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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.

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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
Games Room, 3 Pets, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Piano, Freezer (not icebox), Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer, Iron and ironing board, TV, Mobile phone reception, Security Deposit Required
Private Garden, Pizza Oven, Off street parking, BBQ
Additional Information
Tesla Charging Point (Free of Charge)
EV Charging Point (WiFi Payment Activated)

***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).***

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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.

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Guest Reviews

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 !

Mark Humpage

Our second visit to the house. Again an amazing week in an a fantastic location. The house is perfect for a large group and the sauna and jacuzzi were great. We will be visiting again next year !

Steve Smith

My Family and I would like to thank the whole team at Dioni and the owners of this beautiful property. All 13 of us had the best time, the house is excellent, it has all that you need to make your holiday special, we used all the facilities including relaxing in the Sauna, hot
tub (what a view), the barbecue, even marshmallows round the firepit. The house is laid out really well with plenty of free space to chill out and escape, ample showers and toilets with plenty of towels. The views from the house and gardens are breathtaking and the sunsets over the mountains were beautiful. The only small negative of the whole experience and to help improve future stays for people was if young children were in the party, the games room could do with updating, most of the lighting wasn’t working and equipment broken, although we didn’t use it a lot. We will definitely be back to the house again as we found the location perfect, we also will be using Dioni again brilliant service. Thank you again from me and all my Family for helping us celebrate our Daughter’s 30th Birthday. X

Glynn Phillips

Can’t fault the house, great location to celebrate a surprise 80th birthday. We had 16 people for two days over the weekend, so all bedrooms were full. Everyone was able to find a quite spot when needed for 5 minutes rest. Hot tub, sauna and the games room all used. Having to be out for 10am was the only low


A fabulous house with spectacular views. We enjoyed exploring Llandanwg beach, Harlech castle and Portmeirion. Great facilities at the house when weather is poor.

Francis Clark

Amazing house in a breathtaking location with superb ever changing seascapes from the two lounges, made even more dramatic by the gale force winds that blew the rain in for two of the three days we were there. If you are going to be housebound then Llys Tanwg offers plenty of distractions, table tennis, pool table, table football, chill out room, sauna etc
We hope to return again to stunning Llys Tanwg, voted the best house our large party have ever stayed in, we’ll just hope for better weather next time. Thanks Dioni for making it available to us.


October 04, 2022 / Trish

Absolutely amazing, views to die for with a cosy warm feel couldn’t think of a better way to spend a birthday weekend had a local chef in to cook for 16 of us on the Saturday evening added to the experience- I have left her details in the visitor book we will be back

Love from all the Cheshire ladies xx

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