In the midst of beautiful Snowdonia

The Mountaineering
Cottage and Barn

A delightful Mountaineering Cottage and Barn in the Heart of Snowdonia

Set in the hills above Bethesda with views as far as the sea, the former slate miners Cottage and Barn are the ‘club hut’ for both Peterborough and Wellingborough Mountaineering Clubs.  It is an ideal base for likeminded walkers, climbers and mountain bikers who need a base for their outdoor adventures in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.

Owned and managed by Northamptonshire Mountaineers Ltd., it is the ‘club hut’ for both Peterborough and Wellingborough Mountaineering Clubs, and has been since it was bought back in 1958.

The cottage bunk rooms sleep 15 people and the barn bunk room sleeps 16. Gas is supplied for cooking and heating and the cottage and barn are both equipped with cooking and eating utensils and tables and chairs. The cottage also benefits from a newly installed log burner. There is a separate toilet block which includes segregated toilets and showers. Overall, the facilities are of a good standard for mountaineering club buildings. Behind the barn there is also a small area of land suitable for camping in the summer.

The Peterborough Mountaineering Club (PMC) visits the barn on the third weekend of the month when the club has exclusive use. The first weekend of each month is reserved for Wellingborough Mountaineering Club (WMC) use. PMC members can join WMC meets and vice versa if permission is first sought and space is available. The cottage is available for hire at any time by other mountaineering clubs, and like minded outdoors groups, clubs and mountain guides.



The former miners cottage has 1 large bunk room which accommodates 10 people in bunks, and a second smaller room accommodates 5 people. There is a small but well equipped kitchen and a large open room for dining and enjoying the log burner. The open room has 2 large dining tables and chairs, and a small sofa.


The barn has 1 large bunk room which accommodates 16 people with 2 huge double bunks that sleep 4 persons per level. There is an open plan kitchen dining room extension to the barn. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a large dining table, chairs and a 3 seater leather sofa.



No WiFi or TV

Escape it all! Switch off and enjoy your time away free from technology.

Free Parking

Large parking area adjacent to the two buildings.


Log burner and gas heating to keep warm.

Amazing Views

Wake up to stunning views out the front and back!

Great Location

Just 10 mins drive to Ogwen cottage where many beautiful walks begin. Bethesda itself has small supermarkets, a chip shop, and a Zip Wire!

Wash Block

Separate showers and toilets for men and women.

Make a Booking Enquiry

Current Prices:

Price per night sharing

members- £15

Non-members- £25

all children U12- free

all U18- £5


Hire of building

weekends £100 and minimum of two nights booking so £200 min

mid-week £60 per night



campervan/caravan/camping- members £10 and guests £15


Please note that this is a booking enquiry form. You will be contacted by the booking secretary to confirm.

Checkin & Checkout

Check-in and out is flexible but we ask you to be considerate to others staying if you are arrive late. Non-members will receive information about key location before their booking date from the bookings secretary. Members have keys.

House Rules

All members and visitors must complete a number of jobs before leaving – these are listed clearly in both buildings, but include: turning down the thermostats, removing rubbish, putting away washed and dried dishes, hoovering etc, ready for the next visitors. The huts are maintained and managed by club volunteers but there is no regular cleaner, so it’s up to you!

You must respect our residential neighbours by keeping noise to a low level.

Regretfully dogs are not allowed inside the buildings.

Cancellation Policy

Payment must be made by bank transfer once the dates you have requested have been confirmed as available to you by the bookings secretary. 

You can cancel your booking at any time, but no refund can be given if your booking is cancelled within 2 weeks of the planned visit date. 

Tucked up in the hils above Bethesda

We Have Vacancy!

Nestled on a hillside in Snowdonia National Park, our cottage and barn overlook the mountains and offer easy access to Snowdonia’s mountains, beaches and tourist attractions.