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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.

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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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  • 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

    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

    Ian Avatar

    Immaculate amazing place. Would highly recommend. - 13 Oct 2018

  • Rochelle Avatar

    Very quiet and peaceful holiday which was perfect for us and our dog. Great location with many walks close by, to get further afield into snowdonia it took us roughly a 1 hour drive each time but this gave us great opportunity to stop off at beauty spots. It can get very cold in the yurt at night so the use of the wood stove is very much needed and the included free bucket of logs you get lasts at least 5 days. You share the kitchen and bathroom with the smaller yurt which everytime was clean and had... read more - 05 Jul 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

    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

  • Jeff Avatar

    The Yurt was authentic, spacious and really cosy. The surrounding forest and berywn mountains are beautiful and great for walking. Large well equipped kitchen, perfect for cooking big meals. Shanye and Nathan were really great hosts willing to help out and give advice whenever needed. We also had a great evening with them in there round house - 01 Jan 2018

    Graham Avatar

    Great place to stay if you want a beautiful & quiet location, a pond to cool your wine, a firepit to keep you warm in the evening, great amenities and lovely hosts....we'll be back one day - 12 Aug 2020

    Mags Avatar

    We had a wonderful relaxing getaway here. The yurt is a beautiful space, romantic, comfortable and cosy. It's very quiet and the stars were amazing! We enjoyed walking in the Berwyn mountains and swimming/kayaking on Lake Bala.

    Nathan was very welcoming and helpful, telling us about local walks and lending us a map.

    The kitchen is well equipped and it's handy having a private loo right next to the yurt. I loved it here and wished we were staying longer.
    - 05 Sep 2018

  • Karl Avatar

    Awesome location, awesome hosts, perfect off grid vacation. Cannot recommend enough! - 18 Feb 2018

    Jamie Avatar

    We stayed for four nights with our 6 month old daughter. The Yurt looks great and is in a beautiful location. It is very comfortable and cosy even though it's pretty large. Shayne and Nathan were great hosts, very easy going, easy to talk to and helpful. Facilities were all good, kitchen was well equiped and comfy. - 21 Jun 2019

    Steve Avatar

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

    Loui Avatar

    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

    Clare Avatar

    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

  • Sharnamay Avatar

    This is a wonderful place to experience. We have wanted to come here for nearly two year and we finally managed to book a weekend away for our anniversary. It was everything we needed and more ! The views and surroundings are magical. Listening to the birds all day was soothing. The sunsets were great. We went here to celebrate our anniversary and it was a weekend we will have in our memory for a long time. The yurt had so many hippy vibes which was great ! This is definitely a place to get some tranquilty and stillness. We... read more - 22 Mar 2020

    K Avatar

    Excellent hosts - Nathan had great communication and made check-in super easy. The yurt was very cosy and even when it was only 5 degrees outside, the inside was so warm (after a couple of minutes with a log on the fire!) Will recommend to anyone looking for a short stay in the North Wales mountains. - 10 May 2019

    Lisa Avatar

    We had a wonderful weekend away is this fabulous yurt. The location is perfect and simply peaceful. Nathan was a brilliant host. Excellent communication and the yurt was exactly as advertised. The log fire ensured we were cosy at night. Sitting out on the deck in the evening is just tranquil; the stars are so bright. We did lots of walking around the local area. Thanks for the tips and the use of your map. We will certainly recommend to friends and will be back ourselves sometime soon. Thanks for a fabulous weekend break. Love from Lisa, Tom & Maisy... read more - 14 Apr 2019

  • Lauren Avatar

    We absolutely loved our stay. A beautiful retreat from the world with cozy spaces and friendly pups and chickens. Easily accessible to Bala, Llangollen, and Corwen, but also really nice to just stay close and explore the trails. The kitchen and bathroom were immaculate and the yurt itself was warm and so comfortable. Shayne was so helpful and fun to talk to. - 15 Jun 2018

    Shaz Avatar

    Wonderful hosts. Lovely clean and cost accommodation with fantastic views. We loved every second, and the kids loved it too. Thank you! - 29 Oct 2021

    Serena Avatar

    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

  • Alison Avatar

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

    Bethany Avatar

    Lovely stay, lovely people, lovely area! Definitely recommend! - 17 Jun 2018

    Tessa Avatar

    We absolutely loved our stay! It was exactly what we needed and the most breath taking views to relax in at the end of a long day exploring! Lovely, friendly hosts and the yurt itself is full of character. Would definitely recommend to anyway looking to get away! - 01 Aug 2020

  • Anne Avatar

    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

    Clare Avatar

    Beautiful spot, great hosts and yurts - 30 Nov 2020

    Andrew Avatar

    What a beautiful location. Being so high up is fantastic and it gives you a sense of escape.
    Delightful hosts and the best dog ever.
    - 18 Apr 2019

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    Charlie Edwards

    Wonderful location, absolutely beautiful site. We had a girly walking weekend and couldn't fault the place. Wouldn't definitely love to go again! - 17 May 2021

    Fiona Avatar

    We had such a wonderful time staying here, the location is so beautiful, the yurt is stunning so cozy with the log burner. It was so nice to relax on the hammocks and stargaze. We stayed here last year & booked to come again as its so magical for our baby moon. Nathan is a fantastic host, what a lovely. We are looking forward to returning again. Thankyou x - 15 Nov 2020

    Spencer Avatar

    Conflicted about writing a review , want to keep this place a secret. But ... well they deserve the credit ... it’s an amazing location matched by and awesome place to stay. A magical venue ... there I’ve said it now ... please there there be space when I book again ❤️ - 04 May 2019

  • Andrew Avatar

    Great location - 14 Aug 2020

    Monieka Avatar

    Fantastic hosts, it was an overall brilliant experience. The yurt was beautiful and very peaceful. The amenities are great too. Nathan was lovely and was very informative with suggestions on what to do in the area/nearby. 100% overall, thanks again look forward to visiting again in the future. - 14 Apr 2019

    Lucie Avatar

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

  • Ahmed Avatar

    What a lovely little place! If you're looking for somewhere to unwind and get away from it all this place is perfect! Loved having the chickens pop over from time to time too! - 03 May 2021

    Abigail Avatar

    This really was a hidden gem in the forest!
    We had such a wonderful time, we were made so welcome and relaxed the minute we walked into the beautiful yurt. The hammocks were amazing and extra facilities just perfect.
    Shayne and Nathan are people to really inspire to be like, they’re working so hard to have as little impact as possible on the planet, everything has been thought through and considered. Inspirational!
    Thank you, we can’t wait to come back! X
    - 21 Jul 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

  • Nazra Avatar

    We stayed for a couple of days and must say it was amazing. The views were beautiful, it was very peaceful and we walked through the forest seeing the wildlife. Shayne and Nathan were so welcoming and helpful. Wouldn't hesitate to go back again. - 03 Jul 2018

    Fia Avatar

    Shayne & Nathan we’re wonderful hosts, very attentive to our needs and keen to give tips on places to visit & local hidden gems nearby.

    The yurt was spacious, clean and we loved the hammock outside to chill in near the camp fire in the evenings.

    Very cool experience - would recommend to a friend and family!
    - 25 Jul 2018

    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

  • Esther Avatar

    Absolutely gorgeous and comfortable yurt. Easy to make warm on a freezing cold night. Kitchen well equipped. Very peaceful and tranquil area. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to get away from it all. - 29 Jan 2019

    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

    Hannah Avatar

    Even though we stayed in January, had a lovely cosy and chilled out stay in the yurt. - 27 Jan 2019

  • Nick Avatar

    There are many original and quirky places to stay on AirBnB, but I really don't think you would find anywhere better than this. The yurt and amenities are excellent and both Shayne and Nathan are truly fabulous hosts... you will instantly feel welcome and they really feel like you have become part of their lifestyle for the duration of the stay (and you get to meet their gorgeous dogs, cats and chickens!).
    The views are incredible and the local area is wonderful to explore, and if you are willing to travel slightly further afield there are some great sights to see...
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    - 26 Aug 2019

    Kimberley Avatar

    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

    Nathaniel Avatar

    Truly amazing. the location is breathtaking, Nathan and Shayne are amazing hosts and the yurt itself was incredible. Super cosy and comfy inside and out, the views in the day and night are stunning and hospitality is second to none! We will definitely be back! - 12 Feb 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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