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

Pet FriendlyNear BeachNear PubReal FireFarm Stay
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
Pet Friendly, Near Beach, Near Pub, Real Fire, Farm Stay, Large Cottages
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, Cot (linen not provided), WiFi, High Chair, Central Heating
Games Room, 3 Pets, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, Smart TV, Toys/ Games/ Books, Security Deposit Required
Private Garden, Enclosed garden, Off street parking, BBQ, Bike Storage
Additional Information
Pool table
Table tennis
Drinks bar


Floor Plans



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

Carol Edwards

We have just had the most amazing Christmas as a family of 11 at Gors y Gedol . Hall was wonderful everything we could have wanted and more .
We have taken away as a family amazing memories to treasure for ever . Already planning for our next visit . Thank you to Ben who looked after us really well .

Sarah B

The house is absolutely stunning and we had a very comfortable stay. The facilities are great and the house is really spacious. We had a couple of questions for our hosts and they were very accommodating!

Kornelia Mund

Our stay at Gors-Y-Gedol was a dream! A long weekend away from London, and we were transported into this most precious and beautiful place. All 13 of us, including two little ones, had the time of our lives. We simply did not want to leave and are already planning our return. Thank you so much to Ben and Beth for sharing the one and only Gors-Y-Gedol with us.

Jacky Baker

Just returned from a wonderful week at Gors-y-Gedol for all of us-8 adults, 2 toddlers and a baby. Such a beautiful house and surroundings, big enough for us to have our own space, very comfy beds, roaring fire and a well equipped kitchen
Was very clean, especially considering the size and age of the house
Lots of lovely walks with the dogs and gorgeous beaches nearby
Can highly recommend and definitely 5*

Gareth Evans

Gors y Gedol is quite simply a magical place to stay – nor more, no less. It’s beyond my ability to do it justice in a review.

Chris Wright

A brilliant house to hold our family of 14 (my delayed 80th birthday) after so long after the covid restrictions. Cors Y Gedol a house packed with history and surprises in every corner. The kids had a terrific time together in the games room and the mom’s and dad’s the numerous walks around and places to visit. The music room and library were great places to relax along with evenings spent in front of a log fire with a glass of highland nectar. Wonderful. I did not encounter the ghost sleeping in the Kings Room!

Suzanne Cass

Wow! The Hall is stunning and a delightful place to spend a weekend in such glorious weather too. We couldn’t have wished for anything better.


“The gift that keeps on giving” and what a great find in North Wales!
Gors y Gedol Hall is a maze of rooms and has more than enough space for 14 adults. Each bedroom is spacious and incredibly warm with the heating throughout the property. We lit the fires in the main living area which kept us toasty and warm. It was to be expected with such a large traditional hall with doorways and corridors throughout some areas could be a little drafty and cooler – however the fires kept us more than warm enough and were very easy to light.

The kitchen is fully equipped with all of the modern day necessities and with more than 3 living areas, additional dining rooms and a games area you could easily stay for a week and not bump into any of your party!

The Hall was incredibly clean and well looked after. The surrounding grounds were well kept and the lawn very large.

The booking was a surprise for my sister and she was so impressed that she cried as we entered the drive way as she took in the beautiful house. Each of us are planning our next visit to Gors y Gedol with more family and friends when we can. There was so much the Hall and the area had to offer which we didn’t get a chance to enjoy on our short weekend stay. We are desperate to come back to experience more as soon as we can.

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.

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