law you may "(3)(b)(viii)to move to a different place specified in sub-paragraph (a) [i.e., home, friend's home, B&B], where it becomes impracticable to remain at the address at which they are."


Here are a selection of reviews from Airbnb in 2019-20. Our overall rating on there was 4.91/5 stars.

Although we are not currently available on Airbnb, you can still read our listing and 40+ reviews : Click here for our AirBnB Listing

Wonderful property set in truly the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever seen. Cottage is comfortable and spacious (larger than the photos show). It’s equipped with pretty much everything you could ever need. Peter is a very interesting, easy-going guy with good communication. We plan to be back!
5 Stars for Accuracy, Check-in, Cleanliness, Communication, Location, Value. Amazing amenities. Sparkling clean. Thoughtful touches.

Peter’s place is certainly one of the top three Airbnb’s we’ve stayed in (out of 25 or so). It sits in a unique plot tucked-away in the hills surrounded by beautiful gardens and the occasional rocky outcrop. Entirely separate as a small bungalow cottage it is spacious and comfortable in an old-fashioned way which certainly suited my wife and I. It is better than the photos portray. The kitchen is well-equipped, the wood burner wonderful and simple to use, the shower hot: perfect to come back to after a days walking or cycling. Situated 10 minutes from Betws y Coed, it is good for the main trails and sights and paths extend from its boundary. Lastly: Peter is a kindly and capable host and neighbour, ably assisted by Kerry. We will definitely be writing another review in a few months!
5 Stars for Accuracy, Check-in, Cleanliness, Communication, Location, Value. Quick responses. Amazing amenities. Outstanding hospitality.

Amazing hosts with some good local knowledge. Definitely the place to stay to get away from the norm of everyday life and get lost in the mountains. Beautiful location and will definitely look to stay again in the future.
5 Stars for Accuracy, Check-in, Cleanliness, Communication, Location, Value. Quick responses. Local tips. Outstanding hospitality.
Jack (Mountain Bikers)

This place is an off-grid gem! The gardens and surrounding views alone make this property really special, add in the beautiful stone cottage and wood fire and it's a perfect place to escape and de-stress. It's close to Betws-y-Coed and Zip World fforest park. Peter seems a lovely guy too! Needless to say we really recommend this property if you're planning to stay in the area.
5 Stars for Accuracy, Check-in, Cleanliness, Communication, Location, Value. Thoughtful touches. Quick responses. Local tips.

We loved staying at Peter's property. With beautiful gardens and stunning views, we were away from the world while being conveniently close to Bets-y-Coed. The cottage is simple. It is very well equipped in the kitchen and we loved the log fire. Peter is a delightful host who greets you with warmth, but doesn't interfere while you stay there. He was there to say goodbye too. He also gave us warning (ahead of our booking) that there was a festival taking place locally during our visit which could impact our movements around the area. Local knowledge is so useful. We will come again Peter for quiet and comfortable stay on your gorgeous property.
5 Stars for Accuracy, Check-in, Communication, Location, Value. 4 Stars for Cleanliness. Outstanding hospitality.

House Rules

  • No Smoking in the cottage. You may smoke outside.
  • No parties or events
  • Quiet hours between 9pm and 8am
  • We do not accept children less than age 10. We accept infants who cannot yet walk. This is due to large ponds and potentially encountering dangerous drop-offs if wandering outside the cultivated garden areas.
  • We do not accept pets for the same reason.
  • Check-in 3pm-10pm unless otherwise arranged.
  • Checkout by 10am unless otherwise arranged.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Deposit Payment

A deposit of 1 night flat rate of either £75 off peak or £95 peak rate which excludes cleaning fee and extra person fees, is payable by bank transfer or through an online invoice we’ll email to you with a link for card payment. Your reservation is secured by payment of a deposit or payment of the full balance at the time the booking is made.

Balance Payment

The balance is to be paid by bank transfer or by online invoice for card payments no later than 7 days in advance of the booking. You can alternatively pay the balance by cash on arrival if you prefer. Bookings made less than seven days before the arrival date must be paid in full at the time of booking or by cash on arrival. We reserve the right to rebook the cottage if you haven’t paid a deposit or the balance or contacted us within 7 days of your booking.

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel your booking at any time UP TO 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE (3 pm on the day before you arrive) and you’ll receive a 95% refund. If you cancel WITHIN 24 hours of your check-in we’ll retain the deposit and refund you any remaining balance. If you need to abandon your stay after you’ve arrived we’ll retain the fees for the number of nights you’ve stayed PLUS ONE EXTRA NIGHT plus the cleaning fee and refund you the remaining balance. This gives us 24 hours to book the cottage out to another party.

Additional Tips and Information

  • We're generally around if you need anything or run into problems, but otherwise we'll leave you to enjoy your holiday.
  • No Wifi or Internet
  • Please be sure to come prepared with outdoor and wet weather gear, plenty of layers and socks!
  • Hot water bottles are provided or you can bring your own.
  • Note that floors are slate and wood and bringing slippers or indoor shoes can be a help.
  • Use of washing machine on request.
  • Additional freezer space available on request.
  • There are sheep ticks around in the gardens and local area generally. We don't know of anyone locally getting lyme disease from them, but bites can still carry lesser infections and be intensely irritating to some people.
  • As with any wild area there are midges at dusk and you might see mice in the undergrowth.