Gorgeous Georgian Manor and Converted Outbuildings | Bryn-Hir-Mawr
This gorgeous Georgian manor and converted outbuildings is just a short walk from the beach. Perfect for extra-special get-togethers and big family holidays, the properties sleep up to 23 guests. Well-behaved pets are also welcome to holiday here.
Warm, welcoming, and brimming with character, Bryn Hir Mawr is a magnificent staycation bolthole for a holiday that you will remember forever. The accommodation is split over three properties: one large 18th century manor house which sleeps 13, a cute stable annexe which sleeps an additional five guests, and a cosy cottage wing which also sleeps five. Some of the rooms come with magnificent sea views.
The cottages - which are adjacent but have separate front doors (and no connecting internal doors) - are tucked away in what feels like a rural location, but in reality they are just a short walk from the centre of Criccieth. It’s a beautiful seaside town with a medieval castle, browsable boutiques, and big sandy beaches. There are some excellent places to eat out nearby, and plenty of activities and watersports to enjoy too.
The properties are surrounded by extensive grounds including several lawns, terraces, an orchard, mature shrubs, and woodland, so there’s plenty of room to potter about in and explore. Look out for the 600-year-old yew tree in the grounds along with oak, walnut, and Douglas firs.
Two games barns will keep the kids entertained, perfect for a rainy day. When the sun’s out, relax on the veranda at the front of the house to enjoy a soundtrack of happy birdsong with views across the bay to Harlech and the Rhinogydd mountains beyond.
But let’s get back to the accommodation. First up, the Georgian manor house, which sleeps up to 13 guests.
The Georgian Manor House at Bryn Hir Mawr
Set over three floors, this part of the accommodation is a handsome Grade II-listed manor house, dating largely from the 18th century. Look out for some fabulous original features, including a beautiful glazed verandah, wood paneling and coving, and elegant staircases which were designed to accommodate the long skirts of the original ladies of the house.
With great age comes great proportions. You can expect beautifully presented bright living spaces with plenty of room for everyone in your holiday gang to come together or find some quiet time apart.
To give you some idea of the very ample living space, the natural ‘heart’ of the house - the stunning family room beyond the kitchen - was originally used as a ballroom. With its wide bay windows, comfortable plush sofas, and huge wood burning stove it is a great place for sociable get-togethers. There’s also a large dining table - and a piano! - in this lovely spacious room.
The luxury kitchen is well equipped, designed with heritage green units and a Rangemaster cooker, perfect for cooking your holiday meals. There is a large breakfast bar with four stools, and a separate formal dining room, which seats a further six. So plenty of room for entertaining.
The sitting room has been decorated and furnished to reflect the Georgian period with an attractive muted palette, deep original alcoves and shutters on the windows. Beyond the sitting room, you’ll find the 'library’ - a quiet space which is ideal for catching up with some reading or conversation.
The Georgian manor house offers six stylish bedrooms spread over the first and second floors, most with original fireplaces.
All of the first floor bedrooms have their own bathrooms; two double rooms with en-suites, and a twin room with a separate bathroom. The second floor bedrooms - two twin rooms and a family room - share a shower room. There is a further shower room on the ground floor.
The Stable at Bryn Hir Mawr
Next door in the cute stable annexe, the two-storey accommodation is bright and beautifully presented. A large entrance hall with a handy cupboard for coats leads into a well proportioned sitting room. The sofas are plump and very comfortable - this is a lovely relaxing den.
The contemporary kitchen diner is well equipped with an electric oven and hob, and a farmhouse style dining table to seat five. There are beautiful views down to the sea from bi-folding doors, which open out into the garden. Here, you’ll find a terrace and picnic style table for al fresco dining.
Upstairs, you’ll find three very decent sized bedrooms - a king size double and a twin bedroom with sea views, and a lovely single bedroom with dormer window. The bedrooms share a family bathroom, which has a shower over bath.
The cottage at Bryn Hir Mawr
This cottage is really quite delightful, and - dating from 1671 - the oldest part of the site. Carefully renovated to preserve its original features - we love the exposed beams and stonework - the accommodation is comfortable and welcoming.
On the ground floor you’ll find a large sitting room with an inglenook fireplace and wood burner. This is a lovely room with exposed beams and stone work, thick stone walls and shuttered windows. A great place to hunker down in.
The well equipped kitchen diner is equally characterful, with more exposed beams and another large inglenook fireplace with a wood burner. Don’t miss the original beehive bread oven in the fireplace. More contemporary features include an electric oven and hob, as well as a dishwasher. The farmhouse dining table seats up to six guests.
Upstairs, you’ll find three very decent sized bedrooms - a king size double which has an en suite shower room, as well as a twin bedroom and a single room which share a family bathroom.
It’s worth noting that one of the beautiful original features at this cottage is its narrow stone spiral staircase - it is one of the defining details of the cottage, but please enquire if you are concerned about accessibility.