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 impressive landscapes in the UK. History and tradition fill the county, with medieval fortresses such as Caernarfon and Harlech, or the wonderful architectural village of Port Merion, 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.
In a rural location outside the pretty seaside village of Abersoch, Bwythyn-y-Saer is a two-bedroom holiday cottage in the beautiful Llyn Peninsula countryside. The coastal single-storey cottage lies within easy reach of superb North Wales beaches and mountain walks in Snowdonia.
This idyllic, large 17th century Welsh Farmhouse with hot tub, offers self-catering holidays for large families or groups of friends, blending an olde worlde ambience with up to date facilities. Ysugubor is a pet friendly property in a rural location with rural views – a genuine walkers' paradise.
The Grain Store possesses all the charm of a stone-built 19th-century grain store and offers superb views of the sea and Cader Idris from its lush garden. The pet-friendly property spoils guests with exposed beams and contemporary facilities and lies just moments from lovely Abersoch in North Wales.
Pandy Isaf is a delightful detached rural cottage sitting beside the River Clywedog in Dolgellau, North Wales. The pet-friendly cottage features spacious rooms with exposed beams, a wood burner and stone walls, as well as contemporary elegance, manicured grounds, serenity and proximity to Snowdonia.
Ddol Helyg Barn is a large rural barn conversion near Caernarfon, Gwynedd on the North Wales Coast in the Snowdonia National Park. Sleeping 14 in 5 bedrooms this under-floor heated, pet friendly holiday cottage is perfect for seaside and mountain holidays suiting large families or friends.
The woodlands of North Wales surround Bothy Cottage, which welcomes families and pets to a truly charming, two-bedroom rural cottage on the Llyn Peninsula boasting exposed beams, stone walls, tennis courts, gorgeous riverside gardens in a peaceful and tranquil location near Criccieth.
A lovingly maintained large Snowdonia holiday cottage, Tyn Llwyn is a grand farmhouse beautifully renovated to create a rural holiday home near Harlech in North Wales. Standing on a 7-acre smallholding, pet-friendly Tyn Llwyn welcomes families and groups looking for a coast and countryside retreat.
Gardners Cottage is located next to the Hall on the Talhenbont Hall Country Estate on the picturesque Llyn Peninsula near to Criccieth in North Wales and sleeps six people in three bedrooms.
Tyn-Ffynnon is a beautiful rural cottage offering a blend of old and new in Dyffryn Ardudwy in North Wales and Snowdonia. The pet-friendly cottage boasts an open fire, oak floors and further reminders of yesteryear, as well as lovely gardens, outdoor entertaining areas and modern comfort.
Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages can use Llety’r Bugail, a country cottage with mountain views located in the small market town of Dolgellau, Gwynedd, as their home base to explore scenic Snowdonia National Park by foot or mountain bike or make a day of it at nearby Fairbourne Beach. Sleeps 6.
If you would like a peaceful and romantic getaway to the remote surroundings of Snowdonia, Lavender Cottage offers modern accommodation of a high standard to couples. Based on a charming smallholding the terraced - bedroom barn conversion immerses guests in rolling hills and rural Welsh scenery.
Tal y Waen Cottages. Owl & Buzzard are 2 spacious coastal cottages in a remote rural location in Snowdonia. These comfortable stone-built barn conversions in Gwynedd offer stunning views 2 miles from Dolgellau on the lower slopes of Cader Idris, close to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. Pets welcome.
Ty Mawr is a lovingly maintained large holiday cottage with a hot tub, residing in the gorgeous Gwynedd countryside of Llanuwchllyn in the Pennant Lliw Valley. Guests can walk or bike their way through Celtic castle ruins upon Carndochan, or visit Lake Bala for watersports. Sleeps 8.
Nestling in the heart of Dolgellau, a rural Welsh mountain village, Wenallt is a large and dog friendly Welsh holiday cottage that sleeps 14. This tastefully furnished house is perfectly located for holidays discovering Snowdonia, the Lleyn Peninsula and lies within easy reach of sandy beaches.
Y Dowlod cottage is a meticulously renovated Snowdonia property, utilising eco materials throughout, offering a peaceful and remote romantic getaway for couples with modern facilities and luxury furnishings. Y Dowlod has eco-sourced underfloor heating throughout for the ultimate homely feel.
Rural and delightfully remote, Cwm Yr Afon Cottage is located on a sheep farm. This beautifully renovated rural cottage in the North Wales countryside is a small, romantic retreat in Snowdonia. Dog-friendly and child-friendly. Sleeps 3.
A delightful stone-built farm cottage situated amidst the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains in Snowdonia National Park, Berwyn Cottage near the market town of Bala, Gwynedd, offers families of up to four on holiday in the Welsh highlands the perfect home base to explore this natural rural paradise.
Maes Coch Cottage welcomes couples planning a holiday in Snowdonia walking, climbing, touring or simply relaxing, this cosy countryside farm cottage near Dolgellau in North Wales. Maes sleeps two people in a king-size double bedroom.
An impressive Victorian country house and gardens in the Snowdonia village of Llanbedr. This pet friendly holiday house in rural surroundings sleeps 15 in 7 bedrooms and stands within easy reach of the beach.
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.
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.
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, 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 county's culture 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 Anglesey, is also recommended.
At the southern end of Gwynedd is Tywyn is another popular location which is a town and seaside resort, the location of the mystical Cadfan Stone and one of Wale's narrow-gauge steam railways. 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.