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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 - Cwellyn

    Pwllheli

    Grade
    5
    2
    4
    1
    Ref: 31278

    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.

    10 external steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Shared, indoor heated swimming pool (9 x 5m, depth 1.3m) with shower and changing facilities, open 7am to 10pm (adults only after 7pm). Shared hot tub. Shared games room with table tennis, pool table, table football, TV area, soft play area and giant chess. Shared tennis court. Shared gym. No smoking.

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  • Bron View Cottage

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC612057
    Dating from the 1840s, Bron View Cottage nestles in the centre of the historic slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, enjoying glorious views of the Manod mountain range and viaduct. Originally built for the railway workers who constructed the world-famous Ffestiniog railway, this delightful stone cottage retains original features, within a spacious and contemporary interior.

    The town of Blaenau Ffestiniog is renowned for its former slate quarries and has become known as the ‘slate capital of Wales’. Guests here will find themselves surrounded by spectacular countryside with stunning views. Located within the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, Blaenau Ffestiniog is also the terminus of the famous Ffestiniog Railway, which winds its way through spectacular scenery to the coastal town of Porthmadog. Hop off the train at Minffordd Station and visit the Italianate village of Portmeirion, designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Nearby is the lovely beach at Black Rock Sands, and the peaceful Llyn Peninsula. Just waiting to be explored are the pretty villages of Dolwyddelan, with its castle, Betws-y-Coed and nearby Swallow Falls.

    The Snowdonia National Park offers a range of activities including fantastic walks for all abilities, fishing, kayaking and horse riding. The National White Water Rafting Centre is only a 40-minute drive away. The old Llechwedd Slate Quarry has been turned into an adrenaline junkie’s delight, with Zipworld Titan, the largest zip zone in the world, Bounce Below where you can bounce on underground trampolines, or take on the Stiniog Downhill Mountain Bike Trail. Alternatively, take a more leisurely bike ride along Tanygrisiau Lake.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With period-style open fire, 28" Freeview TV, DVD and CD/radio.
    Kitchen: With split level, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Wi-Fi.

    Front enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Small rear courtyard. Cycle store. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Llifon

    Bethesda Bach, near Caernarfon

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UK6022
    This charming, renovated Welsh stone cottage has an inglenook fireplace with a welcoming wood burner, and makes an excellent base for exploring this beautiful corner of North Wales. Set on the northern coast of the Llyn Peninsula, it is within easy reach of glorious sandy beaches and a myriad of family visitor attractions. This is a superb location for walking and touring with the dramatic splendour of the Snowdonia National Park, as well as the lovely countryside and beaches of the Island of Anglesey within easy reach. Caernarfon, 4 miles, is home to a magnificent castle, a fine selection of pubs, shops and restaurants and the Welsh Highland Steam Railway for scenic journeys deep into the Snowdonian mountains. Riding, a variety of water sports and exhilarating zip wire experiences are all easily accessible.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with wooden floor, wood burner, 42" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, 40" Smart TV and patio doors to decked area and garden.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.
    Narrow stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With single bed and low, sloping ceiling.

    All gas, electric, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Welcome pack.

    Large, enclosed, lawned courtyard garden with patio, decked area and garden furniture. Bike store. Parking for 4 cars. Please note: There is one step in the garden.

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  • White Sands

    Criccieth, near Porthmadog

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK6132
    Bursting with character, this charming, second floor, penthouse apartment has been skilfully converted within the former Grade II listed St Deiniol’s Church. In the centre of the main living area is a striking original stained glass window, which is the main focal point of the apartment, as well as many quirky features throughout the spacious interior. The apartment is accessed via its own staircase and is the only one on the second floor.

    White Sands is conveniently located in the pretty seaside resort of Criccieth, with a host of restaurants, pubs, shops and its magnificent ancient castle all with in a short stroll. Sandy beaches are just a few minutes walk away, along with access to the coastal path for beautiful walking opportunities and stunning views across Cardigan Bay towards the mountains of Snowdonia. Enjoy the superb range of outdoor pursuits in the nearby Snowdonia National Park, and the gently rolling countryside of the Lleyn Peninsula, which also has many glorious beaches to explore. The Italianate village of Portmeirion, golf, fishing and riding are all easily accessible. Beach 100 yards. Shops, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Second Floor: All on second floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With electric wood burner, 50" Freeview TV with Netflix and Blu-ray player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and single bunk over.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Electric heaters and electricity (£40 per week Oct-Mar) included. Travel cot and highchair.

    Shared sitting-out area. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Tyddyn Madyn

    Golan, nr. Portmadog

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 12470

    This 17th-century holiday cottage with thick stone walls and beamed ceiling has been prepared to a very comfortable standard in a superb location, 5 miles from Portmadog. Set on a quiet 35 acre farm, surrounded by the striking beauty of the Cwm Pennant valley which can be enjoyed from the garden and patio. The cottage adjoins the owner’s farmhouse just a few miles inland from the seaside resorts of Criccieth, 5 miles, Black Rock Sands, 6 miles and Borth y Gest. Portmeirion village 6 miles. Caernarfon, 15 miles and close to steam railways, castles and slate mine. Osprey nesting site, 5 miles. Close by are golf, pony trekking and mountain biking including national cycle routes. Shop 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single (for child).

    Partial gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Large garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Brynaureau Cottage

    Pontllyfni, near Caernarfon

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: UK6136
    Within a mile of the beaches of Pontllyfni and Aberdesach, lies this delightful, detached stone cottage. Set on the northern coast of the Lleyn Peninsula, it offers a perfect location for touring this beautiful corner of North Wales. Surrounded by open countryside and pretty country lanes, it lies within easy reach of the Snowdonia National Park. There are many visitor attractions in this area, which include steam railways, castles, water sports and superb sandy beaches. Llanberis, at the foot of Snowdon, is home to both lakeside and mountain railways, as well as a slate museum, the Electric Mountain and footpaths to the summit of Snowdon. Beach 1 mile. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground Floor: Step to entrance.
    Living/dining room: With wood burner, 24" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock, wooden floor and patio doors leading to garden.
    Kitchen: Galley style with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
    Cloakroom/utility room: With toilet, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Sun room.
    Bedroom 1:
    With single bed.
    Steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    LPG central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Logs for wood burner available locally.

    Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Cadnant

    Tanygrisiau near Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC612067
    Situated in the village of Tanygrisiau, this lovely terraced holiday cottage ensures a very warm Welsh welcome and lies just a short distance away from the former slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. This traditional cottage has been extended to offer very spacious accommodation for up to five guests, and has been finished to a very good standard. Tanygrisiau Reservoir is close by and there are some wonderful walks straight from the door. Catch the steam train at Tanygrisiau station, 100 yards, and take a spectacular scenic journey on the famous Ffestiniog Railway, as the line twists and turns its way down to Porthmadog. Or hop off the train at Minffordd and walk a short distance to the Italianate village of Portmeirion. Surrounded by the Snowdonia National Park, Blaenau Ffestiniog is fast becoming the adventure capital of North Wales with Bounce Below, where you can bounce on trampoline nets in an old slate cavern, Zipworld, the largest zip wire zone in the world, the Stiniog downhill mountain bike trails, not to mention taking a guided tour deep underground at Llechwedd Slate Caverns.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With slate floor, breakfast area, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available. Wi-Fi.

    Courtyard with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Snowdonia 1

    Harlech

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 27697

    Close to the beach

    Located in the centre of Harlech, these well positioned apartments, Snowdonia 1(ref 27697) and Snowdonia 2(ref 27698), are ideally placed for those wanting to be near to the local amenities and within walking distance of the beaches, golf course and castle. The town lies close to the Snowdonia foothills on the edge of Cardigan Bay, looking out westwards toward the Lleyn Peninsula. Harlech is famous for its medieval castle which, situated high upon a rocky outcrop, provides an excellent viewpoint that dominates the town. The beach and shore though is another good reason to visit, stretching for miles there are truly golden sands with dunes that occasionally reach around thirty feet in height and has been designated a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. The town centre offers a range of traditional shops with a number of places to eat. Visitors to the area can enjoy some of North Wales’ nearby tourist attractions including Llanfair Slate Caverns, Portmeirion, the Welsh Highlands Railway, Plas Tan y Bwlch and Coed Y Brenin. For walking, climbing and cycling, the Snowdonia mountains are easily accessible. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single (no window). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating included. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Patio and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Cae Cynddelw

    Llandderfel near Bala

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UK6042
    Gloriously situated up on the hillside on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park overlooking the pretty village of Llandderfel is the lovely detached cottage of Cae Cynddelw. Accessed via a rough track and enjoying wonderful views of the surrounding countryside it’s a real rural retreat. It has an open plan living area downstairs, complete with a cosy wood burner, plus with a sunny conservatory, there is plenty of space to relax. The patio and large lawned garden outside is great for enjoying al fresco dining or fun games with the children and a dog. There’s a traditional inn within walking distance down the hill, a Michelin starred restaurant in the next village of Llandrillo, and it’s only four miles to the town of Bala with a great selection of cafes and eateries, plus the famous Bala Lake where water sports are available. The National Whitewater Rafting Centre at Tryweryn is also close by. Families will love the steam trains on the Bala Lake Railway and Llangollen, home to the annual International Musical Eisteddfod is within easy reach. You can also easily reach the seaside and the sandy beach at Barmouth, 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space: With beams.
    Living area: With wood burner, 30" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and slate floors.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and wooden floor.
    Conservatory.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Economy 7 heating, electricity and bed linen included. Initial logs for wood burner included.

    Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, garden furniture, BBQ and fire circle. Private parking for 3 cars, 40 yards. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Moelwyn View

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC612083
    Located in the heart of the former slate quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, this delightful mid terraced holiday cottage has splendid views of the Moelwyn mountains that surround the town and makes a great base for exploring the area. Within walking distance of a pub serving delicious bar meals, it’s also close to the famous Ffestiniog Railway, imagine travelling on a narrow gauge steam train as the line twists and turns on its journey down to the sea at Porthmadog, whilst enjoying refreshments served at your seat. Blaenau Ffestiniog is fast becoming a mecca for adventure activities, ranging from the worlds largest zip wire zone at Zipworld Titan, and the exciting Bounce Below where you can bounce on trampoline nets in an underground slate cavern the size of St Paul’s Cathedral, to the Stiniog Downhill Mountain Bike trails (there’s even bike storage and washing facilities at the holiday cottage!). There are walks a plenty in the Snowdonia National Park which surrounds Blaenau, with the Cambrian coast and Harlech Castle to explore in one direction and the pretty village of Betws-y-Coed in the other.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With gas fire, 42" Freeview smart TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With breakfast area, double electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With bunk bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi.

    Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Cycle store. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Minallt

    Nefyn, nr. Pwllheli

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 27882

    This cosy cottage is in a quiet part of Nefyn, away from the hustle and bustle, within walking distance of the beach. With beams and a steep staircase, this holiday property has plenty of character. The famous Ty Coch Inn, down on the beach at Porthdinllaen is nearby, and the whole of the sleepy Llyn Peninsula is just waiting to be explored. Visit Plas yn Rhiw (NT), the Whistling Sands, or the market town of Pwllheli. Porthmadog, home to the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways is a short drive away. Horse riding can be found nearby. Ideal for golfers. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with beams. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling and Velux.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters included (£20per week October-March). Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine (in shed). Wi-fi. Garden adjacent to property with sitting-out area and furniture. Car park 50 yards. No smoking. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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  • Bryn Odol - The East Wing

    Bryn Odol, Tudweiliog

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: WN50

    Ideal touring base

    Set on a working farm are these 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.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.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with corner bath, bidet and toilet, one (5ft) with additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Two cots. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden and furniture. Parking.

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