The "Old Stables" is a detached single storey stone cottage at Gwyndy, an historic and very beautiful former farmstead off a little lane about a mile above the Menai Straits. There is a wealth of wildlife in the surrounding area, much of which is wild countryside, and there are country walks or cycle rides on quiet lanes directly from the cottage. An easy ten minute walk leads to a country pub serving excellent food (and beer!) and with views to Snowdon.
Cottage in Bethel, Nr. Caernarfon, North Wales - Countryside Location Centrally Placed for Exploring Snowdonia and the Isle of Anglesey
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- 16 Mar 2019
About Juliette Morgan
I married my husband Gareth, a restorer of antiques and vintage cars, 46 years ago, and we have owned "Gwyndy" for most of that time. I worked in the antiques business specialising in antique ceramics and have just completed my third novel, yet to be published. I enjoy walking and cookery.
Juliette Morgan purchased this Cottage in 1970
Why Juliette Morgan chose Caernarfon
We both fell in love with "Old Stables" when first we saw it in 1970, despite it's then overgrown and derelict state. It is in a quiet and secluded spot in the countryside, yet despite the peaceful location it's not remote, the Brittania bridge on to the Isle of Anglesey where there are superb beaches, is only 4 miles away, and Llanberis, the village at the foot of Mount Snowdon, about 5 miles. The property is situated only 4 miles from the North Wales Expressway which connects with the motorway network, so we can drive to Chester, Liverpool or Manchester in a surprisingly short time.
What makes this Cottage unique
Everybody who stays here remarks on the peaceful feel of the Old Stables, which makes it a perfect base for a relaxing holiday. The old stone buildings standing in lawned gardens with woodlands beyond add to this sense of calm, and you won't believe how many of our guests have asked if they could buy the place ! We like to walk through the countryside to the friendly pub on the crossroads about two-thirds of a mile away. If you book a table on the gallery there you can have a grandstand view of Snowdonia whilst enjoying good food . The cottage has an open fire for which we supply unlimited quantities of logs from our own woodland, plus instructions on how to light them for the UN-initiated !
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
The property is in a nice quiet location which is just what we wanted.
Overall we have to say that our holiday was just what we wanted, nice and quiet with no fuss.
We were very close to places of interest and more walks than we could accomplish in the time. It's close proximity to places like Caernarfon and Betws-y-Coed also make it an attractive base to work from. Even though it could do with some refurbishing, we loved our stay at this property and would use it again as a base to visit all the places of interest in the area.
Perfect Christmas Getaway
it was the perfect getaway for Christmas, 24th to 27th just wish it snowed haha
owners were amazing, explained everything to us before our trip, cottage was immaculate and so warm and toasty when we arrived
WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
Thank you for your kind words. We are pleased you enjoyed your holiday
The accommodation consisted of 2 bedrooms which were very spacious and comfortable, a small kitchen but everything was there, but who wants to cook when there is all the lovely countryside around, a laundry room was housed in a another building.The property was clean, plenty of room to park and even your own outside area to sit out, would book again
Thank you for your kind comments. Our cottages are also very well situated for visiting North Wales main attractions although they are in a quiet rural location.
Lovely cosy cottage.
Very clean and well kept cottage. Beautifully quiet, and lots of logs for those rainy afternoons by the fireside.
We try our best to make our guests comfortable and are pleased if we can make their holiday as enjoyable.as possible.
immaculate and you want for nothing , every thing works , owners are a lovely couple , we could quite happily live there,
highly highly recommended
Thank you for your kind words. We work hard to maintain the high standard and value for money that our cottages at Gwyndy represent, and are constantly seeking ways to improve the holiday experience of our guests. It's heartening to know that we are getting it right.
We stayed here over the Easter weekend and had a fabulous time. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed by a gorgeous freshly lit fire in the lounge and the cottage is spotlessly clean. There is everything you need in the cottage, and a beautiful garden and ample parking. There is also wifi available and sat tv. It is just down the road from Greenwoods - which is worth a visit if you have children - and very near to Anglesey. We are a family of four - two children aged 10 and 11 and we also had a small dog with us. Thank you and look forward to visiting again soon.
Thank you Samantha for so kindly reviewing our "Old Stables" cottage at Gwyndy. We take pride in the place, it is of the utmost importance to us that our guests are made to feel comfortable and welcome and really encouraging to know that we are getting it right ! Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you .
Seafront with boat launching facilities, waterside pub and bistros also Port Dinorwic sailing Club only 1.5 miles away at Felinheli, 5 minutes drive, but steep hill if on foot.
Good bathing beach at Dinas Dinlle south of Caernarfon about a quarter of an hours drive.
Superb beaches and nature reserve at Llandwyn Island, Newborough on Anglesey reached via the Britannia road bridge over the Menai Straits (4 miles from here) about 20 minutes drive to the beach. Further beaches on N. Wales coast.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport 88 miles (1 hour and thirty minutes drive)
Manchester Airport 97 miles (about 1 hour and forty five minutes drive)
Caernarfon Airport (light aircraft only) 6 miles
London (Hyde Park Corner) 248 miles
Holyhead Ferry Port (connections to Ireland) 25 miles
Car hire or use of car essential.
Nearest villages: Bethel has village centre pub, Post Office & general store 1.5 miles and Felinheli (Port Dinorwic) 1.5 , has further pubs and restaurants, Spar Shop & Post Office.
Historic Caernarfon with impressive and well preserved Medieval castle, Welsh Highland Railway Station, Tourist Information Bureau and small shopping centre 4 miles. Picturesque lakeside mountaineering centre of Llanberis at foot of Snowdon 5 miles also has award winning National Slate Museum with free access.
Country Pub with spectacular views to Snowdon serving good food (and beer) 10 minutes easy walk on quiet lane. Further interesting pubs, bistros and restaurants in the area.
Climb Mount Snowdon! By steam train from Llanberis 5 miles from here, or on foot via Snowdon Sherpa Bus Service to the Miners Track,. Spectacular!
National Watersports Centre at Plas Menai on the Menai Straits only 2.5 miles away, offers indoor swimming pool, dinghy sailing and kayaking instructional courses
Welsh Highland Steam Railway, the longest narrow gauge line in Wales, winds its way through the wonderful scenery of Snowdonia, starts from Caernarfon Station only 4 miles from here.
Major National Trust properties at Penrhyn Castle (6 miles) has narrow gauge railway museum and Plas Newydd, the seat of the Marquis of Anglesey (7 miles) with Museum of the Battle of Waterloo
Caernarfon (4 miles away) has large Morrisons supermarket also Tescos and most major banks represented.
University City of Bangor (5 miles away) has historic Victorian pier as well as being a useful shopping centre Tesco Extra, Asda, Morrisons and Aldi supermarkets, High Street Shopping centre also all major banks.
The beautifully preserved Edwardian seaside resort of Llandudno is an easy 20 miles drive on the North Wales Express way has numerous Tourist attractions including the Great Orme Tramway as well as being an excellent and smart shopping centre.
Basing your North Wales holiday at Gwyndy places you at the centre of this fascinating and diverse holiday destination.
Booking Notes: We are very flexible with regard to your booking; the cottage is available at any time of the year for anything from a short break to a three week family holiday. Tell us when you want to come and we will try to accommodate you. A 25% deposit secures the booking, we ask you for the balance six weeks prior to your stay. Please enquire about our booking procedure for late or 'last minute' bookings. Changeover Day: Flexible to suit you, please ask for what you require. the cottage is available from 2.30 p.m. on the day of arrival and we ask that you vacate it by 10 a.m. on the day of departure. Notes on prices: The cottage is priced at £450 per week or multiple weeks, or £80 per night for shorter periods with a minimum price of £240 for a three night break. You are welcome to book for shorter periods but the charge would still be £240. Please note that we DO NOT provide towels except by special arrangement.