View from the garden at Wenallt, with Rhinog mountains in the background.

View from the garden to the
Rhinog mountains

More about your stay…

Wenallt is situated on the hillside of upper Penrhyndeudraeth, a short walk from the village main street. The house and parking backs onto one of many tiny lanes that criss-cross the village, and the guest entrance is on the garden front, via a pedestrian gate in the high wall.

Arriving at Wenallt

Our standard check-in time is from 5pm to 9pm. Please let us know in advance if you would like to arrive earlier, so that we can make sure we are here to welcome you.

By car

We have undercover parking for guests and a small layby, at the rear of the house next to the lane. Undercover headroom is limited – 1.95 metres or 6ft 5inches at its lowest point. There is also a free car park nearby (just a few yards from our lower chapel gate) if the headroom is too low for your vehicle.

By public transport, walking or cycling

We offer flexibility if you need to arrive outside of our normal check-in times. Just let us know in advance so we know when to welcome you. Wenallt is a few minutes’ walk from the train station and bus stops. The closest train station is Penrhyndeudraeth, which is on the route from Shrewsbury that terminates at Pwllheli. See Traveline Cymru for train and bus timetables.

Walkers and cyclists welcome

We can dry your wet gear, store your bikes in a lockable shed and offer you a service wash if you are hiking or cycling a long distance route. If you need a packed lunch for your onward journey there is a convenience shop in the village, plus cafes that sell sandwiches and drinks. Let us know if you have organised your luggage to be transferred, so we know to expect a taxi.


Wenallt is a period property set on a hillside so unfortunately may not be suitable if you have very significant mobility issues. All guest bedrooms are all situated on the first floor, with the guest dining room on the ground floor. The staircase has a handrail on one side.

If you need a shower cubicle, please ask for the twin room (double bed plus single bed).

Please feel free to contact us in advance to discuss your needs or concerns in detail, or if you have other accessibility issues.

During your stay… some FAQs

Do you have a ground floor bedroom?

Unfortunately we do not have any guest bedrooms on the ground floor. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs, or if you have any concerns.

Can I come back during the day?

Yes, you are welcome to return to Wenallt whenever you like during the day, whether you need to rest in your room with a cup of tea or relax in the garden. Housekeeping normally takes place from late morning.

Is there a family room?

Third person occupancy of the twin room only (for a small additional charge) may be possible, but must be arranged in advance to ensure our limit of six guests (which includes children) is not exceeded. If you arrive with an extra person without arranging this we would be obliged to turn you away as our insurance would be invalidated.

Do you take pets?

Sorry, we are unable to accommodate pets. For guests with pet allergies, we do have a pet (rescue greyhound, short-haired) in the property, who is kept separately from the guest rooms.

Guide dogs welcome.

Can I get something to eat in the village – within walking distance?

  • The Lemon Tree (Bangladeshi restaurant)
  • The Griffin (pub food)
  • The Eating Gorilla (vegan cafe)
  • Pysgod a Sglodion (fish & chip takeaway)
  • Penrhyn Pizza (pizza /kebab takeaway)

How late can I stay out in the evening?

As late as you like – we will give you a door key.

Around the house and garden…

See more pictures on the Rooms and Breakfast pages…

More about Wenallt

The house

Wenallt is a large Edwardian manse, built around 1910 for the minister of the chapel on the Beddgelert road below us. The Welsh name ‘Wenallt’ approximately means ‘Whitecliff’ in English.

Behind the plain early 20th century exterior you will find large and light guest rooms, all of which have en-suite bathrooms added. We have kept the decoration traditional throughout, to harmonise with the many period features that have survived. There are original fireplaces in all guest rooms plus the dining room. There is also a servant’s bell system, together with the typical patterned tiled hallway and stained glass entrance of the time.

The garden

We have a terraced garden with seating that you are welcome to explore. The microclimate here is similar to Portmeirion, with very few frosts in winter, so you can see some unusual shrubs growing here that are not hardy elsewhere. Or just enjoy the colours and scents, and the view southwards over Penrhyndeudraeth to the Dwyryd estuary and Rhinog mountains beyond. Due to our hillside site there are many uneven steps in the garden without handrails, so please take care when using the chapel gate or exploring the lower garden.

Sustainability at Wenallt

  • We aim to provide you with as sustainable a holiday as possible without compromising your comfort. Holidaying in the UK is a great start!
  • We are lucky to have local public transport links including a train station in the village – meaning that a car-free holiday is a viable option.
  • Since 2008 our solar thermal panels have heated your hot water (with a conventional backup solution for the darker months).
  • Breakfast ingredients such as sausages, bacon, eggs and dairy are sourced as locally as possible.
  • We keep food waste to a minimum by preparing your breakfast to your individual order. Any food waste is composted, either in the garden here or taken to the council composting facility.
  • Waste materials such as plastics, glass and paper are all collected for recycling.
  • The garden is watered only with collected rainwater, and pesticides are never used.
  • This website is hosted using 100% green energy.

Your hosts

Sarah & Ian Hartill

We have been welcoming guests to Wenallt since 2003. During that time we have hosted more than 14,000 individual guest nights, so you can relax and enjoy your break in the knowledge that we have plenty of experience of providing quality accommodation and service.

We each have our own areas of responsibility – Sarah is in charge of cooking, housekeeping, bookings and IT, while Ian will serve your breakfast and deal with your payments.