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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Beudy Bach

    Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

    Grade
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    Ref: CC611013
    This cosy, 5* Visit Wales awarded ground 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, only a 10 minute stroll away, 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. Situated in the Snowdonia National Park, Beudy Bach is only a mile walk down to Dyffryn Beach, which was awarded the Green Coastline award for its clean beach environment and water. 
    Beudy Bach can be booked independently or together with Rhiwal, Llofft Allan, Sgubor, Gwytheryn and North Lodge to accommodate the gathering of family and friends.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining:  with electric fire, Freeview TV/DVD, Radio/CD, I Doc, WI FI and dining furniture

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

    Bedroom: with twin ‘zip n link’ bed (folding bed available if required) 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 children’s play area.  Ample parking for 2 cars.

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  • Daisy Cottage

    Plas Gwyn, nr. Pwllheli

    Grade
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    Ref: HW7751

    Peacefully situated amidst the gently rolling landscape of the Llyn Peninsula, this stylish and comfortable detached barn conversion makes a delightful year round retreat for couples. Enjoying its own private decked area, with stunning rural views, it sits within the grounds of the owners’ home. Just 3 miles from Pwllheli, where visitors will find not only an excellent weekly market, shops, inns and restaurants but also a leisure centre, golf courses and impressive marina, as well as a choice of beaches. Opportunities for walking, cycling and a myriad of outdoor pursuits are all easily accessible in the nearby Snowdonia National Park, whilst lively and fashionable Abersoch, with boat trips from the harbour around St Tudwals island to fish or watch seals, and a fine selection of water related leisure activities, is a short drive.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double bed and wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Caerffynon Bach

    Dyffryn Ardudwy

    Grade
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    Ref: OZS

    A fabulous example of a detached stone barn converted to very good standards in a wonderful location overlooking the rolling countryside that belongs to West Wales. This property has been thoughtfully planned to accommodate couples wishing for a peaceful getaway near to a beach 2½ miles. Visitors to the cottage are well placed for enjoying the best of the west with walking, cycling, fishing and golf all found locally. Portmeirion Italianate village, Harlech Castle and harbour town of Barmouth are all within 10 miles. Shop and pub 2½ miles.

    Living room with gas woodburner. Kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Gas woodburner included
    • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden with patio
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

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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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  • Parciau Farm Cottages - Beudy Bach

    Caernarfon

    Grade
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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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  • 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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  • Capel Bethesda - Jasmine Cottage

    Aberllefenni, nr. Machynlleth

    Grade
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    Ref: 25935

    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.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with slate floor. Dining room/kitchen with French door, beams and slate floor. Step to double bedroom. Step to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    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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  • Ty Bach Ysgo

    Porth Ysgo near Aberdaron

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    Ref: CC611053
    This charming single-storey detached cottage is peacefully situated on a small working farm amidst the stunning landscape of the Llyn Peninsula and close to the pretty fishing village of Aberdaron. It has been converted from what used to be the farm’s pigsties and now offers cosy and charming accommodation for two. It also boasts a blissful hot tub and outside dining space, with spectacular panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.

    Porth Ysgo lies within the ’Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau’ Special Area of Conservation and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which has a diverse range of wildlife and marine habitats. The Llyn Coastal Path also runs adjacent to the beach and is a haven for walking enthusiasts, offering magnificent coastal and mountain walks. The area is also ideal for biking, bird watching, bouldering, fishing, water sport activities, or simply just relaxing!

    From the cottage, it’s a short walk down to Porth Ysgo beach (via approximately 150 steps), where you can enjoy memorable views of the surrounding landscape and perhaps spot dolphins swimming in the bay.

    Aberdaron offers a small selection of shops, cafes and pubs. Lively and fashionable Abersoch, Pwllheli, with its weekly market, and the Snowdonia National Park are all easily accessible.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder at cost. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.

    Lawned garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Hot tub. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead (working farm). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond and stream in grounds, 55 yards.

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  • Bwthyn Bach

    Caeathro nr. Caernarfon

    Grade
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    Ref: 26777


    In a delightful rural setting on the fringes of the Snowdonia National Park, Bwthyn Bach, once part of the home of Sir William Preece, is this delightfully furnished and spacious semi-detached property. The upstairs living room has a wonderful Victorian ceiling light and there are 71/2 acres of shared gardens to explore.
    This is an excellent location for walking and touring with the dramatic splendour of Snowdon and a myriad of exhilarating outdoor pursuits including Zip World, the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere, is just a short drive away, as is the beautiful isle of Anglesey with 125 miles of coastline to explore, along with many golden sandy beaches.
    The historic town of Caernarfon, home to mighty Caernarfon Castle and the Welsh Highland Steam Railway for scenic journeys through the dramatic countryside to Beddgelert and on to the pretty harbour town of Porthmadog, is just 11/2 miles away, and also offers a fine selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. In the other direction discover the quiet and peaceful Llyn Peninsula. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. 1 double bedroom. First floor: Living room.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-Fi. Shared 71/2-acre garden with private sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars) No smoking.

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  • No. 3

    Dolgellau

    Grade
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    Ref: 11970

    Snowdonia National Park, AONB

    These well-equipped properties are in a quiet position near to the centre of Dolgellau, within walking distance of restaurants, shops and pubs. Visitors have access to the Mawddach Trail, Cader Iris Mountain Range and Cymer Abbey. Local attractions are plentiful, a few minutes’ drive west takes you to the Cambrian Coast to miles of safe sandy beaches, along with attractions including Castell Y Bere, Talyllyn Railway, King Arthurs’ Labyrinth, CAT, Corris Mine exploring and craft centre. Just a short drive east leads you Bala Lake. The area also caters for those who enjoy sailing, white water rafting, high ropes, paintballing, mountain adventure with courses for 4x4s and quad bikes. Golf and horse riding can also be found locally. Tan Yr Allt Gallery, a 9-mile return railway journey following the side of the lake, glassblobbery, Caerau Uchaf Gardens – highest gardens open to the public in North Wales, and a little further, Llangollen. North are Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Swallow Falls in Betws Y Coed and then on to Snowdon with its railway, Sygun copper mines, and numerous historic castles including Harlech, Caernarfon and Conwy. South takes you over the Berwyn Mountains to the Tanat Valley where one of the eight wonders of Wales, Llanrhaeadr waterfall, can be found. Owner on site. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom (2ft 6in). Shower room with toilet.

    DVD.

    Both properties: First £5 electric panel heaters and electricity included, remainder by £1 meter. Bed linen included. Satellite TV. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large shared garden with patio and chairs. Barbecue area. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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