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Unique Self Catering Cottage Above Dolgellau | Hywel-Sele-Lodge

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As you round the bend of a quiet leafy lane guests are greeted by a real fairytale cottage. Described as a semi-ruinous Tudor-Gothic style this outstanding and unique self-catering property stands guard over the deer park on the famous Nannau estate and provides unique accommodation for guests wanting to explore this beautiful part of Snowdonia.

As you can imagine, Hywel Sele Lodge is bursting with history. Hywel Sele famously attempted to assassinate his rebellious cousin Owain Glyndwr during a hunting expedition. Glyndwr, already wary of his royalist relative, was protected from Hywel’s deadly arrow however by the chain mail he wore hidden under his tunic. Glyndwr immediately turned to slay his cousin later hiding his body in a hollow oak tree within the Nannau deer park.

An impressive boarded door set within a pointed arched doorcase opens into the entrance hallway. From here, a turned staircase runs up to the bedrooms, a door to the left leads to the lounge but we’ll go straight ahead into the kitchen diner first.

Oak panelled kitchen units sit on a quarry-tiled floor and are topped by a marble work surface. A more modern oven and gas hob sits in one corner whilst a pretty dinning table and chairs sits next to the exit to the rear of the cottage.

We can walk round through another door into the lounge. This generous space comes complete with log fire, flat screen TV and sumptuous leather sofas. Wooden mullioned windows with arched heads form the shallow canted bay to the front of the cottage. Also on the ground floor is the shower room and WC. This room is small but perfectly formed. The age and listed status of the building means it impossible to have a bathroom upstairs.

If we go round again we can head up the winding staircase to the two adjoining bedrooms. More high arched windows inset with leaded glass shine a patterned light onto a beautiful king sized bed complete with luxurious linen. Oak flooring and exposed stonewalls support a high vaulted ceiling. A second bedroom has a smaller double bed within a fascinating oak panelled recess and a window that overlooks the deer park and the forests beyond.

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Cottage Type
Dog Friendly
Real Fire
Cot (cot-linen not provided)
High Chair
Central Heating
2 Pets
Washing Machine
Tumble Dryer
Private Garden
Off street parking
Bike Storage
Additional Information

Wine & Chocolates on arrival
Tumble drier is a washer/drier
DVD player

Floor Plans




From the driveway, the amazing façade of the cottage is possible surpassed by the outstanding views over the Cader Idris mountain range to the south. The grand stone gateway next to the cottage leads us east into the walled dear park. Approximately 100 deer live in the park but they are amazingly difficult to spot in what is a varying landscape of hills and deciduous forest.

This ancient deer park was incorporated into the famous landscape park at Nannau in the late eighteenth-century and remains one of the largest and highest areas of designed landscape in Wales. An extensive system of paths and bridleways criss crosses the park, the most popular of which is Precipice walk. Easily accessible from the lodge, this circular walk will take guests around the lower slopes of Foel Cynwch and provides superb views over the Mawddach valley and sea beyond.

The market town of Dolgellau is a five minute drive down the hill and boasts a selection of interesting cafes, restaurants and shops. The internationally renowned Coed Y Brenin mountain biking centre is a 5 minute drive in the down the other side of the hill. The seaside town of Barmouth is about 30 mins to the West and the market town of Bala, famous for its water adventure sports, is 30 mins to the east.

Here's a link for more information on the local area that you might find useful:
Things to do in Dolgellau

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Guest Reviews

Malcolm Gray

Peace peace and more peace what a beautiful place to relax, we wished we had booked for two weeks instead of the one perhaps next time we will, so much to do and see in the area great walks from the door around the estate, so sit back and enjoy Hywel-Sele-Lodge and we look forward to staying again. I do have one small concern that of the height of the wall to the right of the arch a big drop if a child climbed on it also our dogs could leap over too easily so had to keep an eye on them Border Collie’s Love Sheep lol.

Sharon Wright

Beautiful place with the most stunning views. Looks exactly the same as the pictures and videos on the site.
Fire was prepared ready to go with precise instructions which made it easy to use. Included within the property was a washer/dry, microwave, DVD player, fridge freezer, excellent WiFi and hairdryer to make the stay comfortable. There was a BBQ outside and a cosy patio area. We never used the BBQ but we’re blessed with nice weather so sat in the small garden on many occasions. One morning there was a ewe and her lamb who shared the garden with us. Supplied was one toilet roll, washing up liquid but if you want to wash your clothes you need to bring detergent. All linen and towels which were spotless were included.
Tips would be take slippers as the stone floor is cold. The bathroom is downstairs and the bedroom is upstairs which will make it difficult for elderly and individuals who struggle with their mobility. Beware also that the shower tray is slippery. An addition of a non slip mat by the owners would stop this.
The area has lots to do. The precipice walk is on the doorstep. My husband particularly liked the Mach loop being so close. We could see the planes entering into the valley. Barmouth with the beach and various walks is only 20 minutes away. The owners kindly listed places to see
Directions were precise but don’t look out for the tree lined path as we did. The trees have been cut down due to disease. Beware of the turning. You have to pull into a road opposite to help you get the angle to make the turn. There is a bend close and it is a fast road, so a little scary at times.
We had the most peaceful and enjoyable stay.
Thank you

steve griffiths

Another brilliant stay. Despite the howling winds and intermittent rainfall, we still managed to enjoy. We will be looking to return again (perhaps, the summer season will grant us better luck with the weather). Excellent and atmospheric!
Diolch yn fawr iawn.

Paul Jones

Hywel Sele was a very interesting building, as a student of architecture the baronial/gothic folly was charming. The facilities were fantastic, the flag stones needed socks or slippers as they were a bit a shock to the system when going to the loo in the night! We enjoyed the whole experience. Thanks.

Antony Greener

Perfect location and perfect accommodation.


A lovely couple of days away in this great cottage, despite the weather the cottage was warm and cosy. Everything you could want is included. Quiet location with no noise from anywhere. Changeable views every time you look at the mountains through out the day. If the rain ever stopped we would have gone for walks that are at the front door.
We hope to be back next year for a longer stay

Alastair Kenyon

Superb unique property in idyllic surroundings. Everything that we needed for a truly peaceful and relaxing couple of days. Beds were really comfortable and views from main bedroom and living room are amazing. Plenty of lovely walks and interesting wildlife to see. Even the weather was kind to us. We’d definitely love to return.

Nicola Jayne Bee

Thank you for making my 60th birthday celebrations so memorable..we felt so welcomed, Hywel Sele Lodge superb,views stunning,we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.. perfect in every way x

Amanda Pattenden

Another wonderful stay at Hywel Sele Lodge. This is our 4th time back, we just love it ! Didn’t think it could be improved from our previous stays but they’ve done it with the refurbished bathroom ! Wow ! We return rested, relaxed and rejuvenated and ready for the New Year !


A unique, comfortable, warm and quiet place to stay. Perfect for our dogs with the enclosed garden and walks on the doorstep. Plenty of maps showing local walks.

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