Home | Cottages | Llys-Tanwg

Unique Holiday Cottage With Stunning Views Over Cardigan Bay | Llys-Tanwg

Dog FriendlyNear BeachHot TubReal FireEV Charger

An impressive and sprawling property, Llys-Tanwg is a unique holiday cottage with stunning views over Cardigan Bay, located on the outskirts of Harlech. With eight bedrooms, sleeping up to fifteen guests, this beautiful two storey detached house is located in an elevated position with unobstructed views over the stunning coast of North West Wales. Perfect for gatherings of large groups of friends or family, the property is set in a quiet and private location, ideal for exploring the coast and nearby mountains. With a games room, sauna and hot tub included, it's the perfect spot for a relaxing break.

Accessed via a private driveway, this beautiful house dates back to the 1920's and has remained in the same family since 1931. The current trustees are grandchildren to Dr Hewlett Johnson, the then ‘Red’ Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, who purchased the property thanks to its perfect positioning, to be at one with nature. Surrounded by lawns to three sides, along with a hidden courtyard, it's a secluded location with sweeping views of the bay. There are two entrances - one entering a utility room and the other accessing the property via a large hallway. The ground floor features a number of communal rooms, alongside two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a cloakroom.

Kicking off muddy boots or sandy flip flops in the utility room, a door leads through to a large kitchen with a large traditional range cooker. Terracotta tiles are laid in a herringbone pattern, and there is ample storage space in the wooden fronted kitchen units, finished with a black marble effect worktop. A central island counter provides additional countertop preparation space, or alternatively a sociable space to gather around with a glass of wine, cold beer or a paned (cup of tea). Chefs within the group will love preparing a tasty meal in this gorgeous kitchen, and serving in the beautiful dining room through the hallway. A large 200 year old mahogany dining table that takes up the central space. For the budding musicians of the house, a beautiful piano is calling out to be played after dinner. The decor is complimentary to the age of the property, with bold brightly tiled fireplaces and coving around the ceiling.

A stairway in the central hallway of this unique holiday cottage with stunning views over Cardigan Bay leads to the first floor of the property which is equally impressive. With six bedrooms of varying sizes, the first floor also features a kitchenette, two bathrooms and second lounge area. Similar in style to the downstairs lounge, the first floor lounge has the same westward aspect and comfortable furnishings. A number of fabric sofas and armchairs surround a large coffee table with a couple of armchairs perfectly positioned in the large bay window, ideal to share those sunset moments over a glass of wine or fizz.

If you're not sold on this property yet, then you're in for a treat with the additional facilities outside of the main house. A games room housed within a wooden outbuilding includes table tennis, table football and a dart board. Ideal for teenagers wanting escape from the grown-ups for a while. A pathway from the rear of the house leads to the second outbuilding which houses the property's spa facilities. Yes, you heard that right. The door opens into a large room with a number of lounge chairs set in a circle, next to a cosy log burner in the corner, as well as a kitchenette. A door leads from this room into a large traditional sauna made from Kelo wood from the Finnish Arctic circle - the perfect retreat and relaxation area for the adults after a hard days exploring. A sliding door leads from the building into a beautiful courtyard area with large fire pit to the centre, surrounded by log benches and seating. To the rear of the courtyard, an outdoor kitchen area includes a large brick built outdoor pizza oven and barbeque. As if this wasn't enough, heading to the other end of the courtyard, passing a private outdoor shower, a pathway through a round circular doorway in the stone wall (The Moongate) leads to a large hot tub overlooking the sea. These facilities are pure luxury and in the most fantastic setting, making Llys-Tanwg a fantastic and desirable property for your break in North Wales.

... Read MoreLess


Cottage Type
Dog Friendly, Near Beach, Hot Tub, Real Fire, Large Cottage, EV Charger
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, Cot (cot-linen not provided), WiFi, High Chair, Central Heating, Smoke detector, Carbon monoxide detector, First Aid kit, Fire extinguisher or blanket
3 Pets, Hob, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, TV, Piano, Games Room, Mobile phone reception, Security Deposit Required
Off street parking, Pizza Oven, BBQ, Private Garden
Additional Information
Tesla Charging Point (Free of Charge)
EV Charging Point (WiFi Payment Activated)

The hot tub may not be ready for use on the first night due to back to back changeovers.

***Please note a £500 security deposit will be pre-authorised on your card. This will be released in full after a post-departure inspection (usually within 15 working days).***

Floor Plans




Located south of the village of Harlech, the unique holiday cottage with stunning views over Cardigan Bay has one of the best settings in the area. The private grounds surrounded by woodland are set high on a hill, with unobstructed views of Cardigan Bay, the Llyn Peninsula and the sweeping golden beach and sand dunes of Harlech. The scene is truly spectacular, finished off by the mountain backdrop of Eryri (Snowdonia) in the distance. You may not want to leave the property, but there are a host of fabulous destinations on the doorstep. Head to the beautiful town of Harlech and wander among the narrow streets, boutique shops and quaint cafes. Visit the magnificent Harlech Castle, located on a rocky outcrop dominating the surrounding landscape, or take a walk down (and back up) one of the steepest streets in the world.

The spectacular beach in Harlech boasts miles of golden sand flanked by huge dunes. A walk along the boardwalk to the beach builds up anticipation with a huge reveal of the epic views across the bay to the Llyn Peninsula. Further afield, a short drive north leads to the Italianate village of Portmeirion on the banks of the Dwyryd Estuary. Wander amongst the beautiful colourful buildings designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925. For outdoor adventurers, Coed y Brenin Forest Park is the ideal destination for cyclists, being Britain's first purpose built mountain biking centre. There are also walking trails, orienteering courses and a cafe. There's something for everyone in North West Wales, and this is the perfect destination for larger groups who are looking for a variety of activities to suit everyone.

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

... Read MoreLess


Max Adults:
Max Children:
Max Infants:
Maximum number of adults and children is 15
Loading Getting availability
Total Cost (inc booking fee)
Sorry, but your searched dates are not available for this property

Guest Reviews

Steve Smith

We recently had the pleasure of staying at Llys-Tanwg for a family getaway, celebrating my wife’s 60th birthday. It was our second visit to this charming retreat, and it exceeded our expectations once again. The facilities were top-notch, with noticeable improvements since our last stay and exciting upgrades in the works. Llys-Tanwg is the ideal family retreat, the spacious accommodations comfortably suited our large family, providing ample room for relaxation and spending quality time together. The location couldn’t be more perfect, offering easy access to explore the surrounding area’s natural beauty.

Llys-Tanwg provided an unforgettable family stay with a wide range of facilities catering to every need and desire. The hot tub, boasting breathtaking views, offered a serene escape, while the sauna and excellent showers ensured relaxation was at the forefront. The day room served as a tranquil haven, perfect for unwinding amidst the stunning surroundings. Although we didn’t indulge in the barbecues and fire pit this time, they promise delightful evenings with loved ones. While the games room could benefit from an upgrade, particularly in lighting for optimal enjoyment of darts, table tennis, and pool, it remains a fantastic space for daytime fun. Overall, Llys-Tanwg offers an idyllic retreat for families seeking both relaxation and entertainment, ensuring cherished memories for years to come.

Special thanks to the attentive team at Dioni for their seamless booking process and keeping us informed every step of the way. Their professionalism added to the overall experience.

Overall, our stay at Llys-Tanwg was nothing short of fantastic. We look forward to returning and experiencing even more of what this wonderful retreat has to offer.

Steve, Yvonne and all the Family.

James Maddison

Lovely house in a stunning location! Friends and family get together for my 60th birthday and everyone enjoyed their stay, hard to find fault at all, would recommend for any large gatherings. Roomy, quiet and well stocked, easy to park, wonderful views!

Lynne Foxley

Second visit to this amazing place we stayed 4 nights but we would have stayed longer. We want to book for 7 nights next year. The house is amazing read back from last year May when my cousin wrote a review. Just loved every minute. Fantastic space for big families.

Haf James-Owen

Stayed at Llys Tanwg with 13 friends for 2 nights this weekend. Had the best weekend, breath taking views and sunsets, very lucky with the weather. House is stunning. Just not enough time, definitely recommend staying for longer. Thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub and table tennis.
All staff including Gary very helpful and responsive.

Will be back again for sure and even with a different group. Thanks again!

Alison Delbourgo

We have just had a fabulous week staying at this beautiful house. We consisted of 3 families who regularly holiday together and this is the best house we have stayed in. The views are amazing and the hot tub and sauna were a wonderful addition. The games room was useful (but is a little tired). The house itself had an enormous amount of space and bathrooms! Gary could not have been more helpful and we were all so sad to leave. We climbed Snowdon, visited Harlech and Barmouth, watched the amazing sunsets from the lounge windows and really relaxed. The kitchen had everything we needed and we enjoyed meals around the beautiful old table that sat all 13 of us. Thank you so much for a wonderful week.


One of the most special places we know! Beautiful as ever over a March weekend. Amazing light on skies and sea and stunning sunsets.
The house is well equipped and was spotlessly clean. A couple of little hitches were responded to quickly and efficiently by the manager, who was lovely. Just wish we could have had longer… Bestest place we’ve ever been!

Malcolm Arthur Young

Everything about LLYS-TANWG brilliant only one negative the freezer door must have been left ajar has all frozen up draws could not be moved and anything put in them

Alex Wilson

Our 2nd visit and just as enjoyable. Splendid location, well equipped, roomy and very comfortable for 13 of us.

Beth Campbell

We had a great week at Llys Tanwg. Superb location and facilities. Kirk could not have been more helpful, responding to a query out of hours and going over and above to return an item to us which had been left behind.
Thanks 😊

Susan Tredget

Just returned from a fabulous week at Llys Tanwg. Thé house is beautiful and the views spectacular . The house is extremely comfortable and the facilities first class . Three generations enjoyed the games room , the beaches – perfect for cricket ! We will be back !

Read more

Leave a Review for Llys-Tanwg

This website uses cookies
This site uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience. We use necessary cookies to make sure that our website works. We’d also like to set analytics cookies that help us make improvements by measuring how you use the site. By clicking “Allow All”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyse site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
These cookies are required for basic functionalities such as accessing secure areas of the website, remembering previous actions and facilitating the proper display of the website. Necessary cookies are often exempt from requiring user consent as they do not collect personal data and are crucial for the website to perform its core functions.
A “preferences” cookie is used to remember user preferences and settings on a website. These cookies enhance the user experience by allowing the website to remember choices such as language preferences, font size, layout customization, and other similar settings. Preference cookies are not strictly necessary for the basic functioning of the website but contribute to a more personalised and convenient browsing experience for users.
A “statistics” cookie typically refers to cookies that are used to collect anonymous data about how visitors interact with a website. These cookies help website owners understand how users navigate their site, which pages are most frequently visited, how long users spend on each page, and similar metrics. The data collected by statistics cookies is aggregated and anonymized, meaning it does not contain personally identifiable information (PII).
Marketing cookies are used to track user behaviour across websites, allowing advertisers to deliver targeted advertisements based on the user’s interests and preferences. These cookies collect data such as browsing history and interactions with ads to create user profiles. While essential for effective online advertising, obtaining user consent is crucial to comply with privacy regulations.