‘It’s all in the setting’, says one review of Plas Gwynfryn. That’s not quite the full picture, even though this elegant country house’s location, in an away-from-it-all spot between Cardigan Bay and the Rhinogydd Mountains, is a compelling one. Plas Gwynfryn’s appeal also comes from its character. It’s a grand, recently renovated house with a stately ambience, yet also retains a homely, relaxing family feel. Furnishings are in the traditional country house style.
It’s available for exclusive rental on a serviced or self-catering basis, and as such is ideal for family get-togethers, reunions, celebrations and small weddings. Plas Gwynfryn sleeps up to 18 in eight bedrooms (six en suite doubles and two family rooms that share a large bathroom). Downstairs, there’s an oak-panelled lounge with woodburner leading to a large, south-facing veranda, drawing room with open fireplace, bar, kitchen complete with Aga and range cooker, and cinema/conference room. Plas Gwynfryn’s landscaped gardens are outstanding (it’s a member of the National Gardens Scheme) – as is that very special location close to remote mountains regarded as the last true wilderness in Wales, the lovely lake of Llyn Cwm Bychan and the mysterious ‘Roman Steps’ pathway. Yet you’re just a short drive from the village of Llanbedr, delightful Shell Island and Harlech, with its famous golf course and mighty castle (and mighty big beach). Guests enjoy private fishing on the River Artro.