Ty-Capel | 5 Star Luxury with Sea Views

Ty-Capel | 5 star luxury with sea viewsIt’s like staying in a luxury 5 star hotel but better. The rooms are bigger, the breakfast is nicer and you have your own private garden. Ok you have to cook the breakfast yourself but at least the eggs wont be rubbery.

Ty-Capal, is a two bedroom self catering house in the seaside village of Dyffryn Ardudwy on the west cost of the Snowdonia National Park. Formerly the home of the local minister the property has been recently renovated to a very high standard. I know everybody says that, but this one really is posh.

Self Catering Dyffryn Ardudwy

..sleek kitchen..
..this one really is posh..
..like a hotel but better..


Open plan living down stairs. The sleek kitchen has all the facilities you’d want including a dishwasher and washing machine. Outside, there’s a lovely raised decking area just off the kitchen. Patio furniture and a small BBQ allows guests to make the most of those sea views and has the benefit of being a real suntrap from lunchtime onwards. There is also a lawned garden area but this is the other side of a side lane, which means younger children probably shouldn’t be left there unsupervised.

Back into the kitchen and a breakfast bar separates this area from equally plush dinning chairs and table. Dinner can be enjoyed whilst looking out over the sandy coastline that makes this part of north wales so popular with many of our guests.

Just round the corner is a spacious lounge with two comfortable sofas facing onto a large flat screen tv complete with surround sound speakers. The state of the art heat exchanger will provide more than enough warmth via the under-floor heating system but the best gadget in the lounge is the wall heater. Guests have the choice of projecting 5 different types of fire onto the front panel with the option of crackling sound effects if you want. My favorite however, is the ‘aquarium’ setting.

Floor level led lights lead you up the carpeted staircase to two spacious bedrooms, both of which are en-suite. The double room, again, has fantastic sea views and contemporary fittings and fixtures including the 3rd of 4 flat screen tv’s in the house. The deluxe en-suite bathroom has a large bath with a shower over. The twin bedroom next door also has a large shower in it’s en-suite bathroom.

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Dyffryn Ardudwy is a bustling sea side village half way between Harlech and Barmouth on the western edge of Snowdonia. The village has a butchers, post office and small grocery shop as well as a couple of cafés and two pubs serving food. (The pubs are within easy walking distance of the house.) The larger towns of Barmouth and Harlech offer a wider selection of shops and restaurants and are 10 minutes away by car.

The area’s most obvious draw is the miles of clean sandy beaches nearby. But guests should also take the opportunity to explore the rugged rhinog mountains also accessible from the house. Snowdon itself is a 40 minute drive to the north.

Other activities within a short car journey include mountain biking at Coed Y Brennin, white water rafting at Tryweryn and pony trekking in Betws Y Coed. Smaller independent activity providers will also take you gorge walking, kite surfing, climbing etc. Two many to mention.

You can’t drive for more than five minutes in this area without passing a burial ground, castle or some sort of historic monument. And our more recent industrial past can be re-lived with trips on narrow gauge steam railways and by exploring underground slate mines.

Or, you could just sit on that decking area, read a book, drink a glass of wine and watch the sun go down.

Bustling sea side village

..bustling seaside village..
..rugged Rhinog mountains..
..historic monuments..

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Bwthyn-Clyd | Romantic One Bedroom Self Catering Cottage | Pet Friendly

Bwthyn-Clyd

Bwthyn Clyd is the second cottage that Bethan and Gary have renovated. And it’s every bit as stylish as their first one, Bwthyn Bach. It’s been immaculately decorated and filled with modern elegant furniture.

As you walk in, stable doors open onto a spacious lounge with leather furniture, flat screen tv etc. On the right, a breakfast bar separates this living area from a modern galley kitchen. All the facilities you’d expect here and, again, the crockery and accessories are tastefully chosen. Bethans influence I suspect more than Gary’s. A door to the left leads to the double bedroom with its luxurious king size bed. The contemporary bathroom includes a large shower cubicle with power shower. Lots of storage space which is perhaps unusual for a holiday let. And the bedding and towels are crisp and fresh as guests to the first cottage would expect. All in all a perfect base for couples or young families to explore this rural part of southern Snowdonia.

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Location

In the summer most people will visit the cottage because of the miles of Green Coast award winning sandy beaches nearby. And there certainly worth the trip no matter what time of year you decide to stay. But this particular corner of Snowdonia also offers walkers a wealth of undiscovered bridleways and footpaths in some of the most beautiful scenery of the National Park.

The mountains here offer a welcome alternative to the more heavily visited peaks to the north. You can walk the higher ridges here all day without bumping into another living sole. I’m not sure if there are many areas in the UK where that’s still true.

There are two pubs in the village both serving food as well as a post office, small grocery store and garage. The larger towns of Barmouth and Harlech are 5 miles to the south and north respectively.

Robin

Perfect Romantic Getaway
Near the Beautiful Bennar Beach
Tastefully Furnished Through Out

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Bwthyn-Bach | Pet Friendly Self Catering Cottage | Dyffryn Ardudwy Barmouth

Bwthyn Bach

Bwthyn Bach is a lovely little studio cottage on the outskirts of Dyffryn Ardudwy. Newly decorated and furnished to a high standard, the accommodation provides a perfect retreat for couples wanting to explore this part of rural Snowdonia. The open plan kitchen is well equipped with quality stainless steel appliances and has plenty of storage and worktop space. The breakfast bar provides a subtle divide between this area and the lounge.  So whoever’s in charge of making tea can keep one eye on the ‘One Show’ whilst cooking. Comfortable leather sofa and flat screen digital TV in the lounge.

For a small cottage the bathroom is surprisingly generous and has a powerful shower but no bath. The bedroom next door is also very comfortable and includes a kingsize bed. With everything on the ground floor, access could not be easier.

Outside there’s a small patio area where you can sit and sip a glass of chilled white wine whilst enjoying the sea views. There also a larger shared garden area with even better views stretching out over Cardigan Bay.

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Location

In the summer most people will visit the cottage because of the miles of sandy beaches nearby. And there certainly worth the trip no matter what time of year you decide to stay. But this particular corner of Snowdonia also offers walkers a wealth of undiscovered bridleways and footpaths in some of the most beautiful scenery of the National Park. The mountains here offer a welcome alternative to the more heavily visited peaks to the north. You can walk the higher ridges here all day without bumping into another living sole. I’m not sure if there are many areas in the UK where that’s still true.

There are two pubs in the village both serving food as well as a post office, small grocery store and garage. The larger towns of Barmouth and Harlech are 5 miles to the south and north respectively.

..one bedroom stone cottage..
..furnished to a high standard..
..miles of sandy beaches nearby..

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Tregantle | Large family self catering in central village location

4 Bedroom House Dyffryn Ardudwy Snowdonia

Tregantle is a large 4 bedroom house in the coastal village of Dyffryn Ardudwy in Snowdonia. This modern house can easily accommodate up to 10 people so perfect for extended family breaks by the sea.

A fully fitted kitchen has all the facilities you would expect including dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. A small breakfast table in the kitchen is great for children and their colouring in while Mum or Dad cooks.

Double French doors lead through to the more formal dinning room. A large hardwood table surrounded by ten high backed dining chairs creates an elegant refined space for family meals. The lounge opposite is more relaxed with plenty of slouching opportunities in front of the flat screen TV.

What makes this room particularly appealing is another set of large French doors that open out onto a decked area outside. You can sit and enjoy a glass of wine in the sunny yet private garden whilst others stay indoors to watch the telly. I always enjoy that feeling when you rush indoors from bright sunshine and it takes a moment or two for your eyes to adjust to the light.

The last room on the ground floor is a large bedroom with a super king-sized bed and en-suite bathroom. Perfect for older relatives perhaps but modern and spacious enough to be the favorite of old and young alike.

There are three more bedrooms upstairs. Another bedroom with a super king-sized bed and en-suite shower room. Then a smaller twin bedroom and finally a huge family room with a king sized bed and two single beds. All the bedrooms look out over the coastline towards the Llyn Peninsula.

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Location

Dyffryn Ardudwy is a lovely little village half way between Harlech and Barmouth on the Cambrian Coast Road. Two pubs in the village. The first is within easy walking distance the other is a little further but still no need for the car. The post office, grocery shop and butchers are also only a short distance from the house. The larger towns of Harlech and Barmouth are 5 minutes away by car and offer more choice of shops and restaurants etc.

The beach in the village is fantastic. Huge rolling sand dunes stretch up and down this part of the coastline. Wonderfully clean water and gently sloping coastline provides a safe environment for all ages.

The mountains behind the house are a big favorite of many who know this area. Cwm Nantcol and Cwm Bychan must count among the most beautiful mountain valleys in the National Park. As well as mountain walking the more adventurous might enjoy white water rafting on the Tryweryn river, mountain bikeing at Coed Y Brenin or high rope adventures at Padarn Country Park.

Family on Dyffryn Beach

..family holiday..
..sunny private garden..
..plenty of slouching opportunities..

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Gatehouse | Unique historic selfcatering cottage Gors Y Gedol Dyffryn Ardudwy

Gatehouse | Unique and Historic Self Catering Cottage in SnowdoniaThe Gatehouse of Cors Y Gedol Hall is a truly unique property. Built by the Vaughan family in the 14th century this imposing building now provides self catering accommodation for up to 7 people in one of the nicest parts of the Snowdonia national park. Having driven up the mile long drive from the coast road you cant help but be impressed by the gothic symmetry of the building. It stands of course as the welcome entrance to the great hall behind. Carved granite finials flank the central arch where lords and ladies in horse drawn carriages would pass through. And the arched windows with their sandstone mullions and a central cusp create a real fairytale look.

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The central arch which bisects the house does mean the accommodation is unconventional. But I think that just adds to the character. The lounge and two of the bedrooms are on one side of the building whilst the kitchen and one more bedroom are on the other side. Having to pass through the covered central arch to get to the other side does mean that midnight trips to the fridge in your nightie might be a bit risky as the arch remains exposed on one side. But I’m guessing the sheep have probably seen it all before.

The kitchen has a country cottage feel and includes a dishwasher and washing machine as well as all the other essentials. The lounge is beautifully furnished. Original features such as old oak beams and arched windows are complimented by Laura Ashley curtains and tasteful antique ornaments. As I say, three bedrooms in total. One family room with a double bed and a single bed plus two more double rooms. All the bedrooms have a fantastic view over the surrounding grounds. Both sides of the building have a wc each. Which is a relief. One bathroom has a shower, the other a bath.

Cherry Blossom at Cors Y Gedol

..a truly unique property..
..gothic symmetry..
..a fairy tale building..

Location

As part of the Cors Y Gedol estate the cottage is set within impressive grounds. The manicured lawns, lake and the hall itself are further complimented by the surrounding ancient woodland. Beyond the trees the mountains of the national park rise up to the west. To the east miles of sandy beaches stretch out along the Cambrian coast. There are a couple of pubs in the village, a small grocery store, a post office and an excellent local butchers. The popular seaside town of Barmouth is a 10 minute drive to the south whilst the town of Harlech with its famous castle and links golf course is 10 minutes to the North. This entire stretch of coastline boasts some wonderful clean and sandy beaches. Whilst walking in the mountains provides the perfect escape from the daily bustle. Too many adventure activities to list but drop me an email if you need pointing in the right direction.

Harlech Castle

..impressive grounds..
..miles of sandy beaches..
..the famous Harlech castle..

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Nant | Self Catering Barn Conversion on a Working Snowdonia Farm

Lounge

Nant, which means brook or spring in welsh and refers to the small brook that runs past this cottage, is a two bedroom barn conversion in Dyffryn Ardudwy. Its difficult for me to be objective when describing Nant as its the larger of the two self catering cottages that we let out ourselves here on the farm. But I hope you’ll agree when I say they’re nicely furnished and decorated.

Using local craftsmen to completly rebuild an old disused barn, has meant that we’ve been able to use as much natural and local material as possible. Nick and Adam did most of the structrual work including laying the natural slate tiles on our heated floor. Mike, a carpenter from the village, hand carved the oak trussees and glazed gable end. Whilst stonemasons, Charlie and Rich, two brothers and friends of ours, did a brilliant job of the external granite stone work. (I was allowed to help with the unskilled but backbreaking work of fetching the stones from the fields)

The cottage comprises a ground floor twin bedroom in addition to a kingzize double in the ‘grogloft’ or eves of the barn. The living area downstairs has a small kitchen where we’ve tried to include everything you’ll need including a combination oven, hob and dishwasher. The oak folding doors which span the south facing gable end of the cottage can be opened up completly to make the most of the view of the fields and mountains on the far side of the brook. The underfloor heating provides more than enough heat but we’ve also installed a cast iron log burner to help create that romatic atmosphere.

Daffodils

..on a working welsh hill farm..
..complimentary cooked breakfast..
..sandy beaches to the west..

We’ve tried to by the best fixtures and fittings possible. Including hand made brass lamps, oak furniture and real leather sofas. The bathroom too has been kitted out with a powerfull thermostatic shower and expensive taps etc. But more importantly perhaps we’d like to think that we’ve invested some time and effort into smaller projects like renovating an old cast iron radiator for the bathroom, makeing the curtains by hand, restoring some old furniture bought at our local auction and buying some nice ornaments made by friends and neighbours.

Nant is on the grounds of our farm here at Byrdir where we also run a small B&B (have a look at www.byrdir.co.uk for more information). During the summer months, when the B&B is open, we’ll try and persuade you to join us for a cooked breakfast in the main farmhouse free of charge. Although you’re naturally free to stay in bed and cater for yourselves if you prefer. There are lots of other advantages to staying here on the farm. It’ll give you a chance to get involved in things like feeding the pigs, collecting the chicken eggs and meeting the ducks. Throwing a stick for our border collie, Dell, seems to be the favorite pastime of a lot of our guest. Great views in every direction. Views over the Cambrian Coastline and its sandy beaches a mile to the west, Snowdon and her friends are to the north and you are naturally encouraged to explore the rugged Rhinnog Mountains that climb up behind the cottage to the east.

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The other attractions associated with Snowdonia are all close by. Historic castle and golf course in Harlech, narrow gauge steam railways in Porthmadog and Talyllyn, slate and copper mines in Bleuna and Beddgelert as well as more adventurous pursuits like kite surfing, white water rafting and mountain biking etc. Let me know what you fancy and I’ll point you in the right direction.

Spring Lamby

..luxury barn conversion..
..views over the Cambrian coast line..
..in the heart of Snowdonia..

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Laundry-Cottage | Fairytale Self Catering Cottage in Dyffryn Ardudwy

Laundry-Cottage | Fairytale Self Catering Cottage in Dyffryn Ardudwy

Laundry-Cottage just oozes character. A unique 14th Century stone built cottage with its original inglenook, hand carved oak beams and a spiral stone staircase. You can almost taste the history in this place. The cottage sits within the grounds of an Elizabethan Manor House, Cors Y Gedol, which was built in 1576 by Richard Vaughan. And, as the name suggest, was used as a laundry for the grand house. But don’t worry, you wont be asked to do any of the ironing during your stay.

As you walk in through the front door the kitchen and dinning area is to your left and the sitting area is to your right. The kitchen is simple but well equipped. The sitting area is comfortable and the living flame gas fire set in the impressive inglenook gives the room that sort of natural focus point. Little things like the material for the hand made curtains and cushions have obviously been carefully selected and add a touch of class to the property. A whitewashed stone corridor leads off to the ground floor twin bedroom and bathroom. Mind your head! Some guests could argue that the bathroom next door is a bit small. But I guess big bathrooms weren’t a priority during the 14th Century, and I think it actually ads to the character of the cottage.

The stone spiral staircase then leads up to a large first floor bedroom. The original cruck timber frame painted black is offset by the whitewashed walls. The irregular lines and texture are a real welcome contrast to today’s straight edges and wipe down surfaces. Perhaps the cleaners wouldn’t agree. Anyway, I could go on about this cottage for ages but I’m worried I’d bore you. 14th Century, stone spiral staircase in the grounds of and Edwardian Manor House. What more do you want?!

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Location

The directions to this property read “turn right in the village through the gated entrance. Proceed up the drive for just over a mile..” I should add of course that the ‘gated entrance’ is the original stone structures erected by Richard Vaughan in 1576. The 1.5 mile drive is as straight as an arrow and leads directly to the Hall at the far end. It’s flanked by ancient woods on both sides and the wide grass verges are covered with snowdrops and daffodils in the springtime.

The cottage itself has a large private lawned area which looks out over a field and then some woodland. Beyond that you’ve got the 7 miles of sandy coastline that stretches from Harlech to the north down to Barmouth in the south. The rugged Rhinog mountains provide a back drop to the property and presents a true wilderness for keen walkers. A couple of pubs in the village both serving food. But probably a bit too far to walk after dark.

A quick internet search will show that there are lots of things to do in the area. Adrenaline educing activities as well as more relaxed pastimes. Sites of special historic interest as well as sites of special scientific interest. The world’s your lobster as my gran once said.

Freshly Cut Flowers

14th Century Cottage
on the grounds of an Elizabethan Manor house
stone spiral staircase, original oak beams

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