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Elizabethan Manor House Set In Beautiful Countryside | Gors-Y-Gedol

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Cors-Y-Gedol Hall is an Elizabethan manor house set in beautiful countryside in Snowdonia, North Wales. The architecture of this amazing property is matched by its rich and fascinating history. If only buildings could talk. The grand fireplace would reminisce how it had warmed the toes of the native princes of Wales. The oak paneled walls in the King’s Bedroom would giggle of the soft snoring of Charles II. The library would whisper of the clandestine plans of the revolutionary Owain Glyndwr and the secret staircases leading down to the servants quarters would blush with stories of flirtatious encounters.

A mile long oak lined driveway leads us up from the coast road up to the hall. A magnificent granite gateway heralds our arrival. The hall opens up in front of us as we sweep along the circular driveway. That enriching crunch of gravel as we step out of the car.

A heavy oak door opens onto a small entrance hall and then onto the main lounge. A huge fireplace sits on the far wall. An old leather sofa and matching armchairs face the flames. A fascinating collection of antiques and historic artifacts line the oak panneled walls.

The dining room next door is equally grand, a central dining table comfortably seating up to 14 guests. Big tall windows filling the room with a soft light. The adjoining kitchen is smaller and more modern in appearance. Recently renovated this room and the utility next door is very well equipped and has all the modern appliances you’d expect.

A second living room is more Victorian in style. Beautiful moulded plaster roses, corbels and cornices adorn the ceiling and walls. A grand piano sits in a large bay window and a large rug sits atop of the original oak floor. The perfect space for afternoon tea. Later on in the day however, guests might like to adjourn to the library. Another real fire but this time the walls are covered with a myriad of books both young and old. A flat screen TV in the corner is a welcome modern addition perhaps.

A majestic central stairway adorned with intricate wooden carvings lead us to the first floor bedrooms. Seven bedrooms in total, each one individual in their own way but each equally magnificent. Incredibly tall ceilings, big comfortable beds and huge windows overlooking the surrounding lawns and the countryside beyond. The bedroom arrangement is a bit confusing with a maze of doorways and hallways leading in every direction. Guests will have to pass through some bedrooms to get to a second so have a look at the floor plan to make sure it suits your group.

There are four bathrooms upstairs two of which still have their original Victorian bathtubs and all are wonderfully luxurious and well appointed. There are two more WCs on the ground floor.
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Cottage Type
Large Cottages, Pet Friendly, Farm Stay, WiFi, Near Pub, Near Beach, Real Fire
Welcome Hamper, Linen, Towels, Cot, High Chair, Central Heating
3 Pets, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, Smart TV, Toys and Books, Security Deposit Required
Private Garden, Enclosed garden, Off street parking, BBQ, Bike Storage

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The formal gardens surrounding the hall are equally lovely. The gatehouse, design by the famed architect Inigo Jones, stands guard over a huge expanse of lawn complete with your own private lake. Beyond the lake the oak woodland has been designated as a site of specific scientific interest due to its rare flora and fauna.

Head west along the old drovers road through the surrounding farmland to Llyn Bodlyn lake and the mountains of southern Snowdonia. Alternatively, head east back down the drive and guests can enjoy miles of un-spoilt sandy beaches.

Lots of activities in the area. Adrenaline fuelled days out on the zip lines in Blaenau or mountain biking in Coed Y Brenin might be popular with some. More lazy outings to The Royal St David’s Golf course or a tour round Harlech Castle might be favored by others. There’s one pub just within walking distance through the woods with a wider selection of hostelries and restaurants a short drive away in Barmouth or Harlech.
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Guest Reviews

Leeanne H
September 30, 2020

Fabulous stay, the house and the surrounding area were absolutely beautiful. My only regret is that my stay wasn’t long enough, will definitely book again.

Sam Parker
August 3, 2020

We have just returned from another wonderful week at Gors y Gedol. A chance for the whole family (ages 10-69) to meet up and spend some much needed time together. We all love the Hall (next years holiday already booked). It has boundless charm and we are always so well looked after by Ben. This year we were unable to book activities but this didn’t matter as there was plenty to do in and around the hall, lots of walks, visits to the beach, and games in the garden. Thank you again for another memorable holiday.

Jennifer Sherwin
March 29, 2020

Wonderful time despite having to cut holiday short by 4 days because of virus. However, we are intending to return. Beds were very comfortable and linen good quality. We had lovely fires at night with plenty of wood provided by Ben.

Sarah Morris turner
March 17, 2020

Amazing weekend at this stunning house. Everything was catered for and seamless. The most comfortable bed we have ever slept in!
Truly special. 5 stars!
(the kitchen could do withan oven glove if I am being pedantic)

Barbara Beighton
January 7, 2020

Had a wonderful stay for New Year, the house was perfect for all of us aged from 4 weeks to 55. Comfortable bedrooms and plenty of reception rooms for everyone to do their own thing. Meals were grand in the fabulous dining room and we didn’t move far from the roaring fire in the main room in an evening. Location was perfect with some lovely beaches on the doorstep.

December 30, 2019

We had a lovely family Christmas at Cors Y Gedol.
It was a marvellous experience giving you an insight into how the aristocracy lived in years gone by.
The welcome pack was nice thank you.
All 7 bedrooms were used.
The grounds are spacious so the kids and dogs had space to play.
The location is great and we did the walk down to the Ysgethin Inn which was superb. Several lovely beaches very close by as well.
Suggestions – an extra sink in the utility area would be very useful. The heating in some rooms didn’t really get the temperature up to a modern day level and some radiators were only lukewarm so this needs sorting out.
Another kettle in the kitchen would be good too.


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