3 (off peak)
Bae a Mynydd is a gorgeous Snowdonia holiday cottage with spectacular views. The charming stone cottage is typical of those built in this area in the 1800s, sleeping four people in two bedrooms and featuring local stone and river slate. It has been superbly restored and furnished with a mix of well-loved antiques and comfortable modern pieces, creating a place where couples, families or friends can feel inspired by the incredible views over Tremadog Bay and the Rhinogydd Mountains. The location near Dyffryn Ardudwy is ideal for exploring the Snowdonia coast and mountains and the stunning Llyn Peninsula. It's only five miles from Harlech, a mile from the village shop, and half a mile from the local pub.
Days full of beauty and adventure start from the door and the extensive network of footpaths and cycling routes. Head east and into the rugged Rhinogydd range, where there are hills and mountains to climb, refreshing mountain lakes for wild swimming, and views that will take your breath away. Where the routes up Snowdon, particularly the Llanberis path, can sometimes feel a little busy, the Rhinogau are far less tame, appealing to experienced hill walkers for the challenge and the opportunity to walk for hours with no company other than the birds and possibly one of the local wild goats. Follow a day in the mountains with a visit to the coast. The beaches near Dyffryn Ardudwy go for miles, with sand so soft and white it could rival the Caribbean (although a dip in the Irish Sea will remind you of where you are!). Follow the Wales Coast Path north to Harlech or south to Barmouth, taking the train back if you don't fancy the return journey on foot.
Day trips can include touring Edward I's "Iron Ring" of castles that include Harlech, Conwy, Caernarfon and Beaumaris, all protected as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Harlech is 10 minutes away, while Beaumaris is around an hour's drive over the Menai Strait in Anglesey. Golfers will enjoy having the Royal St David's Golf Club within easy reach, while anglers can choose from either beach or sea fishing. Explore underground at the Llanfair Slate Caverns or settle back on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland heritage railways for one of Britain's most scenic train rides. Being only 10 minutes from Harlech means you have a wide choice of places to eat, drink and shop, not only in the town's centre but also in the surrounding area. The cottage is well-equipped for self-catering, but there are many options if you'd prefer to dine out.
Bae a Mynydd is available for bookings all year round, with short breaks possible outside of peak season, depending on availability.
David Pitty joined Independent Cottages in March 2021
The cottage is a period property with original features and modern touches that make it comfortable for 21st Century living. Accommodation is over two levels.
Outside: There is a small garden with seating at the front of the cottage and a much bigger garden at the rear with a raised patio and barbecue area. Guests also have a third of an acre sized field with mature trees and hammocks for snoozing and admiring the beautiful views towards the Llyn Peninsula.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, initial fuel for the log burner, bed linen and bath towels are all included. Guests to provide beach towels if they are required. Short breaks are possible, depending on availability. Smoking and pets are not permitted.
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