Llan Ffestioniog is not well known; its larger neighbour, Blaenau Ffestioniog, is though well known for its dour slate and railway to get away from it. However, Llan Ffestioniog is central to so many of North Wales' locations - railways, mountains, walks and slate.
The village itself is small, quiet - but that's its asset. No one stops there. Tynymaes is a quiet cul de sac that just disappears in the midst of the hills around.
Behind the cottage is a vast graveyard, (there seem to be more dead than alive in the village), but it too contributes to the cottage's quiet ambience. But also visible from the cottage and between it and the graveyard is a small hill, like Dylan Thomas's Mount Llareggub, a molehill amongst surrounding giants, but the view from the bench on its summit, only a couple fo jumps away from the cottage, is 360 degrees of mountains, sheep and farms. An hour was spent onteh first eveing watching th e sun go dwon,and contemplating life, the universe and everything.
The cottage is restful, large, with a very spacious living room and sofas for the inevitable but thankfully only sometimes-rain - and also has a good tv so one can plan the direction of travel for the next day.
Would I stay there again? Definitely.