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Since the earliest records began in the 13th Century, The Llanfendigaid Estate in the Snowdonia National Park has been under ownership by the Nanney-Wynn family and their ancestors. The original estate once stretched from Harlech in the North, along the Welsh coastline to Aberystwyth in the South but since the 1920s and the collapse of many British estates, the size of Llanfendigaid Estate has reduced to a much smaller area of the National Park and now occupies one of the most beautiful stretches of Welsh coastline.
William Nanney-Wynn Garton-Jones is the current owner who operates the main house and surrounding cottages on the estate as distinctive high quality self-catering holiday homes. Here guests can enjoy access to the secluded sand and shingle beach, the indoor heated swimming pool and experience a true Welsh experience surrounded by paintings and artifacts collected from the families who resided at the estate over the centuries.
Llanfendigaid (translating to "Parish of the Blessed") is a truly magnificent property which sleeps seventeen guests in nine bedrooms. Affording an exceptional position on the coastal path at the southern end of Snowdonia's spectacular National Park, this impressive holiday home is close to the famous Cader Idris mountain, with the sea just half a mile away.
This comfortable splendid family home sits in a lovely position within one acre of wooded gardens which are surrounded by an additional three acres of grounds which guests have the shared use of, nestling amongst some three hundred acres of rolling farmland. Here you can enjoy spectacular views and stunning scenery whilst you truly relax and unwind in a tranquil setting
For those who can tear themselves away from the magnificent surrounds, there are plenty of attractions to visit within easy reach of the estate. The small seaside village of Aberdovey (or Aberdyfi as it is more commonly referred to in Wales), sitting on the Dyfi Estuary, is seven miles away with its famous links golf course, sandy beaches that stretches some five miles long and excellent watersports including sailing. For those who enjoy horse riding, pony trekking is available in nearby Arthog. Take a trip on the Talyllyn Railway or the Fairbourne Railway for a leisurely way of enjoying the scenery or visit the Centre of Alternative Technology at Machynlleth.
A trip to Wales would not be complete without visiting a castle and there are plenty to choose from with the remains of Castell-y-Bere just five miles away and spectacular Harlech Castle a little further.
Will Garton-Jones joined Independent Cottages in July 2006
Over recent years the inside of the property has been improved to provide a high level of comfort whilst retaining lots of original character including antiques, paneled walls, family portraits and many interesting artifacts collected over the past two hundred years from travels around the world. Both the family's and houses history is documented allowing guests to read about it. There are fantastic opportunities for walking, cycling (mountain bike hire available locally), bird watching and climbing - all on the doorstep.
Second floor (with resident rocking horse!):
Facilities: Wi-Fi internet access, oil fired central heating and Aga to cook with, two log burners, plenty of parking, television, DVD player, FreeSat, stereo, satellite broadband with IP Phone, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer, microwave, big fridge and freezer, garden with outdoor furniture and BBQ, croquet lawn and bed linen provided (with duvets).
Additional information: Ultra fast (leased line) fibre broadband giving 100 Mbs both up and down! Rental cost includes the cost of utilities (oil, electricity, Wi-Fi and logs). You can buy vegetables from the estate vegetable garden when available. Sorry – no pets. Saturday changeover day applies for bookings during July and August but is flexible at all other times of the year. Catering available for parties of eight guests or more.
Star Rating: 4 Star
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See advertisements for Stable Cottage (sleeps 4), Dove Cottage (sleeps 4) and The Cow Shed (sleeps 6). They can be booked together with Llanfendigaid to accommodate upto 31.