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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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  • 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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  • Tai Coch Chatham - Tŷ Sam

    Llandwrog, near Caernarfon

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: OZ3

    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. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, patio 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, lawned garden 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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  • Dowlais

    Llanllyfni

    Grade
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    3
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    Ref: OLD

    Very cosy and comfortable, this delightful barn conversion has been furnished to a high standard throughout and has a garden with sitting-out area. Ideal for couples, it adjoins a similar property and the owners’ 17th-century home. Secluded on the edge of the village of Llanllyfni and the Snowdonia National Park, Dowlais is ideally situated for a range of holiday activities. There is an excellent walk from the doorstep leading to the scenic Nantlle Ridge. Snowdon, The Glyders, Carneddau and Cader Idris are all easily accessible. This is an ideal area for steam train enthusiasts. Caenarfon, 7 miles, Porthmadoc, 12 miles and Portmeirion 15 miles. River and lake fishing nearby, golf 7 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub 4 miles.

    Hallway. Modern fitted kitchen/dining area. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with twin beds and coal-effect fire.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Selection of books and DVDs
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Freezer
    • Garden with sitting out furniture and use of herb garden
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Tai Coch Chatham - Tŷ Macsen

    Llandwrog, near Caernarfon

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Ceilwart - Coastal Retreat

    Llanaber, near Barmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 28519

    Commanding spectacular views over Cardigan Bay, these three 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. 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. Use of owners washing machine. Wi-fi. No children under 16, except babes in arms.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. 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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  • Bodwyddog Bach

    Rhiw, near Aberdaron

    Grade
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    1
    1
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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
    • Washing machine (shared with owner)
    • 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.

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  • Bodlondeb

    Plas Gwyn, near Pwllheli

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Gwynfryn Farm Holidays - Peris

    Pwllheli

    Grade
    2
    1
    4
    1
    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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  • Bryn Meurig

    Abererch near Pwllheli

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC611038
    Wonderfully positioned to appreciate the regions beautiful beaches, castles and mountains, this comfortable little stone end-terraced cottage has been renovated with the living accommodation on the first floor to make the most of the countryside views, and glimpses of the sea from the delightful Juliette balcony that leads from the kitchen area. Close by lies a sandy beach and Pwllheli, where visitors will find not only an excellent weekly market, shops, inns and restaurants, but also a leisure centre, golf course and an impressive marina with opportunities for water sports. The nearby coastal path affords wonderful walking, and the miles of country lanes are perfect for exploring by bike. A myriad of outdoor pursuits are all easily accessible in the nearby Snowdonia National Park. Perfect for a romantic break.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.
    Steep, narrow stairs to...

    First Floor: Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wooden floor, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and patio doors to Juliette balcony.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included.

    Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area. Gas BBQ. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Plas Meini - The Stables

    Llan Ffestiniog

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: OHN

    "Magical secluded estate with spectacular views. . . the best of Wales – sandy beaches, lofty peaks and ancient castles . . ."

    Just six miles from a sandy beach, these four delightful, comfortable properties peacefully lie in the heart of 108 acres of wild flower-strewn meadows and woodland in a superb valley near the mountains of Snowdonia. There is a wealth of wildlife including red kites, buzzards and owls. The properties have been renovated and tastefully furnished to a very high standard. Two of the properties have their own well-planted secure gardens, whilst the others share a beautiful Mediterranean-style courtyard garden. Visitors can enjoy superb walks through the grounds and surrounding countryside. A river with dramatic waterfalls runs through the estate a quarter of a mile away, offering the chance of a swim in the natural pool below the falls, and a one and a half mile stretch of fly fishing. Visit the owners’ stud of miniature Shetland ponies, including the delightful foals. All properties are cosily heated throughout, making them ideal for holidays at any time of the year.
    There is a superb selection of restaurants and pubs locally, including Castell Deuraeth, which offers outstanding food and service in a superb setting. Village shop and Post Office in Llan Ffestiniog and several supermarkets in Porthmadog. Five miles away lies the fascinating Portmeirion, with its warm-coloured, romantic, Italianate buildings and exotic plants. Porthmadog (8 miles) is the gateway to the Lleyn Peninsula, one of Wales’ five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches and popular resorts. Within a short drive are the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland light railways. Harlech has the acclaimed Royal Saint David’s golf course, one of Britain’s most impressive castles and miles of most wonderful sandy beaches. Wide range of tourist attractions for all ages in easy reach. Sea fishing, quad biking, white-water rafting and horse riding locally. Shop ½ mile.

    Overlooking the shared courtyard garden and Moelwyn Mountains beyond, this comfortable cottage, attached to The Granary, has been sympathetically converted from a traditional stone barn. Open-plan living room with electric ‘log-effect’ fire, dining area. Farmhouse-style kitchen with antiqued painted units and breakfast area. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with sloping ceilings. Pretty panelled bathroom with toilet.

    • Electric ‘log-effect fire included
    • Electricity and NSH included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Laundry service available
    • Shared garden
    • Patio with furniture
    • NB: Pond in garden

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • 108-acre pastoral farmland
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Fly fishing on river included
    • Complimentary fruit, wine and Sunday paper

    Note: All four properties JAV, JAW, OFG and OHN can be booked together whilst allowing privacy of their own accommodation, to sleep up to 25 - ideal for a special occasion

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  • Cilgwyn

    Talsarnau, near Harlech

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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, near Barmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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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