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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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Grade 5 Star rating

Situated in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park in a beautiful location with valley and sea views, these semi-detached barn conversions have been sympathetically converted and restored to retain character and charm. Located on a working farm, it is an ideal holiday base to explore some of the best beaches in Wales and is just 2 miles from the coast. Visit the slate caverns and castle and Portmeirion and Snowdonia are easily accessible. St David’s Royal Golf Course and theatre at Harlech. Local tourist attractions include Harlech Castle, Llanfair Slate Caverns and Portmeirion, while all areas of the Snowdonia National Park are easily accessible. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining area/kitchen with beams and slate floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom with additional pull-out single. Separate toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Cot and high chair on request. Electric range. Enclosed garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (3 cars). Friday to Friday.

Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Two pets welcome (to be kept on leads at all times - working sheep farm). No smoking.

Grade 4 Star rating
Little Barn Ref: OK8

These detached, converted barns (refs OK7 and OK8) are located in the hills between Pentrefelin and Criccieth, with spectacular views out to sea. From the garden, guests can enjoy wonderful 360 degree views of Cardigan Bay, together with a picturesque backdrop of the Snowdonia Mountain range. These 500-year-old cottages, once owned by Henry VII, have been lovingly restored by the owners to provide beautiful holiday accommodation. This is an ideal location for walkers, bird watchers and golfers, with many activities just on the doorstep, including horse riding, fishing, climbing and sailing, being located just 10 minutes from Pwllheli Marina and having a spectacular golf course and fishing lake within walking distance from the properties. These properties are also popular with artists, due to the spectacular views and abundance of light. With many lovely walks from the doorstep, as well as the beaches at Criccieth and Black Rock Sands at Morfa Bychan all within easy reach. Criccieth has a good selection of restaurants and pubs, and Criccieth Castle, standing proud over the bay, is well worth a visit. In the other direction is Porthmadog, home to the famous Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways. Portmeirion is close by, and the mountain ranges of northern Snowdonia, the village of Llanberis and the Llyn Peninsula are also within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Open-plan living room with galley-style kitchen and slate floor. Bunk bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with TV.

  • Three Freeview TVs
  • Playstation 3

  • Electricity, ground source heat pump underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • DVDs
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washer/dryer
  • Gravelled courtyard with patio and furniture
  • 7-acre grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Natural water supply from borehole
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

Note: Properties OK7 and OK8 can be booked together to sleep up to 8 guests

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