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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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  • Nichola Avatar

    What a fantastic stay we had in such a beautiful yurt in a beautiful part of Wales! Never stayed in such a relaxing, tranquil place, with just the birds tweeting and no one else around - it was perfect! The hosts are very friendly, the yurt was so cosy, especially on an evening with the stove lit, and the kitchen cabin was great with plenty of space and lovely, private views. We will definitely be booking again! - 12 May 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

    Sally Avatar

    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

  • 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

    Anson Avatar

    We had a lovely time staying in the yurt. The lighting and the decor make it a very relaxing place to be. The wood stove was perfect for keeping it nice and warm and Nathan had plenty of logs and firestarters available throughout our stay. Both the yurt and the wood cabin were clean and we had no complaints with anything. Nathan is very genuine and hospitable, which helped to make our stay in Wales even better. We would definetly recommend staying here if you're looking somewhere quiet, beautiful and a bit different than your run of the mill hotel. - 22 Dec 2017

    John Avatar

    Upon arrival, we were greeted with the warmest of welcomes from Shayne and the two dogs. We were shown around the place and made to feel at home instantly. The location is beautiful and the place is a 10/10 and we would highly reccomened this place for all ages, who enjoy the outdoors and an area of outstanding natural scenery. Inside the Yurt is incredible and the small log burner keeps the place warm throughout the night along with a very comfy memory foam mattress! Overall we had an exceptional time at Shayne and Nathans incredible place and have... read more - 05 Apr 2021

  • 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

    Phoebe Avatar

    This place is absolutely stunning. The views are incredible, the yurt is gorgeous and the kitchen and toilet facilities are perfect! Nathan was a fantastic host and we had an amazing time! Took our two dogs who loved it just as much as we did! - 20 Jan 2020

    Lucie Avatar

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

  • Danny Avatar

    Great get away exceeded mine and my partners expectations will be back with friends soon enough... Dog loved it to ✌️✌️✌️ - 02 Feb 2020

    Ashlea Avatar

    Wonderful and beautiful place. We were 4 young adults who went to have a relaxing weekend away, and that’s exactly what we got.
    The yurt was in such a lovely secluded place, with plenty of different and exciting walking spots and some absolutely stunning views, in every direction.

    Was interesting using the compost toilet as this was a new experience for all of us! Everything was very clean and well prepared for our visit.

    We couldn’t have asked for a better host and will definitely be returning for future holidays.
    - 29 Apr 2018

    Hilary Avatar

    Really great and different place to stay...we all loved the yurt and the vibrant interior...gorgeous setting and kind hosts....a thoroughly enjoyable stay.... - 09 Aug 2018

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    Tina Huxley

    What a beautiful place in a beautiful setting!
    I had a fabulous weekend retreat with the most delisious food. Shayne and Nathan are super hosts! Highly highly recommended!!!
    Can't wait to visit again soon! 👌♥️
    - 13 Jul 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

    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...
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    - 05 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

    Andy Avatar

    Fantastic place and the hosts were laid back and all round wonderful people. Perfect if you want your own space away from the hustle bustle. Highly recommended. - 29 Jun 2019

    Eamonn Avatar

    Fantastic location and great hosts. They even offered us an extra night free of charge due to storm Ciara - kitchen was spotless, yurt was clean and comfortable - had a fantastic stay - 09 Feb 2020

  • 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

    Alex Avatar

    I have been back to this location many times now to hold my 'Return To Nature' retreat with groups from London and other parts of the UK. The place never fails to deliver. Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn the land is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to in the UK.

    Aside from the setting, it is always an absolute pleasure to see and catch up with Shayne and Nathan who are becoming dear friends and have infused the place with LOVE which is immediately felt by anyone present. I'll be back again a few more...
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    - 26 Apr 2021

    Sinead Avatar

    What a wonderful place! When we arrived in Cynwyd we were struggling with baggage and so Nathan very kindly offered to pick us up and take us to the yurts. It was a nice drive up to the yurts and we were greeted with the freshest air I’ve ever tasted.. Nathan showed us around the place and explained everything perfectly, we had nothing to really ask him (other than when we realised we don’t really know how fires work). We stayed in the smaller yurt and it was perfect for the two of us, it heated up really quickly and... read more - 20 Dec 2019

  • Svenja Avatar

    The yurt is as beautiful as in the pictures and we had a great time staying in it. The bed was comfy, there is a proper shower and all kitchen paraphernalia, one needs. Bring your own matches, towles, tea etc. though.
    The surrounding area is beautiful, Pistyll Rhaeadr is really worth visiting.
    - 19 Jun 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

    John Avatar

    Thank you for our fantastic "yurting" experience off grid. It was our first time in a yurt and it exceeded our expectations. Set in a fantastic location all the facilities were clean warm and beautifully decorated and the yurt was cosy. We enjoyed local country walks and the tranquillity. - 12 Mar 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

    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

    Juliet Avatar

    The yurt is cosy with speakers for an iPod, electricity, a really efficient stove and two very comfortable beds. The bathroom is the piece de resistance- hot, fast, efficient shower with different settings for getting a top to toe clean! Also, a very well stocked clean kitchen and all with a fantastic view and plenty of parking. Lovely. I feel rejuvenated! - 09 Dec 2018

  • Amy Avatar

    100% recommend was so relaxing! The yurt and the view was beautiful. - 05 Jan 2020

    Ann-Kristin Avatar

    Brilliant place to go to enjoy tranquility and nature. The yurt is super cozy and perfect for a couple. we spent a whole weekend there and loved every second of it. - 06 May 2019

    Harriet Avatar

    Gorgeous nights stay in the hills with a great walk to follow :) - 19 Aug 2019

  • Callum Avatar

    We had such a wonderful time at Shayne & Nathan's little haven these last few days. The location is beautiful, the place cosy and welcoming, all in a secluded and tranquil setting. Can't recommend it enough if you fancy an escape. Thanks guys! - 20 Mar 2020

    Matthew Avatar

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

    Anne Avatar

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

  • Jack Avatar

    The yurt was amazing! the beds inside are very confertable and having a log burner inside made it parricularly cosy! It was also a lot of fun having a fire pit and bbq outside to which you can use at your leisure! The area is beautiful and very tranquil, totally off the grid you can really relax. Nathan and Shane let us bring our dog with us and she loved it to! A very accommodating couple and a wonderful experience! - 15 Jul 2018

    Hannah Avatar

    Beautifully situated. Wonderful hosts and absolutely 100percent value for money. - 04 Oct 2019

    Punil Avatar

    Great experience staying in the Yurt. Had a wonderful time and will be seeing about coming back! Also got great tips on places to visit from Cynwyd. - 17 Aug 2020

  • Andrew Avatar

    Great! - 30 Mar 2018

    Will Avatar

    I came tired, looking for an escape from London for a few days. I left whistlin' down the road, rested and renewed. A few observations:

    1) Public transport to get there is easy. I took the train, then the T3 bus from Roabon. Stop for a pint at any number of cute pubs by the Ruabon station.

    2) There are many lovely walkabouts from right at their place. I enjoyed a few long walks, and didn't see a soul the whole time.

    3) The blustery, wintry weather turns the yurt into an evening orchestra! The stove pulls air, the rain pitters down, the...
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    - 19 Dec 2019

    George Avatar

    Amazing place. Great vibe. Great countryside. Highly recommend! - 26 Jan 2020

  • 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

    Jenni Avatar

    Absolutely loved my stay at the Yurt. Its the second time I've stayed, and it's been just as lovely of not better. The facilities are great, and have grown since the first time I went a couple of years ago, and I will definitely be back with more now there's more space!! Nathan and Shayne are lovely, the location is perfect for doing nothing but close enough to go explore Wales, and the yurt is just amazing! Thank you again, Jenni - 13 May 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

  • Andrew Avatar

    Great location - 14 Aug 2020

    James Avatar

    You'll find everything you'd possible need for an off grid getaway. You certainly won't be slumming it with the great on site amenities.
    Highly recommended
    - 10 Feb 2019

    Sarah Avatar

    Fantastic location and great hosts. We are already planning our next trip - 14 Jan 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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