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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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  • Ceilwart - Cedar Rest

    Llanaber, nr. Barmouth

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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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  • Nant Las

    Ganllwyd, nr. Dolgellau

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    Ref: NT008003

    National Trust Holiday Cottage.


    This small, comfortable cottage lies in a secluded woodland setting on the National Trust’s Dolmelynllyn Estate in the Snowdonia National Park. A charming cottage with a quirky layout, ideal for romantic getaways. Predominantly of timber construction, it was built in the 19th-century as an observatory, housing a telescope for nearby Dolmelynllyn Hall, which is now a hotel and restaurant. The scenery is spectacular and varied, and Nant Las enjoys views across the valley to rugged hill country. Nearby, and easily accessible by footpath, is Rhaiadr Ddu, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Wales. Its south Snowdonia location provides an excellent base for exploring the heart of North Wales, from the Dyfi Estuary to the West Wales coastline, and on up through the Snowdonia mountain range. The Coed-y-Brenin Forest, Harlech Castle, Portmeirion, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway, Betws Y Coed and the Llyn Peninsula are within easy driving distance. Beach 8 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 220 yards.

    Please note, Ergyn (ref NT008019) is nearby.

    Three steps to living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Compact, galley-style kitchen. Three steps to double bedroom with antique brass/iron bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Electricity, NSH, convector heater, bed linen and towels included
    • TV (for DVD use only)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Decked patio
    • Large natural grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in grounds, 20 yards

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  • Ty Heddlu Sea View First Floor

    Dyffryn Ardudwy, nr. Barmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: W42477

    Seaside location/excellent sea views

    This well equipped first floor holiday apartment is conveniently located in the centre of Dyffryn Ardudwy. Situated in an elevated position with magnificent views from the private, decked balcony, which looks out over Cardigan Bay. A number of beaches are close by and the local pub/restaurant, shops and garage are all within a few hundred yards. Visitors to the area can enjoy a selection of attractions that are on offer within the Snowdonia National Park. There is an abundance of walks and cycle paths throughout the area to suit all ages and abilities. Locally there is the Royal St David’s golf course and famous castle at Harlech, slate caverns, Barmouth harbour and estuary and of course Portmeirion Italianate village. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Stone steps and open-tread stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Balcony and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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  • Capel Bethesda - Jasmine Cottage

    Aberllefenni, nr. Machynlleth

    Grade
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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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  • 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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  • Crud Y Werin Cottages - Crud Y Wennol

    Bethel, nr. Bala

    Grade
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    Ref: 29120

    This stunning pair of barn conversions are architecturally designed, with the use of traditional materials throughout, which retain and preserve many of the original features. Situated on a 150-acre farm with sheep and Welsh Black Cattle, these semi-detached holiday cottages (references 29119 and 29120) occupy an elevated position looking down across the beautiful North Wales countryside, in a wonderfully central location between the popular tourist destinations of Bala, Llangollen and Betws-y-Coed. Bala Lake, the largest natural lake in Wales, attracts visitors of all ages to the area, with its tranquil serenity and its fantastic scenery. Sailing, raft building, canoeing and fishing are available, as well as the more adventurous sports of white-water rafting, paintballing and high ropes courses. Llangollen with its horse-drawn barges, canal boat trips, motor museum, steam railway and, of course Eisteddfod, is a popular choice, and Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia, attracts visitors all year round to its attractive selection of shops, miniature railway and Swallow Falls. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washer/ dryer. Wi-fi. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking. NB: Drop in grounds.

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  • Plas Meini - The Granary

    Llan Ffestiniog

    Grade
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    Ref: OFG

    "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.

    With delightful views over the shared courtyard garden with pond and fountain, and beyond to the Moelwyn Mountains, this comfortable property, attached to The Stables, has been converted from a traditional stone barn and has its own private patio. Pretty beamed living room with log-effect electric fire in stone fireplace and dining area. Pine-fitted, farmhouse-style kitchen. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with canopied, old panelled bed, sloping ceiling and views. Bathroom with over-bath shower and 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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  • Bodwyddog Bach

    Rhiw, nr. Aberdaron

    Grade
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    Ref: OJ3

    This beautifully finished barn conversion is attached to the owners’ house and has a spacious living area overlooking the sunny rear private garden. Upstairs there is a wonderful crog loft beam in the bedroom. Situated in a quiet area of the sleepy Llyn Peninsula, this holiday property is a short drive or pleasant walk through the winding lanes to Plas Yn Rhiw (NT) perched in the hills overlooking the sea at Porth Neigwl – the splendidly named Hells Mouth beach. The delightful village of Aberdaron with two pubs, shops and another delightful sandy beach is 3 miles. Close by are the seaside villages of Abersoch and Nefyn, whilst the town of Pwllheli has a Wednesday market. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Living room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Shared use of grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in grounds. There is no washing machine at this property.

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  • Beudy Bach

    Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

    Grade
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    Ref: CC611013
    This cosy, 5* Visit Wales awarded ground 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, only a 10 minute stroll away, 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. Situated in the Snowdonia National Park, Beudy Bach is only a mile walk down to Dyffryn Beach, which was awarded the Green Coastline award for its clean beach environment and water. 
    Beudy Bach can be booked independently or together with Rhiwal, Llofft Allan, Sgubor, Gwytheryn and North Lodge to accommodate the gathering of family and friends.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining:  with electric fire, Freeview TV/DVD, Radio/CD, I Doc, WI FI and dining furniture

    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and fridge with ice box

    Bedroom: with twin ‘zip n link’ bed (folding bed available if required) 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 children’s play area.  Ample parking for 2 cars.

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  • Ceilwart - Coastal Retreat

    Llanaber, nr. Barmouth

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    Ref: 28519

    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/dining room/kitchen with beams. Step to 1 double bedroom with beam and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect stove in living room included. Electric heaters included. DVD. Microwave. Use of owners washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. No children under 16, 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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  • No. 3

    Dolgellau

    Grade
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    Ref: 11970

    Snowdonia National Park, AONB

    These well-equipped properties are in a quiet position near to the centre of Dolgellau, within walking distance of restaurants, shops and pubs. Visitors have access to the Mawddach Trail, Cader Iris Mountain Range and Cymer Abbey. Local attractions are plentiful, a few minutes’ drive west takes you to the Cambrian Coast to miles of safe sandy beaches, along with attractions including Castell Y Bere, Talyllyn Railway, King Arthurs’ Labyrinth, CAT, Corris Mine exploring and craft centre. Just a short drive east leads you Bala Lake. The area also caters for those who enjoy sailing, white water rafting, high ropes, paintballing, mountain adventure with courses for 4x4s and quad bikes. Golf and horse riding can also be found locally. Tan Yr Allt Gallery, a 9-mile return railway journey following the side of the lake, glassblobbery, Caerau Uchaf Gardens – highest gardens open to the public in North Wales, and a little further, Llangollen. North are Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Swallow Falls in Betws Y Coed and then on to Snowdon with its railway, Sygun copper mines, and numerous historic castles including Harlech, Caernarfon and Conwy. South takes you over the Berwyn Mountains to the Tanat Valley where one of the eight wonders of Wales, Llanrhaeadr waterfall, can be found. Owner on site. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom (2ft 6in). Shower room with toilet.

    DVD.

    Both properties: First £5 electric panel heaters and electricity included, remainder by £1 meter. Bed linen included. Satellite TV. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large shared garden with patio and chairs. Barbecue area. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Glan-y-Gors

    Beddgelert

    Grade
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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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