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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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  • Maesteg

    Llandrillo

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: WN77

    A cosy retreat at any time of the year, this attractive, self-contained holiday cottage enjoys a courtyard setting. Within easy reach of the Berwyn Mountains, it is perfectly placed for walking, horse riding, 1 mile, and sailing at beautiful Bala Lake nearby and lies just to the west of the Snowdonia National Park. Visit Corwen with the historic Llangar Old Church, Rug Chapel and curry house that won best in Wales, or Llangollen, home of both the International Musical Eisteddfod and Llangollen Steam Railway. Ruthin is where you can visit the magnificently restored Nantclwyd Y Dre town house, or explore Betws-y-Coed, gateway to the Snowdonia National Park, with its bustling shops and leafy forest walks. The Welsh Mountain Zoo is well worth a visit as well Chirk Castle (NT), the Horse Drawn Boats and Canal Exhibition Centre and the Chwarel Wynne Mine. Shop/PO and pub serving food within a few hundred yards. A welcome bottle of wine is provided for guests upon arrival. Maesteg can be booked with B6861 to sleep a total of 14 guests.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk.

    NSH, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Bryn Coch

    Edern, nr. Pwllheli

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27909

    This cosy holiday cottage is in the village of Edern on the Llyn Peninsula close to the spectacular Porthdinllaen Beach and headland. The village pub is a short stroll away and Edern is a great base from which to explore the Llyn Peninsula with its wonderful beaches and coastal footpaths’. Nearby is Nefyn Golf Club with views of the sea from every hole. The sleepy village of Aberdaron at the end of the Peninsula is well worth a visit, and there are boat trips available to Bardsey Island (or Ynys Enlli). Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Kitchen with breakfast area. Conservatory. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (winter only, initial fuel included). Electric heaters (cost by key card). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Baudy Ddeugoed

    Llanrug near Caernarfon

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC612082
    In a tranquil, rural setting with beautiful views over Anglesey, Caernarfon Bay and the surrounding countryside, this charming converted barn adjoins the owner’s home and offers spacious and tastefully furnished accommodation, whilst retaining original features. It is conveniently located for walking and touring with the dramatic splendour of Snowdon, four miles away, and the lovely countryside and golden sandy beaches of Anglesey, eight miles. Caernarfon with its magnificent castle, fine selection of pubs, shops and restaurants and the Welsh Highland Steam Railway for scenic drives deep into the Snowdonia mountains, is just three miles. Riding, a variety of water sports and exhilarating zip wire experiences are all within easy reach. There is a shop and pub one and a half miles away.

    Ground Floor: The property has five steps to the entrance, is then all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: Beamed with wooden floors.
    Lounge area: With wood burner in inglenook fireplace, Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Large with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom 2: With king size bed, TV and DVD player.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All oil, electric, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.

    Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Capel Fawnog Bach

    Talsarnau near Harlech

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC612087
    This cottage for four, one of a pair, has many original features including beamed ceilings and a narrow staircase. Situated near the village of Talsarnau, it lies in the hills between Harlech and Porthmadog. With walks from the door into the hills and surrounding mountains, it is only a short drive across the estuary to the Italianate village of Portmeirion, designed by Sir Clough Williams Ellis and used for the series ‘Prisoner’. Nearby in the former slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, is Bounce Below, where you can bounce on trampoline nets in an underground slate cavern, and Zipworld Titan, the largest zip wire zone in the world, a real mecca for adrenaline enthusiasts. The famous Ffestiniog Railway also runs from Blaenau on a scenic journey down to the coast at Porthmadog. The Cambrian coastline includes Harlech with its castle and sandy beach and Barmouth, a harbour town with a mountainous backdrop, whilst in the other direction the Lleyn Peninsula features the seaside towns of Criccieth and Abersoch.

    This property can be booked together with Capel Fawnog Mawr (CC612085) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Beamed with wood burner, 28" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: Beamed with electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Narrow staircase to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared freezer.

    Private sitting-out area with furniture. Large, shared garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Public footpath passes through the garden.

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  • Ar Y Graig

    Talysarn, nr. Caernarfon

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43222


    Commanding glorious views, this charming former quarrymans cottage provides a comfortable base from which to explore the stunning countryside of the Snowdonia National Park. There are walking opportunities from the door and a short drive (5 miles) to a beautiful sandy, pebble-backed beach. Caernarfon is close by with its impressive Edward 1st castle and a drive eastwards through the Nantlle Valley takes you to Rhyd Ddu, the starting point of one of the Snowdon footpaths and a station on the Welsh Highland Steam Railway for scenic journeys to Caernarfon or Porthmadog. An enormous range of exciting outdoor activities and attractions lie close by and the Llyn Peninsula is within easy reach, as is the beautiful Isle of Anglesey. Golf and horse riding nearby. Shop 1 mile, pub 300 yards and restaurant 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Lawned terraced garden with sitting-out area. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 20 steps and drops in garden.

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  • The Mill

    Abererch near Pwllheli

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC611037
    Set on a working farm, this converted barn is close to the harbour town of Pwllheli and the pretty seaside town of Criccieth, with its historic castle looking out over the bay. Ideally situated for exploring the Lleyn Peninsula, renowned for its superb unspoilt scenery, excellent beaches, walking, cycling and water sports. The cottage has access to a three mile walk way and cycle path which is situated just across the road. It is cosy with modern conveniences and has easy access to the beach, a few minutes’ walk, over railway via public crossing. Nearby, are fishing, horse riding, golf and you can explore the many hidden coves dotted all along the stunning coastline. The owner also provides grazing and a field for up to four horses at their property, by prior arrangement and additional cost. Stabling is also available. Portmeirion Italianate village, the Ffestiniog steam railway, Pwllheli Marina and fashionable Abersoch, for watersports, are all within 15 minutes’ drive.

    The Mill can be booked together with The Stables (23245) and Glan Morfa Ganol (19381) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wooden floor, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil and electricity included. Bed linen and towel hire £10pp. Travel cot and highchair available. Welcome pack.

    Small enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Stable Cottage

    Cwm Nantcol, nr. Harlech

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W7326

    Sea views

    This renovated, semi-detached stable adjoins the main farmhouse and is situated at the foot of the Rhinog Mountain Range at the head of the Nantcol Valley. It is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday and the cottage is surrounded by stunning scenery, exceptional bird life and wild goats. The local village, 5 miles offers some great eateries, pubs and village shops. Local beaches are sandy and good for bathing. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Most rooms with beams.

    Oil central heating by meter reading. Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: There are 15 steps in the garden.

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  • Rhiwgoch Bach

    Harlech

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: HW7450

    Commanding spectacular countryside, mountain and coastal views, this former farmhouse and its adjoining cottage are ideally situated for making the most of the area’s abundance of attractions and leisure facilities. They sit on a quiet rural lane above historic Harlech with its magnificent castle, championship golf course, theatre, good shops and restaurants, and sandy beach. Superb walking and cycling in Snowdonia National Park, slate caverns to explore and scenic narrow gauge railway trips are all within easy reach, and the Italianate village of Portmeirion lies just 8 miles away. Porthmadog and the traditional seaside resort of Barmouth are within easy reach. For an alternative day out, take a ride on the miniature steam train that chugs its way alongside Lake Bala.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be double).

    Electric woodburner in living room included.

    Both 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. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Rectory Cottage

    Boduan, Pwllheli, Gwynedd

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC611020
    This beautifully restored cottage dates back to the 18th century and is attached to the rear wing of the impressive 5* Old Rectory B & B (Mentioned in both the Michelin Guide and The Good Hotel Guide). Original features such as the large inglenook fireplace and lovely beams combine effortlessly with all the 21st century comforts you would expect from this very tastefully furnished property. The kitchen, dining and sitting rooms are an open plan layout with two steps leading up to the beautifully coordinated and immaculately presented bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is a private and sheltered garden to relax in with a garden table, chairs, two sun loungers and a charcoal barbecue to dine alfresco.There is ample off road parking available with plenty of space for a boat and trailer too.
    Situated between Pwllheli with its harbour, shops, cafes and restaurants and picturesque Nefyn, this is centrally located for easy access to the vast array of absolutely spectacular scenery that the Llyn Peninsula has to offer. There’s a really nice walk, which begins just at the end of the driveway to Rectory Cottage and the North and South coast’s with sandy beaches and cliff walks are within only a five minutes drive.

    Ground Floor: Property is mainly on ground floor level has oil central heating and electric convector heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With gas ’ stove effect’ fire, satellite Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD, ipod dock and limited Wi-fi access.
    Dining Area: With table and chairs for six
    Kitchen Area: With electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
    2 steps up to...
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds or super king size bed if preferred
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed (can be 2ft 6in twin beds on request).
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Shared (with owner) laundry room with two washing machines, tumble dryer and pulley for airing damp clothes. Folding bed available for 1 child (up to the age of approx 12) if required.

    Enclosed, private patio area with table, parasol and chairs, 2 x loungers and charcoal BBQ. Garage available for storage of bicycles etc. No pets within the property, outdoor kennel for 1 dog available. Parking for 3 cars or space for boat and trailer.

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  • Gwynfryn Farm Holidays - Gwynant

    Pwllheli

    Grade
    4
    2
    4
    1
    Ref: 31273

    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.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. 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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  • Pen Dinas

    Minffordd, Bangor

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 19962

    Pen Dinas has been carefully restored but was originally built as accommodation for local farm hands in the 1800s. The attractive hamlet of Minffordd sits a 20 minute walk above the university city of Bangor and is ideally located for walkers and tourists. Llanberis is a 10-15 minute drive; beaches, castles and many of North Wales’ attractions are within a short drive, including Snowdon, Anglesey, Caernarfon, Llandudno and Conwy. Bangor has some good eating places, bars, art galleries, cinema and cathedral. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Lower ground floor: Dining room. Kitchen. Steep, narrow slate stairs to ground floor: Living room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk (for alternative sleeping).

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Garden. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Castle Cottage

    Criccieth

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W41992

    Sea views

    This well presented terrace property in the seaside town of Criccieth with sea views from the garden, and the beach just a 2 minute walk from the property. There is lots to do in the area with Criccieth’s 13th century castle on your doorstep, boats and golf course, plus the other popular attractions of the Lleyn Peninsula, it makes an ideal holiday base. Take a trip on the Ffestiniog Railway up into the Snowdonia hills, or visit the famous Italianate fantasy village of Portmeirion. See Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, Beddgelert on the picturesque Aber Glaslyn or the old castles of Conway, Caernarvon and Harlech. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Terrace and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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