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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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  • Cilgwyn

    Talsarnau, nr. Harlech

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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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  • 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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  • Glan-y-Gors

    Beddgelert

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    Ref: 27350


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

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

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

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  • Moriah

    Y Felinheli, nr. Bangor

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    Ref: HW7574

    Stunning countryside views of Snowdonia and the Isle of Anglesey, delightfully bright, very comfortable, smart and contemporary interiors and a peaceful setting ideally located for exploring this beautiful corner of North Wales make these three converted traditional farm buildings the perfect base for relaxing break. A 4-mile drive leads to Caernarfon, home to a magnificent castle and the Welsh Highland Railway for scenic journeys into the heart of the Snowdonia mountains, whilst from Bangor, 2 miles, bridges cross the Menai Strait to Anglesey, where Beaumaris Castle, the butterfly farm, sea zoo and glorious sandy beaches for water sports are among the island’s many attractions. And at the foot of Snowdon, Llandberis, 8 miles, boasts a lakeside and mountain railway as well as a slate museum and huge range of outdoor activities. Snowdonia’s most exciting activity is within easy reach, Zip World Velocity, is the worlds longest and fastest zip line which sees riders fly solo through the skies at over 100mph. Whilst for a more tranquil past time, beautiful walking and cycling on peaceful country lanes is available straight from the doorstep of the cottages. Shop and pub serving food 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Enclosed garden with patio and furniture.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Parking. Boat storage by arrangement (at cost). No smoking.

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  • Ty Heddlu Sea View Ground Floor

    Dyffryn Ardudwy

    Grade
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    Ref: W40638

    Seaside location / Excellent sea views

    This ex-police apartment has magnificent sea views out to the Irish Sea and is set in the Snowdonia National Park. This ground floor, one bedroomed holiday annexe provides ample space. The local pub/restaurant, shops and garage are only a hundred yards from the property. During your holiday, enjoy the numerous local beaches, cycle paths and country walks. The picturesque towns of Barmouth with its beautiful harbour and estuary, Harlech with the famous Harlech Castle and Royal St. David’s Golf Course and Porthmadog with the famous Italian style village of Portmeirion, as used in the TV series ’The Prisoner’ in 1966 to 1967 are all within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. Video. DVD. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with decked patio and furniture. Parking (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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  • 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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  • Y Gorlan

    On Mount Snowdon, nr. Beddgelert

    Grade
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    Ref: 29793

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • Glaslyn View

    Porthmadog

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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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  • 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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  • Llofft Allan

    Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

    Grade
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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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