Old Snowdon Ranger Station

Beddgelert, Snowdonia & the Lleyn Peninsula

  • 3 Star Gold
  • This listed stone building built in the 19th Century, has been lovingly converted from a ticket office and waiting room, to a cosy little cottage ideal for a couple. From the door, walk up to the summit of Snowdon or catch the Welsh Highland steam train to Caernarfon!

You can book this property from:

  • £289 per week
  • £41 per night
  • 3 Star Gold


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 double bed


  • Washing machine
  • Freezer


  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Shower


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

How far to ...?

  • Beach 14 miles
  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Shop 5 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Countryside views

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Watersports
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Pony trekking/horse riding


  • On one level, no stairs
  • Walk-in shower
  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor bath/shower room

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 7:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am

  To give our cleaners enough time to complete the additional cleaning and sanitising that is currently needed to keep our guests safe, check-in and check-out times at the majority of our properties have been temporarily revised. The revised times for this property are reflected above.


The Old Snowdon Ranger Station, built in the 1870s and now a listed building, is in a superb position in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Located at the foot of Snowdon, where the Snowdon Ranger footpath starts, and with a request stop for the scenic Welsh Highland Railway just behind the cottage, you are 8 miles from Caernarfon, with its stunning castle, and 5 miles from the popular village of Beddgelert.  

'the Cwellyn Arms pub in Rhyd Ddu has a beer garden for sunny days and a roaring open fire to sit by in the cooler months. What better way to end a cycle ride on the Lon Gwyrfai or a walk across the Nantlle ridge. Just down the road is Snowdonia Park brew pub, with award winning beer brewed on the premises and bar meals!' from Jacky, our local property manager

The Cottage: is a cosy little stone building, formerly a station on the narrow-gauge Welsh Highland Railway. Now, only the original size of the station, with its waiting room and ticket office, limits the cottage to its Visit Wales 3 Star status.  The cottage is wood lined and well insulated, providing a year-round holiday venue. Heating is by electric convector heaters.

The Living/dining room: is open plan, with two easy chairs for relaxing, a small dining table and chairs, a 26" flatscreen TV/DVD and a radio/CD/MP3 player and WiFi.

The Kitchen Area: has a fully equipped with a fridge, small freezer, electric oven, hob, extractor and washing machine.

Bedroom: a double bedroom with storage and an en suite shower room.

Shower Room: with shower, WC and basin.

Outside: is a private patio with views down the valley, seating, recliners and a barbecue, plus a cycle store. There is also access to a delightful shared mature garden with a small stream, with seating to enjoy the stunning views. Private Parking.

You couldn’t be in a better location for exploring Snowdonia! Right in the heart of the mountains and by the scenic Llyn Cwellyn (lake) with gorgeous views all around. The closest village at Rhyd Ddu, 1.5 miles away, has a good pub serving food, the Cwellyn Arms and a lovely little seasonal café serving homemade goodies, the Ty Mawr café. This is also the start of the Lon Gwyfai footpath/cycle route to Beddgelert, a lovely multi use path winding its way through the forest. Beddgelert is a pretty village with a National Trust shop and plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs. Lovely walks can be taken along the river and to visit the famous Gelerts grave. The walled town of Carnarfon has the impressive castle, marina, and arts centre plus all the facilities you would expect from a small town.

Electricity included

Bed linen and towels provided

No smoking inside please


Excellent property

Ms Sally H,

Absolutely spot on, a few steps from a train ride and right on the Ranger path to the top of Snowdon. What more can you ask?

Mr R H,

We loved our stay at the Ranger Station. Cath could not have been nicer and even flagged down a steam train for us! The location is stunning and perfect for exploring North Wales. A wonderful, relaxing week in gorgeous scenery!

Mrs Emma T,

Super. Well done Kath for the long term commitment to the cottage.

Mr Stephen D,

A fantastic little cottage in the perfect location. Everything you need is contained in this compact space, which is perfect for two people and has plenty of storage. We loved sitting at the table at breakfast and dinner, watching people heading up and down Snowdon, and made it up ourselves. I also recommend a swim in the lake. So much to see and do in this area, and the owner Kath is very helpful and informative. Highly recommended.

Mrs Lindsay R,

Although compact this property has everything you could want or need, it is very well equipped and well laid out. Set in a wonderful location and being able to stop the train and hop on was a bonus. This was our first holiday with Wales Cottage Holidays but will definitely not be our last!

Mr John F,

Definitely the highlight of our annual holiday quota ! An idyllic cosy cottage in a unique location. The lovely helpful owners next door, have most thoughtfully converted a once derelict building into what we see today. The entries in the visitor book certainly concur !

Mrs Alexandra B,

Lovely place to stay and very warm welcome from the owners.

Miss Margaret D,