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Gwynedd

Gwynedd in North West Wales has an untouched mountainous and coastal landscape, which includes the magnificent Snowdonia National Park and a coastline of sandy beaches that face out over the Irish Sea. An area of great natural beauty and the perfect antidote to our busy, hectic lives!

The region is sparsely populated and has a rich and colourful history that dates back to 5th century Britain; a magical kingdom to explore, filled with history, heritage, eye-watering views and fantastic attractions. Here you’ll find towering mountains and fast flowing rivers, ancient forests and tranquil valleys, fascinating castles and quiet beaches.

There’s plenty to see and do; a great way to get a feel for the area is to travel on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways which takes you 13 miles from Porthmadog to the slate-quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog and a 25 mile journey from Caernarfon through the foothills of Snowdon, respectively.

While you may see many of Gwynedd’s attractions en-route many of them are worth stopping for. The castle at Caernarfon is just one such attraction. Looming magnificently over the town the 700-year-old castle is in fantastic condition and offers a truly atmospheric visitor experience. Make sure you check out the views too! The Welsh Slate Mine paints a fascinating picture of Gwynedd’s industrial history. This may sound a bit dry but it’s actually a fun and interesting way to learn about the beautiful landscape that surrounds you and well worth a few hours of your time.

Garden lovers should head for some high-altitude garden delights at Wales’ highest garden, the Caerau Uchaf open gardens with a pet’s corner and adventure playground for the children. Also of interest is the seaside garden, Sunningdale, at Amlwch; a wild area with beaches, caves, cliffs and wildflowers.

And of course no trip to Gwynedd would be complete without a ramble in the Snowdonia National Park so get on your walking boots and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most stunning scenery in Britain.

If you’re ready to begin your adventure take a look at our our selection of holiday cottages in Gwynedd.
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  • Y Gorlan

    On Mount Snowdon, nr. Beddgelert

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    Ref: 29793

    This cottage, part of a converted hay barn, has its own hot tub and lies on the owners’ working farm. Many walking routes are within easy reach, as well as a path up to Mount Snowdon and Beddgelert Forest on the doorstep. The summit of the Welsh Highland Steam Railway line is just by the entrance to the farm at Rhyd Ddu, where you can hop on and visit the county town of Caernarfon, with its castle, leisure centre and golf club; Beddgelert with riverside walks and a selection of amenities, and Porthmadog, ‘the gateway to Snowdonia’. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with breakfast area. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 200-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Hot tub. Natural water supply from stream. Pet welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times - sheep country. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Cil Y Felin

    Beddgelert, nr. Caernarfon

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    Ref: 26519

    This delightful detached holiday property is all on ground level and adjacent to the spectacular Aberglaslyn Pass, with the Welsh Highland Steam Railway running past. It lies just outside the popular village of Beddgelert, with its selection of pubs, restaurants and steam railway station and a stone’s throw from Aberglaslyn, with its riverside walks. Porthmadog, Betws-y-Coed and the beautiful Llyn Peninsula are all within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurants 700 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/kitchen with breakfast area. Slate floors throughout. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen included. Towels for hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Washing machine in shared external room. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children except baby in cot. NB: There are drops in the grounds and steps up to garden.

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  • Glan-y-Gors

    Beddgelert

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    Ref: 27350


    Nestling on the edge of Beddgelert Forest is this enchanting cottage. Originally built and formerly owned by the Forestry Commission, this quaint holiday retreat lies in its own woodland setting, offering a gateway to the wonders of Snowdonia. The living/dining room is spacious and cosy with the added benefit of a woodburner, and patio doors open to the patio. Located idyllically adjacent to the Lôn Gwyrfai path, Glan Y Gors rewards you with many welcoming pleasures. Whether you are planning a romantic break, an outdoor adventure or just to enjoy the wonderful surroundings of the Snowdonia National Park, Glan-y-Gors is cosy and comfortable, not only for a holiday you will enjoy but a place you will want to keep coming back to. As you step out of your door, you have the spectacular views of the nearby mountains, and the splendour of the Hafod Ruffydd waterfall. Miles of forest walks through stunning scenery await. The picturesque Beddgelert village is nearby and the challenging routes up Snowdon not far away. The Welsh Highland Railway meanders through the forest and the occasional whistles of the stream trains are always a joy. After a day exploring the local countryside and attractions, what better than to come back to the real flame stove and the comforts offered in your own forest haven. On clear nights the stars seem to shine even brighter in the ink black sky and you will fall asleep to the gentle sound of the river passing by or the hoot of the owls in the forest. Shop, pub and restaurant less than 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Second living room/snug. Kitchen with breakfast area. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living/dining room (initial fuel included). Electricity, gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Woodland garden with patio, sitting-out area, furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Glaslyn View

    Porthmadog

    Grade
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    Ref: 26640

    Cosy and comfortable, this second floor harbourside holiday apartment is set on the edge of Porthmadog. Commanding panoramic views over the bird-inhabited Glaslyn Estuary from the balcony, it is perfectly placed for those who love sea, sand, boats, mountains and steam trains. It is a short walk from the town’s inns, restaurants and craft shops, and the world-famous Ffestiniog Railway is nearby. Portmeirion, the Italianate village and the setting for TV’s The Prisoner, 1 mile. Snowdonia mountain range easily accessible. Magnificent beaches within 3 miles. Criccieth, Harlech and Caernarfon castles within easy driving distance. Most sports available locally. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Shared staircase to entrance. All on second floor: Living room with patio doors/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. CD/iPod dock. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Balcony. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 10 yards to estuary.

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  • Bron Haul

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

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    Ref: 29922


    Perched high above Blaenau Ffestiniog, this holiday cottage is situated in a quiet residential terrace in the aptly named Summerhill area, but within a few minutes’ walk of the town centre, with its variety of shops, pubs and eateries. Wake up in the morning to stunning views over the mountains and surrounding countryside and in the evening relax in the terraced garden. The cottage is ideal for couples who enjoy walking, with several footpaths leading directly onto the mountains from the front door, and for your four legged friends dog towels and bowls are provided. Blaenau Ffestiniog is renowned as being the former ‘slate capital of Wales’ with a strange, compelling beauty. It is also fast becoming one of Britain’s premier outdoor centres, boasting a range of activities from walking to fishing, horse riding, climbing and kayaking, and even inland surfing all nearby. Guests can glimpse into the unique history of the area at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, with the Deep Mine Tour. This is also the home of Zip World Titan, Zip World Caverns and Bounce Below - the trampolines in the slate caverns. Also based at Llechwedd are the Antur Stiniog bike trails ranging from blue to black grades. For those in need of a more peaceful life, try the famous narrow-gauge Ffestniog Railway, with a beautiful steam train journey through stunning scenery down to Porthmadog, maybe disembarking at Minffordd Station to visit Portmeirion, the famous Italianate village. This cottage is also a great base for Snowdon, Betwys-y-Coed, the west Wales coast and Lleyn Peninsula. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32" Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge. Wi-fi. Front garden with bench. Terraced rear garden with furniture and barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Steps and low fences in garden.

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  • Ceinion

    Harlech

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    Ref: 25893

    Superb views

    This first floor, detached, former hayloft is situated in the coastal town of Harlech. This holiday property boasts stunning views from the patio doors and terrace of Harlech Castle and beyond to the sea and mountains. Within walking distance of the town centre, this well placed property is an ideal base for couples wanting a coastal holiday with nearby facilities such as pubs and restaurants. Portmeirion, slate mines, Royal St Davids Golf Course, steam railways and the Theatre Ardudwy are all within a short distance. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Garage (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Bryn Odol - The Loft

    Bryn Odol, Tudweiliog

    Grade
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    Ref: B6836

    Ideal touring base

    Set on a working farm are these three individual holiday properties, each with its own character. Situated on the tip of the Lleyn Peninsula which is host to many sandy beaches at Tywyn and Penelec and coves such as Whistling sands, or step back in time and visit the sleepy village of Aberdaron where time seems to stand still. The properties are in an ideal position to explore the area which has many attractions, including Carreg Coetan Arthur, Bronze Age remains at the summit of Carn Fadryn and the historically important ports of Porth Ysgaden and Porth Colmon at Llangwnnadl, and Porth Gwylan, which is managed by the National Trust. Nearby there is golf, cliff walking and horse riding. Criccieth Castle, featuring superb views over Tremadog Bay and Pwllheli are within an easy drive, also close by is the Lleyn Heritage Coast and Snowdonia Mountain Range. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Stone steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Dishwasher. Private balcony and furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Pandy Farm Cottage

    Llanrug, nr. Caernarfon

    Grade
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    Ref: 27671

    This lovely, little, detached holiday property is finished to a very good standard with a slate floor in the living area and a vaulted ceiling. Situated on the outskirts of Llanrug, it is just a short drive to the village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon. As well as the famous Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis also offers the Llyn Padarn Country Park, Lake Railway, Welsh Slate Museum, and Electric Mountain. In the other direction is Caernarfon with its mighty Edward I castle and the Welsh Highland Railway providing a spectacular narrow-gauge steam journey to Beddgelert and Porthmadog. Shop ½ mile, pub 200 yards, restaurant ¾ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and slate floor/2 steps up to kitchen with slate floor/2 steps up to bedroom area with double bed (6ft, zip and link can be twin). Shower room with toilet.

    Underfloor central heating (£20per week). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker (mini oven). Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in shared utility room. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Morlais

    Llanaber, nr. Barmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: HW7599

    Enjoying glorious views and spectacular sunsets over Cardigan Bay, this delightful detached property is perfect for summer holidays and relaxing winter escapes, with a tree and decorations supplied for Christmas bookings. Set in the grounds of the owner’s home, located near Barmouth’s interesting shops, pubs, restaurants, seaside attractions and attractive harbour. As well as being outstandingly beautiful, the surrounding landscape of the Snowdonia National Park offers a wonderful range of outdoor activities and attractions including superb walking, fabulous golden sandy beaches, impressive castles and nostalgic steam train trips. Harlech, with its magnificent castle and championship golf course, is just 9 miles away. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

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  • Glan-y-Mor

    Barmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: W41891

    Spectacular sea views

    Offering spectacular views of Cardigan Bay and the Blue Flag beach, this ground floor studio apartment, part of a Victorian house, sits above the town of Barmouth. Due to its elevated position visitors experience an atmosphere of quiet tranquillity that contrasts the liveliness of the town itself. From the property there are stunning hill and coastal walks along the Mawddach Estuary. Nearby enjoy pubs, restaurants, water sports, fishing, golf, castles and highland railways. Aberystwyth, the liveliest seaside resort in Wales, is within easy driving distance and offers plenty of cultural and entertainment activities and Edwardian and Victorian attractions. The National Library of Wales can be found here, as well as the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and several museums. Shop, pubs and restaurants 300 yards.

    Steep steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with double bed. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Gas central heating and electricity £20per week July and August, £35per week September-June. Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Patio area with furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking 300 yards. No smoking. NB: Restricted vehicle access due to location.

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  • Tri-A-Hanner

    Porthdinllaen, nr. Pwllheli

    Grade
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    Ref: NT008024

    National Trust Holiday Cottage

    Located in the unique and beautiful fishing village of Porthdinllaen on the Llyn Peninsula, this terraced cottage is the ultimate couple’s cosy retreat. There are miles of sandy beaches and cliff walks from the doorstep, along with one of the most scenic golf courses in the country. Porthdinllaen is a spectacular spot with magnificent views and sheltered waters, perfect for watching the coming and going of local fishermen. Within easy reach of the cottage are a myriad of outdoor pursuits and visitor attractions including the Snowdonia National Park, Caernarfon Castle and narrow gauge steam railways. Pwllheli, 7 miles, has a wider selection of shops pubs and restaurants. Beach 10 yards. Shop and restaurant ¾ mile, pub 10 yards (seasonal).

    Open plan living room with dining area and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric panel heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Car park, 330 yards
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Seafront location

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  • Tai Coch Chatham - Tŷ Macsen

    Llandwrog, nr. Caernarfon

    Grade
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    Ref: OZ5

    Close to the Snowdonia National Park, these three spacious, attractive and comfortable barn conversions boast stunning views over beautiful countryside. The holiday cottages (refs OZ3, OZ4 and OZ5) are located just metres away from the Wales Coast Path, which leads to a lovely pebble backed sandy beach whilst affording wonderful bird watching opportunities on the way. Within easy driving distance there are a myriad of exciting activities including mountain biking, surfing, zip wires, sailing, excellent walking, riding and golf. Caernarfon, with its magnificent castle, Welsh Fusiliers Museum and a fine selection of shops, restaurants and pubs, is just 4 miles away, and is also the start of the Welsh Highland Railway for scenic journeys into the heart of Snowdonia. Tai Coch Chatham is a perfect location for relaxing winter escapes and summer beach holidays. Shop and restaurant 2½ miles, pub serving food 1 mile.

    Step to entrance. Large open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors and kitchen area with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Ground source and solar panel central heating included
    • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Pet free of charge
    • No children under 16 years, except babes in arms

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter £3 per basket
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • 32" Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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