If you like your self-catering served with a slice of history and ancestry you’ll love Grade II Star-listed Llanfendigaid, the ‘Parish of the Blessed’. The substantial, stone-built house, dating from the 13th century and in the same family for over 800 years, assumed its present appearance following renovation in 1746.
The interior, of course, has been subject to much more recent attention, though thankfully retaining all the expected period features of a grand family house, with panelled walls, antiques, family portraits and artefacts. Completing the scene there’s oil fired and electric range cookers in the kitchen, not to mention a 28ft by 14ft indoor heated swimming pool and beautiful one-acre wooded garden. There are four double bedrooms and one twin on the first floor, and one double, two twins and a small single on the second floor. The house stands in magnificent southern Snowdonia scenery close to the mountain of Cader Idris, yet is just half-a-mile from the sea, with access to a secluded sand and shingle beach. The local area is full of interest – Aberdyfi (with its famous links golf course), the narrow-gauge Talyllyn Railway and romantic, ruined Castell y Bere are all close by. If you want accommodation that’s a little more intimate there are also three cottages in the grounds. Stable Cottage, Dove Cottage and The Cow Shed are all beautifully converted barns.