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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tri-A-Hanner

    Porthdinllaen, nr. Pwllheli

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: NT008024

    National Trust Holiday Cottage

    Located in the unique and beautiful fishing village of Porthdinllaen on the Llyn Peninsula, this terraced cottage is the ultimate couple’s cosy retreat. There are miles of sandy beaches and cliff walks from the doorstep, along with one of the most scenic golf courses in the country. Porthdinllaen is a spectacular spot with magnificent views and sheltered waters, perfect for watching the coming and going of local fishermen. Within easy reach of the cottage are a myriad of outdoor pursuits and visitor attractions including the Snowdonia National Park, Caernarfon Castle and narrow gauge steam railways. Pwllheli, 7 miles, has a wider selection of shops pubs and restaurants. Beach 10 yards. Shop and restaurant ¾ mile, pub 10 yards (seasonal).

    Open plan living room with dining area and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, electric panel heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Car park, 330 yards
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Seafront location

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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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  • Y Gorlan

    On Mount Snowdon, nr. Beddgelert

    Grade
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    1
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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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  • Bron Haul

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Grade
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    Ref: 29922


    Perched high above Blaenau Ffestiniog, this holiday cottage is situated in a quiet residential terrace in the aptly named Summerhill area, but within a few minutes’ walk of the town centre, with its variety of shops, pubs and eateries. Wake up in the morning to stunning views over the mountains and surrounding countryside and in the evening relax in the terraced garden. The cottage is ideal for couples who enjoy walking, with several footpaths leading directly onto the mountains from the front door, and for your four legged friends dog towels and bowls are provided. Blaenau Ffestiniog is renowned as being the former ‘slate capital of Wales’ with a strange, compelling beauty. It is also fast becoming one of Britain’s premier outdoor centres, boasting a range of activities from walking to fishing, horse riding, climbing and kayaking, and even inland surfing all nearby. Guests can glimpse into the unique history of the area at the Llechwedd Slate Caverns, with the Deep Mine Tour. This is also the home of Zip World Titan, Zip World Caverns and Bounce Below - the trampolines in the slate caverns. Also based at Llechwedd are the Antur Stiniog bike trails ranging from blue to black grades. For those in need of a more peaceful life, try the famous narrow-gauge Ffestniog Railway, with a beautiful steam train journey through stunning scenery down to Porthmadog, maybe disembarking at Minffordd Station to visit Portmeirion, the famous Italianate village. This cottage is also a great base for Snowdon, Betwys-y-Coed, the west Wales coast and Lleyn Peninsula. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32" Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge. Wi-fi. Front garden with bench. Terraced rear garden with furniture and barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Steps and low fences in garden.

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  • Ty Bach Ysgo

    Porth Ysgo near Aberdaron

    Grade
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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 Llwynog

    Croesor

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: HW7739

    Stylish, spacious and well equipped, this delightful detached barn conversion affords sweeping views towards Tremadog Bay and a glorious rural tranquil setting, with Cnicht, The Welsh Matterhorn providing a dramatic backdrop, and a challenge for keen ramblers. Situated within the grounds of the owners’ home, it’s a short drive from a fine selection of visitor attractions including historic castles, narrow gauge railways and the Italianate village of Portmeirion. Village shop and pub serving food 2.5 miles.

    Lower ground floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. Ground floor: Living/dining area with double sofa bed (alternative sleeping, for children under 14 years)/kitchen with wooden floor, patio doors and beams.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed patio and furniture. Parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Capel Bethesda - Jasmine Cottage

    Aberllefenni, nr. Machynlleth

    Grade
    2
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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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  • Bryn Meurig

    Abererch near Pwllheli

    Grade
    2
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    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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  • Dowlais

    Llanllyfni

    Grade
    2
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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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  • Ceilwart - Cedar Rest

    Llanaber, nr. Barmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: WN82

    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 room. Dining room/conservatory. Second dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, spa bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared use of the owners’ garden. No children under 16 years, 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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