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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

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Spaces & Accommodation

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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.

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  • 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

    Suzy Avatar

    Absolutely loved it, the best review we can give is that we wouldn’t change a single thing! Can’t wait to come back 09 Apr 2018

    Chloë Avatar

    A very relaxing experience! Warmer than expected in February once you get the wood burner going and a lovely space to be in. We brought a radio and games to keep ourselves entertained as not too much to do nearby in the evenings, but lots of nice walks within easy drive! Shayne and Nathan were great hosts and made us feel really welcome! 05 Feb 2018

  • 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

    Martin Avatar

    Just back from a fabulous three day break in the Welsh mountains at one of the most unique airbnb properties we have ever stayed in.

    The location was excellent, being conveniently placed to access most of North Wales abd the yurt was everything that we expected, and yes, while we were in fact living off the grid, Shayne and Nathan made sure that the whole experience was extremely comfortable with plenty of hot showers and great kitchen facilities (and even wifi if you just have to keep in touch with the outside world but much better to leave technology...
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    24 Feb 2019

    Jeanette Avatar

    What an amazing place to stay! We stayed in the smaller yurt, plenty big enough for both of us with lovely outside space and our own fire pit. Beautiful bed linen and wall hangings inside and fairy lights which added to the cozy ness along with the log burner. Fully equipped spotlessly clean kitchen in the log cabin next door. Didn’t get to meet Shayne unfortunately but Nathan is a great host. Very hospitable and up for a chat. They have a beautiful place up there in the forest and will most certainly be going back but for longer next... read more 21 Oct 2018

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    Lynn-Amanda Brown

    This is such a beautiful place, created with love and held by Shayne and Nathan. I felt so warmly welcomed and also inspired by their whole vision of living in harmony with nature, using only natural, sustainable resources... They prove what can be achieved...a wonderful place to be. 09 May 2018

    Christopher Avatar

    One of the rare places you stumble across on Airbnb, get super excited about, and it lives up to and even surpasses expectations! A beautiful place in a magical location!!

    Nathan and Shayne were both lovely, welcoming and attentive hosts, we had everything we needed and our stay was not only a breeze but also very relaxing and chilled!!

    I could easily return time and time again! And hopefully will!

    Thanks a bunch and see you soon
    21 Oct 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

  • Constance Avatar

    If you're looking for something a bit quirky but that still has all the amenities you need, then this is a great place to go. The hosts are so friendly and welcoming, the yurt was incredible and they have everything you need. Everything is clean and the setting is fantastic, beautiful and quiet with a nice babbling brook for background noise. The shared facilities were great and we never had any issues with waiting (there is only one other yurt). Overall, great stay. The beautiful weather definitely helped :) 17 Jul 2019

    Al Avatar

    Beautiful space, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It was a magical few days which could have lasted much much longer. Shayne and Nathan were friendly, considerate and great hosts. Would go back in a heartbeat. 22 Oct 2019

    Joanne Avatar

    Beautiful & peaceful stay. Our Yurt was just perfect I wish we could have stayed for longer. Nathan met us for check in and he was very welcoming and helpful. Thanks for a wonderful stay 11 Sep 2019

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    Alex Verghese

    Ty Mam Mawr is a truly high class off-grid eco retreat! Gorgeous yurts to stay in, stunning location. Shayne and Nathan are such warm and caring hosts. I can see myself coming back here in the future! 👍 28 Jun 2019

    Emily Avatar

    Met with a very warm welcome into a beautiful location, we were given a mini tour and had a little explanation of how all the amenities needed were supplied off grid. Impeccably clean!! Such and well throughout place, having the feeling of being outside of the night but with all the homely comforts!

    We will be back again!

    Thank you!
    20 Sep 2019

    Juliet Avatar

    Well, another blissful weekend at the Yurts. This time we had the weather with us and it was perfect- sunny and blowy, with chilly nights. Perfect yurt weather and Cynwyd weather as the walks through the woods and up by the waterfall are beautiful. As before, the yurts were equipped with logs, blankets and cushions for a cosy time In the evenings and everything was spotlessly clean. We were in the big yurt this time and it was fabulous. So much room. Very comfortable beds, a piping hot three way shower and well equipped kitchen makes it top glamping. Unforgettable... read more 31 Mar 2019

  • Daniel Avatar

    A fantastic escape and a wonderful stay. I had never stayed in a yurt before but after some log burner practice we were snug as can be.

    A real shame that we only had 3 nights!
    22 Mar 2020

    Emma Avatar

    This is such a fantastic place, from the location, to the lovely hosts, to the clever and plentiful amenities. I can’t recommend it enough, in fact, I’ve already booked a return visit! 08 Aug 2019

    Mark Avatar

    Fantastic place and people. Will be staying again. 04 Apr 2019

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    Kenny Clayton

    Had the pleasure of visiting this wonderful retreat recently. I can't recommend it highly enough. Ran by the most welcoming and friendly hosts, the retreat has everything you could wish for. Cosy yurts with log burning stoves, a well stocked Kitchen with everything you could possibly need, a roundhouse that's perfect for hosting a meditation or yoga class and miles upon miles of rolling hills and woodland walks. It's completely off the grid too. Perfect. 30 Jun 2019

    Peter Avatar

    Tranquil and scenic perfect for couples wanting to get away or a few of you to book a few yurts and enjoy a bbq and music in the summer. Hosts very welcoming 04 Apr 2019

    Tom Avatar

    What a lovley place! Cosy yurt, warm fire, very hospitable hosts! Highly recommend this beautiful spot! 01 Dec 2019

  • Tom Avatar

    Beautiful welsh scenery and surrounded by wildlife. Warm and good size Yurt - get the log fire going and you’ll be really toasty.

    Nathan and Shayne know the area well and recommended some great walks for dogs. You feel at peace sitting out on the veranda early morning with a cup of coffee listening to the flowing water and birds chirping away.

    Me and my wife stayed here for our first wedding Ann and our only regret is not staying long enough.

    We’ll be back eventually.

    Thank you Nathan & Shayne
    25 Mar 2019

    Z Avatar

    It was beautiful. Brought us back to nature. Saw the pheasants. Fed the chickens. Freedom to potter around the area. We watched the sunset lying in the hammock by the outdoor fire. Nathan was cheery and helpful and made us feel at home. The yurt was cosy with little stove. Great facilities - shower, kitchen. We had great experience. 24 Jun 2018

    Justine Avatar

    We had a fantastic stay in the yurt, and can’t wait to return! Stunning, peaceful location on the edge of the forest, with waterfalls and hiking paths on your doorstep. The facilities are outstanding: a very well-equipped kitchen, delightful hot shower, wifi, and fire pits. Shayne was a warm host, giving us plenty of local advice. Thank you! 26 Aug 2019

  • Ross Avatar

    Nathan was really friendly, and although we didn't have to interact a great deal, you could tell both Nathan and Shayne were incredibly attentive and helpful. The place itself is great and situated well for exploring. The yurt was fantastic, as were the rest of the facilities. It is the ideal place to escape stress and relax. 20 May 2018

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    Julie Lines

    What an idyllic, special place Ty Mam Mawr is! The perfect place to retreat, to unwind and reconnect with nature and the land. Shayne and Nathan are the most hospitable, generous and authentic people I know and pour their love into everything they offer here. The yurts, cabins and roundhouse are stunning and so relaxing. You are truly in the heart of Welsh nature and it is so good for the soul! Highly recommend. Thank you for creating this amazing off grid eco retreat haven Shayne and Nathan. XXX 09 May 2018

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    Jennie Wren

    One doesn’t always write fantastic Airb&b reviews, but this is the exception.

    Words do not exist to explain the utter brilliance of the yurt!

    The views are spectacular, great location to travel and see the many sights in Wales.

    The site it’s self and facilities are clean and well kept. We were very warm in the yurt with the duvet provided (there are extra blankets if you get cold). We loved our visit and will be back again in the future !
    11 Apr 2019

  • Heather Avatar

    A great place to stay, the yurt was super warm despite the cold March weather and very spacious for 5 guests plus our dog.

    Great bathroom and kitchen facilities in addition to the yurt.

    Super walks available for our dog in the fields and woodland.

    Shayne was very friendly and even gave us some freshly laid eggs for breakfast.

    Very much enjoyed the stay
    08 Mar 2020

    Alison Avatar

    Fab stay amazing yurt in amazing location! Thanks xx 07 May 2018

    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

  • Alex Avatar

    This place is just so special. Cannot recommend it enough. It's the perfect spot to disconnect and return to the peace and tranquility of nature. 24 Nov 2019

    Laura Avatar

    What an amazing place. The yurt is simply gorgeous with everything you could need. the skylight to the stars is such a lovely touch and the chickens made us giggle a lot. Snowdon walks less than an hour away, and plenty of lovely walks near by or just enjoy the space laze in the hammock and build fires ;) Lush!! 10 Aug 2018

    Joan Avatar

    A cheerful and friendly welcome. Helpful hosts. Good, clean, well provided facilities in the yurt, kitchen area and shower. A relaxing place to stay in a quiet spot of Wales. 30 Sep 2018

  • David Avatar

    The yurt was lovely and cosy and Shayne was very welcoming. 14 Jun 2019

    Jennifer Avatar

    Beautiful location. Even though it was raining we were nice and warm inside. Best part was listening to the owls at night ! Will definitely return!! 27 Nov 2019

    Carl Avatar

    The yurt was lovely, Shayne and Nathan are great hosts. The kitchen and bathroom are exactly what you need, pick some provisions up on the way in as you’ll be out of the way. Some great walks nearby, and a cracking pub up the road for tea. 10 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

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    Zaka Gibbard

    Visiting here for a retreat was very nourishing on many levels. The landscape was idyllic and captivating with some beautiful walks in nature nearby (and swims for those that dared!). Shayne and Nathan were excellent hosts who made the stay very comfortable and the roundhouse was a very peaceful and warm place to meditate. The food served was delicious and we ended up staying an extra day as we liked the place so much. Will definitely visit again! 13 Jun 2018

    Clare Avatar

    Another amazing stay here at shayne an nathans! This time we stayed with friends in the big yurt. It was beautiful and very comfortable. Great new areas have been added since our last trip, compost loo and a new fire pit area. And some really sociable chickens. Thank you for having us all. Cant wait to come back. 22 Apr 2018

  • Victoria Avatar

    Really fantastic place, very peaceful with beautiful views. Yurt was truly cosy, once the fire got going it was lovely and toasty despite being 1 degree outside. Hosts were super hospitable even when we got very very lost! Great facilities for cooking, eating and socialising. Very friendly dogs even came to say hello which was a lovely surprise! Already planning on coming back soon! 30 Nov 2018

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    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

    Andrea Avatar

    This place is just gorgeous, despite the weather we had an amazing time, the yurts are so warm with the log burner going so you don't get cold and the sound of the rain when you're all cosy and warm inside is so relaxing they have all amenities needed, the shower was lovely and hot, the kitchen was well kitted out with everything you need, worth noting they don't have a microwave but we didn't need one anyway so all good for us.

    Reading others reveiws before we came I was expecting it to be lovely and we weren't...
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    17 Jan 2020

  • Ryan Avatar

    Nathan and Shayne were very welcoming, the yurt was very comfortable and had a great view. There is plenty to see and do around the yurt. Had all the amenities that we needed. Would recommend a stay at this yurt. 31 May 2018

    Antonios Avatar

    Excellent location to get isolated and enjoy the nature. Really nice experience 28 Feb 2020

    Alex Avatar

    I stayed for a weekend in February with my partner and we both had a wonderful time - we only wish we could have stayed longer!

    The yurt is well furnished and, thanks to the stove, warm enough even on a cold night. The cabin kitchen is clean and well-equipped, and made things much more convenient. And it's all set in beautiful surroundings.
    18 Feb 2018


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.

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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.

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