Bordered by the Irish Sea, with its beautiful coastline and the Snowdonia National Park at its heartland Gwynedd has much to offer guests staying in one of its many holiday homes. Gwynedd has some of the most amazing landscapes in the UK. History and tradition fill the county, with medieval fortresses such as Caernarfon or Harlech Castle, or the wonderful architectural village of Port Merion all waiting to be explored. The picturesque Llŷn Peninsula also makes up part of the county of Gwynedd. There, the remoteness from urban life has given the peninsula a culture-rich image, making Llŷn a popular destination for holidays. Gwynedd features some impressive mountains, and the Snowdon Mountain Railway can take you right to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales for breath-taking views of the county and beyond.
From Fron Olau, a large holiday cottage on the Llyn Peninsula to the superb sandy beach and seaside fishing village of Morfa Nefyn it is a pleasant two-minute stroll. This delightful North Wales coastal cottage sleeps 11 in 7 bedrooms. Pets welcome.
No.01 is a double-fronted stone cottage with its own private beach hut on Nefyn Beach, in Gwynedd. The pet-friendly cottage features coastal chic throughout and includes light and airy spaces plus an open fire. Spacious gardens capture the sea breeze and include a hot tub and space to relax.
This family-friendly coastal cottage on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales lies in a quiet countryside location and an easy walk to the beach at Morfa Nefyn, a golf course and two superb pubs. It sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms, (one on the ground floor - accessible to those preferring to avoid stairs).
Situated in the picturesque northwest Welsh mountains and surrounded by picturesque countryside, Hen Aelwyd Yr Urdd in the remote village of Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, offers a romantic getaway for couples seeking to holiday near outdoor treasures.
Glan Y Gors is a stone-built cottage sleeping 6 in North Wales, 5-miles outside Llanberis. This wheelchair accessible and pet friendly holiday cottage is situated in an elevated rural location opposite Mount Snowdon in the scattered village of Dinorwic.
Ddol Helyg Farmhouse is a large and spacious North Wales holiday cottage. It is situated in the grounds of the owner's 30-acre livery yard, on the edge of the village of Llanrug, just 2 miles from the Snowdonian town of Llanberis in Gwynedd.
Savour the spectacular view of Menai Straits from the patio at Penrallt Cottage and delight in the peace and tranquillity of a stone-built conversion on the outskirts of Y Felinheli, in North Wales. Appreciate the combination of contemporary style and traditional charm of this coastal cottage.
Brodawel House is an accessible period Edwardian holiday home with sea and mountain views on the North Wales Coast in Aberdovey. This large and pet friendly holiday cottage sleeps 15 in 7 bedrooms (5 ensuite, 1 with wheelchair access).
Isallt is a homely stone-built holiday home near Harlech between Snowdonia and the Cambrian coast. Located on a farm, this Grade II listed 19th Century barn conversion, has been refurbished to a high standard and is perfect for a rural retreat near the beach for a family holiday. Pets welcome.
Tyddn Goronwy is a large and spacious Welsh Coast holiday cottage between Barmouth and Harlech Castle. The property sleeps 10 and enjoys shared seasonal use of a heated indoor swimming pool. A 10-minute walk to a big sandy beach, the spacious house is very nicely equipped and furnished.
Paradwys sleeps 4, near the lovely harbour village of Abersoch, on the rugged Llyn Peninsula. This countryside holiday apartment is set within a walled garden with easy access to sandy beaches, horse-riding and boat trips in the wonderfully unspoiled county of Gwynedd in North Wales.
This large Snowdonia holiday cottage sleeps 8, with amazing views of the surrounding countryside, slate floors, a jacuzzi bath and a private garden. Cefn-Yr-Efail is a coastal cottage outside the charming harbour town of Porthmadog, near sandy beaches, mountains and lakes, in Gwynedd, North Wales.
Hunting Lodge is a rare find; a large stone-built detached holiday lodge on the Talhenbont Hall Estate near Criccieth. Brimming with character, the four-bedroom, pet-friendly, rural cottage boasts tranquillity, rural character, modern facilities and a delightful garden.
Ysgubor Penrallt is a little treasure; a romantic, rural retreat for two near Bangor in North Wales with superb sea views across the Menai Straits to Anglesey. A perfect coastal location for couples exploring North Wales beaches and Snowdonia in all seasons.
Nestling in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, Plas Gwynfryn is a large, luxury holiday home on the Welsh Coast near Harlech in Gwynedd, North Wales. This grand and pet friendly Edwardian house sleeps 18 in 8 bedrooms with 6 bathrooms and stands in an 8-acre estate.
Snowdonia. Couples are spoilt with sun-trap gardens, an open fire, exposed stone walls, a hot tub, oak floors and furnishings and its position just moments from Nefyn beach. Enjoy seclusion and a sea breeze.
This secluded Wales holiday cottage is perfect for the family of four who want to get away but not so far away as to not have access to the shops, pubs and beach in nearby Aberdovey. Just minutes away from the sea, enjoy the beautiful views from Braich-Y-Celyn Lodge.
For a truly grand getaway to remember, Woodberry, a large centuries-old converted set of stables on the exclusive 75-acre estate of Telhenbont offers unrivalled coast and countryside accommodation in the unadulterated countryside of the Llyn Peninsula for groups and families. Pets welcome.
Isfryn is a large, pet friendly, Grade II listed Georgian Townhouse in the historic North Wales town of Caernarfon. It offers self catering family and group accommodation for up to 22 guests in 7 bedrooms. Isfryn has its own access to Caernarfon's 13 Century walls and sea views towards Anglesey.
Nestled in the picturesque countryside outside Caernarfon and nearby Snowdonia, Bluebell Cottage is a lovingly restored, two-bedroom barn conversion with the boundless hills of Welsh mountain countryside and coast on your doorstep - perfect for a relaxing family break in North Wales.
View this tranquil romantic getaway in Snowdonia. Lily Cottages offers snug and comfortable 1-bedroom accommodation of a high standard for 2-3 guests. With far-reaching countryside and mountain views, this charming cottage near Caernarfon is also within easy reach of the coast.
Hafod Wen is a delightful coastal cottage offering self-catering holidays in a rural location on the Llyn Peninsula on the edge of Nefyn in Gwynedd. This tastefully furnished, accessible holiday cottage lies within an easy walk of beaches, shops and pubs - perfect for seaside or walking holidays.
This large, accessible Gwynedd holiday cottage sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms (3 ground floor). Located on the gorgeous Llyn Peninsula in North Wales it is 3 country miles from the picturesque resort of Aberdaron and soft sandy beaches. Pets welcome.
Gwynedd is home to many seaside resorts such as Harlech, which lies within the Snowdonia National Park and is best, known for the landmark Harlech Castle. Morfa Nefyn, a small village located on the northern coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, contains a host of traditional shops and a sandy beach. There are plenty of hamlets nearby too, such as the picturesque fishing hamlet of Porthdinllaen, at which you can experience Welsh culture or just enjoy a drink at the local pubs.
Heritage Steam lovers will be spoilt for choice, as Gwynedd offers visitors a selection of 3 of the ‘Little Lines of Wales’. In addition to the Snowdon Mountain Railway, tours on the Welsh Highland Railway from Bangor and, perhaps the most famous of them all, the Ffestiniog Railway which runs up into Snowdonia from the picturesque seaside town of Porthmadog.
Gwynedd’s steep cliffs and craggy mountain-ranges make it perfect for outdoor activities such as abseiling and mountain-biking. These can be taken part in safely at various centres across the county. For real white knuckle entertainment, take a ride on Velocity, the fastest and, at over a mile in length, the long longest zip wire in the world.
The varying terrain also means there are plenty of interesting walks, particularly in and around Snowdonia. The popularity of walks in the area means there are often organised walks going on that are ideal for discovering the best routes. Or for something a bit different head to the museums dotted around Gwynedd that give you an insight into the culture of the county and how it came to be. The National Slate Museum is the most popular in Gwynedd. It tells the story of how Wales’s famous quarries developed over time.
Gwynedd isn’t all rural mountains and sparsely populated villages. Bangor is a popular city in Gwynedd. It is home to a large shopping area with several smaller independent retail outlets scattered around the area. Bangor is known for its arts, and you will often hear classical music being performed or see the striking Pontio arts complex. A walk along Bangor’s elegant Victorian Pier which offers beautiful views across to Anglesea is also recommended.
At the southern end of Gwynedd is Tywyn is another popular location which is a town and seaside resort and is famous for the location of the Cadfan Stone. This stone cross bears the earliest known example of written Welsh. Twyn is also the starting point for another of Wales’s narrow-gauge steam railways.