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

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Guest Reviews

Teresa Crampin

This lodge was an absolute delight – from the first view from the driveway, with stunning vista views across to Cader Idris range! The lodge itself was so enchanting. Comfortable, cosy and with everything we needed to make our stay memorable. The Nannau Estate is a wonderful area, close to amenities at Dolgellau and beyond and makes a great base for exploring the beautiful area of the Snowdonia National Park. We will definitely return to continue our magical experience at Hywel-Sele-Lodge. Thank you so much for allowing us to experience this wonderful lodge and area – and thanks also for the chocolates and wine on arrival – a lovely touch.
Teresa, Phil and Willow the Border Terrier! xxx

Ryan and megan

We went away to celebrate my girlfriends birthday. It was such a lovely trip and the lodge is incredibly unique and picturesque! The views are amazing and we will miss waking up to them everyday!

Gerald and Carol

A wonderful location in which to get away from it all and enjoy the views and the peace and quiet. Good walks from the door if you feel inclined and plenty of interest just a short drive away. We were very fortunate to have a dry and sunny week – almost a March heatwave – so we didn’t need to use the log burner. Some of the facilities are a bit old and tired (the kitchen sink, the shower and the tiny sink in the bathroom come to mind) but that all adds to the character of the historic property. Bed was comfortable and the library was quite extensive. TV reception and Wifi were good considering how isolated the cottage is. Would heartily recommend the cottage as a great place for a holiday.

Ceri brown

Wow! This place is actually a little bit of heaven on a hillside. So cosy inside with everything you need. Loads to see and do in surrounding area. Cannot wait to rebook

Rosie and Richard

A very cosy lodge with spectacular views of Cadair Idris. The house was extremely comfortable, warm (we enjoyed using the woodburner) and well equipped, all of which made for a very relaxing stay. Definitely somewhere we would like to revisit!

Debbie Mcallister

What a fantastic find !! Our first visit to Hywel-Sele-Lodge and already looking to book again. Beautiful place with stunning views and lots of interesting walks nearby. Had to be dragged out by my husband as i wanted to just snuggle up on the comfy sofa in front of the roaring fire and read, whilst pretending i was a queen in my mini castle. Dont think i have ever stayed somewhere so quiet. Its so peaceful. Comfy beds and a little garden that we got to sit in as we had some sun. Fab considering it was January and had been a bitterly cold night. We drove into the village as we are not great walkers, and had Sunday lunch in the ship, was very nice. Overall just such a lovely place to visit and stay in a lodge with a bit of History. Thankyou to the owner for sorting out posting my husbands amazon fire stick that he left behind at the lodge. We are super sorry for the back and forth telephone calls to yourselves and Dioni. But ever so grateful for your prompt replies and care, thankyou


Lovely place to stay. Good location with lots of fantastic walks (precipice Walk) and hiking for the more adventurous with Cadair Idris on the doorstep. The area is steeped in history with one guest leaving instructions for a walk around the Nannau Estate with historical info included! (Last seen inside a book called Nannau at the house). The main house is directly opposite the entrance to Hywel Sele Lodge and wish I’d taken a look. Daytrips to Aberystwyth and Dolgellau are a must if can but also recommend Corris craft centre and Canlan farm shop. Otherwise relax, take in the beautiful view and cosy up by the fire.

Selena Allonby

Absolutely perfect for us, the accommodation ticked all of our boxes with walks from the doorstep. Surrounded by history but close to local amenities.
Buy logs from the hardware store in town if you need some as euro spar charges the earth literally!!!
It would be a dream come true to live here permanently but then pretty much everyone who has stayed before us says the same ❤️


What a wonderful stay, it definitely exceeded our expectations! The views were incredible, we were lucky enough for the sun to come out and watch the sun set from the walk down the hill, which was a moment I won’t forget. The lodge itself is well equipped and so cosy and so so peaceful! It has a wonderful quirky charm! I would definitely recommend the lodge for someone looking to get away to somewhere peaceful and to get away from a busy city! We will be stopping again there!

Tracy and Jerry Wroe

This really was an incredible place to stay. The peace and views were just what we needed. Everything we needed and thank you for the wine and chocolates. It was lovely to have real bath towels that were soft and fluffy. We enjoyed having the fire lit every night making us warm and cosy if an evening. Waking up to the views and field of sheep with a brew gave us a leisurely start to the day. A few minor irritations and I mean minor. Lightbulbs that needed replacing particularly the one on the stairs and the door handle leading from the sitting room into the kitchen fell off every time we used it. We have returned from our hols refreshed and batteries re-charged. Thank you

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