Discover Ty Mam Mawr

A place for change and growth, learning and being

Ty Mam Mawr (The House of the Great Mother) is an intimate off grid eco retreat centre.

She nestles deep in Cynwyd Forest high in the Berwyn Mountains of North Wales and is a fantastic venue for intimate events, workshops and residential retreats.

Ty Mam Mawr is a perfect place to leave the world (and your mind!) behind and sink deeply back into nature, reconnecting to your true self.

A secluded off grid low impact property surrounded by woodland and hills under clear skies with no light pollution. Fully self reliant in terms of water and power.

Deep peace pervades. Silence…with only the sounds of abundant nature.

Breathe fresh clean air and enjoy the medicine in the mountain spring water.

unplug ∙ recharge ∙ grow ∙ be

Find out more

Spaces & Accommodation

We love to help you feel at home.

Centred around a magnificent modern straw bale roundhouse, accommodation is provided in two gorgeous yurts. There's a fully equipped kitchen in the log cabin with a small dining area plus a shower room/toilet and another smaller log cabin kitchenette with a compost loo and shower.

The roundhouse will very comfortably seat 20-25 people or to look at it another way, there's space for 8-10 yogis. Up to 6 guests can sleep in the roundhouse, whilst the yurts will accommodate a maximum of 12 guests between them.

Seats and fire bowls next to each yurt and a main central firepit near the roundhouse provide further communal spaces. The roundhouse and yurts are heated with wood burning stoves.

We may be 'off grid', but in terms of facilities you wouldn't know it! Plenty of hot water, a power shower, electricity in all the spaces and WiFi if required.

View Spaces and Accommodation

The Guestbook

Find out how previous guests rate Ty Mam Mawr eco retreat centre
Read guest comments

  • Tim Avatar

    Delightful yurt in a lovely setting, wonderful peaceful location with great additional amenities to make staying a pleasure. Friendly, welcoming hosts. - 08 Jun 2019

    Maggie Avatar

    We stayed in the large yurt as a group of four and it was spacious and extremely cosy with the log burner. The hosts Shayne & Nathan were lovely and friendly while leaving you to have privacy too. They had just completed a small seperate bathroom and kitchen for theyurt, which was excellent with everything that you could need, we cooked nice meals and sat out by the fire. Every little detail has been thought through! The area is of outstanding beauty and we did lots of walking. Highly recommended! - 24 Jul 2020

    Louise Avatar

    The yurts are so lovely, they are decorated beautifully with everything you need close by. The hosts are very welcoming and happy to help with anything you need. They are a pleasure to stay in with relaxing surroundings and i look forward to going again in the future! Amazing place and a credit to the hosts!! - 12 Jul 2019

  • Gareth Avatar

    Shayne and Nathans Yurts are beautiful, stylish and fantastically situated in a beautiful valley. And Shayne and Nathan are as lovely. Felt more than welcome every moment we were there. Look forward to staying again. Can not recommend enough. - 08 Oct 2017

    David Avatar

    The place really has that magical feel about it. Outstanding everything.

    Nathan welcomed us as soon as we arrived with a warm and welcoming encounter. Incredibly approachable guy who made us feel so at home.

    The yurt itself was a thing of beauty, bright and spacious.

    Lovely hot showers, bbq facilities with fully functioning kitchen.

    The surrounds are breathtaking. Sheep, chickens, ruby the dog all just added to the magic. The walk to the waterfall was lovely too, only a short distance from the yurt. Easy access to snowdonia too.

    All in all a unique, 5 star experience.

    - 11 Sep 2019

    Arjan Avatar

    We had a fantastic stay in the tranquil yurt. We loved the silence and the curious chicken that come around if you sdit outside. We love the off grid approach and yet it still felt like luxurious glampingglamping just more conscious. We plan to return soon. - 04 Aug 2018

  • Jonathan Avatar

    Ideal for getting away from modern life, nathan & shayne are exceptionally friendly with a good understanding of privacy. Facilities are perfect, tranquil location, outstanding scenery and walks. - 13 Jan 2020

    Colette Avatar

    My partner and I spent 3 nights in Shayne and Nathan’s yurt, location was amazing, great to sit outside on the hammock chairs and listen to the birds. The yurt was cosy just such a great place to stay. My partner was ill one of the days and the hosts made sure he was ok which was really appreciated. dogs and chickens were also very friendly! Loved our stay. - 26 Jun 2019

    Nicola Avatar

    Lovely hosts, any questions you have they will respond very quickly. Very beautiful location. If you are looking for a weekend away, off grid, away from the hustle bustle of general life then this yurt is definitely the place to go for a mini break. - 01 Dec 2019

  • Alicia Avatar

    Really lovely surroundings. Nathan was easy going (Shayne was away, but I am sure she is also lovely!) and the yurt was a perfect little hub. We walked up the big hill with huge backpacks and I have to say the reward felt greater! Buuuuutt take up Shayne and Nathan’s offer for a lift if available. You’ll be thankful later - 29 Jan 2020

    Christine Avatar

    We had an amazing 3 night stay in Nathan and Shayne’s yurt! Nathan gave us a warm welcome and tour on our arrival. We were blown away by the scenery surrounding the yurt and how self sufficient everything was. We’ve stayed in a few yurts before, but found this one really had all the amenities spot on! The kitchen, shower and toilet are on your door step, the fire pit and bbq are in a nice private area (also right beside the yurt) and the main log cabin has practically everything you can think of kitchen wise. We had plenty... read more - 28 Sep 2019

    Corinne Avatar

    Great location! Shayne recommended a fantastic walk which we loved. The yurt and communal area have all you need for a comfortable stay. Thank you! - 15 Aug 2019

  • Charis Avatar

    This place is utterly idyllic. Beautiful, calm and welcoming. Perfect hosts sharing this wonderful off-grid paradise they're building. If you want to unwind and get yourself a hankering after moving to North Wales, go! - 24 Jun 2018

    Matthew Avatar

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable experience staying in the yurt.

    The location was perfect, with only the sheep and the odd chicken for company.

    Shayne & Nathan were very welcoming, meeting us on arrival and giving advice on places to visit.

    Hope we can return soon!
    - 12 Jul 2019

    Charlotte Avatar

    Love love loved our stay :) the location is beautiful, the yurt is beautiful, everything is so well done you can live comfortably off grid without feeling alienated we stayed here and climbed Snowdon, the journey was so straight forward and it was incredible to come back to such a chilled out space Shayne & Nathan are super lovely and helpful upon arrival , didn't disturb us after check in :) already hoping to come back and for a bit longer next time :) - 23 Jun 2019

  • Ria Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan are absolutely amazing hosts - they were attentive and incredibly kind! They welcomed our dog with love and he happily played with their dogs as well! Our stay in their yurt has everything you want and more, we spent everyday either in the yurt, outside next to the BBQ pit or walking in the countryside that surrounds their home. It is beautiful, cosy and relaxing - highly recommendable! Thank you to Shayne and Nathan for making Josh's birthday special and very memorable! - 20 May 2018

    Claudia Avatar

    we had a wonderful two nights in Wales, I couldn't' recommend more, such an incredible spot! - 26 Feb 2018

    Juliette Avatar

    Magnifique yourte au milieu de la forêt. Une très belle expérience, tout en respectant la nature ! - 21 Apr 2019

  • Ashley Avatar

    Had an amazing weekend away in the most unique place i've stayed, everything there is impressive from the attention to detail in the yurt to the way things are set up at shayne and nathans place, everything is so clean, organised and well thought out, will definitely be booking to go here again, the hosts were amazing people and were so helpful, this id the ideal tranquil retreat :) - 31 Oct 2017

    Robbie Avatar

    Had a lovely stay in the yurt. Some lovely walks in the area and would recommend visiting Old Wives Tales for food in Corwen. - 14 Nov 2019

    Charlie Avatar

    Will definitely visit again - 21 Jan 2018

  • Anna Avatar

    Fantastic find. We had a lovely stay - just wished it was longer!!! The yurt is comfortable and toasty warm. The wooden cabin kitchen has everything that you need. Would definitely recommend this to others. - 24 Oct 2017

    Amy Avatar

    Just got back from a 2 night stay at Shayne & Nathan’s Yurt. We couldn’t recommend it more, the hosts were brilliant, very welcoming and always there if you needed help. The yurt itself was lovely, very cosy with the log burner heating it up in around 15 minutes, and the cabin with the kitchen/toilet shower was great. It is in an ideal location, quiet, nice views and close to little villages. We had a great time and hope to be back soon! Thanks! - 21 Feb 2018

    Lindsay Avatar

    Had an amazing time, yurt was beautiful and in a gorgeous location. Kitchen and bathroom facilities we’re spot on and very clean. Nathan and Shayne were just a message away if we needed anything.
    Had lots of fun playing fetch with the owner’s dogs. Lots of hiking routes around the area. Perfect to get away from it all for a few days. Would recommend to anyone wanting a bit of piece and quiet in the countryside. Will definitely be booking again :)
    - 02 Apr 2019

  • David Avatar

    Hidden up the valley on the edge of a forest it is not the easiest to find but what a treasure awaits when you get there.
    An instant peace comes over you as you park up behind your yurt, before being wowed by the fairylights and wood burning stove to greet you in the cosy bed space. Even in icy temperatures the yurt holds its heat and with only the stream nearby you’re easily lulled off to sleep.
    To be clear this does not feel like a camping trip, the communal shower and bathroom are clean and warm. Attached to a large...
    read more
    - 28 Oct 2018

    Lee Avatar

    This place is stunning. The yurt sits 400m above a sleepy Welsh village called Cynwyd. We arrived in the evening and woke up to gorgeous views, all covered in snow. Our hosts made sure we had everything we needed, and firewood was cheap and readily available for the stove in our yurt, keeping our stay cosy. Only a short 50 minute drive to Snowdonia national park, I fully recommend this as a place to stay if you'd like to climb Snowdon. Will definitely come back. - 11 Nov 2019

    Nathan Avatar

    Amazing stay. Thankful for the accommodation ! - 16 Feb 2019

  • Graeme Avatar

    Would definitely recommend as the whole experience was perfect and there’s plenty to do in and around snowdonia.

    The whole place was clean and beautiful and look forward to doing it again.

    You won’t be disappointed.

    - 07 Mar 2019

    Andy Avatar

    Nice space, cosy an nice view in the morning - 09 Nov 2018

    Sean Avatar

    We stayed here a couple of years ago and lived it! We were not disappointed this time, fantastic views and amazing hospitality!
    - 09 Apr 2019

  • Craig Avatar

    I have had the great pleasure in spending a night at Ty Mam Mawr and also running a weekend retreat there.
    I whole heartedly recommend this place for both time away and holding a retreat.
    The environment is gorgeous and secluded with a beautiful forest walk and open fields right near by.
    The yurts are a true delight to sleep in with ideal decor to match your get away in nature.
    Shayne & Nathan the owners are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met and so accommodating. If you want to be on your own doing your own thing...
    read more
    - 16 Jun 2019

    Paul Avatar

    What an incredible place. I can’t recommend this enough, get off the grid and unwind for a weekend!

    Nathan and Shayne are fantastic hosts who communicated really well and looked after us throughout the stay.

    They were happy to recommend anything locally but also left us to it in the yurt.

    Couldn’t ask for more for a weekend away relaxing.

    Thanks both for a top weekend!
    - 11 Mar 2018

    Scott Avatar

    One of the best places we've ever stayed. The area is like stepping into another world. Serene and peaceful, no light pollution so tonnes of stargazing to be had. Not far to a couple of idealic locations for excursions or hikes! - 05 Feb 2020

  • Sophie Avatar

    Exceeded all expectations, we thoroughly enjoyed every bit of our stay - even despite there being a storm. The yurt was so lovely, cosy and super clean - the stove heats it up really well and we stayed warm and snug all night long. The kitchen and bathroom also really clean, great hot shower and everything was provided that you’d need for an enjoyable break away in the countryside.
    We were just gutted the weather was rubbish and we didn’t get to enjoy the hammocks and outdoor fire pit - we’ll have to come back!! Not that we needed an...
    read more
    - 03 Mar 2019

    Neve Avatar

    Great accommodation, very clean and had all kitchen equipment necessary! The yurt was lovely to stay in and really loved the rural location! The hosts never bothered us and gave us our privacy which was great. The bathroom and kitchen were as clean as the yurt which is rare when experiencing rural living! Everything was exactly as expected and we loved every minute of it would defiantly recommend if you like the outdoors of camping but prefer a slightly more (glamping) approach!

    I only suggest that when you book and are on route to the location.. do not use the...
    read more
    - 05 Jun 2019

    Taylor Avatar

    All of our family loved it here. Nathan & Shayne made us feel so welcome and the location is stunning. A really special couple of days. - 08 Aug 2018

  • Naomi Avatar

    Absolutely fantastic stay! Not only was it a beautiful location but the hospitality during our time there made us wish we could have stayed longer!

    Hosts welcomed our dog, who thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the other pets and wildlife. They were very accommodating of this and ensuring we had everything we required.

    Yurt itself and decor created a peaceful ambience and we were supplied with enough wood to keep the fire going! Would definitely recommend a stay here with themes superb hosts
    - 11 Apr 2019

    Lisa Avatar

    What a hidden little gem. Perfect location, outstanding accommodation and the most amazing hosts.

    Thank you so much Nathan, we will definitely be back!
    - 30 Dec 2019

    Carl Avatar

    If you are looking for something a bit different then the Yurt is great. Warm, cosy and good for stargazing in the evenings. Make sure you put the full address in as only the postcode takes you to a dead end at the end of the road. Nathan met us to check in and show us around, he was helpful and recommended a few local places to find food. The Yurt gets very toasty andalthough the supplied wood only lasted one night, the DIY shop in Corwen sells wood and kindling quite cheap so it wasn't an issue. The... read more - 28 Mar 2019

  • Lydia Avatar

    Amazing hosts, and a beautiful space. The views are gorgeous and you dont need to walk far to see them! There's waterfalls down the track too; all in all a truly wonderful place to spend your time. I would recommend to everyone - 18 Jan 2020

    Stella Avatar

    Such a beautiful location and the yurt was perfect to relax in, very cosy! - 30 Mar 2018

    Maggie Avatar

    Fantastic place, great to get away and back to nature. So relaxing. - 10 Mar 2019

  • Iain And Niamh Avatar
    Iain And Niamh

    Really cool place in the remote Welsh countryside. Perfect for a relaxing get away. Lovely to sit by the fire pit and catch up with old friends then sleep in the cool Mongolian yurt. - 16 Jul 2018

    Leeanne Avatar

    Absolutely stunning location and a beautiful yurt.
    Nathan made us very welcome, while also giving us all the privacy we needed for a romantic trip away. All amenities were provided and the use of the log burning stove was explained to us; luckily because we didn’t have a clue! It turns out it was very simple to use and it made the yurt incredibly toasty on a chilly night.
    The yurt, the kitchen area and the bathroom were spotless and the bed was ridiculously comfy. Plus there was an adorable chicken called Esmeralda!
    This is an ideal spot for exploring lots...
    read more
    - 28 Mar 2018

    Jenny Avatar

    The yurt at Shayne and Nathan's was absolutely lovely. A very authentic yurt in true Mongolian style.
    The kitchenette and toilet facilities were private, modern and very well equipped.
    True glamping with a sustainable twist, a real find and a beautiful location!
    - 28 Jul 2019


unplug ∙ recharge ∙ grow ∙ be

Find out more about forthcoming events at Ty Mam Mawr eco retreat centre and see what we've been up to previously.

Whether you'd like to hold an hours yoga class, a one day dance workshop or a week long meditation retreat this is just the venue for you.

Whether you book the retreat centre or just the roundhouse, we can list your forthcoming event here and on our social media pages. Every little bit helps when it comes to making connections.

Latest Events


Cynwyd Forest, Berwyn Mountains, North Wales

Ty Mam Mawr eco retreat centre nestles deep in Cynwyd Forest high in the Berwyn Mountains above the Dee Valley in North Wales and is a fantastic off grid venue for intimate events, workshops and residential retreats.

Only an hour or so from Manchester, Liverpool or Birmingham. It's easy to get here...but you won't want to leave!

Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is on the doorstep and Snowdonia National Park just 20 minutes away.

Much of North Wales and especially the Berwyn mountains are associated with King Arthur and many other Welsh legends. This is an ancient and special land where nature and spirit are within easy reach when you choose them.

How to find us

The Journal

Latest news and views from Cynwyd Forest
Read all posts