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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
Linen, Towels, Cot (cot-linen not provided), WiFi, High Chair, Central Heating
2 Pets, Hob, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, TV
Off street parking, BBQ, Bike Storage, Private Garden
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

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.


Really nice looking cottage in a very isolated location with great views. Unfortunately there is a very strong musty smell within the cottage and due to the age of the cottage not many windows that open. Cottage might not be suitable for people with certain health conditions that might be affected by a musty smell

Saskia Brinkmann

We have just returned from our holiday at the Hywel Sele Lodge and it couldn’t have been any better. The view from the bedroom windows is just stunning and being woken up by the sheep around the lodge every morning just adds to the charm. It is so peaceful up there, exactly what we needed. A bit eerie on the nights though.
We loved everything about the lodge, with its cosy interior, a fenced in yard perfect for our dog, direct access to the deer park, private parking and the interesting history of the area/Lodge. We couldn’t have found a nicer place to stay and the bottle of wine and chocolates left for us by the owner was a lovely touch.
There are so many things to do in the area. Precipice Walk starts just a 5 min walk away from the cottage and we had great day trips to Barmouth beach, Harlech Castle, Coed Y Brenin waterfall / forest Park, the ruins of Cymer Abbey and some of the lovely little towns in the area. Unfortunately, we missed out on King Arthur’s Labyrinth and Portmeirion as they are not dog friendly.
In general, we were very impressed by how dog friendly most towns (restaurants & shops) are. It is not something we are used to and it made a nice change.
Overall, it was the perfect holiday and we would love to go back to Hywel Sele Lodge one day. Thank you so much to the owners for their eye for detail and for making us feel so welcome!

Carol Webb

Absolutely the perfect setting for our 3 night break with our 7 yr old Granddaughter. She called it “our castle” and we loved everything about it. The setting, the wonderful views, the building itself, were all perfect. Beds are comfortable and the little bedroom was perfect for Amelia, being right next to us.
Every little touch has been thought of, right down to the lovely wine and chocs.
We would love to visit again!


Absolutely stunning. The view from the front is phenomenal. Cottage has everything you need and beautifully finished inside. Booked last minute and couldn’t believe our luck. Will definitely be back again.

steve griffiths

Atmospheric, tranquility unrivaled, breathtaking views, lovely location, and such a beautiful “gothic” “castle”. Looking forward to staying there again soon. Diolch yn fawr.

Ian Harrison

What a brilliant place! We’ve previously stayed at Deer park lodge and thought we would try Hywel Sele after seeing it on our walks. We were not disappointed. The lodge is another well equipped and well fitted out property with amazing views. It is so well situated for walks that the car didn’t move for all of our 3 night stay. I’m sure we will return.

Andrea Bowen

Hywel-Sele- Lodge is absolutely splendid, its set in an amazing setting we really enjoyed our stay, the dear park surroundings are magnificent it really is so sensational to wake up to that view in a morning! We were blessed with extraordinary warm sunshine for November! We enjoyed the log fire of an evening very cosy! I am absolutely fascinated with the history of NANNAU, it really is so very very special.

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