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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 deluxe 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 Nanau 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 dear park and the forests beyond.

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Cottage Type
Pet Friendly, Real Fire
Welcome Hamper, Linen, Towels, WiFi, Cot, High Chair, Central Heating
2 Pets, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, TV
Private Garden, Off street parking, BBQ, Bike Storage
Additional Information
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 Brennin 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.

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Guest Reviews

Amanda Pattenden
October 14, 2020

This was our 3rd stay at Hywel Sele Lodge and it just NEVER disappoints ! We love it here, it’s a second home. Everything you could possibly need and more to enjoy a wonderful holiday. Great location, wonderfully romantic, great walks from the door, including the Precipice Walk. You can pop down into town and enjoy a wander around all the little shops and enjoy artisan coffee & cake at T.H Roberts. Great choices for groceries at the award winning Euro Spar at the bottom of the hill if you want to cook ( I cooked a full Christmas dinner here one year, so the lodge has all you could need to DIY ! )
Perfectly positioned to enjoy the beach at Barmouth and the sunsets, just wow !
I could go on but you really need to find out for yourselves !

September 17, 2020

What a beautiful lodge, amazing in every way and steeped with history. Maintained to a high standard. We had a great time. Beautiful walks on the doorstep and Barney our dog loved looking over the wall and through the gates at the scenary and the sheep! The town of Dolgellau is also great, just a short drive away with pubs and shops, really dog friendly. The only down side for us was the bathroom being downstairs, but we knew this before we booked and it didn’t stop us from having a good time. Lots of info provided at the lodge, in relation to walks etc… Chocolates and wine on arrival was nice too.

Elisabeth Davies
August 29, 2020

We had an absolutely fantastic week at the lodge. It’s a beautiful, homely and well equipped accommodation, with amazing scenery and walks right outside.
The welcome hamper was a lovely and welcomed touch. We were glad to be able to light the fire on the first night with the provided fuel and enjoy the wine you left us. Thank you
The garden is totally secure so we were able to let our small dog out and know she was safe.
We really could have stayed more than the week we were there so will definitely be back!

November 2, 2019

Located at the end of a private driveway, this is the perfect getaway location for anyone seeking a quiet and peaceful break away.

The building itself is an interesting conversion of an old lodge built between 1794 and 1818 and now tastefully furnished. The location is handy for Dolgellau (being only a short ride away, or even walked to) and other nearby attractions such as the Precipice Walk and the Mawddach Trail, Barmouth and Fairbourne etc. The view from the front windows is truly spectacular and ever changing with different weather and cloud patterns – in fact, on a rainy and windy day, it would be a delight just to sit in the front room by the window with the log burner on and a good book (there is a sizable collection to hand if needed).

Mobile phone coverage was good (EE) – a mast can be seen in the distant valley which is possibly multi operator, and in house wi-fi adequate for checking e-mails etc.

All in all, thoroughly recommended.

PS – in the unlikely event of any problems, phone Steve (whose number is in the guest book) – nothing is too much trouble for him.

steven hawkins
August 4, 2019

Our stay at the lodge was perfect,so many places to go not to far away,so peaceful and the scenery is beautiful,the lodge its self was amazing.

Nina Donohoe
June 16, 2019

As beautiful as we expected.Tastefully restored historic lodge with the best views possible. We had not expected the best quality cookware in the kitchen, the logs and coal ready for us to start a fire on arrival and the good quality books and music cds. Local walks are really lovely and the lodge is really peaceful and secluded. The beds are very comfortable with extra blankets if needed. Our only criticism was that in the second bedroom the bedding felt a tiny bit damp despite us trying to air it.But everything else was perfect.


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