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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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  • Plas Meini - The Granary

    Llan Ffestiniog

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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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  • Capel Bethesda - Honeysuckle Cottage

    Aberllefenni, near Machynlleth

    Grade
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    Ref: 26471

    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.

    Ground floor: Step to living room with beams and slate floor. Dining room with beams. Kitchen with beams and slate floor. Shower room with toilet. Steep stair to first floor: Double bedroom.

    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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  • Tai Coch Chatham - Tŷ Macsen

    Llandwrog, near Caernarfon

    Grade
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    Ref: OZ5

    Close to the Snowdonia National Park, these three spacious, attractive and comfortable barn conversions boast stunning views over beautiful countryside. The holiday cottages (refs OZ3, OZ4 and OZ5) are located just metres away from the Wales Coast Path, which leads to a lovely pebble backed sandy beach whilst affording wonderful bird watching opportunities on the way. Within easy driving distance there are a myriad of exciting activities including mountain biking, surfing, zip wires, sailing, excellent walking, riding and golf. Caernarfon, with its magnificent castle, Welsh Fusiliers Museum and a fine selection of shops, restaurants and pubs, is just 4 miles away, and is also the start of the Welsh Highland Railway for scenic journeys into the heart of Snowdonia. Tai Coch Chatham is a perfect location for relaxing winter escapes and summer beach holidays. Shop and restaurant 2½ miles, pub serving food 1 mile.

    Step to entrance. Large open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French doors and kitchen area with wooden floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Ground source and solar panel central heating included
    • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Pet free of charge
    • No children under 16 years, except babes in arms

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter £3 per basket
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • 32" Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Bryn Meurig

    Abererch near Pwllheli

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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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  • Llofft Allan

    Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

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    Ref: CC611018
    This cosy, 5* Visit Wales Award, first floor, apartment has been created from traditional stone farm buildings. Retaining both the charm and character from its humble origins and awaiting to delight you for a romantic getaway. Nestled within the grounds of the organic working farm, Ystumgwern Hall, along with four other similar cottages, you will enjoy views of the surrounding hills and countryside, with sea views in the distance. Situated between Harlech and Barmouth you are a short walk to the Cambrian coast and rugged mountains of Snowdonia. So whether you prefer the beach, or walking in the mountains of Snowdonia, the choice is yours. Snowdonia is a contrast of rugged mountains and wooded valleys, rushing streams and peaceful lakes, glorious beaches and boat-dotted harbours.

    First Floor: The accommodation is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining:  with Freeview TV/DVD, Radio/CD, I Doc, WI FI, living flame gas fire and dining furniture

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

    Bedroom: with double bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included.  Bed linen and towels provided.  Cot and highchair available. WI FI. Shared laundry room with washing machine and drying facilities available. 

    Shared games room with table tennis, pool table and table football. Small shared garden with tables and benches.  Shared large paddock to play ball games and childrens’ play area. Parking for 2 cars.

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  • Ty Gwyn Barn

    Rhosfawr, near Pwllheli

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    Ref: OH7


    This stunning ‘upside down’ barn conversion, standing detached, has been finished to a high standard and has a delightful living room/kitchen on the first floor with French doors opening to a decked balcony with great views of the surrounding countryside. From the living room, a wonderful wrought iron spiral staircase leads down to the bedroom and shower room, and can be illuminated at night for a special effect! The unobtrusive and friendly owners live opposite, and are on hand should you need advice or assistance during your stay. Their very well behaved family pets are also friendly and welcoming, but do not present a nuisance.
    This is an excellent, central location on the Llyn Peninsula, giving easy access to all corners, with mountains, beaches and many attractions. The bustling market town of Pwllheli is within a few minutes’ drive and has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants, not to mention the stunning beach which seems to go on for miles, topped with grassy sand dunes. Criccieth with its historic, hilltop castle and beach is a little further to the east, as is Porthmadog with the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways. Take the steam train on a nostalgic journey through the breath taking scenery of the Welsh mountains from Porthmadog in the south, to the delightful town of Caernarfon in the north, with its majestic castle standing proudly at the harbour.
    The seaside villages of Nefyn, Abersoch and sleepy Aberdaron are within easy reach and worth a visit, as is the stunning village of Porthdinllaen, situated literally on the beach. Nant Gwrtheyrn on the north coast is a disused quarry village, and a café provides refreshments after a bracing walk down to the beach.
    The area is also great for walkers with the Llyn coastal footpath to explore, or take a boat trip to Bardsey Island. There is so much to see and do, you are sure to return. Shop 1 mile, pub 2 ½ miles.

    Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Narrow, open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Open-plan living room with French doors and gas woodburner/kitchen with breakfast area and wooden floor.

    • Gas woodburner included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Private decked balcony with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ty Bach Ysgo

    Porth Ysgo near Aberdaron

    Grade
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    Ref: CC611053
    This charming single-storey detached cottage is peacefully situated on a small working farm amidst the stunning landscape of the Llyn Peninsula and close to the pretty fishing village of Aberdaron. It has been converted from what used to be the farm’s pigsties and now offers cosy and charming accommodation for two. It also boasts a blissful hot tub and outside dining space, with spectacular panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.

    Porth Ysgo lies within the ’Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau’ Special Area of Conservation and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which has a diverse range of wildlife and marine habitats. The Llyn Coastal Path also runs adjacent to the beach and is a haven for walking enthusiasts, offering magnificent coastal and mountain walks. The area is also ideal for biking, bird watching, bouldering, fishing, water sport activities, or simply just relaxing!

    From the cottage, it’s a short walk down to Porth Ysgo beach (via approximately 150 steps), where you can enjoy memorable views of the surrounding landscape and perhaps spot dolphins swimming in the bay.

    Aberdaron offers a small selection of shops, cafes and pubs. Lively and fashionable Abersoch, Pwllheli, with its weekly market, and the Snowdonia National Park are all easily accessible.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder at cost. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.

    Lawned garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Hot tub. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead (working farm). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond and stream in grounds, 55 yards.

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  • Morlais

    Llanaber, near Barmouth

    Grade
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    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, near 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
    • Washing machine (shared with owner)
    • 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.

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  • Pandy Farm Cottage

    Llanrug, near Caernarfon

    Grade
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    Ref: 27671

    This lovely, little, detached holiday property is finished to a very good standard with a slate floor in the living area and a vaulted ceiling. Situated on the outskirts of Llanrug, it is just a short drive to the village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon. As well as the famous Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis also offers the Llyn Padarn Country Park, Lake Railway, Welsh Slate Museum, and Electric Mountain. In the other direction is Caernarfon with its mighty Edward I castle and the Welsh Highland Railway providing a spectacular narrow-gauge steam journey to Beddgelert and Porthmadog. Shop ½ mile, pub 200 yards, restaurant ¾ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and slate floor/2 steps up to kitchen with slate floor/2 steps up to bedroom area with double bed (6ft, zip and link can be twin). Shower room with toilet.

    Underfloor central heating (£20per week). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker (mini oven). Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in shared utility room. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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