Old stone cottage in the Berwyn Mountains: two Shetland ponies.

Old stone cottage in the Berwyn Mountains: two Shetland ponies.


Jan 2008

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 5
1 Bathrooms

About our home

Tanymarian is around 150 years old, detached and built of local stone with a slate roof. It is beautifully situated on the side of the valley, away from the road. The garden surrounding it includes a small orchard, a lawn with flower and shrub borders, a pond and a shade garden. There is a sunny terrace in front of the house, facing south-west. Close by is a field and a small wood where we keep our two miniature Shetland ponies, Rosie and Poppy. Whilst Tanymarian is not isolated its position is quite private, with pasture land all around. There is vehicle access from the road to a parking area about 60m from the house. The house was extended twenty years ago, using stone taken from the hillside. There is a modern kitchen with the usual appliances (but no dishwasher) and a garden room or conservatory leading off it where we often have our meals. The dining room has a stable door to the terrace. There is a comfortable sitting room with digital satellite TV and CD player. Both rooms have traditional open fires, though the house has full central heating. There is a bathroom and four bedrooms: one room with a double bed, and three with single beds (an extra guest bed can be provided). Most of the furniture is antique, or at any rate old. The house is full of books. As the house is on several levels and the approach is rather steep it is not very suitable for people with impaired mobility.


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  1. We have now arranged our main summer exchange for 2020 and expect to be busy in the autumn. We are open to offers for 2021. We prefer to be in a quiet and scenic rural area. It could be in an isolated location, or possibly on the edge of a village. We would be especially interested in staying close to water, ideally with access to a boat. We are open to offers for shorter exchanges at other times in the British countryside where we could take our small dog. We would particularly like to exchange with a family who would enjoy keeping an eye on our two miniature Shetland ponies.

  2. John is a retired teacher of French and German; Christine has also retired from teaching. We have two grown-up children, but they will not be coming with us on holiday.

  3. Favourite activities include walking in the country, visiting historic places, gardening, handicrafts, boating, art, music and the theatre. We are non-smokers. We can travel at most times of year and are happy to exchange cars: ours is a Nissan Note.

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Where is it?


Tanymarian is situated one kilometre north west of the village of Llangynog at the head of the Tanat Valley. The village is small and quiet: it has no shop though there are two pubs as well as a mountain bike park. Our house is 5 km from the eastern boundary of the Snowdonia National Park and 20 km from the English border, in the heart of the Berwyn Mountains. There are beautiful mountain walks from the doorstep, and other scenic areas within easy reach. It is a short drive to the ancient pilgrimage church at Pennant Melangell, to Pistyll Rhaeadr, the highest waterfall in Wales, to Bala Lake and to Lake Vyrnwy, where boats and bicycles can be hired. Bala has a swimming pool and is popular for windsurfing, and the National White Water Canoeing Centre is nearby. There are hill-top golf courses at Bala and Llanymynech. Powis Castle and its world-famous gardens are about 40 minutes away by car: other National Trust properties in the area include Attingham, Chirk Castle and Erddig. In an hour or a little more you can explore the historic towns of Chester and Shrewsbury, the spectacular mountain scenery around Snowdon or Cadair Idris, the great medieval castles of Harlech, Conwy, Caernarfon and Beaumaris (World Heritage Sites), the great aqueduct of Pontcysyllte, the slate mines and steam railway at Blaenau Ffestiniog, the gardens at Bodnant, the Ironbridge Gorge Museums or the beaches at Harlech or Barmouth. New attractions include the longest zip wire in Europe at Bethesda and Surf Snowdonia in the Conwy Valley.
The nearest airports are Liverpool and Manchester.

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