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).
Damavand Bach is a studio apartment in the remote coastal village of Rhostryfan, Gwynedd, near all the attractions that North Wales has to offer, a cosy countryside cottage that features a large roof terrace and lawned garden that each provide stunning views of Snowdonia and the Irish Sea.
The Keepers Lodge is a large detached cottage offering rural self-catering holidays for big groups and families just outside Morfa Nefyn in the picturesque Llyn Peninsula on the North Coast of Wales. The cottage sleeps 20 in 8 bedrooms and has a hot tub and WiFi.
Set below a wooded hillside, this pretty cottage features exposed beams, stone walls and oak and slate floors as well as comfortable and elegant accommodation for up to 10 guests.
Groesffordd Bach is a detached, whitewashed stone cottage surrounded by countryside and close to the coast. The pet-friendly coastal cottage is situated in Ceidio, Gwynedd. It boasts tradition and modernity, with an open fire, contemporary comforts, spacious interior and charming rural views.
Y Fantol offers the best of the country and the coast. The pet-friendly coastal cottage is set on spacious grounds in a secluded location in Rhoshirwaun, Gwynedd, and enjoys beautiful countryside views, a children’s play area, lovely grounds and even some friendly resident farm animals.
Bwythyn-y-Wennol Cottage keeps alive the tradition of the family seaside holiday. This coastal cottage on the idyllic Llyn Peninsula in Abersoch sleeps 2-5 guests. The stunning Llyn Coastal Path beckons, as do Snowdonia and so many other sights and activities in this beautiful corner of North Wales.
This 18th century stone built coastal cottage is located in the village of Fairbourne close to Barmouth and Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales a the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park. It can sleep five people in three bedrooms.
Minffordd Cottage is a 19th-century stone-built end-terrace cottage in the quiet hamlet of Llanegryn in Mid Wales and Cardigan Bay, replete with stone exterior, exposed beams, a summer house and beautiful gardens, as well as stunning views, space for pets and proximity to the mountains and the sea.
Penisarlon is a large, coastal holiday cottage including a ground floor bedroom and bathroom. Located on the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd, it boasts rural, sea and mountain views of Snowdonia. Pets welcome.
Ancon is a delightful bungalow set moments from the beach in Nefyn, on the Llyn Peninsula. The pet-friendly coastal cottage offers a modern and spacious home away from home with an open fire, light-filled spaces, games shed and a generous lawned garden for catching the sun and the sea breeze.
Ty Cerrig, with incredible rustic décor sleeping five, is built from an ancient barn in Llanbedr. This magnificent coast and countryside getaway near Harlech in Snowdonia offers homely modern features along with easy access to breathtaking natural scenery and many outdoor activities. Pets welcome.
Ymlch Bach farmhouse, a late 19th century stone built semi-detached holiday cottage on a working farm sleeps 7. It has sympathetically integrated its original character with contemporary style and fittings. The farmhouse in Criccieth is within easy reach of North Wales beaches and Snowdonia.
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.
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.