For more information about Nant Writers’ Retreat, please read through our FAQs below. If you have any further questions, please contact us on 01766 522811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Literature Wales has prepared thoroughly for your stay, and an up to date Risk Assessment can be viewed on request.
Cleaning: the cottage will have been cleaned thoroughly before your visit, and the laundry washed and prepared by a professional laundry company. We have reduced clutter, including the removal of cushions and throws. As much as possible, we have left windows open to encourage the flow and circulation of fresh air.
We are up to date with official guidance. We will tell you if there is anything you should know about. We also operate a contact tracing system. Please let us know if you fall ill with the virus within two weeks of your stay with us. Information sheets will be available at the centre reminding guests of symptoms, and giving instructions on what to do should you – or others – fall ill during your stay.
Unfortunately not, as outlined in our Booking Terms and Conditions, guests should book adequate travel insurance to cover all eventualities, including Covid-19.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
If you develop one of these symptoms:
This is up to you to personally decide. Everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus, but some people are more likely than others to become severely ill.
This FAQ page should give you information on the procedures we have taken to minimise the risk of the virus spreading and infecting guests at Tŷ Newydd, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee anyone’s safety.
We encourage you to start a conversation with us if you’d like more information.
Check in is 3.00 pm, and check out is at 10.00 am.
We will let you know if an earlier or later check in / check out is possible closer to the dates of your stay.
You can let yourself in using our key box, or during office hours a staff member might be available to meet you.
Tŷ Newydd can be accessed by various forms of public transport. More information on our location and how to get to Tŷ Newydd can be found here. Please enquire about travel options when booking.
Yes, we have a key box so that you can let yourself in. Please let us know your estimated arrival time in advance.
Yes. There is a parking space located directly outside the cottage.
Usually you would find staff members the Centre most weekdays between 9.00 am – 5.30 pm, except for Bank Holidays. Many of our staff members live very close by, and an emergency contact number for a staff member on duty will be made available to you.
There will be one large bath towel, and one hand towel provided for each guest. Please bring your own toiletries.
Yes, Wi-Fi is available throughout Nant.
Yes. But if you forget anything, please don’t hesitate to ask at the office if it’s open.
No. Also mobile phone signal can at times be sporadic at times, though Wi-Fi is available throughout.
Not in the cottage itself, but you are welcome to use the Centre’s washing machine which is three doors down. Please ask a member of staff for details.
No, but there is a large walk-in shower.
No. But printing and photocopying facilities are available at the Centre during office hours for a small fee.
No, our retreats are self-catering. There is a large kitchen in the cottage including an oven with hobs, microwave, toaster and kettle, plus essentials such as tea, coffee and sugar.
There is a small freezer compartment in the fridge. If you’re bringing lots of food items that need to be frozen, please contact us in advance to check that we have space in the freezer inside the main Centre.
There are small local shops in nearby Cricieth (including a bakery, butchers, deli and a Spar), as well as larger supermarkets in nearby Porthmadog and Pwllheli, a 10-minute drive away. Several supermarkets also deliver to Tŷ Newydd.
During Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre residential courses, catering may be available for a small additional fee. Please contact us to discuss options further.
Unfortunately due to the age of the cottage and the fact that it is a Grade II* listed building, it was not possible to significantly alter the structure of the cottage during the renovation works to make it fully accessible. There are three small steps up to the front door and a narrow staircase leading up to the bathroom and bedrooms.
However, we have two accessible rooms at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre which can be used as a fully catered retreat space during residential courses, please contact us for more details.
The cottage will not be cleaned during your stay. Contact us if you would like to add cleaning services for your stay and we can make arrangements for an additional fee.
The cottage is cleaned thoroughly before your stay.
Yes, it’s very likely. Staff members work from the office, and there might even be a course on at the centre during your retreat.
This will depend on what is happening at the Centre during your stay. The main house will not be available to use during residential school courses, or during periods of private let at Tŷ Newydd. A staff member will let you know on arrival, or at the point of booking, whether it is possible for you to have access to the main house.
This will depend on what is happening at the Centre during your stay. The garden will not be available to use during residential school courses, or during periods of private let at Tŷ Newydd. A staff member will let you know on arrival, or at the point of booking, whether it is possible to use the garden.
We have bursaries available. Please contact us for more information.
For information on refunds and cancellations please see our booking terms and conditions.
Though we love dogs, unfortunately, only guide dogs are permitted at Nant.
You can walk down to the seaside from Nant – via Tŷ Newydd’s garden – in about 25 minutes. Staff can provide maps and information on local walks and attractions.
People swim in the nearby river, Afon Dwyfor, and also in the sea. There is a local swimming group who meet every Sunday morning and every Monday evening at Cricieth beach. Search The Woolly Hatters on Social Media. A member of our team is also a keen outdoor swimmer and will be able to advise on safe swimming spots nearby and in the local vicinity.
The nearest convenient shops are located in Cricieth, a 30-minute walk or 5-minute drive from the Centre. You will find a bakery, a butcher, a deli and a Spar in Cricieth in addition to many small cafes and pubs. It’s a small but lively seaside town. For a larger supermarket, you will need to travel to Porthmadog (5 miles).
Y Plu (The Feathers Inn) is located in Llanystumdwy itself, a 5-minute walk from the cottage. Perhaps bring a torch with you as the walk back to Tŷ Newydd is very dark. They are not currently serving food, however there are also plenty of cafes and restaurants in nearby Cricieth, Chwilog and Glandwyfach, which are open all year round.