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Self Catering Barn Dyffryn Ardudwy in Snowdonia | Moelfre

Near BeachReal FireFarm StayEV Charger

Moelfre, Self Catering Barn Dyffryn Ardudwy, named after the mountain behind the cottage, is a one bedroom barn conversion on a working welsh hill farm. It’s difficult for me to be objective when describing Moelfre as it’s one of the two self catering cottages that we let out ourselves here at Byrdir. But I hope you’ll agree when I say they’re nicely furnished and decorated. We’re certainly very proud with the way they’ve turned out.

Using local craftsmen to completely rebuild an old disused barn, has meant that we’ve been able to use as much natural and local material as possible. Nick and Adam did most of the structural work including laying the natural slate tiles on our heated floor. Mike, a carpenter from the village, hand carved the oak trusses and glazed gable end. Whilst stonemasons Charlie and Rich, two brothers and friends of ours, did a brilliant job of the external granite stone work. (I was allowed to help with the backbreaking but unskilled work of fetching the stones from the fields.)

We’ve designed the barn with a ‘grogloft’ or sleeping deck up in the eaves of the barn. The velux window up there has a brilliant view over the farm, Moelfre and the Rhinog Mountains. The living area downstairs has an open kitchen. We’ve tried to include everything you’ll need such as a combination oven, hob and dishwasher. The underfloor heating provides more than enough heat but we’ve also installed a cast iron log burner to help create that romantic atmosphere. The French doors open to a fantastic view of the Cambrian coast line and the Llyn Peninsula beyond.

We’ve tried to buy the best fixtures and fittings possible. Including hand made brass lamps, oak furniture and real leather sofas. The bathroom has been kitted out with a powerful thermostatic shower and expensive taps etc. But more importantly perhaps we’d like to think that we’ve invested some time and effort into smaller projects like renovating an old cast iron radiator for the bathroom, making the curtains by hand, restoring some old furniture bought at our local auction and buying some nice ornaments made by friends and neighbours.

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Cottage Type
Near Beach, Real Fire, Farm Stay, EV Charger
Welcome Pack, Linen, Towels, WiFi, Central Heating
No Pets, Cooker, Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Dishwasher, TV
Shared Garden, Off street parking, BBQ, Bike Storage
Additional Information
DVD player
Underfloor Heating
Electric Car Charging Point
Combination microwave and oven 

Floor Plans




Moelfre Self Catering Barn Dyffryn Ardudwy is on the grounds of our farm here at Byrdir. There are lots of advantages to staying here on the farm. It’ll give you a chance to get involved in things like feeding the pigs, collecting the chicken eggs and meeting the ducks. Throwing a stick for our border collie, Dell, seems to be the favourite pastime of most of our guest however.

Great views in every direction. Views over the Cambrian Coastline and its sandy beaches a mile to the west, Snowdon and her friends are to the north and you are naturally encouraged to explore the rugged Rhinog Mountains that climb up behind the cottage to the east.

The other attractions associated with Snowdonia are all close by. The historic castle and golf course in Harlech, narrow gauge steam railways in Porthmadog and Talyllyn, slate and copper mines in Blaenau and Beddgelert as well as more adventurous pursuits like kite surfing, white water rafting and mountain biking etc. Let me know what you fancy and I’ll point you in the right direction.

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Guest Reviews

Susan hodges

Lovely stay in a lovely barn conversion. Lovely location. Enjoyed the delicious cake. Missed having TV in bedroom but that is a personal choice. Excellent stay as always we will be back.

Becs H

Immaculate condition! Really enjoyed our stay in a tranquil location. Felt very looked after with such a lovely welcome pack. Just wonderful!

Martin Roberts

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Moelfre, very peaceful and great walking from your door. The weather during our stay was very warm for the whole week as long as the velux window was open the bedroom remained cool and we slept well in the king size bed. Had no issues with the stairs, but would suggest you replace the sofa both of us found it uncomfortable. Cariad the Jack Russell was a joy. Great beaches down the hill, a visit to Harlech Castle is a must, would also recommend a trip on the steam train we did the Porthmadog- Bedgellert route. Can highly recommend Bistro Bermo in Barmouth but you need to book well in advance. Will definitely return. Thanks for a great holiday!

Jon and Marilyn

Moelfre is a lovely cottage, in a beautiful, remote position. The main reason we chose it over other cottages in the area was for the EV charger, but we would certainly recommend it for anyone looking for a quiet, cosy spot away from the mainstream. There are a few other cottages on the farm – a working hill farm with some sheep, cattle and some very friendly ducks as well as the family pets. It feels secluded and private, with Louise and Gwion on site if any assistance is needed.

Despite its small footprint, it feels very spacious, largely because it is so well designed, and is light and very comfortable. A lot of thought obviously went into the layout, keeping furniture to the minimum but providing everything needed for a couple. The kitchen area is small but well-equipped, with a combined oven/microwave/grill and a two-ring hob that was sufficient for cooking all our evening meals. There is a roomy fridge (no freezer) and all the main items you would need (including toaster, cafetiere, tea pot). The shower room is spacious and the shower very efficient. The staircase up to the loft bedroom is steep, which allows for more space downstairs, but we didn’t find this a problem (although someone with limited mobility could have difficulty). The wifi is good, but there’s no mobile phone signal. We had beautiful weather (so didn’t need the wood burner or any heating) and the doors open wide onto the sunny outside seating area with gorgeous views across the fields, and to the mountain behind (from which the cottage gets its name).

Definitely a five-star holiday.

Jo and Nick

A lovely 2 week stay in a very clean and comfortable cottage. It is in the ideal place for exploring a large part of North Wales. Beautiful beaches close by. The Jack Russel and Collie dogs really helped us to feel at home and were often around to welcome us back from a day out. Very friendly hosts, with nothing being too much trouble.

Already looking for next year with dioni.

Denise Corbin

We knew the cottage was on a farm and was bijou. On the plus side, everything worked a treat; the water was hot and the shower easy to fathom. All kitchen appliances worked well (especially the fridge, it was so cold – it froze the cucumber!!). It took a while to work out the oven/microwave but we got there in the end! We liked the recycling area and easy purchasing of extra wood if required. The place was lovely and clean and the bed very comfortable. The scenery was fantastic and loved seeing the farm animals around. On the down side we found the road to the cottage very narrow indeed and with high walls on either side it was difficult to see approaching traffic – being townies we found this disconcerting. We found the stairs to the bedroom area also disconcerting and it was difficult carrying items up there. The settee was quite soft and for shorties like us the seat area was too long! We would have loved an iron/hairdryer and maybe a few extras in the kitchen, like kitchen roll and oven gloves. The duvet could have been more luxurious. Instructions on how to work the pizza oven would also have been helpful.

Joan Baker

Once you get over the shock of the mile long country, single road drive to Moelfre, you will find a charming cottage set in beautiful surroundings. The cottage was clean, light and had a lovely bathroom and kitchen area. The daily visits from the dogs and chickens was a lovely touch. The walks and views were amazing.
The only drawback to this lovely cottage was the stairs to the mezzanine, for people like me of a certain age, not very good.
Central for the drive to Harlech and Barmouth the beach at Harlech was amazing.

Jonathan Hall

We loved our stay at Moelfre it was the second time we’d stayed on the farm.
The facility is very clean and functional and offers everything you would need to escape everyday life.
The only suggestion we could think of was possibly a clock and a moveable mirror as the sockets are not near the mirror for the girlies, these are very minor things and did not affect us in any way at all.
We will most certainly be back and just wish our stay was longer
thank you very much for the bubbly as it was our honeymoon.

Diolch yn fawr iawn eich gweld chi eto :0)

Clare and Paul

We have stayed in two of the cottages on this farm. Both are quirky, comfortable and cosy. The location is rural with beautiful farm lands and hills all round, the ocean views from the outside of this particular cottage are lovely. Fresh farm eggs and a delicious homemade lemon drizzle cake were a welcome treat. We’ve been mostly lucky with the weather but even in the mist, this location is stunning and the cottage gets very warm with underfloor heating and a wood stove. There are two friendly dogs who come and go. Overall a peaceful, quiet, and much needed retreat.

Steve & Ewa
October 18, 2020

A perfect 4 night stay with trips to Barmouth, Harlech and Black Sands beach (Portmadog). The welcome pack was a lovely touch, the lemon cake was delicious. The accomodation was cosy but just right for us – with the underfloor heating a winner! The location was great with the hills behind and sea in front and the farm animals were entertaining. We were lucky with great weather but the cottage hepled make our break in this lovely part of Wales first class.

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