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

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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.

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  • Oliver Avatar
    Oliver

    What a beautiful space in idyllic surroundings, perfect to unwind, relax and connect with nature. The yurt is both beautifully decorated and very cosy, the fire kept us toasty and our two 5month old twins were slept like proverbial logs. Shayne and Nathan are perfect hosts and put the cherry on top of a much needed break away. We will be back to swim in the waterfalls in summer - 19 Mar 2020

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    Alviidas

    Outstanding very good energy! - 09 Sep 2021

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    Clare

    A perfect escape. Welcoming, comfortable and cosy yet sustainable too. Our stay really helped us to take a breath!
    Hosts are welcoming and easygoing but are a wealth of local advice. A very special and memorable trip!
    - 10 Aug 2021

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    Ellis

    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

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    Ria

    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

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    Joe

    Had a lovely time in the yurt it was such a unique space. It was much warmer than we expected especially with the log burner going. Nathan was extremely welcoming with recommendations for food and walks nearby! - 04 Nov 2018

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    Juliette

    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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    Edward

    This is the second time we stayed here and, just as expected, we had a fantastic time. Our daily adventures in the local forests ended with a hearty BBQ in the idyllic setting, then a cosy fire in the gorgeous yurt. Perfect!! Shayne and Nathan are breath of fresh air - down to earth, friendly and extremely helpful. We will definitely stay here again. Thank you! - 17 Jul 2020

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    Serena

    This was our first stay in a Yurt, and it was a wonderful time! It was easy to find, check in was easy, and the place was comfy and clean! Along with the yurt, you get a private cabin next door, where they have all the kitchen supplies you need! Shayne and Nathan were wonderful hosts, very accommodating and friendly! We had a great time!! Only complaint is that it did get pretty cold and we had some difficulty with the fire inside, getting it to start was hard without any paper kindling! So if you get cold easily like... read more - 28 Sep 2021

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    Rebecca

    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

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    Moyra

    We had a lovely stay, the yurt was gorgeous and very cosy. The deck outside was fantastic to sit out and enjoy the sunshine. Lovely location, so peaceful and I loved all the fruit trees, statues etc and the general ambiance was wonderful. Very welcome hot showers after our walk in the hills, and the kitchen was a nice space to sit and enjoy our breakfast. Thanks so much! - 30 Sep 2018

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    Briony Gunsen

    What a (re)treat!! I had the most incredible stay at Ty Mam Mawr – Shayne and Nathan were such warm and generous hosts. A group of us booked out the site for a meditation retreat and it was the perfect setting to allow for such work to take place. Gorgeous scenery, beautiful, cosy yurts to stay in, a nearby waterfall that we walked down to and swam in! Adorable friendly pets – dogs and chickens! – that roamed around, sweetly interacting with us. And the site is clearly a labour of love – these stunning, eco-friendly structures. Oh and I mustn’t forget Shayne’s... read more - 30 Apr 2021

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    Tim

    Wow! What a place this is. The hosting was fantastic and the Yurt and surroundings is beautiful Thank you both so much for making us feel so comfortable and helping us to relax and unwind. We will definitely be back - 19 May 2019

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    Loui

    Amazing hospitality & communication from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble, Nathan & Shayne are wonderful hosts & the space has an incredible energy about it. We will be back! - 07 Jul 2019

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    Daniel

    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

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    Juliet

    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

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    Jennifer

    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

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    Laura

    Beautiful yurt in a beautiful location. We didn't leave the area at all for the three nights we were there, making the most of the beautiful walks on the doorstep and soaking up the accommodation. Lovely approachable hosts. We will be back! - 25 Feb 2022

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    Shiza

    Me and my husband wanted to get away for a few days and what an amazing experience

    To begin with the scenery was absolutely amazing waking up to the mountain views was the best part. Pairing it with the sheeps makes it worthwhile.

    The yurt interior was absolutely beautiful and comfortable and everything was exactly as described.

    It is important to keep in mind when booking that during the cold season you will go through at least two packs of logs to keep warm so be wary (we didn’t have an issue but it’s important to note). Secondly we did have...
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    - 31 Mar 2022

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    Tim

    We had a fantastic and peaceful time in this spacious, magical, beautifully lit traditional yurt, away from it all in the midst of the North Welsh hills. Very friendly, accommodating hosts - 09 Oct 2020

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    Chris

    A fantastic place to get away from it. The Yurt was cosy and a great place to sit out the February weather with the log burner making it nice and toasty! - 07 Feb 2022

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    Luke

    An amazing spot with amazing people, we can’t wait to come back! - 21 Aug 2020

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    Sarah

    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

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    Clare

    Our third trip staying at shayne a and Nathan's and we absolutely love it, and wish we could live there. The hosts are really friendly and lovely people to be around, we ran out of wood, so nathan happily came and chopped some for us. The yurts are so comfortable, and the facilities are great for any weather. Hope to stay again soon. - 27 May 2019

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    Anne

    Thank you for hosting us, we throughly enjoyed our stay at the yurt! We’d love to stay again, the place was perfect for our little dog. The scenery was beautiful and the facilities were as described and clean. We had everything we needed and the hosts were super friendly and welcoming. - 17 Jun 2021

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    Mathilda

    What a beautiful stay ! Beautiful yurt with comfy bedding and a warm stove. And a beautiful location. Shayne & Nathan are amazing hosts and made us feel very welcome and also gave us our own space. Off-grid, nature powered. Sure it is magical in the Summer also. - 15 Mar 2019

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    Jane

    Stayed in the mini yurt for a few days which was lovely. The yurt is comfortable and cosy and the surroundings are very relaxing. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking and is right next to the yurt, as is the bathroom which is spotless. Nathan & Shayne are great hosts and ensure you have a hassle free stay, lovely people. - 23 Sep 2021

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    John

    The location of this yurt is beautiful and the yurt and accompanying cabin are equipped with everything you will need, hot water,power shower,electrical sockets lighting ,heating and much more .Our only disappointment was that we didn't stay longer. John and Annice - 04 Sep 2020

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    Briony Gunson

    I had the most incredible stay at Ty Mam Mawr - Shayne and Nathan were such warm and generous hosts. A group of us booked out the site for a meditation retreat and it was the perfect setting to allow for such work to take place. Gorgeous scenery, beautiful, cosy yurts to stay in, a nearby waterfall that we walked down to and swam in! Adorable friendly pets - dogs and chickens! - that roamed around, sweetly interacting with us. And the site is clearly a labour of love - these stunning, eco-friendly structures. Oh and I mustn't forget Shayne's... read more - 26 Jun 2019

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    Abigail

    Beautiful hilltop yurt with fantastic views, ideal for a weekend away getting back to nature! Super helpful and friendly hosts who have produced an eco way of glamping! - 13 May 2021

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    Kimberley

    This was mine and my husbands first experience with Airbnb and we were not disappointed. We booked this beautiful yurt to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and we were not let down. It is absolutely beautiful in a stunning location. Very welcoming and always on hand when needed. Great recommendations on where to go. We had some fantastic walks with our dog and built some great memories. Highly recommend coming to stay here. - 10 Jun 2019

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    Andrea

    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

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    Laura

    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

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    Julie

    Stunning location .. beautiful yurt. Comfortable bed with extra blankets if needed but was lovely and warm in the yurt with the fire lit. Perfect place , very eco friendly .. in a stunning location. Friendly hosts who are very helpful. We will be back x - 07 Mar 2019

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    Sally

    A fabulous retreat, all the amenities you could hope for and more. Can’t recommend highly enough. 5*’s all the way. - 18 Feb 2019

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    Pascal

    If you're looking for a unique experience in a beautiful, secluded location this is it. Shayne and Nathan are warm and extremely accommodating hosts. They are very conscientious and much thought has been put into their yurts. Whatever the season, you'll love this place and be well looked after. - 28 Oct 2017

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    Matthew

    Great off grid experience in beautiful area and close to Snowdonia. - 16 Nov 2018

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    Paul

    Shayne and Nathan’s yurt is AMAZING. It’s the perfect escape for the weekend in the beautiful backdrop of North Wales.

    This is the second time I’ve stayed there with friends and Nathan is an amazing host. We felt instantly welcome and relaxed.

    I’d highly recommend this to anyone. It’s a great space and living off the grid is cool!
    - 09 Dec 2018

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    Dione

    The yurt is a fun and unique way to spend the night camping. Shayne and Nathan offer all the amenities you need when camping and the yurt is situated in a tranquil area where you can sit under the stars by the fire pit or relax in the comfort of the yurt. We hope to visit again with our kids. - 01 Jun 2018

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    Lucie

    Perfect perfect perfect.... what a fantastic place and such lovely hosts... a real oasis. - 08 Feb 2019

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    Emily

    What a wonderful, magical spot in a beautiful location. Nathan was a brilliant host making us feel right at home and sharing some brilliant stories around the firepit! The yurt was incredible - such a comfy, warm and welcoming place! Couldn't recommend staying here enough. - 25 Mar 2018

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    David

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

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    Jen

    We had a lovely time here. Shayne & Nathan are lovely and helpful hosts with clear knowledge on the local area with lots of suggestions of what you can do in the area. We loved the suggested walk we went on and we visited a local waterfall as suggested which was beautiful. All in all, we had a great experience here and have already recommend the place to put friends and family. Thank you for having us :) - 15 Feb 2019

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    Ross

    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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    Emily

    Shayne and Nathan’s Airbnb is even better than we could’ve imagined - the photos really don’t do it justice. The hosts are lovely, down to earth and are there to help whether it’s to turn the oven on or suggest a place for lunch.
    The location alone is incredible - somewhere that feels like the middle of nowhere whilst only being 5 minutes from the main road. Words can’t describe how incredible this place is.
    - 22 Sep 2019

Events

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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Location

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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