Llys Bennar | Luxury Self Catering Accommodation | Bennar Beach Dyffryn Ardudwy

Llys Bennar

As we pushed past a fragrant camellia and crossed over a little stone bridge to get to the front door, we knew that Llys Bennar was going to be a bit special.

The cottage is the largest within a collection of 4 barn conversions. An oak panelled hall way complete with antique chair and expensive looking pictures leads off to a well equipped kitchen which is filled with the mouth-watering smell of freshly baked bread, a much appreciated welcome gift from the owners, Sue and Richard. The kitchen in turn leads to the breakfast room. My photo of the breakfast room doesn’t do it justice perhaps. This nice bright room houses a huge long bench seat facing onto an impressive oak table. Perfect for family meals, board games and colouring in!

There’s also a small WC and a boot room come utility next to the kitchen. Ideal for our wellingtons and walking gear. Next door, the games room has a full sized pool table and a handy little docking station for our Ipod. Great fun on a warm evening with the patio doors opened up onto the back garden, drinking a beer and eating peanuts between shots.

The ground floor ensuite bedroom has a super-king bed and would be perfect for grandma and granddad if they can be persuaded to come.

A central stairway leads you to the upstairs lounge. The lounge, once again, is a treasure trove of antique furniture and tasteful décor. Having this room upstairs is fantastic as the views are spectacular. Rolling sand dunes stretch out in front of you and behind them a crystal blue sea and a cloudless sky.

Two bathrooms and three more bedrooms upstairs. A spacious and wonderfully sunny twin room, a smaller room with a set of bunk beds for the children and finally the very impressive master bedroom.

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Location

The wonderful Bennar Beach with its Green Coast Award is the obvious attraction when you’re staying at Llys Bennar, and is only a 10 minute walk away. But perhaps because the area is renowned for its beautiful coastline the mountains behind are sometimes overlooked. Luckily maybe as unlike Snowdon itself, an hour to the north, the Rhinog Mountains are ignored by many tourists and remains one of the Britain’s few true wildernesses.

Snowdonia is of course fast becoming Britain’s activity capital. Mountain biking, white water rafting, pony trekking, rock climbing are all available nearby. Whilst Celtic hill forts, religious shrines, mighty medieval castles and revealing industrial remains will entertain the more cerebral. We also found plenty of traditional pubs, charming tearooms serving home made cakes and stylish restaurants.

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Antique furniture
Miles of sandy beaches
A welcoming home from home

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Hwylfa-Groes | Self Catering Holiday Cottage in Tal Y Bont, Barmouth

Hwylfa-Groes | Self Catering Holiday Cottage in Tal Y Bont, Barmouth

Hwylfa-Groes is located in the little seaside village of Tal Y Bont, just 3 miles north of Barmouth on the Cambrian coast road. I’ve driven past this cottage a number of times without really noticing it. But I’m so glad I was invited in by owners Graham and Hazel because it’s a real hidden gem once you get inside.

It’s a proper welsh cottage. Built in 1754 with stone white washed walls, slate floor, inglenook fireplace with log burner and small deep-set windows. Just the type of property you’d hope to find when visiting Snowdonia.

The more modern conservatory to the rear of the cottage is a welcome addition however. It provides a light and spacious dining room as well as a space to sit and relax on sunny afternoons. The first of two log burners in here helps keep the room warm in the evening.

The second log burner is in the spacious lounge next door. This fire is framed by a large impressive inglenook. Typical of traditional cottages here in North Wales. Sea views can be enjoyed from this room and modern double glazed windows ensure that any passing traffic isn’t heard. Other modern comforts include a good digital tv with hard disc recorder and oil filled electric radiators. (Which can be turned on at guest’s discretion.)

The kitchen and bedrooms are smaller but perfectly formed. White kitchen units house all the usual appliances including a washing machine and tumble dryer. There’s one double bedroom and one single room. All the bedding is immaculate and tasteful ornaments and décor creates a really homely feel. The comfortable bathroom houses a good shower and a modern white bathroom suite.

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Location

Wooden gates to the rear of the property leads to a private off-road parking spot and a pretty little garden with views of the sea and the mountains. But most people visiting Tal-Y-Bont come to be beside the sea. And the cottage does not fail to provide that most traditional of British holidays. In the summer the village is transformed into a bustling coastal community. Fresh sea air carries with it the smell of newly lit BBQ’s and the sound of children’s laughter. It never rains in Wales. Honest! So don’t forget your flip flops. Socks optional.

The village has small paper shop next to the hair dressers and of course there’s the famous ‘Tony’s’ Italian Restaurant. A lot of our guests naturally head for Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales and England and only a 40 minute drive from the cottage. But I’d encourage all our guests to explore the mountains just behind the cottage. These less trodden peaks will tire even the most energetic of walkers. Make sure of course that you return along the banks of the river Ysgethin on your way back. This will lead you past the front door of the pub which is also in the village.

If you choose, there are lots of activities in the area throughout the year. Everything from adrenaline fuelled pursuits like white water rafting, mountain biking and gorge walking to more relaxing pastimes such as fishing, golf and bird watching.

Log burner framed by an impressive inglenook

..a really homely feel..
..seaside village of Tal Y Bont..
..impressive inglenook with log burner..

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Sisial-Y-Mor | Seaside Beach Self Catering Cottage | Tal Y Bont Barmouth Sleeps4

Self catering cottage in Tal Y Bont near Barmouth
Sisial-Y-Mor is a two bedroom barn conversion in Tal-Y-Bont, a popular seaside village just to the north of Barmouth here in Snowdonia. This middle cottage in a row of three has been renovated to a very high standard. There are some really nice fixtures like the oak ledge and brace doors, thermostatically controlled under-floor heating and marbelled bathroom with powerful shower. The furnishings have also been chosen with care and attention to detail. Everything from the elegant curtains, the stylish bedside lamps right down to the matching kitchen utensils. All have been carefully considered.

The accommodation itself comprises a large open plan living area with great sea views. The dining table sits to one side and comfortable leather sofas and large flat screen TV take up the rest of the room. High vaulted ceiling create a sense of space and light.

A central hallway leads to a thoroughly modern and spacious kitchen and bathroom. In the kitchen, sleek white fitted units are topped with a darker work surface matching the tiled floor. The marbled bathroom contains a large bath with a shower over.

In the master bedroom a king-size bed is flanked by the whitewashed stone walls and original timber beams helping to retain the character of this old barn. The second twin bedroom is smaller but equally tasteful.

There’s a large patio area outside with a BBQ all very safe and secure for children. The cottage owners have also teamed up with a nearby caravan park so from March until November cottage guests have free access to all the parc’s leisure facilities . Facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and and entertainment lounge. They also have a ramp for launching small boats into the bay. Don’t forget to register your boat with he harbor master at Barmouth. Plenty of parking at the cottage for cars and boats.

Location

Most people visiting Tal-Y-Bont come to be beside the sea. And the cottage does not fail to provide that most traditional of British holidays. In the summer the village is transformed into a bustling coastal community. Fresh sea air carries with it the smell off newly lit BBQ’s and the sound of children’s laughter. It never rains in Wales. Honest! So don’t forget your flip flops. Socks optional.

Tal-Y-Bont is more of a sleepy little village during the winter months. A different but equally enjoyable experience. Deserted beaches and quiet country pubs gives cottage guests a chance to relax and unwind.

If you choose, there are lot’s of activities in the area throughout the year. Everything from adrenaline fuelled pursuits like white water rafting, mountain biking and gorge walking to more relaxing pastimes such as fishing, golf and bird spotting.

Geographically, the ever popular seaside town of Barmouth is a short drive to the south. Harlech with its historic castle and award winning links golf course is to the north. And the majestic mountains that rise up to the east of the village are crisscrossed with footpaths and bridleways for you to explore.

Self catering barn conversion with sea views

…two bedroom barn conversion…
…renovated to a high standard…
…self catering with a sea view…

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Bwthyn-Goronwy | Luxury Self Catering Cottage | Beach Seaside Barmouth Tal Y Bont

One Bedroom Self Catering Cottage, Beach Holiday
Bwthyn-Goronwy is a one bedroom barn conversion in the popular seaside village of Tal-Y-Bont. One of a row of three cottages which has been recently converted to a very high spec. Everything from the lighting and the under-floor heating right down to the colour scheme and the kitchen appliances have been considered carefully.

Oak stable doors open onto a large open plan living area. A thoroughly modern kitchen to one side and a comfortable dining and seating area to the other. Sky lights and a large picture window, with sea views, fills the space with light. This combined with the high vaulted ceiling gives this room a real sense of space and grandeur. The original wooden beams and whitewashed stone walls mean that the character of the old barn is also retained however.

The bedroom is a more romantic room naturally. Sumptuous bedding with tasteful bedside lamps and wardrobe etc creates a tranquil and relaxing space. A huge double shower and marbled walls means the adjoining bathroom is equally as luxurious. A welcome retreat after a long day, building sandcastles on the beach.

There’s a large patio area outside with a BBQ all very safe and secure for children. The cottage owners have also teamed up with a nearby caravan park so from March until November cottage guests have free access to all the parc’s leisure facilities . Facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and and entertainment lounge. They also have a ramp for launching small boats into the bay. Don’t forget to register your boat with he harbor master at Barmouth. Plenty of parking at the cottage for cars and boats.

Location

Most people visiting Tal-Y-Bont come to be beside the sea. And the cottage does not fail to provide that most traditional of British holidays. In the summer the village is transformed into a bustling coastal community. Fresh sea air carries with it the smell off newly lit BBQ’s and the sound of children’s laughter. It never rains in Wales. Honest! So don’t forget your flip flops. Socks optional.

Tal-Y-Bont is more of a sleepy little village during the winter months. A different but equally enjoyable experience. Deserted beaches and quiet country pubs gives cottage guests a chance to relax and unwind.

If you choose, there are lot’s of activities in the area throughout the year. Everything from adrenaline fuelled pursuits like white water rafting, mountain biking and gorge walking to more relaxing pastimes such as fishing, golf and bird spotting.

Geographically, the ever popular seaside town of Barmouth is a short drive to the south. Harlech with its historic castle and award winning links golf course is to the north. And the majestic mountains that rise up to the east of the village are crisscrossed with footpaths and bridleways for you to explore.

One bedroom barn conversion

…one bedroom barn conversion…
…popular seaside village near Barmouth…
…luxurious bathroom with double shower…

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Cornel-Glyd | Two Bedroom Seaside Holiday Cottage

Cornel-Glyd | Self Catering Barn Conversion Near Barmouth

Cornel-Glyd is one of a three cottage barn conversion in the popular seaside village of Tal-Y-Bont near Barmouth. This modern and stylish two bedroom one storey cottage offers a great base for family holidays by the sea.

Oak stable doors open onto a large open plan living space. An elegant white kitchen with matching appliances creates a bright and cheery mood. On the other side of the room, leather sofas, large flat screen TV and under-floor heating ensures a comfortable stay for all guests.

The bathroom is also immaculately done. A large and powerful shower with marbled walls adds that touch of luxury. The bedrooms are equally sumptuous. One large double room and one smaller twin room, both on the ground floor and both with sea views. It’s a very professional conversion. Everything has been immaculately laid out and nothing has been left to chance.

There’s a large patio area outside with a BBQ all very safe and secure for children. The cottage owners have also teamed up with a nearby caravan park so from March until November cottage guests have free access to all the parc’s leisure facilities . Facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool and and entertainment lounge. They also have a ramp for launching small boats into the bay. Don’t forget to register your boat with he harbor master at Barmouth. Plenty of parking at the cottage for cars and boats.

Location

Most people visiting Tal-Y-Bont naturally come to be beside the sea. And the cottage does not fail to provide that most traditional of British holidays. In the summer the village is transformed into a bustling coastal community. Fresh sea air carries with it the smell off newly lit BBQ’s and the sound of children’s laughter. It never rains in Wales. Honest! So don’t forget your flip flops. Socks optional.

Tal-Y-Bont is more of a sleepy little village during the winter months. A different but equally enjoyable experience. Deserted beaches and quiet country pubs gives cottage guests a chance to relax and unwind.

If you choose there are lot’s of activities in the area throughout the year. Everything from adrenaline fuelled white water rafting, mountain biking and gorge walking to more relaxing pastimes such as fishing, golf and bird spotting.

Geographically, the ever popular seaside town of Barmouth is a short drive to the south. Harlech with its historic castle and award winning links golf course is to the north. And the majestic mountains that rise up to the east of the village are crisscrossed with footpaths and bridleways for you to explore.

Modern stylish single storey cottage

…stylish barn conversion…
…seaside cottage near Barmouth…
…don’t forget your flip flops…

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Ysgubor | Large Self Catering Cottage | Bennar Beach Dyffryn Ardudwy

Ysgubor

Pastel painted garden furniture sits on a manicured lawn. Shaded from the midday sun by a clematis, hanging heavily on a nearby trellis. The borders are full of flowers and a noisy finch twitters angrily as I try to photograph it all for the website. I wonder if Sue and Richard, the owners, would mind sorting out our garden some time.

Ysgubor is a converted 18th century granary one of the larger cottages in a row of 4. The front door opens up onto a comfortable lounge with digital TV and music system etc. The kitchen diner has a country cottage feel and is well equipped. There’s also a large en-suite bedroom on the ground floor. Some beautiful antique furniture adds a touch of class to each room.

Upstairs there’s 3 more bedrooms plus a second bathroom. One large bedroom with 3 single beds and across the hall a very cute child’s bedroom leads onto the master bedroom. All the bedrooms upstairs benefit from large skylights which fill the room with soft light each morning.

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Location

Ysgubor is a beach lover’s paradise. One of the nicest and cleanest beaches in this part of North Wales is just a short walk away. For us and our two young children it was a daily pilgrimage. Buckets, spades, towels, sandwiches, lots of water, and then a short shuffle in our flip flops to the beach. Stopping only to send Dad back for the forgotten sun cream.

Lots of other things to do in the area as well. A selection of pubs and restaurant if you eventually tire of the BBQ in the garden. Historic castles and monuments are dotted everywhere on the map. Barmouth, a popular seaside town is 3 miles to the south and The Royal St Davids, a beautiful 18hole links golf course, is a short drive to the north. A pair of breeding Ospreys near Tremadog are also attracting a lot of new visitors and finally, the hills behind the village, offer plenty of options for even the most enthusiastic walker.


Bucket and Spade

Beautifully kept garden
Miles of Sandy Beaches
18th Century Converted Granary

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Bwthyn | Two Bedroom Ground Floor Holiday Cottage | Bennar Beach Snowdonia

Bwthyn

Bwthyn is the end cottage in a row of 4 converted barns in Dyffryn Ardudwy, Snowdonia. This two bedroom ground floor cottage is perfect for that traditional seaside holiday.One double bedroom and one twin combined with a large lounge and fully functional kitchen means Bwthyn is ideal for families looking for a quiet break by the sea. It certainly beats camping.

Large floor to ceiling windows down one side means the lounge is nice and bright as well as being spacious. A comfortable sofa and armchairs face a romantic cast iron fire set in the original stone surround. At the other end of the room there’s a large dining table. Great if you’re better than us at persuading the family to sit down together at meal times.

A step up leads to an open plan kitchen. Smaller than the lounge but everything you need is there. Cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle etc. Then two bedrooms, one double one twin. Both bedrooms are spacious and immaculately furnished. That perfect combination of quality period furniture combined with new and clean bedding and linen.

The bathroom has a modern white suite and shower. Here to, the original and exposed oak beams add character and a sense of luxury.

We all agreed that Bwthyn was one of those houses that has a really comfortable feel to it. A space where everyone can relax. Slumped in front of the TV, slouched over a good book, preparing a picnic for our afternoon excursion or just looking enviously out of the window at the perfectly manicured gardens. One day my lawn will look that good.

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Location

‘Bwthyn’ is located, in my opinion, in one of the nicest parts of the 840 square miles that makes up the Snowdonia National Park. You’re certainly in the heart of the park here. Glorious sandy beaches a stones throw to the west and un-spoilt mountain wilderness to the east. Travel north and you come to Harlech with it’s famous castle and the impressive Royal St Davids links golf course. Further north for Portmeirion, Betws y Coed and of course Snowdon itself. Barmouth and the magnificent Mawddach estuary winding its way past the foot of Cader Idris is a 5 minute drive to the south.

Lots of outdoorsy things to do in the area including the new Mecca of mountain biking, Coed Y Brenin. Definitely worth a trip, whether you’re a complete beginner or one of the world class racers that visit regularly. If you consider other pursuits like white water rafting, mountaineering, wakeboarding and coasteering there’s certainly plenty of opportunities for adrenalin junkies to get their fix. Personally, I prefer to stick to building sandcastles on the beach, but each to their own.


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A traditional seaside holiday
In the heart of the Snowdonia National Park
It certainly beats camping

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Stabal | Romantic Self Catering Barn Conversion nr. Beach Dyffryn Ardudwy

Stabal
It’s the little things that make the difference don’t you think? The decorative plates bought at that antiques fair last summer. The Aaron jumper clad teddy bear with his ever so cheeky face. And the flowers, freshly cut and arranged in preparation for your arrival. Of course the location is perfect, all the facilities are there and everything is clean and tidy. But it’s the small details that give Stabal that homely feel that I like so much.

The cosy lounge has one of those invitingly plump sofas as well as a digital tv. The adjoining kitchen is well equipped with the usual oven, microwave, toaster, kettle etc. The ground floor master bedroom has a bed below a charming Georgian type window and, like the rest of the cottage, is refreshingly free of chintz. There’s also a small child’s bedroom suitable for younger children. The bathroom has a shower over bath arrangement and is, again, spotlessly clean.

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Location

‘Stabal’ is part of a converted row of 4 barns. There’s a beautifully kept garden area which in turn is surrounded by fields full of ubiquitous welsh sheep.

The property sits between the two villages of Dyffryn and Tal y Bont. Dyffryn has a couple of pubs serving food. There’s also a well stocked grocery store, friendly butchers, garage and post office in the village. Tal y Bont is a little smaller but also has a pub and of course the famous ‘Tony’s’ Italian restaurant.

One of the best reasons to visit Stabal is the sandy beach just a short 500m away. This small part of the coastline is the favoured spot of many who are in the know with miles of un-spoilt sandy beach stretching out in both directions. And when you eventually tire of building sandcastles there is of course the adventure playground of Snowdonia itself right on your doorstep. So if you’re looking for that perfect peaceful gateway or a romantic break away from all the hustle and bustle I can strongly recommend Stabal.


Bennar Beach

A cosy romantic getaway
Miles of sandy beaches
A welcoming home from home


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