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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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  • Matthew Avatar

    An amazing place to stay with plenty of walking routes nearby. Luckily the weather wasn't too cold for a January visit but the fire made the yurt very cosy for the evenings. Worth knowing that the kitchen is well stocked with utensils so great if you are wanting to cook from scratch. We would definitely recommend staying here if you're after a peaceful getaway! - 26 Jan 2020

    Leslie Avatar

    This is a special get away- you’ll find everything you need and more. The yurt is beautiful and warm. Not far away from snowdonia- perfect long weekend treat. - 15 Dec 2019

    Orlanda Avatar

    Such a fantastic place to stay, right in the middle of the countryside. An hour to Snowdon an hour to the coast... brilliant. The fire in the yurt kept the room toastie, the kitchen had everything we needed to cook a Christmas roast and the shower had lovely hot water. Highly recommend! - 28 Dec 2019

  • Simone Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan were superb hosts- nothing was ever too much trouble and they thought of everything. The yurt was clean and designed so well- absolutely loved our stay there- definitely be great to go back in the summer time. It had been snowing during our visit but the yurt itself was so warm and cosy we looked forward to our cosy nights in after a day of exploring. Kitchen has everything you need and so interesting how they generate own energy. Really is a relaxing stay away- missing it already! Definitely a chilled eco friendly mini break! Will be... read more - 14 Feb 2018

    David Avatar

    If you are Looking to stay in a Yurt in a great setting look no further. I have never stayed in a yurt before and I am totally blown away. With a wood burner it’s a beautiful cosy place to stay. There is a small wood a walk away and Llangollen is only 25 minutes away. Will be back again! - 08 Dec 2019

    Iona Avatar

    We were looking for somewhere to relax and this place offered just that! Stunning views surrounded by nature. Cosy yurt that warmed up in no time! So impressed with the fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. Everything was spotlessly clean on our arrival. Very friendly and helpful host who made us feel welcome immediately. Will definitely be returning in the future! - 10 May 2019

  • Maggie Avatar

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

    Steve Avatar

    Lovely place in a beautiful setting. Very peaceful. We would very happily return. - 27 Jul 2020

    Niki Avatar

    Enchanting, exhilarating, like staying in a living painting. The location is stunning 400m up hugged by the valley & pines. The yurt was a snug Bohemian heaven. All you could want ‘off the grid’! Very impressive amenities, water from the spring, electricity from the solar panels.... Very effective log burners. Easy & accessible to get there. As for the hosts, just beautiful people. All expectations exceeded!! I will be back! - 17 Nov 2019

  • Toni Avatar

    An absolute joy.... - 07 Aug 2020

    Chloe Avatar

    An absolutely amazing experience!! such a beautiful yurt with lovely touches. My highlight was definitely renting their dog for the day for a long walk through the forest. 100% returning here
    - 17 Dec 2018

    Elsie Avatar

    A lovely stay in a beautiful place! - 17 Feb 2020

  • Tim Avatar

    First time we have stayed in the smaller Yurt. As amazing as the bigger one. Beautiful place, great views and a super place to relax and unwind. Highly recommend it as a place to go! - 03 Nov 2019

    Kate Avatar

    Two of us stayed in the larger yurt for 3 nights: it was a beautiful and luxurious space with lovely attention to detail. We stayed when it was wet, windy and cold, and had a great time, cosy in the yurt with the fire going. We couldn't believe how warm we were - hardly left it except for a walk through the forests and into the empty mountains! The compost loo and the little outdoor kitchen just meters away were really convenient, and the main kitchen and bathroom was only a few steps up the hill when needed. Shayne and... read more - 06 Jan 2018

    Helen Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan’s yurt is absolutely beautiful. The decor is very attractive and colourful and the yurt feels so cosy with the log burning stove on. The scenery surrounding the yurt is absolutely stunning and there are also interesting and picturesque towns to visit nearby. The cooking, bathroom and shower facilities were beyond anything we expected and made the stay practical and easy. We would highly recommend staying here. - 24 Sep 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

    Mal Avatar

    Don’t miss the opportunity to stay in this amazing place with amazing hosts. - 12 Jul 2018

    Juliette Avatar

    Amazing stay at Nathan's yurt where you can be and live in direct contact and respect of nature. - 08 Sep 2019

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    Marcus Tindal

    A beautiful and relaxing spot...well worth a visit. - 09 Sep 2017

    Nathan Avatar

    This spot is perfect if you are looking for that relaxing break. The views around of the mountains were great. The weather was not the best on our visit, however this was not a problem as the yurt was so cozy. We would not hesitate to recommend to others and the hosts were fab. - 11 Nov 2018

    Laura Avatar

    A fabulous weekend. The yurt was great, really cosy. Nathan and Shayne made us feel really welcome and offered us some great local tips. Will definitely return! - 08 Apr 2019

  • Johannes Avatar

    Staying here exceeded our expectations. It was the perfect secluded haven for a much needed nurturing time. Immersed in nature in a stunning clean yurt, adjacent to a super well equipped cabin. We had all the facilities needed for a short break. Clean air in superb settings, no light pollution enabled nights to be filled with clear views of star filled evenings. We didn't need to go anywhere as the walks on our doorstep gave us ample opportunity to explore the stunning beauty of this location. The hosts Shayne and Nathan were the best, kind, openhearted down... read more - 26 Sep 2017

    Rebecca Avatar

    Of all the places we have stayed, this was the most magical and refreshing one to date. The location is breathtaking, fresh air and gorgeous views. The yurt is so cosy and beautiful. We drove 50mins and climbed Snowden. There is a village 5 minutes away. Shayne and Nathan were excellent hosts. - 21 Oct 2019

    Craig WG Seaton Avatar
    Craig WG Seaton

    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...
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    - 24 Jun 2019

  • Lorraine Avatar

    Amazing spot, and an absolutely fantastic off the beaten track place for families. The hosts were superb ensuring we had everything that we needed. The property was spacious, clean and quirky and a massive hit with our children as well as ourselves. - 31 May 2019

    James Avatar

    Beautiful yurt, lots of space. Warm despite the freezing temperatures (and snow) outside. - 21 Jan 2018

    Juliette Avatar

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

  • Mike Avatar

    Wonderful part of the country. Drive through Snowdonia to the west coast while you're there. Great for recharging and spending quality time with loved ones. Can get chilly in the night this time of year so make sure you've always got wood for the log burner.
    Shayne & Nathan are very welcoming and were quick to respond to any questions.
    - 01 Nov 2019

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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

    Charlie Avatar

    Will definitely visit again - 21 Jan 2018

  • Sarah Avatar

    The perfect place to escape, we only stayed for one night and wish it could have been longer. The yurt itself is beautiful and the surroundings are wonderfully peaceful. The facilities are great and the hospitality even better -would definitely recommend this place! - 22 Feb 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

    Jordan Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan were amazingly warm and welcoming, their local knowledge of beautiful walks was superb. They always went the extra mile in helping us find our way about and made a lovely peaceful and much needed break. We will definitely be booking again. - 25 Apr 2018

  • Colin Avatar

    Firstly, what a Stunning location, beautifully furnished yurt, so peaceful and relaxing, we were lucky to have good weather, chilly and frosty, but that also brought wonderful sunsets, the log burner soon warms the lovely yurt up. We sat outside wrapped up in our blankets, nice mug of hot chocolate, and mulled wine in the hammocks, enjoying the endless change of scenery throughout our trip.
    Shayne and Nathan are such a lovely couple, not to forget the lovely dogs Tilly and Ruby, who were kind enough to take us on a walk around the forest.
    Kitchen area has a full...
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    - 03 Dec 2019

    Rebecca Avatar

    Beautiful and cosy would definitely recommended - 29 Dec 2018

    Gemma Avatar

    Wow, what a lovely 4 days we have had at this beautiful yurt. Nathan and Shayne are great hosts very warm and friendly with lots of advice on local walks to hand. The yurt it’s self is truly amazing and it has its own little garden area with fire pit/bbq, chairs and table. The perfect place to come back to chill after a nice long walk and toast some marshmallows which went down a treat with our 6 year old son. I really can’t rate this pace enough. We are a family of 3 with a black Labrador and let... read more - 29 Aug 2019

  • Arron Avatar

    Perfect accommodation and hosts. If you want to kick back with nature, this is the place for you! Access to nice walks, water and country pubs. - 15 Jul 2018

    Robin Avatar

    We stayed there with two dogs, great area for walks, stylish place, great kitchen and amazing hosts! Bargain compare to anything similar. We will be back. - 29 Dec 2017

    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

  • Anne Avatar

    Beautiful yurt, everything was very clean, friendly hosts and lovely location. - 13 Aug 2018

    Sharmila Avatar

    The place was an absolute bliss. We had a warm welcome by Nathan on arrival and he showed us around. The place it self was very clean and tidy. Very well facilitated or an off the grid life. Loved the fire pit and the bbq. - 21 Jun 2018

    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

  • Serina Avatar

    If you want someone quirky, unique, off grid and a place that just feels magical then this is the place to stay. We arrived as a party of 14 and were well looked after and the accommodation was perfect. The experience was just lovely and each yurt/roundhouse was unique in its own way. We loved our weekend! - 16 Mar 2020

    Tommy Avatar

    Beautiful views
    Amazing space
    Great host
    Amazing experience
    Would return in a heartbeat
    Very much enjoyed our time away
    Thanks again
    Tommy & Jo
    - 02 Nov 2018

    Ellis Avatar

    The hosts were amazing! Made us feel so comfortable and went past our expectation. Thank you for letting us stay. We had such a great holiday! - 11 Oct 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.

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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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