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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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  • Gwynfryn Farm Holidays - Peris

    Pwllheli

    Grade
    2
    1
    4
    1
    Ref: 31270

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. 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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  • Glan-y-Mor

    Barmouth

    Grade
    2
    0
    1
    1
    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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  • Dowlais

    Llanllyfni

    Grade
    2
    0
    3
    1
    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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  • Cwt Ci

    near Pwllheli

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UK6098
    Amidst the stunning scenery of the Llyn Peninsula, this stylish detached granary conversion is in a wonderful location for exploring the spectacular peninsula which, is renowned for its superb unspoilt countryside, excellent beaches, walking, cycling and water sports. The cottage is situated in a quiet courtyard location, on the owner’s 200-acre working beef and sheep farm, enjoying its own enclosed garden with courtyard, a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Younger visitors will love playing in their own special play area, whilst the adults are well catered for with the on-site spa facilities which include shared use of an indoor hot tub and sauna and pre-bookable spa treatments (at an additional cost).
    Less than 5 miles away is lively Pwllheli with its weekly market, shops, inns and restaurants as well as a leisure centre, golf and tennis facilities, a marina and a choice of golden sandy beaches. For those seeking adventure, Glasfryn Parc is only 5 minutes drive away, where you can enjoy a full day of fun activities including archery, fishing and go-karting. Fashionable Abersoch (10 miles) boasts a pretty harbour and excellent water sport opportunities. Caernarfon’s majestic castle, Italianate Portmeirion, steam railways and a huge range of exhilarating outdoor pursuits in the Snowdonia National Park are all easily accessible. Beach 4½ miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 4½ miles.
    Cwt Ci can be booked together with Beudy (UK6095), Hafod (UK6096), Twlc (UK6097) and Stabal (UK6094) to accommodate up to 23 guests.

    Ground Floor: Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tiled floor and beams.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    First Floor: Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, wooden floor and beams.

    Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included Sep-Apr, remainder at cost. Travel cot and highchair.

    Lawned garden with courtyard and garden furniture. Shared children’s play area. Shared hot tub and sauna with shower and changing facilities. Spa treatments available (by arrangement, at cost). Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a bore hole. No children under 16 years, except babes in arms.

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  • Morlais

    Llanaber, nr. Barmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: HW7599

    Enjoying glorious views and spectacular sunsets over Cardigan Bay, this delightful detached property is perfect for summer holidays and relaxing winter escapes, with a tree and decorations supplied for Christmas bookings. Set in the grounds of the owner’s home, located near Barmouth’s interesting shops, pubs, restaurants, seaside attractions and attractive harbour. As well as being outstandingly beautiful, the surrounding landscape of the Snowdonia National Park offers a wonderful range of outdoor activities and attractions including superb walking, fabulous golden sandy beaches, impressive castles and nostalgic steam train trips. Harlech, with its magnificent castle and championship golf course, is just 9 miles away. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

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

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. No children except babes in arms.

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  • Bodwyddog Bach

    Rhiw, nr. Aberdaron

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Glan-y-Gors

    Beddgelert

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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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  • Ty Heddlu Sea View First Floor

    Dyffryn Ardudwy, nr. Barmouth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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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  • Waterloo Cottage

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29382

    Former home to John Cowper Powys (October 8th 1872 to June 17th 1963) a British writer, lecturer and philosopher, this semi-detached, stone holiday cottage is convenient for couples wishing to explore the delights of the Snowdonia National Park plus the outstanding beaches of west Wales, the Llyn Peninsula and north Wales coastline. Blaenau Ffestiniog is home to the Llechwedd Slate Caverns and mountain bike centre, as well as Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway. Other attractions nearby include Portmeirion and Dolwyddelan Castle, and Swallow Falls at Betws-y-Coed. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom (accessed from one side only). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Small walled yard. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Bron Haul

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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 Ganol

    Carneddi, nr. Bethesda

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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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  • Capel Bethesda - Jasmine Cottage

    Aberllefenni, nr. Machynlleth

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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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