Beware of the Alpaca

Beware of the Alpaca

Two alpacas have been introduced at a farm in Nant Gwynant here in Snowdonia. The theory is that they help protect the new born lambs from foxes and other predators. They bond quickly with other grazing animals, have excellent eyesight and their protective instincts are well documented. Cases have been recorded in Australia of alpacas bravely standing in front of females and their young in the corner of a paddock fending off multiple animal attacks. More locally I’ve heard how a donkey will protect lambs and chickens from foxes. I guess south American alpacas are probably more suited to our rugged terrain. So why not. Arwyn Owen, the farmer responsible, certainly seems convinced. [Read more…]

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Beach Holiday

Beach Bargain

We have some last minute availability in Bwthyn, which is one of our nicest cottages down by Bennar Beach. We’ve added a little discount to try and make sure it gets booked. 7 nights from Friday the 13th of May will cost £355. This price includes heating and linen and some of Sue’s famous home made cakes for when you arrive. (It’s worth booking just for the cakes.) [Read more about this property..]

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New Property

We’re very proud to add a new fantastic property to our website. Capel-Maentwrog is a converted 19th Century Calvinistic church. We can actually add the byline ‘as featured on tv’ to this. A welsh version of Grand Designs showed the property but it was only aired on S4C so you might have missed it if you’re on the wrong side of Offa’s Dyke. The Chapel has been converted into a 4 bedroom luxury holiday home. Complete with marble bathrooms and polished slate floors. Considering the luxurious interior and the great location, the price, especially during off peak times, is very reasonable. Have a look at let me know what you think. [Read more about this property..]

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Aberdyfi Sailing

Easter in Aberdyfi

We still have some weeks remaining in our Aberdyfi property over Easter. (Which is strange as this is usually one of our most popular houses) So we’ve discounted the prices a little bit over that period. I always tell our regular guests that Easter is one of the nicest times to visit us here in Snowdonia. Fresh pasture, spring lambs, daffodils and best of all not too many tourists to spoil it all. [Read more ..]

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Curious Spring Lamb

Spring Breaks

We’ve released some of our cottages for short breaks over the Easter period to fill up the remaining gaps. So if you fancy a quick weekend away fill in our enquiry form and I’ll email you back with with some prices of what’s still available. Add a little note to say if you have any flexibility with your dates. [Enquiry Form..]

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Kune Kune Piglet


Some of our guests were lucky enough to be staying in Nant when Magldi, one of our Kune Kune pigs gave birth. A bit of a surprise as we didn’t know she was pregnant. We had borrowed Hafren, a pedigree Kune Kune boar from some friends before Christmas. His breeding abilities weren’t proven however and unfortunately he didn’t seem very interested in our girls. We tried playing a Barry White CD and introduced some soft lighting to the pig sty but eventually presumed that the ‘chemistry’ just wasn’t right. 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days later (the length of a pigs pregnancy) and Hafrens credentials are irrefutable. And now that we’re paying a bit more attention our other sow also seems to be “in pig”. I’ll keep you posted. [nggallery id=31] Well our other pig, Pauline, did have piglets. This time luckily we were more prepared. A holding pen complete with warming lamp and clean bedding was all ready. They all…

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Pant Goalu Solar Panels

Solar Panels

Lisa and Mark, the owners of Pant Golau have just finished installing solar panels on the roof of their pretty little cottage near Llanbedr. Mark was explaining that the system was capable of producing 2.2kw per hour on a sunny day. And that the government would now pay them just over 40p for each kw they produced. This is in addition to getting free electricity of course. With an installation cost of £9000 from Platinum Plumbing, Mark and Lisa hope the system will have paid for itself in 8 years. So as you sit in the sun on the raised patio, gin and tonic in hand and enjoying the views, you can be further comforted by the knowledge that you’re staying in a cottage which is just that little bit greener than most.

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Glyder Fawr promoted to Super Mountain

G and J Surveys have been busy again. You might remember that they were checking to see if Tryfan qualified as one of the 14 peaks in Wales over 3000 feet. Well they must have bought a new tape measure as this time they’ve gone metric. Glyder Fawr, previously recorded as being 999m high has been measured at 1000.8m. The Guardian headline reads “Wales celebrates promotion of peak to ‘super-mountain’” and The Telegraph writes how this will lead to an increase of people climbing the mountain and that “..the famous Welsh 1000m Peaks Race will have to consider becoming a longer race with five peaks instead of four..”. It’s a nice news story, but it would be wrong to think that the mountain has changed, improved even. It’s just our perception that’s altered. I guess that’s what I like about mountains. They’re fixed, permanent, a reassuring constant in an ever-changing world. The five peaks over 1000m…

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Dolbadarn Castle

Back To Work Blues

I know it’s sad, but its time to admit that the summer is over. Everybody’s back in work and the nights are drawing in. But I was reading an article online on how to avoid ‘back to work blues’. One method apparently, is to ‘plan your next weekend away’. That and tidying your desk!? So I’m here to offer our services. With the weekend away I mean. You’ll have to tidy your own desk. Most of our cottages are happy to take short breaks now that the summer rush is over. And the prices always come down a little bit at this time. So imagine walking deserted beaches and windswept mountaintops, before coming home to a real log fire and maybe a mug of hot chocolate. Fill in our [enquiry form…] and I’ll email you back with a couple of suggestions. It’ll help cheer you up if nothing else.

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Digging On Bennar Beach

LLys Bennar - 10% discount

We’ve got one week remaining for the summer in Llys Bennar (sleeps 8). So we’re reducing the price by 10% to make sure it goes. 7 nights from the 3rd of September will now cost £625.50. It’s a nice property down by the beach so if you and the family haven’t been able to get away yet this summer, this is your chance. Voucher Code: I8ZGR If you cant make it, hit the ‘like’ button below to share this offer with your friends. [Read more about this property..]

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Barmouth Walking Festival 2015

Barmouth Walking Festival

The Barmouth Walking Festival is fast approaching once again. It’s a great event organized by the Barmouth Publicity Association and runs from the 18th to the 27th of September. For £7.50 you can join a group of like minded enthusiasts for a guided walk along some fantastic routes. The walk leaders have all been carefully selected and can really add to the experience with their local knowledge of the landscape, history ond nature. There are more than 30 walks to choose from. The price goes down a little if you book 4 days or more. The brochure suggests that there are routes for all abilities. But most of them I would suggest are best suited for people who have done some walking before. 10 miles through the Rhinog Mountains is not for everybody. We’ve had a lot of guests in the past that have really enjoyed the experience despite some sore feet so we highly recommend…

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Road Works on Snowdon

The Snowdonia National Park are busy laying tarmac on sections of the popular Miners Track which leads to the summit of Snowdon. Initially I was quite taken aback by the news. A ridiculous notion dreamt up by some obscure and unelected committee I thought. The rights of a disadvantaged minority riding rough shot over common sense. Political correctness gone mad. “I bet it’s funded by Europe.” I agreed with critics pointing out that this would lead to even more pressure being placed on this natural recourse and an inevitable increase of people on the mountain who are ill-prepared and badly equipped. But I’ve had a bit of a rethink. As with many headlines, the reality is not as shocking as you first suspect. The section of the Miners Track being renovated is limited to the first gradual stretch from Pen y Pass, a popular starting point up to Llyn Glaslyn. Traditional building methods have been used…

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Aberdovey Availability

7 nights from Sunday the 23rd of June for £679.50 (10% discount) We’ve just released the week beginning the 23rd of June plus some additional dates towards the end of July. So get in touch if you fancy a break in this elegant 4 bedroom house in fashionable Aberdovey. [Read more about this property..]

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New Property

Pant-Golau (Sleeps 8 + cot) We’ve just added a really nice cottage to our website. Mark and Lisa, the owners of Pant Golau, have done a wonderful job of refurbishing this stone cottage which in the tiny hamlet of Pensarn near Llanbedr. They’ve worked hard and have made sure that everything has been done to a really high spec. So it’s all shiny and new and ready to go now. We’ve kept the prices low for this first summer season. And it’s naturally one of the few cottages where we have plenty of availability, at the moment at least. Have a look at let me know if you’re tempted to book or want more information. [Read more about this property..]

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Two Swans a Swimming

Last Minute Bargain

Stabal (Sleeps 2 adults + child) 3 nights from Friday the 11th of June £250 We offering this short break as a last minute type deal. So if you fancy a quick romantic gateway in this lovely cottage down by the beach drop us an email or give us a ring quick! [Read more about this property..]

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Dolcymerau Special Offer

Before the Summer Rush

Dolcymerau (Sleeps 7 +cot) 7 nights from Friday the 12th & 19th of June for £616 (was £735) The owners of Dolcymerau have asked me to try my best and let the few remaining weeks in before the summer rush starts in late July. So we’re offering what I think is quite a generous discount for the weeks beginning the 12th and 19th of June. 7 nights in this luxurious barn conversion is now £616 (was £735). This price includes heating & linen (not towels) plus a little welcome pack when you arrive. [Read more about this property..]

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Bennar Beach

Green Coast Award

Two of our local beaches, Harlech and Bennar Beach in Dyffryn Ardudwy, have won the ‘Green Coast Award’ again this year. The award is aimed at rural beaches which provide a “natural, unspoilt environment’ as well as the excellent water quality standard required to achieve the more recognizable ‘Blue Flag Award’. The award is given out by the nice people at ‘Keep Wales Tidy’ with financial help from Europe. It’s great to see that our fantastic beaches are getting recognition at that sort of level. But I guess the downside might be that if more people visit our beaches it’ll be harder no maintain the standard. So mum’s the word!

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Crib Goch and Llyn Llydaw

The 14 Peaks of Wales

There are 14 peaks in Wales over 3000 feet, or so I thought until recently. Apparently Tryfan’s credentials are under suspicion. Despite being one of the most handsome mountains in the Snowdonia National Park it’s height of 3002 feet has always meant that it only ever just scraped over the pass mark. Three men, John Barnard, Graham Jackson and Myrddyn Phillips are out to put the issue to rest once and for all however. They’ve already got form in this area having recently highlighting that Sgurr nan Ceannaichean did not qualify as a Munro Mountain. The Munro’s being the Scottish equivalent of the over 3000 feet club. I for one really hope that one of my favorite mountains passes the grade. You can keep a track of the survey work by visiting the GandJSurvey channel on YouTube. If you fancy having a go at climbing all 14 peaks the Snowdonia Society have put a great website…

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5 Things To Do in and Around Dolgellau

Go Ape at Coed Y Brennin

The fantastic Mountain Biking centre at Coed y Brennin have teamed up with Go Ape to provide one of those high rope forest adventure trails that seem to be popping up all over the place. We always recommend that guests should visit the centre if they can. There’s a huge choice of trails to follow. All colour graded from easy to hard a bit like ski runs. Bikes for hire there too and the carrot cake in the café is fab.

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Two Bedroom Ground Floor Holiday Cottage

Gamboling Lambs and Daffodils

Bwthyn (Sleeps 4 + cot) 7 nights from Friday the 9th of April for £440 (was £499) Spring is one of the nicest times to visit this part of North Wales. Spring Lambs, daffofils and fresh pasture and best of all not too many tourists to spoil it all. [Read more about this property..]

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