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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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  • Yr Efail

    Nr. Dolgellau

    Grade
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    Ref: HW7387

    Set in the stunning countryside of the beautiful Dyfi Valley, this charming and romantic, detached holiday cottage boasts a wealth of oak beams and delightful character. Once the old blacksmith’s and restored to a very high standard, it is ideally located to explore Snowdonia’s many attractions. Nearby, Bwlch y Groes – the highest pass in Wales – leads to the spectacular lakes at Bala and Vyrnwy (RSPB reserve). Dolgellau and Machynlleth are 10 miles, Aberdovey and Barmouth 20 miles. Fishing within a mile. Shops 3 miles, restaurants and pubs 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TV. Video. DVD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Fenced garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. Private water supply.

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  • Cilgwyn

    Talsarnau, nr. Harlech

    Grade
    2
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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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  • Morlais

    Llanaber, nr. Barmouth

    Grade
    2
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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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  • Ty Cefyl Bach

    Aberdaron, nr. Pwllheli

    Grade
    2
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    1
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    Ref: HW7760

    Peacefully situated in a lovely rural setting, these two delightful holiday cottages sit alongside the owner’s farmhouse on a traditional, Welsh working farm and are just a mile from the former fishing village of Aberdaron. The location makes a perfect base for exploration of the stunning Llyn Peninsula, with its fine selection of golden sandy beaches, miles of wonderful walking opportunities and host of visitor attractions, including historic castles, golf, pony trekking and boat trips. Aberdaron itself is a pretty village with a stunning sandy beach, two pubs, a tea room and boat trips to the mysterious Bardsy Island, famous for its rugged scenery and abundance of birdlife. Fashionable Abersoch and lively Pwllheli are both within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with futon (for alternative sleeping) and en-suite wet room with toilet.

    Electric heaters included. Combi microwave/oven. Shared grounds and furniture. Parking.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. No smoking.

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  • Parciau Farm Cottages - Beudy Bach

    Caernarfon

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 16986

    Something for everyone
    Ideal touring base

    A family run complex set on a working farm less than 2 miles away from the centre of Caernarfon. Parciau Farm Cottages were formerly barns, and now converted to form a row of holiday cottages offering comfortable accommodation with all modern conveniences in an area most beneficial for touring the local attractions.
    Caernarfon is one of Wales’ most popular tourist resorts, famous for its castle whose majestic persona dominates the walled town, and smaller port, Caernarfon simply brings history alive.The areas popularity is helped along by way of its diverse interests, there’s something for everyone from museums to art, flying clubs, shopping, sailing and beaches. Although its biggest attraction has to be its close proximity to Snowdon and Llanberis, home to Electric Mountain, the legendary masterpiece of Victorian engineering - a rack and pinion railway which climbs to the top of majestic Snowdon. Plas Menai outdoor pursuit centre 10 minutes walk. Cycle track 2 minutes. Ideal for golf.
    All other areas of the National Park are within easy reach as is the Isle of Anglesey and sandy beaches of the Llyn Peninsula. Crèche is also available on the farm complex during school holidays on request only. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and beams/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair on request. 32’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared enclosed walled garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Ty Gwyn Barn

    Rhosfawr, nr. Pwllheli

    Grade
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    Ref: OH7


    This stunning ‘upside down’ barn conversion, standing detached, has been finished to a high standard and has a delightful living room/kitchen on the first floor with French doors opening to a decked balcony with great views of the surrounding countryside. From the living room, a wonderful wrought iron spiral staircase leads down to the bedroom and shower room, and can be illuminated at night for a special effect! The unobtrusive and friendly owners live opposite, and are on hand should you need advice or assistance during your stay. Their very well behaved family pets are also friendly and welcoming, but do not present a nuisance.
    This is an excellent, central location on the Llyn Peninsula, giving easy access to all corners, with mountains, beaches and many attractions. The bustling market town of Pwllheli is within a few minutes’ drive and has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants, not to mention the stunning beach which seems to go on for miles, topped with grassy sand dunes. Criccieth with its historic, hilltop castle and beach is a little further to the east, as is Porthmadog with the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways. Take the steam train on a nostalgic journey through the breath taking scenery of the Welsh mountains from Porthmadog in the south, to the delightful town of Caernarfon in the north, with its majestic castle standing proudly at the harbour.
    The seaside villages of Nefyn, Abersoch and sleepy Aberdaron are within easy reach and worth a visit, as is the stunning village of Porthdinllaen, situated literally on the beach. Nant Gwrtheyrn on the north coast is a disused quarry village, and a café provides refreshments after a bracing walk down to the beach.
    The area is also great for walkers with the Llyn coastal footpath to explore, or take a boat trip to Bardsey Island. There is so much to see and do, you are sure to return. Shop 1 mile, pub 2 ½ miles.

    Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Narrow, open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Open-plan living room with French doors and gas woodburner/kitchen with breakfast area and wooden floor.

    • Gas woodburner included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Private decked balcony with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Nant Las

    Ganllwyd, nr. Dolgellau

    Grade
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    Ref: NT008003

    National Trust Holiday Cottage.


    This small, comfortable cottage lies in a secluded woodland setting on the National Trust’s Dolmelynllyn Estate in the Snowdonia National Park. A charming cottage with a quirky layout, ideal for romantic getaways. Predominantly of timber construction, it was built in the 19th-century as an observatory, housing a telescope for nearby Dolmelynllyn Hall, which is now a hotel and restaurant. The scenery is spectacular and varied, and Nant Las enjoys views across the valley to rugged hill country. Nearby, and easily accessible by footpath, is Rhaiadr Ddu, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Wales. Its south Snowdonia location provides an excellent base for exploring the heart of North Wales, from the Dyfi Estuary to the West Wales coastline, and on up through the Snowdonia mountain range. The Coed-y-Brenin Forest, Harlech Castle, Portmeirion, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, Betws Y Coed and the Llyn Peninsula are within easy driving distance. Beach 8 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

    Three steps to living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Compact, galley-style kitchen. Three steps to double bedroom with antique brass/iron bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Electricity, NSH, convector heater, bed linen and towels included
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Decked patio
    • Large natural grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in grounds, 20 yards

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  • Waterloo Cottage

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 29382

    Former home to John Cowper Powys (October 8th 1872 to June 17th 1963) a British writer, lecturer and philosopher, this semi-detached, stone holiday cottage is convenient for couples wishing to explore the delights of the Snowdonia National Park plus the outstanding beaches of west Wales, the Llyn Peninsula and north Wales coastline. Blaenau Ffestiniog is home to the Llechwedd Slate Caverns and mountain bike centre, as well as Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway. Other attractions nearby include Portmeirion and Dolwyddelan Castle, and Swallow Falls at Betws-y-Coed. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom (accessed from one side only). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Small walled yard. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Craig Fach Cottages - Craig Fach 1

    Barmouth

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 26565

    Two beautiful, well-presented holiday properties, ideally located near the harbour with private parking, and within walking distance of the shops, pubs and restaurants. Each property, one of a row, has its own sitting-out area on the second floor. The seaside resort of Barmouth in north west Wales lies on the wide estuary of the River Mawddach in Cardigan Bay. The town has a typical Welsh charm with stone and slate-built houses, often 3 and 4 storeys high are set against the Welsh mountain backdrop. Stunning views can be enjoyed across the estuary, the beautiful harbour and the endless sandy beach. Located on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park it is a most scenic location. Although the town has a small summer funfair and some arcades, it is generally popular for family beach holidays and those looking for a quiet holiday in a beautiful part of the world. It is ideal for walking, mountain walking, cycling, golf and bird watching. The expansive beach at Barmouth allows plenty of space for children to play ball games, dig in the sand, sunbathe or play in the shallow waters. The Italianate village of Portmeirion is a pleasant 11 mile drive along the coast, passing the well-preserved Harlech Castle along the way. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: Living room.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared second floor patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Bodwyddog Bach

    Rhiw, nr. Aberdaron

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: OJ3

    This beautifully finished barn conversion is attached to the owners’ house and has a spacious living area overlooking the sunny rear private garden. Upstairs there is a wonderful crog loft beam in the bedroom. Situated in a quiet area of the sleepy Llyn Peninsula, this holiday property is a short drive or pleasant walk through the winding lanes to Plas Yn Rhiw (NT) perched in the hills overlooking the sea at Porth Neigwl – the splendidly named Hells Mouth beach. The delightful village of Aberdaron with two pubs, shops and another delightful sandy beach is 3 miles. Close by are the seaside villages of Abersoch and Nefyn, whilst the town of Pwllheli has a Wednesday market. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Living room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Shared use of grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in grounds. There is no washing machine at this property.

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  • Bron Haul

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Grade
    2
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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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  • Llofft Allan

    Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

    Grade
    2
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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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