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Self Catering Barn Conversion on a Working Snowdonia Farm | Nant

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Nant, which means brook or spring in welsh and refers to the small brook that runs past this cottage, is a two bedroom self catering barn conversion in Dyffryn Ardudwy. It's difficult for me to be objective when describing Nant as it's the larger of the five self catering cottages that we let out ourselves here on the farm. But I hope you’ll agree when I say they’re nicely furnished and decorated.

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 stonework. (I was allowed to help with the unskilled but backbreaking work of fetching the stones from the fields.

The cottage comprises a ground floor twin bedroom in addition to a king-size double in the ‘grogloft’ or eves of the barn. The living area downstairs has a small kitchen where we’ve tried to include everything you’ll need including a combination oven, hob, and dishwasher. The oak folding doors which span the south-facing gable end of the cottage can be opened up completely to make the most of the view of the fields and mountains on the far side of the brook. The underfloor heating provides more than enough heat but we’ve also installed a cast iron log burner to help create that romantic atmosphere.

We’ve tried to buy the best fixtures and fittings possible. Including hand made brass lamps, oak furniture, and real leather sofas. The bathroom too 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.

Nant is on the grounds of our farm here at Byrdir. There are lots of advantages to staying 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 a lot of our guests. 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 Rhinnog Mountains that climb up behind the cottage to the east.

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

Please note, additional logs need to be purchased to heat the hot tub (available locally). Warming the water will take time and and some attention.


Floor Plans



Nant is a converted barn on our farm here at Byrdir which sits above the village of Dyffryn Ardudwy. The village provides all the basic needs for our guests. There’s a small grocery store, an excellent butchers, a post office, a garage and two cafés. If you want more choice a 15-minute journey in the car will take you to the bustling seaside town of Barmouth. A 15-minute drive to the north will take you to the renowned castle town of Harlech. Both towns have a slightly larger selection of shops, cafes and restaurants.

This part of north wales is of course famous for outdoor activities. You can be zip lining at 100mph eighty feet above the ground in the morning and exploring historic slate caverns one mile below ground in the afternoon. Spend one-day white water rafting down the fierce Tryweryn River and the next climbing up the steep slopes of Snowdon. You might prefer to throw yourself down the testing mountain biking trails of Coed Y Brenin or you might prefer a more relaxing day riding the narrow gauge Ffestiniog Steam train up to Tan Y Bwlch. The worlds your lobster here in Snowdonia!
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Guest Reviews

Nikki Holt

We thoroughly enjoyed our week’s stay in Nant – a truly beautiful barn with everything you could ask for – the welcome pack went down a treat. We loved the peaceful location with breath-taking views, enabling us to totally unwind from working life! We were so lucky with the weather and spent most of our days on nearby beaches and enjoyed the hot tub as a “cold tub” on our return! We managed to get a couple of good walks in and would recommend a visit to Cwm Nantcol. Day-trips to Criccieth, Borth Y Gest & Harlech are a must – some great beaches and Harlech for their Ice-cream! We will miss our daily visits from the two dogs, chickens, ducks and sheep! We would love to come back to stay with you sometime soon.


Nant is the perfect retreat to enjoy the North Wales coast. Byrdir is an excellent base for a full range of activities from walking, swimming, castle spotting, enjoying the beaches and local food especially the ice cream parlour Hufenafa’r Castell in Harlech which is definitely the best ice cream in the area! The sandy beaches are beautiful and there are plenty of nature reserves, waterfall walks and stream railways to explore, there are some great independent shops and museums alongside the usual seaside fun in Barmouth and the great Railway bridge which takes you to the stunning Mawddach estuary with its walks and cycle ways. Portmeirion is nearby as is Plas Brondanw the home of Clough Williams-Ellis’, the genius who built Portmeirion. I would also recommend the Toll Bridge at Porthmaenpool. Nant is a delight, a pleasure to stay in and has all the facilities you need, (unless you are a keen cook as the kitchen facilities are great but limited!) There was a lovely selection of Welsh goodies upon arrival which were welcome. Nant is very comfortable in a picturesque location out of the way and peaceful but within walking distance of the village with it’s award winning butchers and art gallery. The wood fired hot tub takes a minimum of 3 hours to heat up (I gave it four hours and the temperature was just about perfect by then!) to get it to a decent temperature you need to get the fire roaring and you will need the extra logs advised, so factor that into your plans! Once it is warm it is really great! A night under the stars in the tub is perfect! The owners are really helpful and can give you any local advice you need. The owner’s dogs are also lovely to have around and they visit you each day along with the ducks, chickens and sometimes sheep! Great place for a holiday. I hope to return! Highly recommend!


Nant is perfectly placed for exploring the North West and the farm location idyllic, the ever changing light on the hills and the scenery – at your home base – unbeatable

David morris

We had a last minute short break at Nant, what a beautiful property and setting, very well equipped everything you need,
Perfect location for nearby attractions, we would like to thank Dione and the property owners for getting the property ready at such short notice. We will be recommending this property and dioni to all our friends and family

David morris

We had a last minute short break at Nant, what a beautiful property and setting, very well equipped everything you need,
Perfect location for nearby attractions, we would like to thank Dioni and the property owners for getting the property ready at such short notice. We will be recommending this property and dioni to all our friends and family

Gudrun Gorner

This is the second time I have stayed at Nant and my friend and I had a thoroughly enjoyable three night stay. We met Louise’s husband on our arrival who was extremely friendly and welcoming and was able to give us a number of tips for places to visit. Inside the cottage we found a very generous welcome pack with delicious lemon drizzle cake. The cottage is in a perfect location with wonderful views of hills and of the sea beyond. We used Nant as a base to explore the Snowdonia National Park and also further north and beyond to Anglesey. All of Nant’s amenities are of the highest quality with everything thoughtfully laid out to maximise the space inside. Each evening, we enjoyed sitting outside whatever the weather with a glass of wine enjoying the sunset and the soothing sounds of the babbling brook. Whilst we were able to light the wood burning stove inside with ease, we didn’t manage to get the wood burner attached to the hot tub going. This was probably due to a combination of the windy weather and our lack of skills! However, as we were only there for a short time we did not feel we were missing out. I would highly recommend Nant and would love to return one day.

Daniel Glover

Lovely accommodation, great quality and clean. Quiet location with wildlife all around. Enjoyed the hot tub star gazing and under floor heating in the property making it nice and cosy. Cake on arrival was a nice treat and delicious!

Victoria Grant

Beautiful place beautiful surroundings had a lovely relaxing couple of days some lovely walks and stunning views. Hot tub was idyllic sitting under a full moon and the sky full of stars. The accommodation is spotless and comfortable everything you need to stop and unwind. Would love to come back again hopfully with snow and frost!!

Nicola mccormick

Amazing place, beautiful area and scenery. Nant was spotless and plenty big enough for 4 people. Louise left fresh eggs and cake which we all enjoyed. The hot tub was fantastic even in December. Would definitely book again!


Nant was perfect, I can say that as someone who struggles to find a holiday cottage. The farm house dream is lost on me. But the Architecture and the finish appealed to me.
It is small, yet perfectly proportioned, well equipped and even comes with a stand in Border Collie as she knew I was missing mine.
The one small fry criticism I could say was there were no champagne flutes, but that may say more about me than anything else.
Stunning location.

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