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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, Bag of Logs, Linen, Towels, WiFi, Central Heating, Smoke detector, Carbon monoxide detector
Hob, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Dishwasher, Dishwasher Tablets, Kettle, Toaster, Cooking Basics, Oven Gloves, Tea Towels, Wine Glasses, Champagne Flutes, Dining Table, TV, Toilet Paper
Shared Garden, Off street parking, BBQ, Outdoor Furniture, Bike Storage, Private Garden
Additional Information
No Pets
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.

** The stairway has an alternating step design so may not suit guests with mobility problems. Children will also need to be supervised **


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 Wyddfa (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 Eryri (Snowdonia)!

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


Beautiful tranquil location, lovely to see the chickens and ducks running about. Great hot tub and good location to explore from. Barn conversion had everything we needed and the underfloor heating was lovely in February.


Beautiful, cosy cottage. Gorgeous location – the sunsets were utterly breathtaking. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt more relaxed than sitting in the outdoor hot-tub under the stars. It is only a short drive to Barmouth and the incredible Rhaeadr Ddu waterfalls. I cannot recommend this place enough!

Helen Maydew

Second visit here and it’s so peaceful and beautiful. I’m hoping for a third!

Fantastic property, just perfect.


Beautiful property and a beautiful location. The property was perfect to just get away from it all and amazing beaches for walking not far. Thank you to all at Dioni.


Spent a lovely weekend at Nant, this was our second visit having stayed 5 years ago . The cottage was as lovely and bonus having the dishwasher. The place was spotless too and in a beautiful relaxed setting . Especially loved jumping the waves in Barmouth and we are both 60!, consider the North end of the beach you do have to cross a few feet of pebbles but then the sea is that much closer and the waves bigger. The Victoria Inn at Llanbedr served us a wonderful steak and ale pie , so we’ll worth a visit. My only issue was the sofa ,you sink right down in the middle of each cushion which made it really uncomfortable and hard to get up from .


Wonderful stay at Nant as a family of 4 with 2 children. The property was clean & well looked after and was the perfect size for our needs.
Idyllic private location surrounded by nature with amazing views.
The children loved the stay, especially the daily visits from their doggy friend. Also, thank you for the delicious homemade cake.

Phillip Pantling

We recently enjoyed a wonderful week at Nant. Out of the way location but this meant we had beautiful views and peace. Loved having a morning coffee sat outside listening to the sounds of the countryside.
EV charger much appreciated. Lovely welcome pack.
Barmouth is not far although the village has a useful Spar, a great butcher, a post office and a railway station if you want a break from the car. We can recommend.

Chris Broster

Anniversary break and we loved it, peaceful location and had hot tub up to 30 degrees. We will hopefully return


Lovely stay at Nant – was really conveniently located for what we needed and the views were lovely! No fuss and very reasonably prices! Thank you

Susan Hodges

Enjoyed stay. Have stayed in all properties at Brydir. However Nant could do with a little TLC. Kitchen cupboard hinge broken , towel rail loose in bathroom , cracked floor tiles in living area and on patio. Such a shame as very small fixes. Lovely location and great welcome pack left by Louise.

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