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Stylish Accommodation in the Heart of A Snowdonia Village | Hen-Lyfrgell

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If you’re looking for stylish accommodation in the heart of a Snowdonia village, you’d be hard pushed to find anything more beautiful than this cottage.

Hen-Lyfrgell – the Old Library – has been luxuriously renovated and comes with superb views over the River Artro and its historic stone bridge. The cottage sleeps up to four guests in two bedrooms, and it really is quite splendid.

The location is pretty splendid too. Flanked by the Snowdonia mountains to the east and the Irish Sea to the west, Llanbedr is one of the most charming villages in Snowdonia. On the North Wales coast around five miles south of Harlech, it close to many of the region’s most popular towns, beaches and attractions.

The cottage was built in the 19th century by the Welsh philanthropist and local mine owner Samuel Pope. Samuel donated his home to the Llanbedr community as a library and reading room, and you can certainly see its appeal as a place of relaxation and contemplation.

Although the cottage retains plenty of original features, it has been recently transformed into luxurious holiday accommodation. It benefits from an inverted living arrangement, which means the bedrooms are on the ground floor, with a stunning open plan living space above.

The beautifully presented master bedroom comes with a modern take on the four poster bed and en suite shower room. A patio door opens out from this large bedroom onto a dining terrace overlooking the river. It’s a fabulous place for breakfast. A second bedroom has twin beds, with a separate family shower room.

Upstairs, there is a stunning open plan living space with a high, vaulted ceiling and large picture windows which give a tremendous feeling of light and space. The views over the village, river and bridge are just fantastic. A woodburning stove keeps things cosy when the temperature drops.

The upstairs living space looks like a loft apartment and incorporates a fully equipped kitchen diner with bespoke granite work surfaces and a dining table for six guests. It includes a home cinema, with a 100" projection system, surround sound and satellite TV. There are comfortable leather sofas to spread out on, and a separate seating area in the bay window. There is a washroom and loo upstairs too.

Outside this stylish accommodation in the heart of a Snowdonia village there is a dining terrace outside the master bedroom, as well as a further seating area to the front of the property. The garden is planted with exotic flowers and shrubs including passion flowers, jasmine, cordylines and bananas.

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Cottage Type
WiFi, Near Pub, Near Beach
Welcome Hamper, Linen, Towels, No Cot, No High Chair, Central Heating
No Pets, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, TV, Mobile phone reception
On street parking

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Llanbedr has long been a popular destination for visitors to North Wales, and it’s not hard to see why. A quiet, rural village located near the west coast of the national park, it sits nestled in the Artro river valley with a stunning mountain backdrop.

The village is flanked by the Rhinog mountains to the east and the Irish Sea to the west, a place of epic sunsets and rugged, timeless landscapes. It is an easy drive to many of the most popular places in North Wales, including the Llyn peninsula, Harlech, Shell Island, Barmouth, Porthmadog, Criccieth and Portmeirion.

The closest town to Llanbedr is Harlech, which is around five miles to the north – 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.

The coastline near Llanbedr is one of sandy dunes and marram grass. Expect award-winning golden sands and dunes – the perfect place to try your hand at surfing or paddle boarding, or just for the kids to run around freely and play in the sand.

Drive around fifteen 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, cafes, restaurants, pubs and ice cream parlours.

A little further south along the coast 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.

There’s easy access to many of Snowdonia’s most popular attractions and destinations, including Zip World, Bounce Below and the Llechwedd Deep Mine experience at Blaenau Ffestiniog. Portmeirion, with its Italianate follies and colourful fantasy village is a 25 minute drive.

If you prefer to keep things lo-fi 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, including information on how you can take a Zwartbles sheep for a walk – extremely popular with kids of all ages!

There are some lovely river walks to explore straight out of the front door of this stylish accommodation in the heart of a Snowdonia village, including one of Wales’s most spectacular waterfalls at Rhaeadr Nantcol, just a couple of miles from the cottage.

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