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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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  • Ceilwart - Coastal Retreat

    Llanaber, nr. Barmouth

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    Ref: 28519

    Commanding spectacular views over Cardigan Bay, these four holiday properties enjoy an elevated position nestled beside a mountain stream, accessed by a steep shared drive. Woodland Roost (ref WN72) is a detached hideaway located within a woodland garden and Cedar Rest (ref WN82) and Coastal Retreat (ref 28519) are delightful wings of the owners’ 16th-century hillside farmhouse. Ceilwart Cottage (ref WN73) is situated in a beautiful, terraced garden with patio, BBQ and patio furniture, and has strong green credentials with its solar panels for hot water, a ground source heat pump for the comfortable central heating and cosy sheep’s’ wool insulation, not forgetting the triple glazed windows and the UV filtered natural spring water. They all overlook the owners’ field, and are only a mile away from the town of Barmouth, with its choice of shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants. A steep walk across the road takes you to the promenade and a beautiful sandy beach. Close by are all the amenities of the Snowdonia National Park, Harlech with its castle and golf course, Portmeirion, and steam trains run from Porthmadog. They are secluded but not isolated, with horse riding, fishing and mountain bike centres within an easy drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Step to 1 double bedroom with beam and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect stove in living room included. Electric heaters included. DVD. Microwave. Use of owners washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. No children under 16, except babes in arms.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Stereo/CD. Dishwasher. Patio and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Private water supply from mountain stream. No smoking. NB: Access via shared, steep drive. Stream in garden.

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  • Cilgwyn

    Talsarnau, nr. Harlech

    Grade
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    Ref: W41402

    Good base

    Attached to a small country hotel, Cilgwyn provides spacious holiday accommodation for couples wishing to enjoy the surrounding area and beaches. Furnished to a good standard with excellent views across Tremadog Bay and beyond to the Llyn Peninsula and one of Wales’ most important tourist attractions - Portmeirion. Other attractions include the Ffestiniog Railway at Porthmadog, Harlech Castle, Criccieth Castle, walks up the nearby waterfalls, a day trip to Snowdon and Blaenau Ffestiniog with its slate caverns, zip wires, downhill mountain bike trails and underground trampolines. Fishing, golf, horse riding and rambling available locally, as is the sandy beach at Harlech. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: There is an unfenced pond in the garden.

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  • Ty Heddlu Sea View First Floor

    Dyffryn Ardudwy, nr. Barmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: W42477

    Seaside location/excellent sea views

    This well equipped first floor holiday apartment is conveniently located in the centre of Dyffryn Ardudwy. Situated in an elevated position with magnificent views from the private, decked balcony, which looks out over Cardigan Bay. A number of beaches are close by and the local pub/restaurant, shops and garage are all within a few hundred yards. Visitors to the area can enjoy a selection of attractions that are on offer within the Snowdonia National Park. There is an abundance of walks and cycle paths throughout the area to suit all ages and abilities. Locally there is the Royal St David’s golf course and famous castle at Harlech, slate caverns, Barmouth harbour and estuary and of course Portmeirion Italianate village. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Stone steps and open-tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Balcony and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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  • Crud Y Werin Cottages - Crud Y Wennol

    Bethel, nr. Bala

    Grade
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    Ref: 29120

    This stunning pair of barn conversions are architecturally designed, with the use of traditional materials throughout, which retain and preserve many of the original features. Situated on a 150-acre farm with sheep and Welsh Black Cattle, these semi-detached holiday cottages (references 29119 and 29120) occupy an elevated position looking down across the beautiful North Wales countryside, in a wonderfully central location between the popular tourist destinations of Bala, Llangollen and Betws-y-Coed. Bala Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales, attracts visitors of all ages to the area, with its tranquil serenity and its fantastic scenery. Sailing, raft building, canoeing and fishing are available, as well as the more adventurous sports of white-water rafting, paintballing and high ropes courses. Llangollen with its horse-drawn barges, canal boat trips, motor museum, steam railway and, of course Eisteddfod, is a popular choice, and Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia, attracts visitors all year round to its attractive selection of shops, miniature railway and Swallow Falls. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washer/ dryer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: Drop in grounds.

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  • Ceinion

    Harlech

    Grade
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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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  • Capel Bethesda - Honeysuckle Cottage

    Aberllefenni, nr. Machynlleth

    Grade
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    Ref: 26471

    Riverside location

    Nestled in the secluded valley of the Dulas, with the sounds of the river flowing through the two acre garden, peace and tranquillity are real features here. Slate floors, exposed beams and thick stone walls all add to the character and make for a romantic holiday hideaway. Jasmine Cottage and Honeysuckle Cottage form part of a traditional Welsh Chapel, dating from 1825. The owners live in the upper part of the chapel. Adjoining the property on the opposite bank of the river are oak woods scheduled as a SSSI, with paths that lead past a picturesque gorge with waterfalls and then on to the villages of Aberllefenni and Corris. It is ideal walking country, with easy reach of Snowdonia. Within half an hour’s drive are beaches at Ynyslas and Aberdovey. Closer still are the nature reserves at Ynys Hir (RSPB), Cors Dyfi (Osprey Project). The market town of Machynlleth and the Museum of Modern Art - Wales are worth exploring, as is the Centre for Alternative Technology just down the valley at Pantperthog. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Step to living room with beams and slate floor. Dining room with beams. Kitchen with beams and slate floor. Shower room with toilet. Steep stair to first floor: Double bedroom.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Wood-fired central heating (controlled by owners), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Individual lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre garden. Parking. No smoking. No children except babies under 6 months. NB: Drops in grounds and unfenced river in garden, 20 yards.

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  • Cil Y Felin

    Beddgelert, nr. Caernarfon

    Grade
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    2
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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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  • 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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  • Hendy Bach

    Bala

    Grade
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    Ref: 11170


    A beautiful Welsh stone holiday cottage, one of a pair, dating back to the 18th century, retaining charm and character with exposed stone walls, beams and wood-burning stoves. It stands proud in the village of Llanfor, just outside the popular tourist area of Bala with a lake ideal for water sports, the white water rafting centre and miniature steam railway that chuffs its way along the side of the lake. This excellent base is very central for enjoying north Wales, mid Wales and the Cheshire/Shropshire borderlands. To the west of the town, head towards Dolgellau, a small market town, home to the famous Cader Idris, Cymer Abbey, Coed-y-Brenin Mountain Bike Centre and Mawddach Trail, the Cambrian Coast and Portmeirion. Head north to the majestic Mount Snowdon, passing Blaenau Ffestiniog, the slate caverns and Ffestiniog Railway, Betws-y-Coed and Swallow Falls then on beyond to Conwy and Caernarfon, both famed for their castles. Heading east takes you towards Llangollen with its horse-drawn barges, canal boat trips, the motor museum, River Dee, abbey and steam railway along to either Chester or Chirk Castle and Erddig (both NT). Journeying south takes you on a scenic trip through the Berwyn Mountain range towards Lake Vyrnwy, Pistyll Rhaeadr (Wales’ largest waterfall), and Powys Castle (NT). Shops and pubs 1 mile.

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

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Microwave. Use of washing machine. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Shared grassed area. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Llofft Allan

    Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

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    Ref: CC611018
    This cosy, 5* Visit Wales Award, first floor, apartment has been created from traditional stone farm buildings. Retaining both the charm and character from its humble origins and awaiting to delight you for a romantic getaway. Nestled within the grounds of the organic working farm, Ystumgwern Hall, along with four other similar cottages, you will enjoy views of the surrounding hills and countryside, with sea views in the distance. Situated between Harlech and Barmouth you are a short walk to the Cambrian coast and rugged mountains of Snowdonia. So whether you prefer the beach, or walking in the mountains of Snowdonia, the choice is yours. Snowdonia is a contrast of rugged mountains and wooded valleys, rushing streams and peaceful lakes, glorious beaches and boat-dotted harbours.

    First Floor: The accommodation is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining:  with Freeview TV/DVD, Radio/CD, I Doc, WI FI, living flame gas fire and dining furniture

    Kitchen: with gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher

    Bedroom: with double bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available. WI FI. Shared laundry room with washing machine and drying facilities available. 

    Shared games room with table tennis, pool table and table football. Small shared garden with tables and benches.  Shared large paddock to play ball games and childrens’ play area. Parking for 2 cars.

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  • Gwynfryn Farm Holidays - Peris

    Pwllheli

    Grade
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    4
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    Ref: 31270

    This cluster of stylish and comfortable holiday properties (refs 31270, 31271, 31272, 31273, 31274, 31275, 31276, 31277, 31278, 31279 and 31280) are situated in a beautiful, rural location on a family-run, organic dairy farm. The properties have been sympathetically converted from the original farm buildings that date back to 1821. All take their names from the lakes around Snowdonia and enjoy far reaching views across Snowdonia and the rival mountains. Guests to Gwynfryn Farm have access to a superb, indoor swimming pool complex with a sauna and Jacuzzi. As well as the swimming pool, there is a fitness room, LTA tennis court, a football pitch and an inside play area for the under 5s. A large games room houses a pool table, table tennis, air hockey, table fooball and a 58" TV. The friendly owner also provides a barbecue party to all guests, free of charge, between the summer months of May to early September. These are usually held on either a Monday or Tuesday evening (weather dependant). With so much to keep you occupied on the farm, it may be difficult to tear yourself away, but this area of Wales has some wonderful activities right on your doorstep.
    Pwllheli is only 11/2 miles away and is the main town of the Lleyn Peninsula. It has a popular market on Wednesdays and Sundays in the main square. The town is full of character with its narrow streets, which have many independent shops, boutiques, traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as award-winning fish and chips, traditional Welsh ice cream and seaside rock. The 50 miles of Heritage coastline has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Pwllheli’s beaches are mainly south facing; Glan y Mor Beach is sandy and sheltered near the marina, and South Beach is mainly shingle and pebble, and stretches the length of the attractive promenade, with a play area and skate park nearby. Spend the day walking the many miles of coastal walks, watch seals basking on the rocks, visit Pwllheli’s marina, play golf at one of the many courses close by, spend the day walking in Snowdonia National Park or visit the Iron Age hill fort.
    Porthmadog is just 13 miles from Pwllheli and Caernarfon is 21 miles away. With its charming houses and breathtaking views, Portmeirion is about a 30-minute drive from Gwynfryn Farm. Anglesey Sea Zoo is nearby, as are the Llandudno Copper Mines, both great days out for all ages. Having spent a busy day exploring all that this charming part of Wales has to offer, return home to Gwynfryn Farm, knowing that comfort and peace and quiet await you. Beach 11/2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 11/2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Shared, indoor heated swimming pool (9 x 5m, depth 1.3m) with shower and changing facilities, open 7am to 10pm (adults only after 7pm). Shared hot tub. Shared games room with table tennis, pool table, table football, TV area, soft play area and giant chess. Shared tennis court. Shared gym. No smoking.

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