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Beautiful Seaside Holiday Cottage In Dyffryn Ardudwy Near Barmouth | Glanaber

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You’ll find this beautiful seaside holiday cottage in Dyffryn Ardudwy near Barmouth. Recently renovated, it has a magazine-photoshoot-ready interior which exudes a happy warmth. Glanaber sleeps up to six guests in two doubles and one twin bedroom, and is perfect for a relaxed family getaway.

The detached cottage sits in a quiet rural setting, within easy walking distance of the local pub and a gorgeous sandy beach. Far-reaching views take in farmland and grassy pastures, ancient dry stone walls, and the foothills of the Rhinog mountains. It really is a pretty special spot.

The local village is Dyffryn Ardudwy, a friendly coastal community flanked by the Rhinog mountains to the east and the Irish Sea to the west. It is a place of epic sunsets and rugged, timeless landscapes, and close to many of the region’s most popular towns and attractions. Portmeirion, Harlech, Barmouth and Dolgellau are all just a short hop away by car.

Back at our cottage, a gravel drive leads to the front door which opens into a beautifully presented living room. There is an attractive slate hearth and exposed brick fireplace, and a log burner which comes with a supply of logs. We love the rustic beech window sills (they were reclaimed from the owner’s local family farm), the luxurious limestone flooring, and the general vibes of welcome and warmth. Two comfortable sofas and a gorgeous mid-century style easy chair are just waiting to be sunk into.

The kitchen diner is a large bright space which runs the full width of the cottage. This is a dreamy place to cook up your holiday feasts. Bright, well laid out, and with some gorgeous design touches - stylish oak worktops as well as more limestone flooring and reclaimed beech window sills, it is a really lovely space. There is a handy breakfast bar at one end of the kitchen, and an attractive dining table at the other. Patio doors open out from the dining space into a sizeable rear garden.

Upstairs, the bedrooms – two doubles and one twin – are extremely comfortable and beautifully presented, with lovely fabrics and furnishings used throughout. There is a very attractive family bathroom with a large walk in shower and a free standing slipper bath, ideal for a nice relaxing soak in! We love the geometric tiled flooring.

Outside this beautiful seaside holiday cottage in Dyffryn Ardudwy near Barmouth, you’ll find large lawned gardens to the front and rear, with access to an adjacent field. There is an attractive raised dining patio for al fresco food and drinks, and beyond the garden the splendid sandy beach is less than a mile / 15 minute walk away.

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Cottage Type
Pet Friendly, Near Beach, Real Fire
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, Cot (linen not provided), WiFi, High Chair, Central Heating, Smoke detector, Carbon monoxide detector, First Aid kit, Fire extinguisher or blanket
2 Pets, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, Smart TV, Toys/ Games/ Books, Mobile phone reception
Private Garden, Enclosed garden, Off street parking, BBQ
Additional Information
Decking area with seating adjacent to the stream.
A large garden and patio area that are south and West facing.
Mountain views from the house and garden and seating from various aspect.
Peak of Snowdon and Criccieth visible !

Short Walking distance to the childrens park, playing fields and local shops.
Train station for the Cambrian coast allowing car free access to the beautiful coastal towns along the Bay, only a 2 minute walk away !

Just under 1 mile to the Sandy Bennar beach via a quiet track, suitable for prams and bikes.
The Walk to the beach takes you through the well maintained caravan site of Seaside Estate where fish and chips, pub , play park and general stores grocery shop are open seasonally.

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A quiet, rural village located on the beautiful west coast of the Snowdonia National Park, Dyffryn Ardudwy is home to a thriving farming community and is a popular holiday destination. The stunning mountain backdrop is dotted with generations-old Welsh hill farms.

This beautiful seaside holiday cottage in Dyffryn Ardudwy near Barmouth is also close to Pen Llyn, Harlech, Dolgellau, Porthmadog, Criccieth and Portmeirion. Flanked by the Rhinog mountains to the east and the Irish Sea to the west, you can expect epic sunsets and rugged, timeless landscapes.

Drive around ten minutes south from the cottage to get to Barmouth’s sandy Blue Flag beach which stretches for two miles and is perfect for picnics, swimming, paddling and surfing. There is traditional seaside fun along the promenade, and plenty of shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs and ice cream parlours.

A little further south beyond Barmouth will bring you to Dolgellau, home to the Coed Y Brenin mountain biking centre, where you can bring your own bike or hire one from the Beics Brenin visitor centre. There are eight trails ranging from blue to black, so something for the whole family. There are also excellent running and walking trails through the woods.

Harlech, which is around six miles to the north – is a short drive or a very pleasant walk along the Wales Coastal Path. Harlech is home to a clifftop UNESCO World Heritage Site medieval castle, and one of the best links golf courses in the UK at Royal St David’s. Its hills and winding lanes provide plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, and some great places to eat for a decent lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

The coastline near Dyffryn Ardudwy is one of sandy dunes and marram grass. Your closest beach – Benar Beach – is around a mile, or a 15 minute walk away. It is a great place for a picnic and a paddle, but also a bit of a hidden gem for surfing and bodyboarding. Expect consistent rolling waves and beautiful views of the Gwynedd coastline stretching to the north and south.

There’s easy access to many of Snowdonia’s most popular attractions and destinations from this beautiful seaside holiday cottage in Dyffryn Ardudwy near Barmouth. They include Zip World, Bounce Below, and the Llechwedd Deep Mine experience at Blaenau Ffestiniog. The enchanting village of Portmeirion, with its Italianate follies, interesting shops, famous chinaware, cafés and beautiful gardens, is a 30 minute drive.

If you prefer to keep things simple on your hols, you’re in great walking country. The Rhinog mountains offer some of the most spectacular landscapes in the UK with all-shades-of-satisfying routes and no shortage of spectacular spots for a picnic. Take a look at our blog for some Rhinog walking inspiration.

To kick off your local exploring, and to get a sense of the timelessness of these ancient landscapes, walk through the nearby Coed Cors y Gedol (Cors y Gedol Woodland) on the edge of the village to the prehistoric burial chamber at Cors y Gedol – it dates to somewhere between 4,200BC and 3,000BC. This is a really special place – the beautiful oak woodland - a ‘temperate rainforest’ - is a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and one of the most important woodland conservation areas in Europe.

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Guest Reviews

Helen Davies

We have just come back from a 5 night stay in Glanaber, we really did not want to come home. It is a beautiful cottage decorated very tastefully. Immaculate inside and out. It also has everything you need including great knifes, which is rare. Beds were very comfortable with lovely bedding. The views from the cottage are just lovely, it has been a very relaxing break in a great location with a lovely beach about 15 minutes walk away, the train station is just a 5 minute walk which was very hand to get into Barmouth. There is a great shop in the village with an amazing butchers in it. Everyone is so friendly in the area as well. Thanks you Sarah & David for our lovely stay and your lovely welcome pack. We do hope to come again xx


We had an amazing holiday at Glanaber. Cottage is very beautiful and well presented. Its in excellent location. Lovely views all around the house. Harlech castle is just few mins away. Nice beaches in the walkable distance. Water sound from stream next to the house is very soothing. Sarah contacted well before with all the required information, also a welcome hamper on the arrival is a very nice gesture.


We spent 4 very comfortable nights during half term is this lovely little cottage. Everything looked newly done, nice and clean, well thought out and extremely well equipped. They really have thought of everything.. even dog treats! The generous welcome pack was a really nice touch. Sarah contacted us ahead of time saying we could check in early if we wanted, and again later on our day if departure, which we really appreciated. If you’re eating out, you may want to book ahead to secure a table, we ate at ‘As Is’ in Harlech a couple of times (dog friendly), and had lovely meals both times. There’s a disused slate mine about 5 mins drive away (Llanfair) in the direction of Harlech which is worth a look, and if you have children King Arthur’s Labyrinth at Corris was excellent, about 45 mins drive away.

Emma M

What a beautiful cottage!
My family and I had a lovely weekend at Glan Aber, everything was set out perfectly and the welcome gifts and note from Sarah was a lovely gesture. Its in a great location and we will definitely be back for another visit.

Val and Ken Jones

Beautiful bolthole from the stresses of life. Well situated to either isolate or join the various activities and shopping in the area. Definitely buy the sausages and gammon from the Spar round the corner, delicious (awards galore for the sausages, garlic and pork mmmm). Very clean and well kept house and garden plus you can fall to sleep listening to the stream. Communication from the owner perfect. Thank you such a delight.

Jon P

We had a great week staying at Glanaber with our cavapoo Charlie. Location of the cottage is great, on a quiet road with plenty of off-road parking, and close to lovely beaches. The house was immaculately clean, decorated and furnished with a great deal of taste, and we very much enjoyed the welcome pack (including dog biscuits for Charlie!). The kitchen was extremely well equipped, right down to a couple of flasks we used on days out. We sat in the garden a few days in the sunshine which was really quiet and relaxing, and Charlie loved running around. The walk to the local beach along a country path and picking blackberries along the way was great, and the expanse of virtually empty beach, sea and sandhills was very pretty. Harlech beach just up the road was lovely too, and we can’t recommend the fish and chips from Magpies in nearby Barmouth highly enough. A great place to stay, thank you so much we loved it!


Absolutely a 5* property – clean, comfortable, welcoming, well-equipped with many thoughtful touches, peaceful, and utter bliss! The owner was genuinely friendly and helpful. The photographs cannot convey the wonderful ambience as soon as you turn into the gateway and then walk through the front door. Beautiful mixture of country feel with all mod-cons. Lovely views. Ideally located for all the amazing things to see and do in Snowdonia if desired. Local beach is stunning and has not changed in decades – miles of gorgeous sand, ideal for children and adults alike. The walk from the cottage is flat and virtually car-free. I would love to keep it a secret so that I could return there whenever I wanted to! I only wish that I could have stayed longer on this occasion; would love to return. Diolch yn fawr!

Kate Hackett

We had a brilliant week in Glanaber; I cannot recommend it enough, as soon as I walked in I felt relaxed and comfortable. The cottage is beautiful, immaculate and has everything you could possibly want to feel comfortable, cosy and rested.
Great location to several beaches, beautiful scenery, peaceful and space to play outdoors…our children loved it too!
Simple things but make a difference…Supermarkets deliver to Glanaber, restaurants take aways were great and the train station just around the corner if you fancied jumping on!
We can’t wait to go back soon, it was perfect! Thank you!

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