Jack and Mary Marrow
Firs Cottage,
Near Llanrwst.

North Wales
LL26 0YR

Phone.01492 660 244
Mobile.0775 1058051

An enquiry should include your phone number and full address, please!

Relaxing, homely and comfortable! That's the opinion of our most recent guests, Firs Cottage is our home and you are welcome to join us. Come and try my home-made jams, marmalades and my very special lemon and lime curd. It goes beautifully on my home-made bread. Email or phone, we'd love to hear from you!


How to Find us    Places to Visit    Views    Bookings    Breakfast Menu

Our cosy home nestling amongst the woodlands in the beautiful Conwy Valley has superb views across to the river and the historic Carneddau hills. This area has a milder micro climate and our rain is warmer than in the rest of the country!

During roof renovations we found 17th century pegged slates on the original roof which was still under the 20th century one! This adds to our records that show a dwelling to have been on this spot since the early 1600s. We have details of the previous occupiers and their families back to 1668, and often have  their descendants, from all parts of the world, coming back to do research. Jesse left here aged 18, in 1895 and we have met many of his family.

The 8 acres of fields surrounding the house and garden still retain the old names given on the tithe register. An ingle-nook fire-place, oak beams and the Victorian pitch-pine mantel-shelf all add to the friendly atmosphere of Firs Cottage and bear witness to its age. We take pride in showing you the original features of our home, including the three foot thick walls!

We have books, maps and leaflets, available on most topics, to help you plan your visits, walks and longer excursions.We are happy to make suggestions for your days out too! (If you want us to help!) If you wish to bring a meal (and a drink!) back to eat here, you may use the dining room or the patio, depending on the weather!

We will fill a flask (or lend you one of ours and fill it too!) and dry your clothes if the weather catches you out!

We love living here at Firs Cottage and we enjoy sharing sharing it with our guests. 


Places to Visit

Nearby there are many lovely and historic places for you to visit, to make your holiday an enjoyable and relaxing one:-

Conwy, Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Harlech castles are all within easy reach.

The world famous Bodnant Garden is just down the road and The Conwy Valley boasts many other well-known plant nurseries.

Snowdonia, with beautiful views, mountain walks and the unique rack railway to the summit is only a 30 minute drive away, the new restaurant is now open.

10 miles North is Llandudno, a sea-side town with 2 beaches, Victorian shopping arcade, the fantastic Bronze Age Mines and The Great Orme Country Park with Queen Victoria's Kashmir goats.

Nearby too is The National Zoo of Wales, in Upper Colwyn Bay where they work to improve the environment for endangered animals, and the Anglesey Sea Zoo, where lobsters are grown to be returned to the sea, and the exhibits are touch friendly!

Betws y Coed,where 2 rivers meet, has well stocked souvenir shops, mountain walks and the wonderful Swallow Falls. Our historic market town,  Llanrwst was founded in 650 AD. The restored Almshouses, St Grwsts Church and 17th century Tu Hwnt I'r Bont, all add to its charm. Gwydir Castle, built by the Wynne family in the 1600s, is nearby.

Views of Firs Cottage

Sunset from Firs Cottage

Beams in the family room.

Living room, showing fireplace.

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We are happy to accept cash, sterling cheques, or sterling traveller's cheques.  We regret that we are unable to accept any credit or debit cards.

Location: Our short drive is directly off the main A470, please check our map under 'How to find us'. We do have a bus but no bus stop near us, the main road has no footpath and is dangerous for pedestrians, the railway station is 2 miles away so you can see why we say 'Your own car or motor-bike is essential. We are 10 miles from Llandudno, 8.5 miles from Betws y Coed and 4 miles from Llanrwst.

Because of the 'drink drive' rules, most guests attending a wedding return by taxi and leave their car at the hotel. We will take you to retrieve your car the next day! We would appreciate a contribution towards the petrol, Plas Maenan: 4.00, Maenan Abbey: 5.00, Llanrwst: 8.00 per journey. We have a list of taxi firms, they charge from 8.00.

We are a non-smoking house but smokers are welcome to stay with us and smoke outside! There is a tub by the front door for cigarette butts please, they are not bio-degradeable!

Our check-in and check-out timings are flexible and an early check-in is possible if you are going to a local wedding. It helps me if you give a time of arrival and if you check-out before 11.00am. I do have shopping and cleaning to fit in! I'll help you if you help me in this!

Our three bedrooms are all comfortable, warm and well furnished. We cannot provide a cot but babies are welcome (plus cot)!

We do take dogs which are well behaved! No charge is made unless there has been a problem. The resident cats will readily accept donations to their favourite charity! Cat's Protection.

We do not provide evening meals as there are so many excellent eating places in The Conwy Valley, between 2 and 10 miles away from us. We have most menus and will help with advice!

We are closed over Christmas and until after the New Year. That is our family time!

We have noticed that some B&Bs list guest's comments but as we have been looking after B&B guests since July 1986 we have far too many that we could highlight. I could have used comments with very fulsome praise but we prefer a Yorkshireman's straight forward statements!   We have permission to quote Geoff's words.

Geoff & Christine ***** of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, 20/04/1987,  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would have no hesitation in recommending anyone to stay, we'll certainly be back in the near future.   (They kept their promise and do stay regularly!)

Geoff & Christine ***** of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, 03/01/2012, 24 years we have been coming to this delightful cottage, a beacon of warmth, chatter and laughter. The hospitality is second to none.

Terms per adult for 2013:- From 29.00 each, double occupancy and from 35.00 for a single person in a double room. Children, aged eleven and under, slightly reduced rates. We are not rated for VAT and we add no other taxes.


Served at 8:00, 8:30, or 9:00.

Orange or cranberry juice.                                                

Cornflakes, branflakes, rice krispies, muesli, weetabix, hot oatmeal porridge or bite-sized shredded wheat.

Bacon, Pork sausages, Mushrooms, Tomato (cooked or raw)
Eggs; - boiled, poached, scrambled or fried.

Traditional breakfast tea, herb or fruit teas, Earl Gray tea, green tea, white tea, Redbush (rooibush) and decaffeinated tea, filter coffee, chocolate, Nescafe instant coffee, or decaffeinated instant coffee.

Mary's traditionally made bread. Choose from wheatmeal or white, bread or toast!

Mary's home-made Jams, Citrus Marmalades, Lemon Curd, Welsh Honey, or Vegemite. .

Please ask when you book if you would like: special low-fat diet spreads, yoghourt, baked beans, hazelnut chocolate spread, peanut butter or kippers. We are happy to get items in IF you warn us on advance!

 If you require any other item not on the menu, we will do our best to help you, especially if you have an allergy but we do appreciate an early warning!


Firs Cottage, Maenan, Near Llanrwst, North Wales, LL26 0YR

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