At-a-glance details

  • Guests 2
  • Bedrooms 0
  • Preferred changeover day Friday
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 0
  • Acorn rating 1 What's this?
  • Reference 008047

About Sarn y Plas

Stay in a former poet’s home at this rustic studio cottage overlooking the Irish Sea on the Llŷn Peninsula.

Get back to basics at this charming 400 year-old cottage where escaping the modern world is easy. Perched on the hillside just below Plas yn Rhiw manor house, this little bolthole was originally a gardener’s cottage and then became the home of Welsh poet RS Thomas and his artist wife Elsi.

Based on the stripped back lifestyle that Thomas and his wife lived at Sarn y Plas, you’ll open the door of this small, but perfectly formed studio getaway into the open plan sitting room and bedroom. The ingenious fold-down bed (also called a Murphy bed) comes down from the wall when you need it, but otherwise folds neatly way to maximise the living space in the tiny cottage. The pretty floral sofa is the perfect spot to curl up after a day exploring the coast. Off this room there’s a kitchen and a shower room. You can channel the creative spirit of this place when you dabble with the canvasses and paints left out for you to use. Outside, there’s an enclosed garden that has stunning views over Hell’s Mouth.

Sitting on the Plas yn Rhiw estate, the other half of this cottage is a museum that’s open to the public, so you might bump into some museum-goers on occasion, but otherwise, this place is a haven for peace and quiet and really getting away from it all. Plas yn Rhiw itself is a gem of a manor house with ornamental gardens and an orchard, recently planted with a mix of fruit trees and great for a gentle wander around. The sparkling seas, sheltered coves and sandy beaches you can see from the garden are easy to get to from the cottage, and perfect for strolling and wildlife spotting (seals, dolphins and red legged choughs are some to watch out for). If you’re feeling more adventurous then how about a bit of climbing, sea kayaking or surfing instead?

Head to Aberdaron or Abersoch when you’re in need of some civilisation or a pub meal. Then you’ll find the nearest supermarket at Pwllheli, which also has a range of other shops, restaurants and cafes. Stay away from the bright lights if you’re channelling RS Thomas’ rejection of the trappings of modern life though. If you’re craving more culture, then Penrhyn Castle is definitely worth a trip. Or if you’re keen to head out on the waves, then you could take a boat trip to Bardsey Island. When you stay with us, the funds from your holiday go towards caring for special landscapes and places, like this wonderful cottage with its fascinating history.


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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair not available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer not available
  • Dishwasher not available
  • Washing machine not available
  • Tumble dryer not available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television available
  • DVD available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner not available
  • Garden not available
  • BBQ not available


Not accessible


  • Ground floor

    Open plan sitting room with fold-down bed, kitchen and shower room.

Notes for guests

Access: If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the team on 0344 800 2070.

The cottage forms part of R S Thomas' house. The other part of the building is a museum open to the public so may be busy at times.

Parking: There is parking in the nearby shared village car park. 

Garden: there is a private garden with outdoor seating area and views over Porth Neigwyl (Hell's Mouth).

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About the Acorn rating

To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level. The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions, which are again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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