Tal y Cafn & Eglwysbach Station Master’s House (built 1864) is located on the platform of Conwy Valley line with a request stop, served with 6 trains each way per day from 5.30am-9.15pm. In your spacious holiday home, you can experience Victorian life in this quirky, atmospheric and enchanting base to explore Snowdonia and North Wales. We have a wonderful local team in our neighbour, friend and caretaker Russell across the level crossing, to fix/help with any problems/emergencies during your stay. Liz is our efficient and caring housekeeper who carries out our Covid-Safety weekly changeover and Reuben is often around on Fridays keeping the garden looking pretty! Our friendly Level Crossing guys Richard & Ian have their office on the platform and can tell you fascinating tales about the station and locality.
We offer 7 Night stays –Changeover day is Friday. Bedding & Towels provided (not for cot). Sleeps 4 + Travel Cot/High Chair/Stairgate available on request for infant, bring your own Cot Bedding. Contact owner, Dee for details. Rates from £800 per week to £950 per week (high season).
On ground floor, the former Ladies’ Waiting Room is a comfy and cosy lounge, overlooking the ever-changing vista of Snowdonia and manually operated level crossing (one of the few remaining in the UK), Fully equipped Kitchen/Diner (table for 6) leads to downstairs Shower Room/WC.
Upstairs, the Master Bedroom has a commanding view of Conwy River/Bridge towards the Conwy valley and of the trains passing below. The tranquil Twin Bedroom faces Eglwysbach, opposite Victorian themed Bathroom with underfloor heating, bath and overhead shower, basin, lighted mirror and WC. The drive has on-site parking for two cars, sheds for bikes & outdoor gear leading to an enclosed garden/patio area with patio furniture for 6 dining al-fresco.
Gas central heating (LPG bottles at rear of house) – Russell will handle.
Our welcoming gastro pub, the Tal y Cafn (50 yards) serving delicious local produce. Nearest shop is Bodnant Welsh Food Centre A470 – 15 minutes’ walk (3 minute drive) with café, restaurant and farm shop or Tesco off A55 nr Llandudno Junction. Bodnant Garden (National Trust venues below) is just past the Welsh Food Centre boasting 80 acres of stunning gardens, plant centre and craft units. Just over the bridge to Dolgarrog, you’ll find Surf Snowdonia & Outdoor Activity centre. Conwy and Llanrwst are the nearest towns.
Take the train outside your door to the Victorian resort of Llandudno for shopping, pubs and restaurants, Alice in Wonderland statues and ice cream parlours; Venue Cymru theatre; fantastic beaches; the Great Orme headland with Bronze Age copper mines; the UK’s only cable operated tramway, longest cable car ride with fantastic views. Walk the town walls at historic Conwy, imagine yourself capturing Conwy Castle (a World Heritage Site), or stroll along the quay to see the boats and Wales’ Smallest House.
Snowdonia is a great place for walking and sightseeing. Take the train in the opposite direction from the house, up to Blaenau Ffestiniog offering Adrenalin Junkies Zip World Caverns, Bounce Below and Zip Lining experience, or alight at Betwys-y-Coed for Zip World Fforest Coaster & Treetop Nets and Gwydir Forest Park. To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking these activities well in advance. At Tangrisiau there’s the Electric Mountain Power Station; Minfford for Portmeirion Italianate Village (the setting for 60’s cult series The Prisoner). From Blaenau Ffestiniog you can take steam trains for spectacular journeys out to the coast of Porthmadog where you can join the Welsh Highland Railway to Rhyd Ddu for the foot of Snowdonia or up to the end of the line to Caernarfon Castle. Check out haunted Gwyrch Casle, Abergele where Ant & Dec recorded I’m A Celebrity in 2020!
Nearby National Trust Properties:
Aberconwy House & Telford’s Conwy Suspension Bridge the only medieval merchant’s house in Conwy & Toll Keeper’s House on Thomas Telford’s bridge; Bodnant Gardens; Bodysgallen Hall, Restaurant & Spa; Cemlyn & N Anglesey Coast North Wales Wildlife Trust, Nature Reserve & Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; Chirk Castle Last Welsh Castle of Edward I Still inhabited by Lord Howard de Walden’s family, explore the medieval towers dungeons See inside 17/18th century rooms; Erdigg Hall discover the Yorke family’s unique relationship with their servants, capture their lives across generations. Fab activities for kids obstacle climbing, den building, fly on the rope swing, play in Wolf’s Den & Pleasure park, seasonal donkey rides, open air theatre; Hafod y Llan Farm Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest & Farmyard; Ogwen Cottage Mountaineer/Ranger Outdoor Learning Experiences including rock climbing; Penrhyn Castle & Railway Museum Neo Norman castle masking the dark history of slavery and bitter industrial dispute that changed Penryn’s relationship with its local community – climb up into the old steam trains in the wonderful Railway Museum; Plas Newydd Home of Henry Paget who gained the title of 1st Marquess of Anglesey for bravery in 1815 Battle of Waterloo. This first wooden leg ever invented, the Anglesey leg is displayed, as is Rex Whistler’s 58’ Seascape Fantasy Mural. Well worth a visit and try Beaumaris Castle (Cadw, not NT), the most famous castle never built, last of the royal strongholds created by Edward I in Wales; Ty Mawr Wybrnant, Penmachno Bishop William Morgan’s humble birthplace – imagine how his family lived and see the first bible translated into Welsh in 1588. The drive to Penmachno is fab too!