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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

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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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  • Glan-y-Mor

    Barmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: W41891

    Spectacular sea views

    Offering spectacular views of Cardigan Bay and the Blue Flag beach, this ground floor studio apartment, part of a Victorian house, sits above the town of Barmouth. Due to its elevated position visitors experience an atmosphere of quiet tranquillity that contrasts the liveliness of the town itself. From the property there are stunning hill and coastal walks along the Mawddach Estuary. Nearby enjoy pubs, restaurants, water sports, fishing, golf, castles and highland railways. Aberystwyth, the liveliest seaside resort in Wales, is within easy driving distance and offers plenty of cultural and entertainment activities and Edwardian and Victorian attractions. The National Library of Wales can be found here, as well as the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and several museums. Shop, pubs and restaurants 300 yards.

    Steep steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with double bed. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Gas central heating and electricity £20per week July and August, £35per week September-June. Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Patio area with furniture. Portable barbecue. On road parking 300 yards. No smoking. NB: Restricted vehicle access due to location.

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  • Eisteddfa - Bwthyn Bach

    Pentrefelin, nr. Criccieth

    Grade
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    Ref: 26687

    This well-situated holiday property is in the grounds of the owner’s home, and have wonderful views out over the surrounding countryside. The sheltered southern coast of the Lleyn Peninsula harbours a wealth of sandy beaches and coves, the nearest being a mere 1½ miles away. Here a temperate climate offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities: sailing, windsurfing and water-skiing facilities abound, and there are some beautiful footpaths along the shore. Some of Wales’ best beaches are to be found an easy drive away at the tip of the peninsula: Abersoch and Aberdaron in particular offer wide sandy stretches popular with watersports enthusiasts. Nearby, the coastal town of Criccieth has a sandy beach at low tide and a 13th century castle perched on a rocky headland. Across the bay, Harlech Castle stands as another testament to more turbulent times. For shopping, good dining and a weekly street market, visit the bustling port town of Pwllheli, 9 miles, while the holiday centre of Porthmadog has a wide range of facilities for rock climbing, riding, canoeing and fishing. From here it is an easy drive to visit the beautiful Italianate village of Portmeirion, with its forest walks, gardens and sandy beach. Excellent walking and mountaineering locally. Five golf courses nearby (negotiated rates for local course). Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden. Fishing lakes adjacent to shared driveway.

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  • Meadow View

    Dolgellau

    Grade
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    Ref: W41592

    Semi-rural location

    Set in the Snowdonia National Park, these immaculate apartments (W41592 and W41593) enjoy a beautiful location at the head of the Mawddach Estuary near historic Dolgellau. Sympathetically converted from the upper floor of a traditional 1800’s beamed granary, they lie within the grounds of the owner’s home, which they share with one other property. Just 0.75 miles from Dolgellau’s shops, pubs and good restaurants. The grounds afford panoramic views to majestic Cader Idris; Llanberis with its lake, scenic mountain railway and outdoor pursuits is a short spectacular drive away and superb fishing, riding, walking, cycling, golf and an RSPB reserve can be found locally. Barmouth with its sandy beach and family fun are under 10 miles. Shops, pubs and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    4 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

    First £5 electricity and panel heating included, remainder by coin meter. Bed linen included. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared garden and furniture. Shared portable barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Tai Coch Chatham - Tŷ Sam

    Llandwrog, nr. Caernarfon

    Grade
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    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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  • Ty Heddlu Sea View Ground Floor

    Dyffryn Ardudwy

    Grade
    2
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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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  • Cilgwyn

    Talsarnau, nr. Harlech

    Grade
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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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  • 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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  • Plas Meini - The Stables

    Llan Ffestiniog

    Grade
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    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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  • Bryn Odol - The Loft

    Bryn Odol, Tudweiliog

    Grade
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    Ref: B6836

    Ideal touring base

    Set on a working farm are these three individual holiday properties, each with its own character. Situated on the tip of the Lleyn Peninsula which is host to many sandy beaches at Tywyn and Penelec and coves such as Whistling sands, or step back in time and visit the sleepy village of Aberdaron where time seems to stand still. The properties are in an ideal position to explore the area which has many attractions, including Carreg Coetan Arthur, Bronze Age remains at the summit of Carn Fadryn and the historically important ports of Porth Ysgaden and Porth Colmon at Llangwnnadl, and Porth Gwylan, which is managed by the National Trust. Nearby there is golf, cliff walking and horse riding. Criccieth Castle, featuring superb views over Tremadog Bay and Pwllheli are within an easy drive, also close by is the Lleyn Heritage Coast and Snowdonia Mountain Range. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Stone steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Dishwasher. Private balcony and furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Ceilwart - Cedar Rest

    Llanaber, nr. Barmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: WN82

    Commanding spectacular views over Cardigan Bay, these four 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. Ceilwart Cottage (ref WN73) is situated in a beautiful, terraced garden with patio, BBQ and patio furniture, and has strong green credentials with its solar panels for hot water, a ground source heat pump for the comfortable central heating and cosy sheep’s’ wool insulation, not forgetting the triple glazed windows and the UV filtered natural spring water. 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. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. 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. Stereo/CD. Dishwasher. 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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  • Ty Ganol

    Carneddi, nr. Bethesda

    Grade
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    Ref: 30319


    Ideally located for year round holidays, this mid terrace former quarryman’s cottage is situated in Bethesda, on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, with wonderful views of the Glyderau range. It is a short walk from a good selection of shops, pubs, and cafés, and is a superb spot for outdoor pursuit enthusiasts, being close to the Ogwen Valley, within easy walking distance of the Carneddau range, and a stone’s throw from North Wales’ most exciting attraction – Zip World High Velocity – the longest, fastest zip line in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also within easy driving distance from Llanberis, the village at the foot of Mount Snowdon, with its famous mountain railway; the university town of Bangor, with Penrhyn Castle (NT); Caernarfon and Conwy with their magnificent castles; and the Isle of Anglesey, with its 125 miles of coastline. Beach 7 miles. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Bluetooth speaker. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with terrace area and furniture. Barbecue. Chiminea. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children. NB: Terraced garden with 15 steps.

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