It’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.
..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.
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 seaside village..
..rugged Rhinog mountains..
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