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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Trem-y-mor

    Barmouth

    Grade
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    Ref: W42976

    This surely is one of the most elegant and well presented houses in Barmouth and being situated on what is known as ’The Rock’, its position offers spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Flag beach in addition to the mountains of the Llyn Peninsula. The Victorian townhouse consists of a ground floor studio (W41891) and Trem-y-môr, the upper apartment which is laid out over two floors. The apartment offers a wealth of Victorian featuresand vibrant Art Deco/Art Nouveau features whilst benefitting from all the modern facilities, with most rooms having sea views. Stunning hill and coastal walks along the Mawddach Estuary, from the property and water sports and fishing trips from the harbour, the castles of Harlech and Caernarfon and the Italianate village of Portmeirion all close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Steep steps to entrance. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room. Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating included. Electricity £30per week July-August, £50per week September-June. Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Wi-fi available at £14.99per week. On road parking. No smoking. No children. NB: There is no washing machine at this property.

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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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  • 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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  • Hendy Bach

    Bala

    Grade
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    Ref: 11170


    A beautiful Welsh stone holiday cottage, one of a pair, dating back to the 18th century, retaining charm and character with exposed stone walls, beams and wood-burning stoves. It stands proud in the village of Llanfor, just outside the popular tourist area of Bala with a lake ideal for water sports, the white water rafting centre and miniature steam railway that chuffs its way along the side of the lake. This excellent base is very central for enjoying north Wales, mid Wales and the Cheshire/Shropshire borderlands. To the west of the town, head towards Dolgellau, a small market town, home to the famous Cader Idris, Cymer Abbey, Coed-y-Brenin Mountain Bike Centre and Mawddach Trail, the Cambrian Coast and Portmeirion. Head north to the majestic Mount Snowdon, passing Blaenau Ffestiniog, the slate caverns and Ffestiniog Railway, Betws-y-Coed and Swallow Falls then on beyond to Conwy and Caernarfon, both famed for their castles. Heading east takes you towards Llangollen with its horse-drawn barges, canal boat trips, the motor museum, River Dee, abbey and steam railway along to either Chester or Chirk Castle and Erddig (both NT). Journeying south takes you on a scenic trip through the Berwyn Mountain range towards Lake Vyrnwy, Pistyll Rhaeadr (Wales’ largest waterfall), and Powys Castle (NT). Shops and pubs 1 mile.

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

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Microwave. Use of washing machine. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Shared grassed area. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Waterloo Cottage

    Blaenau Ffestiniog

    Grade
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    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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  • Yr Efail

    Nr. Dolgellau

    Grade
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    Ref: HW7387

    Set in the stunning countryside of the beautiful Dyfi Valley, this charming and romantic, detached holiday cottage boasts a wealth of oak beams and delightful character. Once the old blacksmith’s and restored to a very high standard, it is ideally located to explore Snowdonia’s many attractions. Nearby, Bwlch y Groes – the highest pass in Wales – leads to the spectacular lakes at Bala and Vyrnwy (RSPB reserve). Dolgellau and Machynlleth are 10 miles, Aberdovey and Barmouth 20 miles. Fishing within a mile. Shops 3 miles, restaurants and pubs 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TV. Video. DVD. iPod dock. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Fenced garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. Private water supply.

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  • Bryn Meurig

    Abererch near Pwllheli

    Grade
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    Ref: CC611038
    Wonderfully positioned to appreciate the regions beautiful beaches, castles and mountains, this comfortable little stone end-terraced cottage has been renovated with the living accommodation on the first floor to make the most of the countryside views, and glimpses of the sea from the delightful Juliette balcony that leads from the kitchen area. Close by lies a sandy beach and Pwllheli, where visitors will find not only an excellent weekly market, shops, inns and restaurants, but also a leisure centre, golf course and an impressive marina with opportunities for water sports. The nearby coastal path affords wonderful walking, and the miles of country lanes are perfect for exploring by bike. A myriad of outdoor pursuits are all easily accessible in the nearby Snowdonia National Park. Perfect for a romantic break.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.
    Steep, narrow stairs to...

    First Floor: Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wooden floor, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen area: With wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and patio doors to Juliette balcony.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included.

    Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area. Gas BBQ. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • 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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  • Bwthyn Bach

    Caeathro nr. Caernarfon

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    Ref: 26777


    In a delightful rural setting on the fringes of the Snowdonia National Park, Bwthyn Bach, once part of the home of Sir William Preece, is this delightfully furnished and spacious semi-detached property. The upstairs living room has a wonderful Victorian ceiling light and there are 71/2 acres of shared gardens to explore.
    This is an excellent location for walking and touring with the dramatic splendour of Snowdon and a myriad of exhilarating outdoor pursuits including Zip World, the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere, is just a short drive away, as is the beautiful isle of Anglesey with 125 miles of coastline to explore, along with many golden sandy beaches.
    The historic town of Caernarfon, home to mighty Caernarfon Castle and the Welsh Highland Steam Railway for scenic journeys through the dramatic countryside to Beddgelert and on to the pretty harbour town of Porthmadog, is just 11/2 miles away, and also offers a fine selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. In the other direction discover the quiet and peaceful Llyn Peninsula. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. 1 double bedroom. First floor: Living room.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-Fi. Shared 71/2-acre garden with private sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars) No smoking.

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  • Tri-A-Hanner

    Porthdinllaen, nr. Pwllheli

    Grade
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    Ref: NT008024

    National Trust Holiday Cottage

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

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

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

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